The Ghost That Follows Me Around

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    Some people seem to be plagued by a ghost that follows them around for years.

    Why is this?

    I usually think it could be a relative, but I’ve found it has more to do with the positive or negative energy one gives off that attracts spirits to them.

    I feel very fortunate to have family spirits around me. I also have some who just like my energy and stop by from time to time to see what’s going on. They’ll play with the lights by turning them on and off, just to let me know they are there.  Sometimes a door will open and close. Nothing creepy or weird about it, at least not in my house.

    Linda had the spirit of her best friend’s father visiting her regularly.

    “My friend, Susan, and I were inseparable growing up. When her father died suddenly from a ruptured brain aneurysm he would visit in spirit form regularly at my house.”

    Susan lived with her mother, but she didn’t have the same experiences at home as she did at Linda’s house.

    Linda’s parents didn’t like the lights, television, computers, microwave, etc. turning on and off at odd hours of the day and night. They consults ghost hunters to assist them in solving their problem.

    Yes, it was Susan’s father. They never did figure out why he would be at their house rather than their own.

    Linda’s family moved several times, but Susan’s father followed them each time.

    When Linda’s father got a promotion to move to another state, he thought this would sever the tie, his daughter had with Susan and her father, but it didn’t.

    They consulted a psychic to find out what was going on with Linda’s connection to Susan’s father.

    All the polite things were discussed between the psychic and Susan’s father. After that was exhausted and the psychic pressed him for an explanation, he admitted he was in love with Linda’s mother.

    This didn’t set well with Linda’s parents. They were both kind to Susan and her father, but Linda’s mother never encouraged him in any way.

    The psychic encouraged him to move on and leave Linda and her parents alone.

    This worked out well for many years, until Linda went to college. There he was again, messing with electronic devices.

    Linda lost touch with Susan after they moved out-of-state and found out her father’s love for Linda’s mother.

    It seemed he continued to play out his fantasy of Linda, not Susan being his daughter. It may have been the confusion from his brain aneurysm.

    Linda wanted to be kind to the confused ghost, but she also didn’t want to encourage him. She consulted a psychic to get him to move on. This worked for several years until she was expecting her first child.

    Linda was afraid that Susan’s father’s spirit would go into her unborn child.

    Linda’s husband thought she was crazy, but went along with his wife’s wishes. They had the house blessed and the unborn child blessed. Linda wanted to have a barrier between her family and that of Susan’s father’s spirit.

    The birth of Linda’s son, was a spiritual experience.

    Priests were present as was a psychic and family members. They were to be a barrier against Susan’s father’s spirit and Linda’s son.

    Linda’s fears were proved accurate when the lights flickered in the delivery room. Doors rattled. The prayer group held fast to their task of keeping the unwanted spirit at bay. Many were pushed, hit and kicked, but they continued praying.

    When they heard Linda’s son crying, they didn’t stop praying.

    “My mother and father heard a loud pop, so did the psychic,” Linda said. “Then they saw a white light that almost blinded them. As they squinted, they saw the silhouette of a man walk into the light.”

    Susan’s father finally gave up and went into the light.

    Linda and her new family have had no paranormal experiences in their home. She is now the proud mother of three healthy sons.

    It’s always nice to have a happy ending to a paranormal experience and it’s fortunate for Linda that it didn’t pass on to another generation.

    ©Sharon Harvey   8/2014

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    Soft Pretzel Bites and Dipping Sauce Recipes

    I enjoy being prepared for when family and friends visit. It’s always nice to have something different or a favorite you know will please. Betty Crocker has never let me down when it comes to finding something different and delicious. There’s pure satisfaction when you see the platter of pretzel bites empty and the dipping sauce bowls wiped clean. So, I can say without a doubt these recipes are winners around my house.

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    Soft Pretzel Recipe

    Ingredients:
    1 package dry active yeast
    1 1/2 cups warm water
    1 tablespoon granulated sugar
    4 cups all purpose flour
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 large egg
    Coarse salt
    1 tablespoon unsalted butter

    Directions:

    1.   Preheat oven to 425°F degrees.
    2.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    3.  In a large bowl, combine the yeast and warm water. Let sit for 2 to 3 minutes until the yeast dissolves.
    4.  Add sugar into the yeast mixture, stir until dissolved.
    5.  Add the flour and salt. Stir until combined. The dough will be crumbly.
    6.  Turn the dough out onto a floured board and knead with floured hands until smooth.
    7.  In a small bowl, lightly beat the egg and set aside.
    8.  Divide the dough into 5 portions. Working with one at a time, roll the dough balls out into ropes that are about 1 inch in diameter. Use a sharp knife to cut 1-inch lengths of dough.
    9. Drop each of the dough pieces into the egg mixture and immediately transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Place them about 1/2 inch apart. Sprinkle with coarse salt.
    10. Place the tray into the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes, until golden brown. Repeat the process until all the dough has been cooked.
    11. Melt the butter and brush all the pretzel bites with butter, then sprinkle with more salt, if desired.

    Now, for the sauces. Let’s see:  Guacamole sounds good. You’ll need:
    2 large ripe avocados, pitted, peeled and mashed
    2 medium tomatoes, finely chopped (1 1/2 cups)
    2 jalapeño chilies, seeded and finely chopped
    1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
    1 garlic clove, finely chopped
    2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
    2 tablespoons lime or lemon juice
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    Dash of pepper

    Mix up all the ingredients in a glass bowl, cover and set in the refrigerator for about an hours to allow all the flavors to blend.

    How about Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce:
    Ingredients:
    1/3 cup cottage cheese
    1/2 teaspoon white wine vinegar
    2 tablespoons milk
    1 tablespoon crumbled blue cheese
    1/8 teaspoon white pepper
    1 garlic clove, finely chopped

    Directions:

    1.  Get out the blender or food processor and put in the cottage cheese, vinegar, milk, half of the blue cheese, the white pepper and garlic.
    2.  Cover and blend on low speed until smooth and creamy.
    3. Pour into serving dish.  Stir in remaining blue cheese. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

    These sauces are favorites around my house, but there’s always pizza sauces and ranch-style sauces you may want to try. You may have the perfect sauce already in mind. That’s what is so wonderful about these soft pretzel bites, they go with just about everything.

    Enjoy and Thanks for stopping by!

    Halloween Pencils

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    Many parents are looking for different items to give out at Halloween as an alternative to candy. I think Halloween Pencils are an excellent alternative. They are practical, too.

    They’re great to give out at School Halloween Parties or your own Halloween Party. And for the Trick or Treaters who come to your door.

    If you’re doing the Neighborhood Boo-ing, these would be excellent to tuck inside any goodie bags you create for the occasion. As I said, they’re practical and would be an excellent, welcome gift.

    Let’s see what other alternatives to candy I can add:

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Doctor Who DR142 Disappearing Tardis Coffee Mug

    All Doctor Who Tardis fans, here is a coffee mug that is great for work!

    Pour in hot liquids and watch the Tardis disappear, only to reappear in space.

    This is a ceramic standard 11 oz. mug that will definitely get people talking as you carry your Dr Who Tardis Heat Reveal Mug into the break room, then pour in the hot coffee or hot water for tea. People absolutely won’t be able to take their eyes off your coffee mug . . . so you better keep a tight grip on it or it may just disappear.

    The only solution I can give you is to buy several and give them as gifts for your co-workers.

    It’s a wonderful gift item for any and all Doctor Who Tardis Fans or not. Excellent novelty item that will thrill all who receive it.

    I’m stocking up to give as hostess gifts for my next party.

    Here are some helpful links:

    Here you have a variety of novelty gift ideas.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Pumpkin Skull

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    With a little imagination, you can turn your Halloween pumpkin into something magnificent. This Pumpkin Skull is very clever. I found it on Pinterest. No instructions are necessary. What you see is what you do.

    • Clean out your pumpkin
    • Split it open by slicing out a piece to accommodate a skull
    • Carefully place a skull inside
    • You can put a battery operated votive or tea light inside the skull
    • Carve a face on the pumpkin, half on each side

    You may have your own idea of how to do this Halloween craft, but this seemed to work for me. Instead of a skull, you could set up an interesting diorama.

    If you do use the skull, you can add some interesting extras like plastic spiders or others bugs. Allow your imagination to go wild.

    This is a fun family project. The kids will enjoy embellishing the skull and the pumpkin if they are too young to carve the pumpkin.

    Here are some helpful links to get your imagination into high gear:

    Have fun looking around your local dollar store. You’ll come up with some delightful embellishments.

    Thanks for stopping by!