Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Just Trying Another Direction Here


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I have an obsession with Ouija boards! I own the one given to me as a child, with an old dyno-label on the back indicating it's ownership. I don't recall playing with it much as a child, maybe at a slumber party or two.
Years later, my youngest daughter broke the plastic circle out of the planchette in the belief that it would invalidate any real use of the board.
The last time we had multiple guests stay overnight, my son chose to sleep in my office. He asked me to remove both my Ouija boards from the room. The second board is my mouse pad, pictured above.
Periodically I check eBay for the older version, but find them too pricey.
Some people might find this creepy, but I've done stranger things...
My parents passed away within three months of each other. They both chose cremation as their plan for eternal rest, something I totally agree with.
It took well over a year for the siblings and I to set a date to get together and take their ashes out onto the Pacific, as was desired.
In the meantime, I kept their ashes in my bedroom, something that really freaked out a co-worker I happened to mention it to.
So where should I have stored the cremains? A closet? The garage? We didn't have a mantle... besides we didn't purchase an urn as the intention wasn't to display them like a trophy or souvenir.
My eldest daughter is the appointed executor of our estate. She collects items such as skulls and skeletons from the Mexican Dia De Los Muertos.
Now where do you think this child of mine is going to hold my cremains?
I'm thinking it'll be the someplace like the top of the toilet tank in the guest bathroom, along with some lovely towels. I hope the guests don't think I'm some kind of bath salt...

20 Comments:

Blogger jac said...

Sierra ! should I be scared of you ???

8:31 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

Of course not jac!
As long as you're nice to me... just kidding!!!

8:38 PM  
Blogger SoozieQ said...

Perhaps she'll place you on a doily for added display purposes! SierraBella, Bath & Beyond ~ sounds like a store to me.

I am going to be cremated too. Personally I don't care if they sprinkle me in the cat boxes, I just can't handle the thought of being buried where bugs will crawl in and out of my eye sockets! GAH! I seriously just gave myself the willies!

I'm SUPER intrigued by Ouija boards but also afraid of them at the same time. I haven't touched one in YEARS!

8:39 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

I was going back and forth between cremation and donating my body to science. I've decided on cremation as I would rather donate all my organs to the living. I know, I know, but how will the doctors know what to do with them if they never have cadavers when they're med students??? Big dilemma.

Anyway, I was always fascinated by Ouija boards. It was interesting when I finally found out the name is oui and ja, yes in French and German. I played with a friend when we were really little but nothing ever came of it. I don't use a mouse, just my touchpad. If I did I would probably want one of those mousepads.

7:20 AM  
Blogger eclectic said...

I've never known what to think about them. As a kid, they certainly were not part of my education or recreation, so I never knew what they were until college. And then I was supposed to be afraid. But I'm not. To my knowledge I've never seen one, though. I'll confess to a curiosity about them, but at the same time I can't help but think, "so what"?

8:28 AM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

soozieq-
I just love that brand-name you created!
I don't play with the board, and if my mouse begins moving on it's pad on its own... well I'm 'outta' here!

squirl-
I'm a registered organ donor too! I do understand your dilamma about donating one's entire body.
Did you play with the board in Tardist's room? I'd think you'd have definitely made contact with someone, or something!

eclectic-
After I lived in a haunted house, I seriously wouldn't want to invite a spirit to communicate.

9:05 AM  
Blogger Rae Ann said...

That's an awesome post! I have a Ouija board, too, from my college days. We used it 'successfully' several times, but then I had a scary experience using it by myself once and it hasn't 'worked' for me since. I guess I've blocked that energy or something. I'm a tarot reader and am creating my own deck. Well, I did a lot last year, but this year the inspiration has been slow. There's a link to my tarot website on my blog. It's Momma's Intuition Tarot if you're interested. I'm fascinated by all things paranormal.

10:07 AM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

rae ann-
Thanks!
My daughter had a scary experience with a board at a friend's house, which is why she broke the planchette on mine.
I saw a picture of one of your tarot cards on your site very recently, and loved the artwork- so I'll be sure to drop by and look at your other site!

10:12 AM  
Blogger cheesecakey said...

My son wanted a ouija board, but I told him he has to wait until he doesn't live here.... they have always scared me - I think of it as a telephone and I may not want to talk to whatever is on the other end...

I also want to be cremated... your daughter will probably put you in the center of all her skulls...

10:24 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

I never even thought about using a Ouija board in Tardist's room. I get the creeps just thinking about it.

10:30 AM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

cheesecakey-
"I think of it as a telephone..." is absolutely perfectly right!
I wouldn't be surprised if my daughter really did that!

squirl-
Wouldn't they call that tempting the devil?
I can't imagine how your brother was able to sleep there...

11:05 AM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

That is awesome! If I had a mouse, I would so get one!

12:03 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

sylvana-
I really like it too.
If I was more computer literate I'd try to use a Ouija board somehow as part of my blog design.

12:52 PM  
Blogger Gabriel said...

Ouija boards are bad news. When I practiced Witchcraft back in the day, I'd always stay away from them because they are direct links to a realm I neither am willing or strong enough to meddle with.

Be careful.

2:48 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

gabriel-
The cousin of a friend practiced witchcraft and had a very bad experience, so I do know better than to play with the board...

3:09 PM  
Blogger Nina said...

I love the mouse pad ~ I have heard of Ouija boards, but have never had the chance to use one, or have I even seen one.

When I die, I want my body to feed the Earth. The only way to do that in this day and age is to be cremated and scattered. When they use to just bury bodies the decomposition was fast. Then came caskets and that slowed it down. Then came better and air tight caskets and that really slowed it down. So now they only bury you and your casket in a concrete cript. So the slow decomposition does not poison ground water is why they use concrete cripts. I have watched enough CSI and Cold Case files that when they did up a body 30 years later decomposition is minimal. No thanks, I will take cremation.

7:37 PM  
Blogger Nina said...

Ummm I meant dig up a body, not did. :)

7:39 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

nanina-
Oh, I love the CSI shows, especially CSI Miami. Also watch a lot of Cold Case Files and similar shows.
Very informative comment!
I'm happy to see more people going for cremation nowadays.

8:10 PM  
Blogger Kat said...

I have always been curious about ouija boards. But I have never used one.

6:01 AM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

kat-
Mine are used purely for decoration... in my home office, not in the living room or anything.

9:21 AM  

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