I’ve lost it!
I guess it comes with the territory. Along with advancing birthdays comes memory loss. I’m not alone. My conversations with Mike are usually peppered with the words “don’t forget” and “oh yeah” as we’re constantly – sometimes repeatedly – reminding each other about something. Whenever Mike says “Help me to remember. . .” I know we’re both in trouble. To compensate for this deficiency, I’ve learned over the years to write myself notes and set timers for things that I’m afraid I’ll forget. For instance, when I wash clothes at the campground laundry, I set the kitchen timer to remind me when to go back and empty the machines. When there’s something on TV that I really want to watch, I write down the time and channel and set it on the end table next to my recliner. When we get low on, or run out of, supplies, I write them down on my ongoing shopping list. These tactics usually serve me pretty well. Unfortunately, I’ve gotten so used to seeing notes and lists laying around that sometimes I tend to overlook them. For instance, for the last two weeks I’ve wanted to return a tube of silicone to Wal-Mart. So for the last two weeks I’ve put at the top of my shopping list “return silicone.” Have I remembered to take the silicone with me to Wal-Mart? No! My shopping list for next week now begins – again – with “return silicone.” Then there are the times when I’ve forgotten that I recently purchased something and purchase it again. For instance, the campground’s potluck dinner was this past Tuesday. I decided to make deviled eggs and cookies, and we had just used up our last two eggs. Our deviled egg holder holds eight, and I needed two for the cookies – that’s a total of ten eggs that I needed for the potluck. Since that would only leave two remaining, I added TWO dozen eggs to my shopping list. You see where this is heading, don’t you? After we got home from the grocery store and were putting away the groceries, what did I see when I opened the refrigerator door? A dozen eggs, albeit pushed back a little ways, that I had somehow overlooked and forgotten that we purchased LAST week!!! Guess I’ll be baking some more cookies, we’ll be eating LOTS of scrambled eggs, and I’ll be going door-to-door to see if any of our neighbors need to “borrow” some eggs.
Thanks everyone for your wonderful birthday wishes!