October 20: Trembling Two-For Tuesday!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Shiver Me Timbers!

It's a Trembling Tuesday here at the lair. It's also a Two-for-Tuesday with giveaways from Sosanna's Closet and from Hemlock and Garnet!!






Come see what we have to offer!







The winner of the author Sam Curtin  Book Giveaway is....

 

Sharon Rawson!




Today's Blogger: Author Sam Curtin


Spirit Meetups: Stanley Hotel

Every year I recount to you all my tales of spirits that I’ve come in contact with over the year. This year though is a little different; I’m going to focus on one place that I visited and the interactions and experiences I had there.  I am talking of course about my visit to the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the hotel, it is one of the most haunted hotels in the country and was the inspiration for Stephen King’s The Shining. Naturally, it has always been on my supernatural bucket list to check out.

This past May my husband and I went out to Colorado to visit friends and attend Denver Comic Con (which is a whole other story). Our first day in Colorado was a whirlwind of touring Northern Colorado sites, including the Stanley Hotel. We drove up the winding mountain road up to Estes Park that was reminiscent of the road in The Shining. Surprisingly, once we got to the top, it was pretty commercialized; there was a McDonald’s not more than a quarter mile from the entrance. Regardless, the place exuded energy.

As we walked up to the hotel, you could almost feel the vibrations of energy coming from the mountains, echoing off the hotel itself. After a long flight and countless tours of other sites I was pretty tired; however, the energy from the Stanley seemed to wake me up. It was invigorating and I was geeking out in every sense of the phrase.

We gathered in the basement of the hotel, where the tours started. We were informed there was a private party going on and unfortunately we wouldn’t be able to tour the main hotel area. At first I was bummed because I was dying to see Room 237 and experience all it had to offer. I was not disappointed though as we started the tour. The amount of spirits I saw, felt, or sensed was astronomical and I barely am able to skim the surface with this blog post; however, I will highlight the most important ones that stood out to me.

First place we started was in the tunnels beneath the hotel. Now it’s saying a lot about how much I wanted to go on this tour by the shear point of me going into a tunnel in the first place. Boy was I glad I did. We were all given a “Dum Dum” lollipop to hold in our hands. We were told that there were spirits of children that roamed the downstairs, including the tunnels, and they loved to steal candy out of people’s hands.

Many people in our tour group tried it, most to no avail. One guy ended up having his lollipop stick moving a little bit. That’s what I saw her. Next to the wooden door I was leaning on, a small girl with sandy blonde hair appeared. She looked up at me and then disappeared. The lollipop in my hand was promptly lifted up and dropped on the ground. I smiled and I heard a few gasps around me.

Even though I didn’t see the little girl I felt her presence in front of me; she was also in head whispering to me. I turned to the tour guide and asked her if one of the children was a blonde named Emily. She confirmed that was true and immediately asked me if I was sensitive. I nodded as I heard a few scoffs from the group but the rest were dead silent staring at the lollipop on the floor.

We moved out of the tunnels (thank the gods) and went to a different building where the banquet hall was. The tour guides encouraged us to explore and take pictures. She even asked if anyone knew how to play piano. Grant remarked he did and she told him to go up on the stage and play. As soon as he sat down I saw a man sit down next to him. Now Grant is a skeptic (science first with him) so when I pointed it out to him he rolled his eyes and started playing. The man next to him sat there quietly, looking at the keys in front of him.

From there we went into the basement of the banquet hall. That’s where I felt an oppressive weight on me as I stepped down the stairs. Suddenly my body felt like it was falling through the floor. It took quite a bit of coaxing from the tour guide to get me down there. But I clutched my triquetra necklace with my essential calming amethyst and walked past the vortex in the floor and down the hallway.

Then we went to the room that I still think about every day, as it was one of the best spirit experiences of my life. The story went that there was a transient woman named Lucy who once was known to inhabit this room. The guide had us all sit in the room, in the dark, and she had me sit in the arm chair right by the door.

As soon as I sat down, I felt a presence next to me by the open door. The tour guide shut the door and I turned to see a figure standing in the corner. Without explanation a smile curled my lips and I suddenly felt very calm, a complete change to how I felt stepping down those stairs into the lower level.

The figure moved closer to me and put a hand on my shoulder. During most of the time in this room, Lucy stayed by my side. The tour guide tried to get different people to call out to Lucy and even had us sing “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.” Still, Lucy stood next to me, not leaving that space between the arm chair and the door. To no avail, the tour guide switched gears and tried to get the children to come to the room. A couple people in the group said they heard and/or felt something scurry past them.

The tour guide tried with Lucy again, this time asking anyone if they had a picture in their mind of what she looked like. At first I kept my mouth shut, wanting to see if anyone else would speak up. Then I sighed and told her I knew what she looked like. For some reason I had a picture in my head of a thin woman with long, wavy, strawberry-blond hair and blue eyes. I saw her wearing a long, ethereal teal dress and walking barefoot around this room. The tour guide had whispered the description to one of the other group members who then parroted back almost exactly what I had said (apparently the dress was more blue than teal).

Still Lucy remained next to me until we turned on the lights and started to exit the room. Upon exiting everyone noticed that those lollipops they had in their hands, in their pockets, next to them, etc. were now gone. Instead, they were piled up in the corner by the door, right next to where Lucy was standing. This made me smile as we left to go back to the main hotel.


The experiences I had and the feelings I felt while in the Stanley were unlike anything I had felt before, and if you have been reading these blog posts the past few years, you know I have experienced a lot in my almost 26 years of being alive. One day I hope to go back and explore more of the hotel.




Song of the Day with Jennifer Rasmussen


This piece is just so fitting for the season! I was going to go with the 1980s cartoon version but why do that when you can find a Tim Burton mashup to go along?







Today's Recipe with Autumn Earthsong



This is the last soup recipe I’m going to share with you this year.  It’s a good one!  If you like it less spicy, cut back on the jalapeno. 


Chicken Tortilla Soup

2 teaspoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium jalapeno pepper, chopped
1⁄2 medium green pepper
3-4 cups shredded or diced cooked chicken
2 cups frozen corn
1⁄2 cup dry white wine or 1⁄2 cup water
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 (14 ounce) cans chicken broth
2 (14 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce

Topping
1 cup tortilla chips 

Sauté onion, garlic, jalapeño and green pepper with olive oil in a large pot until soft.
Add all the rest of the ingredients to the large pot and bring to a boil.  Then turn down the heat and simmer for 30 minutes or even more!
*Place this in a crock pot after it’s boiled as well and keep on low if you’d like.
Serve, topped with crushed tortilla chips 

It’s so Good!  Enjoy!

Blessing and Love,
Autumn


Autumn Earthsong is back for the 3rd year as our resident Kitchen Witch. You may have seen her recipes in Imramma Magazine and The Sunday Stew as well.  Autumn has been a practicing Witch for 17 years and hails from Ohio. She is a wife, mother of two, and Nana to three busy little grandchildren.  Samhain is a favorite time of year for her….with her name indicating what Season she loves!  Cooking for family and friends this time of year is also a joy…..Especially this time of year!   Hearth, Fire, love of family and good food is how she brings Magick to her home.   You can also find her blogging at www.autumnearthsong.com.   She looks forward to sharing her recipes with you all and hopes that you have a very Blessed Samhain Season!



Stones and Crystals with Jennifer Hodgson



Fuchsite



Fuchsite is green in color and is available from specialist stores. This crystal is great for channeling information regarding herbal treatment. 

This stone deals with issues from past and present lives. It is great for those who fall into savior or rescuer mode. 



Fuchsite is a great crystal to amplify the energy of other crystals. Helps to release blockages and shift energy into positive channels. 





Today's Giveaway#1 from Sosanna's Closet

Two inches tall including bail - 1/2 inch wide - Wrapped in 20 gauge copper wire tarnished with tarnishing liquid.  One of a kind piece.  Includes satin cord. Retail value: $65.00






Here's how to enter: (Canadians, skip this part and go to your section)



Visit Sosanna's Closet . Come back and comment on this blog post about your favorite item. 



Remember to add your email address to the page (if you don't want to post it publicly, simply send it via the contact form at the top of the page).



Want extra entries??


1. Follow Sosanna's Closet on Twitter. Come back and comment that you did.

2. Tweet about this giveaway. Comment with the link to your tweet.

3. Blog about this giveaway. Comment with the link to your blog post.

4. Follow Samhain's Sirens on Facebook. Comment, and let us know you did (if you're already following, just comment and say so!)

5. Follow this blog so you'll be in on all of the fabulous fun throughout October! Comment here that you did.

That gives you 6 chances to win this fabulous prize!

CANADIANS: LOOK HERE!
Canadians, your country requires that you answer questions instead of participating the American way ;) So, we're bringing you some good old-fashioned trivia about your country this year. Answer the question correctly in comments (don't forget to put your email address in the comment!) and you'll be given 6 entries in the giveaway!

Here's your question: 

What was the name of Canada's flag before the Maple Leaf?

This giveaway is open until 9pm EDT tonight. Winner will be announced tomorrow at 9am EDT. Remember, we have to notify the winner in email first, so those email addresses are critical for you to qualify for the giveaway!

Good luck everyone!






Giveaway #2 from Hemlock and Garnet

Grunge Pumpkin just wants a home to stay in. He says that he doesn't light up but that he does bring the spirit of Samhain with him and that he is quite handsome with his wrinkles and black accents.

Grunge is on a 6 1/2" x 9" wood plaque, mixed media. He features a swirl of autumns colors with a polka dot background, and dirty leaves rest under him. A braid of twine edges the plaque and the smell of cinnamon encases Grunge, for a hint of the season every time you walk by.

Value: $30.00

Here's how to enter: (Canadians, skip this part and go to your section)



Like/Get Notifications on the Hemlock and Garnet Facebook Page. Come back and comment on this blog post about your favorite item. 



Remember to add your email address to the page (if you don't want to post it publicly, simply send it via the contact form at the top of the page).

Want extra entries??

1. Follow Hemlock and Garnett on Twitter. Come back and comment that you did.

2. Tweet about this giveaway. Comment with the link to your tweet.

3. Blog about this giveaway. Comment with the link to your blog post.

4. Follow Samhain's Sirens on Facebook. Comment, and let us know you did (if you're already following, just comment and say so!)

5. Follow this blog so you'll be in on all of the fabulous fun throughout October! Comment here that you did.

That gives you 6 chances to win this fabulous prize!

CANADIANS: LOOK HERE!
Canadians, your country requires that you answer questions instead of participating the American way ;) So, we're bringing you some good old-fashioned trivia about your country this year. Answer the question correctly in comments (don't forget to put your email address in the comment!) and you'll be given 6 entries in the giveaway!

Here's your question: 

What is 7x7?



This giveaway is open until 9pm PDT tonight. Winners will be announced tomorrow at 9am EDT. Remember, we have to notify the winner in email first, so those email addresses are critical for you to qualify for the giveaway!

78 comments:

  1. oooh I want in on both these lovely prizes!!!

    Answers to Canadian Questions....

    Canada's National Flag is debatable.. our "offical" flag is the Royal Union Flag.. a.k.a. Union Jack.
    but there was also the flag of the Governor General of Canada... So I'm saying both as my answer ;)

    now for the 7X7 question... 49... :)

    Yay... now to win :D

    Starfirewitch AT gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  2. Good Morning! I love the oneness candle at Sosanna's Closet! Scottish_Heart@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  3. I follow Sosanna's Closet on Twitter

    ReplyDelete
  4. I sent a tweet about Sosanna's Closet's giveaway! https://twitter.com/PaulaALupi/status/656471832485371904

    ReplyDelete
  5. Omg! I am dying to go to the Stanley Hotel!! Some day! Thanks for sharing your story. That was

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! It was such a dream come true :)

      Delete
  6. I am a current stalker of Hemlock and Garnets Facebook page. I have always been a fan of her note cards. Scottish_Heart@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  7. I am a current follower of Hemlock and Garnet on Twitter

    ReplyDelete
  8. I tweeted about Hemlock and Garnet's giveaway! https://twitter.com/PaulaALupi/status/656473461859176448

    ReplyDelete
  9. I am a stalker of the Siren's Facebook page

    ReplyDelete
  10. Morrigan 3X3 Pillar is what I love!!!! Will be looking into this very soon =)

    ReplyDelete
  11. Jenn Hodgson ‏@PPIJenn 11s11 seconds ago

    http://samhainsirens.blogspot.com/2015/10/october-20-trembling-two-for-tuesday.html … you don't want to miss out today, not 1 but 2 prizes can be won, @SosannasCloset and @HemlockGarnet

    ReplyDelete
  12. following Sosanna's closet on twitter =)

    ReplyDelete
  13. following Hemlock and Garnet on twitter

    ReplyDelete
  14. Yes, I follow Hemlock and Garnet's fb page and Etsy store, and Twitter. I follow Sosanna's Closet page and on Twitter. I am so excited to have won Sam's book! Sam, I lived and worked in Estes Park for 12 years. I performed and stage managed theatrical productions in the Stanley's concert hall. We heard parties that weren't there all of the time. During rehearsals for the Mikado the whole place seamed to fluctuate back and forth in time. I knew lots of people that had worked there through the years. All of them had stories. Great place!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yay so glad you won! And that's so awesome! I loved every minute of it. Never have a been in a place with so much energy!

      Delete
  15. For giveaway #1

    I really like the Oneness Pillar.

    engie.willow@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  16. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  17. #1

    I follow Sosanna's Closet on Twitter.

    ReplyDelete
  18. #1

    My tweet: https://twitter.com/Engie36000091/status/656515627289473026

    ReplyDelete
  19. #1

    I did a blog about this giveaway: http://fluteflutter.blogspot.com/2015/10/quartz-crystal-pendant.html

    ReplyDelete
  20. #1

    I still like the Siren's Facebook page.

    ReplyDelete
  21. #1

    And of course I follow this blog! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  22. For giveaway #2

    I like Hemlock and Garnet on Facebook.

    ReplyDelete
  23. #2

    I follow Hemlock and Garnet on twitter under Engie also.

    ReplyDelete
  24. #2

    My tweet: https://twitter.com/Engie36000091/status/656516615916249088

    ReplyDelete
  25. #2

    I did a blog about this giveaway: http://fluteflutter.blogspot.com/2015/10/grunge-pumpkin.html

    ReplyDelete
  26. #2

    I follow the Siren's Facebook page of course.

    ReplyDelete
  27. #2

    And I love following this blog!

    Good luck to all! =^_^=

    ReplyDelete
  28. Thank you to all of the lovely sirens who posted today! Always a pleasure to read, read, cook and listen! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  29. I visited Sosanna's closet Which item is a favorite is a tough choice because the "Blessed Be" glass candle holder can be brought out anytime you have company. The handfasting glass candle holder, though, can be personalized with your names and choice of symbol. I'll say my favorite is the handfasting glass candle holder. I'm at

    sharonmaynard2 at gee mail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  30. And I follow Samhain's Sirens on facebook

    ReplyDelete
  31. I visited Sosanna's closet and love the cat pillar candle and dog pillar candle. So sweet.
    Rebeccajof@live.com

    ReplyDelete
  32. I also follow Samhain's Sirens on Facebook. Rebeccajof@live.com

    ReplyDelete
  33. I love to follow this blog.
    Rebeccajof@live.com

    ReplyDelete
  34. It's hard to pick favorite items from Sosanna's. I love all the wrapped pieces and pottery and I just ordered a shirt.

    ReplyDelete
  35. #1 (since I can't enter for my own prize, but I can totally enter for that beautiful piece of jewelry) :)

    I tweeted https://twitter.com/HemlockGarnet/status/656484979032068096

    ReplyDelete
  36. #1

    I follow Sosanna's closet on Twitter.

    ReplyDelete
  37. #1

    I blogged: http://sagascottage.blogspot.com/2015/10/samhains-sirens-october-20-trembling.html

    brevsmom@aol.com

    ReplyDelete
  38. #1

    I follow the Sirens on Facebook!

    ReplyDelete
  39. I like Hemlock and Garnet on FB.

    orionova@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  40. Following Hemlock and Garnet on Twitter,

    ReplyDelete
  41. My current favorite item in Sosanna's Closet is the Morrigan Raven tee. Would also make a nice cross stitch pattern. jonquilsgrdn@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  42. I follow Sosanna's Closet on Twitter under jonquilsgrdn.

    ReplyDelete
  43. I follow the Sirens on FB under Jonquil Alexia.

    ReplyDelete
  44. I follow Hemlock & Garnet on Twitter under jonquilsgrdn.

    ReplyDelete
  45. I follow Hemlock & Garnet on FB under Jonquil Alexia. The Mandrake Apothecary Jar is my current favorite.

    ReplyDelete
  46. #1

    Email Address - amber.barksdalehrm@gmail.com
    My favorite item (which I'm getting :P) Is the Loki made me do it onesie. Its so fitting for my little Goddess of mischief! Although, I also like the unity candle!

    I now am a twitter follower to Sosanna's Closet and tweeted about the giveaway.
    https://twitter.com/EmberRose/status/656624948086198272

    I follow Samhain's Siren's on facebook and am a follower of this blog!

    ReplyDelete
  47. Ooh! Love giveaways!
    Answer number one: The Royal Union Flag was the official name of Canada's flag before the Maple Leaf
    Debra.nehring@yahoo.ca

    ReplyDelete
  48. Answer number two: 49
    Debra.nehring@yahoo.ca

    ReplyDelete
  49. OMGs the Stanley is on my bucket list big time!

    I still follow this blog ;)

    ravenfeathercreation@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  50. I tweeted about the giveaways today

    https://twitter.com/RavenFeatherGC/status/656633524905115648

    ReplyDelete
  51. I like/get notifications from Hemlock and Garnet. She is amazing!

    ReplyDelete
  52. And just how the heck am I supposed to choose between giveaways?? Simply can't be done with 2 amazing artists on the same day!

    ReplyDelete

 
FREE BLOG TEMPLATE BY DESIGNER BLOGS