I’m an electronics freak

You probably know I love my electronics – I always want the newest and latest thing. I bought the Amazon Echo a while back and hadn’t mentioned it on the blog because I honestly couldn’t decide whether it was worth the money or not. I use it in my sewing room and it makes a great speaker – I love the hands free option for changing songs and volume. I check the weather frequently especially in the summer, trying to decide when I want to take my walks. Occasionally I’ll listen to a news brief but in general I found it kind of challenging to use to its full potential because you have to activate “skills” and then remember how to phrase questions for different skills … too much to remember for me. 


So the bottom line was that I used it and like having it in the sewing room but knew I wasn’t using it to its full potential so I surprised even myself when I decided to buy the portable version, the Amazon Tap for the library.  Keith has a Bluetooth speaker for his office but it’s paired to his phone and when he’s traveling I’d like to have music in the library and be able to carry that music outside to the porch. 


Since I have two now, I’ve decided I need to put a little more effort into learning to use them more fully. I did try out the Amazon ordering feature the other day and reordered Finn’s dog food. I’m not sure I’d order something I hadn’t had the chance to research and review but for reordering I think it will be fine. 

I’m not encouraging anyone to buy anything, just sharing my experience with them. I’ve had some problems with the current app that controls the light bulbs in the house so when it’s time to replace them, I will replace them with ones that are compatible with Alexa. 

6 thoughts on “I’m an electronics freak

  1. The Joyful Quilter

    My MIL got an Alexa for Christmas. Personally, I’m not impressed by her intelligence. That being said, I’m the type of person who purposely sets up her pressing station on the opposite side of the room to ensure that I have to get up and move around during my sewing day. Since you are a “gadget girl”, I can totally see the appeal. Enjoy!

  2. Penny G

    In the den next to the kitchen so listening is easy because i don’t need clean hands. Great for making cakes and cookies with the grands.

  3. Clara

    Alexa works great on my Kindle Fire. I often have my Fire next to me while sewing and am able to listen to whatever music I want and change the volume—-all without taking my hands off of my quilt blocks and stopping my sewing rhythm. 🙂

  4. Helen

    Controlling lights through Alexa is useful.

    Sometimes she thinks we are talking to her when we’re not. It can be pretty funny.

    I don’t use it to it’s full potential, but I enjoy having it.

  5. Gayle Andersen

    Hi Mary
    Can you tell me if you have to have the echo by itself before you can add the echo dot.? I want to get one for my husband for his birthday but I was going to buy the dot. I thought I would ask. It sounds like a cool gadget. Oh, I also got an air fryer. Have had fun playing with it but I can see it will be a fad. I did not fry that much anyway. Thanks for sharing all your gadgets. LOl

  6. Charleen

    I have the Echo Dot (Gayle, I only have this one) in the kitchen and while the speaker probably isn’t as good as the full sized one it works well for me. I have a daughter-in-law named Alexis so it does sometimes think we’re talking to her, cracks the grandchildren up!

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