Friday, December 5, 2008

Life at the Funny Farm

Well, I knew it wouldn't be quiet around here forever, but I was hoping for a little bit more time before we had another "adventure".

A little background. When my son was 2, he is now 38, I locked my car keys and him in the car when we lived in Baton Rouge. Don't ask me how I did that, I guess I was dingy then too, lol. I remember it was around noon and it was hot as you know what and I was frantic! Anyway I had to call my husband and have him come open the car door. From that time on I have never been without 2 sets of keys. The one I use to drive with and an extra set that I keep in whatever purse I am carrying around. I have never locked my keys in the car since then.

A little more background. After we had Aud's car "all tuned up etc" and agreed we were going to drive her car and give mine to one of the grandkids, Aud had a change of heart, and decided that she didn't want to be without a car. Ok, I can relate to that, no problem. "So just hang both sets of my car keys on the key rack by the door and that way I won't have to bother you for the keys if I need them". Fine. And there the Buick keys reside unless one of us is driving the car. I only drive it when I am taking Aud to an appointment.

So, fast forward to today, first of all, I really didn't want to get up. I had to go to the periodontist for a deep cleaning. If anyone reading this knows about that kind of cleaning, you know I was dreading it. My appt was at one, so I got up at 12, grabbed some cereal, dressed and away I went. Nervous as a cat on a hot tin roof, lol.

When I got there, I said hello at the desk and sat down. A few minutes later the receptionist looks at me and says, are you Judy? No, I'm Perry. Oh, I didn't recognize you without the purple in your hair. What happened? It was supposed to be redone last week but we went out of town so it gets done today after I finish here. And we had a good laugh. Actually, I giggled. Hmm, I may have to start behaving myself.

My teeth were in pretty good shape thanks to a new treatment I have been using for the last 6 weeks, so the cleaning went pretty good. I stop and get a Starbucks on the way home and Aud is ready to go so we go to the beauty salon. It is cold here right now, in the 30's. The wind is blowing and Aud is freezing of course.

I get my hair cut and the way, my hair is now standing straight up on top of my head, lol....short and punked! I tried to take a picture, but it didn't turn out very good so you don't get to see it. Aud gets her washed and set.

We leave and head out to a small specialty shoe store we shop at to pick up some shoe inserts for Aud. We get there, she tells me to just run in and pick them up and she will wait in the car. Ok. So, I go in and chat with the "boys" and get the inserts and head out to the car. They have gotten in some German wool houseshoes that are wonderful and I am admiring them. I walk out and get in the car which is right in front of the window, .....look, Aud..aren't those neat houseshoes? Is that what they are? Yes, ....we need some of those, let's go look at them. Out of the car and into the store and we try on houseshoes, each of us get a pair, and we head back out to the car.

Ooops, no keys! Nothing unusual there, I lose them in my purse all the time, but no, they are not there. Of course not, I have left them in the car laying on the console because Aud always wants me to leave her the keys if I get out of the car and leave her in it. AND, the car is locked!
Where are the extra keys! Why, at home of course, hanging on the key rack.

We go back in the store and are trying to decide what to do, and I talk Kevin, the owner, into taking me home to get the other set. It is almost closing time and I know it will take an hour for anyone to come get in the car. He agrees, we only live about 5 miles from the store.

So, we leave Aud at the store and drive to the house to get the other set of keys. Luckily, I had my car keys in my purse and the house key was on them. Oh, no, another problem occurs to me. We live in an old house. The back door is a sliding patio door that does not have an entry lock on it. It has a bar across one side, and the whole bit, lol. The front door has a glass storm door on it and no key lock, so I can't open the front door because of the storm door being locked. Of course I can't get into the garage because the garage door opener is in the car. The only way in is a side door off of the garage, and I am not sure the key I have fits it, lol.

I call my youngest daughter to see if she is still in the city, and yes she is, but she doesn't have her key to our house with her, it is at home. Well, maybe I will get lucky and this one will work. And thank heavens, it does and I am able to get in the house and get the other set of keys. I call Dana and tell her all is ok, and we go back to the shoe store. Meanwhile I have made sure I have gotten in the car with this set of car keys and haven't dropped them. I put them in the side pocket of my purse.

We get almost to the shoe store, and I start looking for the keys. Can't find them anywhere. I finally give up and figured I had dropped them on the floor of the car. Open the car door, not there, ok, let's go in and I will see if I can figure out where I dropped them. I start looking through my purse and finally find the things, they have attached themselves to a magnet, and they are there.

By now I am a nervous wreck. It is dark, I am not seeing well in the dark, and I haven't had anything to eat since noon and it is 6:30. We are both famished. Of course we always go to eat when we are having adventures, so we go to our favorite Mexican restaurant and eat steak tacos...wonderful things.

Then we have to stop at the health food store for pills for Aud and then we go home. I get home without running over anyone and collapse.

The "other set" of Aud's car keys are now in my purse where they will live as long as we have that car. Unreal, lol.

Not leaving the house tomorrow or Saturday for sure, lol. Maybe Sunday.........


Stephanie D. said...

Oh, I locked my daughter and the keys inside my car when she was less than a year old and I was frantic--but fortunately was parked in my own driveway and J-Man was home and could open the door. She slept through it, thank goodness.

It was probably the 4th or 5th time I had locked my keys in the car, once necessitating breaking the window, as extra keys were at home and J-Man was out of town and it was a Fri. night.

After that, I wore a spare car key on a chain around my neck--for YEARS!

JudyL said...

What an adventure! Yes, stay home and relax . . all weekend.

quiltmom said...

Well Perry, you do have your adventures - I guess you could say it keeps life interesting but I am sure you could live quite happily without some of these things to test your problem solving skills.
I can relate to dreaming about quilting rather than actually getting any quilting done- maybe over Christmas vacation.
I like your new banner- and I am looking forward to seeing your purple hair..
Be well...

Carol said...

OMG Perry I'm and Aud have more adventures...Your Sooners looked AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

You are sooo funny. I told you two to stay home!! Do NOT leave that house. it is not safe for you out there. I'm worried, very worried. LOLOL!!!!!!!!!!!
Now what about those new houseshoes?? They sound neat. And the hair is standing straight up on your head?? Oh LORDY!!

Vicky said...

I needed this chuckle tonight. Sorry it was at your expense! But, hey, you got new shoews and tacos out of the deal! I'd say that was worth the adventure!

Sheri said...

A interesting adventure LOL

Cheryl said...

Boy I would fit in just fine with you girls. Sounds like one of my adventures!!!