Saturday, February 20, 2010

I'd Lose my Head If It Wasn't Attached

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

Lost and found You can ask anyone in my family:  I have a memory like a sieve.  I can never remember what I've done with my gloves, keys, hat, purse, phone . . . you name it, I've lost it.

After years of putting up with this, my husband has finally come up with an explanation.  He say's I'm not so much careless as I just don't pay attention where I leave things.  He likened my losing stuff to a snake, shedding its skin.  I'll have my keys in my hand and put them down, with no thought as to what I'm doing (usually because my head is full of Tommyrot).  And then, when I need them, I have no conscious memory of what I did with them.
That sounds reasonable . . . most of the time.

Sissy hammer Take my hammer, for instance.  (Doesn't everybody have a tool box of their very own?  Mine is a former fishing tackle box.  Inside I have screwdrivers, an awl, a small hammer (used, $1 at a yard sale--you can't buy a small hammer like this anywhere, I know--I've tried.)  I've been looking for my hammer for weeks.  Why?  I wanted to move the nail that holds my calendar over 2 inches so I could see Sunday.  (Weird calendar, has a BIG section for notes on the right side, so Sunday was hiding behind my monitor screen.)

For at least three days I searched the house high and low for that hammer and then I tried to remember when I'd last used it.  Aha!  When taking down the Christmas lights three weeks ago.  (We nail in these little metal holders that keep the cord for the wreath from dangling in the snow.)  Sure enough, I'd "shed" the hammer in the garage, where it still sat.

Car keys Of course, that doesn't help me for things like my brand new set of car keys.  The day I bought the car, I had a terrible cold.  I did not feel like going to the dealer to pick it up--but had no choice.  I drove the car home, shed the keys . . . and they've never turned up since.  (The fact that that ring had all my OTHER keys on it, too, and the "smart" key to my husband's car which costs $100, made it a pain to replace.  And BTW, he won't shell out the $100 for another key because I'd just lose that.  And he's right.  I've lost two more sets of keys since 2005.)  I still maintain those keys are somewhere in this house (uh . . . four years later).  Hubby maintains they've been at the local landfill for all but a day of that time.

Even though it's not New Year's and I don't make resolutions, I'm going to try NOT to shed things and make a conscious decision to put things away where I know I will find them again.

That ought to last about day.

Do you lose stuff?  If so, how often?

18 comments:

Dru said...

I like to look at it as "misplacing" things and I will turn my place upside down to find it.

Kaye said...

My glasses somehow seem to move themselves from room to room without me. I don't know how they manage but they do. I swear it is not me . . nope, it's not.

signlady217 said...

Piece of paper with info I need. I absolutely know it is in a particular stack or file, but not being able to find it right away makes me crazy! And invariably it will turn up later, when I no longer need it, exactly where I thought it was! Other than that, I don't really lose things. Lucky me!

Anonymous said...

My "current" glasses have disappeared. I have a feeling they're either on the kitchen counter at our cottage ... or in the grass (and probably buried by a foot of snow). We probably won't head back until April, and I sure hope I find them . . . (The last time I remember wearing them was at the cottage. That's my story, and I'm sticking with it.)

Vicki said...

I have to say that I am pretty good at keeping track of my stuff...I only lose things for a few minutes (momentary alzheimers). I have lost big things though (much more painful). The last time I saw my expensive tennis racket was on the roof of the car. Forgot it was up there until too late. Went back to try to find it, but I'm sure someone picked it up.

Shannon said...

I lose things, too. Usually keys or cell phone when I am in a huge rush to get kids to school (late anyway because THEY couldn't find their shoes). I also lose phone numbers because I don't take the time to store them in the phone. And it seems like it is always someone who is unlisted. But my biggest problem is walking into a room and forgetting why I needed to go there into the first place!

Jessica said...

I'm generally pretty good about keeping track of stuff...its my boyfriend who isn't. He's terrible...and its not just items he forgets..its EVERYTHING. I can tell him something and remind him to do it over and over and over again and he will forget 5 mins later. And if its an item he's lost, I'm usually the one that has to find it.

Laura K. Curtis said...

Lorraine -

If they're reading glasses, check in the fridge. Sometimes you have to take them off when you need to look for a snack and they end up on a shelf in there.

I lose stuff all the time, too. Usually it's my keys and my cell phone. I'd be the heroine of my own novel. You know the one who never has the cell when she needs it, or if she does have it it's not charged? I actually lent my phone to a friend for a week because I told her not to worry, no one calls me on it anyway because they know they won't get me.

windycindy said...

I can so identify with you! My sister, friends and I all laugh about our losing things and being unable to find them. I couldn't even find the Christmas cards I had made for this past year!!!!!
Thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Lindy said...

I have lost my palm pilot... has anyone seen it?

misterreereeder said...

I'd be surprised if somebody has NOT misplaced something. I've misplaced a few things myself - where are the tax documents? Changing the subject - heard about congrats being in order for your latest book - so congrats.

sosarahsew said...

The quickest way for me to find a lost item is to buy another. I found a lost commerative coin (after a week of searching) 30 minutes after I bought a replacement. I haven't finished a quilt I started because I know I'll find the three missing blocks as soon as I make new ones. I like to think you are in good company!

Linda said...

I always used to lose my keys. Every single day, because I would never put them in the same place. Finally, though, we bought a combo key rack/calendar thing to hang on the wall in our kitchen. That has saved me endless rounds of searching for my keys, because now I automatically put my keys there every time I come into the house. And funny that you mentioned the lost hammer...ours was missing recently too, and I refused to buy a new one, because I knew we had one. Eventually I found it, and was finally able to hang up some framed photos on the wall.

Anonymous said...

OMG! I'm so glad to find out I'm not the only one this happens to. I swear there is a set of keys in my house, somewhere. I lost them 3years ago and we can't find them. I'm always looking for things. I like to blame my forgetfullness on the 5 kids but, really I was a bit like this before any of them were born. Oh well.

HollyD

Dave Chaudoir said...

I am most vexed when I lose something in plain sight... and don't find it for days later, sometimes after replacing whatever "it" was!

Lorna Barrett said...

Linda, I DO have a little dish for my glasses (at both home and the cottage), and I try to put my glasses in the dish (and hang my keys on the key rack) the minute I come in the house. Doesn't always work out that way. But when I remember to do it, I'm always grateful the next time I go out because there they are, right where they belong! (Doesn't happen enough.)

Heather Webber said...

I don't lose stuff often--and it's a good thing, too. My memory is shot, so there would be no hope of me finding my lost items again.

Sarah said...

Thank goodness - no! I don't misplace things that often :-) My trouble is knowing I put something down in a specific spot then having others in the house move it so I can't find it!

Sarah