First of all, a big big thank you to all of you who have posted tips and stories. I cannot tell you how much better it has made me feel even though my ring still has not turned up. But I feel now that there is still a chance it could turn up after reading all your incredible stories. Glorioustwelth, your story made my hair stand up on end, how spooky! And Novembercakes, how great your friend was the one who ended up "claiming" the lost necklace in the safe.
I am renting a metal detector tomorrow, and I will get my very devout Catholic MIL to have a chat to St. Anthony too. So fingers crossed!
While I am here I might as well show you all what started the whole disaster. My daughter turned 5 today so we had her birthday party for her friends on Sunday, and then she also celebrated at school in her class. So here are the Hello Kitty themed treats I made for her.
i'm sorry about your ring but wow your cakes and cookies are adorable. if i was a little girl this is the cake i would want!
Great job on your cakes and cookies! Good luck with the metal detector!
I might be wrong, but I don't think metal detectors will 'detect' gold. I'm sorry I can't remember what the ring was made of. I lost a diamond earring once, then found it in a laundry basket. Things show up in the strangest places... Good luck!!
still wishing you lots of luck!
I once found my mothers wedding ring from her 1st marriage in the freezer. Who knows how long it had been there. She was entirely surprised too! Also, my husband surprised me with both diamond earrings AND pearl earrings on our first Valentine's after we married. I later lost one of the diamond earrings, only for my daughter to find it buried in the carpet by our dresser. Don't worry, it hopefully will turn up!
I once was reading about the power of the subconsious mind, but to cut a long (and boring) story short, it suggested the use of "switchwords" for different areas of ones life, the word for remembering or trying to find things is "REACH", this then supposedly helps to bring things back to the conscious mind.......I must admit I thought how silly....but I have tried it on several occations to remember or find something and it actually worked....give it a try, you never know.....just sit in a quiet place not to be disturbed and just try to rid your mind of all the chatter and keep saying "REACH" I really hope it works for you and find your treasured ring,
I have so many "Angel intervention" and "by the Grace of God" stories that I could write a book. This, unfortunately isn't one of them but maybe it will help a little!
My parents have been married for almost 50 years, and back when my dad was proposing he had just landed the job of a lifetime - so, needless to say, my mom's engagement ring is a spectacular emerald shaped diamond.
A few years ago, she was making the morning coffee when she noticed the stone was gone! Let me tell you we all spent DAYS searching their home from top to bottom. She never found it and the remaining set went into a safe deposit box, along with many of her tears.
Spring came, and she was doing her annual "deep cleaning" of the laundry room and lo-and-behold... there in the metal accordian pleated hose leading away from the dryer... was her diamond.
We all devised that somehow it must have fallen out in the night and gotten trapped in the fitted sheet or something, only to have come "dislodged" in the laundry.
DON'T GIVE UP!
But remember (as I'm sure you do) that a ring is a ring, and can eventually be replaced - but you'll never lose the love and sentiments that went along with the giving of that ring!
Good luck with your search!
*and denise4 - your post made me chuckle... I've used "switchwords" before. They DO work!
denise4, interesting theory! I will try that one. The most annoying part of this whole story is that I know I registered the ring falling but I just did not realise what it was at the time. I had this nagging feeling / half memory that kept popping into my head a few times before I realised the ring was gone, and when I realised I had lost my ring the absolute first thing that came into my mind was "oh, that was what that sound was". Needless to say I have been wringing my mind trying to remember where I was at the time, but I just cannot unlock the memory. Makes me want to go to a hypnotist to get the key to my brain. But I am going to try Reach.
khufstetler, your story reminded me that I also once lost the diamond out of my solitaire engagement ring. I for some reason thought it had fallen in my washing machine so I got a technician out to search for it. The guy spent 2 hours picking the washing machine apart, only for me to find the diamond on the floor of my bedroom a few hours later. If nothing else my washing machine got a good clean on the inside. But you are quite right in saying that the importance is the sentiment behind the ring itself, and that is not gone. In the end it is replaceable, but just not knowing what happened is driving me around the bend.
Wow, the last thing you wrote about hearing it fall and not know what the sound was happened to me after Christmas. My husband gave me a aniversary ring right before New Years. He had a very hard time keeping this a secret from me and the fact that he had asked me about the ring the year before to find out whether or not I liked it and then ordered it. I was putting away all of our Christmas decorations, wrapping each ornament and decoration. That afternoon, I was visiting with some friends at home and I happened to look at my hand and noticed the ring was gone. I had to first tell my husband and then unwrap every single decoration 3 times. I also went through all the trash bags twice. Tore apart my house. Looked in the garbage disposal, checked the washer and dryer, I knew I had not left my house so it was somewhere. I was in tears. I had remember hearing a sound and not knowing what it was and when I realized that the sound was my ring, I could not remember where I was when I heard the sound. Hours later, my husband was searching yet again, in my closet and spotted the ring under a small rug that the cat sleeps on in my closet. I know I had already check there, but I guess it was caught on the rug and I did not notice it. We figured that I had changed clothes and it flew off, into the closet. My husbands response after finding the ring was, "Well, at least I know that you really liked the ring." Just know that not only is the ring special, but the person that gave it to you is more special. (sorry, bad grammar)
St. Anthony! St. Anthony! St. Anthony! I cannot tell you how many times I have prayed to him and he always comes thru! There's a little prayer that I was taught:
"Tony, Tony turn around. Something's lost and can't be found."
Then you name whatever it is you've lost.
Works like a charm!
Ok, here's an update. No, no, unfortunately the ring is still lost . But after having tried the Reach method and St. Anthony and looking and looking some more I have finally decided that I need some help to remember where I was when I heard that something fall. Soo, tomorrow (drumroll please) I am going to a hypnotist !
I am scared to death but I am sure it cannot hurt. I have never liked those hypnosis shows on TV, don't really like watching people clucking like chickens and generally humiliating themselves. But I have been assured that this guy is a serious practicioner. My only worry now is that my girlfriend keeps threatening to call him to get him to implant a trigger word which will make me offer baby sitting whenever she says the magic word.
Wish me luck. Will let you know how it went.
good luck!! i know what you're feeling like, i'm a pro at losing jewelry - i found my wedding band in my daughter's knapsack once, lost it 2 days later, found it a year later!! also lost my engagement ring twice, found it, but i lost a watch and earring. once i lost a diamond tennis bracelet, but a kind woman advertised it in the local paper (it was worth over $500!) so i hope if you ring was lost in the street, a really nice person finds it!!
WOW! Good Luck!
wow, what an ordeal you have had. good luck finding the ring. try the metal detector, though, even if it can't pick up gold, the prongs might be a different metal.
please keep us updated!
and cute hello kitties, btw!
I ditto saying a prayer to St. Anthony and maybe to Saint Zita for good measure. (patrons saints of lost things and housework).
If you already torn apart your houe...then just call a friend with a crawling baby, maybe he can help you. My 11 months old baby finds the smallest things in the floor. I'm so sorry and hope you find it soon!
Keep us updated!
any luck yet?
I too lost my wedding ring once, I lost it in the house somewhere. I was just sick, I told the kids I would pay $20 to whoever found it. Well we tore the house apart and my youngest son found it in his sock drawer. It had slipped off while I was putting away laundry. Best $20 I ever spent, and of course my son was pretty tickled. Good luck, I hope you find it.
Hope you find your ring! I guess it wasn't in any of the cakes you made, huh? Years ago the diamond in my MIL's ring fell out in the parking lot that was covered with snow. She noticed it was missing and being Catholic she prayed to St. Anthony, she looked down and saw the diamond in the snow.
You guys out there sure can lose jewellery , your stories are just amazing.
I have been meaning to post about my hypnosis experience for a few days but have been too busy caking until now.
Because I had such a strong nagging feeling that I registered the ring falling, but not realising what it was at the time, and then not being able to remember, I thought maybe hypnosis would help me unlock the memory. I have never tried it before and I do not like those hypnosis TV shows where the audience is made to do silly things. So needless to say I was pretty nervous about it all and also kind of sceptical. I explained my fears to the therapist who assured me I would not let myself do things that I would not agree to do. Then he explained the several stages of hypnosis, interestingly the state you are in when engrossed in a good book or TV show is a state of hypnosis, or even more worryingly when you drive a car on "autopilot".
After that we progressed through several stages of relaxation, stopping to do test to see where I was in terms of hypnosis. I remember holding out my arm not being able to bend it which was kind of weird. Then the therapist asked me to try to put myself back to the time before I realised the ring was gone. Aaaaaaand ........ drumrolll..... a big fat NOTHING! All I could "see" was myself standing in the living room looking annoyed?!? I have no idea what that means. All my hopes of a Eureka moment have been squashed and I still do not have my ring.
After the session I was not sure if I really had been hypnotised, it did not really feel any different than being really really relaxed. But I was shocked to find that I had been "under" for 45 minutes, it honestly felt like 5. And for the next two hours I was really out of it, felt like I had just woken up from a really deep sleep.
Guess it is time to pull out my insurance policy papers and fill out that claim form. Belive me, I have done all I can. Praying, relaxing, searching, lifting things (and cleaning behind things that I have lifted ), I got the metal detector, I even had a plumber look in the drain in the bathroom just in case. Let's face it, the thing is gone!
In the end of the day, all the stories you have posted have made me smile and laugh, and made me realise it is just a thing. I still have my wonderful husband and my great kids. That is really all that matters.
I have to say I have been reading this post to see if you fouhnd your ring. I am going to be honest and tell you my story. My hubby & I got into a really big fight and he said some very hurtful things to me. So hurtful I took my rings off and flung them in my house. I kinda watched to as where both went. I went looking for them afterwards and no luck in finding them. I busted out my shop vac and vac'd like crazy thinking that if one slipped into a crack by the wall it would be strong enough to pull it out. Well I vac'd and I heard something go up and thought it was my ring. I haven't looked in the vac yet! But went about looking for my other ring and finally got tired of looking for it and gave up. Well the other day I happen to bend over at the bottom of the stairs and I look up just a little and low and behold there is my wedding band. So I say stop looking for it a for awhile and you might be lucky and have something happen like I did. I wish you all the luck in the world finding it.
Oh, so sorry. I certainly hope you are able to find your ring. I've been through the same sort of thing with a good earing, I knew I dropped it. Even heard it hit the floor, it took taking the bed completely apart and taking it OFF the floor, to find the earring. I got the bedroom cleaned in the process but would have preferred to not have had the trauma. Everyone is talking to the "God of Rings" for you.
I am not clairvoyant, but I am almost senile. Which makes me an expert at locating lost items.
I spend half my day retracing steps to find something that I laid down when the phone rang, or the doorbell rang, or my DH asked for something, or the oven timer goes off, or the smoke alarm goes off ---Oh--well, uh-- that may be an entirely different discussion.
For a detailed tutorial on retracing steps, just email me...
Er--uh--Wait a minute...Never mind...
I have to find it first.
Now where did I last have that in my hand?
Years ago my mom lost her rings while cooking. Again, she searched everywhere and finally gave up. A few months later, she opened up the same cookbook she had used that day, and there they were. So if you used a cookbook.. give it a look!
Did it make it to the washer? If it did could it be stuck under the agitator? Just a thought.
well I hope you find it. Maybe now that you seem to be moving on it will appear. I lost the band to my wedding set, or my 2 year old did about 6 years ago. Never did find it.
Didn't read every post, but some places to look, if you haven't already:
In any canisters that you keep things like flour, sugar, etc. , and wherever you keep your decorating tools.
If you have one of those things in your sink that holds a sponge (attaches to sink with suction cups)
In your silverware drawer, or wherever you store your spatulas, wooden spoons, etc. (I have a metal crock that I keep mine in)
Under the washer or dryer
On the floor anywhere there might be little gaps (i.e. between the stove and lower cabinets, or between refrigerator and wall or lower cabinets)
Sometimes if you turn of the lights so it is dark and shine a flashlight slowly over your carpeting you might find what you're looking for because it will glint in the flashlight beam.
Good luck - I hope you find it. I know how awful it feels to lose something so special to you.
Note to cakesbycathy and everyone --
I had misplaced my card case last week, which of course, has all my IDs and credit cards in it. I knew it was in the house somewhere, but I turned every pocket, searched every purse, and had no success.
This thread came back to me yesterday, and I said the prayer that cakesbycathy posted three times in the past two days. Lo and behold, everything was in an obscured pouch in the purse I am currently using.
Thanks cakesbycathy for the prayer, and thanks to Saint Anthony for helping me find my card case!
I am sneaking on CC for a moment. I am away on vacation but has serious CC withdrawal so using my hubby's work computer while he is out for a minute.
Silvercat, your story made me so sad, I hope you and your husband made up! Glad that you found your rings though!
Couturiere, you made me laugh. You are not the only senile one. Just this evening my husband opened a cupboard in the kitchen and asked me what the milk was doing in there??? Well, it was close to the fridge, what more do you want?
Hopefully by being away from home for a couple of weeks I will be able to see my house with fresh eyes and hopefully find my ring. I have some more ideas where to look now, under the agitator, in the flour canister, hmmmm. If not, then at least I am a bit more relaxed.