I have to to uncover my septic tank lid to have it pumped – that can be pretty scary opening one of those up. Luckily we don’t have the kids here to help fill it so it has been several years since the pumper guy has been here. When you have several teenagers taking showers, doing laundry and using the toilet it can be hard on the system, especially the drain field. One year it was so bad I rerouted their shower drain out to the lawn to keep it watered. The drain has since been set back to code, Michigan has stricter use of grey water laws than some other states do.
The feature image is one I created. I am a graphic artist which is one of my many hobbies. The image fits in with the Halloween theme.
With Halloween right around the corner I decided to bring back my tales of haunted houses, ones I have experienced first hand. Having lived in New England there are a lot of stories of the old houses which have been there for a couple hundred years or better. I lived in a large three story Victorian house just off the main street in Madison Maine, sadly the house has been torn down to make way for a parking lot though I wonder if that was the only reason. It was the most haunted house in the city. If you look at ghost registry sites on the internet you will find info on a haunted grave yard just outside the city – I will get into that one next week.
Our house was haunted by at least three spirits which lived mainly on the third story. We rented out the second and third floor to various tenants, the third floor was hard to keep occupied for more than a month. After word got out that it was haunted my brother and I moved up there because we couldn’t get renters to occupy it. We saw the spirits quite often and got used to them hanging around – they never bothered anyone or anything though the rooms got cold as they passed through. We couldn’t get friends to stay overnight, they would try but end up leaving before the night was over. Not sure who the ghosts were, I guess we didn’t care to pursue it.
I have seen a lot of strange things over the years which many disregard or don’t believe in, however seeing is believing and not for the faint of heart. I lived in another haunted house in Hopkins, that spirit was more annoying. He appeared in a more human shape and form. He would suddenly appear right next to a person and watch what they were doing – he did that to me several times. I call it a he because he was believed to be an uncle of the people that owned the house who passed. He would take things and move stuff around the house. Jewelry would disappear and be found elsewhere several days later. As with most spirits the room would get cold even on hot days. He scared everyone due to his annoying habit of suddenly appearing right next to a person invading their personal space.
Whether you believe in these things or not they are verifiable due to personal experience and those of relatives and friends and as I said, seeing is believing.
Our weather pattern is great for a Halloween theme with light rain, drizzle and cloudy skies right on through the weekend. Daytime and nighttime temps will be within five degrees of each other with lows in the mid to upper 40s and daytime highs around 50°. Rainfall will only be around a tenth of an inch per day.
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