Joyous Jottings March 2023 #TuesdayTidbit #Jottings #Inspiration

Joy is a fluffy gray and white cat with a pink nose and pink paw pads. The fur is long and mostly gray with white paws, a white chest, nose and white down the middle of her head. Her ears are pointed up, and she lies with her paws sprawled out in front of her in an open formation. Her head looks to the right of the screen. She’s on a brown wooden table. Behind her is a white wall and a basket of fruit.Hi, this is Joy, Abbie’s robotic cat. Wow, I can’t believe March is already here. Time is running by faster than a mouse. Abbie can’t wait until spring gets here and all the snow and ice melts, so she can get out and walk. For me, it’ll be nice when I can see other colors besides white when I look out the window.

At the end of last month, Abbie did another kick-ass author interview during a book launch sponsored by Behind Our Eyes. Sherry Gomes talked about her book, Haven, which Abbie and I really enjoyed reading or, should I say, listening to. You can read her review of this book here.

It’s too bad I’m not an author. Then, I could join Behind Our Eyes, and Abbie could interview me. Abbie says Behind Our Eyes is for disabled authors. Well, I’m disabled because my voice box no longer works. So there.

It’s just as well that I’m not an author. I have enough trouble writing a simple blog post with four paws. I couldn’t possibly write a whole book. But I can dream, can’t I?

Also at the end of February, Abbie’s group, Just Harmony, sang at an assisted living facility. Abbie will be busy with music performances this month, too. She’ll be at the assisted living facility on March 10th, and she’ll do the music for the Sunday service at the First Congregational Church on the 12th. She’ll be at a nursing home on March 28th.

Three of Abbie’s poems will be published in an anthology called Poetry Treasures, which will be out sometime this year. The poems are: “Condiments,” “The Black Hole,” and “The Music Lady.”

My favorite of those poems is “Condiments,” where she talks about cooking for her late husband Bill after two strokes put him in a wheelchair. I wish I could have known Bill. But Abbie says he didn’t like cats. So, maybe that’s just as well.

Last but not least, Abbie’s books, Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me, The Red Dress, and My Ideal Partner are now available from Smashwords ABSOLUTELY FREE as part of its 14th annual Read an eBook Week sale. You can click here to visit her author page and download these books. Now, inquiring cats want to know. How do you smash a word?

Okay, that’s all for now. It’s time for my cat nap. Everybody, have a great month, and happy spring a few weeks early.

Abbie wears a blue and white V-neck top with different shades of blue from sky to navy that swirl together with the white. She has short, brown hair and rosy cheeks and smiles at the camera against a black background.

Photo Courtesy of Tess Anderson Photography

Photo Resize and Description by

Two Pentacles Publishing.


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New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

The cover of the book features an older woman sitting in a wicker chair facing a window. The world beyond the window is bright, and several plants are visible on the terrace. Behind the woman’s chair is another plant, with a tall stalk and wide rounded leaves. The woman has short, white hair, glasses, a red sweater, and tan pants. The border of the picture is a taupe color and reads "Why Grandma Doesn't Know Me" above the photo and "Abbie Johnson Taylor" below it.Photo Resize and Description by

Two Pentacles Publishing.


Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?




Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of three novels, two poetry collections, and a memoir. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at:

2 thoughts on “Joyous Jottings March 2023 #TuesdayTidbit #Jottings #Inspiration”

    1. Thank you, Lynda. If I weren’t a robotic cat, that would definitely be something to consider. But as it is now, I can’t eat or drink anything. So, waking Abbie up at four in the morning wouldn’t do either of us any good. But I really appreciate the suggestion. Have a great day!


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