But then things started to change.
My girl's favorite little nightlight disappeared. When I asked Lila*, she had no idea what I was talking about.
Then a crack showed up in one of our bathroom floor tiles. Again, Lila didn't have a clue.
Then there were gouges in the wood of one window seat, gouges in the wood of the bar, and a broken glass.
Then a glass candleholder wound up broken in my laundry room, where I had left it soaking in the sink.
Then random black smudges showed up on our bathroom countertops. Can't get them off.
Then my hubby's wedding ring disappeared. It's still gone. And we didn't discover this one until after we had let her go.
So we have been without a housekeeper for a couple of months. And honestly, it's not that bad. I just added more tasks in my multi-tasking schedule, and it's fine. No, it's not as clean and dust-free as it was, but it works.
Then last night, while in my daughter's room, I noticed that a collector's plate on her wall looked odd. I took it off the wall to find that it had been broken, in several pieces, and then glued back together. Whomever glued it did a shitty-ass job. How did I not notice this before?
The really shitty part is that this plate was given to me by my grandmother (who is no longer alive) when I was a little girl. So, it's sentimental. And it's f-ing broken.
There's really nothing I can do about it at this point, besides be bummed.
But then I thought, Maybe I can replace it? And sure enough, I found several on e-Bay. So, it's not the exact one given to me by my grandmother, but it is still the same plate. I think I want to replace it. What do you think?
*Lila is not her real name*