Hubby and I have often joked with my Mum that she’s not the only one who tends to forget things. Recently we’ve known her go into the kitchen to put the kettle on and come out with a tee towel or a biscuit for the dog.
As we’ve been able to visit around once a month since moving here, she knows who we are, and the time spent with her is usually pleasant, jolly and positive.
All joking aside, I am having more and more craft moments, and it has nothing to do with card making or needlework.
I literally start to do something, and forget what it was, or walk to the other end of the boat and wonder why when I get there, but more often than not, I start to say something, can’t get my words out, and then forget completely what I was talking about.
My glib coverup comment is usually ‘It must have been important’, and hopefully whatever it was will come back to me.
It doesn’t help if the person I’m talking to, or someone else in the group I’m with, interrupts or talks over me. The mind shuts down over matter and words from my mouth stop dead in their tracks.
Three times in as many days, I have meant to return a DVD we borrowed.
It is still here, but perhaps if I remove it from the shelf to the other end of the boat, seeing it on the way out will jog my memory.
In years past, wasn’t tying a knot in your hankie or putting a piece of string on your finger a visual reminder to do something? At the moment, if I did either, I probably wouldn’t remember why I did it, or worse, where to find a hankie to tie a knot in it in the first place (paper tissues just don’t seem to have the same effect).
(Just a little aside here, has anyone tried to tie a neat little bow on their finger with just one hand????)
Now, where was I? Oh yes:
In the cottage, we had a calendar up on a notice board in the kitchen, and everything of importance was written on that so that nothing got forgotten.
Every year, we would be given several calendars actually, and they all had their uses, the one in the bathroom being for noting our weight loss, the one in the scullery for shopping reminders, and the big diary I always bought myself recorded our electricity usage, when we had the oil tank filled, and anything else to do with expenditure in running the household.
But it was the one on the notice board that always got our attention, and thus we never forgot anything. This could probably be because it was by the fridge of course.
One of our new boating friends gave us a small calendar last year with pictures of her voyages that summer. It was a lovely thought and we were very privileged because she only had 6 done and chose us to give one to. It’s not exactly up in the kitchen, but it is on a hook on the wall at the living end of the boat, and I record on it important medical dates and appointments.
That is if I can find a pen or pencil that will write on the glossy paper, or I remember I have to record something somewhere, but what?