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Thread: Mom in a Perils of Pauline Situation

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    My mom is a very spry and energetic 85 year old. She lives alone in a mobile home in a park, drives all over town, etc. She is very active and sometimes gets herself into situations. She has a fence that goes from the front of her home by the front steps to the other side in the back, but the back door steps are in the driveway, in front of the fence. Both gates (one at front, one at driveway) are locked with padlocks. She has a pomeranian dog who can be a little stubborn when he wants. The other night the dog didn't want to come in when she called him, so she went out the front door to the back yard to find him. Well, she absentmindedly pulled the front door closed, and as soon as it closed, she realized it was still locked. Now, this is at 9:30 at night, she was getting ready for bed, so she was in her robe and slippers...and nothing else. She stood there wondering what to do, as she was not only locked out of the house but locked into the yard. She went and got the ladder from behind the shed thinking she could climb onto the roof of the shed and pull the ladder up and then put the ladder over the fence and climb down to the driveway. But then realized it would be too heavy. So....she decided to try to get the attention of the man who lives next door. She propped the ladder against the fence on his yard side, and started yelling out for him.

    Do we get the picture??? 85 year old woman in a robe and nothing else yelling for the man next door?

    When she was telling me I was nearly rolling on the floor laughing!!

    After about 20 minutes he finally heard her and came out the back door. She said "Can you come over here for a minute?" He said, sure, and came over to the driveway. Without waiting for her to say anything, he said "What did you do??" He knows her pretty well already.

    She told him briefly what happened, and where the extra key was hidden in the power box. He got it, went in the back door, and let her in the front door.

    My husband and I were out of town that weekend, so we didn't hear about this until the next week. My cousin heard it from her the day after it happened, and she wrote on Facebook, "So, have you heard about your mom's weekend adventure?" I laughed because I had just heard, and I told mom, "don't think you'll get away with anything ever!".

    She is too much!!!

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    Bless her heart!!! LMBO
    I wonder if you replaced atleast one of her doorlocks with a deadbolt and remove the locking doorknob. That way she can turn it inside to lock but it will remain unlocked when she closes the door to go outside looking for puppy....
    I bet her neighbor gets the biggest kick out of your mom, she sounds like she would be a hoot of a neighbor!!!

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    Good suggestion about the door lock. I'll ask her about it.

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    Its was all the dogs fault!! LOL
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    LOL What a remarkable woman ! Good for her to be able to do all she does :lol:

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    How funny!! :D For a minute, I
    thought you were describing my
    Mom. She is also 85 & lives in a
    mobil home, along with being
    very active. I will have to share
    this with her!! To FUNNY!!
    :D :D :D :D :D :D

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    That's too funny!!!
    I'm sure your mom will never live this down!

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    That is so funny. She sounds like my dad. He is 80 and still active and ornery. I wouldn't change a thing about him either.

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    She sounds like she can live alone quite well!
    I hate those door locks! I don't have them on my house just becasue I have heard so many stories like that!

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    If your mom is feeling bad about her episode, read the "Dumb things I've Done" thread to her. She will be in good company!

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    In reference to the "Wooden Bowl" fable, I bet if someone tried that with your Mom, she would either suggest they put the bowl where the sun doesn't shine or she would just toss it...in the direction of someone's head.

    I did chuckle when I read the antecdote about your feisty Mom...that more of us would have that creativity and "spunk" as we become more mature (?).

    I bet it was a bit "nipply" for her, with just her robe on, eh? :roll:

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    I'm looking forward to the day when I can give my kids fits by being that feisty! Laughter is good....!

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    Your mother reminds me of my sweet m-i-l. That little lady still does mowing, raking, picking up sticks, laundry, etc. for herself and family members next door and behind her. She cracks me up when she tells me she doesn't know why she's getting so tired all the time! She'll be 90 next April. Sounds like they'd be great friends!

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    Your MIL reminds me of a little lady, also in her 90s, who still works a couple of days a week in a bakery in a small town not far from me. She doesn't even LOOK like she that age!

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    Here's a picture of mom. I posted this before when I told the story of her learning to quilt at 83 years old. :D
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    That is too funny.

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    How funny! Poor dear! You painted a great picture.

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    yup, just as I thought...she doesn't look 85 at all. Guess that's why the neighbor will come help...but he is a bit slow ain't he? :lol:
    P.S. I sure am glad she didn't climb on the roof! :roll:

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    She certainly doesn't look like she's 85! I can't believe she thought about pulling the ladder onto and across the roof, then putting it down the other side. Good idea about the lock, although she'll probably never make the same mistake again. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Here's a picture of mom. I posted this before when I told the story of her learning to quilt at 83 years old. :D
    85?? I don't believe it!!
    I think someone is lying about their age!!!!

    Give Mom some HUGE hugs for me!!!!

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    Looks good, doesn't she? We are lucky in our genes!!!

    I haven't told her I posted this story....she'd laugh, though!!!!

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