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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Organizing Your Keys

Most of us have a lot of keys. Some we've forgotten what they go to. Ask yourself why you have keys that you no longer need. Take some time to go thru your old keys. If you can't figure out what they are for, then put them to one side. You can store them in a jar or box for awhile but once you know you never need those keys, get rid of them!

There are different ways to identify your keys. You can purchase colored keys. I found, on the Internet, that there are a lot of different key caps you can buy. You can also have custom keys made with different designs. These are ways to differentiate between keys. Use one for your house key and another for your car key.

Check your key ring. Pull off any extraneous keys. If you don't use them everyday, take them off! I only keep my car key and house key on my keyring so I don't have to carry a big wad. My husband has to carry his work keys too. Make some decisions. You don't have to carry every key in the house on your key ring. If you need some, then carry them on a separate key ring and store in your car. Or have your work keys stored in a locked desk drawer. Just try to think outside the box so you aren't having to lug them all around with you.

At home there are ways to store your keys from key racks to key boxes.

I have a key box like this and this is how I keep our keys organized.

Key cabinets come in a variety of sizes.

This velcro board is a good idea.

To organize all those keys that are rarely used, be sure to label them. Label them specifically. Don't just put "house key" but label "House key - back patio door, 2011", "1995 Buick Pk Avenue key", "Key for mantle clock in living room, 2011", "Luggage key for blue Samsonite suitcase, 2011". It's important to label them thoroughly, even with a date. For instance, I had 3 Buick Pk Avenues over 10 years and if I had just labeled them "Buick Pk Ave" I wouldn't have known which Park Avenue the keys went to so I would need to put "2003 Park Ave", "2005 Park Ave", etc.

Key storage won't work if you don't label well and put the keys back where they belong. That's the key to organizing keys! You can use colorcoding and labels. For instance, all the green keys are house keys, all the blue keys are your husband's car keys and the pink keys are your car keys. Either purchase colored keys or use the colored caps or just use colored labels.

When you sell a house, be sure to give all the house keys to the new owners. When you sell a car, be sure to give them all the extra sets. That way you aren't keeping and storing keys that are useless to you.

When I accidentally lock my keys in the car, my husband knows right where to find the extra set. If I need that key for my luggage, I know right where to go. When I need the key for the outdoor storage shed, I know where it's at.

But, remember, label them well and ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS put them back when you are through. My husband really struggles with this but he's learning.

Talladega Race Scrapbook Pages

Here are the digital scrapbook pages I made for our weekend at the Talladega Race.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Talladega Race

My husband won a trip for two to the Talladega SuperSpeedway. We got a free hotel room at the Atlanta Airport Hilton. We left Saturday and got back today, Monday. I didn't really care about the race but I enjoyed spending the weekend with Stan. When we got there, Stan took me to Lenox Square to shop but that was a mistake! I used to go shopping there when I was a teenager but it's still built only for the Teens to Twenty Somethings! There is not a single shop that caters to the monied baby boomers like us. Where these young people get that kind of money is a wonder? It was very crowded and the shops are all upscale. You could hardly walk for the young people so we basically walked straight through and back out again.

We ate dinner at Turner's Montana Grill and we had bison steaks. Very good.

We decided not to take the free tour bus provided down to Talladega. They left at 6:30pm and didn't get back until 8:00pm. The race didn't start until 2:00pm (Alabama time which is 3:00pm our time) so there was no way we wanted to sit there for hours before the race. And we were afraid the bus would just be full of drunk strangers. Besides, Stan was worried that I would get too tired or start having too much pain and would need to leave. So we packed a picnic and headed out about 10:00am. We got there about lunchtime and got parked. I've never seen so many people. I've been to races before but never seen this many people. It was so crowded.

We ate our picnic lunch and I took a nap while Stan talked to some men that parked beside us. Then we walked a gazillion miles and climbed a lot of stairs to find our seats. These were $120@ tickets but the seating was awful! It was so cramped. They make no allowances for people who have legs. There is only 6" of "leg room". You can't cross your legs, stretch them, wiggle... it's an awful deal just to make your way out to go to the restroom or get something to eat or drink. People literally have to stand on their seats to let you by. With my size, I couldn't even stand up. So once I was in the seat, I couldn't move until we left. So I will never do it again. It's simply not worth it! And I was glad I hadn't paid $240 to be miserable!

But the weather was nice, I enjoyed being with Stan and he didn't make me stay too long. We left after the 100th lap because I was in pain and he wanted to avoid the traffic. I couldn't imagine trying to get out of there in all that traffic and mass of humanity.

So we got out while the gettin' was good. We got to Oxford, GA and stopped to let me shop through some antique malls while Stan listened to the end of the race. Then we ate at the Mellow Mushroom and had the best pizza!

This morning I went to the hotel pool and whirlpool. I worked out for 30 mins and enjoyed the whirlpool. Then we got ready and left for home. We stopped at Cafe Aroma for a delicious cup of coffee and a bagel. We got home at lunchtime.

How did we ever live before GPS!

We had such a nice time together!

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