Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Ghosties!

I’m fairly certain there are ghosts or spirits of some kind in my house. Five generations of the same family lived there before I did, and I suspect one or two of them may have stayed behind to keep an eye on it. The doorbell rang itself once, which is impossible because it is frozen with rust. And on a few occasions I have thought I heard someone saying my name.

Fine, whatever.

I’m not a scaredy-cat. There’s plenty of room in the house for all of us. Last night I was in bed and I felt a weight beside me, along my back, like someone else was on the bed. Figuring it was a cat, I reached out my hand to pet said cat. Except there’s no cat there. Hmmmm. I rolled over and don’t see a cat anywhere on the bed. Double hmmmm. Not wanting to get wigged out right away, I say to myself “whoever it was probably just jumped down.” But then it occurred to me that I didn’t hear the sound of a cat jumping down, nor did I ever hear the tell-tale crinkling of the down comforter -- even before or when I felt the weight beside me. Triple hmmmm. Still not enough to really freak me out.

Then, then, then, as I’m closing my eyes again, I hear Romeo beside the bed. He starts hissing like I have never heard a cat hiss before (and this is a cat who loves everything/everyone…I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve heard him hiss at all in the 11 years I’ve had him). Hsssssss hsssssss hssssss hsssssss. I can hear the bells on Frasier’s and Birdie’s collars elsewhere in the house, so I know he’s not hissing at them. Annie’s safe and secure in her room, so I know he’s not hissing at her. Then I feel the weight again. On the other side of me this time. Just like someone is sitting on the bed next to me. I open my eyes to look and there is nothing there. No cat, no nothing. No crinkle of the comforter. And Romeo is staring right at the “weight,” hissing for everything he is worth.

Seriously, I don’t mind if there are ghosts in my house. I just prefer that they not snuggle up next to me on a cold night. Yikes.

8 comments:

J Auclair said...

Make me puke.

Barb D. said...

It's moments like these that I wish I didn't have kitties. I love them but when they hiss at, stare at or with their eyes follow something that I can't see...yikes! - Barb D.

J Auclair said...

I don't think it's the cat that's the worst part of this story.

G said...

I really feel like my ghost is harmless, though. It felt eerie but not scary to me, if that makes any sense.

John said...

Our house is haunted too, so I know what you mean about it being eerie vs scary. I've gotten so used to ours that I start wondering/worrying about them if I don't hear them for while.

Larry said...

Hey, we think our house might be haunted too. We have named him 'Percy' and even have a picture!

https://wwwsimpsonsfolly.blogspot.com/2007_08_01_archive.html

Just this past Monday it sounded like a chest of drawers fell over in the attic, but there is nothing up there to fall over.

C&C said...

Wowie, you just gave me GOOSEBUMPS! It's kind of fun though, isn't it? We haven't had any strangeness with our house, just with a chair that belonged to my husband's grandfather. One of our cats likes to sit at the foot of it and bat at something we cannot see.

G said...

Me and my crazy roommates! ;) I find it really interesting that something seems to be associated with your chair...don't you wish your cat could talk to tell you exactly what he/she sees??