Two Coworkers’ Stories
The first subject matter is my friend, Amy. I have some doubts about
the man who doesn’t like to be kissed on the mouth. But, guess what?
They have made incredible arrangements and plans for this new year.
Amy and Roy are heading to Missouri. Not just any town, but a fine
sounding one with the name of New Amsterdam.
They found online a three acre farm, barn and fences to hold their
horses in. If you remember I have posted about Amy’s horses, Spirit,
Sapphire and Lokie. Roy has a wild horse which puts Spirit’s wildness
to shame! His name is Lickety Split. But they call him “Split.” Doesn’t
his name show imagination and doesn’t it conjure exactly what this
horse tends to do?
Anyway, Roy and Amy have made more plans than I could imagine in
such a short time. They have given notice at the place they rent to live
in Cardington, they have told the barn that houses their horses they
will no longer be paying for their stall or feed fees. Amy has ‘put in’
for a transfer to a Kansas Advance Auto Distribution Center about
a 45 minute (one way) drive. She has over fifteen years in working at
the good ole’ D.C. #23 here in Delaware, Ohio.
I have my fingers crossed, since there are a few doubts, concerns and
worries for such a huge under-taking, relocating and a new job, to boot!
If you are one who sends prayers or well wishes into the air and don’t
mind including Amy and Roy, you would make me feel much better.
(When more than one are gathered in His Name and pray, sometimes
mountains can be moved!)
In honor of my sweet Amy, please listen to these two songs:
Pure Prairie League’s song, “Amie.”
Carole King’s song, “So Far Away.”
I shall miss Amy, but we are connected since she likes my posts and
reads my blog. Plus, since she has email and a cell phone we can stay
connected. One way or another!
My other story is much more intriguing and less worrisome. My good
pal, Tammy has joined me for lunch, along with first and second breaks,
for almost 6 years now. She has two big cats, along with the feral kitty
who has become tamed and one English Shepherd dog. She has a good
boyfriend from years and years ago. I wrote an old love story post about
them. Tammy and Mike, the “Fencepost Buddies” love story.
Anyway, her sister and brother in law have a neighboring house which
has been through a lot of trauma in the family. They have had the same
family living there and there have been rumors associated with this farm
The farming family had an open door policy recently giving away
all of their household belongings. The farming equipment was sold
in a public auction.
The house and furniture are considered ‘haunted.’ Her sister took
three intriguing antique trunks and two tall vintage dressers. She
felt very ‘lucky’ to have not had to purchase these beautiful ‘finds.’
She shared one of each of the trunks and dressers with Tammy.
Here are the strange things that have happened in Tammy and Mike’s
house since they brought the furniture into their home. There have
been several times when one or both of the couple have felt unusual
‘presence’ and an accompanying cold burst of air. They have had
times where they left the house with all but one light left on, only to
come home and find the entire house ‘lit up like a Christmas tree!’
The weirdest things have been pull chains on fans, which when they
would turn them on normally, like in the summertime it would be at
the light switch since there are ceiling lights on every fan in almost
all the rooms of their house. They shut EVERY fan off, by pulling the
chains in November.
The fans should not ‘turn on’ when you turn on the overhead fixture,
just the light should go on. Both parties, Mike and Tammy, are
adamant they are not trying to prank each other with the lights or
No one can explain the recent way a curtain pulled out into a bulging
shape either. Nor can they understand why when Mike was taking
off his breathing mask to prevent sleep apnea, it was hurled out of
his hand. He felt a tug or pull on the mask. More than once!
Someone at work suggested shouting these words,
“Go into the Light!”
Another gave some herbal or natural remedies to cast out demons.
So, my good friend Mark C. who works in my building and is in
the area below me often in the Aerosol Room knew someone to refer
this couple to about the ‘haunted’ furniture. His good female friend
named Ruth has a son who came and toured the house. He felt the
‘presence’ and also, when the lights were out, thought there was a
‘ghostly shape’ in two areas of the house. He is one of those ghost
hunters who has a website, too.
The trunk and the dresser are gone now. Ruth’s son hauled it away
to keep in his barn. He has a group of associates who want to use
some kind of machinery to detect ‘ghosts’ or ‘spirits.’
When she was adding things for the table of my coworkers, Tammy
told us that “rural legend” around her small town (not Delaware,
Ohio) ‘they say that this homestead has been in the family for quite
some time. The story goes that the wife of the farmer went mad
and the granddaughter who inherited the farm is in her thirties
and been institutionalized in a mental hospital.’
We all kind of shivered, thinking about the implications that the
women in this family may have been tormented by something
Tammy says there was a moment recently that both Mike and she
were sitting watching television and the dog ran up the stairs and
into the bedroom barking. Both of them looked at each other
with a little bit of ‘fear of the devil’ in their eyes.Neither one chose
to go upstairs and investigate. Mike called to the dog to come,
while they didn’t even bother to discuss the implications.
Tammy said their living room curtain is not bulging anymore with
the shape of someone hiding behind it. Instead it made a weird
circular motion where it rustled along the carpet, when the house
was quiet and she was reading a book. She looked up and saw the
curtain sway, then rise up and whisk sideways. Finally, it was pulled
back. In mid-swing of the curtain, she tried to film it with her cell
phone. In the middle of the noiseless house, on the short ‘video,’
you can hear a clattering. We all noticed it and asked Tammy about
this, she answered:
“I got up to see what was going on, since both the inside cats were
on the sofa with me and the dog was at my feet. I just wondered
what the noise was. It was not in the hall nor the upstairs, it was
in the kitchen. It stopped as I approached it, but for one brief
moment, I felt like it were the sound of plates bumped together.
There were no plates in my sink nor did the sound repeat itself.
If Mike weren’t here to verify the lights and the fans, during past
incidents, along with the startling shape of the bulging curtain, I
would not believe any of this. As it was, he thinks the dishes
clattering is highly suspicious of ‘more aggressive behaviors.’ He
believes me and does not think I am imagining it. We talked about
this out on the road, in his truck. It is so weird but we sometimes
wonder if there is something which could ‘listen’ to us in the house?
What if the ‘ghost’ or ‘being’ is still in my house?”
I looked at Melvin and Felda. Both appeared a little spooked looking,
as I felt goosebumps rise on both my arms and the hair on the back
of my neck stood on end. Melvin’s family believe in voodoo, as
well as my Filipino friends. I am not sure Tammy really has any
‘beliefs’ but she really thinks strange happenings are going on in
her country house, despite the furniture being taken away and put
away in Ruth’s son’s barn.
“All I want is some peace and quiet. I wish this issue would be
resolved,” my good friend and coworker, Tammy lamented.
Do you have any suggestions for Tammy and Mike?
(They really don’t want to sell their house!)
Here are two songs to represent my feelings about the bizarre
happenings in Tammy and Mike’s house:
“Strange Magic,” by Electric Light Orchestra.
“Witchy Woman,” by the Eagles.
I love both of these songs and had not heard them for awhile.
Hope you enjoy the playlists and don’t forget to send some
silent positive thoughts out into the universe for Amy and Roy.
It couldn’t hurt to do this for Tammy and Mike, too.
Celebrating a serendipitous happy morning moment for me,
while driving to the library I heard this ‘new song:’
“Roller Coasters,” sung by the ‘indie pop’ band, Bleachers.
I found this to be really catchy and a fun song, reminiscent
of older pop songs.
Would you consider listening to just one more song?
I am off for the day on an adventure with my good friend, Jenny,
who is a retired teacher. We did not have to work today, ‘lack of
Hope you have a fantastic weekend!