WARNING: If you scroll down too quickly, you might be disturbed by the photo without reading the explanation first!
After my Simply Living Post on Monday, there was quite a discussion in the comments section over on my Facebook account. I have these posts linked to show in that space as well, but the comments don't show up in both places. There were a couple of comments and questions that I wanted to pass on to you and some other suggestions as well.
Marina asked if there was some downloadable calendaring software that she could just use on her desktop, and not sync to her phone since she doesn't have one that supports that technology. The answer is yes! First of all, if you are already using Microsoft Office on your desktop, you probably also have Outlook since it is included in the package when you purchase Microsoft Office. You can use it solely on your desktop and are not required to sync it up. It is simply a benefit if you do have a phone or PDA that is capable. Outlook can also be purchased on its own, but I recommend that you buy the Office package because the programs are upgradable, but the individually purchased ones are not. Besides the value is much better! Keep in mind that if you purchase Microsoft Office Student, it will not include Outlook. You can download a 60-day trial if you want.
A quick sleuthing tour also led me to The Calendar Planner, CalendarScope, Notesbrowser, and Personal Electronic Organizer. I have not used any of these, but in reading about them on their sites, they appear to be good products and some allow syncing to other devices if desired. Most allow a free trial and range in price from FREE (Notesbrowser) to $90. The last one I listed was one that piqued my interest because you can store photos in there, do monthly budgets … and (are you ready for this?) … a special place for recipes! And it was only $29.95.
For any calendar that you use on your desktop, you can always print a page from it to carry with you throughout your day if you are going to be out and around. You could print "TODAY'S" page (customized with your shopping list, or your to-do list). You could print a week at a glance or a month at a glance to keep in your bag, too. Any notes you jot on it through the day while you are out can be transferred to the desktop manually when you get home!
Kim said: "Wow! Love it! Ok, so I have to tell you I just made the switch from Blackberry to iPhone last week. I have a Mac laptop and our main computer is a Mac as well. So, my thinking is that since I love Macs, I will love my iPhone. I had my Blackberry for a few years and loved it as well. I am finding that the iPhone is not as user friendly to me yet. I am hoping this will change soon. I just started to go digital for my planning and it does take some getting used to. I was doing it with my Blacberry and I just have to get used to looking at it daily. My laundry room (our main entrance and exit) has a Costco white board and 3 Costco corkboards. With 4 kids this has been lifesaving to me! Our life is in there! There are sections for everything and now I dont think twice about anything because it is all there. I need to get that way with my phone now.The older the kids get the more busy I become outside the home. Having it at my fingertips will be helpful I am sure! Thanks! "
I wasn't going to tell you what Wendy said, but it just made me feel so good …. "May I just say...from one Blackberry-Girl to another...that you are my hero!" Ah, Wen! I do this for people just like YOU!! (Now when are you going to start YOUR blog? I will be the first in line to read!)
The saddest thing just happened! I was sitting here typing away and I heard something hit the window in the family room. My husband, who is working from home today (avoiding the commute like the plague!), got up to go see what it was. He didn't say anything and I asked, "What was that? Did something hit the window?" He said, "Yeah, it was a bird."
Oh my. I jumped up and went to see … this poor little thing laying there …
… it was so sad! Ken said, rather matter-of-factly I must say, "I don't think it's going to make it."
Of course, I'm clueless as to how to help a bird, so I did the next best thing and ran to get my camera! Regretfully, by the time I got back, it had gone to Birdie Heaven. God rest its soul.
Now that I'm leaving you on a sad note, I should plan to get back here soon with better news! I hope I haven't upset you too much on this fine day …