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31 Days of Spook – Givens Castle

 Welcome my friends to 31 Days of Spook.  Today we are focusing on a spook in Chicago ion an area where my Aunt Tina lives.  Buckle in for some bumps and scares.  Enjoy – don’t be scared now – BOO!

Givens Castle / Beverly Unitarian Church

The Givens Castle was originally built in 1886 as a residence by Robert Givens. Givens was real estate developer and wanted the house to be a replica of a castle in his native Ireland.  Some say that Givens built the home for his fiancee who died before the house could be finished.  Maybe that accounts for why Givens only lived in the castle for 8 years.

Around 1894, the castle turned into the Chicago Female College. It is reputed to have had a student die in the 1930’s from flu.

During the 1960’s, the castle was turned into the Beverly Unitarian Church.  A janitor once reported that he had a conversation with a woman who disappeared from sight. Their conversation was about the house and how much it had changed over the years.  The janitor saw no footprints outside in the snow and all of the doors were locked.  Where did she go?  Was it the student that passed away from the flu?

The pastor of the church at the time was a woman who claimed she saw a pair of hands touch her husband’s waist.  Even more, the pastor thought the hands were those of a woman.  The husband never felt a thing.  During this time as well, there were reports of a candle being seen through windows when nobody was present in the building.

Unexplained noises have also been attributed to the ghost and a former pastor said that he often tried to track down the source of the noises but was never able to.

The story is courtesy of Chicago Ghost blogger.

 
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Posted by on 10/01/2014 in 31 Days of Spook

 

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Poor Mommy

Such a simple little word – BOO.  Three letters that hold a lot of power and oomph behind it.  But, I’m getting ahead of myself snorts.  Let me start from the beginning.

Mommy has had a terrible time the past couple of weeks.  She went left and her back went right and it ‘popped’ out.  As she told daddy, her giddy up had a catch and I mean a BAD catch.  It happened on a Saturday about three weeks ago.  Mom and dad went to the market for their six month shopping trip which is an all day ordeal, store after store stocking up for half of the year to fill up the pantry and freezer.  It’s a blessing to do this but the day is LONG.  But secretly, I think mom and dad enjoy it to the max and have a great time.  That’s my personal belief and I’m not hating the six month trip because this is the time they stock up on my treats to from the club house 🙂

At the end of the day though, mom was pooped.  Walking on all of that concrete all day long caused a nitch in her back.  It started off with a mild limp on her right leg.  Then it moved to her back side.  Mommy stayed on the heating pad on the sofa for a long time that weekend.

Come Monday,  it was still ouchie.  She went to her chiropractor for an adjustment several times that week but to no avail.  The pain was excruciating.  So much so, that daddy and me had to help her off of the couch.  Mommy said she felt like she was 102!  OMP (oh my pig!)

So finally she went to the regular doctor.  They gave her some medicine that she took starting the third week.  Finally – some relief!  She still had a hitch in her giddy up but now it was a small limp instead of walking like t-rex throughout the house.  All was getting better.  This past weekend, she was even able to get off of the sofa without assistance from me and dad.  I was going to get my mommy back – squeal!

So Sunday night mom tucked me into bed, told me my bedtime story and went into their room to get ready for bed.  There she was standing near her dresser and taking her night time medicine.  Daddy was in the bedroom with her and mom saw him – no biggie.  Then out of the blue – daddy said :

It wasn’t loud.  It wasn’t harsh.  It was just a matter a factly.  He does it all of the time – not a huge thing.  Usually mom would just say, “Is that all you got?” and they would just laugh about it.  But not this night.  I learned a couple of things this night.

1 – Mom can jump really HIGH for a girl.  I was amazed.  There’s no way I could jump that high – darn my pot belly – snorts.

2 –   Mom can take a joke and she laughed it off.  Daddy though – I have to admit that he was laughing so hard that he almost had water running down his leg.

3 – This is the most important.  Guess who is back to square one with their back hurting again?

I told you – my parents are ridiculous and that is saying it mildly.

 
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Posted by on 03/31/2014 in Bacon

 

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Dear Bacon – Special Edition – Dear Boo

This week is a really special edition of Dear Bacon.

My friend Boo at http://peacelovenwhiskers.com has volunteered to help me out once again with some special letters.  Boo concentrated really hard, read the letters and posted some awesome replies.  Please show some love to Dear Boo my friends!  And, don’t forget to go and visit him at his blog.  He’s still a kitten and is full of energy and spunk as you will see below 🙂  Enjoy

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Dear Boo,
What? We’re just taking a break, figured I would show you what true working mules really do. Not the easy job of going to birthday parties and having kiddies ride your back. No, this is hard hat and safety gear moving dirt sort of work. So when do you plan on joining us?
Signed Working 925 Mules

Dear 925 Mules,

I don’t think meowmy would want me playing in dirt, but I would look great in a pair of shades and a white hard hat. Meowmy would appreciate me wearing a safety vest though so she can see me better at night.  Signed Boo

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Dear Boo,

Why are they laughing? I just stuck my head in a bag of chips and this is what I came out of the bag with. Can you enlighten me as to what’s so funny? Signed in confusion, Duckface Dog

Duckface Dog,
If they are laughing then you are doing something right. I say prance around and enjoy the attention, then demand more chips. I would.  Signed Boo

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Dear Boo,

Here I am making my doggy treat withdrawal for the day. The humans wanted me to be more responsible with my treats so I opened an account. I’ve got about 20 dog bone treats deposited. Not bad for being a few weeks into the new year. How are your resolutions holding up?  Signed, Biscuit Keeper

Dear Biscuit Keeper,
I’m sorry I have 2 brofurs here and leaving treats unguarded in the house is dangerous. I wish I could deposit mine for safe keeping for later, but I‘m “live in the present” sort of kitty. But that’s for the advice. Love, Boo

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Dear Boo,

*yawns* I think it’s time for a cat nap, can I lay with you?  Yawning Piggy

Dear Piggy,
*yawns* Sure, but I don’t think you can quite sleep curled up like I do. And I think Meowmy will suspect that I was trying to harm you.  Your sleeping pal, Boo

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Dear Boo,

Eeeeeekk! It’s after me, quick hide me! Scared deer

Dear Scared Deer,

*eyes widen, crouches low, butt wiggles, leaps, catches*  Oh it’s just a little bat.. or squirrel, either way you are safe now my friend. You may want to take a flashlight next time you go into the woods.  Your rescuer, Boo

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A huge shout out and thank you for Boo for taking care of Dear Bacon this week. I really appreciate it pal!

**Remember, keep your pictures/questions coming.  Send them to me at Baconthompson@gmail.com

 
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Posted by on 01/21/2014 in Dear Bacon

 

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