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Zachary

Posted by Scott Holstad on April 30, 2013

We think we have a ghost. We’ve named “him” Zachary. Don’t know why. We’re not sure if it’s a spirit or not — I tend to not believe in such things — but some odd things do happen. For one thing, both of our cats will stare at a certain spot near our den’s door for lengthy periods of time without moving. We think he’s there then. They’ve also done this in front of the fireplace a couple of times and twice in the dining room. For another thing, lights often flicker on and off, especially in the kitchen area. Don’t know why. It’s not the wiring. The bulbs are new. Also, at night we often hear strange sounds that we can’t account for. Hard to describe, but we hear things. Gretchen also misplaces things constantly. Now that could just be her, or according to the things I’ve read, it could be a ghost. Lastly, Gretchen saw a shadow form by the fireplace last year, just for a moment. Who knows? She has a rune something or other and broke it out recently to ask some questions. I don’t know how much stock I place in such things, but it indicated we do have a spirit here, just one, and male. We don’t know anything else. Our house was built in 1960, but it’s in a nice residential neighborhood, so I doubt it was built over an Indian burial ground or anything. The previous owner’s husband died 16 years ago, but we don’t know if it was here or in a hospital or where. Other than that, we don’t know anything about the house. We think Zachary is a “good” ghost. Nothing bad or evil has happened. But we’d like to find out. I’m considering bringing in a paranormal team to see what they come up with. In the meantime, I took a funny little online test. Here are the results:

Certificate: Test results
Is There A Ghost In Your House?

You might have a ghost. Try to communicate with the ghost, such as asking it yes/no questions and telling it to do something for yes and something for no. Tell it to do something to prove that it is in that room. Whatever you do, be nice! If you don’t have any more signs that you have a ghost, then it is gone. If the ghost doesn’t do anything bad, it is most likely good, so try to be its friend! If anything really serious happens, get help! Good luck!

You have correctly answered 5 of 10 questions.

On average, 21342 of users who took the quiz gave 4.63 right answers.

Take this quiz: Is There A Ghost In Your House?

What do you people think? Do we have a ghost? Is there a way to find out legitimately? Cheers!

Huh. Apparently my wife has heard voices and felt touches, as well as experiencing disappearing items. I didn’t realize that when I wrote this. I have retaken this quiz and here are the results:

 

Certificate: Test results
Is There A Ghost In Your House?


Yes, you have a ghost. Is it good… or bad? Try asking it yes/no questions and tell it to do something for yes and something for no. Ask it to do something to show that it is in the room. Be nice to it! If it doesn’t do anything bad it is probably a good ghost, so try to be its friend! If it causes serious problems or frightens everybody, you should get help. Good luck!

You have correctly answered 7 of 10 questions.

On average, 21348 of users who took the quiz gave 4.63 right answers.
 

Take this quiz: Is There A Ghost In Your House?

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Knoxville, TN Is America’s Most Romantic City According To Amazon.com

Posted by Scott Holstad on February 6, 2013

Knoxville, TN Is America’s Most Romantic City According To Amazon.com.

I’ve lived in Knoxville off and on for about 15 years altogether, and this is an interesting tidbit to find out about today. I’m not really sure what to think. It’s certainly odd….

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Our Goat Visitor

Posted by Scott Holstad on November 24, 2012

Yesterday morning, I was on my computer in the office when I heard my fiance call from the bedroom, “There’s a goat out back”! I got up, went to the window and sure enough, a little black goat was making its way down the hill behind our house. He jumped into our fenced in back yard, but we were worried he could get out and get hit by a car, even though we live in a residential neighborhood, so Gretchen went out back to rescue the goat. I followed shortly after.

The goat liked Gretchen. All animals do. The goat was very friendly and so cute. It was tiny too. He (it was a male) let Gretchen pet him before deciding he liked our big HVAC unit and jumped up on top of it so he could be king of his own mountain. He stayed up there for awhile. Meanwhile, we were trying to figure out where the hell he had come from. We live in a city, for Pete’s sake! Well, we didn’t know what to do with him, so I called Animal Control to come get him. Turns out they had one officer working the entire city, so we had to camp out with the goat for nearly two hours before they came to pick him up. Gretchen went and got him some water. He really, really loved our rose bush leaves and ate heartily. Because we didn’t want him jumping the fence and wandering down to the street, we got a rope and lassoed him, trying him to our neighbor’s fence while he munched on the grass. We wanted to keep him. He was adorable. But Animal Control eventually arrived and took him down to their truck, where they put him in a tiny compartment. I felt bad for him. I felt like we were betraying him. It was sad to see him go.

Today we’ve talked about the goat and how we should adopt him, but that’s not a realistic option. We don’t have a very big back yard, the neighbors might not like it, and the city probably wouldn’t like it either. Plus we probably couldn’t afford it. Pity. I decided the (male) goat looked like an “Abigail,” so we named him Abigail. We’ve been watching football today and I’m still watching football, but Gretchen just left to go down to the animal shelter to visit Abigail. He followed her around the yard yesterday. I certainly hope he’s OK and is being treated well. Animal Control said this is the second goat they’ve gotten in the city recently, and they also said they got a monkey out of someone’s yard. That’s bizarre. Following are some pics of Abigail the goat. Enjoy.

Abigail looking cute

Abigail munching leaves

Gretchen petting Abigail

Abigail on the HVAC unit

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