Greetings. I do not know if I am living with a ghost or not, but wanted to share some of the odd events that have happened in my home since the past three years or so - sort of a laundry list of unexplainable things - then see what you think. Most of these things started happening after the birth of my son in 2009.
Oddity One: the book light and its batteries. Two mornings in a row, I woke to find my book light, which is the fold-able type you can clip on a book cover, not on my night table where I left it, but on the floor with the back casing slipped off and the and batteries pried out. I tried every which way conceivable to get it to do that myself thinking maybe I just knocked it over in my sleep, but no matter what I did I could NOT get it to do that. The batteries were tightly installed. The cover snaps shut. My bedroom floor is soft, padded carpet. I even threw it on the floor then walked on it thinking maybe I accidentally knocked it off the stand then stepped on it in the night, but no. Someone had to take the back cover off and pry those batteries out on purpose. After two nights of waking to find my book light on the floor in pieces, I stopped leaving it on the nightstand.
Oddity Two: the moving laundry basket. One early morning, around 1:00 a.m., I got out of bed to prepare a bottle of formula for my infant son. He was sleeping in a sitting room which is part of our master bedroom suite - it made a handy nursery. There is a partial wall between his 'bedroom' and mine, containing a glass see-through fireplace with a hearth surrounding it. That morning, there was a laundry basket on that hearth full of folded laundry. I walked past it on my way to the kitchen. When I returned, the basked was OFF the hearth, sitting in the middle of the hallway. Now, nobody in the entire house was awake but for the baby and I. He was in his crib, and not old enough to even roll over yet. It had not been knocked off, or accidentally bumped as I went past. It was heavy, large, and sitting quite perfectly in the exact middle of the hallway as if someone did not wish me to miss it. I know this does not sound spectacular, but it frightened me greatly at the time.
Oddity Three: the haywire electronic toys. Now, I know that electronic toys can simply go off on occasion due to vibrations or changes in the atmosphere, but our toys started going off mysteriously (when they never had before) and rather systematically. One early morning, before the sun was even up yet, I was making coffee in the kitchen when I heard the oddest sound; sort of a 'Grrrrrr' or a 'Zzzzzrrrr' over and over. The hair on my arms stood up. I went looking for the source, and found it was one of my son's 'sound effect' story books lying in a sort of tunnel/hallway we have that separates one half of our home from the other. It was a book about the movie Cars, and one of the sound effects just kept going off by itself. Now, that book kept doing that for months, but ONLY when it was alone with me, and only in the early morning or late night. After awhile, I started talking to the darn thing wondering if perhaps it was some deceased family member trying to get my attention.
My son also has one of those Fisher Price farm things that lights up and talks. I kept that in the breezeway, too and IT started going off on its own, singing songs and lighting up without anyone touching it, but only when I was the only one in the area, and usually when the lights were low.
Finally, just a few weeks ago, the kids were in bed and I was downstairs alone typing on my computer when a little 'stand and groove' kids table behind my back suddenly lit up and started singing. VERY CREEPY. So, I turned around and started talking to it. Each time I asked a question, it played a song. No lie. After a few minutes of this, I looked at it and said, "Okay, I think it's time for you to be quiet now." The table said, "Good-bye!" and was silent the rest of the night. What are the chances? 'Good-bye' is just one of the dozens of little recordings it is capable of playing. That spooked me.
Oddity Four: the guestroom light. Our home is odd in that it is sort of like two houses held together by a tunnel on the second floor in the center. We spend most of our time on one side where the kitchen, bedrooms and family room are. The other side has a living room, an office loft - and the guest bedroom down in the 'basement'. I never get a creepy feeling down there, but it is COLD. I always assumed this is because it is partially underground, and the ground is simply cold in Colorado, no matter the season.
Anyway, my mother came to visit after my son was born. She slept in that room. On the first night, she claims that once she got into bed, she leaned over and switched off the lamp, then rolled over to go to sleep, but a moment later, the lamp turned itself back on. She said this spooked her so much; she left it on all night for fear if she turned it off whatever it was would turn it back on again. The next night, my mom slept with the bedroom door open and the hall light on. Everyone who sleeps down there feels a little weird. Not always scared, just... Odd. Also, I have gone into that room on occasion to get something out of a closet, or to check the bathroom and make sure nothing has flooded to find one of the lamps on when no one has been down there in weeks. Maybe it's just the lamp, no?
Oddity Five: glimpses and shadows. This is probably common, but I am always seeing movement just out of the corner of my eye, or in front of me but so fast I have to assume it was nothing. This might actually be nothing, for our home has many large windows and lots of unusual angles; very artsy and modern. The light (sun or moon) plays off of the walls in interesting ways day or night. Yet, I cannot help but feel it is something more. About a month ago, I actually thought I saw on two different occasions a being actually moving VERY quickly, but solidly in front of me. It was just a glimpse, and it wasn't a shadow. It was more like... Solidified light or the atoms in the air being suddenly visible for a moment as a form, then not anymore. Does that make sense? Both times, whatever it was looked short - like a child. Maybe my eyes are just tired.
There have been so many other little things, like swearing I heard my daughter say 'Momma' next to my ear in the middle of the night, and my reaching out to pull her into my bed only to realize she wasn't even there. Orbs suddenly appearing in digital photos, usually around my daughter - or my pregnant belly when I was still pregnant. I experienced sleep paralysis out of the blue one night after my son was just born, but that may have been due to utter exhaustion. I know I am forgetting other things - many months have passed.
So, after all that, I am curious to hear what you think. Is it a possible spirit, or just an over tired momma? Part of me wishes to explore further - and another part of me knows that it is not always wise to play with things we don't' fully understand. So far I have never felt threatened. I'd like to leave it there, if there is a choice.
Hope everyone is well - all my best to all of you. Thank you for reading. S.