Monday, February 15, 2010

Do you forget.......?

Do you have problems remembering appointments, when and which pills to take, family events or such things?
I recently became aware of a great reminder tool thanks to a good friend Gladys who writes the Maine Musing Blog.  Everyone who uses Microsoft Outlook for email has this tool and yet I wonder just how many are aware of its many uses. The tool is your Calendar option in Outlook. I have the 2003 version of Outlook and it also offers tasks and notes.
Back to my forgetfulness! I recently was told by my Doctor to alternate my thyroid medicine dosage between two dosages due to the fact that one dosage was not enough and the next too much yet there was none in-between. I was talking with Gladys about this one day and hoping I would keep the dosages straight as far what dosage I was to take each evening. Gladys quickly replied that I should use the calendar and how it was such a great tool that she uses all the time. The next day I went into my Outlook and clicked on the calendar. I was amazed at how easy it was to add the information and with just a couple clicks it was set for the whole year. There is a recurrence option that is fantastic – you just select how often you want the event to be repeated, click and the program does the rest. Now every night at 8pm my reminder pops up on the computer screen and tells me which dosage I am suppose to take. The reminder will stay on the screen until I click it off with the dismiss button, so even if I am not at the computer at that moment the reminder will be there when I return.
In the note section I have added the dates and places for when I had my yearly mammograms, bone density and physicals so at a quick glance I now have all that information. I can easily see when I might be due for these events again.
I now go to my calendar often and record Birthdays, Anniversaries, Doctor Appointments and so much more. I do hope by passing on this information I make just one other person’s life a little less frustrating when it comes to remembering events or just ‘stuff”. I thank you again Gladys for this valuable information!
Take time for yourself and enjoy.   : )   Coppertop

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Are you ready?

It’s that time again! Gather up your spotting equipment and be ready. For what you say? The Birds!

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is an annual event. This year the dates are February 12th-15th. Everyone is invited to count birds anywhere (your backyard, a local park or just out in countryside) for as little or as long as you wish during the four-day period. GBBC does ask for at least a 15 minute time spam. Be sure to tally the highest number of birds of each species seen together at any one time. To report your counts just go online and submit your sightings at the Great Backyard Bird Count website. That’s it, simple and so enjoyable for the whole family.

Be sure to include the children, at the GBBC website there is a Special Page Just for the Children.

Be sure to check out the fabulous photo album and previous GBBC photo contests winners.

I just went into my Outlook Calendar and added reminders, won’t you do the same? Mark the dates on your calendar and have a terrific time counting. I look forward to seeing all the new photos submitted this year and to browse through the pages of information GBBC offers.

Take time for yourself and enjoy! :)  Coppertop