Jim, sounds like you need a checklist.
I used to balk at checklists, but as I age, they seem to help my remembry out a wee bit.
2017 Escape 5.0 TA (someday soon, I hope
2015 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5L EcoBoost
2009 Escape 19 (previous)
“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” — Abraham Lincoln