I suspect the hairband resides in one (or more) of these bellies.
And now my Japanese coaster has gone missing. It has been sitting on my desk for years; I can't remember if I used it for my tea yesterday morning, but I'm sure it was there the night before. It's a sturdy piece of woven raw silk, about 3-1/2" square, rust-colored. Not particularly edible... but you wouldn't think a long piece of rubber hairband would be, either.
Since I can't find either item, I keep hoping (and it's ridiculous, I know) that I'll find both squirreled away together somewhere. We know that Harris likes to drag socks around; maybe he has carried both of these items off to a secret lair.
But if it exists, his lair is pretty darn secret. I've been hunting high and low — mostly low. I vacuumed yesterday and used the crevice tool to get under the bookcases, radiators, fridge, and the wood stacked in the fireplaces. Then I checked all those areas with a flashlight. I went through the vacuum cleaner bag. (Ugh. There's always a disgusting wad that seems to be nothing but coarse, gray, dusty wool, and since we have no coarse, gray cats and no gray yarn at all in our carpets, I have no idea where it comes from. Another mystery.)
I moved almost everything that's stored under the bed. I checked closets, under the edges of carpets, between sofa cushions, and in wastebaskets and recycling bags.
If you've got any suggestions for more places I can look, please let me know. This is a small apartment. I'm out of ideas. I'm now reducing to praying to St. Anthony.
Speaking of mysteries, I'd love to know who was behind this, although I have narrowed down the suspects: