I’ve heard dead people: Part I

July 18, 2012 — 141 Comments

(This will most likely be the post that causes my follower count to plummet…)

Before I continue, thank you all for making me feel better on Monday.  Fortunately it was only a 24-hour Meh so now I’m back to my old self.  I self-medicated with the best possible over-the-counter treatment: Haagen-Dazs.  And peaches.  All is well.Now for the spooky stuff.  I’m going to preface this by saying that although I love real-life ghost stories, I regard most of them with a huge dose of skepticism—especially the stories on television.  And I think Ghost Hunters and all the other shows in that genre are completely full of shit.

But over the years I’ve met many sane, reliable people who have stories they can’t explain.  And now I have a few of my own.

The first incident happened 2 years ago when we adopted our third Weeblette.  She needed a new home because her owner had died.  I made arrangements with a neighbor of the woman who died so that we could pick up our new kitty.  During my phone conversations with the neighbor I noticed that she never mentioned the deceased woman by name; she always called her “the owner.”  I thought that was peculiar.  Why not just use her name?

We drove to the house of the deceased woman, where her sister and the neighbor were meeting us.  Again, they kept referring to “the cat’s owner.”  Didn’t this woman have a name??

The poor, scared little cat was hiding in the woman’s bedroom.  So we went in there to try to calm her down and get her in the carrier.

While Mr. Weebles took the bed apart to get to where kitty had taken refuge, I looked around the room.  It hadn’t been packed up yet.  It looked like “the owner” still lived there.  I felt bad that we were in her bedroom like that.  And I wondered what her name was.

Just then I heard a female voice in my head—not my own voice but a very different voice, as clear as a bell, say “Janice.”

Janice?  Nah, that doesn’t make any sense, I thought.  That’s my brain pulling a name out of the ether and playing games with me.

Finally, Mr. Weebles wrestled our new Weeblette into the carrier and we got ready to leave.  The sister was crying.  As she said goodbye to the kitty she said, “Janice would be so happy to know her cat is getting a nice new home.”

Janice.  I felt all the blood rush out of my head.

They hadn’t said her name before then.  Not once.  I kept going back to all the conversations—maybe they had mentioned it and I had just forgotten.  But no, they hadn’t.  I’m sure of it.

I like to think that Janice knew we’d be good kitty parents and chose us to take care of her girl. And I’m happy she introduced herself to me.

If you’re still with me, stay tuned for Part II . . .

141 responses to I’ve heard dead people: Part I


    Spooky and cool. I’m with you all the way, Weebs. You’re not gonna lose me. In fact, now that I see you’re a believer, I’m gonna double up on my subscription to your blog so I’ll get 2 notifications.


    “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy” Shakespeare.

    And if nothing else, you believe it, and I have no reason to think you’re crazy.
    Well, no medical reason anyway… ;)


    Dear MW,
    I,m not only WITH you….I,m on the edge of my seat!!!! I love stories like these…cuz I have some,too!!
    I know Janice was in that room with you. She told you her name!
    How exciting!
    Not to be pushy….but…when are you telling us the rest?
    I cannot wait!!!!


    When I was a kid, I was staying at my Dad’s place one weekend. Late in the evening there were several frantic calls to my Dad’s place looking for my mom. It was time for me to go to bed but I was energized by a driving curiosity about who and why they were looking for my mom. I went into my room and the window was frosted up. “Etched” into the frost was a picture of a man with glasses. In my head I said something like “Oh, mom’s brother died”. I’ve never met or seen photos of any of her family so I have no idea why I thought that. I went to bed at peace and fell instantly asleep. Next morning I asked my dad if he found out what was up. He said my Mom’s brother died. I told my Dad my story and described the frost picture (which was gone by then) and he said it sounded like the brother.

    One time I was in my car grieving my dead grandmother. I was sitting at a stop light having a great ol’ cry. I felt these arms reach through the window and hug me. No one was there but I felt comforted. I believe she sent an angel down to give me a hug.


    I can’t sleep after I watch movies like the Exorcist, Blair Witch, or anything with voodoo. I think deep down I might actually believe in otherworldly beings. That said, I’ve never had an “encounter” of any sort.

    I have done a ghost tour before, and if you haven’t done one, you would love it! They’re basically history tours with a little town folklore and gossip tossed in. Plus, I learned about fan flirting, and fan flirting is fascinating!


      Fan flirting! Now THAT sounds like fun. I bet you were good at that, Lovely. I’ve been on several ghost tours and they’re a lot of fun, provided the tour guide is really good. And you get to hear all kinds of creepy true stories (or at least allegedly true).


    I believe I shall remain a follower. Do go on, Ms. Weebles. Do go on.


    I’m waiting for the weird part…


    oooooohhh….I’ve got chills.


    Very cool story, MW. Can’t wait for part two!


    Still here, too. (But you knew I would be…) Oh yes, and fresh summer peaches – the ultimate pickker-upper!


      Somehow I knew this story wouldn’t put you off, Cathy. :) Now tell me, is it true that Colorado peaches are the most delicious thing ever? I’ve never had one because they don’t ship well, but I hear tell.


    Cool story, I love when things like this happen!!!


    I’m still with you, too.
    It might not be to do with the dead, though. Might be something to do with the living. I had a similar experience many years ago when I was listening to some music through the headphones and clearly heard the voice of a friend I’d not been in touch with for quite a while, and she seemed to be in distress. I turned off the music and phoned her and her mum answered and said I wasn’t the only person who’d phoned out of the blue about her but that my friend (her daughter) was in a coma in hospital! Eek!

    There’s a lot of stuff that we don’t know about, but one day in the future, maybe these ‘extra senses’ will be proven by science.


      Good point, Val. I’ve heard stories similar to yours, hearing someone’s name or voice out of nowhere and then finding out that the person was in trouble, etc. There’s definitely a lot out there that we just can’t prove scientifically at the moment but that certainly doesn’t prove it’s not true.

    whiteladyinthehood July 18, 2012 at 10:02 am

    That is pretty spooky! Can’t wait for part ll…


    I sense a twist…like an old woman trapped in a ventilation system.

    Fish Out of Water July 18, 2012 at 10:39 am

    I’m still here and impatiently waiting for part deux. I love that you cured what ailed you with Haagen Daz. I wish you were my doctor.


    Awesome! I’m a believer, too. Though you’re right about those ghost shows on TV — I hear voices in my white noise machine all the time, that doesn’t make it haunted. Those shows are nonsense. And yet … if there’s nothing else on, I’ve been know to watch them ALL. DAY. LONG. Anywho, I think I’ll remain a faithful follower.


      Right? Some of those “EVP recordings” are laughable. They’re like ink blots, you can interpret them in any number of ways. But I’m with you on watching those shows all day, I’ve done it too.


    Spooky! Maybe the cat had been named Janice as well and she was just letting you know. Has she been to visit it since or should I wait for part 2?

    I don’t know why I’m asking but which flavour Haagen Dazs?


      The cat was actually named Princess Mia. We didn’t think she seemed like a Princess Mia, though, so now she goes by the much more regal name of Jellybean. Janice has not been to visit since, though. Part II is for another spooky tale altogether…


      Sorry, just realized that I forgot to answer your very important question: vanilla. It went well with the peaches.


    Maybe she wants to make your Hot Dead Chicks list. I bet you have a cool rep on the Other Side.


    I’m still with you…only 2 parts?


    I love ghost stories! Can’t wait for the next one!


    I am looking forward to part 2 and the continuation of this tale. It is ultimately about you having a talking cat, right?


      That WOULD be a good ending, LA. Alas, no talking/ventriloquist cat. This tale is already finished–sorry for the anticlimax there. Parts II and III are entirely different stories. But just as odd.


    Wow, this is better than a Stephen King novel. Can’t wait for part 2–the cynic in me will be there. :)


    Just because we can’t explain it doesn’t mean it can’t happen. I kinda like the idea that there’s more in the world than we see every day. :-)


    I drew a deep breath at the end of this! Creeeeepy — wowww… Part 2, part 2, part 2, part 2!!


      It was very creepy, Sandee—part of me STILL doesn’t believe it to this day, even though I know it did. Parts II and III will have different stories but they’re just as eerie. :D


    I’m totally creeped out… totally. But, by george, I believe.


    A lot of people have seen an apparition where I work. Alas, I haven’t seen it yet, but I’m hopeful. I can’t wait for the next episode.


    You aren’t nutso — I’m a believer. We are all beings made up of energy and if school taught me anything, it was that energy can neither be created nor destroyed. So, logically and scientifically speaking — it would be ignorant for us to think that these things do not or cannot happen. Spiritually speaking, it’s comforting to think that loved ones who have passed on can still be as close to us and surround us in death just as they did in life. It would be a pretty sad existence if we thought this world was it and nothing more! Can’t wait for part 2!


      Totally agree, dockfam. Who’s to say that science has already proven all the ways in which energy can manifest itself?? And it’s nice to think that death isn’t the end—I find it comforting. It would be a bummer if we just got these few years on earth and then game over.


    I’ve seen too much strange stuff and know so little about the universe to doubt someone else. Someday I’ll tell the story of the time I thought the devil was in my computer. It doesn’t portray me in a very flattering light, as you might imagine.
    And no, mostly sober. Because that was the next question, right?


      Okay, I’m going to be on pins and needles waiting for the story about the devil in your computer, Smak. That’s a must-tell story, for sure. Whether you were stone-cold sober or not, that’s got to be a good one.


    So cool. Sorry if you were trying to weed through the lot of us; don’t think it worked. You’ll have to come up with another strategy ;-)
    I’ve been trying for months to sell String Theory/ Parallel Universes. I thought for sure that the god particle thing was going to tip the scales? Here’s my screwy reasoning: I can’t see sound waves or the wind, but I know they exist and we now have instruments to verify their existence. An instrument to measure parallel universes in our future? Jules Verne wouldn’t scoff at it. Janice may be strumming your strings.


      Well, I was hoping I wouldn’t scare anyone off or have anyone think, “Oh, so she’s a crackpot!” so I’m glad you’re still here, Nikki. It’s very interesting that you mention sound waves—I use a very similar example with radio waves—if you have a radio, you can hear the waves but just because you don’t have a radio doesn’t mean the waves aren’t passing all around you. Jules Verne would dig it.


    spookilicious…keep it going :)


    I definitely took the blue pill. I’m too much of a chicken shit to take the red pill. But in the Matrix, I’m pretty sure my name is the Oracle.


    Spooky. But I’m still with you darlin’


    I’m still here, too! I love good ghost stories. :)


    Janice just told me to give you the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award: http://bringingeuropehome.com/2012/07/18/is-there-an-award-for-procrastination/
    Okay, she didn’t really. I did it all on my own, ’cause I thought you might be chuffed to be a part of the Sisterhood.


    i’ve been told on numerous occasions that i’m “psychically deaf” — and simply can’t hear, feel, see the things that some folks encounter. turns out? i’m good with that! this shit freaks me out…


      I was always sort “psychically deaf” until I turned 40. Then it was like a switch went on. I’m not sure what the heck happened. I haven’t found it freaky so far, but fortunately I’ve never had any scary experiences. Spooky, creepy, eerie ones, definitely, but not scary.


    Oh what?! You go all mystic creepy weird on us and then make us wait for part two? Ok, ok, I can handle it.

    Actually, I’m with daisyfae. This stuff is freaky and I’m fine with not experiencing it, but I am wondering about the part 2 reverlations…



      That’s the essence of a good ghost story, Nigel, drawing it out…

      Although Part II will be a different spooky encounter. My tale in Part I is complete. Unless Janice visits again.


    Excellent story! And I totally believe you. My aunt & uncle (siblings) share a house that can be. . . peculiar. I’ve not witnessed any of the strangeness, but in order: 1) my cousin claimed he was abducted by aliens while Gramma & Auntie slept; 2) the smoke alarm went off without batteries in it; and 3) the day we found out my other uncle (older sibling) died, a plate flew off the wall.

    I’ve had “communication” with spirits before, both in dreams and awake. I haven’t spoken, but I’ve gotten signs before.

    If you’re nuts, then I’m riding shotgun in the crazy car.


      What say we take a road trip in the crazy car, Purple? We’d have a great time. Those are some good stories your aunt and uncle have. Especially the smoke alarm going off without batteries. That’s a classic right there.


    I’ve nominated you for the Lovely Blogger Award! You’re awesome! <3 Thank you for being a ray of sunshine in my day!

    Stacie Chadwick July 19, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    OK that does sort of freak me out, but that doesn’t mean I think you’re a freak. Looking forward to hearing the rest….do you read tea leaves by chance?


    I believe and I am with you. looking forward to more…


    So did you ever figure out why she was just called “the owner” cause that part is just freaking me out :P


    Definitely haven’t lost a reader,it’s called life, we are all living it…looking forward to part 2!!!


    I’ve always been a bit skeptical of shows like Ghost Hunters, too… but they still suck me in… so it goes without saying I’ll be back!!! :)


    ok, that one gave me chills! But, it makes sense because she probably loved her cat and was still somehow connected to her until she was safe.


    I’m the same with you, normally I don’t believe in spooky stuff that you see on tv or whatever. But sometimes things happen that you just can’t explain. . . Can’t wait to read part two!


      I’m so sorry, Mo, this comment seems to have gotten past me, I wasn’t trying to ignore you, of course. No, television shows are all pretty suspect to me, but as you said, there are some things that just have no rational explanation…


    I am still with you. I have stories too!


    I will admit I don’t believe in ghosts…but I don’t discount those that do. There are energies out there that mess with us though…karma, Déjà vu, Intuition, star signs, and such. Can’t wait to read more.


    I totally believe this happened. Very cool.


    Slightly freaked out but glad you were able to adopt your third Weeblette.


    Weebs, that is freaky…but I so believe this could happen. Spooky for sure. Did the kitty act normal?


    I had high hopes for Ghost Hunters…but they have been dashed, crushed and pulverized to the point that even they wouldn’t think I had any spirit left….sigh.


      SPIRIT! I don’t know if you said that as a joke but it’s funny anyway. I share your profound disappointment with Ghost Hunters. They’re a joke.


        It was. :) Admittedly, I did enjoy the first season where they seemed to actually try to debunk stuff, but they lost me when they dropped the premise of scientific testing and started jumping at every fleck of dust as proof of a haunting. *sigh* This fact now haunts me.


          I know, every speck of dust, everything rolling on a slanted floor, every object falling, is evidence of a ghost. Also, “This fact now haunts me….” You SLAY me!


    I am a firm believer in the ability to connect with people who have passed over. I’ve been to a medium before who was able to connect with my mother who passed in 1997. It was an experience that (ignore the cliché) changed me. How amazing that you have this gift. It must be a total “holy shit” experience when it happens!


    Found you somewhat randomly from a post by Curmudgeon-At-Large. Am now a new fan, happily replacing any fool you may have lost.

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