When you repaint rooms there are always things which disappear. At least that was the case in our house. An engraved pewter plate from my Grandma's home town which had always hanged on the entrance wall, had disappeared. Instead I found two handpainted plates from Italy which had hanged on a wall somewhere but we both couldn't remember where.
Mr. G. pretended that he had never touched the pewter plate and didn't even remember that it had hanged for years in the entrance. This is not unusual because most men have potatoes on their eyes when it comes to decorations unless they are their own once. I too hadn't taken the plate away because for that I would have needed a chair or something, and that I would remember.
Mr. G. started a thorough detective work and checked all cupboads, wardrobes, closets and drawers, as if the painters had hidden our plate inside some wardrobes and under our underwear. Of course the resulat was zero.
Then one day in the middle of the week he stormed in my room like a elephant who had found a banana and shouted happily "I found the plate" ! Where ?? I asked.
It was sitting in a vitrine just in front of his bed, where he also kept the soldiers of Napoleon's Waterloo army. Apparently years ago, I had moved the plate from the entrance into the vitrine.
But these two plates are still there and I don't know where they were. Meanwhile I have put them away in the hope I won't forget where I put them, until we find a place to hang them up. So one mistery is solved, but the other still remains open.