Weird and Creepy in Oysterville

Jan 30, 2016 | 13 comments

Last Summer, Out Our Kitchen Window

Last Summer, Out Our Kitchen Window

“Now here’s something creepy,” Nyel announced over coffee this morning. “The thermometer outside the kitchen window is gone.”

“Whaddayou mean, gone?” was my sleepy response. And then reality sunk in and the endless speculation began…

That thermometer has been attached to our house (actually screwed into the window frame) for fifteen or more years. It is (make that was) in our ‘kitchen garden.’  It is (was) not visible to any passers-by – not even to someone who comes through the gate and walks the perimeter of the house. Our kitchen garden is hidden. Not purposely — it’s just the way the house has evolved over the past 140 years.

Our Kitchen

Our Kitchen

The only people who ever see that little area (and, therefore, the erstwhile thermometer) are workmen who need to attend to a siding or roof problem (as in our recent leak) or neighbors who tend to our chickens when we are gone. Or, of course, anyone who has ever been in our kitchen…

Unless one of the above-unnamed folks ‘borrowed’ that thermometer for something specific (it was carefully unscrewed from its moorings, not wrenched away) we can’t imagine the circumstances under which it might “disappear.” It’s creepy. Really creepy. If it was a ‘thief in the night’ why in the world would they take that particular object and how did they even know about it?

Besides which, it had a pretty healthy covering of swallow guano on its back side… It was a favorite perch for our resident barn swallows who return each summer to nest under the eaves out there. I can’t imagine that anyone took it because they needed guano samples…

And when, exactly did it happen? It must have been in the last week or even in the last day or two… Where were we? Here in the house? I intensely dislike the feeling that there has been someone lurking around taking what doesn’t belong to them… If the intent was to creep us out, we hereby declare them successful. Just give us back our thermometer, please!

13 Comments

  1. brigid

    My Goodness. I’m sorry, we love looking at the temp out our kitchen window too. If it was neatly unscrewed, that is too, too weird. Maybe consider a strong gust of wind? Our has blown away in the past, although I don’t remember what became of the frame… Just can’t imagine vandals. I would have taken some of your beautiful rodies. Or a bench. Don’t blame me if they come us missing. lol

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    • sydney

      Love the wishful thinking but… no. Special screwdriver of a certain size was required and it was neatly done. No wrenching, wracking or whatever. No scarring or scraping around screw holes. The wood is firm — no sign of force used. Just plain creepy.

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  2. Nancy Russelll Stone

    Sydney: The bad news is that it could be Murphy who has been living in Healdsburg for many weeks from December to now (today). I am not certain if he is still here this morning or if he has departed for a village in Washington…keep me advised and I will do likewise with you.

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    • sydney

      Do you think he hooked up with Mrs. Crouch?

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  3. Irene

    Oh that is creepy! If this were to happen at our house it would most likely be that one of us (at our advanced age) had taken it down for some reason and simply forgotten!

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    • sydney

      Nice idea but pretty impossible. It required a screwdriver of a certain type and size and some time to take it so carefully off the window sill — not something either of these ‘advanced aged’ denizens would forget doing (if our arthritic hands would even comply!)

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  4. Stephanie Frieze

    The same person(s) that put a for sale sign in your front yard last month? Do you know how long it’s been gone? Maybe the guy who didn’t finish the leak work?

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    • sydney

      It’s been gone only a day or two. We don’t think it’s any of the workmen…

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  5. Sandy Stonebreaker

    I would vote for the workman who then put it in a safe place and forgot to reattach it.
    And, sometimes, we think we saw said object just yesterday when in fact it was much longer ago. So, hoping it does appear and someone isn’t toying with your psyche.

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    • sydney

      Would that it were so, but unfortunately he was not working anywhere near the thermometer nor was it necessary to be within proximity of it even when moving ladders etc. And… no. Nyel checks the outside temperature there pretty much every day before he goes out to deal with the chickens… I like your positive attitude, though. Start thinking about someone having a change of heart and returnibg it and let’s hope the thinking makes it so!

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  6. Greg Rogers

    This is worthy of Lake Woebegone!

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  7. Marion Freshley

    Just kidding, but maybe Mrs. Crouch was at work. Hope you get this figured out as it is very creepy.

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  8. Tracy Richards

    Wow even a in beautiful, quiet, secluded place like Oysterville there is an element of crime. So sorry to hear about this!

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