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2005 Encounters:
The Old Man in Our House - Edmonds, Washington

Grandmother's Angry Goodbye - Woodbury, Minnesota

The Fourth Kitty - Jasper, Tennessee

Dad's Kitten - San Diego, California

The Shadow and the Footsteps - Queens, New York

The Faucet Turned Itself On - West Virginia

The Dark Phantom at Paris Les Halles - Paris, France

The Haunted Family Home - Exeter, United Kingdom

Mysterious Footprints - Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Precognitive Dream About my Sister's Passing - Orlando, Florida

Remembering G.G. - Long Beach, California

1700s Ghost Lady - Dublin, Ohio

Dad's Message - El Dorado, Arkansas

The Graveyard Woman - Indianapolis, Indiana

Apparition at Senator Bard's Mansion - Ventura, California Ghost picture

The Vanishing Soldier - Posovina Corridor, Bosnia

Belleview's Haunted Biltmore Hotel - Clearwater, Florida

In Memory of Uncle Fred - Shelby Twp., Michigan

Floating Down the Stairs - Omaha, Nebraska

Our Old-Time Visitor - Savannah, Georgia

The Footsteps and Opaque Mist - Fraser, Michigan

Graveyard Shift at the Water Plant - Dayton, Tennessee

University of West Florida Pirate Apparition - Pensacola, Florida Ghost picture

The White Lady of Easton - Easton, Connecticut Ghost picture

A Spirit Saved My Life - Austin, Texas

My Sign From Dad - Kansas City, Missouri

Gram's Warning - Philidelphia, Pennsylvania

Jordan's Vigilant Watch - Tehachapi, California

A Strange Light in Willer Hall, Quincy University - Quincy, Illinois

Dad's Spirit - Navasota, Texas Ghost picture

The Rotating Bed - Virginia

Poltergeists at the Desert Sands Inn - Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Reclining Ghost - Gresham, Oregon

The Hand Grabbed Me - Salt Lake City, Utah

The Dark Figure - Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada

Grandpa's Late-Night Visit - Colorado Springs, Colorado

Second Sight After Surgery - San Diego, California

Mom's Goodbye Kiss - Virginia Ghost picture

Encounters At My Grandparent's House - Lumber City, Georgia

The Spirit Girl Who Lived With Us - Flagler Beach, Florida

My Cousin By the Pool - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

My Doppelganger - Perth, Western Australia

The Orb Brushed Beside Me - Blooming Grove, New York

The Old Beauchamp House - Grove, Oklahoma

Knocks, Shadows, and Apparitions - Alexandria, Minnesota

The Misty Working Girl - Chicopee, Massachusetts

The Shinto God at Tojinbo Cliffs - Tojinbo, Fukui Prefecture, Japan

My Car Crash Premonition Dream - Atlanta, Georgia

The Ghost Who Pinches Toes - Birmingham, England

A Voice In My Ear - Sitka, Alaska

The Entity From My House - Georgia

Talking to Grammy - Evanston, Illinois

The Ghost Followed Me Home - New Orleans, Louisiana and Santa Rosa, California

The Man in the Pool - Marietta, South Carolina

The Girl at the End of My Bed - Louisiana

Fog of Spirits on the Graveyard Shift - Springfield, Pennsylvania

Floyd and the Walking Horse Hotel - Wartrace, Tennessee

Rattling Cabinets From Mom - Pensacola, Florida

The Basement Girl - Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Scarborough Beach Restaurant Apparition - Scarborough Beach, Western Australia

The Ghostly Ballroom - Delevan, Wisconsin

The Haunted Garden - Cornwall, England, UK

Gale Force Phantom Winds - Sussex, England, UK

Tomkins Square Park Apparition - New York, New York

The Girl in the Pilgrim Dress - Griffin, Georgia

A Late-Night Visitor - Loveland, Colorado

The Mohawk's Cry - Altamont, New York

Granny's Passing - Jonesboro, Arkansas

Anna Tried to Show Me - Rochester, New York

The Shadow in the Kitchen - Elgin, Illinois

Bessett House Orbs - Bannack, Montana

My First Haunting - Wareham, Massachusetts

Our Haunted Office - Ocala, Florida

James's Last Call - Austin, Texas

Great Grandmother's Ghost - Mendoza, Argentina

Channel Road Apparition - Sanger, California

Haunted Practice Space - Massillon, Ohio

Strange Sounds in Our House - Portland, Oregon

Paris Theatre Orbs - Paris, France

My "Daughter" Sarah - Somersworth, New Hampshire

My Creepy Apartment - Amherst, Massachusetts

Nan's Ghostly Girl at St. Mary's - Jersey Channel Islands, United Kingdom

Greatmother's Message - Pittsburg, Kansas

Bessett House Orbs - Bannack, Montana

The Disappearing Battery Pack - Honolulu, Hawaii

Paul's Goodbye - UCONN, Storrs, Connecticut

My Haunted Life - Orange County, California

My Ancestors' Spirit at Ruthin Castle - Ruthin, Wales

The Little Red Rocking Chair - Brooklyn, New York

My Uncle's Visits - Wiggins, Colorado

Strange Sounds at The Rock - San Francisco, California

A Visit From Ole Pete - Sharpsburg, Virginia

Shadow Figures - Sykesville, Maryland

Flagler Museum Energy Ribbon - Palm Beach, Florida

Phantom Perfume at the Whaley House - San Diego, California

Floating Red Eyes - Uvalde, Texas

Ivy's Watchful Vigil - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

Mists and Streaks in the Philippines - Cebu, Liloan, Philippines

Six Days of Torment - Old Wethersfield, Connecticut

Scratching Torment - Palm Coast, Florida

Granny's Bouncing Lights - Jemison, Alabama

Visions From Lourdes - Lourdes, France

The Evil Eyes - Northern Ireland

Sleeping by Camp Letterman - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Living With Spirits - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Cozy... Haunted, But Cozy - Warrensburg, Missouri

My Grandmother Walked By - Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada

Entities at a Prayer Meeting - Salem, Illinois

The Foreboding House - North Shields, Tyne & Wear, UK

Waverly Hall Cemetery Anomalies - Waverly Hall, Georgia

The Island Ghost That Follows - Wrentham, Massachusetts

The 4:05 AM Banshee - Suffolk, Virginia

My Cousin's Ghost - Bronx, New York

Do Orbs Mean a Haunting? - Newton, Iowa

A Guardian Angel and Haunted Home - Massachusetts

The Spirit of Mrs. Rogers - Wakefield, England

Conjoining Mist Spirits - Chesterland, Ohio

My Family's Clairvoyant Gifts - Region 1, the Philippines

The Queen of Hearts - Irwin, Pennsylvania

"Little Chicken" at Hotel Meade EVP - Bannack, Montana

My Two Haunted Houses - Bridgend, Wales, UK

The House Of Ludington Ghost Video - Escanaba, Michigan

Dad's Ice Cream-Eating Angel - Barboursville, West Virginia

A Phantom Leg Rub - Sheridan, Michigan

The Ghosts of Iversons Pits - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Spirits on the Land - Milton, Florida

The Ghost Who Doesn't Like Men - Neptune City, New Jersey

The Old Aunt's House - Indiana

The Ghost of Opus - Nashua, New Hampshire

Dad's Last Visit - Cliffside Park, New Jersey

The Glowing Window - Glendale, California

Grandmere's Gift - Louisiana

Blizzard's Ghost - Lynn, Massachusetts

Contacting Sam - Stinson Lake, New Hampshire

Grandma's Dusty Sign - Scituate, Massachusetts

The Face on the Floor - Southampton, England

The Ghostly Roommate - Channel Islands, UK

Captain Tony's Saloon's Haunted Bathroom - Key West, Florida

Grandma's Last Call? - Grapevine, Texas

The Front Porch Moaning - Managua, Nicaragua

The Crystal Curse - Chesapeake, Ohio

Bringing Evil Home - Denver, Colorado

Mr. Ruckman's Mansion - Runge, Texas

Brown Robed Figure - Fremont, California

The White lady of Old Burial Point - Salem, Massachusetts

July 6, 2005

The Shadow in the Kitchen

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Votes:58 Rating: Rating = 4.11 Ratings Breakdown
TS, Elgin, Illinois, September 2004,

I have always felt like I have had some help with life. As far back as I can remember I would get these strange, unexplainable feelings and I would know things that I shouldn't know at my age. I don't know how I know them, but I just do. A lot of times people don't believe in what I say because I am so young, but they see that I am right and they usually change their mind. Well, I have always had a feeling like something was missing from my life. I have had a lot of ups and downs in my life and, actually, it's been mostly downs. I have always felt extremely different from my family to the point that I feel adopted. That's the background, here's the story.

I had been working out in 2003 intermittently and kept having this overriding feeling that I should do more, you know, get more focused on it. I began subscribing to a muscle magazine and I kept getting this feeling that I should get a food scale and body weight scale. I always ignored the feelings, but it was like I was being pushed by something, but I never knew what. One day I finally got both and started to make the necessary changes to get bigger. About July of 2004, I was gaining good weight, but I wasn't sure if it was what I should have been doing with my life. I was only 23, not in school or graduating college, just working and living life. Every time I thought about going away from working out, I got this bad feeling that I shouldn't even think about going away from it. Well, I am the type of person that isn't satisfied without an answer all the time and so I will dig on my own and analyze everything I can until I am satisfied. For about a week in September of 2004 I was thinking of doing all sorts of things from going back to school to getting a second job, all the while ignoring the bad vibe I always got. 

Here's the fun part. One night I went to bed, nothing out of the ordinary, but I woke up at about 3:30 AM. This is what I remembered like it just happened:

I remembered being in my kitchen and all the lights were out except for one in the corner. I was standing behind the island in the kitchen and I went to my left and turned the corner and when I turned the corner I was frozen with fear. I couldn't move, I felt the air leave my lungs and I just stared in awe. I was staring at a shadow of a human, but I didn't see any kind of features, just a shadow that wasn't on the wall. I stared for only a few seconds and after that I looked in the direction of a stairway to the basement, but I didn't look down it, I looked above the stairs. After this, I remember I was suddenly outside my Mom's bedroom door (which coincidentally is on the way to my room) and I looked back at the kitchen and the light was out and it was dark again. At this point I woke up. When I immediately woke up, I remember the words, "You'll be okay." It wasn't in any audible voice, it was like the words were planted in my head. I was also very confused and lost, but I knew I was in my room. I looked around and there weren't any weird lights or anything, but I wasn't right. Physically I was fine, but something was missing, spiritually I think, and so I got out of bed and went to my dresser and stood there for a few seconds feeling quite dazed. After that I sat at the end of my bed and zoned out for a few seconds and realized I had to tell someone what I remembered. I went into my Mom's room and told her everything and she told me later I looked like I had seen a ghost. I ended up going back to bed for about 30 minutes and I was close to the time I usually got up at, so I just got up. When I got up, it was nothing unusual until I got back into the kitchen. This is probably at about 5 AM and nobody was home but me and my brother and he was asleep. I was scrambling an egg and I got this intense feeling of anxiety/paranoia and I knew someone was watching me. I knew a little about ghosts and demons and I know they say to ignore them and just keep ignoring them and they'll leave. Well, I tried and tried and finally slammed the bowl down and turned around but there was nothing there. I put the egg in the pan and put my back to the cabinets and was fine then. After I finished breakfast, I was pulling out of the drive and I just happened to look back at the house and now there were lights on. I never leave any lights on, but there was at least one on and so I went back in and turned it off and left. I drove to work in a pretty comatose state. 

I still don't know who it was that came to me, but I have done a lot more digging into the supernatural and now I want them to come back so I know who it was. I am still working out, but nothing positive has come of it. Actually, I have gained 40+ pounds in a little over a year and it's mostly muscle. Remember the background info about my feelings of adoption, well I have had a weird vibe from a guy at the gym, almost to the point where I feel like maybe he is my dad. I don't know why I am still there, but I feel as though I should stay and something will happen there to move me on with my life. Ever since then I sometimes feel a presence when I am alone in the house, especially when I read the stuff here at Ghostvillage or similar stuff. In fact, the other night I was in the kitchen, again, most of the lights were out and the back door was open. Well, it's very dry here now and it was around 9:45 PM and I started to feel a presence coming on me. I didn't react and then I heard the crunching of the grass outside. I got up and went over to the door and looked out, but I didn't see anything. I did still feel a presence, but nothing appeared.

I'll update if something does happen in the gym. Keep your fingers crossed.

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