S T R A N G E . . . no other word for it.What is going on? And, more importantly, how do you fix it?I hope things "normalize" for you soon.
Carol, please tell me you're repeating yourself...Brenda
Oh my! I just wondered now if the real Brenda posted this or the other one?
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I keep trying to comment to Carol at Art & Sand...Brenda
Yeah, I can see how it would be funny to everyone else. They didn't lose their blog and then have two... (Smile)Brenda
Strange indeed. It's my theory that certain people attract strangeness. Not because they're strange or there's anything wrong with them. My sister is one of them. In every aspect of her life, strange occurrences happened to gum up whatever she's trying to do. I do believe in hauntings, and I wouldn't be averse to asking a minister to bless the house. Or you could even do it yourself. Then again, it could just be that your house is in a weird magnetic field and that's causing all the weirdness.
I don't know a thing about magnetic fields. Please educate me.Brenda
Its not strange its just a hacker...they are every where now days..change your passwords once a month and be careful who you give your info too on line..if you shop on line..a friend of mine got his whole identity stolen and a hacker hacked into my Daughters Discover card then hacked into all her business accounts through it..it was a mess!!! rumor is they are getting all the info off of peoples facebook accounts..so be sure and change passwords there too...Good Luck Brenda...sorry for this happening to you!! Carol
I can see that if they'd made a pornographic or ugly comment. But it was just an innocuous comment. Why?Brenda
That is strange and a bit scary. I do believe in spirits and I would suggest you sprinkle salt all around the perimeter of your house. Sounds silly but it works (for those whom believe). I'd do it anyway. I wish you could completely undo the move to Wordpress, but that is impossible. But I bet someone took over your blog name over there and is using your whole format. I have blogs coming up in my reader from foreign countries different name BUT with the original URL and the original bloggers stopped blogging months ago and indeed removed their blogs. Maybe you need to get out more. You could be a blessing teaching folks how to use the computer, or take better photos, I am sure there is some place in Tulsa that could use a person with your talents and PAY for them. The Y, senior centers, someplace. Maybe that is what these naughty spirits are trying to do? xo
I don't normally believe in such things. But now? Yeah, I wish I'd never heard of WP at this point. But maybe it was "Casper" all along.Brenda
I just realized that many of you have probably never heard of Casper. It was a cartoon when I was a girl. He was the "friendliest ghost we know."Brenda
I loved Casper. Actually had a stuff toy of him that had a pull cord, although I don't remember what he said.
Brenda, try and think back, when did the crazy things start happening? Now, (I know you are a thrifter) did you buy anything or things just before it got nuts? Sometimes spirits will work through an object. Especially if said object belonged to someone who was a medium or dabbled in spiritism. I know it sounds crazy, but there are strange things in heaven and earth that we will never understand.
well. all the pictures are spread as they usually are throughout the post.. not at the top/bottom/ or on the side.. I know about strange things happening and have learned to live with it. May I suggest sea salt at the door bases and windows.. wait 24 hours and vacumm it away.. that should cleanse and clear it for awhile.. Structures do hold the vibrations of those who have lived there , this I know for a fact.. still that doesnt explain your commuter issues..
I took the weird photos off. Brenda
Oh- That is just plain freaky, Brenda. I don't know why some of those things happen. I found my blog tied to some porno site and there is no way that I can even get it off because the true name of the blogsite is "blocked". It makes me begin to dread blogging and I wonder if it is worth the stress of all this outside interference. I have always meant to ask you- Do you still have those terrible neighbors next door? xo Diana
Horrible neighbors: gone. But now that I think about it, they had all these strange meetings in the back yard. Weird singing and such. Maybe they got tired of me complaining and jinxed me somehow. Maybe I need to research Aruba's cultural beliefs...Brenda
Sorry to hear about the strange experiences. I had someone take over my previous blog name which is more annoying than anything ... felt completely helpless as there is no contact info on the website now therefore no way to clear it up - I don't even know what country it's being done from. Definitely change all your passwords. Hope things improve!!
I wonder if these people in foreign countries hack their own people? Or is it just other countries they target? And for heavens sake: why? Brenda
Oh no. Do you think someone has an account open with your identity in blog land?
No idea, Elaine. No idea. Hope not. I've had enough trouble with this blog.Brenda
Only thing salt will do is give you high blood pressure. Just sayin. :)
Yeah, you're laughing. I probably would be too. Does your computer say 2021? Brenda
I don't necessarily believe in ghosts, but all of this is very creepy.
Well, I'd never even given much thought to them at all. But things are just downright strange around here. I don't know what to think. Have to explore all avenues. I'm pretty logical about these things. But this stuff kind of defies logic. Know what I mean?Brenda
We lived in a house years ago where strange things were always happening. Once we moved everything returned to normal. Really creepy! You do need to change your password quickly.
Done. This is my first time to live in a "creepy" house. But then I've only lived in one old house before.Brenda
This would drive me batty! It does sound like someone is messing with your blog.I hope you get it straightened out soon.
Hate to tell you, but it was your blog "I" commented on!Brenda
Hrm. Hate this for you, hate weird unexplainables.I have no advice, just a hug and acknowledgement.I really am sorry - keep praying, maybe look up some Feng Shui changes, who knows, perhaps it could help?
Feng Shui: forgot about that. Will look up today. Don't know much about it. Wouldn't normally give it much thought. Till now.Brenda
I agree, it's just a hacker, no aliens or ghosts. Change your passwords once a month and hope the hacker gets tired of being stupid and gets a life. As to the dogs, my dog does the same thing (barks and stares at seemingly nothing) but remember a dogs senses are much more acute that ours. They see and smell things we can't, my dog barks at little bitty bugs that I can't see unless I look closely. You do need to try to get out more Brenda, I know it must be hard for you but you have a lot to offer others and don't let your fears control your life. Take baby steps.
I understand what you're saying. But saying I need to get out more often begs the question of whether "I'm imagining things." It's hot as Hades out there. Humid too. I don't think it's because I don't go out much. I went out a lot more before my injury. Now I can't walk far. I have a vivid imagination. But not that vivid.Brenda
Oh no Brenda, I'm so sorry I didn't mean it that way at all. I was just referring back to when you told us about problems with going out that's all. No I totally don't think you are imagining things, just trying to be helpful, so sorry you took it that way, wasn't meant in a bad or condescending way. Please forgive my poor choice of words. I think you are a fabulously creative woman and want the very best for you.
Well, I didn't mean to sound like a grump. It's just that people keep telling me to get out but they don't realize I can't walk far. And it frustrates me that I can't. I need to lose the weight I've put on this past year, but I can't walk long enough to take the calories off. So just trying to eat less. I'm sorry if I sounded sarcastic. I was going for facetious, but think I missed my aim a bit. No worries! I do have problems going out though. This is true. Ankle or no. Brenda
No you didn't sound grumpy, it was my fault the way I put it, so hard when we aren't in person and just typing the words. You know I love ya girl.
Oh my goodness! What an ordeal! I'm sorry Brenda! I hope things get less creepy for you!
Well, things will probably sort themselves out. Yes, I understand that my dogs could suddenly start strange habits. Just can't figure out how my computers could do the same thing. If my blog gets "erased" again I'm loaded for bear.Brenda
Brenda, I wish that Charles and I lived close to you, so we could come over and pray in your house. Go to your local Catholic Church with a little bottle and get some holy water and sprinkle it in your home. I'm serious. It works.
Normally I would just shake my head. But now I'm listening.Brenda
What a headache all of this is. If anybody can figure it out I'm sure it's you. As for the pupsters acting up, who knows what gets into them. I'm having trouble with my lab I rescued in January, she started jumping the fence in July and now likes to go out every chance she gets and roam around. It's very annoying having to go retrieve her and worry about her.
The pupsters acting up I can believe is just happenstance.Brenda
I'm guessing you have a hacker and I would change my password on my blog immediately. If it continues, I would shut this blog down and open a completely new one with a different name. The dopplecommenter- that is just downright creepy!
I just started this blog all over again the last of July because it got "somehow erased." Lost four and a half years of posts. I sure hate to do it again.Brenda
Has Abi just started this since you painted in your kitchen ? If so it just might be that the difference is affecting her...remnants of the paint / mod podge scent or something.I once babysat a little dog for a friend and he was always looking up at the ceiling and barking. Then again my big dogs start barking like crazy sometimes and they have heard a car door shut 2 blocks down the street...seriously. It depends on if I have all of the windows and doors open. Or before a thunderstorm comes, at least 20 minutes before I even hear the slightest rumble of thunder in the distance, they are acting nervous...they must hear the thunder before I do. So perhaps Charlie hears something new going on in the neighborhood that you with your human ears cannot ? I don't know ? The computer issue could be a hacker though why leave a comment like that..? To mess with a person ? That part does not make sense but then again, hackers create malware etc just for the fun of it.
Yes, I know that dogs hear what I don't. I'm trying to think when Abi started this... It's been a few weeks. But you're right. Breathing in the fumes of glue and paint might have affected her. Brenda
This is so strange! Like Carol, I wondered if it's the real you?! Or, if I come across a post how will we know?? Creepy! And I do believe in ghosts....but this is probably a hacker!
If I find out about a comment "I didn't make", I'll let you know. That was once instance. Brenda
I agree with Terri's comment. Start a new blog with an entirely new name and see if this continues.Balisha
But I just started over with this one...Brenda
Sounds a little too spooky and it isn't even October. Hope it all comes together, if not we will just read your twins blog too. lol
They don't post to both blogs. This last week they've been sticking to one. Just hope that continues. I check both every day.Brenda
Well, you know I can relate ;).Do you think a professional techy can help? I know it will cost some $, but lots of techs, especially in Europe, are quite reasonable. I can recommend someone if need be. In the meantime, maybe we should introduce our ghosts to each other. Maybe they'll fall in love and leave us alone.
Wouldn't that be nice?Brenda
Oh, this does sound spooky! This happened to me on FaceBook and I changed my password and it stopped. Could you do this? You probably have already done that. Well, I hope it all resolves. Maybe little Abby wants more attention? One time Chloe left some dark packages in our guest room when we had company staying. She never goes potty in the house! I think she was telling them to leave! Be a sweetie,Shelia ;)
I don't do much of anything on Facebook. I have my posts go there. But I don't communicate much with people. I find it kind of boring. Now Pinterest I love!Brenda
Chloe probably was telling them to leave! Dogs don't much like their schedules interrupted or strange people in the house. Come to think of it, I don't either.Brenda
This is very weird, yes. I would not discount anything at this point in my life, because I have come to understand that some things are unexplainable. I didn't realize that you had lost all the previous blog stuff -- that's awful! I had to completely ditch all social media except for my blog because the spammers (including pornographers in Russia) were all over me. (Some of the still are.) I chose to stop writing free book reviews, although I like talking about books, because someone was taking them and claiming them as their own. I am not computer savvy enough to figure out how or who was doing it. I hated Facebook anyway, because it really opened a big can of worms in more ways than one. I keep thinking I will just stop blogging altogether, and I don't blog daily because I don't have time, but I really get lots of good ideas about many things so I keep at it. I don't know if you know, but for about a month, I got a daily request from "you" to join you on LinkedIn. I sent you an email saying that I had closed my account, but thanks for inviting. Then I kept getting the requests almost every day, but finally they stopped. That was weird, too. Maybe I should have said something? At any rate, I hope you solve the mystery soon. Be sure to let us know what happens.
Well, the Linked In thing, I don't have any idea what that was. But I didn't send it. Must have been some automatic thing because I'm a member. In name only. I joined many years ago because my youngest daughter was getting her Masters degree and I was trying to help her get into the business world with other professionals. If you'd have told me I'd have tried to stop it though. If I could have. I find with social media it's like getting ensnared in a spider web. No matter how much you try to extricate yourself from it, you just become more enmeshed.Brenda
Sounds like you have a "ghost" blog running with your regular blog. Ask your expert to check that out. Worse thing is somebody has hacked into your blog. I'm not an expert myself, but I do know about the "ghost" thing. Good luck!
But there's not an expert I know of to go to. I google and research, but haven't found anyone who works on this kind of thing. Blog designers don't. I don't know if there are blog technicians yet. There should be for things just like this!Brenda
There was an extremely stressful time in my life and many odd things happened. It has been years since I even thought about those, thankfully. One was with my car as it would smoke from the ignition and only when there was no one else in the car. Then one day someone else saw it and told me I needed to get a new car. I bought a new one. Now the phone service will not work in some areas of my home and disconnects every time I drive into the garage. After four years, the carrier has finally told me that there are some homes, although very rare, that have problems. One thing I learned to do was talk about those things when they happened even though it was uncomfortable. I would just laugh a little and relax. It seemed that the machines could tell I was scared. At work when I had problems with my computer, I was finally told that I had the oldest one if the entire building where hundred of people worked. Finally, I was given a new computer. I hope that things settle down for you soon.
I can't begin to tell you how many times my internet has been worked on. They'll fix it and something else will immediately mess it up. I've been dealing with that since the day I moved in here. Very frustrating. Brenda
Blogs scare me anyway! I know.... you DO have two now... one that posts and lists tons of your previous blog posts! I thought you were doing that.. maybe not. What I wonder is...... how does a person totally DELETE their blog if they're done with it and don't want it around cyberspace anymore? Is there a way? I wonder sometimes why other blogs aren't deleted, as when you go there, they haven't posted for 2 years! maybe it's impossible to delete one at all. I know if I was done blogging with mine, I'd just want it gone! This is a reminder to me to go change passwords! I'm sorry you're having so many problems.. it's got to be so frustrating.. and I do believe in "spirits" as my son (now deceased) was always feeling "things" and a couple of houses we lived in he swore were haunted. I believed him.
That's something I forgot to mention. About once a week Feedburner spurts out all these OLD posts, and I have no idea why. I don't do it. I can go to my first blog, with the same name, and I can go to an old post, but it is in Draft. So then I Publish it, but it doesn't show up anywhere. I worked on it some more today. I cannot figure this out. You can delete blogs. But with Blogger, you can "undelete" them for a period of time. I tried to delete one of my blogs of the same name, but it deleted them both! So I had to undelete it. Everything I do backfires!Brenda
Goodness, do we need to call an exorcist. Hope things normalize soon. XO Laura
Is there a blog exorcist? Or maybe it's something in the house. I didn't have any problems with the blog in Texas, and I started blogging the last day of 2007. Came here in October 2011.Brenda
Hi Brenda, I'm sorry to hear you've had all this stuff happening it you. My mom sent me the link to your post and said I should read it. First, I have to agree with the others that have commented regarding the possibility of this being the result of a hacker. As for your pets, I'm not a pet expert however I'm sure there is a logical reasoning such as the residual paint smell or something has changed in the home that they are not comfortable with. As far as hauntings go, I do believe in them whole-heartedly. I've been a paranormal investigator with a local paranormal group (3:33am Paranormal Research - www.333amparanormalresearch.com) which I joined back in August 2010. Since then I've experienced things that would make most folks hair stand on end. Everything from 7 foot Shadow Figures to glowing orbs, to light ribbons attempting to manifest into full body apparitions. The main focus of the group I'm with is to help those who are adversely affected by negative hauntings, such as inhuman and demonic entities. Your readers above that suggested Sea Salt, and Holy Water are absolutely correct. I suggest following up getting some White Sage bundles (can be purchased through Amazon.com) as well as some Frankincense and Myrrh (which also can be purchased through Amazon.com). If you have had strange stuff happening through out your life, it's possible you may be sensitive to paranormal realm. Sensitives can be like beacons to the spirits. If all of this continues to be bothersome, you might want to research the history of the land where your home is. Check with previous owners and see if they have had any strange experiences. There are also ways to protect yourself on a spiritual level. Michelle Belanger (who is a psychic medium with the Paranormal State team) has a great book called "The Ghost Hunter's Survival Guide". We always recommend our clients read this book since it's not only for Ghost Hunters or Paranormal Investigators. Good luck and God Bless!
I have emailed you personally. And I have bookmarked your site.Brenda
I happen not to believe in ghosts but that's not to say many things seem unexplained.My only suggestion...close both blogs, start a fresh new one using blogspot.com.I've SELDOM had trouble using blogspot.com but that's just me.So sorry all this is happening to you...hopefully, it will get straight again.
But I just started over a month ago. Which means my income is down because now the old links are broken. If it weren't for the fact that I rely somewhat on the blog for income, I would do just that. That's why I'm posting often two times a day, to build up my blog in Google rankings.Brenda
You have a very popular blog so I know that makes you a target, but you seem to get more than your share of issues with your blog. Someone else mentioned getting a computer tech to clean up your computer. I would try that, of course since you likely have a hacker you'll have to resort to other things as well. I don't know what kind of anti virus software you use, but I would scan it nightly as well after the clean up. It sounds just downright creepy to me and I hope you can find someone out there to resolve your duplicate blog thing too. There has to be something they can do. I don't do much social media, I worry about all the issues other bloggers face, and I'm also a small blogger in a big pond and I have to say it suits me just fine for now! Hope you get it resolved soon Brenda!
I just wrote you a detailed email about this. Frightening that home and garden bloggers would be targeted. I can see political or religious blogs maybe. Because of the diversity of human beings.Brenda
Has the electrician grounded the house? Maybe that affected the dogs somehow. I do not know why anyone would hack to leave an innocuous comment on another blog. THAT seems really WEIRD! I wonder if someone with too much time decided to try it to see if it worked before they go on to mean things by hacking? I think the not being grounded versus being grounded has something to do with the house & computer issues..... ? Mary
I had everything grounded two weeks ago this Monday. The first day I could call someone and have it done. Brenda
Brenda there maybe something to the ghost thing...wish they would leave you alone. Hope you get things all straight. I hate weird stuff happening. Good Luck!
For some reason I got Casper in my head and I've been going around here all day singing Casper The Friendly Ghost! You know how you get something in your head and it won't go away. I sing because it soothes the dogs. (Believe me, it wouldn't soothe people). Maybe Casper will be lulled by it too.Brenda
I pretty much read each post you produce each day, but must confuse I read this one twice. I too believe you have a hacker. Why people do this is beyond my understanding. Best get help with this before it goes beyond repair. As for a ghost in the house? I am always open in the belief we are not alone in this world. If we do have spiritual ghosts among us I know they would never do us any harm. Sometimes they just don't know how to crossover, so they hang around. I am thinking the only thing you should be worried about is that pesty ghost in your machine! Diane
I tend to believe as you do, Diane. I don't think they're menacing. Whatever gremlin in my computer probably is.Brenda
I sure hope your computer issues are resolved soon. I don't know what I would do if a doppleblog appeared with my name! People can really be just mean! I do have a blog and I think it might be tied to some porn somehow. Not sure how they do that?? The internet can be such a fun place and then again a horrible place! I too find that I prefer to text and email over having live conversations with people. I am a self professed hermit, lol! And on the subject of the house, well, I live in my childhood home, which is about 140 years old and believe me, some strange things have happened in this house! As a child, and then almost two years ago when we started doing some renovations before we moved into the upstairs (mom lives downstairs, dad passed away 5 years ago). So, not sure what to tell you about that, as I'm not sure what to believe myself! Hope you have a wonderful Sunday full of rest! I really do enjoy your blog and hope you don't have to start over either!
I sure don't want to start over. Not again. A month after I just started over. A new weird thing happened this morning. I got an email saying I had photos from my phone to share. I was puzzled. I don't even know if my cell phone takes photos. I can't even remember the phone number because I never use it. I wouldn't have a clue how to take photos with it. But there they were...Brenda
Oh my gosh! That is totally weird!! I can't even imagine how it would do that. Sounds like your computer gremlins are getting into your phone! Hope things are straightened out soon!!
Wow. I'd guess the computer stuff is some sort of hacking. But, you never know. We've been at this house for six years, and it's just never felt right. There is an oppressive feeling to the house even though it's just a late 1950s ranch, not a spooky gothic manor. We bought it from the original owner, an elderly lady who was very upset about having to sell it. But she had become too frail to live alone, and was moving in with a relative. She was angry with us at the closing, seeming to blame us for the fact that she had to move! She complained about many other things too, demonstrating a very negative personality. Over time, neighbors have told us stories about their interactions with her that were all negative -- for instance, she ranted at a neighbor whose day lilies poked through the fence! We've often half-joked that the house seems to still hold her negative spirit. My husband has finally found a new job in another town after being laid off for almost a year, so we will be moving. Funny thing is, we are moving to a town that is very old and filled with historic buildings, and it was built on the site of Native American burial grounds. If any spirits remain, I hope they are not as negative as what we've seemed to experience at this house. I sure hope that your issues are resolved soon.
I think I have a solution for you after seeing there are 90-something comments on this post. Give up blogging and become a mystery writer because, holy moly, you have us hooked on this one!!
I think the solution to the comment made on your behalf might be an easy one. On some sites, all you have to do is leave your email address and the profile picture is picked up from Gravatar based on the email address of the commenter. Therefore if someone put in your email address instead of their own (on purpose or by accident) it would appear that you had made the comment. I've not yet tried it, but I might try this out one day and see if I can leave comments as someone else - another test profile I set up perhaps. Interesting post and lots of great interaction from your readers.
I always enjoy reading your comments and having you join the conversation here at Cozy Little House. It is like having a gathering of friends sitting in my cozy apartment. Enjoying coffee and dessert, chatting and having a good time. I appreciate each and every one of you!