Finding Lost Memories In My Junk Drawer

We’ve all done it, thrown those memories in a junk drawer and maybe never seen again.

Somewhere in New Mexico
The Coming Storm
  • Our Memories Were in a Junk Drawer!!

You’ll never know what you will find in your junk drawer unless you clean the thing out!  We’ve lived in this apartment for 4 years and I’ve never cleaned out our junk drawer.  Really who does that?! Well, when you’ve been laid up and have a bit of time on your hands, you start to organize things around your house.  To the extent your husband thinks you’re crazy.

I found all sorts of stuff I’d forgotten about, but the most intriguing thing I found was lost memories in an old Cannon point and shoot camera.  There was an SD card in it and I wanted to see what, if anything was still on it.  When I put the SD card in my computer I was shocked to find 138 memories on the card.  I was ecstatic to say the least!

  • About The Photos

A lot of the photos were of our travels across this gorgeous country of ours.  About when we started driving for our current trucking company 10 years ago.  But, the most important photos were of family members that we haven’t seen for a long time.  And, their health has gotten worse these past few years. Some of those memories were of our last Thanksgiving together.  There were a lot of great photos on that card,. So, I’m glad I found it in my junk drawer.

back of a trailer in Providence
An Experience in Providence
The Buildings of Providence

One of the photos is at the top of the blog post.  I think it was taken in New Mexico, but I’m not quite sure. I slightly edited it and the others in Adobe Lightroom, it’s not the best photo, but I seriously think those clouds are very cool!  Don’t you?

The following photos brought back memories of a trip my husband and I didn’t enjoy, but chuckle about it now.  We were delivering a load to a small store in what I think was Providence, RI.  The Cannon camera I had at the time didn’t have GPS capabilities.  I remember, we had to turn down a one way street facing the wrong direction.  The store had no loading docks.  So,  they ingeniously off loaded our trailer into the street.  We were parked next to a fire hydrant, and there were 2 police officers in their car across the street.  This made for a very nervous husband the whole day.  

It took the whole day for the employees to finish off loading the trailer. When we closed up the doors we had to back the trailer into a busy downtown street.  It was a doozy of a day for any truck driver to experience.  But, it became a great day for me to take photos of the surrounding buildings and of our interesting experience.

  • Treasure Your Memories For Future Generations 

With today’s technology in the realm of photography I bet this happens more than we want to admit.  How many of you out there have your special days on SD cards, DVD’s, or thumb drives?  And how many you have them in a junk drawer? At least my SD card was in a camera, and in a case.  Not being moved around every time someone got into the junk drawer.  Just think about it.  Your memories being pushed aside every time you want that flash light or pen you’re looking for.  And that damned CD,DVD or flash drive gets in the way. That’s definitely not the way to treat your most treasured memories.

Please, I beg you, if you ever hire a professional photographer don’t go the “easy” route and ask for the CD or thumb drive. Have your professional do their job.  Have them guide you in ordering your prints and photo books, so you can treasure those moments with future generations.  By doing this, they will last past your lifetime.

  • Don’t Forget Those Memories On Your Cell Phone

If many of you are like me, you take a lot of photos with your cell phone.  Usually, that’s the only thing you have at hand.  Or, you might even have a little point and shoot camera that fits in a pocket or purse.  Just because these photos have less resolution than a DSLR camera, doesn’t mean you can’t print them.  

There are so many sites out there today that can do wonders with our cell phone photos.  One of the places I’ve used is mpix.com. They’ve done a wonderful job with photos I’ve sent to family.  They are easy to use, quick with their service and their prices were reasonable.  

Another printing service I love using and the prices are fairly  reasonable and they put the prints on glass is fractureme.com . There are good printing services out there that have become very user-friendly, so easy our Grandparents could use it.  Also, if you are a member of Amazon Prime they have a cloud service in which you can store and share with family in a family vault and have your favorite photos printed. Listen to me, don’t do what I did!  Get those photos printed, you’ll thank yourself  later.

  • I Was Lucky, Hopefully You Will Be To!

I am glad I cleaned out our junk drawer and found that camera! There were so many memories on that SD card, that I didn’t even know were missing.  I’m going to get some of the photos of our Thanksgiving printed.  So they can be shared and enjoyed with our family.  Not shoved in a drawer and forgotten.

I did the trifecta that any good photographer should do.  I’ve backed them up on my computer, my external drive and on a cloud service.  I hope I never do this again.  If you’re reading this, then it’s not too late for you.  Get those CD’s, DVD’s, and thumb drives out of your drawers, printed and shared with the ones you love. 

“Take care of all your memories.  For you cannot relive them.”

Bob Dylan

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