Report From a Haunted Tea Party

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I love all the haunted tea parties, but this one was extra special.

We had not only three guests that are highly skilled psychics, (sisters Suzanne Worthley, Lisa Eckman, and Suzanne’s daughter Phoebe) but three guests whose great grandparents, grandparents, and great aunt and uncle lived in my house from the 1920s through the 1960s. (Sisters Barb and Kathy and their cousin Bill.) Between the stories that Barb, Kathy and Bill shared about their memories of Leon and the house, and Suzanne and Lisa’s impressions of the spirits and residual energies, we had a fascinating time!

To share just a few of the things I learned at the tea: I found out that Leon and his wife used to sit on the side porch, while the upstairs tenants had use of the front porch. It was Barb and Kathy’s grandmother Liz, not their aunt Gertude, who used to sit at the upstairs window and watch to make sure kids didn’t leave church early ~ and who called their parents if they did!

Suzanne took a look at pictures of both Liz and Gertrude and said that although they were sisters, their energy was very different. Suzanne picked up on Liz’s sharp intellect and serious nature and on Gertude’s warmth, kindness and sense of whimsey ~ she said Gertrude had a love of flowers and fairies. Gertrude used a conch shell as a doorstop in the parlor, a practice I followed after I heard the story from Barb a few years ago.

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Suzanne also said that Leon and Liz had a deep friendship, based on mutual respect. (There was a period of time when Liz and her husband were renting from Leon and his wife.) I found this interesting, because I have heard from more than one psychic that Leon has a female companion in the spirit world who is not his wife but was a good friend of his during their physical lives. I had figured that it must have been a family member, since friendships between men and women who were married to other people seemed to have been pretty unusual in Leon’s time. Suzanne said Leon respected Liz’s intellect, which resonated with me as a characteristic that Leon, who was very traditional, would value. (Leon once told psychic Echo Bodine that she “came across like a man,” meaning she was very direct. I got the impression that although Leon didn’t think of directness as feminine, he did respect it.)

Last, two things: Bill gave me a photograph of Gertrude and her husband Ted, which I am very happy to have. (I will share it after I make sure it’s all right to post.) And, after Barb told me a few years back that the guest room closet (with a big window) was her grandmas’ sewing room and happy place, I said I was going to put my sewing machine in there. (I do already have an antique sewing table in the closet.) On Monday this week, I came home and found the sleek and beautiful, steampunk-ian  Franklin sewing machine pictured here on my back porch, with a note from Barb, saying it belonged to her grandma Liz and she wanted me to have it. I am thrilled and honored, of course.

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I was intrigued by the Egyptian symbolism on the sewing machine ~ my son told me that it was probably from the 1920s, as that was when King Tut’s tomb was discovered and there was kind of a worldwide craze about it. I looked online and found the Franklin sewing machine and it IS from the 1920s. That would explain the unexpected drama of ancient magical symbols on an important, but common, household machine.

I called Barb and let her know that I will take good care of her grandma’s beautiful sewing machine and that I see it as a permanent part of my house and its story.

 

 

Tea Parties, Crystal Ball Readings & Paranormal Investigations, Oh My!

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Tea parties and crystal ball readings and paranormal investigations, oh my! Not to mention three radio/podcast interviews….

This June is filled with spirited events and appearances for me ~ hope you can be part of them, as a guest or listener! Getting ready today for the season’s first haunted tea tomorrow, June 4 ~ and what a tea party it will be!!

Guests include my friends Suzanne Worthley and Lisa Eckman, sisters who are both highly skilled intuitives and energy workers. Also present will be my friends Kathy and Barb (another set of sisters) and their cousin Bill, whose great-grandparents, grandparents, and great aunt and uncle all lived in my house over the course of nearly 40 years, from the 1920s through the 1960s. Kathy, Barb and Bill’s family overlapped slightly with Leon’s time here. (He bought the house in 1963.) They have shared stories of their family’s time in the house that are now part of my tea parties stories and will be included in my next book.

My friend Steve R. is bringing his team in for a paranormal investigation on June 10. Steve can be seen in a video on my website from 2010 when he was with a different paranormal group (which has since disbanded).

I will be interviewed by Paranormal Talk Show on June 14, and by my friend Kevin Hale and crew from the Shooting from the Lip on July 1. Still working out a date for the third radio appearance, which will be on Spaced Out Radio. (Will post time and other details for these appearances closer to the date, plus the info will be on my website later today.)

Wrapping up the month will be the brand-new Midsummer Season Crystal Ball Divination with psychic intuitive Eric Moen on June 30. I’m really excited about this event and we have some very cool guests signed up already. There are still seats available, but please sign up soon if you’d like a spot!

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Will post reports on all June’s spirited events and happenings.

As a side note, it seems that the house spirits are interested in all the activity ~ at least, I am aware of their presence and sense their positive and curious attention. I’m really hoping that Kathy, Barb, and Bill’s family spirits drop by for tea tomorrow!

Mother’s Day, 2016

 

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Happy Mother’s Day to every woman who shares her creativity and caregiving skills with the world, whether her love is directed toward children, those in need, animal companions, or the natural world and planet.

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My thanks to the all the guests who were part of our Mothers’ Day Spirit Message Circle on Thursday, and special thanks to intuitive Linda Cora, who did an incredible job, as always.

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I’ll post the highlights of the Spirit Message Circle event tomorrow, but wanted to thank my talented friends Linda Cora, Diana Stinocher, and Kathy Johns for the lovely and thoughtful gifts, pictured in this post.

Thank you, too, to my friend Lisa Faribault for taking the fantastic pictures of my house!

Crystal Ball Divination

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Oh, it’s fun to live in a spirit-filled house!

I’m meeting tonight with a cystal ball reader to see if a group crystal ball divination session might work well as a Spirited Schoolhouse event. I have never done this kind of divination before; I’m curious and optimistic.

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Will post a report within the next few days.

Crystal ball image courtesy of www.crystalcompany.com.

Getting Ready for the Haunted Tea Party Season

 

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Having fun and busy, busy, busy, preparing for the 2016 Haunted Tea Party and Spirited Schoolhouse Season! Had a little help from the house spirits yesterday ~ more on that in a moment.

In addition to getting events scheduled, updating my calendar and website, and adding one or two new spirited events this year ~ including a group past-life regression event ~ my house needed a few repairs, fresh paint, and some restoration work. This is  part of the feng shui work that we started a year or so ago ~ in late 2014 and 2015, our yard and house exterior received the most attention. We got a good start on front porch repairs and exterior painting, including scraping and repainting the bay window, a focal pint of our side yard on the east.

In 2014 – 2015, we also did some much-needed trimming of the 150-year-old boulevard elms, and said goodbye to five trees ~ the two dying crabapple trees in front and the backyard pines, which had grown so tall they were tangled in the power lines. (We already had the power lines raised once.) I was very reluctant to cut down any trees ~ and it took me a a few years to be able to do so ~ but I am very happy with the yard’s new energy and the vitality of the remaining trees. Sometimes being a good steward means recognizing when it’s time to say farewell.

This winter, we turned our attention to inside projects ~ polishing floors, restoring floors (more on that in a future post) painting, and de-cluttering. The house energy has been somewhat chaotic and I was just asked this morning what effect, if any, the commotion has had on the spirit activity.

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Yesterday, I was doing touch-up painting in six different rooms, and the house vibe was especially topsy-turvy. We have the summer kitchen and back hall closed off because we have torn up the old linoleum floor (yay!!) and I was trying to do (the not-really-very-efficient) several things at once. I walked into the kitchen to get … something … and found myself standing by the microwave cupboard. Dudley was at the table and chuckled when I said to myself, “Why am I standing here?”

Now, usually if I forget the reason I came into a room, I will remember in a minute or two, and most of the time, I am standing right where I need to be. Nothing came to mind, though ~ until a bowl that was sitting in the dish drainer tumbled and rolled, clattering as it fell. Dudley and I looked over and laughed and I said, “Hey! I came in here to get felt strips for the bookshelf.” Which are in the drawer under the dish drainer. I am guessing that it was Leon who helped, since I have asked for his assistance several times during this repair and restoration project.

Hope to see many of you this spirited event season!

 

 

October Spirited Event Update

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Spirited Event Update: 

ALL HALLOWS MEDIUMSHIP EVE with JANICE CARLSON
Both nights of the All Hallows Mediumship Eve event are SOLD OUT ~ thank you to everyone who signed up! Janice and I are looking forward to seeing old friends and new on October 29 and 30.

“SEASON OF SPIRITS” SPIRIT MESSAGE CIRCLE with LINDA CORA on Thursday, October 22
We have only 2 ~ 4 spots left for the “Season of Spirits” Spirit Message Circle event with Linda Cora, so please sign up soon if you want to be part of this. I spoke with Linda on Tuesday, and she said she has already been visited by one of the spirits whose “person” will be at the event. (The spirit told Linda her name, which we will share at the event.)

Also, Linda told me she has seen that someone who’s considering coming to the spirit message circle has questions about the manner in which their loved one passed away. (As I understand it, the person who has these questions has not yet decided whether or not to attend the event.) And of course, we’ll check in with Leon at the end of the night; he has also visited Linda in advance of the party. I know it’s going to be a great night of spirit messages; hope to see you there!

Haunted Tea Party Tonight!

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Tea party tonight! It’s been awhile; much of the last month has been taken up with editing and agenting work. (My schedule has been bursting at the seams with these new endeavors, but it’s very interesting and satisfying work, and I am grateful for it. I’ll be posting here occasionally about books/authors with whom I’ve worked, and whose books, I believe, will appeal to fans of my books.)

I spent yesterday working in our yard, trimming and culling, scrubbing the bird bath and sweeping a few cobwebs off the porch and windows. I picked all the fresh raspberries and noticed that our capricious plum tree is lush with fruit. Tomorrow, we’ll harvest the plums. After spending a day in the yard, I felt more grounded and calm than I’ve felt in weeks ~ it’s amazing what sunshine, fresh air, and working with flowers, plants, and trees can do.

In spirit news, Leon came though in a big way when we had a recent visitor. I’m going to save some of the details of the story for my book, but can share that I had some reservations about this guest, mostly because it seemed like there was an undeclared aspect to her visit. When I gave her a brief tour of our house, she stopped before entering Leon’s old living room. (This is the room where Leon slams the door shut if he doesn’t want someone in the house.) I asked her if she was going to come in, and she said, “I’m being told not to enter.” After a moment, she said, “Okay, I’ve been told it’s all right.” So I know she was tuned in to Leon.

We spoke the next morning before she left and she told me that there was a male spirit in the back porch watching her in the night. (She slept in a tent in the backyard.) She saw his energy as a blue ball of light, which matches the appearance of some of the spirit energy I saw when I first moved into my house. She said he wasn’t malevolent, just wary, and that he told her he was trying to figure out who she was and what she was about. When she came into the house to use the bathroom, he was no longer visible, but she felt him watching her the entire time she was inside. Back in her tent, she could hear him speaking from the back porch, although she couldn’t quite make out most of what he was saying. (This is a common characteristic of ghost voices, in my experience.) Sometimes he was speaking directly to her and other times to a female spirit, whose identity was a mystery to the guest.

When I heard this story, I thanked Leon for his attention and assistance. I feel very fortunate knowing that Leon is here when needed, looking after the home he loved and our family.

 

Night Yard ~ Summer 2015

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Here in Minnesota, we have been blessed  with one of most perfect summers I can remember ~ sunny days, clear blue skies, pleasant temps, enough rain (usually at night) that the grass and gardens are still lush and colorful in early August, and just enough breezy or blustery days to keep someone who loves the wind (like me) happy.

This photo was taken a few nights ago. I did not want to go inside; the night was so magical ~ the moon was full and bright, bats were swooping, a  train rumbled by, and an interesting night wind made the backyard flowers and milkweed plants sway and curtsy. I love my house!

This summer, I’ve been busy with editing and agenting work (for which I am grateful) but I haven’t forgotten the haunted tea parties and Spirited Schoolhouse events.

We have five seats available at an haunted tea party coming up on Saturday, August 22. This is an evening tea party, from 7:00 ~ 9:30 PM, which I don’t offer that often ~ if you’d like to attend, please email me soon! (annie@anniewilder.com)