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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Curious Incident of the Missing Stone



'Course, that's what Abby told me she was doing up 'til 5.30am.. 

I wouldn't put it past her and the friends who "slept over", to have been actually up hunting for that lost diamond of mine, the entire night long.

Hmmmn.

Yup, I'm just off to check e-bay..

51 comments:

MarkD60 said...

Yeah, that's what I thought you said, 50 guests, not 15! (Did you say 15?)

Once my parents were out of town and I had a party (without permission) and the suspended ceiling fell. And my parents said it smelled like smoke. My reply was that it couldn't smell like smoke, I sprayed about 3 cans of Lysol in the room.

Good luck finding the diamond. My wife is supposed to get a check up on hers every 6 months, to make sure the setting is OK. (no charge)

I really enjoyed this video post. You don't sound like I imagined from your profile pic!

Hilary said...

Oh no, that's such a shame about the diamond. It happened to me once, too. A rather large diamond fell out of my grandmother's ring, which I'd inherited. It never showed up. I certainly hope yours does.

Always nice to listen to your blog post. :)

Kate said...

Great to see your face this Wednesday morning. Ah...the surprise birthday party. You must be in the running for parent of the year, right? That's the only reason you could have agreed to such a request.
So sorry about the family heirloom. Makes me glad to have had my ring mountings checked recently...whew.
Loved the video post.

Margaret Benbow said...

Lovely to hear and see you, dear Shrinky--complete with a tolerant humorous account of Abby's huge party and even a glorious smile, which was very brave considering the fact that you probably didn't get a wink of sleep, AND the circumstance of the missing diamond. I'll bet you are the best "finder" in the family, and that it will turn up. But if it doesn't, then you and your family have the opportunity to be The Founders of a new diamond with new traditions, which will be cherished in its turn for generations! (Yes, I think this requires somebody to be rich.)I wish you the best happiness, whether you are a Finder or a Founder.

Jeaux said...

Ahh, mother earth reclaims it all, even empires, sooner or later.

But the diamond may reveal herself to you, if you don't look too hard. I'd definitely check the vacuum cleaner bag, though... soon as you hear that startling rattle they make when picking up lost diamonds...

TexWisGirl said...

oh, i hate that! you'll spend months looking - just in case...

Rock Chef said...

Sounds like a wonderful party to me! Don't know what you are complaining about! :-)

Sorry about the stone. It is so sad to lose something like that. Hope it turns up, though I must admit that the odds aren't in your favour :-(

Dee Newman said...

Shrinky, the quality of your video posts are almost as distinctive, erudite, and entertaining as your writing. I am truly sorry about your missing diamond . . . I have a feeling it will show up.

mythopolis said...

Well, I really enjoyed your video and you have a charming story-telling style. And that makes me think you should do interpretive readings of your many stories in front of the camera!

Someone said check the vaccum bag, and I agree. Did you wear the ring often? Like while doing dishes? Most sinks and tubs have drains that include a P-trap. Many such traps also have a screw-off opening for cleaning the trap. But, if not, the whole P-trap section can be removed with a couple of wrenches. At any rate, I hope you find it because it has such sentiment, and family history.

Ms. A said...

OH.NO!!! Take heart, I lost a small diamond out of my ring and believe it or not... a girl sweeping up the skating rink FOUND IT! Grab a flashlight and look for the sparkle. I hope like aitchedoublehockeysticks, you find it!

lisleman said...

Do you hear the wind? That's an understatement. Sounds like a hurricane. Hey since you now know you can handle 50. Invite 50 of us over and we can crawl around the place for you. Do you garden with it on?

mrsnesbitt said...

Abbie - how old? Bless
Dxx

Portia said...

So sorry about your missing diamond! I sure hope it turns up soon.

foam said...

awww .. what a shame about the diamond! wouldn't you know, i have a ring with a missing diamond. it was my mom's wedding band with a row of diamonds. luckily only one is missing now. but, i do so hope yours shows up. it's sentimental!
and here i thought i was brave having a group of 12 teens and twens for an overnighter ...

Chantel said...

My engagement ring diamond fell out. I nearly died.....*sigh* Thank God he loved me more! May your insurance gent be lovely...

Leslie: said...

Well, first of all, I do hope the diamond turns up. I gave daughter #1 my grandmother's opal and garnet ring for her 12th birthday and she was told to only wear it on special occasions. However, it disappeared one day and she has never to this day said how it did. Maybe she'll confess eventually.

Second, I LOVED the video! It's so good to see you and hear you at the same time! I'm hoping if I come over to England and Wales next year, I'll be able to pop over to the island to meet you. I will be meeting up with Denise and some others as well.

Finally, have a wonderful week! Seems like summer has gone from here, too. It's raining as I write although it is still warm. Hopefully, we'll get a bit more sunshine before the real fall sets in. Toodles for now! :D

Barbara Shallue said...

I hope you've found the diamond by now! I lost the diamond out of my grandmother's ring once years ago. I was pretty sure it dropped out in my minivan...which, having three kids and two dogs, was full of sand. And it was nighttime. But I prayed to St. Anthony and St. Jude (lost things and hopeless causes) and would you believe I found it? I loved hearing you tell us about your week. What a great party!!

X. Dell said...

Sorry to hear about the diamond. Even if it's insured, that's not the point. No one could replace the history or the personal significance of it to your family. I really, really hope you find it. If I could come over and help you look for it, I would.

Shrinky said...

Mark, that's EXACTLY what Abby said, "Huh? You said 15??" I've never had the settings on my rings checked, frankly, it never crossed my mind to before - naturally, I'm a little wiser now. Oh dear, now I'm wondering what my profile pic suggests I should sound like!

Shrinky said...

Hi Hilary, I guess you know the pain of losing such an emotionally loaded heirloom, eh? Oddly enough, up until posting this, I'd never known this happen to anyone else. I'm so sorry you lost something irreplaceable like that.

Shrinky said...

Hi there Kate, parent of the year? Nah, it's just by the time the youngest hit 14, I've been too plum broken down and worn out to even bother putting up a fight anymore!

I'm having my ring mounts checked on a regular basis from here on out, count on it.

Shrinky said...

Oh Margaret, what a beautiful twist to put on it - I love that idea (see my happy face?).. maybe one day that's exactly what we'll do, but um, it won't be just yet, the cash required is needed elsewhere (as ever)! I haven't yet given up looking for it, eternal optimist that I am.

Shrinky said...

Hi Jeaux, I always love it when you pop by. Ah, I'm afraid the vacuum bag has already been thoroughly sifted through, but all to no avail (sigh).. that's not to say I won't be sifting through it often and again for the weeks to come - you just never know, eh? That said, if it's done and gone, I'll get over it - life goes on (shrug).

Shrinky said...

You are so right, TexWisGirl, I'm always going to be on the lookout, aren't I?

Shrinky said...

Ha! Rock Chef, judging by the broken gate, jammed back door, broken coffee table, and the mysterious empty stash of empty cider cans I found buried in the garden, it appears to have been a fine party indeed..

As for the stone, in the great picture of things, it's only that, isn't it? A thing. I'll get over it.

Shrinky said...

I knew there was good reason I love you, Dee (grin). What a deliciously gorgeous thing to say, that's just plain made my day, it has - thank you, dear lad!

Shrinky said...

Oh Dan (shove) I don't intend upon inflicting my home vids on you poor folk too often, I fear that might be pushing my luck some, don't you? Thanks soooo much for that suggestion about opening the traps out - as soon as reading that, I called up our friendly plumber guy, and he's agreed to come over and do just that on every sink and drain in the house. Keep your fingers crossed for me, eh?

Shrinky said...

Yikes, Ms A, that is AMAZING, what are the chances of that being found? Wow, that gives me heart (grin), and I love your warm wishes, thanks for the smile!

Shrinky said...

Haha, oh Lisleman, it would almost be worth the loss to have fifty of you guys over here, wouldn't THAT be a blast?

And, um, gardening? What's that??

Shrinky said...

Hi Denise, she's 15 come January.

Shrinky said...

Hi Portia, thanks hon, what will be, will be, eh?

Shrinky said...

Hi there foam, good luck with the sleepover, it's sure good to know I'm not the only nutter around these parts! Blimey, it's amazing how common it is to lose a stone from a ring, I had no idea this kind of thing is so common place (though I sure wish I had). What a shame about your mothers wedding band, maybe you can have the stone replaced in it at some point?

Shrinky said...

Oh Chantel, how horrible! As for the insurance - gahhh - it's taken such a run around already, a police report, a fax to them of our professional valuation of it, five phone-calls, and they STILL haven't even begun to assess our claim.. wish me luck!

Shrinky said...

Oooh Leslie, how exciting is this? I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to meet up when you are over, email me with the dates so we can firm it up, will you? (Grinning from ear to ear..)

Shrinky said...

Now Barbara, there's a thought, it's certainly worth a try, isn't it? Someone must have been guiding you to have found that missing stone, the odds of finding it must have been next to nil - I'll keep you posted!

Shrinky said...

Aw X-Dell, you totally get it, it's not the value (which is considerable), it's all the absorbed DNA of the generations past that we've also lost with it, and it's THAT which I mourn! Your sweet wish to come help if you could has really touched me, too. I always knew you were a lovely man.

MarkD60 said...

In your profile pic you look like my old neighbor, I guess I expected you to sound like her. Canadian

Shrinky said...

Haaaaa, no, I certainly wouldn't be mistaken for Canadian, that's for sure! I am Scots by birth, but raised in England, so my accent is a kind of mix between the both, I guess.

Mushy said...

What a president you have established...a video blog...should I try one...sober?!

I sure hope you find your diamond...not just because it's a diamond, but because of its history.

I'm reluctant to post a comment after seeing so many before me, but, hey, better late than never.

It's good to see you are flesh and bone and not just some still life in a bowl on the Blogger table.

mythopolis said...

Oh Shrinky (shove back) everybody loves you, so if you are shy to be on camera, it could be an audio track because your voice is enjoyable. I'm not letting you off the hook that easy!

Now, more about the disappearing stone. Any clothing like pants or jackets is another place to look. If the stone was loose in the setting then the friction of a hand digging into a pocket could dislodge the stone and it would then make its way to the bottom, or the lowest corner of the pocket. (Some are cut on a diagonal) Turn the pocket completely inside out and check carefully. Finally, if you routinely run your clothes through a washer or dryer, the stone could be under the agitator fins of the washer. It can be removed fairly easily. The dryer could be more difficult because the drum is perforated and the stone could have fallen through a hole. This is more problematic since if it is not in the lint filter, or some such trap of the dryer, you will have to destroy the dryer trying to find if the stone is somewhere within it.

If these things fail, I would recommend you contact Dan's Myth, at F.L.I.P.,an acronym for Finder of Lost Items and People. He is retired now, but might take your case pro bono since he has become a bit stir-crazy after not being able to find Amelia Earhart.

Hugs....

Shrinky said...

Hi Mushy, ah, you are one of my longest known and dearest friends in here, and I'm always delighted when you pop by. Hope all is well with you and yours? Thanks for your empathy, but I guess I'll get over it (smile). Yes, you SHOULD do a video post, that I would love to see!

Shrinky said...

Hi there Dan, yeah, I've done the pocket thing - nada! My washer is a front loader, no fins - but thanks, I didn't think to open the trap in there to check, that's def next on my list now (smile). I'm still waiting for the plumber to come, but if it turns up, you'll be the first to know, I promise!

I have a feeling I may have to resort to contacting Dan's Myth at F.L.I.P., see if he has any magic for lost causes..

altadenahiker said...

I'm sorry about the diamond, but I just adore this video!

Shrinky said...

Awww, why thank you, bonny lass - it is a bit cringe inducing to see yourself on video..

~Babs said...

Very late to this meeting, and no new suggestions.
Not much help,but lots of empathy.
I too lost a diamond,, from my engagement ring. Long ago.
I did find it months later,,,when I totally wasn't looking for it.
Far back corner under the bed, which I know you've gone over with a fine toothed comb,, I had too,,,but we were ripping up old (1970's) carpeting, and there it was. I'm not sure which I was happier about, getting rid of that carpet, or finding the stone!
Good luck,,,I'm thinking it will turn up. Fingers crossed!
Oh, and I adored finally getting to hear your lovely, lilting voice!!
(and what a good Mom you are,,,,50,,hahahahahahahhaa!!!)

Joanna Jenkins said...

Oh dear, I am so sorry about the diamond. That's just heartbreaking.

You are a VERY good Mom for letting 50 teenagers near your house let alone INSIDE your house. I yiyi. That is A LOT.

Hang in there and it was lovely to see you. xo jj

Shrinky said...

Hey Babs, I HAVEN'T looked under the bed, so thanks for that.. (dashing upstairs with a flashlight, as I type!) Imagine finding your diamond after all that time - now that, dear lady, gives me hope.

Shrinky said...

Hey there jj, I'm not THAT good a mum, I assure you - after the broken gate-post, sprained lock in the back door, and that bin liner stuffed behind the hedge at the bottom of the garden, full of empty cans of cider - I've promised her this is the first and last ever party she'll ever be throwing over at our house..!

Nick said...

Wish my kidney stone was MIA

PRH....... said...

Meanwhile my old Airedale Reagan, at 13 years plus 3 months, continues to hang in there...way more trims that I had counted on at $50 a pop (US)...the old gal has no outlived all of the Airedales we have owned/raised since 1974. Some of em' just stay around to keep you hoppin' and in debt. :)

Middle Child said...

I remember those sorts of parties - some strange smells and the clinking of what sounded like wine bottles...so sorry about the diamond - I only have my grandfather's gold wedding ring and if I lost that I would be really sorry so yours is much older