Lost and Found

Ever have one of those days? One of those
moments? Favoring pockets instead of a
purse, I am wont to put keys, cards, and
other such in my pockets. But which ones?
And where? Recently I locked myself
out of my vehicle with the fob ensconced in

a bag inside. No pockets this time. Luckily I had
just purchased food for dinner. Went back
inside to borrow a cell phone from a pleasant
employee. I let my husband know my dilemma.
He arrived to the rescue. Early dinner in
mid-afternoon! How could I avoid this again?

Well, I didn’t have long to wait. Planning to
run errands, I inadvertently left my fob
inside the house in a pocket! No problem.
I punched in the garage door pin on the number
pad. BIG problem! It did not work! Things
went from bad to worse. Another BIG problem:

my cell phone was inside the locked vehicle.
Fob to the vehicle in the locked house. In a pocket.
Locked out of the house on a cold and rainy
day in the upper 40s, I walked next door and
borrowed a cell phone and called my husband.
Left voice mail. Maybe he did not recognize who called?

Now what? Crossed the street to another neighbor.
They allowed use of their phone too and
this time I reached my husband and asked
if he could come home for lunch. Leaving
work, he arrived to the rescue me once more.
See the pattern here? Now our garage

door opener was not communicating with
our vehicle openers. It’s a miracle my
husband is still communicating. We await
a service call from the garage door place
next week. Short of burying something
underground, what is the solution to

avoid future mishaps? My neighbors
regaled me with their stories of similarly
misplaced keys and of locking themselves
out as well. We pondered where to keep
spare keys/fobs. Under the front mat?
Under a flower pot? Surely others have

found better solutions. Breaking a window
was not an option since I could not have
crawled in. Even phoning AAA would not
have allowed access to the house. Just the
vehicle. Annoyed and wondering at our
end of the pond this week. Laugh or cry?

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28 Responses to Lost and Found

  1. Y’all are still smiling in the photos.

    We left a house key hidden outside, only to find it wouldn’t work. We had a couple of bad copies and failed to throw them away. Our son rescued us that day.

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    • Anne, thank you – I had to find photos of us smiling to ease the pain a bit. We actually buried house keys in a glass jar with a lid. Dug down into the garden. Probably disintegrated the first snow fall. That was in 1991. Now when I have copies made, I try them out, and if they don’t work, go right back to the hardware store. Your son to the rescue! I don’t know where outside would be safe and usable anymore. And with the vehicle fob? We have an extra and that’s another story. Where does one hide that? I will be curious to learn what others do. Enjoy the weekend!

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  2. Clare Pooley says:

    Oh, Mary Ann! What a terrible time you’ve had! I have trained myself to always return my keys to my bag and always take my bag out with me. I always used to keep spare keys at my parents’ house but my mother is very elderly now and might not remember where she had put them. We leave keys with a neighbour when we go away on holiday and we are now considering asking them to look after our spare keys all the time – just in case. The only problem with this is if they are away from home just when we need the keys! I don’t think there is an ideal answer.

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    • Clare, thank you for the comment and helpful remarks. Because neighbors are not available 24/7, we don’t leave keys with them. We have a tiny magnetized box which adheres to a metal shelving in the garage. with spare house keys. That does not solve the vehicle issue. I have disdain for carrying bags which I always leave hidden in the vehicle when I am out and about. As long as my fob is on my person, I can touch the vehicle open. I need something else. You are correct: there is no idea answer. I suppose I could leave signs for myself saying “do you have your keys, etc.?” Enjoy the weekend as I ponder solutions. “”__””

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  3. Dan and I ventured out on a day trip to the coast in September and upon returning discovered we had both forgotten our house keys… He finally managed to break us in without breaking anything. Thankfully, he had forgotten to lock the door between the wood shed and garage… Pure luck–he always locks everything. NOW, my keys stay resting comfortably in my purse, whether I’m indoors or off on an outing and the purse is never left behind. After all, I may want to make a purchase. ❤ xo

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    • Bette, thank you for such a lovely comment. I still have disdain for purses so just put a few credit cards and my fob in my pockets. As you can see, it didn’t help me with getting into the house. I don’t even carry my cell phone with me. It’s always off and either in the car or house. Wonder why I bother sometimes? I have been known to forget the garage door while I am out and about. Then when I return home, I wonder why the garage and house are open. I felt your pure luck getting back into the house. Our spare house keys are in a tiny magnetized box attached to a metal garage shelf. Still doesn’t solve the garage door issue. Our vehicles are not communicating with the garage door opener. Sigh. And this too shall pass. ^__^

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  4. Peter Klopp says:

    As you said, for your vehicle there is AAA. It is still a nuisance having to wait until they send someone to help you. With your house that is a different matter altogether. My wife and I opted for a hiding place for the key. Not the obvious one, of course. Have a great weekend, Mary Ann!

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    • Peter – thank you for the helpful comment. AAA helped a neighbor unlock her car, but her keys were in her trunk. When she turned around to ask the AAA guy to unlock her trunk, he had already gone away. She found a way through the back seat and trunk. I am thinking of a good hiding place for vehicle and house. My policeman neighbor in Virginia buried spare keys in his back yard. That is useless here in winter and snow. Enjoy your weekend as well, Peter. Thanks, again. “”__””

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  5. cindy knoke says:

    Laugh definitely, it is what you do before you cry.

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  6. balroop2013 says:

    Pockets are considered to be safer, this time too safe! I have been in such situations and my dearest hubby has always saved me. We laugh only after we are inside the house. 🙂

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  7. Annika Perry says:

    Mary Ann, your key fob woes have me smiling and commiserating. So frustrating but problems ultimately solved. A good chance to talk to your neighbours and I bet your husband doesn’t mind in the least to come to the rescue! My guy loses his keys no end of times, forgets his wallet! I’m trying to teach him mindfulness as he leaves the house each time … see if it works! You both look great and love the flower photos!

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    • Annika – Thank you for the comment. I now touch and rattle the fob & keys in my pocket. Indeed it was good to have a neighbor to the rescue along with my husband. Between the two of us, he fixed the communication issues between the vehicles and garage door opener. Who knew you had to do this on a ladder inside the garage? Learn something new every day. The flowers are still beautiful even through the first frost of the year. Our photos were at different times and places. I wanted smiles. My husband’s was in Vienna this past August. Have a wonderful rest of the week and book writing/editing. I admire your tenacity. So much of life intervenes with my weekly blog posts so I try early to compose in my head. “”__””

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