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My Mom's House

 

My Mom lives in a semi-rural area of far north east Ohio. Her house is quite old, but I really don't know the age. It's three stories high, but has only 2 and ½ floors. (Very high ceilings) It's the greatest house I've ever seen. Half of the second floor has been converted into an apartment; the other half was left alone. There is a door that separates the two areas. Past the door are four very small rooms along the hallway, and another room that is completely open, where the door to the attic is. There is only enough room for a small bed and dresser in any of these rooms. These were my step-siblings' (4 of them) bedrooms, while they were growing up. The apartment was built for my oldest step-sister, as she was married when my step-dad acquired the house. There are two stairways in this house. The one is in the front of the house and is very grand with the original giant wooden handrail that of course attracts ALL of the kids! It is a blast to ride! The second set of stairs is at the back of the house, hidden, at the end of a small hall, and very steep and narrow. At the top of these is the open room and the door to the attic.

Before my Mom met and married my step-dad, he and his wife divorced, and she and the three girls moved out of the state. My oldest step-brother moved into the apartment. Here are some of my experiences in that house.

In 1982 I was pregnant with my daughter. I had my own place in town, but near my Mom. One night in the middle of July, I got bored sitting at home, and went to visit my mom and step -dad. They never locked their back door (or their cars or anything for that matter!) so I just went in. After calling to them, I realized that they weren't home at the time, so I figured I would wait for them or one of my step-brothers to come home. I sat down at the kitchen table and picked up a puzzle book of Mom's and proceeded to work a crossword. The kitchen is just below the upstairs hall. Suddenly, I heard footfalls down the hall to the top of the stairs, and then back again, to the separating door. I thought my step-brother was home, after all, so I called to him...No answer. I called again, but with the same result. I looked outside and his truck wasn't there, so I thought maybe it broke down somewhere. I went upstairs, down the hall to the apartment, and there was no-one there! I looked in all the rooms, and even went up into the scary bat-poopy attic, but there was absolutely no-one. Undaunted, I went back down to the kitchen and resumed my crossword puzzle. It's a very old house, after all. After a few minutes, I heard the footfalls again...So I stopped, and listened. The footfalls started at the door and continued down the hall to the attic, and then back again, a couple of times. I finally realized what I was hearing and high-tailed it outta there! The following day I told them all this story, my Mom said I was crazy, my step-dad laughed, and my step-brother was just looking at me, nodding. He said when they were kids, they heard the same sounds, and of course their mom and dad didn't believe them. And that he continued to hear it.

A few years later, my step-brother bought the house across the street, and moved out. My step-dad's parents were elderly, and though not unable to care for themselves, needed someone to watch over them constantly. (They were in their nineties, God bless them both!) So, they sold their home and moved into the apartment. We had, in the meantime, moved to Las Vegas. When my daughter was in her teens, I was having a lot of problems with her. Drugs, running away, etc. I felt like I was losing my mind, so my Mom took her to stay with her for a while. While she was there, she formed a very close bond with Gramma, my step-dad's mom. Unfortunately, my step-grandparents both passed away a few years ago.

I and my three kids and grand-daughter took a trip back home last May for my Mom's 75th birthday. The two boys stayed in what is the living room of the apartment, and my daughter and grand-daughter in the bedroom. Most of the week was uneventful, and we were enjoying doing absolutely nothing. The only thing that was strange is that my grand-daughter kept falling out of bed. This happened the first three nights. The bed was in the middle of the room, the headboard against the wall, between two large windows. I suggested that we move it next to the wall and we did. That night, my daughter and oldest son took Zoe to put her to bed. They all climbed onto the bed and began reading a book. Some movement caught my daughter's eye, and when she looked up she saw the door closing, all by itself. She simply walked over, opened it back up, and said," No...The door stays open!" She stuffed her bandana under the door to keep it open. The next morning, my daughter and grand-daughter got up early. They checked on my youngest son, who was asleep by himself (the oldest got spooked and slept on the couch downstairs!) and then came downstairs.

When J.R. Woke, he came down and asked who had closed the door to their room. None of us had. We were all downstairs. That's when my daughter and other son told us about the other door closing by itself the night before. They had told no-one about it beforehand. The door had, as long as I can remember, been held open with a large seashell. We checked, and the shell had been moved to the foot of the bed, about 7 feet from the door.

My Mom said it was the furnace kicking on. Well, it kicked on all week and nothing like that happened! We still can't seem to convince her that her house is haunted...

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ChrisB (6 stories) (1515 posts)
 
4 years ago (2013-09-10)
zzgranny realy great story. I would be scared like hell!. I'm a big guy who can easily be frightened! In your childrens place I would run:) I hope to read more of your stories but that will have to wait until tomorrow the kids are crying 😢 I hope to see you soon and take care
zzsgranny (18 stories) (3312 posts) mod
 
6 years ago (2012-04-20)
Martin, this one too 😆...Take your time though, I'm sure this is a daunting task... 😊
zzsgranny (18 stories) (3312 posts) mod
 
6 years ago (2012-01-30)
Casper: Thank you for reading and commenting!...Yeah, the attic is pretty spooky, cool though 😆...I don't really have any scarey, want to hide your head stories, thankfully...I'm glad you enjoyed the read 😊
Casper_the_ghost (9 stories) (180 posts)
 
6 years ago (2012-01-30)
Hey, zzsgranny,

I have only just signed up and your story was one of the first I read. Can I just say, it really chilled me to the bone! A very exciting, detailed account, need to catch up on the other stories you've written! As soon as you mentioned stairs and an attic, I just knew it would be spooktacular!
Miracles51031 (36 stories) (4802 posts) mod
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6 years ago (2011-06-22)
Daz - I know and you know I'm always here for you too. ❤ We're friends, Daz, and that's something I cherish.
zzsgranny (18 stories) (3312 posts) mod
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6 years ago (2011-06-22)
TID: Nothing wrong with being a skeptic, it keeps the rest of us honest 😊...I'm pretty sure somewhere deep down, you do believe in spooks! LOL... It may take a lot to thouroughly convince you to the point where you admit it to yourself, though 😆

DARKNESS and Aussie: Well, thanks for getting here, late or not, still means a whole hell of a lot to me to have the two of you take the time to read and comment on my stuff... This was posted way before we knew we're all LOONIE!...So, no apologies necessary misters!...Granny has spoken... ❤

*left eye twitching*
aussiedaz (18 stories) (1276 posts)
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6 years ago (2011-06-22)
lol Miracles, we haven't spoken much lately but you always know I'm around if you need me... Friends for life, you know you got to be there when I'm in my 70's mate don't you. 😁
Miracles51031 (36 stories) (4802 posts) mod
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6 years ago (2011-06-21)
Daz - 😊 I don't think you've missed anything lately. I'll be sure and let you know if you do 😉
TruthInDarkness (4 stories) (259 posts)
 
6 years ago (2011-06-21)
OK. I can understand that reaction now. I was going through tough times a few years back. I ended up in the "dog house" (my son's room). He was 5 or 6 months old and sleeping in a crib. There was, however, a bed in the room. Talking softly aloud about my feelings, I think that I upset my father-in-law (who had passed away about 2 years earlier). I suddenly heard a loud bang as if someone had banged their fist against the wall. I didn't run or anything. I had the idea at the time that it was him. Amazingly, it didn't wake up my son and I don't think my wife heard it either --despite having an audio monitor right next to her on the nightstand! My house was built in 1962. Yes, it was cool outside and it's wood siding construction, but I've NEVER heard anything that loud before or since. I've heard thuds over the years that seem to come from outer walls and thought, "what the...?" However, I went about my business and nothing else happened. Hmmm... And I'm still a skeptic?! LOL! I guess something will have to fly out of nowhere and hit me in the head before I become a true believer!
taz890 (12 stories) (1380 posts)
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6 years ago (2011-06-21)
sure thing DARKNESS I'm on the 3am to 6am reception shift tonight (10.30 am here now) so will be on between them times 😁
Hope to chat with you all b4 my holls
DARKNESS (3 stories) (2022 posts)
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6 years ago (2011-06-21)
Am going to have to have a looksie into any others I might have missed from you all also once again cheers aussie for bringing my attention to this mate! 😁

Taz will have a chat with you tommorow hopefully mate either way b4 you go! But for now I'm outta here! Speak soon all! 😊 😁
DARKNESS (3 stories) (2022 posts)
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6 years ago (2011-06-21)
Aussie! Thanks for bringing my attention to this also mate geeez! Sorry Granny!😲 😊

Funny how you have the skeptics dead set in there opinion, good on them in a way lol! Can your mum still hear a mouse fart from a mile away? Lol! The house sounds really nice granny loved the description of it, I especially like high ceilings aswell! Am curious to know who was responsible for the goings on! What are your thoughts? Not the furnace surely!haha! Thanks for another awesome account granny my sincere apologies for missing it!

Dan ❤
aussiedaz (18 stories) (1276 posts)
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6 years ago (2011-06-21)
Well looks like I'm a little late again on one of my best mates stories... 2 years ago and I'm only commenting now I had to think about this one lmao... That's my excuse anyway... Hmmm interesting story Granny, I do certainly agree you can listen to the rhythm of a house... It does work a little like Morse code and our spiritual friends know that as well... I don't think they were trying to frighten you in any way or close the door for any other reason except going about there business doing ghost stuff... Just like ghosties do sometimes... And I think now days you'd love to go back and step up the investigation wouldn't you?... Cheers mate, better go check on Miracles now and see if there are any new ones from another good mate... 😁
taz890 (12 stories) (1380 posts)
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6 years ago (2011-06-20)
that would be so fantastic to have a holiday haunting!
Who knows? The place we are staying is old and in a old village too
I will be keeping my eye open for cheap trinkets and spirit acctivity, the first cooking pot I see float across the path will get making notes.

To be honest I am due something happening am almost out of stories 😲
Miracles51031 (36 stories) (4802 posts) mod
+2
6 years ago (2011-06-20)
taz - Portugal will never be the same 😆. Maybe, if we're lucky, you'll have us a ghost story when you get back.
taz890 (12 stories) (1380 posts)
 
6 years ago (2011-06-20)
granny sounds fab!
Will dig out the old bowler or the top hat and get sticking on the sequins 😆
Not keen on poodles will a well trimmed pug do?
Wheres the party at anyway?
Oh and suzie want to know if the bar is free and will there be singing round the piano, you know the stuff~
People drunk, can't recall the words so just sing la la la and then the last few lines they do know.
taz890 (12 stories) (1380 posts)
 
6 years ago (2011-06-20)
glad to be back miracles and you know me I'm never off for too long.
Saying that will warn you now I'm off for 10 days at end of week starting sat morning going on holliday/vacation (how ever you want to put it)
😆
A surprise trip to portugal, long hot days chilling out.
(am going to miss you guys so much) 😭
zzsgranny (18 stories) (3312 posts) mod
+3
6 years ago (2011-06-20)
Taz, you're missing a great party!...We have party hats and shaved poodles! 😆 😆
Miracles51031 (36 stories) (4802 posts) mod
+1
6 years ago (2011-06-20)
taz - just happy you're back ❤. Miss you and your comments, so whenever you can make it, we'll be here 😉
taz890 (12 stories) (1380 posts)
+2
6 years ago (2011-06-20)
im sorry for not being around as much 😢
Things at work have changed and I now get only four hours in reception and internet connection, plus not always same 4 hours that changes too but I swear will get on when I can.
Have missed you guys too 😊
Miracles51031 (36 stories) (4802 posts) mod
 
6 years ago (2011-06-20)
taz 😊 - I was wondering where you'd been hiding. You and Darkness both disappeared. Glad you're back ❤
zzsgranny (18 stories) (3312 posts) mod
 
6 years ago (2011-06-20)
TAZ! YAY!...We missed you and Suzie... Hope you have your happy hat? 😆
taz890 (12 stories) (1380 posts)
+2
6 years ago (2011-06-20)
hi zzsgrany I though I had read all of your stories but not so! Liked this one though 😁

Hippiechick, buy candles! Then when power goes off or a night light blows no need to do the super walmart run plus when you go to sleep you can ask your ghosties to blow them out for you! 😆
Carl
hippiechick83 (5 stories) (112 posts)
+2
6 years ago (2011-06-20)
haha granny, don't I know it! Not much phases her. It's sad, but true that her mom is chicken with a capital C. Lol 😆

Oh, same here Miracles! And when one nightlight blows, it's a national crisis that warrants a 1am trip to the super walmart... Which is only a 30 minute drive one way. And when the power goes out... Well, let's just say that my poor mom gets frequent after midnight calls on dark and stormy nights. 😆

I'm slowly getting used to ghosties lurking about, but there are times I still sleep with the lights and/or TV on. 😳
Miracles51031 (36 stories) (4802 posts) mod
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6 years ago (2011-06-20)
hippiechick - don't feel alone 😆. I believe I've confessed just recently that I have a nightlight in every room in my home, except the bathroom. Yeah, like that's going to happen 😨.

No matter how old I get and how long I live with my ghosties, they can still startle me 😉.
zzsgranny (18 stories) (3312 posts) mod
+1
6 years ago (2011-06-20)
hippiechick: 😆 You could learn a thing or eight from your daughter LOL ❤
hippiechick83 (5 stories) (112 posts)
 
6 years ago (2011-06-20)
Granny, ghosties still scare me! Lol AND I sleep with not one, but two nightlights in my room! 😆 I just had to throw that one in there. 😳
zzsgranny (18 stories) (3312 posts) mod
+4
6 years ago (2011-06-20)
TruthInDarkness: As I said in the story, the house is very old and has it's quirks and creaks like any house that age would... Only after I started to pay attention to the rhythm and began tracking the sound from one end of the hall to next did I realise what I was hearing... I high-tailed it outta there because I was scared, of course! 😆...

I had a few experiences before this point in my life, however, I feel I blocked the ability to perceive other-worldly goings on while a teenager... This being one of the first "new" encounters kind of threw me for a loop... And even those of us who are very "seasoned" in paranormal occurrences are, on occasion, startled when we realise what's happening...

Since that time (almost 30 years ago) I have come to accept the paranormal as a part of my life, and ghosties don't scare me any more (most of the time
😆)
TruthInDarkness (4 stories) (259 posts)
 
6 years ago (2011-06-20)
Great story. I am curious though... What did you think was causing the footstep noises after you had gone upstairs to investigate (but before you heard them again from downstairs)? Also, you said that you realized what it was. Did you see it? If it was just a spirit and not intent on hurting you, why did you run out of the house? Again, I'm just curious and trying to understand things from your perspective.
hippiechick83 (5 stories) (112 posts)
 
7 years ago (2010-09-29)
granny: That would be awesome of you could get some pictures. I would definately love to seem them. Please keep us posted! 😊 ❤

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