Probably Not Fairies

Whenever something confusing or odd happens, that isn’t immediately necessary to understand and has no money involved, I think it is important to go for the explanation that is most fun and interesting. Logic has it’s place, but it isn’t necessarily important in understanding the world of humans.

Last night DH put his glasses on the bookcase next to him, heard them slip off and immediately went to look for them. He couldn’t find them. He checked next to the bookcase, behind the bookcase, pulled out the bookcase and looked around corners, shook out the duvet covers, moved the mattress and eventually found the glasses had travelled from the top of the bookcase to the floor and then around and at an angle behind a heavy under the bed storage box. DH decided that it was fairies. 

I am not entirely convinced. Last week I lost a set of DH’s gym kit. I would swear that I had left the kit in the tumble dryer until I had washed his towel, but it wasn’t there. I can’t find it for love nor money. Fortunately DH has another set, but I’m going to have to pick the house apart to find this kit. I can’t imagine where it has gone because I took it out of the washer, and it’s only a few steps to the dryer but somewhere on the journey it disappeared. There is also the issue of the small drinking glasses. Over the years we have collected a lot of the small nutella jar/glasses that are awesome. They are a great size and are incredibly robust and never seem to break. We used to have dozens of them in the cupboard, but when I did a mental count, I think I could lay my hands on around four. I dragged out the spare bag of glasses (we got through a lot of nutella at one time) but it still begs the question – where did the other drinking glasses go? And where are all the forks. There should be around a dozen, but I only seem to have five. This is why I don’t think it’s fairies. Fairies may be the most interesting explanation, rather than chaotic housekeeping, but they don’t touch iron. 

I wonder what brownies can touch? They would be appalled at the state of the house, so it may be their way of insisting we get our act together. Or perhaps I could put down a saucer of milk, except we only have rice milk these days and I’m not sure an old fashioned brownie would approve.

I think I will still have a look on eBay for some horseshoes. And have a good sort out which will almost certainly solve the problem but be a lot less interesting.

Quiet Night In

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“So what is the problem now?” Steve carefully adjusted the mirror.

Fiona sipped her Earl Grey and watched with interest. “Lady Freydis has heard that it is unlucky to be married in green.”

“That’s right.” Steve unlocked the case over the switch and turned the side light on. “It’s in case the Fair Folk, the fairies, got jealous as green is their colour.”

“She’s decided against green after all.” Fiona said. “But now she’s not sure what she wants.”

“I thought she really wanted green.” Steve checked the angles between the mirror and the light and adjusted the mirror a little. “She was all for it.”

“Well now she worries that its unlucky for her.”

Steve stopped adjusting the mirror and turned to look at Fiona. “But she is a fairy.”

“I know.” Fiona said. “The trouble is, she doesn’t have much to worry about, so she’s looking for things to go wrong.”

Steve sighed and muttered a few words over the mirror. The surface shimmered a little, then reformed, with the reflected light a good deal dimmer than the real one. “She needs more hobbies.”

“Even Mrs Tuesday is getting stressed by it all.” Fiona said. “Lady Freydis can change the colour of a gown by magic, but Mrs Tuesday says that it isn’t quite the same, and she doesn’t want to start cutting out the wedding dress until Lady Freydis is certain. What’s the mirror?”

“It’s an insurance policy.” Steve watched as the reflected light gradually grew brighter. “Have you told Lady Freydis the rhyme?”

“What rhyme?” Fiona asked.

“You know, ‘Married in yellow, ashamed of your fellow. Married in green, ashamed to be seen. Married in white, you’ll do alright. Married in blue, your love will be true.’ I think it’s quite old.”

“That might work.” Fiona said. “And Lady Freydis looks amazing in blue.”

“She can look amazing in anything.” Steve watched the reflection in the mirror growing brighter. “But heaven knows how the rhyme fits us.”

“Married in hospital – what rhymes with hospital?” Fiona took another sip of tea as she looked back to their wedding. “I think I was wearing a pink top with jeans.”

“Are you sure you don’t want to do it again? Have a proper wedding with a dress and a cake?” Steve asked.

“Not a chance.” Fiona said. “It was a moment just for us. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

Steve leant over and kissed her. “It was pretty perfect for me as well.” He checked over at the mirror. The reflected light was now as bright as the real one next to his head. “That’s done. I’ll get it put away.”

“I’ll fetch the wine.” Fiona said. “For our quiet night in.”

“Sounds ideal to me.” Steve said.