Overrated or Underrated #TMI Tuesday

My answers to this week’s questions are a matter of personal preference. After you read them, you can scroll down to learn how to participate.

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Tell us what you think. Are the following overrated or underrated? Why?

 

Birkin Bags

 

I must admit I’d never heard of a Birkin bag until I clicked on the above link. Right now, I don’t need such a bag, but maybe in the future… They’re definitely nice.

 

iPhone

 

A year ago, I declared I wouldn’t touch a touch screen with a ten-foot pole. A few months ago, that changed when I bought my first iPhone after becoming disillusioned with the device I was using. I’m amazed with all the iPhone can do and can’t imagine how I lived without it.

 

Writing a Book and Self-Publishing

 

This is a no-brainer. I’ve self-published four books and will self-publish another book when it’s ready. I published one chapbook with a traditional publisher, and because of negative experiences, I won’t submit to them or any other such publisher if I can help it. I found a great business, DLD Books, that helps authors self-publish their work on Amazon, Smashwords, and other sites, and I highly recommend them.

 

Scruffy, Short Beards

 

When my husband Bill was alive, before he suffered two strokes that paralyzed his left side, his face was as smooth as a baby’s bottom, and I loved it that way. After the strokes, he needed help shaving. Since I didn’t feel comfortable wielding a razor due to my limited vision, it was up to the aides who came to our home three days a week to give him showers. His face was never quite as smooth, but I was grateful that they made an effort. If I had a choice, though, I wouldn’t want my man to wear any kind of beard or mustache.

 

Hoodies

 

Bill loved his hoodies, especially during the winter months. As he grew older, he  became more sensitive to cold. So, his favorite pastime was reading in his recliner, covered with a blanket and poncho, the hood of his sweatshirt covering his head and face.

Now that he’s gone, I occasionally wear one of his hoodies if I’m not planning to go anywhere. They’re a little big for me, but they’re warm, and they make me feel closer to him.

 

HIIT Workouts

 

This was something else I hadn’t heard of until now. Frankly, I prefer my water fitness classes at the YMCA. I like exercising in the water because it offers more resistance, and although you still work up a sweat, you don’t feel it, and you don’t notice the intensity, either. Our classes last an hour and include cardio and muscle toning.

 

Boxer Briefs

 

Before Bill’s strokes, he wore boxer briefs, and only boxer briefs, to bed. This was because he often got hot during the night. After his strokes, because he couldn’t get up and walk to the bathroom on his own, he slept in the buff. That way, when he needed to go in the night, he could use the urinal more easily. You can read more about Bill and me in My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds. Since I’m not a man, I could take or leave boxer briefs.

 

Bonus: Avocado Toast

 

I don’t care for avocado, and I’m not a fan of toast. So, in my opinion, that’s definitely overrated.

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Now, it’s your turn. To learn how to play TMI Tuesday on your blog, click here. Otherwise, you can leave your answers in the comment field below.

By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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All About Transportation #TMI Tuesday

Why don’t you take a ride with me this week, as I answer these questions about cars? Then, be sure to click on the link below my answers to learn how you can participate in this weekly blog feature.

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What car do you remember your parents owning when you were a child? Do you have any special memories attached to it?

 

When I was eight or nine, growing up during the 1960;’s in Tucson, Arizona, my parents owned two white Mercedes Benz, which they affectionately named. Mother drove 220S Baby, the interior of which, including the seats, was white. Dad drove Buddy, with its dark interior and seats of a dark print color. 220S Baby had air conditioning, necessary during those hot Arizona summers, while Buddy did not. These cars stuck with us until after we moved here to Sheridan, Wyoming, in 1973.

 

How important are cars to you? Could you live without one?

 

If everything was within walking distance, and we didn’t have snow or ice, I could do without a car. I can’t drive one, anyway, because of my visual impairment. But I have two strong legs, and I love to walk. When I need to go somewhere too far to walk, or the weather’s bad, I rely on someone to drive me.

 

In April 2019, Elon Musk predicted that owners of autonomous cars acting as taxis would be able to earn up to $30000 from their vehicle while they weren’t using it. What do you think? The link for the source article is here.

 

If these vehicles could be made safe, I would have no problem with them. As it is now, I’ve heard of accidents happening because the computers didn’t sense obstacles in time for the cars to stop. So, right now, I wouldn’t feel safe using one. Also, in order for me to use such a vehicle, it would need to be equipped with text-to—speech technology and buttons labeled in braille, similar to accessible voting machines, or the option to control the vehicle with my voice.

 

Tell us about your dream car.

 

Because I don’t see well enough, my dream car would drive itself. I could just tell it to take me to a specific location or address. It would be electric but it could have an engine similar to a regular car, unlike other such models, so blind and visually impaired pedestrians could hear it coming. Sensors could ensure the car is in the appropriate lane and stop the car in time if an obstacle is spotted. Also, stop lights could be detected. When I get home, it could just drive into my garage and onto a docking station, where it would charge and be ready for me the next time I need it.

 

Tell us about the worst car you ever owned. What made it so bad?

 

Because I can’t drive, I’ve never owned a car. But several years after we moved to Sheridan, when I was in high school, my mother acquired a Fiat. I don’t remember if it was new or used, but there seemed to be one thing after another that went wrong with it. At one point, Mother proclaimed it a piece of junk. My younger brother said he’d heard somewhere that Fiat was an acronym standing for “found in a toilet.”

 

Bonus: Tell us about your most memorable sexual experience in a car.

 

I’ve never had any sexual experiences in a car. But in my latest novel, my main character, after dancing with the boy of her dreams during her senior prom, catches him in the act with her best friend in the back seat of his car. Want to know more? Read The Red Dress.

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Now, it’s your turn. You can answer these questions in the comment field below or click here to learn how to participate in TMI Tuesday on your own blog.

By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Staying Home #TMI Tuesday

This week’s questions aren’t nearly as raunchy. So, I’m giving them a shot and encouraging you to do the same.

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Favorite form of adult pajamas: Kimono, soft pant, romper or Winnie-the-pooh style?

 

When I was single, I had several pairs of pajamas I loved, some silk, others flannel, most of which my paternal grandmother gave me. When I got married, though, my late husband Bill didn’t want me wearing pajamas or socks to bed because he liked the feel of my bare legs and feet next to him in bed. His tune changed quickly when winter set in, and he felt my cold extremities against his warm ones. By that time, I’d given away all my pajamas, and the only pair I could find at Walmart was a pink print with a picture of Betty Boop on the top. But they were soft, warm, and comfortable, and that was all I needed. You can read more about Bill and me in My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds.

What time do you wake-up in the morning?

 

My Amazon Echo smart speaker in the bedroom is set to start playing classical music at six thirty. So, I’m usually up no later than that. I’m often awake by five thirty and ready to go.

 

Your favorite chore to do is _____ .

Writing. I don’t consider it a chore at all. I love developing ideas in my head and putting them on paper, or, in my case, on a computer screen.

 

Least favorite chore to do is _____ . Why?

 

Cleaning. I hate it with a passion. I don’t know why. Fortunately, I can use the local senior center’s Help at Home program, which provides cleaning and other services that are subsidized according to income.

 

Tell us about a home-cooked meal that you cannot forget.

 

One night, I made enchilada casserole, one of Bill’s favorites. But somehow, while it was in the oven, the glass lid on the dish broke, embedding shards into the food. I didn’t realize this until I removed the casserole from the oven. I had to throw the whole mess out.

Then, there was a knock on the front door, and it was a pizza delivery that we hadn’t ordered. As my mother would have said, in gest, of course, if I’d been using my head, we would have had pizza for supper instead. Again, you can read more about our life together in My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds.

 

Bonus: Is tired the new norm?

 

For me, absolutely not! I sleep well most nights, and in the morning, I hit the bedroom floor running.

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Now, it’s your turn. If you’d like to participate on your own blog, click here. Otherwise, you can answer one or more of the questions in the comment field below.

By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – Summer 2020- Pot Luck – TMI Tuesday February 25th, 2020 by Abbie Johnson Taylor #Reblog

Thanks to blogger Sally Chronin for sharing this blast from the past that I originally posted here in February of last year. Enjoy!

 

Via Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – Summer 2020- Pot Luck – TMI Tuesday February 25th, 2020 by Abbie Johnson Taylor

 

 

By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy, and may you always have positive experiences.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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No Sex, No Religion #TMI Tuesday

In case inquiring minds want to know, here’s my take on these subjects as answers to this week’s TMI Tuesday questions. If you’re up to it, you can scroll down to learn how you can participate and answer these questions.

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How important is religion in your life?

 

When I was in sixth grade, a friend invited me to her Baptist church. There, I found Jesus, or at least I thought I did. My mother encouraged me to join the Presbyterian Church because she knew the minister, who was active with her in the local theater guild. There, I was baptized, sang in the choir, and got involved in youth activities for a while.

As I grew older, for some reason, I stopped believing. My father always thought religion was a bunch of bullshit. So, maybe his influence won me over. Who knows? Now, except for the rare occasions I’m invited to sing for a church service, either alone or with my group, I don’t attend. So, to answer the question, religion is no longer an important part of my life, but I don’t begrudge others their beliefs and practices as long as they don’t interfere with human rights.

 

How often do you use pornography?

 

Never! I think it’s disgusting and degrading.

 

Do you feel your religion restricts sexual behavior?

 

I have no religion but firmly believe that sexual intercourse, defined by my high school P.E. teacher as “the insertion of the penis into the vagina,” is unnecessary unless a couple wants children or is past their child-bearing years. Too many young people who think they love each other don’t understand the true concept of the word. They treat sexual intercourse as just another fun activity you can do on a date and don’t consider the consequences. Yes, there’s protection, but it’s not always fool-proof.

Because my late husband Bill was impotent, during the seven years we were married before he passed, we got along well without sex. Even if I knew he was impotent before we were married, it wouldn’t have made a difference to me, and it certainly didn’t matter to him. In my opinion, relationships aren’t just about sexual intercourse. You can read our story in My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds.

 

Is your participation in sex, of any kind, tempered because of your own religious beliefs?

 

Actually, my lack of participation in any kind of sexual activities is caused by what I have observed around me. As I write this, Michael Jackson sings of how Billie Jean isn’t his lover and that her kid is not his son, a great example of sexual irresponsibility. Alternatively, lives of innocent fetuses are sacrificed because young mothers-to-be won’t bother to either raise a child or put a baby up for adoption. All life is precious, and children don’t choose to be born.

Then, there are cases like that of Natalie, the heroine of my young adult novel-in-progress, Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me. At sixteen, she finds out her father is actually a man with whom her mother had an extramarital affair, a man she doesn’t know. Imagine how that would feel, and think before spreading your legs.

 

Can you be kinky and practice religion?

 

That depends on your religious beliefs.

 

Bonus: Are you aspiring to anything?

 

Oh yes, I’m always aspiring to be a writer. I’ve published five books, and a sixth is on the way.

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Now, it’s your turn. How do you feel about sex and religion? Click here to learn how you can participate on your blog, or sound off in the comment field below.

By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. Thank you for reading. Stay safe, happy, and healthy, and may you always have positive experiences.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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