The Lake, Dreams, Trees, and Dad


With all the rain we've been getting, we drove out to see how it is measuring up at the Dam. It's looking good. It must stay in the "rain mode." for a couple more months. 

In the distance is Mt Shasta shadowed by the thin layers of clouds pancaked on top of each other to make, in essence, a floating cap. The atmospheric phenomenon is known as lenticular clouds. 




Except for a few fishermen - Foodie and I were the only ones enjoying the lake.

 Afterward, we did some grocery shopping. Not fun anymore. I'll pick something off the shelf, look at the price, and then decide if it is worth it. Lately, I put more back on the shelf and just decide that I'd rather put the money into quality - which means cooking more from scratch. I do miss having those occasional conveniences that take the edge off of cooking every single night. 

Tonight I'm making tacos - We're skipping homemade pizza this week. My appetite has shrunk. I don't weigh myself - I go by how my clothes fit. I've noticed for a month or so, I don't need to unzip my jeans anymore - I just slide them off. 









Funny thing - the other night, my husband woke up yelling, 

"Just give me the Damn phone, will you?" 

Startled me - we laughed about it and went back to sleep. In the morning he told me he was dreaming, he was back in the Navy.  He dreams he's in the military all the time. I guess after 20 years, it's in there to stay. 

I have three dreams that seem to rotate but I dream of other things as well. 

1. High school - I'm flunking out and have to take a test or I won't graduate.

2. I forgot to pick my boys up after school or after a sporting event and it's dark - sometimes I can't find them. 

3. I still dream of some of my daycare kids - I loved them as if they were my own. I also loved and enjoyed my business. Picking out toys and planning the play area in my backyard.  Good times. 

I love to sleep because I dream a lot, most of which are fascinating and entertaining. 

Do you have any reoccurring dreams?

Do you remember your dreams? 





I'm seeing Bullwinkle...








Well, maybe not. I do see the face of some creature with a big snout - just one of the eyes. 







I do want to mention that I completely missed my dad's heaven date of Jan 8, 2007. It's a first and I guess that is a good thing. I'm no longer fixated on his death but rather his life and the memories. This was his very last photo. I sure miss him. 

He was everything to me and I don't know if he ever really knew that. I know I mention my dad a lot - I was the boy he didn't have. (my half-brother was being raised by his mother 2000 miles away) I hung out with my dad - watching him fish, and work on cars - build things - home improvements. We watched war movies and westerns together. He was a manly man. A gentleman and a man's man. Everybody loved my dad. Mostly he was my daddy and my protector. God surely picked His best for me. 






 

39 comments:

  1. Yes, I have reoccurring dreams. Some are so strange, and I try to remember them when I wake up. I believe that when we dream it is sometimes guiding us or warning us or comforting us or giving us a message of some kind.

    Your dad sounds like a great guy. You look like him in this picture.

    Wow, I see a face in that tree as well.

    Tacos sound so good. One of my favorite meals.

    Love the fact that you mention Shasta often in your posts. My brother-in-law from Seattle is coming up this way this Spring, and I mentioned to him that we should go to Mount Shasta for the day.

    That's nice that you and your son went to the lake and then grocery shopping afterwards. I know, groceries can be expensive, but I still have to get a treat once in awhile. ; )

    ~Sheri

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    1. Oh yes an occasional treat is a must - just have to choose wisely.

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  2. Sometimes I remember my dreams and other times I don't. I don't have recurring dreams but sometimes if I wake up from a dream and go back to sleep by dream continues.
    The lake looks beautiful.

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    1. Yeah I can get back to dreaming the same dream at times, too. Funny how that works

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  3. I have always remembered my dreams in vast detail. Drove my kids crazy 'cause they couldn't rememb er theirs. But, just lately I don't remember as many details as I used to. It must be the age!!

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    1. Maybe tonight, you’ll dream more details.

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  4. Mount Shasta is beautiful. Good photos.
    It must be wonderful to have a loving father. Those must be wonderful memories. I only have my Holy Father through Jesus Christ. That's it. That's OK. Not looking for sympathy. Jesus heals hearts and He's teaching me to let go and move on. *grin*
    I do see a face, of sorts, in the tree. If nothing else it's very interesting. Kinda artistic.
    Hope your day was wonderful.
    Blessings. xx

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    1. I never take for granted for having a wonderful dad. I know too many women and men who didn’t and it affects them. Sadly My sons are in that camp.

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  5. I am so sorry about your Dad, he sounds like a wonderful father! The lake looks so calm and deserted. Yes, I do remember my dreams. And I have the recurring high school one!!

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    1. The HS dreams seem to occur if I am up against a deadline.

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  6. Dearest Debby,
    Dreams can be a nightmare and often I cannot remember what I was dreaming about.
    Pieter at times is talking in his dream but it very hard to understand and he too does not remember about what.
    Fond memories of your Dad!
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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  7. I enjoyed reading your post. One of my dreams is I’m back in school but I don’t know where my class or locker are because I haven’t been there all year. Also there’s one where I’m trying to run from the house to the school bus and can’t seem to get there. One other is I need to use the restroom and everyone I find is occupied or dirty or doesn’t have a door. lol.

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    1. Yep, I’ve had that dreams as well. Funny.

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  8. Do you dream in colour or in black and white? Stereo or mono sound? I sleep with my glasses on to see my dreams better.

    God bless.

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    1. Ha! I dream in color -mono sound with my glasses off!

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  9. Pretty photos!
    I do have crazy dreams. Sometimes I wake up mad at Bob for something he did in a dream, poor guy! I also dream I'm working and it's afternoon and I haven't even finished the morning med pass. :)
    Nice memories of your Dad!

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    1. I’ve had those too where I’ve woke up mad at my husband for something he did in the dream. Dreams are usually representative of what we are stressed about or fear.And sometimes they’re just funny.

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  10. I dream in color and yes, I remember them. The day my son passed away, I was in this deep sleep, and I kept slamming lockers and angry because I couldn't find my son and I heard this little ting and the next thing I knew; my son was standing there with a lady and she said to him, "Liam, she is hurting, she isn't ready." All the while, he was saying, "Mom, Mom, I am ok now, I'm healed. Really, I am. Mom Mom Mom..." a few weeks(?) later (knowing he was waiting, just could feel it) I had the same dream, and I was more open to it, and we had a nice conversation, it all seemed so real. ANYWAYS, yeah...tmi. Feel free to delete the comment if it's to uncomfortable.

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    1. Not uncomfortable at all. That’s a powerful dream, Linda. I dream of my son as well but lately he’s just in the background of the dream - like he’s a non participant but he’s there and I can see him. I still at times dream he’s a baby or toddler. Those are such sweet dreams.

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  11. I usually dream and can remember them when I wake up for a while. Mostly they are good but sometimes they make me wake up depressed. Your dad sounds like he was a wonderful man.

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    1. I remember after my surgery I was having vivid dreams where I had a hard time differentiating between the dream and reality. Apparently that is common after surgery when they medicate you. I even saw a Fox in my living room. Lol

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  12. I always enjoy when you post about Shasta, the lake or the mountain as I have so many great memories of my vacation there as a kid/teen.
    I usually remember most or part of my dreams that I have shortly before waking. I usually lay in bed when i first wake going over what I remember in the dream before getting out of bed so it sticks in my head at least for a day or two especially if they were funny or weird enough I want to share it with a friend. I also try to figure out what directed why I dreamt it. Was it something I saw on TV?, read about or someone that came to mind that day. I had a dream way back in high school days that I can remember so clearly still to this day. It was a distirbing dream that involved a family member being killed. I am glad to report that person is still very much alive to this day. Twice in my life I have had a dream and had the exact thing I dreamt about happen the next day. The one I had in junior high is still very clear in my head.

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    1. I think of you when I post local photos. I'm glad you enjoy them!
      I'm like you - I try and figure my dreams out.

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  13. I sometimes have your number 1, a little different and college. I hear it is a quite common dream (sometimes nightmare).

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    1. It's like a nightmare. I cut almost all my classes in my sophomore year in HS. I had a lot of make up work to do. Cutting school and classes was something I did a lot as a teen and while it was fun, I knew I'd get caught eventually. And it wouldn't be pretty. I drove my parents crazy!

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  14. Food shopping is the same here with prices going up and up and shelves being bare.

    In my younger days I would have recurring dreams during the month of December about me forgetting Christmas but thankfully they have stopped.

    Yeah I also could see Bullwinkle

    Maybe one day I will have a year when the day of dad's passing isn't fresh in my mind

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    1. It's been since 2007 and this was the first year. I'd much rather think of his life and living than that horrible day.

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  15. The lake looks pretty. That's interesting about the dreams you have and the one your husband had. That's a great tree! ((Hugs)) on missing your dad. I miss mine too.

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  16. Unless I force myself I don't remember my dreams, or if I really dream at all. My last dream that I can remember was one in which my youngest hurt himself.... When I phoned to see how he was, the poor guy was shocked that I had known about him hurting himself. The other dream I really don't remember, but Hubby says I sat up in bed just bawling and when he woke me up I looked at him and said one of the kids was hurt and there was nothing we could do to save them. Five months later our daughter was killed while riding her bike. Now I really try not to dream at all.

    God bless.

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    1. Oh Jackie, that is powerful. I totally understand not wanting to dream anymore. I don't like to cry anymore because I cried too much after my son passed. I started breaking out on my face where my tears would roll off. Now I avoid anything sappy, overly sentimental - I suck everything up. It works for me.

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  17. So sorry about your dad. I miss my dad too. I meal plan and make homemade dinners so as not to waste food or money. It helps. We had nachos yesterday with my homemade salsa. Better than the jar stuff. Mt Shasta is beautiful! So glad we can view it through your eyes. Janice

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    1. I used t do that - but I got out of the routine and am having a hard time getting back to it. Also, we got rid of our big freezer so I don't have the freezer space like I once had.

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  18. Oh my goodness - I have that same high school failing dream - so weird! I especially hate it when I am having an uncomfortable dream and I wake up and know it is truly "just a dream" but then when I go back asleep I return to it! urggggg

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    1. That's funny that so many of us do. Thanks for dropping by.

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  19. Yeah, I saw Bullwinkle on the tree that you shared!! I remember dreams from years ago. One was I was going to get married and the man had a mustache one. Yeah, so did my dear PL. I tell him that now and it was me knowing I was getting married to someone and what wedding would be like. Of course I was away from friends when I lived in England in the USAF but we did make friends there especially in our areas we worked at. We've been getting rain lately. Last week there was a river I drove by that was high on water after the rain and freezing temperatures we had that started on Saturday, Jan 13. Apparently it's still freezing near Columbia River I-84 road. I need to go on a walk later this afternoon after a nap as I didn't sleep as good as I planned which is a bit annoying!!! Have a good day!

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    1. We have had rain too but not the extreme cold that you and everyone else got. It's been nice because every little drop of rain means a beautiful summer.

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