Monday, December 1, 2014

The Ghosts of Jefferson Texas Part 2

Arriving in Jefferson on the Thursday before Halloween, my husband and I decided to go on the Jefferson Ghost Walk. This tour was already on our “must do” list and we thought it would help us get acquainted with the town and some of its fascinating history.

Just in case some of you have plans on attending this tour, I won’t go into detail about specific stories or the town’s history. What I will say is, if you get the chance to go on this tour—do it. If you’d like more information, go here.

The tour started with all of us following the owner/tour guide Jodi Brekenridge around the town. We heard interesting stories about Jefferson, its historic buildings, and of course about the ghosts that allegedly haunt the town.

 As part of the tour, we were allowed to go into an old antique shop that was officially closed for the night. Upon entering this huge building, we gathered in the first section of the building (as I said, this place is HUGE.) We stopped to hear the tour guide tell us about the building and about some of the “ghostly occurrences” that had been reported.

While standing there, I felt someone place their hand on the center of my back. Thinking it was one of the other tour goers I tried to ignore it as I listened to Jodi talk about the store. After a few minutes went by with the hand still on my back, I inched forward in the crowded room trying to give whoever it was a little more space. The hand remained.  

After a few more minutes of this, I started to feel a little agitated. Deciding to turn around and ask the person if they would like to trade me places I was shocked to see that the person standing closest to me was a couple of feet back, with his arms hanging down by his side.

Still feeling the hand on my back, my mind whirred as I faced forward again. After a short time, I reached behind my back to see if I could figure out where the sensation was coming from. There wasn’t anything or anyone there, yet I could still feel it.

As the group stood and listened to Jodi, I continued to brush at my back and sneak glances behind me. Finally when the man standing at the rear of the line gave me a strange look as if to say, “Why do you keep starring at me?” I faced forward again (with the “hand” still on me) and I tried to concentrate on the stories being told.

When Jodi told the group that we could continue on our own through the store, the “hand” began pushing me forward. This wasn’t a shove, just a slight push in the center of my back. As the group made its way to the main section of the building, most people made a left turn. Feeling the push to move forward, I did. 

Now after many opportunities to turn right or left, I continued walking in a straight line towards the back. Soon I found myself alone with the hand prodding me forward. I kept walking toward the back of the building.

 The building was dark and I could hear that most of my group was getting further and further away. With my common sense finally kicking in, I turned around to search for my husband…or at this point…anyone who had flesh.

 As soon as I turned around and headed in the opposite direction the pressure on my back was gone. I rejoined the group and didn’t have any additional experiences—that night. This was after all my first night in Jefferson Texas. Stay tuned for part 3.





Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Due to a death in the family the Ghost of Jefferson Part 2 has been postponed.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Ghosts of Jefferson Texas Part 1

To say that I had been excited about my upcoming trip to Jefferson Texas would have been an understatement. Oftentimes, when we build something up so big in our minds, we are setting ourselves up for disappointment—luckily, that wasn’t the case here. I’m thrilled to report that this picturesque little town was even more than I imagined it would be.

The B&B that we stayed in was AMAZING. I could ramble on for hours about the house itself and about the owners who went way above and beyond to make all of their guest feel like family, but I suspect you visited my blog to hear about the ghosts, so let’s get to it. 

Is Jefferson haunted? You may ask.  

In my opinion, the answer is yes, Yes, and YES.

Many of the locals enjoy talking about the towns ghosts. As much as I love hearing these stories I always want to “experience” it myself and experience it I did. My first encounter happened the very first night at the B&B we were staying at. 

We arrived on Thursday and as luck would have it, we were the only guest that were staying there that night. The owners sleep in quarters out behind the main house so my husband and I were told that we had free reign of the house. *Insert happy dance here* 

As much as I wanted to do a formal investigation of the house, the trip had worn me out. After walking around a bit and taking a few pictures, we went to bed in our upstairs room sometime around midnight. After being asleep for a short time, I woke to the sound of someone walking up and down the hallway just outside my room. After listening to it for a few minutes my curiosity got the best of me. I got up and walked to my bedroom door. Opening it as quietly as I could, I peered out into the hall. The noise abruptly stopped. I went out into the hall to look around and I noticed that my feet made the same creaking noise on the hardwood floors that I’d heard earlier. Not seeing or now hearing anything out of the ordinary, I returned to my room and went back to bed.

Shortly after, I once again heard the pacing. Instead of getting up this time, I stayed in bed and listened. After about fifteen minutes, the house fell silent. I went back to sleep only to be awakened a short time later to the sound of tapping on the wall, this too stopped after about ten or fifteen minutes. With the room now quiet I went back to sleep.

A few hours later, I woke to the sound of what sounded like someone rolling a marble back and forth across the hardwood floor. It seemed as though the noise was coming from our private bathroom. With the sunlight now coming in through the window, I got up and made my way to the bathroom. The minute I opened the door the sound of the rolling marble stopped. Even though I was certain the sound had been coming from the bathroom, I opened the door leading into the hallway. Once again,  no one was there.

After getting dressed, I went downstairs and told the homeowner about the noises I’d heard in the night. She assured me that my husband and I had been the only people in the house.  I had no reason to disbelieve her. I’m sure we were the only “people” in the house, but I’m also convinced we weren’t alone. 

Stay tuned for Ghosts of Jefferson Part 2

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Grove - Jefferson, Texas

From my understanding, a trip to Jefferson isn't complete until you visit The Grove. This is private residence and is said to be one of the most haunted locations in the state of Texas. Lucky for me, it is also a tour home, which I definitely plan to visit on my upcoming trip.

Watch the video and tell me what you think. Would you take the tour?

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Share a Shake - Episode 5 - Jefferson Ghost Walk Guide Jodi Breckenridge

Still looking forward to my trip to Jefferson, I stumbled upon this video and thought I would share it. Jodi does the historic ghost walk tours in Jefferson and will be hosting the History Haunts & Legends event that I will be attending in a couple of weeks.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

HaPpY... October

Most of you know by now that I love Halloween so much that one day simply isn’t enough time to celebrate it. I need the whole month. Typically, I use this time on here to share real ghost stories from my own experiences and I’ve even shared some of yours as well. (Thanks again for those.) 

This year I will be doing something different—as in this is something, I’ve wanted to do for a long, l o n g, time. *drum roll please* I will be spending three glorious days in Jefferson Texas including Halloween. 

What’s in Jefferson Texas? You might ask.  

Well, for starters, according to the Discover, Travel and Scifi channels, Jefferson is considered the most haunted small town in Texas.

But wait…

     there’s more.  

I will not only be spending the Halloween season in the most haunted town in Texas, I will be setting up a vendors table at the Fall History, Haunts, and Legends Event!!!!!
In between listening to these amazing speakers, I will be selling signed copies of my ghostly books, handcrafted bookends, and ghost pictures that I have taken over the years. In case you couldn't tell, I am beyond excited about this. Before you turn green with envy, let me say that YOU can come too.
For more information and pricing go here 
Jefferson has it all. Haunted hotels, B&B's, restaurants, etc. I will be exploring some of my "hope for stops" along with their ghostly tales right here, virtually, you know before I actually go. So stay tuned for more details on my upcoming trip.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Ghost-like figure shows up on police station video

This is pretty interesting. I'd love to know what you think about it.

Ghost-like figure shows up on police station video: Surveillance video recently taken at the Espanola Police Station is a bit freaky.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Pioneer Library System

I want to give a quick shout out to the Pioneer Library System. Tonight they hosted the Local Writer's Dessert Showcase for the Friends of the Library. It. Was. Awesome. I met many wonderful people and had a great time. I want to give a big THANK YOU to all who were involved in setting this up.

If we met tonight I apologize for not getting your contact information so please use my contact me button. I'd love to keep the connection.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Writer's Funk

Most of you have probably heard of writer’s block and maybe even of writer’s slump. Unfortunately, I’ve taken writing (or lack of) to a whole new level. I call it writer’s funk. I haven’t been able to put a coherent thought down for quite sometime now. I have even found it difficult to write a blog post or a facebook update let alone accomplish anything on my WIP.

Frustrating doesn’t even begin to describe what I have been going through. A couple of months ago I grew tired of seeing my blinking cursor mock me from the blank page so I decided to try something different. I scoured the internet for writing contest and found a few that inspired me enough to actually put my thoughts down on paper.

I ended up entering thee different contest! This was quite an accomplishment for me considering I hadn’t written anything in a while.

One of these contest was a Christmas story and I was informed that my piece was chosen to be put up on the website for public voting. YAY!!!! However, this won’t happen until next Christmas season, but it gives me something to look forward to anyway.

Last week, I received the news that my story, “Two Weeks,” was chosen for a cash prize for another contest I had entered, so YAY again. J

I’m writing this post, not to brag, (well, maybe a little) but to encourage others who might be going through the same thing to step out of your comfort zone and try something different.

For those who may be interested in reading my 450-word nonfiction story “Two Weeks,” it will soon be available here and no it isn’t about ghosts. See I told you it was different…

Thursday, February 6, 2014

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