Shhh. . . I’m in Smalltownville and the house of my youth is still sleeping.
I decided to make the great weekend escape with Goodnight, who can rest and recover here under the cozy quilts and comforters that remain from when I was her age.
We stopped at a small town thrift shop on the way. It’s one of my favorite shops because there is so much there. I don’t always purchase something, but perhaps I like to go because I recognize so many old things.
While in the shop, I spotted a nifty caddy to hang over a doorknob: a place to put important things one wouldn’t want to forget as one leaves the house. I caved in . . . and bought it. It says “Do Not Forget” on it and has a hole for the doorknob, three pockets for whatever one isn’t supposed to forget, and a clip for something else important, I suppose.
What do I want to put in there? Hmmm . . . the question is “What don’t I want to forget?”
Pocket #1: Angel
Pocket #2: Officer Friendly
Pocket #3: Mr. Gr8 (my dad)
And on the little clip? Probably a purse-size pack of tissues for when I remember what’s in pockets #1, #2, and #3?
I’m beginning to understand why the item looked new and never used.
Maybe I should go with a more techno-version of the doorknob caddy.
Pocket #1: Cell phone
Pocket #2: Camcorder
Pocket #3: Charging cords for items in pockets #1 and #2.
Little Clip: Flash drive
A much more practical and necessary use for the caddy is that I should probably wear the darn thing around my neck somehow.
Pocket #1: Eyeglasses (At work, I’ve kept them on my head, around my neck, tucked into the front of my shirt neckline, or in my pocket. As I pat myself down to feel for where I’ve put them, I must look a lot like a third-base coach giving a signal to a runner.)
Pocket #2: A list of the passwords I need for work: electronic time sheet, electronic pay voucher, college computer network, email, online employee training access, etc.
Pocket #3: Bottle of ginko biloba for memory enhancement
Little Clip: The keys to my car so I can get myself home when the stuff in pockets #1, #2 and #3 exhaust me.
I just thought of another option. It’s red. My doorknob caddy is red. I’ll make it a Christmas gift to my sister!!! She’ll do something gorgeous with it because she has a better sense of home decor than I do. She’ll probably hang it on a wall and use the round doorknob hole for a photo frame.
The truth is . . . Goodnight heaved a heavy sigh when I showed it to her. That means she probably has some great ideas for the empty pockets and the little clip. Most likely for her HIGH SCHOOL locker next year. In Pocket #1 she’ll probably hope for the car keys because, “Gram, do you know that I can get my driver’s permit soon?”
Maybe I’ll hold off on giving her the doorknob caddy . . .
In reality, it will probably turn into this knitter’s perfect companion gadget! What I didn’t show you yet, is what the backside of the doorknob caddy looks like.
I believe that strap will hold a center-pull skein of wool . . . perfectly! The back side can face the front while I knit and some clever knitting tools can be tucked into Pockets #1, #2, and #3!!!! As for the little clip . . . I still need a flash drive for my knitting photos!