I've been spending more time in the kitchen lately, and I've noticed that certain items that I should have in ample supply seem to have just vanished.
My grandmother (jokingly, I presume) always said it was gremlins.
The sock gremlin is the most common. That's why every sock drawer eventually ends up with so many single socks. I always thought that sounded more like a washing machine problem, though.
My gremlins are particularly fond of chip clips. I know I should have at least a half-dozen of them, but there are none to be found. It's not that they're all used up - there are no sealed bags of chips in the cupboard either. You'd think I'd at least have a clothespin in the chip clip drawer, but they're all gone, too. It's very suspicious.
I'm also inclined to blame the gremlins on my inability to find any lids to seal up opened cans of cat food, but I sort of suspect that if I cleaned out the fridge, I'd find them all pushed to the back, covering dessicated cans of cat food from months ago. I suppose a refrigerator cleanout should go on my "to-do" list...
Many of the things in the house that frequently disappear can be blamed on the remote control hungry La-Z-Boy couch, or the tilted shelves in the bathroom cabinet that neatly tip toiletries into the bathroom trash can where they're immediately consumed by tissues, never to be seen again.
Then there's my ponytail holder gremlin, a.k.a. my cat, Velcro. I can't leave a ponytail holder on any surface that she can reach or she'll grab it in her teeth, bat it around on the floor, and eventually lose it under a big piece of furniture or down a vent.
What kinds of things do your household gremlins go after? Have you ever solved one of your gremlin mysteries or are they all inexplicable?