Monday, 15 October 2012

So that's where all the money went!

[If you are a potential burglar please go straight down to the bottom of this post]

We have been noticing that money has been going missing in our house for quite a while now.  I assumed my husband was taking it, he assumed I was taking it and we didn't say a word to each other.

We had been trying to get enough cash together to fund another European road trip (because when you drive around Europe you had better have enough cash in your wallet to pay for fuel).

Then one day we realised that the money was gone.......disappeared.......completely!

My immediate thought was that there must be someone living in our cellar and stealing money every now and then (I tend to be a bit irrational with my thought processes since having children).  But thankfully hubby immediately suggested that it had probably been taken by one of the boys and thus would just 'turn up' in the not too distant future stuffed into a wellie or toilet bowl in the house.

That night I hardly slept thinking about the burglar which turned out to be a good thing because I heard a rustling coming from behind one of the cupboards in our little reading [Lego] room.

As you can imagine I was far to scared to investigate the source of the noise myself so I just made  sure that I slept with my fingers and toes inside the duvet (just in case) and cuddled up a bit closer to Henry than usual.

In the morning my hubby sealed all the gaps in the wall with parcel tape and set about starting to pull out the bookshelves.  By this time we expected to find a mouse living there but, oh my, this mouse had expensive taste in bedding material............
At first I admired the effort that this little mouse had gone to in order to all collect this money over time.
But then I looked closer and realised that it had eaten a lot of the notes (mostly the larger denominations rather oddly).
Thankfully a few Lego instruction leaflets appear to have been easier to chew than the money in some cases.
As for the mouse, well he will soon be enjoying a new life in the forest thanks to our humane mouse trap.  I'll try to get some photos of the big release.

[Would-be burglars please note that we no longer have a pile of cash in our house and do not intend to ever again]

16 comments:

  1. That is seriously unbelievable!!! Talk about a mouse with expensive tastes! Hope you were able to salvage most of the money.

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    1. I know!!
      Thankfully most of it was fine - about 300€ has been nibbled but considering I thought it had all gone it was a small price to pay.

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  2. Oh My...First of all, the mouse looked really cute...on screen anyways. If it was in front of me in real life....*faint*.

    Poor mouse, he won't be able to make another bed like this in the forest :(

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    1. Actually it did look really cute and extremely healthy. The boys always throw food around so I'm thinking that no mouse would go hungry in our house.
      Well the whole relocation thing is another story in itself. Let's just say that I don't think he'll be in the forest any time soon.

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  3. ...I heard story about mouses who took pasta, rice, biscuits...but this your little adventure is very very amusing!
    And the mouse very very nice! ;)))

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    1. Hi Laura,
      the cutest mouse I've seen with lovely shiny fur! And what an effort it went to.

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  4. Oh dear, what an adventure. At first I thought (like your husband apparently) that one of the boys was hidding the money. Who would have thought a mouse would be interested in bank notes?!?
    I don't want to be mean or anything, just being honestly curious: what happens with that money then? Do they still accept the notes as such as the bank? Do they replace them? Or did you (that would be really annoying and sad) loose a big amount? :-(

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    1. Crazy isn't it! We lost about 300€ but the rest was pretty much ok with a few nibbles around the edges. I thought that the money was gone fro good but a friend has suggested I take the shreds to the bank and see if they will change them. In hindsight we were a bit silly having cash in the house like that but we've learned our lesson now xx

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    2. 300€ is still a huge amount of money :-s This mouse really has luxurious tastes, it won't like going to the forest ;)
      Maybe the boys can teach her some tricks, put on a show to repay the amount!
      Anyway, good that it isn't much more than that and that you found it on time!

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  5. Funniest mouse story ever!

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  6. Wow, wasn't expecting that! How annoying that the larger of the notes seem to have been eaten though!

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    1. Tell me about it!
      We learned a hard lesson with this :)

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