Saturday, September 19, 2020

Creepy Virginia Creeper Trail

 Welcome!

Greg and I recently visited the Virginia Creeper Trail which starts not far from where we live.

It was beautiful day. We enjoyed the picturesque scenery, and we took some pictures as we often do when we visit different places, especially when they're new to us.


I started noticing faint ectoplasm in some of the photographs like in the photo above. The horse and the small cluster of leaves behind the horse look washed out.

Not only that, look at the photo that Greg took of me below!


 When I saw this photo, I got a little upset, and said, "Just look at my face, arms, everything, bleached out! What's going on?" Greg assured me that it was okay, and reminded me of the picture I took of him on the grounds of a mansion in Georgia that is said to be haunted. In that photo, Greg's face, body, and most of the tree behind him appear to be bleached.

(The photo I took of Greg is in my paranormal book, "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind" which is on Amazon. For more information, please see the widget above.)

A couple of days later, at home, I ran across an intriguing book that I had bought several years ago that I had never taken the time to read. The book is "Legends, Stories and Ghostly Tales of Abingdon and Washington County, Virginia" by Donna Akers Warmuth. This is the very area where we now live. I had bought the book sometime before we moved to our present home.

I decided to look through the book, and I found a couple of pages that mentioned the Virginia Creeper Trail! According to the book, there used to be train tracks where the nature trail is today. When the tracks were being laid, many of those that worked on the tracks died due to horrible working conditions, and their bodies were dumped along the tracks in shallow graves. Therefore, the area became haunted by the spirits of the men that had once worked there!

Sounds of moaning have been heard there at night, and dogs refuse to go on the Creeper Trail at night.

My advice is to go and see the beauty and walk the trail during the day, but by all means, don't go at night!

Our cabin update: More strange things have happened in connection with our cabin/house. I'll fill you in next month unless something else even bigger happens in the meantime. You just never know!

Thanks for visiting! Until, Saturday, October 17, 2020, Becky



Saturday, August 15, 2020

Weird Happenings at the Cabin

Welcome!

On my 5/16/20 "Spirit Photographs" blog post, "A Haunted Cabin," I wrote about the unfinished cabin that is on our property. I had done a ritual of smudging using white sage, and I had convinced myself that the cabin was free of any paranormal activity, but now, I don't think so for two reasons.

First of all, one day, a few weeks ago, I went on the porch of the cabin to see about the plant that was there, when I heard an unexplained noise come from inside the cabin. This is not unusual as this has happened before.

Then, just moments later, I felt the floor of the porch slightly, subtly, and briefly vibrate beneath my feet. I couldn't believe what I was feeling, since I would never have suspected something like that would happen. That was really weird, to say the least!


Cabin Porch

Then, a few days later, I saw Greg out working in the yard, and I decided to take a picture of him as an example of  a person doing something that he loved to do for my other blog, "The Art of Positive Living." 

That little plan was foiled, however, when, despite my holding my camera perfectly still, the whole picture looked as though I'd shaken it on purpose! I've encountered this same phenomenon before when in the presence of paranormal activity.


The cabin is directly behind the tree that Greg is standing in front of.

I started to wonder why the sage ritual that had worked successfully for me before had apparently not worked on the cabin. I finally decided that the new sage that I'd used was barely smoking, and that I'd have to work on the sage to make it burn better to get better results. 

We have been really busy working on our house the past few months, and I haven't had much extra time to devote to working anything such as the paranormal. However, I'm going to carve out some time soon to rid the cabin of  the weird happenings taking place there.

In a few months we hope to either rent out the cabin or to use it as a guest cottage, but the way things are now, I don't believe anyone would want to stay there unless they are real ghost enthusiasts with nerves of steel!

I'll have an update next month on the cabin, plus, Greg and are are planning to visit a creepy area near where we live soon, so please stay tuned!

Thanks for visiting! Until Saturday, September 19, 2020, Becky


Saturday, July 18, 2020

The Haunted Lamp


Welcome!


A few weeks ago, Greg and I needed something to brighten our dimly lit dining room. We looked through an antique shop, and we found just the perfect solution to brighten up the room, a beautiful antique Victorian floor lamp for an unbelievably inexpensive price.


Antique Floor Lamp

We took the lamp home with us, and placed it in the dining room. We were tired, so we went on to bed. Before I went to sleep, it barely crossed my mind that the lamp might have something negative attached to it. As I was falling asleep, I dismissed the thought, and the image of the lamp gradually faded away.

During the night, I was awakened by the sound of a turning doorknob. (I'm a very light sleeper.) A couple of minutes later, I heard a loud thud coming from somewhere in the house, like something had dropped to the floor.

After a few minutes, when I didn't hear anything else, I decided that I'd not wake up Greg, that I must have just imagined that a doorknob had turned, that I had probably just dreamed it. And, I figured that our cats had knocked over something (like our new lamp!), although they rarely ever do.

After lying awake for a while, and not hearing anything else, I finally fell asleep again.

The next morning, I told Greg about what I'd heard during the night. We looked around the house, and everything looked the same, nothing had been turned over, and nothing had fallen to the floor or anywhere else. The cats were off the hook!

I suddenly looked at our newly-purchased antique lamp, and then it occurred to me that this lamp might have been the source of the sounds that I had heard last night. My first thought was to contact John Zaffis, the "Haunted Collector," from the old paranormal television series on Syfy (2011-2013), but I decided that idea was not feasible.

A better, easier solution was to get out my white sage and to smudge the lamp to get rid of any negative, or even evil, energy, spirits, or entities, which I did. After I performed the ritual, we haven't heard any other strange noises during the night or anytime, thank goodness!

Now, we just have a beautiful antique Victorian floor lamp with no negative entities attached! Happy!

For performing a smudging ritual, please see my previous paranormal blog post, posted on June 21, 2020, entitled "Getting Rid of Negative Entities."

I'd just like to caution everyone to be careful about anything you bring into your house, especially antiques. You just don't know where they have been, or what is attached to them.

Happy smudging!

Thanks for visiting!, Until Saturday, August 15, 2020, Becky



Sunday, June 21, 2020

Getting Rid of Negative Entities


Welcome!

On my last "Spirit Photographs" blog post on 5/16/20, I mentioned that I would probably use sage to get rid of any remaining negative entities and spirits on our property.

Several years ago, a local psychic, Linda, gave me a ritual to get rid of negative spirits. She told me to burn white sage which is called smudging. To do it properly, you put the sage in an abalone shell and fan it with a feather as you go through each room of  the house or other building. She said to be sure to also include the attic, basement, closets, and porches, etc., as well as the main rooms.


Burning Sage on our Front Porch

Also, it was important to throw a pinch of salt in the corners of each room as I walk through the different areas. (Another psychic Elaine Watson that I consulted while writing my book, "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind," [See widget above for more information.] said that I also needed to put salt in all four corners of the house, both inside and outside.)

While doing the smudging ritual, I should say something like, "Any negative energy or entities in this house or on our property must leave now! You must leave, and you are not allowed to return. You are not welcome here! Only good, positive energy and entities are welcome for our best and highest good."

When cleared, Greg and I should sit in the middle of the house in a meditative state. Then, we imagine a beam of white light at every corner of our property outside. Picture the outside beams coming up and meeting from all corners above our house. They all meet like a ribbon with bows. Then, I say, "It is our intention for the beams to stay and protect our property."

Also, an actual cleaning of the house, like the floors, the walls, etc. is good.

If a negative person has been to our house, or there has been an argument, or even if I have any anger at myself, it's good to say a prayer.

I cleansed the inside of our unfinished cabin using sage, and it looked better than before, but there were still some lingering orbs and ectoplasm. Hopefully, the entities that remain are positive. If there is ever a problem, I'll take further action.

I had taken pictures of a neighborhood cat which was out on our deck several months ago simply because I love taking pictures of animals.


It was a real surprise when I saw the blurred images, some ectoplasm,...


and an almost transparent cat, in the photo above!

Apparently, something paranormal affected my camera.


I recently took the photograph (above) of our deck at night which shows no paranormal activity probably because I smudged our deck and sprinkled salt a few days ago.

I do know that smudging works., and this is why-Our house in Tennessee was on the market for four months, and we had no buyers. Many people looked at our house, but they kept finding fault with it. We just couldn't understand that since we thought that our house and yard were very attractive.

I happened to remember one of our neighbors telling us about all of the negative things that went on there before we bought the house. There were terrible arguments and a divorce, and the couples's child was purely evil, according to our neighbor. After we bought the house, the man even killed himself! Negativity galore!

I thought I'd try smudging the house to see if that would help, and less than a week later, a couple went through the house and immediately fell in love with it. They said it was perfect, and that they would look no further.

For Greg and me, that was nothing short of a miracle! It was out with the negative, and in with the positive. In my opinion, smudging can lead to happy endings!

And, happy summer!

Thanks for visiting! Until Saturday, July 18, 2020, Becky








Saturday, May 16, 2020

A Haunted Cabin


Welcome!

In my previous recent blog posts, I mentioned that I was going to cleanse our house on the advice of a psychic because of the negative energy of the spirit of a man who had previously lived in our house.

I did a salt-burning ritual which is especially good when moving to a new home. After the cleanse, things seemed to go a lot better for several weeks. We didn't hear or see anything strange, until a couple of days ago!

I was sitting by myself in our living room one night when I heard an unexplained noise upstairs, and the very next night, Greg and I were in the living room when we heard an unexplained noise in our nearby hallway. It wasn't our cats because they were accounted for.

I had hoped I wouldn't have to do smudging using sage, but I decided I'd better go ahead with it soon after we heard the strange noises. I'll cleanse not only our house, but any other areas of our property that might need a good cleanse, like our cabin!

I mentioned our cabin briefly on my 9/22/19 blog post. I have a picture of it on that post which shows some ectoplasm on the outside of the cabin.


This is a picture I took a few days ago of our cabin which looks harmless enough, but I wouldn't want to spend the night there!


For one thing, notice especially the upper left window pane in the above photo. It's what I call snow-and-ice-looking ectoplasm which I mention in my book, "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind" which is on Amazon. (Please see widget above.)

Then, inside the cabin, which is unfinished,...


there are unmistakable orbs and ectoplasm. I did not shake the camera as I was taking the picture. It was spirits that affected the camera to make the photograph turn out the way it did.

As a comparison, look at the photo below that I took just after I took the one above.


This one (above) looks almost normal!

One of our neighbors said that somewhere nearby, most likely on the hill behind our house, is an old slave graveyard. Greg and I both theorized that perhaps the spirits of the slaves were drawn to this cabin since it probably reminded them of where they used to live.

Also, it's possible that the former owner of our house could be here since he build this cabin himself as a workshop. He died before he could finish it. When I cleansed our house, I asked him to leave. He could have come here since I made it clear that our house was no longer his.

I'd like to recommend an intriguing video on www.philvalentine.com . It's called, interestingly enough, "The Haunted Cabin. "It's about Phil's cabin which he has investigated by a paranormal group. It seems that slaves haunt his cabin!

I'll have an update on the latest about our house, cabin, outbuildings, etc. next month. Never a dull moment at our place!

Thanks for visiting! Until Saturday, June 20, 2020, the first day of summer!, Becky




Saturday, April 18, 2020

Haunted Buildings in Southwest Virginia


Welcome!

And, I'd just like to thank those that have sent me nice comments about my blogs, "Spirit Photographs" and "The Art of Positive Living."

In past blog posts, I've written that our 1901 farmhouse which we've been in for less than a year is haunted, and that I was doing a space cleansing of our house. I plan to do even more cleansing in the next few weeks. I'll tell you the results of those cleansings, plus more strange stories associated with our house on my May blog post.

Our house is not the only place that's haunted in this area of Southwest Virginia.

There are several other buildings that are haunted, as well. Three of them are below. They all house businesses.


This old house (above) is now a restaurant in Abingdon, Virginia. I blotted out the name of the business since I'm not sure the owners would want it to be known that there's more going on here than the serving of good food! Notice the orbs and ectoplasm on the upper right side of the building.


I'm not sure why this photograph is blurred. It could be that the car moved just as I was taking this photo through the car windshield, or it could be that the eerie energy of the place caused the blurring. Blurred or not, there are several obs and ectoplasm in front of, and near this building which used to be a Masonic lodge. It's now a fine bakery in Bristol, Virginia.


Finally, this is a health clinic in the small town of Meadowview. The orbs and ectoplasm are similar to the first photo on this blog post. Maybe spirits are here because illness is associated with this building.

Elaine Watson, the excellent psychic who advised me when I wrote my book, "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind," which is for sale on Amazon, (Please see the widget above.) would have said that in these three photos (above) that "Spirits can draw on the sun's energy...in order to manifest."

Please stay tuned for more in May!

Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, May 16, 2020, Becky

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Getting Rid of Negative Energy, Bad Spirits

Welcome!

I consulted a psychic, Hawley, a few weeks ago, and she suggested that I cleanse our new house because of the negative energy of the spirit of the man who used to live in our house. He was not a nice person, and there is a lot of heavy, unhappy energy here. There is a feeling of resistance; it makes it hard for us to do our work.

Since I spoke with Hawley, things have improved. I believe the previous owner is keeping a lower profile, that he's not sure what we're going to do to him!


Photo of Kallie and Mitzi

During the past month, the only photo that I have taken in our house that might be paranormal is the one above which shows our two cats, Kallie and Mitzi, between the living room and hallway. There is an obvious glare on the floor from the window, but there is also a fuzziness that could possibly be ectoplasm.

As far as strange noises, I have heard nothing, but Greg said that he heard a noise upstairs one night while he was downstairs. He thought that it was the cats making the noise, but  he looked around, and he said that both cats were downstairs, as was I. And, that's it! We're getting off easily compared to what we have encountered the previous months that we have been here.

However, I decided that this afternoon I'd go ahead and do the salt cleanse that is outlined in the intriguing book "Feng Shui Your Life" by Jayme Barrett.


I have gathered all of the necessary components to carry out this cleanse.

Jayme says that this salt-burning ritual is great for "intense purification" like "when you move into a new home." She says it "will cleanse your emotions at the same time." She warns about being careful when performing the ritual since fire is involved.

Jayme said that salt burning is also good to use after an illness or death.

I'll let you know how this ritual went on the next blog post in April.

Take care, and happy spring!

Thanks for visiting! Until Saturday, April 18, 2020, Becky










Sunday, February 16, 2020

Consulting a Psychic About Strange Goings-on


Welcome!

On my last blog post that I posted on Saturday, January 18, entitled "Christmas Spirits," I told about mysterious happenings in our old house that we've lived in for the past six months. I said in that post that there would probably be more strange things happening between then and now, and there have been. I also said I was going to consult a psychic about the strange goings-on, and I did.

Here's what happened-

The day after I posted my blog post, my husband, Greg, was in our downstairs bathroom, getting dressed, and our two cats, Kallie and Mitzi, were with me in the kitchen where I was giving them coconut oil which they love. Suddenly, I heard a rather loud noise like someone had dropped something on the floor above the cats and me which would be in the storage room where I've heard noises before.

About three times the night before, Greg and I both heard noises in the house after we had gone to bed. It was like a door was being opened and closed. Once there was a squeaking noise like the storage room door makes when it's pushed a certain way.

Finally, on January 22, I contacted an excellent psychic about all that was happening. I asked her one simple question, "Is our house haunted?"

She gave me her answer- that our 1901 house was, indeed, haunted by the spirit of a man who had previously lived here. He hangs around to see what's going on. He's very territorial, interested in what we're doing. He doesn't like us messing with his house.

He was not a nice person. He cheated people and even hit his wife. He was so mean that he is afraid to move on to the light, so he stays in our house.

The psychic told us what to do. She said to talk to him and to tell him nicely to leave us alone, that we need to fix the house.

We need to get rid of the negative energy, the sadness in the house. She suggested smudging, which we have done before on our other houses, but I also know of another method which I'll try first, by burning salt which I already have. We're just waiting for warmer weather so we can open the windows while we're doing our ritual.

Since I talked with the psychic, things seem to have calmed down quite a bit. Thankfully, we have had only a couple of weird occurrences the last few weeks.

One night, when Greg and I were in our bedroom, I quietly asked him if he'd noticed any "funny stuff" going on, and he said he hadn't. Then, the next morning, I went over to the heater in our bedroom, to turn it off, but it was already off. Greg said he had not turned it off. I figured it was our resident spirit that was letting me know that he was still here, and he wanted to show me an example of some funny stuff that I had asked Greg about. I decided to tell the spirit that we didn't want the heater messed with any more, to leave it alone.

Also, another night, Greg heard a knocking noise as he came out of our bathroom that is adjacent to our bedroom.

Besides noises, we also have photographic evidence of something strange, something that we can't explain-


Part of the time, Greg feeds our cats. I thought it was so cute, Kallie and Mitzi trailing behind him as he took their food to their room for them to eat, so I took this picture, above. Little did I know something strange would show up in that photo. (This was taken at the end of January, but we still hadn't put away all of our Christmas decorations for various reasons.)

Elaine Watson, a talented local psychic who helped advise me on my book,"Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind," (which is for sale on Amazon) said that anything that glows in a photograph is most assuredly paranormal.

The supernatural beat goes on, until we can get our cleansing salt ritual going. We may even follow up with smudging which surely wouldn't hurt!

I'll let you know more next time.

Thanks for visiting! Until Saturday, March 21, 2020, Becky





Saturday, January 18, 2020

Christmas Spirits?


Welcome!

Christmas may be over, but some of it's weird effects keep lingering on my mind.

Greg and I worked pretty hard, getting ready for the visit of some of our family members on Christmas Day, so I took a few pictures of our Christmas decorations after everyone had left, to remember how festive everything had looked.

A couple of days later, I glanced over at our manger scene, and I noticed that the three wise men were no longer facing the holy family, but were turned facing in the direction of where Greg and I normally sit in our living room!


Close-up Photo of Manger Scene

I thought that was a little strange, but I put it out of my mind, and like Miss Scarlet in "Gone with the Wind," I decided I'd wait and think about it tomorrow.

However, it was just a couple of hours ago that I checked all of the pictures I'd taken that included the manger scene, and in a picture I'd taken of three family members opening their gifts, the manger scene was normal. I compared it to a picture I'd taken just after everyone had left, right after the opening of the gifts, and the wise men were facing away from the manger scene.

Could one of the visitors have moved the wise men for fun when no one was looking? Absolutely, but after what happened a few minutes after the celebration was over, I believe that it wasn't one of our visitors that moved them....

Greg and I had put our two cats in their room right before the celebration started, and we decided to leave them there for a few more minutes after the celebration was over while we opened our gifts for each other since the cats try to eat the ribbons, etc.

Just as we had finished unwrapping our gifts, and were discussing letting the cats out, they came down the stairs and into the living room. We were shocked since the door was hooked on the outside. We couldn't believe they had gotten out on their own!


Outside the Cats' Room


Close-up of the Latch on the Cats' Door

We were telling one of our friends about these strange Christmas happenings, and she said she was getting chills just hearing about them.

More weird things have happened since then, and even more strange things will happen, no doubt, which I'll tell you about during my next blog post in February.

In fact, I'm getting just a little unnerved, so I'm planning to contact a psychic in a few days to find out what's behind the shenanigans of these Christmas spirits, and beyond!

Hope you have a happy rest of the new year!

Thanks for visiting! Until Saturday, February 15, 2020, Becky