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It's Just The House Settling Right!


Currently, as I type this I am visiting family in the UK. The house we're in is an old converted barn, a "Tudor home" as it is called. My wife and I just remarked that for such an old place the house has a very "empty" feeling to it, unlike our house back in Texas, where in the dark you're always plagued by an uneasy anxious feeling. The house is not that old, it was built in the 1970s.

When we first moved into the house my daughter was ten months old. She was sounding out words and one of the first things she mentioned was the word "Teddy bear" where she would point to an area in our living room where the wall met the ceiling. We thought it was cute and usually ignored it. As she got older it was something she always said. Jokingly we would say "Where's the Teddy bear?" and she would run to the couch and point out the same area. We had begun to hear little noises here and there, but we usually just attributed them to the house settling. But the air in the house always had a heavy feel to it. At night when we'd wake up to do something it would always feel as if someone were watching you. My wife freaked out more than I would. I actually grew up with these kinds of things and didn't really find them all that scary.

Soon my daughter didn't like sleeping in her room. She would throw such horrible fits when it was time for bed, however, if we let her sleep somewhere else she knocked out without a problem. Sometimes I even woke up to find that she had fallen asleep on the hallway floor outside of her room. That's when we began to hear more noises, but they would be coming from her room. My wife and I would always hear my daughter's crib move as if she were in it. Even when I converted it into a daybed for her we still heard it move as if someone were lying on it. My wife and I would still hear other noises in the house but there was always more coming from my daughter's room. I told my wife that if there was something in the house it seemed to be that of a child. Sometimes we could hear the sound as if something was messing with her toys when there was no one there.

One night my daughter had fallen asleep in my arms so my wife and I took her to bed. As we did this we noticed that her guitar was leaning against the wall. My wife moved it and placed it flat on the ground on the other side of her room. She didn't want to risk it falling over and waking our daughter up. So, we went back to watch a movie. Suddenly my wife grabs my arm and says "Did you hear that?". I paused the movie to listen, and when I did I heard, clear as day, the sound of someone strumming the guitar. I got excited and jumped up rushing to her room. My daughter was asleep and the guitar was still in the same spot we had left it. I strummed it myself to reassure that it was the guitar we had hear; and it was.

Another time my daughter was staying the night with my parents. My wife and I both heard the sound of our bedroom door open and close. There have also been times when my wife and I have seen my daughter out of the corner of our eyes, and then question whether or not it was really her.

Finally, with my daughter still refusing to go to bed in her room, we moved her into the guest room, giving her her own bed. I took apart her old bed and moved it into the garage and converted her old room into my writing room, mainly because I wanted to see if I'd be able to hear anything. My wife scolds me for it but like I had mentioned I grew up with things like this happening. It was normal. I'm nerdy for paranormal things, and yet, the majority of everything heard in the house is by my wife and NOT me.

Ever since the move my daughter goes to bed with no problem and my writing room, well it's completely quiet... Not a peep. I'm a bit disappointed but happy that my daughter's not being bothered anymore. The only thing that occurred was a few days after we had moved my daughter my wife and I heard the sound of my daughter's old bed creaking and moving like it used to... Only that it was in pieces and in the garage. After that, nothing. Even my daughter, who is now two getting ready to turn three, will say that the "Teddy bear" is gone. However, we still do hear noises.

Currently we have a friend house sitting for us and she does not sleep there or like to visit it at night because she says she can feel someone watching her. She says the feeling is strong and very uncomfortable. I don't know. Does anyone have any opinions or advice for when we get back? Any similar incidents? I would like to hear from ANYONE who has had the same thing happen to them. The only other thing I can add is that my wife and I have had some really ugly realistic dreams, although I don't know if they're connected.

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JayAreGee (1 stories) (3 posts)
11 years ago (2011-09-10)
Thank you all for taking the time to read my story and giving me input. Rookdygin, thanks for the idea. I will look into that as soon as we get back to the states. My wife does feel threatened sometimes, but other than that she has become accustomed to the things that happen. As for the crib, it was brand new. She just never liked it, especially when we moved into the house. I have another experience that took place before I got married that's always bothered me. I'll be uploading that one real soon.
rookdygin (24 stories) (4458 posts)
11 years ago (2011-09-07)

How old is your home? Many of the sounds you describe could be just things in the home 'settling'...either due to age, or with as dry as it has been the 'lack' of humidity may be allowing the wood to 'contract' and cause some of the noises.

The uneasy, 'watched' feeling may be due to high 'EMF' (Electromagnetic Fields) and can be caused by many things. These are 'tangible' solid things that can and should be checked into before looking at possible 'paranormal' explanations.

DA has a great suggestion and I offer this technique, even if there is 'nothing' in your home adding some positive energy is never a bad thing...

Recipe for a Home Cleansing/Shielding... (allow for two or 3 days to complete)

Day one: Open all curtains window and doors with screens installed, let fresh air and sunshine into the home. Have all closets, cabinets and other 'dark spaces' open so that as much natural light as possible can enter those spaces. After 2-3 hours take a broom and 'sweep' out each room (this is symbolic and you do not have to really sweep) focus your thoughts on sweeping (pushing) out all negative energies / entities /thoughts. Close home up after completing each room of your home... Please do not forget your garage if you have one. (Optional) Light incense (sandalwood or Dragons-blood works well for me) and let aroma fill the home, and/or play a tape that contains your favorite Church songs before you begin sweeping.

Day two (or three): Once again open all curtains, windows and doors. Take a White candle (Optional) to the center most point of the home, sit on the floor and place candle in front of you. Light the candle (visualize a white ball of light) and then focus on the flame... Visualize the flame (white light) filled with positive thoughts, energy. (Say a prayer at this time if you so desire... Ask for cleansing positive energy to fill the candles flame/white light). Hold this 'image' in your mind and then visualize the flame (light) slowly expanding outward, visualize it filling the room your in, every corner and 'dark space'. Continue to visualize it's outer edges pushing away (burning away) any and all negative energies/entities out and away from each room in your home. Once you have visualized this flame (light) filling your entire home, picture it expanding to your property lines. Hold this image in your mind for a few moments then visualize 'anchoring' this flame (light) where you are sitting which is the center most point of your home. Once you have done this. Take a deep breath, relax a few moments and then blow out the candle. (If you didn't use a candle just let yourself relax a moment or two.) "

Now you can create a shield for yourself using the 'home shield' technique but instead of focusing on your home visualize the 'flame' simply surrounding you instead of your home... Best time to do this is after a nice shower using a rosemary scented soap (rosemary is good for purification and protection.)

Thank you for sharing this with us and please keep us updated.


DeviousAngel (11 stories) (1910 posts)
11 years ago (2011-09-06)
I was just wondering the same thing as MissyM. Did you guys build the crib for her, or did it come from someone else? Sometimes entities attach themselves to objects, so that could be one possible explanation. One thing that piqued my interest was that you mentioned hearing the sound of the crib squeaking even when it was in pieces. Do you think it might have had something to do with the pipes settling or a wooden floorboard creaking? Any other possible external explanations? Kids have epic imaginations so that may have explained the "teddy bear" but your daughter's reactions to the atmosphere in her room is really something. I do think that there was some kind of excess energy, possibly even an entity hanging around. I am definitely glad that your kiddo is sleeping soundly now, but if you really want to at some point you can try doing an EVP session in the room. If it is a child spirit, maybe leave one of your daughter's toys or a little snack out for them (just be careful of bugs), and see what happens.
geetha50 (15 stories) (986 posts)
11 years ago (2011-09-06)
Besides feeling naturally scared, does your wife feel threatened in way? What about your daughter?

I know your daughter is young but have you tried talking to your daughter about her feelings and why she doesn't want to sleep in her old room?
Mountaineer (4 stories) (176 posts)
11 years ago (2011-09-06)
The "heavy" feeling you describe inside your home is indicative of high humidity levels. You should look into that. Also, a few months ago I was in my room reading and I heard one of the strings on my guitar twang loud and clear. Scared the bejeezus out of me. Turns out, a wasp had landed on one of the strings. Before I walked over to get rid of it, it stepped onto the next string and it twanged too. It was surprisingly loud, and is a possible explanation for the antics with the guitar. Otherwise, this is a spooky story for sure. When I was little, I had a ghostly imaginary friend that I would always play with, so my parents tell me. I say "ghostly" because I once told my parents that he had died in a fire.
MissyM (2 stories) (152 posts)
11 years ago (2011-09-06)
Its sounds like you have a pretty spooky baby bed... Lol Was it second hand or passed down?
At least your daughter is sleeping better in her new room. 😁
logan (3 stories) (222 posts)
11 years ago (2011-09-06)

Thanks for sharing.

Interesting stuff, I look forward to reading your account about the dreams you have had. MEanwhile have you done any research on the house at all?


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