A Plain Wish Kindle *FREE*

A Plain Wish & A Plain Adventure

The second book in the plain series by Cyndi Lord is now available in paperback and Kindle.
To celebrate the second book in this series, A plain Adventure, the first book, A Plain Wish is free for the Kindle version.

This is a great story about a 16 year old girl who doesn’t feel wanted by either parent after the divorce and each one starts their new families. Kristi decides to go visit a pen pal who has a much simpler way of life than what she is used to. You’ll laugh at all of the adventures that Kristi has along the way as she travels to meet her friend.

In the second book the adventure continues with a few more mishaps along the way.

Cyndi Lord is a wonderful author and a friend. Go download this great free book and enjoy the great story that Cyndi tells. You’ll feel like you are right there with Kristi as she starts this journey to find friendship and maybe a new family too.

http://tinyurl.com/ntoqmce

Smurfberry Protein Shake

Smurfberry Protein Shake

We’ve had some warm days lately in Kansas City and I thought it was time for a cold protein shake.

Here are the things I gathered before making this yummy drink.

Ninja Blender
Silk Unsweetened Soy Milk
Fit Frappe Vanilla Protein Powder
Organic Blueberries
DaVinci Gourmet Sugar Free Blueberry Syrup
Cool Whip
8oz. Measuring Cup
24oz. Bubba Mug
Teaspoon

Pour two cups of soy milk into the blender.
Add a small handful of blueberries, about 4 pumps of blueberry syrup, and one scoop of protein powder.

Put lid on blender and attach motor to top of blender. It also helps to plug the motor into an electrical outlet, but I’m sure you knew that. :)

Blend for about 45 seconds or whatever works for you, it doesn’t have to be a certain amount of time.

Pour into mug, add a teaspoon or two of Cool Whip, attach the top to the mug and set in freezer for twenty minutes.

Slowly sip and enjoy. You can adjust the amount of blueberries and syrup to your liking. You might also be able to enhance the flavor if you can get Gargamel to help catch a few real Smurfs to add in with the blueberries.

Have a Smurfy Day!!!

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Share Where – Location Sharing

I’ve been looking for an Android app that will tell me the street address of where my Wife is. I’ve tried several apps that will give me a link to a map, but since I’m totally blind, looking at a map doesn’t do anything for me.

Its not that I need to know where she is at every minute, but if she was expected to be home around 3 pm, I start to get a little worried around 3:30 or 4. Sure, I could call and ask but if there is a way to get her location without bugging her, I’d love to have it. The other reason for this is if she were to have a medical problem while we are talking on the phone, I need to know where she is so I can relay that info to 911.

I finally found an app that will do this.

Share Where – Location Sharing

http://tinyurl.com/m9oxklm

There are many options in the settings of this app. For our use, my Wife and I have each entered the others phone number so that a request for location doesn’t require approval. Otherwise, if someone sent a request, you would have to manually approve it before the info was sent.
There is also an option to not show a notification for a successful request. So when I sent the code word via a text message to her phone, the process of getting her location and sending that to my phone didn’t generate any notifications on her phone.

There are a few ways of sending a request. Right now I’ve just been using the default option.
I sent a text message to my Wife’s phone with the word sharewhere in the message.

A few seconds later I got a reply that gave the name of the shopping center she was at, the street address and the longitude and latitude of where she is. There was also a link to a map.

You can choose in the settings which or all of that info is sent back for the request.

So if we were talking on the phone and all of a sudden she makes strange sounds and stops talking, I can get her address and give that info to emergency person ell.

You can also send your current location to someone by either text or email from within the app.
The app works great with TalkBack, there are a few unlabeled buttons, but not that many and I can easily label them with TalkBack.

The app is add supported but you can easily upgrade to the pro version which removes the ads for $1.19 and its easy to do that from within the app, it takes you to the play store.

Other than using the preset word of sharewhere to activate a request, you can set a custom word. I haven’t done this yet.

So if you’ve been looking for an app like this to get info of a friend or family member, give ShareWhere a try. One note, some of these types of apps run constantly in the background running the battery down as the app keeps track of your location. ShareWhere doesn’t do this. It only gets the location when a request is received or you choose to send your location from within the app.

We both have ShareWhere installed on our phones. That way she can get my location if I were the one who needed assistance. So if you are just wanting to be able to get the location for your child for example, you would only need to have it installed on their phone.

This app can also be used if you are running late and want to let someone know where you are. Another use is if you are lost and going to visit a friend, you can send them your location and a map link so they can help find you and give directions from where you are.

A Plain Wish (The Plain Series Book 1)

I loved reading this book. If you haven’t yet, you should because the next book in the series, A Plain Adventure will be available March 17. Its a great story with lots of very funny moments as this young girl decides to go visit a pen pal and tries to fit in with a way of life much simpler than what she has ever known. You’ll see a name in the first comments of the book, yes, that is my Ruthie. She shows up later in the book too.

A Plain Wish (The Plain Series Book 1)
http://tinyurl.com/lpnquru

March 2015 Accessible Apps List

This is a list of the apps that I’m currently using on my first generation Moto X. I can use these apps with TalkBack and for me they are accessible. I use a combination of touch and a bluetooth keyboard, depending on what I’m doing.

Acapela TTS Voices
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.acapelagroup.android.tts

AccuRadio
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.slipstream.accuradio

Amazon Kindle
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amazon.kindle

Amazon Music
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amazon.mp3

AquaMail
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.kman.AquaMail

AquaMail Pro Unlocker
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.kman.AquaMail.UnlockerMarket

Arcus
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.arcusweather.darksky

Arcus Pro Key
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.arcusweather.darksky.pro

Audible
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.audible.application

Beep Hourly
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mst.android.beephourly

Call Control
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.flexaspect.android.everycallcontrol

CamFind
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.msearcher.camfind

chomp SMS
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.p1.chompsms

Commandr for Google Now
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.RSen.Commandr

Docs
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.docs.editors.docs

Easy Answer
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jim.bockerstette.easyanswer

ETI-Eloquence TTS
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=es.codefactory.eloquencetts

Firefox
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.mozilla.firefox

Google Opinion Rewards
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.paidtasks

Google Voice
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.googlevoice

Hangouts Dialer
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.hangoutsdialer

IF
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ifttt.ifttt

Location Monitor
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.redzoc.ramees.locationmonitor

Music Folder Player Full
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.zorillasoft.musicfolderplayer.donate

My App List
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.projectsexception.myapplist

NOAA Weather
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nstudio.weatherhere

OneDrive
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.skydrive

Point Finder
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.com.picospace.pointfinder

Pro Weather Alert
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.globalcanofworms.android.proweatheralert

QuickShortcutMaker
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sika524.android.quickshortcut

Ringdroid
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ringdroid

Sheets
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.docs.editors.sheets

Shiprack
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.shiprack.client

Skype
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.skype.raider

Total Commander
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ghisler.android.TotalCommander

Touchless Notifications Pro
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hu.viczian.notifications.pro

TuneIn Radio Pro
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=radiotime.player

Tweetings
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dwdesign.tweetings

TWiT Pro
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.markhanson.twit

Vocalizer Voices
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=es.codefactory.vocalizertts

Experimenting

Experimenting

I admit that I often get in a rut when it comes to food items. This morning a light bulb appeared above my head, just like it does in cartoons.

I decided to do something a little different, at least for me with my coffee. instead of doing my normal routine, which I had already done this morning, I’d make coffee and use it with vanilla protein powder and soy milk. I didn’t use any sugar free syrup, because I know that with the Fit Frappe Vanilla and unsweetened Silk Soy milk, it has a fairly sweet taste on its own.

So here is what I did…

I made 12 ounces of Dunkin Donuts Cinnamon Bun coffee.
The directions on the coffee says to use a heaping tablespoon of coffee grounds for every six ounces of water. I use a 3/4 measuring cup to measure the water I put into the coffee maker. Two of these is 12 ounces. I measured six ounces of soy milk and put in a Pyrex cup in the microwave.

This takes planning, especially as a person who is blind. I had everything measured and in the coffee maker and the soy milk in the microwave before getting things started. I also measured a scoop of the Fit Frappe vanilla powder into my Ninja blender. It also helps to plug the motor for the blender into the electrical outlet, so its ready to go.

I started the coffee maker and set the microwave to one and a half minutes. I knew the soy milk would be done before the coffee, but its fine for it to stay in the microwave, the beeping every thirty seconds or so just reminds me that its waiting to be added to this yummy drink.

So after the coffee was done I poured it into the blender, added the soy milk and blended for about a minute. The timing doesn’t have to be exact, just a matter of what feels right to you.

I poured the drink into one of my Bubba 24 ounce tumblers, attached the top and had a very yummy Cinnamon Bun Coffee Protein Shake.

I think next time, and this was so good, there will be a next time, I’ll sprinkle some cinnamon on top and maybe a pump of sugar free vanilla syrup, just for the fun of it.

So that was my experiment for this morning. There are many ways of changing up food and drinks to add some variety to what you have on a regular basis. If you have any ideas, feel free to add your comment.

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Buying & Downloading Music From Amazon With A Screen Reader

Buying and downloading music from Amazon used to be pretty easy for a person who is blind and using screen reading software. I’ve let my Wife be the one to buy and download music lately, just telling her the name of a song I want.

I decided to try the process on my own the other day and while finding and paying for the song was easy with a screen reader, NVDA in my example, downloading the song to your computer is a pain.
I learned of the issue with help from my Wife, there seems to be some dialog that is on the screen after you click to download your purchased song. This dialog isn’t accessible by either NVDA or Jaws.

I found a solution, at least one that works for me. I have a first generation Moto X. I installed the Amazon Music app and in the settings selected to automatically download newly purchased songs.
The songs are downloaded by the app and placed in the “Music” folder on my phone. After the song is on my phone I connect the phone to the computer with a USB cable. Then its just a matter of going to the Music folder and finding the folder that the Amazon app made for the song.
Then just copy the folder or song from the phone to the computer. The song does need to be renamed, but that is just a simple press of F2 in Windows.

Some may not consider this process as accessible or right, but it works for me. I can once again buy music and download the song to my computer and put it on my phone too.

I don’t own any of the Apple devices and have no idea about downloading music in that environment, but maybe this will give you an idea of something to try.

Here is a link to the Amazon Music App for Android:
http://goo.gl/miZ7U