Early Christmas Gift

“Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.”
Charles M. Schulz

An Early Christmas

My old iPhone 4 has been acting up lately. I mentioned it to my husband that my phone was acting up and to my surprise he presented me with a beautiful iPhone 6s this morning.

He said he didn’t want me to wait until Christmas to enjoy it. I thanked him a hundred times and then contacted our phone provider immediately to set up the phone. First I backed up my old phone on iTunes and then just synced up my new phone. It’s so cool not to have to spend hours setting up my new phone. I must say that Apple really does think of everything when it comes to their products.

My new phone is much faster and smoother than my old phone. Plus it has some very cool new features. My husband pulled up a YouTube video to show me all the new features and how to use them.

I feel so fortunate to have such a thoughtful husband. We normally don’t exchange Christmas gifts, so to receive this wonderful gift was such a treat. Thanks sweetheart for the early Christmas gift. I love you.

Shine On

A Mind-boggling Mouse

“The difference between stupidity and genius
is that genius has its limits”
Albert Einstein

A Mind-boggling Mouse

If you have been using a computer for over thirty years like I have, you have noticed how the computer mouse has come a long way from its original design.

When the mouse was first invented, wireless was unheard of. Today, both the PC and the Apple are wireless.

The mouse technology has changed a great deal since the 1980’s. My first IBM PC computer mouse had a roller ball device. It would constantly pick up dirt and dust and need cleaning. I haven’t used a mouse for my Apple in years.

The latest mouse on the market is so advanced that you can point it at your screen like a TV remote. What’s next, a mind controlling mouse? Whichever it is, I’m sure the next generation will be a mind-boggling mouse.

Shine On


“Occasionally when I’m procrastinating writing,
I’ll while away the hours on iTunes. You can just keep going
forever and find these bands you’d never normally hear of.”
Marisha Pessl

Listening to music has become so much easier since the introduction of iTunes.

My son introduced me to iTunes over a decade ago. This is when I got my first iPod. Believe me, I waited and put up quite a fight to give up my CDs, but iTunes is a work of pure genius that we all take for granted.

Back in the 1970s when 8-track tapes were all the rage, I hated 8-tracks! You’d be listening to a great piece of music and the damn track would just end in the middle of a song. This made listening to music entirely unenjoyable.

So, I bought a small cassette recorder/player and bought all my music in cassette format. I can remember listening to music in my car using the portable cassette player. Then the technology went to CD players. I held out for quite a few years before I bought my first CD player.

When I began using iTunes, I decided to sell my 100s of CDs. I created a Craigslist account, posted the CD’s for sale, and as soon as I hit that post button, I instantly received several calls from people wanting to buy the entire collection. I sold the CD collection within one hour of posting them for sale. I haven’t looked back since.

With iTunes I can organize my music with Playlists. I have music to write by, music to create with, music for banjo playing. Then I have my Pop Music to walk and workout to, as well as my classical music to do my Ballet Beautiful workout and to chill out to, all in different Playlists with easy access. But what I really think is cool, is that my iPhone, iPad and MacBook Pro all have the exact music I want on each device.

Thanks Steve Jobs. You really were a genius when it came to technology. Thanks Jeff Robbin, Bill Kincaid, and Dave Heller for developing iTunes. A thousand years from now, you guys will be the Benjamin Franklin’s of the next new millennium because of your development of iTunes.

Shine On

The Nitty-Gritty

“Successful organizing is based on the recognition
that people get organized because
they too have a vision.”
Paul Wellstone

Palm Pilot 1

My First PDA, the Palm Pilot circa 1997.

I like to think of myself as a very detail oriented person. Making “TO DO” lists daily helps me to keep on top of everything. I’m proud to say, rarely does anything fall through the cracks. Also, crossing off each accomplishment throughout my day, gives me great satisfaction when I complete a task.

In the past I used a “Day Runner”. Some of you might remember this company from the 1970s. I actually carried around two of these notebooks, one for work and one for personal appointments.

Then in 1997 my thoughtful husband noticed how much these notebooks weighted me down, so he bought me my first PDA, a “Palm Pilot”. This device was basically the forerunner of the Apple iPhone. This little device held all my work and personal information in one hand with a touch of a stylus-pen (the little pointy-thing).

Enter the new millennium where I began using applications on my laptop, my iPhone, and then my iPad to keep me organized. I very rarely use a pen and paper any more as a “TO DO” list. I’ve probably saved a hundred trees by not writing things down.

This brings me to my husband. He seems to have an aversion to writing down his “TO DOs”. He barks his list at me and wants me to “write it down” for him. Sometimes, when we are in the car and he gives me some tasks to take care of, and it doesn’t get added to my digital “TO DOs”, his request goes in one ear and out the other.

I kinda resolved this problem. I handed him a spiral notepad and a pen. He has been starting to write some things down to remind me, but I still have to tell him, “if it ain’t written down, it ain’t gonna get done”. My mind can’t seem to remember all the details of everyday life, unless he writes it down or I input it into one of my digital devices.

Got to run. My husband just phoned and gave me a task to take care of for him, and he asked me to “write it down” for him.

Excuse me while I get down to the nitty-gritty.

Shine On