A Paranormal Library – Change From the Norm

I am not changing the format of A Paranormal Library, I will still review those paranormal books that attract my fancy, that won’t ever change, but I’m just adding a new aspect to the column.  Since I have had time on my hands after the layoff from school, I have been reading a good ton of Paranormal Books.  Most of the books I’ve read have prompted me to explore the realms of Paranormal Investigation.

See, I’ve been reading about the paranormal since I was very, very young, and I haven’t changed my mind on the paranormal except for the fact that I’ve become more skeptic than my younger-self.  While I have all this extra time on my hands, I decided that maybe I should go on some personal investigations in supposedly haunted locations.  As of now, I’m in correspondence with Lloyd Auerbach and Jeff Belanger in regards to Legend Tripping and small investigations with my boyfriend and how to go about it safely and legally.

Patterson Road

Patterson Road

Anyway, the reason behind this move forward was inspired by my former students.  See, they finally found out about my blog and realized that I’m interested in the paranormal.  They began to describe some experiences they had on a stretch of road called Patterson Road.  They then encouraged me to go an see what may occur at Patterson Rd, while trying to be a good teacher that listens to her students interests, I couldn’t help but write down the location with the intent of researching the legend and the Road.

The Legend

Patterson Road is located between Highway 6 and Eldridge in Houston. This place is rumored to be the site of a Civil War battle and the bridge closest to Eldridge is haunted. If you park in the center of the bridge and turn your car off there will begin to be tapping noises all over your car. They aren’t just the sounds of your car settling. They are mostly on the sides and the back of the car. It is said to be the spirits of the soldiers who died. Be careful, this road is absolutely pitch black at night, however you can see cars coming from either direction at quite a distance.  

From: Strange USA

The Research

I did some of my own research regarding the idea that there was a Civil War battle in this area of Texas.  I know some Professors and Civil War buffs, they all agreed that there were no other skirmishes in the area other than Sabine, Galveston and Palmito.  Now, there were some Civil War infantries in Texas that were battling Indians in the area.  So it is possible that the area around Bear Creek was an old battle site between soldiers from the Civil War era and the native Karankawas.  This would explain the war drums, the running footsteps and gunshots.  Again, this is just my personal research, there could have been a minor skirmish of the Civil War in the area, but prospects are unlikely.

What I did find interesting though, was that there has been a number of traffic accidents in the Hwy. 6/Patterson Rd. area, some with fatalities:

The Following Information is from City-Data.com

    • Feb 13, 2008 02:40 AM, Eldridge, Patterson, Lat: 29.812944, Lon: -95.617275, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 2, Fatalities:1
    • Jun 8, 1991 06:30 AM, Patterson, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1, Drunken drivers:1
    • Sep 10, 1989 09:30 AM, Patterson, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 5, Fatalities: 2, Drunken drivers:1

I’m sure there’s more, but I have exhausted the Google Monster and the City of Houston.

The Oracle is Insane

Why did I do all this research?  What possessed me to spend time researching a stretch of road so infamous by teenagers?  Simple answer is, I’m curious.  I am planning a trip with some of my skeptical friends just to see what is up with this area. I will take pictures, video and sound recordings and post what I do or do not have.  I’m not taking this adventure to prove the existence of ghosts, or that something is going on at Patterson Rd., I’m taking this trip to continue my personal education in the paranormal and document what happens or didn’t happen.  Maybe I’ll take more trips to this location to see if we get the same experience every single time, or just to prove that I am absolutely crazy.  We’ll see.

Dreamers, what is your opinion regarding ghosts?  Have you been to Patterson Rd. in Houston, Texas?  Have you been on a Legend Trip/Ghost Hunt/Crypto (Monster) Hunt?

DIY Oracle – Valentine’s Mailbox

Valentine’s Mailbox

My mother made these for her students for their Valentine’s Day cards and candy, and I thought they were so cute, that I thought it’d be a great thing to make to hold those special cards or cute photos you received throughout the year!  I’m not a Valentine’s Day supporter, after experiencing the same holiday in October dubbed “Sweetest Day,” I have sort of become a Scrooge at Valentine’s.  I feel that everyday should be a Valentine’s Day, why should ONE day (or two depending where you are) determine how much you love someone or how much someone loves you.  My boyfriend and I do sweet things to each other everyday and, if you’re like us, accumulate a ton of sweet things from your sweetie, so this cute little mail box is for you!  She got this off the internet, but my subsequent searches showed little in the way of finding the person who thought this up.  If you know who did this, please let me know so I can properly credit.

Also, check out Gala Darling’s post on Valentine’s Love, see why I find her so Inspirational!!!

Supplies: 2 Paper Plates, Ruler/Tape Measure, Yarn in “Love Colors,” Glue, Scissors, Paper or Foam Hearts, Markers, and Crayons. Not pictured but needed: hole puncher! Glitter optional.

  1. Take one paper plate (I used the Styrofoam kind) and using your tape measure, measure out the exact half of the plate (this was 4.5 inches).  Once you have your measurements, make a line and cut the paper plate in half (I used a box cutter to make a straighter edge).
  2. Carefully punch holes into the scalloped edge of the paper plate.  Make sure that they are somewhat in line with each other, because the 80’s styled puncher I used couldn’t fit the paper plate edge.
  3. Take your yarn and I measured two arm’s lengths wide, and fold the length of yarn in half and wrap the yarn through the punched holes.  I even tied the end in a bow for a cuter effect.  Continue until you get to the end, create a bow and cut the excess.  You can use the excess for the hanger.
  4. Decorate as you wish, I made a heart template from one of my paper hearts, and used glue (E6000 though it’s not very tacky for glitter).  I also took the paper hearts, outlined with markers and colored them with crayon and wrote messages in the hearts.  I then glued the hearts near my glitter heart.  Also, to define my somewhat crappy glitter heart, I took a pink paint pen and outlined the heart with my pen.

Once you’re done with all this, hang as you please in your area, I put it next to my jewelry counter near my bedroom.

 

 

 

PS. Wait till you see what these shiny pretty pieces are for!

Sorry for the delay…

I’m sorry I’ve been M.I.A. on the blog for a couple of weeks, it’s been hectic here in Oracle-land dealing with my sister’s wedding, school applications, and program and invitation designs.  Not only that, I’ve been teaching myself graphic design from some PSDtuts.com.  I’m also trying to wait for my Sub-check to come in for me to buy a new book for my Paranormal Library series.  I have one I’ve been reading, but it’s just way too much information in a small package that I already know, so its been agonizing, but a great read nonetheless.  Also, I may post a complementary review on one of the books I have already written about.

Anyway, to pass the time before I post the last of my images from my 30 Photography Challenge and A Paranormal Library, I am going to post some of the most inspiring things I have found over the internet with LINKS!!!

  • I’ve been frequenting A Beautiful Messfor quite some time now, and here are some very inspiring D.I.Y. projects and crafts I have discovered since I’ve been reading about the work from Elsie and her crew!
    • I love this wall art made from paint swatches!  Believe it or not, I have a bunch of these guys in a drawer in my room!!
    • I keep going back to this Record Cabinet.  I have some ideas to use this as an impromptu jewelry supply and mini sewing machine storage!
    • Elsie had a sewing class on her blog, great for me since I have a new sewing machine to try out!  If you’re a newbie like me, try this Simple Cotton Top!
    • If my hair would cooperate, I would so do this hair style!
  • Pugly Pixel is a great resource for Photoshop items, and I find her blog highly inspiring for my artwork and blog!
    • These Handmade Envelopes inspired me to create and write a blog post on my sister’s Save the Date cards!
    • You can learn how to make your own Blog Post Layout!
    • There are also some downloadable’s for free or for those who are part of her membership (with a fee).
  • Of course there’s NubbyTwiglet who posts design advice in links loved and such for those who love graphic design or shoes.

Check out this Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas commercial, every time it comes on, I start dancing!!!

Isn’t that song is amazing!?!  Then check out Parov Stelar’s website and watch this awesome video..

That is it for me, till next time!!!