Lamps, cell phones and phantom sounds

Lamp turns on by itself.

Lamps don't turn on by themselves, do they?

Okay, so I’m starting to get a little spooked. Things have been a little unusual here lately. My daughter’s cell phone has been a bit crazy. A few days ago she reported that the alarm went off early waking her up in the morning – but that the “sound” wasn’t the alarm it was set to, and upon checking the alarm was indeed set for another time. Okay, so I blew that off.

Yesterday, she experienced it again. This time, she decided to explore the “sound” options on her phone and discovered that the sound that has been waking her up is not on her phone. Yet, when it happened, she was able to turn the noise off from the phone. This left us a bit puzzled and wondering what could be happening – but I still wasn’t too concerned and figured it was some weird quirk of the phone.

This morning I arose before dawn, crawled out of bed as usual and got my cup of coffee. I then walked into my office – located just outside the bedroom – and went to work. Sometime later, the dog decided it was time to go out and came into my office to notify me.

When I passed the bedroom door, I noticed that my lamp was on – which wouldn’t be that unusual except I know I didn’t turn it on. I never turn it on in the morning, as there is enough light from an outside streetlight to see clearly in the room without the lamp.

Ordinarily, I’d simply assume I turned the light on for some explained reason – but after yesterday’s mysterious “Pssst!” and the odd cell phone behavior – it has me wondering again.


Who Ghost There?

Things have been quiet lately, but somehow I knew it couldn’t be permanent. When the skeptic started playing with a robotic dog last night, I knew the ghost wouldn’t be far behind. You see, in the past another electronic “toy” had to be put away because it would suddenly activate for no reason.

This morning while sitting at my desk writing, I suddenly heard a loud “Pssst!” from behind me. I looked around and there was nothing to be seen. I was home alone and both the cat and dog were sleeping. As usual, I rationalized and thought perhaps the dog made the sound in his sleep and went back to work.

A little while later, I heard it again – but this time the cat sat up and looked around for the source of the sound. Convinced it was nothing to be alarmed about, she has gone back to sleep – I, on the other hand, am left wondering who or what is so insistent on getting my attention this morning.

Ghost Cats and Phantom Squeals

Just when I had begun to believe that any odd occurrences in my home were either a figment of my imagination or some weird illusion – it happened again. This time it was a sound.

My husband – the skeptic – and my daughter were watching TV in the living room while I was at work in my office. A large open archway connects the two rooms, so I am able to look into the living room to the couch area.

Suddenly, I heard this loud squeal that I naturally thought was part of the show they were watching and didn’t think much of it – until they both uttered “What was that sound?” From my vantage point, I could see both the dog – who was lying quietly, and the cat – who was asleep on the bed.

Their explanation was that it sounded like it came from the side of the couch and that they both thought my cat had been injured – sending them into a bit of panic.

We have no idea where the sound came from – although we all heard it from the same general area – and couldn’t find anything to cause it.

I do know that when we first moved in here three years ago I thought I saw a ghost cat on several occasions – but haven’t seen it in a long while. I kinda chalked it up to an overactive imagination spurred on by getting used to the natural shadows of the house, but now it has me wondering.