A long time ago in a state far, far away...

A long time ago in a state far, far away, a little girl and her family saw something appear over the house.

For UFO month, I thought I would make a thimble representative of what I saw when I was only 4 years old.  And, I think I should share my story here for UFO month as well.

As I said, I was 4.  I lived with my grandparents, and we had just moved to a new house in the suburbs outside a small city in Ohio.  Some members of family came one day to see the new house and catch up with my grandparents.

We had a huge wonderful meal and afterward, everyone sat around chatting.  The ladies were gathered around the table in the dining room.  The men and kids (including me) were in the living room watching TV.  The house was warm from all the cooking as the cool spring day fell to evening.  I sat on the floor staring at the television.  My grandfather relaxed in his recliner.  The guests sat around on the sofa and extra chair.  Grandma's chair remained empty...awaiting her.  No one was allowed to sit in her chair.  Not even me.  So, I sat on the floor.  As the evening darkened, drowsiness weighed heavy on my eyelids and I glanced at the clock.  The big hand was approaching the 12 and the little hand was on the 8.  I stretched out and soon fell asleep on the floor.

Something woke me.  I don't know what, but when I opened my eyes, I realized I was spread across my grandmother's chair...as if someone had picked me up and laid me across the arms.  I sat up quickly, afraid I would get into trouble.  I looked around.  Everyone in the living room was sound asleep.  The TV off.  The big hand on the clock was still almost on the 12, but the little hand was on the 11.

I got up and went to the dining room.  There, I found all the women still sitting around the table--but they all had their heads on their arms on the table, and sleeping.  As I walked around the table, I looked at each woman.  I remember their heads all turned the same direction.  I continued to my grandmother and shook her arm.  She didn't wake up.  I shook her harder and called, "Grandma!"

She sucked in a breath and raised her head.  Groggy, she gazed at me.  I pointed to the other women.

"Everyone's asleep," I said.

Grandma looked around at them.  I remember her glancing at the clock and saying, "Oh my."

She got up and started waking everyone.  All were surprised.  I heard them saying how odd that they had all fell asleep like that.  But, the consensus was that they were all full from the food and the house was so warm, so they all just fell asleep.

The visiting family members hustled to leave.  They had plans for the next day and needed to load up and go.  They had planned to be on the road a couple hours ago...

We all went outside.  They had parked in the driveway at the front of the house instead of going on toward the back.  We all made our way out the sidewalk to their car.  Grandma and I stood at the end of the sidewalk as the others said their goodbyes at their car.

Then, there was a hum.  To this day, the only sound that comes close to it is the hum from electric lines at the transmission towers.  No crackles, just that hum.  And, that is not exact.  That's just the closest thing to it.

The hum.  Then it appeared over the rooftop.

Someone yelled, "It's a UFO!"

I swung around to see and caught a glimpse of a dark, round object over the house.  My grandmother pulled my face into her hip and shushed everyone.  I struggled to see, twisting my head around and prying at her fingers.  She kept shushing everyone and pointing at me.

"What's a UFO?" I asked.

"It's a strange airplane," my grandmother told me.

But, through her fingers, I could see that this was no airplane.  Slowly, the round craft moved over the neighborhood.  A couple houses away, a light came on underneath it, as if it switched on a searchlight and was seeking something.

We all stood there, watching this thing slowly drift away, lighting up the ground beneath it and the big hill ahead.  As suddenly as it appeared, it disappeared.

I've never forgot that craft.  It took me a long time to find a picture or an image of what I saw that night.  I finally did, but it was for one of the biggest UFO encounters EVER.

The Portage County, Ohio, UFO chase (by law enforcement officers) of April 1966.

If you look closely at the photo, you can see a faint outline of something coming from under the craft.  I think this is light.  Nevertheless, this is what I saw.  I don't know if it was the same craft or even that same night, but this is exactly what I saw.

So, since I've made so many other UFOs, I decided I should make the one I actually witnessed.
The house is not a replica of the one I lived in at the time, not even close.  But, the UFO is.

And, just for giggles and grins, I decided to make another UFO that made it into news--although there are no photos or even proof of it's authenticity at all. 
The cow abduction.
The "beam" is actually a clear, glass thimble.  Gotta keep it real, right?  It's all about the thimbles.

I hope you've enjoyed my story.  Hopefully, you are still sitting where you were to begin with.

Month of UFOs!

June, the month for UFOs in ThimbleWorld!  This display is one of my favorites.

As always, at the top is the world-renowned Kenneth Arnold sighting that started it all.  Nine UFOs surround Mt. Rainier on June 24, 1947.  Hiding in the back is an alien in his craft ready to join.

What would UFO month be without War of the Worlds?  My rendition mimics that of the version with Tom Cruise, which released June 29, 2005.  Wait, what??? 2005??? It's been THAT long???

A crashed UFO amid the trees.

What's this? The Devil's Tower? Ring any bells?

A UFO behind Devil's Tower.  Remember Close Encounters of the Third Kind?

Making a "splash" is a USO....Unidentified Submerged Object.

My first UFO thimble...taking off.  And, surrounding it in the "forest" are 2 thimbles of Bigfoot.

So many UFOs visit ThimbleWorld...In the foreground is my version of the one from The Fourth Kind. In the back is the giant V reported in Phoenix, AZ, March, 13, 1997.

Look close! Someone is being abducted right out their window!

This poor lady is being escorted by two aliens to their waiting ship.

The train is hauling a UFO...probably to a military base.  In the rocks above the train sits a crashed UFO. To the left, a UFO speeds in to investigate.

And, off to the side, is the observatory covered by a dome of the constellations.  A sci-fi rocket zooms off to Saturn.

Without the constellation dome, it's easier to see the observatory on the "hill" above the house.

Wait, what's this?  Yes, there is a telescope inside that observatory!

I so enjoy my world of unidentified flying ships.  I have a plan for something new--a UFO I actually saw when I was five.  My fingers are crossed it turns out great.