Good Monday morning, friends. Well, that’s something of an oxymoron, isn’t it … ‘Good’ and ‘Monday’ really don’t seem to belong in the same sentence. However, for me, Mondays are special, for it means that I get to see all of you and spend a bit of time with you! So, did you have a wonderful weekend? Mine was fine … it was nice to have the cooler temperatures and be able to get out and about without struggling to breathe. Now, I know it’s a little early yet, but it is October, and so I did a bit of Hallowe’en-themed baking for you guys. Jolly helped, but after the time he set the kitchen afire, he’s only allowed to help with supervision. So, grab a bite of something, a cuppa, and let’s see if we can find something to smile about!
See this house?
This house can be yours for a mere $1.9 million! It’s a large house … 4,628 square feet, with five bedrooms, five bathrooms, stained glass windows, arched doorways, a three-car garage, a sun room and a saltwater pool overlooking the river. Oh … and it comes with one other accoutrement: ghosts. 👻
It all began in the late 1960s when Helen Ackley and her family moved into the Victorian house at 1 LaVeta Place in Nyack, New York. Side note but here’s a fun fact: Nyack sits on the West bank of the Hudson River, and right across the river rests none other but the legendary Sleepy Hollow.
According to Ms. Ackley, there were ghosts sharing the house with them. She said that one ghost woke her daughter, Cynthia, up every morning for school by shaking the bed. It gets better. When Spring Break rolled around, Cynthia made an announcement that there was no school and she was planning on sleeping in. Turns out the bed did not shake that next morning. Despite all of these instances, Mrs. Ackley says that it was a “peaceful coexistence with the spirits”.The Ackleys would live in the house for more than 20 years before deciding to sell, not because of the ghosts, but simply to move to a warmer climate. They sold the house to Jeffrey and Patrice Stambovsky, who placed a $32,500 deposit into an escrow account. But, turns out the Ackleys rather forgot to mention that one pesky little detail about the ghosts. Well, it wasn’t all that strange that the Stambovskys would hear about the ghosts, since Ms. Ackley had submitted an article to Reader’s Digest that was printed in 1977 detailing the paranormal experiences inside her home.
When the Stambovskys learned of the ghosts, they decided to call off the purchase, but the Ackleys refused to refund their deposit, so the case ended up in court. Long story short, in what would come to be known as the “Ghostbusters” ruling in 1990, the appellate court ruled that, because a routine home inspection would never uncover it, sellers must disclose that a house is haunted to potential buyers. And thus, this house is now considered to have been declared ‘legally haunted’.
In 1993 paranormal researchers were able to contact the ghosts and published a book on those events.
Since then, the house has had two more owners, but is once again up for sale for a mere pittance ($1.9 million). Any takers?
Take a look at these pictures. Notice anything? Some pretty detailed photography, right? Wrong. These are not photographs but are portraits done by artist Dylan Eakin.
“I’ve been training myself in photorealism since 2016. It’s been a bit of a journey, but I’m finally at a place, where I’m truly proud of my work. Charcoal is the main medium I used, with graphite for the finer details. Every once in a while, I’ll use tiny points of white paint for the highlights.”
I am in awe … but then, my artistic skills are zip, nada, zilch. You can see more of Mr. Eakin’s work at Bored Panda.
Pics ‘n ‘toons
Here are a few cartoons and funny pictures I snagged …
What’s your favourite critter? Mine is … lions, tigers, bears, kitties, elephants, hedgehogs, giraffes, cougars, ducks, dogs, geese, camels, peacocks … well, you get the picture … I’m a critter-lover, so I loves ‘em all! For today, let’s watch some baby lions having fun!
That is about it for me this week, folks. Have a safe and awesome week, and remember to share those smiles with people you run into, people you work with, people you live with … we all need smiles … and yes, Roger Jacob, this means you too!!! Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!