Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Stolen or simply lost??

By: Casey Calhoun, Assistant White House Gardener
From: The White House Gardener Mystery Series by Dorothy St. James

Not again. Just when I think I have everything under control something like this goes wrong. The schematics for the gardens has gone missing. And I was the last one to have them.

No, it is not lost on my desk.

Yes, it might take a team of archaeologists to find my desktop. I've been busy. Really busy. But I've not been scatterbrained. I know that there's not a large-scale schematic lost in that pile. I've looked. More than once.

At first I wondered if Milo (the White House pup) wandered off with it. He's been extra naughty lately. But that naughty? Nah!

I'm beginning to suspect someone stole it!

If you haven't already heard, let me warn you, there's a thief in the area. So keep a close hand on your wallet! He (or she) stole the Killer Characters blog. The authors had to pay a ransom to get it back!

I'm checking my cell phone daily, waiting to hear from this dastardly villain. I need these schematics. Otherwise, the rest of the gardening staff will continue to think I'm scatterbrained. Which I'm not. Really.

Have you ever misplaced something important? How did you go about finding it?

Share your answer in the comments and be in the running to WIN a copy of OAK AND DAGGER, where you can find out what happened to the garden's schematics and discover if Casey is losing her mind...or not.

I'll contact the winner on Thursday, June 13. Good luck!

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Praise for FLOWERBED OF STATE (book #1 in the White House Gardener Mysteries):
"Credible characters, a fast-paced plot, and a light look at political life in Washington, D.C., will delight cozy fans." ~ Publishers Weekly

Praise for THE SCARLET PEPPER (book #2 in the White House Gardener Mysteries):
"A potboiler of homicide, blackmail, journalism, power and sex - but one that St. James handles with taste as well as verve - “The Scarlet Pepper” fulfills the promise of last year’s series debut, “Flowerbed of State,” and then some." ~ Richmond Times-Dispatch

Praise for OAK AND DAGGER (book #3 in the White House Gardener Mysteries):
"Hang on tight! This story is a wild ride! I loved it!" ~ Escape with Dollycas into a Good Book Blog


  1. Over the years, I have misplaced several important items, such as checkbooks, tax documents and one time, a school paper, my daughter had to have me sign and return to school. That paper ended up in the trash and I had to sort through the trash to find it. Fortunately, it was still in fairly good condition. As for the check book and tax documents, it was a matter of going through all the places I could have put it and some that I didn't think were likely, but still you check every possibility.

  2. i'm always misplacing my phone, so all i do is call it & listen for it to ring.........

  3. I don't misplace things, I put them in places where I will find them again. But then I can't remember where those places are. So then I hunt and hunt and hunt to find them. Some things I am still hunting for...

  4. I misplace things all the time. It's frustrating but exciting when I finally find what I'm looking forward.

  5. I can't say I've misplaced anything really important. I do tend to put things down somewhere and it takes a while before I find them again.

  6. If you ask those that know me, I'm sure they would say I've lost my marbles.

  7. I'm constantly misplacing things-important or just needed. I friend recommended I get this product that you stick on your items and when you lose them you can use your phone to track them! Good idea, except that everything would have to be marked and I couldn't discern one lost thing from all the other things. Plus, I don't have a smart phone! lol

    As for finding things...sometimes I don't and buy replacements, sometimes I run across them looking for other items. Right now I'm wondering where I put my passport. Sigh.

  8. Me loose something? Something important? Keys, all the time. I even have a rule that my keys are to go in one place. bzzz Doesn't work. Checkbook, a couple of times, I just use the next batch of checks until it wanders home, it always does (it rarely goes out the door). I lost my birth certificate once and had to call my parents and have them go pick up a new one for me. After I had the new one and everything was in order I was filing some papers of my dogs from the vets - low and behold there was my birth certificate. I now leave it there. If I moved it I might lose it. So it is no longer lost in my mind.

  9. It seems I am always misplacing somthing important - or at least important at the time I can't find it! More and more lately I just chalk it up to being over 50.... Now if you want to compare messy desks I think I have you beat!

    1. I'd like to show your desk to my co-workers. They keep saying that no one could rival mine. I don't believe it. Thank you!!

  10. I lose my iPhone all the time. Which is ridiculous because it's practically attached to me!

  11. I lose things, I misplace things, I put things in a "safe" place and then can't find them in that place.

    The first time I lost my cell phone a friend told me to call it (I couldn't think to do that). Turns out I'd left it on the bus going to work and somebody turned it in to the bus driver. He told me when he'd next be at the bus stop near where I worked and I went to get it. As I had this driver every morning, he got to make fun of me for a few days.

  12. I once misplaced my Granny's will. How I coped with it was insisting that my Mom had it. (I really thought she did.) Turns out I did indeed have it, and had to confess to my Mom after I found it.

  13. Lost a sapphire bracelet one time. I ripped the house apart and even went back to a parking lot I was in earlier to search. Nothing. Then almost a year later, I took a coat out of the closet and the bracelet fell out of the sleeve!

  14. Not really because they're left in visible places

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  15. Honestly, I pace. Trying to rethink where I put things while I move around helps somehow.

  16. I lost my purse once. For the life of me I could not find it. I tore the house apart. I finally found it on top of the fridge. I remembered I had been making out a shopping list & checking the freezer.

  17. I lost a key to the box at the bank and could not find it. I was looking for something the other day and can up on the key. It has been lost for about 6 or8 years.

  18. Yes. I have misplaced both my husband's and son's social security cards....and I haven't found them yet. I know I put them somewhere to be safe, I just can't remember where.

  19. I usually misplace items that I put in a specific place so that I don't lose them - then I just can't seem to remember where that special place is when I need that item! *Gah!*

  20. I misplaced my camera once and could not find it anywhere. Then, I had a dream that it was in the picnic basket in the garage. Sure enough, that is where it was!

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  21. I am still looking for my sunglasses. I usually find stuff when I am not looking. Retracing my steps works sometimes.

  22. One time my husband put away my son's sun glasses because he kept taking them off and leaving them someplace. We never did find them again.

  23. I do hope you get your schematics back! Perhaps the puppy did take them and bury them in the garden? I also have the habit of putting things in a safe place, and forget where that is.