“Signs” of Life

“The binoculars are under the kitchen sink.” I know this because I left myself a memo about it and propped it against the window over the sink. Ever since my short-term memory deserted me to go play shuffle board in Florida, I have been resorting to more and more strategies such as leaving notes. Now I don’t have to be concerned about knocking the binoculars into the dishpan when I see a bird I want to identify, as was possible when they sat on the window sill. Instead, I reach into the cabinet under the sink and retrieve them. I think I can do away with the memo now because I have located the binoculars there often enough so that it is now a habit.

That is a low-tech way I keep track of things, but I love technology. I wouldn’t trade my iPad for the cutest little lap dog in the world. I set up reminders on my computer systems even for very minor things and I have a small digital timer with me most of the time. It helps me to multi-task at supper time as I get food cooking in the kitchen and work at the computer in the office. I also set it to remind me to stop working at a desk and get up and move.

For every technological method I use I also have a paper back-up, known, quaintly, as a calendar. But it was the oddest thing to get part way into the day today and realize it is my 48th wedding anniversary! Who knew?!

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Harriet Vaughan

About Harriet Vaughan

I am a Senior Move Manager, working with Senior Citizens and their families when it is time to downsize or just make the home safer and more comfortable for aging in place. I help these people make decisions about what to keep, throw out, donate, or sell. I also offer workshops on "Getting Things Done When You Are Over 60". I write about how to overcome memory lapses and how to use your physical energy well. I have a degree in Home Economics from the University of Maine. I live in Coopers Mills, about 14 miles east of Augusta. I have been married for almost 50 years to my husband, Chuck Vaughan. Our business is called Legacy Years Transition Services.