Monday, May 26, 2014

Five Things I Forgot

I think I need to do some serious brain decluttering. Multiple times over the past few weeks I have forgotten something that I used to know. Actually, I think I still do know these things, it's just that so many other things have entered my brain since I filed these bits of information that they are now "old news." Buried like yesterday's headlines.

  1. I used to live in Vancouver. I know it rains a lot in this corner of British Columbia. Yet somehow the fact it has been pouring for two straight days has taken me by surprise. I wish some of Jennifer's attitude about the rain would rub off on me.
  2. I know I can't blow-dry my hair unless I am going to be pulling it back into a ponytail. There is something very bad that happens when I apply heat to my curls. So why did I think it would be any different this morning? Somehow the fact that it's wet and cold outside shoved this important piece of information to the dark recesses of my mind. Now I look deranged.
  3. I always check the dog poop bags before using them just to be sure they don't have a hole. This is a very important thing to remember when you are a dog owner. So why, oh why, did I forget to check the bag a couple days ago when I was out walking Fergus? As an aside, I would also like to know why the one time I forgot to check was the only time there has been a hole? 
  4. I use green cardamom pods approximately once every two or three years. I came across a recipe this week that I want to make that uses them, so picked up a package at the store. I was surprised by how pricey they were, and also by how many were in the packet - way more than I would ever use in a lifetime. Well, make that two lifetimes. While digging through my spices this weekend trying to find something else (another sad story, but I'll spare you the details), guess what I found? The saddest part of this whole thing is that now I can't remember what recipe I was going to make that called for the green cardamom pods.
  5. Forgetting something, then being reminded of it again, can also be a positive experience. It has been many years since we have had a hummingbird feeder up. It was so windy when we lived in Kamloops that the hummingbird juice would get blown all over the back deck, so we didn't put one up. And prior to that we were in Richmond, and our backyard there wasn't really suitable due to some huge trees. Now we are in the perfect spot to have a hummingbird feeder, and I had forgotten how much fun it is to see these little birds zoom around the yard, and jockey for a place at the feeder. Yesterday I counted seven, and they managed to empty the feeder by nightfall.



If you have a list of five (or ten, or twenty?) things that you have forgotten I would love to read it. And thank you to everyone who commented on my post about the letters I received from the Grade 3 class. I even got a comment from the Grade 3 class themselves! I'll come back to the subject of my book, and answer a few questions that have been asked about it, in a future post. If I remember...

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  1. Kristie, at least you are ahead of me in that you remembered that you forgot these things. Right now I can't even think of anything I've forgotten because I've already forgotten what those things were. You have SO many hummingbirds! We usually get one that hangs around our honeysuckle by the front porch. We put up a hummingbird feeder this year that was given to us (a one-station kind), and our hummingbird noticed it but kept going. The honeysuckle isn't in bloom yet so we will have to wait a few weeks before we see it again I suppose.

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    1. I'm not so sure I'm ahead of you, Cathy. There are probably hundreds of things I've forgotten I forgot. :-)

      Don't give up on your hummingbird yet! It still might come to your feeder. Be sure to freshen up the hummingbird juice every once in awhile. And even if it doesn't come right to your feeder it will still be nice to see it feeding on the honeysuckle.

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  2. What Cathy said. (About forgetting what she's forgotten.) :)

    Great hummingbird photos!

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    1. Ha! Yes, forgetting what we have forgotten is the real problem. :-)

      I had to take quite a few pictures to get a couple good ones. The hummingbirds move so fast it's hard to capture them.

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  3. Those are fantastic pictures of the hummingbirds. We have a feeder too, but they always fly away by the time I get to see them. I've never seen so many together in one place before.

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    1. Thanks, Meg! I must have taken at least 30 pictures to come up with a few good ones. I have an advantage when taking the pictures because I can stand on the other side of the glass patio doors to take them. That way I don't scare the hummingbirds away. I tried standing outside to take a close-up picture but they wouldn't come right to the feeder when I was next to it. My parents used to get up to two dozen at a time when they lived on the farm. They had several feeders hanging up.

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  4. I always forget things, then forget that I've forgotten them until it comes to really needing to have remembered. A fan of lists for a reason! Those birds are so cute, and the feeder is gorgeous! i hope the rain stops for you soon!

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    1. I'm a list person too, Sarah. I have Post-Its stuck all over our kitchen island to remind me to do/buy/make things. I would be lost without them!

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  5. I echo every one else - I forget numerous things, but right now I can't remember them!! I'm a list person for everything, from work to knitting!

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    1. The things we can't remember we forget are definitely the ones that are troublesome. I'm a list person too, Lucy. Lists and Post-It notes are how I survive! :-)

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  6. I have forgotten so many things I can't even remember what I forgot!! It is good that you forgot about the hummingbirds and how lovely they can be, that is a nice surprise to remember!! I hope that you don't forget too much else though! xx

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    1. Forgetting things seems to be somewhat of an epidemic. :-)

      Yes, the hummingbirds have been such a nice surprise. I had been reluctant to put up a feeder since we have flowers and bushes they feed on in the summer, but I'm really glad I did.

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  7. Oh Kristie, I am in love with those dear little hummingbirds (and their pretty feeder!). I hope I see them some day. It comes as a shock when we realise we have completely forgotten something relevant, when there was a time when we remembered Everything.... Of course, I have forgotten all the excellent examples of my own forgettingness, although just this week there was the meat left in the car for a few hours, then the front door left open at night, and the washing I forgot to bring in, and ...... Oh heck, it's just that I'm getting old and prioritise my thoughts to the interesting and pleasant, isn't it??

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    1. I love your theory about how we are prioritizing our thoughts to the interesting and pleasant, Patricia! In a way, I think that might actually be true.

      I'm surprised that you don't have hummingbirds in Australia. They are a lot of fun. I can hear them outside even if I can't see them. They really do make a humming or buzzing sort of noise when they fly.

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  8. I have a recipe that asks for 6 green cardamom pods, if that helps. Now, if I only could remember where this recipe is... :) I think I have mentioned the cucumber dilemma I have regularly? I just love your hummingbird photos, it is such a shame that we don't have any hummingbirds in Scotland. The dog poo bags are a good reminder why I don't want a dog. For now (there is a family debate on the go on this topic). Forgetting stuff can be annoying but you give us a good example of how nice it is to rediscover something long forgotten. Cx

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    1. If you find the recipe Christina please email me the link. Seriously. I'm so annoyed about having two bags of the things. It would be nice to at least use some of them for something.

      As far as the dog thing goes, I have to say that Fergus's positives far outweigh the negatives, even this week which has had the dog bag incident and a visit to the vet for allergy issues.

      I was surprised to see Patricia doesn't have hummingbirds in Australia, and even more surprised that you don't have them in Scotland.

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  9. I'm in that group with Cathy, I forget things so completely that I don't remember I used to know them. It's not so bad. My world is full of the wonder of discovery. :D

    Every few months I organize our spices to weed out the old and identify the duplicates. Plus, when my wife asks me to buy a spice, I'll know if we already have it or not. I do must of our grocery shopping now. But she goes often enough that we have 10 packets (about a 5 year supply) of McCormick chili mix.

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    1. If you come to visit Rick I think I'll have you work on my spice cupboard. And you can bring one of your extra packets of the McCormick chill mix. I'll trade you for a packet of green cardamom pods.

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  10. I forget a lot these days. It's getting worse. I thought it was just "mommy brain" from pregnancies and the early months of life with babies, and that it would dissipate. But it never did. I think I'm screwed at this point. Thank you for linking to me. I completely understand why it might be difficult to feel as good about rain as I do NOW. When I was living in such rainy climes as those in New York and Massachusetts, you would not have heard the same story. I actually think I did like it a lot but I wouldn't have admitted it. :)

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    1. Jennifer, I'm convinced that there is more going on with so many of us having trouble remembering things than mommy brain, senior moments, etc. I think the constant stream of information we have coming at us all the time has played havoc with our brains. My guess is in the next ten or twenty years there will be studies that show how our brains have become rewired.

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  11. I love your Hummingbird photos, its a real shame we don't get them here. I am constantly in a brain fog these days, I think we have so much to remember its not surprising that things get forgotten

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    1. Sue, I didn't know until I put up this post and several people commented that the UK doesn't have hummingbirds. It's too bad, they really are fun to watch. Have you seen them when you've been in the US?

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  12. Me again. No, I didn't forget something. ☺ Something new has come up. In the devotional pamphlet I read this morning the lesson had to do with "Jesus is the door". To illustrate the point the author told about some research done to explain why we forget what it is we've gone to another room to get. The researcher theorized that "a doorway signals the brain that the information held in memory can be filed away." He calls it an "event boundary." That explains why, if I return to the room in which I had the thought, I can usually remember it. I theorize it's because the surroundings act as a catalyst to recall the stored memory. My conclusion from this fellow's research is that if we want to remember something we thought of in one room, we must write it down and take the note with us because we are doomed to forget it as soon as we cross the threshold! People with smart phones can just make the note on their phones, but the rest of us will now need to have pad and pencil in every room. Perhaps I should design something stylish and sell it as a Memory Keeper....no, I'll call it a "Forget-Me-Not". I could add a little vase to the pad holder that you could put Forget-Me-Not Flowers in (artificial if you prefer). There'd be another little vase on the other side to hold a pencil. Do you think it will sell? ☺

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    1. That's an interesting theory about the event boundaries. Just think about how quickly those notes would add up in a day as we walked from room to room, and in and out of the house! As for your idea, a reminder app for smart phones called Forget-Me-Not might be a hit! :-)

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    2. Just remember to leave all those notepads you'll need in a prominent place so you can't forget where you put them ;)

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  13. Fabulous hummingbird photos!!!! Enjoyed your post! Count me in for forgetfulness too! It happens when I have so much on my mind and am more then multitasking! Lesson to be learned, don't multitask, if only that were the only reason!!!!! : ) xoRobin

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    1. Thanks Robin! I'm lucky because I can stand on the other side of our patio doors to take the pictures, so the hummingbirds don't get scared away. Multitasking is a huge problem for many of us. In the end I suspect I end up being less efficient when I multitask than if I just did one thing at a time. But it's a hard habit to break. And you're right, it isn't just the multitasking that causes the problem of forgetting, at least not in my case. Sigh...

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  14. My memory has got worse the older I become! I'm sure if I had less to do I would remember more. it must be wonderful to watch the humming birds, it sounds as if they will be eating you out of house and home. What a shame they don't like cardamom pods! Sarah x

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    1. Ha! Yes, if the hummingbirds liked cardamom pods my problem would be solved. :-)

      My memory has gotten worse as I've gotten older too, but I don't think it's all due to age. I think we get information overload from our phones, computers, the TV, etc.

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  15. I forgot that if I leave the meatloaf on the table after lunch Tot the dog will make inroads....and did, while I was helping Leo with something in the office.
    We have humming birds here...I'd never seen them before and after a few years they don't lose their magic. The bushes outside the house are alive with them at dawn and dusk...and clusters of them appear after rain...
    As to other stuff...yes, I can open the fridge and wonder what on earth I wanted....

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    1. That's funny, Helen! I'm sure your dog was very happy that you forgot to put the meat loaf away. I know just what you mean when you say the bushes are alive with them. The sound they make as they zoom around fills the air, and when there are several of them it is actually quite noisy (in a good way). You're right - they never lose their magic.

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  16. My list would be so long it would almost be laughable. Of course I have forgotten all that I would put on it.
    Hugs and by the way I LOVE rain.
    Meredith

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    1. Or worse, you would make the list then forget where you put it. :-)

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  17. Your hummingbird photos are gorgeous Kristie. My forgetfulness seems to be at its worst when I've too much to think about, jobs to do, errands to run - my brain can't take it all in and I start to forget .... well that's my excuse anyway!
    Patricia x

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    1. Thank you, Patricia. I took another picture today that I might include in a future blog post. Another kind of bird was at the suet feeder while the hummingbirds were at theirs. And I agree - when there are too many things to think about I start forgetting things as well.

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  18. What fabulous photos of the hummingbirds. I think I'd be sat at the window all day if we had hummingbirds here, I've only seen them when we've been on holiday to the Caribbean. I'm getting more and more forgetful as I get older, I hit forty and it seems a piece of my brain disappeared.

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    1. I often find myself standing by the kitchen window and/or patio doors watching them, Jo. I can't believe how much food they are going through! I am having to refill the feeder every day. I'm glad you have had a chance to see them when you were in the Caribbean. As for pieces of brain disappearing, it seems to be happening to all of us.

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  19. I guess I should have thought harder to come up with an answer to your question. Instead I've been given something to write about today and it ties in with your post about bears. When my cat started acting strangely, looking out into dark last night I reached for my camera and found it was not on my desk where I usually keep it. Then I heard what she was hearing....a quick paced galumping up our boardwalk that runs along the side of the house. If I'd had my camera (grrrrr) I would have had it with me when I ran to the back door to see what was coming up the boardwalk ramp to the deck. I fully expected to see a deer trotting by, but it was a huge black bear only 10 feet from the gate to our deck when I surprised him--and he me. He turned and ran back the way he came, while I came in the house trying to tell my husband what I'd seen. I think I was still in shock--the words wouldn't come out of my mouth--b e a r. Your posts seem to be about My life. Would you please write about finding things and less shocking discoveries. Oh, as for the camera....After searching the house I had the sinking feeling I hadn't brought it in after taking photos of my garden earlier in the day....before the rain storm. It's ruined. My husband's going to disassemble it and see if drying it out will bring it back to life.

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    1. Oh my! I'm sure your heart was beating a million miles an hour! From the sounds if it, so was the bear's. :-)

      Sorry to hear about your camera. I hope your husband is able to get it working again. And I'll try to write more about things you would want in your life, as opposed to things like bear encounters. No guarantees though! Ha!

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    2. Great news! After a day of being "skinned" the inside of the camera dried out and now is functioning! No more sign of the bear.....I actually would like it to come back for a photo shoot. At this point it's just my word (and my cat's) plus the broken railing to back up my story (which I tell in detail on Morning Musings ☺)

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    3. That is very good news about the camera! Be careful about what you wish for in terms of the bear. We had one visit our back deck in Kamloops every night for a week. It got to be a little much.

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    4. Didn't Fergus go wild? Gabriel wouldn't stand for anything to be on his deck. The only reason he didn't see the bear is because he'd been inadvertently closed in on the front porch on the other side of the house because my husband had closed up the house for the night and didn't realize he was out there. I'm glad, though, because otherwise he probably would have ran out onto the deck and then I would have had to try to retrieve him. He must have known something was up because he was barking like crazy anyway.

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    5. The bear on the deck happened before we had either Fergus or Jenny. I'm sure Fergus would go nuts if we had a bear. I'm also quite sure should I ever encounter one when out walking Fergus that he would run the other way as fast as he could, leaving me to be eaten by the bear. :-)

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    6. I just reread my comment where I said he "was just ambling about". There should have been a "not"" in there! When I heard him on the wooden walkway it sounded like a large animal was in quite a hurry. Re: the copperhead snake I mentioned on my Blog, you don't have to worry about them slithering into your tent at night as long as you don't sleep amongst a rock pile. We have a cemented stone stoop to our porch that we think one had found an opening behind. We're making sure it's sealed up GOOD now. It's the Milk Snake that like to hide in my flower beds that startle me--totally harmless--but just the same, I don't like snakes either!

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  20. Your weather sounds very like ours, Kristie, but after the past winter I'll never forget how much it can rain here. Sigh... As for other things I've forgotten - how long have you got? It might be easier to list what I can still remember. :-)

    I just love your photos of the hummingbirds. I now have hummingbird envy. I've only ever seen them in the wild once, on my one exotic holiday to Barbados in 1990, and still remember how awestruck I was at their tininess and beauty.

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    1. Ha! Yes, a list of things you remember might be a good idea. :-)

      It wasn't until I wrote this post that I found out you don't have hummingbirds in the UK. We have visitors from England coming over at the end of June, so I guess our hummingbirds will be a treat for them to see!

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  21. I am a list maker but then I forget to take the list with me or forget where I put the list. Writing things down does seem to help my memory a bit though. Your pics of the hummers are beautiful. We have them in our yard most of the year. We don't feed them but they are quite happy with the vines and flowers growing here. In the summer when DH sprays the garden hose they come to play in the water.

    Darla

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    1. I have started using the Notes function on my phone for lists that I will need when I am out of the house. It has worked out fairly well so far. For my in the house notes I use Post-Its. The fact they stick to my counter helps them from getting lost. If those notes get lost I will be as well!

      Do you mean the hummingbirds fly right into the water while he is spraying it? I will have to try that out this summer!

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  22. I love this list and I love the hummingbird feeder, I've only ever seen hummingbirds when I've been abroad on holiday.
    I'd like to try a list like this, but as I'm very forgetful I may forget to do it!!

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    1. I'll be looking forward to reading your list. If you remember to make it. :-)

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  23. I feel sure I could put a lengthy list together ... watch this space.

    I have always envied you New World'ers your hummingbirds. Do you know this wonderful old illustration I wonder. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Haeckel_Trochilidae.jpg. Or maybe you did but you've forgotten ;)

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    1. Thank you so much for that link. I wasn't aware of that illustration - it's beautiful! I'll anxiously be waiting for your list. :-)

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  24. Nice hummingbird shots! They are on my photography list.

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    1. They aren't easy to take pictures of, but are worthy the effort. Good luck!

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