For years I have been convinced there is a thief prowling around. He (she - whatever), comes into the house 3-4 times a year, and just like that something is missing from where it normally resides. Maybe it's a vengfull ghost and not a material person, but it is a thief none the less.
Sometimes it is something precious that is missing such as that pair of emerald earings back in the mid 90's. The earings were the first jewelry that WS ever gave me (besides my wedding ring). The earings were on the earing tree, then they weren't. I have never found that pair of earings, but think of them when other items turn up missing.
Normally though, the item in question is not something of high dollar value, or of sentimental value. This latest example is such a thing; my bathmat.
Yes, you read that right, my bath mat is missing. An item I use every day - or more accurately, for 7 consecutive days, every other week. And, it is not the bath mat that wasn't in current use that I am missing, but the bath mat that I used all of last week (I change towels/bath mats on Sunday) until Friday morning it was missing. After taking my morning shower, I hang it on the shower curtain rod until the next use. I am the only one that uses that shower, so WS didn't do anything with it (yes, I asked him anyway).
When I thought about it, it wasn't there Thursday night either - I had transfered a sheet that was on the clothes-drying rack to the shower curtain rod Thursday night, and didn't need to move the bathmat. I pulled out the other bathmat and used that until I did the towels yesterday afternoon. Between Friday morning and yesterday, I emptied the hampers - no bathmat - the thing has totally disappeared.
Because of the thief, I am currently using an old, ratty towel (normally reserved for drying off the dogs) for a bathmat. Who (or what) in their/its right mind steals something like a bath mat? One of these days I will catch the thief and make them give me back all those stupid little things that have gone missing over the years - or at least my emerald earings.