Thursday, January 11, 2018

New Year New Beginnings

by Caro Lamont from Sparkle Abbey's Barking with the Stars

Happy New Year! I know we're a few days into the new year, but only a few. I haven't quite packed away all the holiday decorations and I'm still having to remind myself to write the correct year on checks.

For many, the new year means New Year's resolutions. Do you make New Year's resolutions? I don't anymore I've found if I need to make a change in my life, it's best just do it. There's nothing magical about the first of a new year. Change can happen anytime. January or June, it doesn't really matter.

That's said, I do love new beginnings. One of my favorite January rituals is picking out a new planner for the year. Fresh pages, unfilled days, a space for notes. I'm a list maker and so I like having room for my daily To-Do list.

I also spend some time selecting a new calendar for my office. Something with adorable dogs and cats maybe? Or perhaps one with gorgeous scenery. Or one with famous quotes might be fun. So many possibilities!

Sure you can just use your phone for all of that. You can take notes, put appointments on the calendar, plan you days. Sounds pretty convenient, right? But for me it's not the same. I like an actual planner I can handle and scribble notes on, and a calendar that I've enjoyed choosing.

How about you? Do you keep all your appointments and plans on your phone and computer? Or, like me, do prefer an old-fashioned calendar and/or planner?

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In posh Laguna Beach murder has gone to the dogs... When Caro Lamont, former psychologist turned pet therapist makes a house call to help Kevin Blackstone with his two misbehaving German Shepherd dogs, she expects frantic dogs, she expects a frantic dog owner, she even expects frantic neighbors. What she doesn't expect is that two hours later the police will find Kevin dead, his dogs impounded; and that as the last person to see Kevin alive (well, except for the killer) she is suddenly a person of interest, at least according to Homicide Detective Judd Malone.

Sparkle Abbey is the pseudonym of two mystery authors (Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter). They are friends and neighbors as well as co-writers of the Pampered Pets Mystery Series. The pen name was created by combining the names of their rescue pets--Sparkle (Mary Lee's cat) and Abbey (Anita's dog). If you want to make sure you're up on all the Sparkle Abbey news, stop by their website and sign up for Sparkle Abbey's Newsletter.

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24 comments:

  1. Both. I keep my calendar in Google Calendar, but I print it out each time it changes and pin it to my working cork board in front of me, at eye level, so I can check it whenever I want. It's linked to my phone, but I never look at it there.

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  2. Since I am old school I use lists always, have a real calendar on my desk which I use daily to input appointments and important events and especially love using notepads which I carry everywhere for sudden ideas and purchases I intend to make. Grocery stores I always have my list in my purse. I don't have a new phone, but if I did I would still write out everything. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. We love notepads too. Great for writing down ideas!

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  3. Every year I buy a new daytimer which is essential and necessary for my life, mostly for health appointments and schedules. When I go shopping I use lists as a reminder which is helpful and vital. I have calendars in every room as well. Love them. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Definitely helpful and vital. We enjoy the wide variety of calendars that are available - so handy to have one in every room.

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  4. I use my Microsoft Outlook calendar to keep tracks of plans, meetings, appointments etc. I especially like that it has handy reminders that pop up. acate9(at)utk(dot)edu

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    1. We use MS Outlook at work, the reminders are great!

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  5. I've been using the calendar on my phone. I bought a calendar planner the last couple of years, but didn't end up using them. With my phine calendar I get a notification the day before and the same day and everything is right there if I need to look something up.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. I much prefer to use an old school planner and a calendar. I like the feeling of writing down dates. Thanks for the opportunity to win! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. I use the calendar on my phone. The last couple of years I bought planners, but never used them. This way I get notifications the day before and the same day of an appointment.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. For us, there's something satisfying about writing down dates as well.

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  9. Dianne, the handy thing with the phone is that we always have it with us. And those reminders have sometimes saved the day!

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  10. I have a "real" calendar in the kitchen with important dates noted. I have another near my computer primarily for checking dates. Then there is the google calendar that records schedules for me, my husband, and my daughter.
    With any luck I have it all covered.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  11. I used to have planners and calendars with wonderful notes all over. Now I’m retired and keeping a low social profile...like the fancy words for “ Don’t do much?” I do use the calendar on my phone for lunches with friends and appointments. Next one up...hmm...checking the phone...oil change on the car...yep. Low social profile, indeed! Would enjoy your book. Sounds like fun. Lldawnjm (at) gmail (dot) com. Happy New Year!

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  12. I like calendars and planners too. This year I have a calendar from Half Price books with coupons! I like trying new series and appreciate the chance to win a copy of Desperate Housedogs. suemngirl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  13. I use my phone calendar to record my appointments, lunches with friends, and other important info. At the same time we have a family calendar on our refrigerator and transfer my info there too. It helps keep track of everyone's schedule's.

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  14. Old school for us. I have a lovely calendar on the kitchen wall. The squares are large enough to write everything we need. It works.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  15. I use an old fashion wall calendar to track the major things in my year. Thanks for the giveaway. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  16. I have a planner - and an employee to remind me about certain events. cheers at marjimmanor dot com

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  17. We use paper calendars at our house, but also keep a calendar on the computer that is linked to our cell phone. judy
    LibraryLady80 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  18. I agree with you about making resolutions. If I want to do something or change something I just do it! As for a calendar, I don't use a smart phone like other people so I use a program on my computer called Rainlendar and it shows up in the corner of my computer alerting me each day to things that have to be accomplished that day but I also use a calendar I can write in on my refrigerator. This works best for me. Merry northstarvance(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. I have a pocket calendar for writing down appointments. I save them from year to year. They keep me organized. And, I will make a list if I have things I need to remember to get done.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  20. Old fashioned calendar and FB Events..I try not to over do appointments though and space them out. Love an ebook if I win.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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