Happy Tuesday! We are in the final push for all things Wicked. I don't have a Wicked post for you here today, but you can get your fix by visiting these blogs:
Maja @The Nocturnal Library: Spellcaster Chronicles by Anton Strout
Candace @ Candace's Book Blog: Remains of the Dead and Grounds to Kill by Wendy Roberts
Now onto to Tell Me Something Tuesday:
Welcome to Tell Me Something Tuesday. A weekly discussion post here on Rainy Day Ramblings where I discuss a wide range of topics from books to blogging. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog.
This week's question is perfect for the season:
Ghosts and things that go bump in the night, do you believe in them or not? Why?
Ghosts....they have fired our imaginations and been the topic of countless stories, legends, books and movies as long as man has recorded history. You would have to think that there has to be a high possibility that they exist considering the vast history regarding ghosts. Modern technology continues to push the boundaries and capture strange inexplicable voices and ghostly images, leading me to believe that ghosts likely do exist. I have never visited a haunted place, at least to my knowledge, so I can't attest to any eye witness ghostly encounters, but I do have my own ghostly tale that leads me to believe that ghosts are likely real.
Ten years ago, my father in law went in for surgery and while on the operating table, he had a massive heart attack. They were able to bring him back, but he only remained alive because they had him on life support. He was living in Florida at the time, and my husband I were in Phoenix. My husband caught a plane and flew all night to reach his bedside as his sister was waiting for him to arrive before they removed him from life support. After a tearful goodbye, they took him off the ventilator and he passed peacefully. The strange thing was that at the moment of his passing, the hospital clock on the wall stopped.
Once my husband returned home and the funeral and everything was completed, life returned to normal, or so I thought. Then I started noticing something strange. We had two torchiere lamps in our front room in our house. We had had them for a couple of years prior to my father in law's passing, and I had never had any problems with them. The lamps were touch activated, they flicked on if you touched the base. They looked like this:
We rarely used the front room, so we hardly used the lamps. Then I started noticing that the lamps were always on. I figured that it was likely my pets brushing against them, since I had three cats and a dog. Every morning I would get up and see the lamps on and turn them off and then I would come home from work and find them on again. This went on for weeks. Then one night, we were sitting in the family room watching tv. The three cats and the dog were all snuggled in by us. I looked up and saw the lamps switch on in the dark by themselves. There was nothing to trigger them. It was then that I started to wonder if my father in law had been visiting us, trying to let us know he was there. Around the same time, my sister in law across the country in Florida was driving her then two and a half year old daughter. Her little girl started having a conversation with abuelo, she insisted that he was there, and considering her age it is hard to imagine she was making it up.
After a couple of months, the lamps stopped going on, and after that period, they never did it again. We had them for several years after that and I never saw them go on inexplicably again, nor did they continually turn on. Was my father in law really trying to send us a message? I think he was.
So bottom line, I think there is something to all the ghost stories, and after my own experience, I tend to believe that ghosts do exist.
Have you ever had a ghostly or inexplicable experience? Tell me in the comments.
Next week there will not be a TMST as I have an entire jam packed week of Something Wicked Strikes. TMST will return on November 3rd and this is the question:
Do you often not finish review books? Do you go ahead and review them even if you don't finish?