Yesterday a very minor incident occurred. While it was oh so minor, the fact that it is totally inexplicable has me rattled.

You see I live in an adobe brick, flat roofed house in the desert outside of Tucson, AZ. Twice each year I spot paint and patch the roof to keep in in top shape. As part of the process I periodically use a spray bottle of water to keep the paint in the bucket from drying out as I move from place to place.

Between daily sessions of paint I leave the spray bottle on the roof except for when it needs refilling. So a couple of days ago I retuned to the roof but couldn’t find the spray bottle that I had returned full the day before. Over a three day period I searched the four different roof levels and behind the parapets in vain for the water bottle. And I mean there just really really aren’t many places to hide it.

Finally I gave up looking and went down to Ace Hardware and bought a new spray bottle. So then I retuned to the roof and was sitting out in an open spot working with the new bottle for about 15 minutes. But when I got up to move a few feet to a new spot and was spraying the paint can as usual, when I looked down I saw that I was now holding the old spray bottle. Wow!

Of course the question is how did it get in my hand from an open place on the roof that it could not possibly have been missed in my previous searches and then again when I sat down to work. I have never put any stock in the paranormal or the supernal natural, but this little incident is some real spooky stuff.

Has anyone else had inexplicable instances like this? Please HELP!

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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