Does hiding a watch just before you leave town two years ago and not being able to find it later count as actually losing the watch? Now that I’ve finally located it, I recall thinking what a great spot the back of a drawer in the desk our son used when he lived at home would be for a hiding spot. It’s my computer desk now; you’d think I would have cleaned out all the drawers … But no, they were still crammed with old pieces of paper and our son’s homework. Not until I got to sorting through those papers did I find my missing watch. Hooray!

My watch had been hiding for so long (2 years) that I’d forgotten that it didn’t run and needed to be sent out for repair. Our local jeweler said he couldn’t work on it, so I sent it off to an expert and hope to see it home again soon. Hopefully working in time to wear on our next trip!

When I met this little pooch, I was afraid it was lost. But thankfully its owner appeared.

When I met this little pooch, I was afraid it was lost. But thankfully its owner appeared.

 

I’ve thought of all sorts of ways to keep myself from losing things, such as key racks and sorting my socks before I put them away.  But inevitably I come up one sock short. I figure if I toss away that extra sock its missing mate will show up. Just like a missing earring.

I always put my keys away first thing!

I always put my keys away first thing!

 

In the kitchen, several items have disappeared over the last few months. Just this morning I found the missing container I’d put away to tidy up the counter. Bad move, as I didn’t put it with other items of the same ilk. I was sure I’d remember where I put it but should know myself by now. A girlfriend recently admitted she found a box of her favorite cookies, hidden from her husband, in her kitchen, which made me feel better.

Do you have a cookie or candy stash?

Do you have a cookie or candy stash?

 

As an author, I can’t help thinking of my novels, all lost and found stories in one way or another. Eva lost much in Starting from Scratch, including a home, a job she felt competent at, and love. She wanted to change her life, but her goal was nebulous. Have you ever felt that way? If you don’t know what you’re looking for, can you find it?

Don't forget to enter to win these Amish-made goodies, plus a signed copy of one of my books!

Don’t forget to enter below to win these Amish-made goodies, plus a signed copy of one of my books!

 

Enter to win these Amish-made goodies from Lancaster County that I didn’t hide from myself: A lovely 14” Pillow (some hand quilting; purple on back) and this pair of charming Oven Mitts, plus one signed book: a copy of Starting from Scratch, A Letter from Lancaster County, or one of 3 books from The Legacy of Lancaster County Trilogy—either Leaving Lancaster, its sequel, Pennsylvania Patchwork, or Forever Amish.

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