Monday, March 30, 2015

The Legend of Shon ap Shenkin-

The Legend of Shon ap Shenkin-
Shon ap Shenkin returning home
This is the legend of a young man called Shon ap Shenkin who was waling about one hot summer early in the morning and heard the most captivating melody he had ever heard. It would be the last thing he would hear too. What the young man didn't know, the music was coming from the faery's that was just finishing their nightly faery dance.
Shon ap Shenkin loved the music so much, he decided to sit down beneath a beautiful young green leave tree that was just starting its growth. He thought just a few minutes wouldn't be to bad, then he would get back to he daily chores that his father and mother needed him to do. You see he lived on a farm up in the woods.
As the music died away and there was no more enchanting melody Shon ap Shenkin stood-up and was ready to get back to his daily chores. However, to his surprise the once young tree that he was taking the very short nap under, had withered and died. It didn't stop there! When the young man returned home to his parents home, it looked strangely different. There was an odd older look to it an there was ivy growing all over it. As he move closer to the house he saw an older man standing in the doorway. So Shon ap Shenkin, decided that he would see who this old man was doing in his parents home.
Once he got to the entree way of the doorway where the old man was, he started to tell him who he was first; he told the older gentleman that he was Shon ap Shenkin and he had just left his father and mother's house/ this house just a few minutes ago. So he couldn't understand why the house looked so old and had ivy growing all over it. Well the old man had to say Shon ap Shenkin name once again. Then he asked the boy his name to make sure that he got it right. And the boy replied Yes my name is 'Shon ap Shenkin' why do you seem so anxious?
The old man suddenly became deathly pale and replied to the young boy, and said
'I often heard of my grandfather, your father speak of your disappearance'.
At those words Shon ap Shenkin the young boy that finally made it home, crumbled to dust
on the doorstep. 
Even though this was a tale that was inspired by the great story writer Washington Irving. I wrote the tale in my own interruption. I have always love the tale and I hope that you all do.
One should always be wise of the power of the Fae. So if you ever happen to 
been is the Valley, forest, or woods and here a most enchanting music that you have
never ever heard before my advise is, close your ears and leave the area.
It is always best to be invited by the Fae. That way you can go home
to your family or have the journey of a live time.
I love you all very much my dearest friends & followers 
Have a wonderful evening  

This tale was one of many tales inspired by Washington Irving.

Sunday, March 29, 2015


Good Afternoon my dears and Welcome to 
WendyTales, my time personal time with 
you all to either tell stories, my own experiences in life or 
even helpful hints from my own garden. 
So for today's Sunday Post I thought I would 
tell you More about my Journey
~My Journey~
So find that cozy chair and a warm cup of coffee or tea
 and have a sit and I will give you a bit of a tale about me.
Well last we were together talking about my Story 
I was telling you how I told Mark my husband of 18 years at a 
card store with our four year son, who is now
15-years old now. That I found out I had Breast Cancer.
Also that we as a family had a rough December, Christmas, but
made it as best as we could for ourselves and for our son. 
We really didn't know what lied ahead of us in January of 2005 when all
the craziness started and really didn't slow down till 2009. Now
It is not as bad just slowed down.
I still have health problems and other issues at a younger 
age that I never thought I would when I took my vows 
'through sickness and health'
However the key to all this is having a strong 
For today Sundays 
I thought I would go back a little farther  so you can see how 
important my family [parents, brother and sister] and 
my Family my husband and son are to me. Plus my dear 
friends and many other sisters that I have 
Paula, Cynthia, Agnes, and so many more 
that have got me to where I am today.
For today I thought I would start with a story that my
father told me.... I found it to be kinda fun I hope you like.

It was 1960 in Oakland/California and my parents had to rush there first 
child over the bay bridge at 2:30 am then they came to the train
that was coming. I kinda remember my momma saying 
 if my father doesn't bet the train he will be delivering his first 
child here in the car. Well you don't know my dad but 
he got me! hehehhe to the hospital safely, bet the train
and I was born just after he park the car. 
I guess I wanted to make a grand entrance into the world.
I was born at 3-am on Dec 7  1960
I guess there was another faults alarm two day prier to the day
I was born. My parents had said that I held up the entire 
BAY BRIDGE because I gave them the faults alarm that 
I was coming and they had the police stop the entire bay bridge
to help my parents get to the hospital 
Well as you know by my two stories it wasn't till the next few days.
So I hope you like my next stories of my beginnings 
I will tell you more next time 
I love you all my dears 

Saturday, March 28, 2015


Painted Gourd Birdhouse

Good Afternoon and Welcome my dearest Friends & Followers
to my Saturday TipsFromtheGarden...
For today's Saturday's Garden Tips, I found two interesting 
and fun things you can do for you gardens for the spring
since its SPRING!
~First one is Creative Bird Houses~
Since this is the grand time for bird watching & birds are
looking for homes. 
Here are few ideas that you can try;
1-A Birdhouse made out of an old broken
Cuckoo Clock.
2-There's another idea that you could try, an old 
fashioned kerosene lantern.
3.A Birdhouse made out of old licences plates is another idea.
4-Since its Spring you can always try dried out Gourds.
They can make great bird houses.
5-Finally you can always make a birdhouse out of your 
many scraps of wood for a very creative Birdhouse. 
~Second Idea is making Junk into Treasure~
What I found was this Treasure to share.
Have you every seen those lighted Christmas deers decorations during
the holidays? That folks put in their yard during the holidays. Well there are
other ways of using these when they have gotten old or
you can look for them at salvation used stores, garage sale etc. 
Once you find them, you strip off all the Christmas lights, spray the whole
frame with brown paint. Then fill it with many different sizes of rocks one
at a time; until the frame is full. 
So I hope these Ideas are fun and helpful for your Gardens
for this Saturday TipsfromtheGarden
I love you all very much 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Tanning or Cooked~

Tanning or Cooked-
Good afternoon my dear friends and followers today I am bring you all a post that might
make you think twice about the tanning salon. Besides the fact that these tanning beds can cause skin cancer at a much faster rate. So this is how the tale or urban legend goes my dear friends & followers. I hope you enjoy the tale. It was basically about a young woman who was going to be in a wedding, however she was very unhappy with her pale skin and wanted to look good for the wedding. For me, I was very happy at my wedding 18-years ago and I was quite the pale skin bride. But I guess everybody has their own idea of what beauty is.
So as the tale goes, the young woman in the wedding party decided to go to the tanning salons. Since there was a 30-min limit per-day on all tanning salons, she visited several each day. This was to try to increase the speed up the tan in the shortest time possible. So that she would have a glowing tan by the time of the wedding.
After several weeks of going to many different tanning salons, she noticed that she wasn't feeling very well and even after taking a bath she couldn't get the foul odor that was about her body to go away. So she decided she had better go to the doctor and get check-out before the wedding which was only in a few days.
She was able to make an doctor appointment that very day, After the doctor examined her and did a number of special tests, The doctor discovered through the number of tests, that all those visits to the tanning salons each day , had slowly cooked her internal organs.
This happened by the over use of the exposure to the tanning rays the doctor told her and the odor that she was smelling was actually her rotting organs. Sadly the doctor told her because of this foolish act she had just two weeks to live.
Well, my dearest friends & followers I did check this one out and it seems that it is one of those old urban legends. Even though it is an urban legend it is a story of great warning to these tanning beds. They can cause lots of harm in other ways if your not careful about it.
The Ultraviolet rays that come through these lights in these tanning beds are the same as the sun so hence skin cancer. So you have to be careful when getting that tan.
I hope you enjoyed this post, my dears love you all 

The Haunted Hayden House

The Hayden Haunted House-
This is the One image I found.
It gives the feeling that something terrible
happened to the Hayden family in my opinion. 
For today Tale, I am going to bring you a Haunted house story. I found it while browsing the web. I hope that you all enjoy the tale my dear friends & followers. The Hayden house as they say was built back in the early 1800's and was a small stone house that was mostly made of  old stones. Originally in 1800, it was on its own lot or land, however over the years there have been many, additions to the Hayden house. These additions, that were made over the year to the house, now surround the small stone originally home that was built in the early 1800's. These were made to the Howard County Courthouse over the years, that now surround the small Hayden house. They say it isn't easy to find, but if you do it is worth your time and effort to find the old Hayden House. 
The house was originally built by a man by the name of William Edwin Parson Hayden. Edwin Hayden was the first county clerk in Elliott City and he lived in the City with his new home with his wife and six children up to his death in 1850. Well, I guess you all can figure there was more to this story and to the Hayden family for the house to become haunted. Well, you are correct. I discovered the main part of the story begins in 1806 when Edwin Hayden and his wife - Silence - and his mother-in-law -Mercie Dale move into the town of Albany, Vermont. [Which might have been the site of a terrible family destroying curse].
Mercie Dale the mother-in-law was widowed and very well off financially. It seems that she had lent the young couple money to help them get that jump-started in their lives. This is where all the problems began, you see after months of failing to pay back his mother-in-law Mercie Dale, William Edwin asked for a second more size able loan from his mother-in-law Mercie Dale. It seems that this financial stress of the second loan & not paying her back the first loan caused her to become terribly ill. And Mercie Dale believed that Edwin had poisoned her, had why she became ill. From that she cursed the Hayden family, saying that the name would die out in three generations and end in economic ruin. It seems that Mercie Dale curse did come to pass, soon after she died, Edwin William did loose everything. He fled to Canada to hide from his creditors and died in poverty in New York years later. I could find what happened to his wife Silence. If she went with her husband or died soon after her mum.  They did have five sons, and all but one died at a very young age. So it makes you think that the father curse his own family in away by not paying or not finding a way of working with his mother-in-law.  It seems that the one son that did survive had the same name as his father. Will for short[William]. He too lived in Albany as well and had one son and four daughters. Well, this is a kicker, it wasn't William Edwin that built the house, who cause the curse with his mother-in-law Mercie Dale and left nothing to his only youngest son that actually live to adulthood.
Will, was the one that built the Hayden house, that beautiful red brick mansion that I mention at the beginning of this post. He and his wife were truly against odds, not knowing the curse on their family that was put on it generations ago. Their one and only son Henry was growing increasingly unstable. It seems the same faith had happened to Will too. Will lost his eyesight too and much of his fortune. Henry his son didn't get along with his mum, who cut him out of her will. Henry died of a cerebral hemorrhage leaving his only child as heir, a daughter named Mamie.
As the Cure of Mercie Dale had said within 3 generation all would die off and it seems that her curse had just done that. Mamie was the last of the Hayden's. She had never married and didn't inherit anything of value, she died alone, in debt in Maine in 1927.
Even through the family all died the tale doesn't end.  After Mamie had died, many locals claimed to see creepy lights on the property, Some have even seen they say the ghosts of the family walking about too. But some have said they have even seen illegal immigrants walking about. They say that the younger Will had smuggled into the country to work in the slave conditions on the land. So who to say? Only the ghosts of the family of the Hayden's will really know. A lot happened in that house and is, still happening today!
It seems after the house was vacant for a while after the last Hayden Mamie, there were several different owners after the years of the terrible happens in the house. Years past and people forget for a time. including the first owner; the Howard County Board of Education and the District Court. Then in 1981, the house sat vacant for several year again before being taken over by the county law library. Which I find interesting that they would do, after the stories and since the house was left vacant for so long after the Howard County Board of Education folks. It was probably  haunted and that's why it sat so long til 1981.
Now that it's the County Law Library, the stories haven't stop, and the mysterious events that keep going for many, many years and even today.
It seems that when the house was the district court and the county office of parole and probation in the 1970's it was at the peak of creepy.
So this is what happened in the county offices when the Hayden house was a Parole and Probation office in the 70's. It seems that the Clerks and secretaries would often report seeing lights turning on and off by themselves.A Coffee pot would heat up, even when it wasn't plugged in. They would hear the creepy sounds of phantom footsteps echoing through unoccupied parts of the building. There were also many story's of rocking chairs that would move all by themselves and one time there was a staff member that came to work early and saw a man through the glass panes of the front door. After checking of the building it revealed that there was no one living, that is was inside. CREEPY EH!
It was said that the most strange events that came from the house was smells of soup, bacon and eggs that would drift through the building during the day, right into the night.
At the time it wasn't the odors themselves that was disturbing to the staff, but the actually source of them... or rather lack of source that creep the staff out! Why? because at the time there were no cooking appliances in the building. Everything was taken out when it was made into the county offices. So no cooking was ever done there at all. So there after it was called  the 'Cooking Ghost'. Smells of food were the only way the ghost would chose to make its presence known, it would show other ways too.
There was one time, when a staff member had one of the strangest encounters than any of the others. It was because he was working late one night. He reported a number of events like seeing cloth napkins fold and re-fold themselves before his eyes and heard a number of eerie noises that he could not explain. On one occasion, the man believed that he actually saw the ghost itself. He was working very late again and on his way to the second floor when he noticed what appeared to be a 'White haze' out of the corner of his eye.
What he saw was a misty ball of vapor hanging in the air. It was very dense but he couldn't see
the way behind it, then as quickly as it appeared it vanished.
To this day the Hayden house remains a very haunted place and visitors able to see it on the
Haunted Ellicott City Ghost Tour. So If you happen to be in the area you might check out
the Hayden House. It seems that it is haunted but not to scary haunted.
I hope that you enjoyed the post on the Hayden house 
my dear friends & followers 
I love you all very much  

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