Hey everybody! I am cruisin' in here late for coffee chat with Rory from Time Out For Mom. In fact, I am so late she has probably washed her coffee cup and gone to bed. She will forgive me though, I just know it. Hee Hee!
Anyway, today she was discussing all about Halloween stuff. Well, if you have not been too high on chocolate, then you know, that is just right up my alley this month.
Let me tell you. I have a good one for you today and a little sneak peak. Check this out!
Hello Ghouls and Boils-
We are back for the last Monday in October. Boy has this been one heck of a broom ride. LOL
Of course being it is Monday that means music hosted by Xmas Dolly and the music train of Callie, Cathy, Stacy and Your Truly!
This week's Spotlight Dancer is Vandy! Congrats!
This week is freebie week. That means you spin the tunes of what you want to hear and we all cackle...um, I mean listen and howl with delight!
I am planning to round out this fun October with the last of my spook-tacular finds. I found some goodies too. Let's get our boo-ties on the dance floor and party shall we?
Next this may not seem like a Halloween song but it is:
These next couple the videos are not great but the music is fantastic!
On to this one:
How about this one:
Finally, let's round this up and throw out some candy with this one:
Make sure to link up your music only. Happy Halloween.
I have been waiting for the right time to share my little gems from a recent trip to a local thrift store. We have several stores in the area but I decided to go into this particular one this day. After all, they were having 50% off the entire store.
There are actually 4 of these glasses that I bought but I could not find the other to take the photos with. I paid only $1.50 for the set.
The are made really well and have a heavier weight to them but not too heavy.
I love the detail too. Don't you?
I ended up buying a bunch more at the store, However, these were my first finds of the day and were going home with me no matter what!
PS>Check back tomorrow because you might find some spooky tales being told by a "spook". *grins*
Hello my friends. Today it is my distinct pleasure to introduce you to an absolutely fascinating person that I met on Facebook. He can be found HERE.
He is also quickly becoming a good friend with an interesting job.
Upon finding out what he does and his experiences, I asked him if he would be willing to do an interview with me as part of my Halloween month.
He has been more than gracious. Here is that interview with Obake Hunter, Paranormal Explorer.
Hello Obake and welcome to my blog, Just The Stuff Ya Know.
We are here to discuss you and your unusual profession of paranormal research.
Aloha, Naila Moon and a pleasure to be here and to answer your questions about myself and what I do in beautiful but very haunted Hawaii.
What is your specific area of expertise?
Just to start things off and answer your first question I am what I call a paranormal explorer. Although I took the title of ghost hunter early on my respect for this topic has lead me to a personal revelation. In all due respect for anyone working in this challenging field I do not endorse the coined phrase "ghost hunter" and it is because I do not believe anyone can hunt something or someone *I.E.Ghosts* since they can do a much better of job of hunting us if we are not both respectful and very cautious in how we handle ourselves overall in haunted locations and scenarios.
How long have you been doing paranormal work? What was your first encounter with the paranormal?
I have been working in the paranormal for going on 6 years now and because of the many different kinds of experiences I have encountered and most of them very scary it does seem at times twice as long!
I started doing so because of a terrible time in my life when I was very young. I had endured a lot of dark spirit attacks and possibly much worse. Because it had scarred me to the core I lost the better part of my childhood and more things just as important into my adult life. In essence so much of me was lost that it took a lot to find myself again and thankfully all through God.
Tell me about a more memorable investigation. What was one of your most frightening experiences?
One of the most incredible things I had witnessed that was truly of a ghostly nature happened in the beginning when I first started exploring the homes of ghosts. There were these two buildings that were defiled in ways I will not mention here.
I will take your word for that one!
Added to that, the location was near an old cave to a cannibal dog spirit here in Hawaii. So much stuff happened at that location and I'm just scratching the surface. Suffice it to say though the sheer amount of activity and the scary intensity of it eventually made me and my partner at the time back off and wave the white flag!
No regrets there...
A lot has happened in the amount of time I have visited places here in the islands, from sacred Hawaiian temples to old and haunted roads to work up in the mountains at night. Yet with all these locations and their own kind of spirit activity, the most horrific event that happened to me personally had to do with a demonic attack that lasted for a few days. It is my hope to be able to some how educate people about what is out there and what tries to get into us and take over our very lives as a result of doing paranormal work. I am just so grateful that I did learn from all of that!
I hope that people can take that under your advisement.
Are there other people in the field you greatly respect or are mentors? If so, tell me about them and why they are.
As for mentors and people I respect it would depend on what I am looking at paranormally speaking but I have the highest and deepest respect and regards for Ed and Lorraine Warren so they would be my mentors I would seek out. It is just a shame that Ed has gone on to join that highest mystery on the other side. (side note to my readers: Ed Warren passed away in 2006. Lorraine Warren still does investigations, one of which is the subject for the recent movie, The Conjuring.)
Are there books you have read that help you study or deal with the paranormal? If so, what are they?
I find my mind so filled with doing new projects with what I have learned working with ghosts here in Hawaii that I do more writing than reading even if I suck at it. lol.
I do however admire a writer named Fiona Broome her book on haunted cemeteries was a real eye opener to me. Not only because of its incredible wealth of understanding, but all you need to know about ghosts and why they haunt graveyards but, even the possible psychology that ghosts experience themselves. She is definitely an amazing author in so many ways!
Do you or have you lived in a haunted house? What do you do to protect yourself?
Living in at least two haunted houses has been another education of sorts. The first time though I was just a child so the only thing I can see I learned was you need to cope with the unexplained as best you can and to be opened minded enough that an answer you need will eventually come to your aid. *God is the answer by the way*.
Protecting yourself is high on the list, I should say, for anyone co-existing in such extraordinary circumstances such as living with ghosts. As I have heard a guide for a local ghost tour company say before starting out on their nightly journey, "Protect your mind and protect your heart!" which I think is great advice!
For me my Catholic upbringing which was and is very strong at times is what saves me. I have my moments when my faith is not as strong but God saved me before including from the demonic attacks I faced earlier this year and I praise and glorify His name without reservation for doing so!
So yes, above all else faith in God, always and I mean always, has worked for me even in paranormal locations. Example given one night I felt me and another person were being drained of our energy and even had stuff playing with my head. But the moment I stopped before leaving and made the sign of the cross with my bottle of holy water I started to feel so much better, it was as if a cloud of confusing spirit attacks were lifted from me.
What is your opinion of TV shows like Ghost Hunters, Paranormal Investigators, etc? ( side note to my readers: those being off the top of my head)
How would you suggest an inspiring investigator break into the field?
On paranormal programs I have seen some not so nice things happen to the stars of the shows. I would never condone how they got great evidence as a end result. I could go on and on about this particular subject matter. I do love these people, don't get me wrong and to some degree have a fondness for them, but I feel that we have yet to find all the methods or I should say better ones than the techniques I see being done currently.
I say this with a lot of respect for these tv stars as well because, they have worked hard and for many years to reach the pinnacle of their success. I just feel we can do it in a better light and light is where all good answers are truly found. Together as a community we can accomplish great ideas in the future if we adhere to soul freeing philosophies and not daunting ones.
Which leads me to say in conclusion that if there are people wanting to do this type of work I ask them to stop and reconsider and take a good long look at your heart and ask yourself why do you feel the need to do it?
That makes a lot of sense!
Ultimately, the risks can far outweigh the rewards and more so depending on what your life is outside of the paranormal and I'm sure right off the bat practical reasoning comes to play. A good example is, if you are married and have children. and if so do you really want to risk having spirits follow you home? And worse affect your children? I guess I am a very real and extreme advocate when it comes to children being hurt by spirits and yes, it is tied in to what happened to me when I was so young and altered by it.
A very good point indeed.
Once you have decided to go ahead and be in the field, be smart, read not only books on the subject but also philosophy and even religion and let all of that knowledge guide you. After all that and contacting reputable paranormal people in your community, hear them out as well, if you do decide to pursue,then remember to be safe at all times because your life will more than likely change forever and not always in good ways because of your choice you made.
Anything you would like to add?
In closing, I would like to wish everyone out there a good and safe *there's that word safe again* Halloween. Have fun and cherish life even on such a spooky night. Make good decisions too because if you do believe in the afterlife, then you should already understand how important our decisions are that we make while on this side of the earthly veil.
Who knows maybe you might meet someone interesting some Halloween.
I always try to lighten an interview a bit with some fun questions. Ready?
If you could possibly meet anyone on one of your jobs, whom would you like to meet and have a conversation with? Why?
I myself would like to meet The Great Pumpkin! Now that is something to smile about!
Ha! Linus would be happy about that too!
Did you dress up for Halloween? What was your favorite costume?
Ah the memories of wearing costumes. One of the best ones I ever wore was when I was a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Ninja turtles makes me think of pizza and pizza makes me think of food and food tells me its time to head on out and get me a bite to eat.
*chuckles* Enjoy that pizza!
Thank you Obake for your time and for the work you do.
I have found your field of employment and you to be quite interesting. You have been most gracious.
After I suppose I depressed the heck out of everyone with my post earlier today, You certainly deserve to read this one. Come back tomorrow for an amazing interview I had with a paranormal investigator and to link up for Friday follow. You do not want to miss!
Today I wish to share with you something that is kind of deep and certainly personal. I hope that my words will make you think a moment and reflect about how thankful that we should be but more importantly, how grateful I am.
I am only 45 years old and have suffered some losses that are somewhat unimaginable for someone my age.
The first real loss I had was as a young teen. My most beloved Great-Grandma passed away. Although still quite young, I felt her loss probably more than any of my cousins or even my brothers can feel to this day.
She was a story teller and told me stories that were probably so far-fetched that most people would not believe them. Yet, all of them...true. She was a well-know member of her community, a former school teacher, a person who helped the poor during the depression and a real true to life, suffragist.
I admired her.
My second real loss came when I was in my early 20's.
A boy, whom was a crush when I was in grade school and whom later I would go on a retreat with, died suddenly of a brain aneurysm. When this happened, I traveled back to his funeral. There were kids I had gone to grade school with but had not seen for years. There were also his parents, crushed under the weight of losing a son and also seeing us, his classmates who come to say our goodbyes.
It was surreal for me because in all honesty, it was the first time that I truly realized that life was short and age really meant nothing for such a thing.
After that, life moved forward as it always does. At this same time, I suffered a devastating divorce and worse yet massive depression that followed. I also suffered the loss of one of my very best friends to a tragic accident, another Great-Grandma, and my Grandpa.
I would also suffer the loss of my home and my things, not once but twice. Some things, precious mementos that I can never get back.
I also suffered the loss of a teen. This teen was best friend to my daughter and her friends. His was one of smiles and laughter. However, under his laughter was hurt. He took his own life. This was the second time, I came to know that the passing of another knew no age. My children lost in their own pains was so much to handle.
I would not discover how badly I had depression until I was into my 30's but it crippled me in such a way that it affected everyone around me. The fact remains even to this day, there are periods of that time of my life that I do not remember. I have blanked them out. This is painful because that was also the time my children were little. It is painful to admit but true. I simply do not remember.
It took a good friend to tell me the truth.
Not long after that I would physically suffer the complete loss of my hearing. I do not know how this happened as the doctors could only say, it was a freak thing. I have only regained 5% of my hearing and even that at times, I am not so sure.
Two years ago, I lost my Grandma and my Dad within two months of each other. Both of their losses have had a profound affect on me in very different ways.
My Grandma, my hero, I miss so much sometimes I ache. She being the matriarch of our family. She constantly reminded us to be strong, be who you are and enjoy life no matter what comes.
She kept us together and now...we are...apart in so many ways.
My Dad and I. Oh, so many years of anger and hurt with him. I have mentioned this before in passing and yet, the last 6 months of his life were bliss for me. His loss brought me some regret but it has also brought me memories...good memories...long forgotten.
At this same time, my nephew would be diagnosed with leukemia, my aunt dealing with breast cancer,and even most recent, my ex-husband too diagnosed with leukemia.
Here I am, two years later.
It seems from all that I have written here I have had nothing but tragedy. That is far from the truth.
I have had many, many more things outweigh those things that have not been so great.
However, I write them today for a couple of reasons.
First, I have come to understand that no matter what life has thrown at me, there is always lessons to be learned. Those lessons may not make sense at the time that I am in the muck of them but there is a lesson, I just must look for it.
Secondly, there is ALWAYS someone in a much more dire situation than yourself.
This right here is where it all comes down to your indulgence of my dribble today.
In all the tragedy, of things, I learned that:
Life is precious and to enjoy it for what it is.
Things are just things that can be replaced.
Everyone has something to teach you, no matter what their age.
Forgiveness is divine and to forgive as quickly as you can.
Laughter is sometimes the best medicine.
A hug can cure many things.
Belief in a higher power (no matter what that "power" is) is essential.
Life can and will change to something better.
Family is EVERYTHING!
Most importantly, be grateful for every single moment that you have and indulge in them as much as you can because once they are gone, they are gone.
Coming by today on this Wordless(ish) Wednesday to sweep the bats out of the belfries. Ok, not really but definitely to share a photo with you of someone I have always known to be a little "bats" since I married him! bwa ha ha ha
I had the extreme pleasure to review one of the absolutely most adorable creature babies on the planet, Vamplets. In actuality, I found out that I had "adopted" her but I digress.
This ones name is Midnight Mori. I was even able to go to their website and fill out a certificate for her and print it if I want. There are several different vamplets and others available to take home and their price for "adoption" is very reasonable.
Here I talk more about my little Vamplet girl. Check it out!
Here is something else you should know about vamplet.com. On their site, they ask you to give blood. Yes, the real stuff to the human counterparts. When you do, you receive a cool sticker and also get entered into your very own vamplet.
Oh, there is more.
If you buy a BAD (Bats Are Deserving) wrist band a portion of your purchase goes to a World Bat Sanctuary in Texas that rescues and cares for injured and orphaned bats.
In addition, if you purchase this little guy, Hector, a donation is made in your honor to the World Bat Sanctuary too.
Today I am hanging out with Rory at Time Out For Mom. She has Tuesday coffee chats and some prompt to chat about. (Rory, hope you do not mind that I changed your coffee cup a bit.) This week we are finishing a story line. The first part is in itallics (her prompt) and the other is me finishing the story. Enjoy! ~Naila Moon It was a dark and stormy night.
The rain pelted against the tin roof of the old house. The wind shook it's windows.
A stormy symphony of sound that raised the hairs on your arms...and sent the cat into hiding somewhere in the dark corners of the manse. How could a night that was supposed to be so full of sweet promise - turn so frighteningly sour?
The storm had knocked out the satellite. Alone in the dark and with nothing to occupy her thoughts, Amy sat on the very edge of the couch; nervously wringing her hands. The soft glow of the fire casting shadows upon her pale face.
Suddenly two bright beams cut the darkness through a dirty streaked window. The intense lights highlighting the startled look on her eyes...... and the rumbling sound of a car's engine heard above the rage of the storm as it pulls into the driveway.
And then, the sound a door closing....
Amy's breathe caught in her throat, as her mouth went dry.
The lightening flashed a strike against the walls so hard that she swore it had left an endurable mark. The cat, somewhere in the darkness, hissed and her own sense of awareness was only heightened by the heavy foot she heard approaching.
What was she to do?
What was lurking just outside?
A thought came to mind as she eyed the black steel fire poker sitting next to the now roaring fire. Ah yes, she could jab it at the intruder. Yet, a more sinister thought crossed her mind. She could warm the poker in the fire. At least if she could not get away, then a burnt mark would at least be left etched on the skin to identify the intruder. Yes, that would do it.
She threw the poker quickly into the fire and watched as the sparks flew up into the chimney.
The dragging foot got closer and she could hear the mumbled sound of a voice. The voice was low pitched and sounded angry. It was a male voice and it petrified her.
Another lightening strike.
Suddenly, the glass door knob rattled with intensity. She jumped from her chair and grabbed the now red hot poker from the fire. She held it tightly and quietly backed away from the door.
Boom! Boom! Boom! A heavy fist hit the door as the door knob continued to shake.
Amy was frozen in terror.
She then heard that voice again..."LET ME IN!" She refused to come any closer to the door and was trying to make her self small in the shadows.
"LET ME IN!", the voice bellowed again. Then it happened, the door swung open.
There in the darkness the tall, lanky figure appeared...
The voice then howled, "Damn it, Amy, I tripped over the flower boxes outside and cut my foot wide open. Next time, you go to the grocery store and get the marshmallows!"
When I was a mere 15 years old, I met my very first true boyfriend. He was the love of my life and seriously, my life revolved around him a lot. It was also the first time, I learned to become a bit stealth. His Momma hated me but we still dated for years, just under the radar of her watchful eyes.
Have you ever had a crush that changed EVERYTHING?
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We had a bit of snow here this morning but nothing major. It was certainly pretty while it lasted.
Anyway, we all know that Fridays are for following, free and fun. I am here late but that does not mean I cannot join in still or better yet...you too! Link up with some of my pals below and find some new ones too. Let's go!
Can you believe it is Thursday? It seems like time is just flying by at a break neck speed. I cannot even seem to get caught up with things.
Today as I do every Thursday, I am taking time out to be grateful for those people, place and things I need on a daily basis to be grateful for. If you wish to join me, leave me a comment and I will come visit.
If you will indulge me a moment...
My blog friend, Mama Kat posted a writing prompt today ( A pumpkin inspired craft or recipe) and it got me to thinking.
As the holidays do continue to fast approach, my thoughts always turn to family. I miss them so much. I was thinking about something I used to do with them around this time but also with daycare children I worked with for many years.
I would allow the kids to make a simple pumpkin pudding. It gave the kids freedom to "cook" but also to smell something wonderful and also, get to do something they normally would not get to do.
Of course the best part for them and me, was eating it!
This time was always special as I got to see smiling faces and the satisfaction they had when they got to taste their done product. How can I not be grateful for such a warm memory?
I am including the simple recipe here just in case you would like to try this out too. Kids can do all of this themselves with a little guidance. It is so, so worth it!
Pumpkin Pudding Recipe Need: 1 can of pureed pumpkin 1 lg pkg of instant vanilla pudding 1 can of evaporated milk (optional) 1 container of Cool Whip 1 sm. handful of vanilla wafers (optional)
Time: 5 minutes 1. Mix in a bowl the vanilla pudding as directed. You can use the evaporated milk or regular milk. 2. Fold in the pumpkin. (Note: I usually do not use the whole can but about 1/2. Either way is ok) Make sure the pumpkin is well mixed in with the pudding. 3. Refrigerate or let stand for 5 minutes. 4. Fold in about a 1/2 cup of Cool Whip. (Note: this is optional as you can just put the Cool Whip right on top) 5. Add a few vanilla wafers on top EAT!
This is a shout out to my friends and family in the Missouri/Illinois area but specifically near Chicago. KIDZ BOP is coming your way! Don't know who they are? Well, check this out.
“The KIDZ BOP Kids are the face and voice of KIDZ BOP – the #1 kids’ music brand in the U.S. For three consecutive years, the KIDZ BOP Kids have been named Billboard Magazine’s “#1 Kids’ Artists.” Four of the last KIDZ BOP album releases debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. In 2012, KIDZ BOP sold more than 1 MILLION albums, more than Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson and Nicki Minaj. These five super talented kids generate more than ONE BILLION media impressions each year in North America. They sing on the KIDZ BOP albums, star in KIDZ BOP TV commercials and music videos and have a major presence on KIDZBOP.com, the US’ leading safe social network for kids and tweens. KIDZ BOP 24, the latest volume in the best-selling KIDZ BOP audio series, entered the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart at #3. Additionally, the KIDZ BOP Kids are currently on a North American tour, performing live in more than 25 cities!”
Guess what Denver Nugget fans? They are going to be singing for a Chicago Bulls/Denver Nuggets matchup too.
Here is their schedule:
Friday, 10/25 7:00pm Tip Off — KIDZ BOP Kids to sing the National Anthem: Chicago Bulls vs. Denver Nuggets
Saturday, 10/26 · House of Blues Chicago Performance · Doors at 12pm · Show at 1 pm · 2:15 – Meet & Greet