Lately it has been feeling a little like my house is possessed. Friends have been suggesting that I may need an exorcism to rid my abode of the ghosts and gremlins that are causing so much havoc. I laughed when they said it, but deep down, I was beginning to think they were right.
When we bought this place year’s ago, the previous owners handed us a book about our house that she had written called “Under the Sycamore”. It was appropriately named as we have several big ones around the property, however, the book was not about a summer tea garden. It was about the house being haunted by a Civil War widow, whose husband is buried in the historic cemetery across the street. Great.
Scoff I did, though there has been times when I am in the oldest part of the house that I think of the book, and glance around to see if there might be something to this ghost stuff.
Naw… this is not a post about how I saw spinning furniture or flying statues of the Mother Mary (which my family in New York swears happened in our living room). I will tell you this, however… there has been so much miserable luck at my house lately, I did actually visit every room with burning sage and then just for luck I made a circle around the house with salt. Whatever that ritual is supposed to be good for, I sure do hope it worked. I have seen my Catholic friends bury one of their Saints headfirst in the dirt to help find lost items… I have seen my old neighbor’s nanny wear chicken feet around her neck to ward off evil demons and I don’t even want to mention what my Cajun friends do… so burn baby burn (btw, sage smells pretty nice). Do I believe in this? Let’s just say, I like to cover all my bases. If it will stop the hemorrhage of cash surging out of my wallet, then I would put a totem pole in the front yard and do a nekkid dance with sparklers shooting out of my ass… don’t judge me.
So here is where the story gets good. Seven years ago while Chance and I were vacationing in Switzerland, we bought a crazy expensive cuckoo clock. We figured this was a once in a lifetime purchase and though it cost almost $100 to send home, we did it. Needless to say, like everything else I own, it stopped working immediately and has been collecting dust on the Sunroom wall ever since.
Yes… here it comes. Two days ago the damn thing started working. I nearly jumped out of the chair where it hangs on the wall behind my seat. What in the world??? Not only did it start working, but it has been ticking all week! Craziest thing ever! Why would it start working after all of this time?
My only guess is that the house and all it’s bug-a-boos has finally started figuring out that I am serious about my kick-ass rampage and that if it isn’t going to be with me on this transformation … it will end up at the curb with the other gifts to the gods of garbage.
I think that the ghost is happy with the improvements I have been making, and can appreciate the effort and strife some of the construction has put me through this year. Then I thought, maybe she is just happy with the cemetery clean up that we did a few weeks ago during the Eagle Scout project and has granted us a little break in the money pit saga for sprucing up her hubby’s digs. Either way, I am glad to have something work out right. I hope this is the beginning of a new trend and an omen of things to come.
If I start to see weirder than usual things happening around the house, I’ll keep you all informed, but until then, it’s nice to know, I’m not the only thing around here that is “cuckoo”.