Since I recently started using a bi-pap to ease my sleep apnea issues, dreams have become more vivid, and bizarre.
The latest–my spouse and I were driving through the Australian countryside. The road meandered through hills and meadows. A particularly beautiful lake appeared in the valley below.
“I can’t believe it,” I observed, somewhat astounded. “There are emus swimming on that lake. Several more are coming in for a landing.”
How silly of me. I thought upon awaking. Emus continued to be large, flightless birds. What an immense wing span they would have?
I don’t know how it could be related, but night time trips to the bathroom have ceased.
Being connected to a machine that blows air when I exhale and inhale was a big deal at first. Now, shortly after I get everything connected, I zonk out in blissful sleep.
My spouse no longer exits to the spare bedroom because of my loud snoring. Which, in the past, frightened me awake. Well, no longer.
In other health news, my occasional bouts of indigestion, were checked out by a gastroenterologist. Nothing serious, but there were some cell changes, where my esophagus met my stomach. This will have to be watched, with annual checkups. Small price to pay for good health.
I go through long periods of time without dreaming. Or, at least not remembering dreams. That’s not been the case lately.
The latest edition, I was afraid to reveal, because it was so bizarre. It had something to do with my daughter–who resides in the Melbourne, Australian suburbs.
Her home and surrounding property were a popular weekend hangout for revelers. In addition to strangers imbibing various alcoholic beverages, there were some bizarre activities.
Partygoers threw packages of frozen meat, stones, bricks, at the back of her home. It had no effect on the building, as it was constructed of bricks and concrete.
My concern, why hadn’t she called the local police? “If you don’t call the police–then I will.” She didn’t seem to be concerned.
Out of desperation, I went to the backyard and interviewed a small group of young men. “Why are you doing this?” “We’re just having fun. Anything for the sake of having a good time, ” One of them answered.
“I’d hate to be the one that had to mow this lawn–with all the rocks scattered about. And, what about the meat? It’s everywhere. It’s going to stink in a few days.”
Again, daughter number three, was nonplussed. I may have failed to mention, that my vehicle for driving on local roads, was a vintage 1955 Mercury, two-door hardtop.
It’s Sunday night and I’ve done little blog activity today. That was not how relationships were supposed to work. Relationships needed cultivation–just like gardens. Maybe that’s why my gardens ended up as patches of weeds.
What “they” didn’t want you to know. Why was this still a popular headline? Maybe there were more conspiracy theorists than I realized?
Sonic drive-in restaurant franchises are offering dill pickle slushies. For those tired of the usual sweet-syrupy offerings. I happened to like Kosher dills–the crunchier the better. I’ve heard that drinking dill pickle juice, after perspiring from heavy exercise, replaced lost body salts.
Recurring dreams: Last night, I experienced a varied version of a recurring dream. I was back at college–in Marston Hall. I looked for a seat, most were filled. None of the students were familiar to me. I found a seat, left my books. Went up front to talk to the professor. When I returned, my things were gone. Nobody fessed up to anything. Just like that–in a finger snap, the dream ended.
Recurring dream #2: My car was left parallel parked on a city street. It was a small town with lots of free parking spots. I returned later, from some non-specific activity, and couldn’t find my car. I doubted myself. Where had I parked? Had it been two blocks in the other direction? Cars owned in the past were also featured. My black 4 door Ford sedan, or the blue, two-door sporty, compact sedan, with mag wheels.
Curtain rose, then fell
“I’m Joe’s Liver”
“Why can’t Johnny read?”
Asked, then answered
For those that believed
Cautioned, stern warnings
Kudzu clan was on the loose
Were yet to come
Best to plan ahead
Dream queens, dream screams
Worst mistakes, “they” ever made
Why we dreamed–what dreams meant
Baby bumps, career bump-ups
Deflated balloons departed
Decorated trees in festive mylar
Get well, good luck!
Don’t give up–too soon!
Big sales, slips and flops
Ubiquitous, unorthodox shops
Favorable phases of the moon
Back to basics, think smaller
How to look taller
Luck, lack of luck?
Hidden gold mines
Could work this time?
You didn’t know
How lucky you were
Don’t you sometimes wish
you were somewhere else
far removed from reality?
Dreaming on a lazy day
What if in a stroke of luck
the bad stuff disappeared
and you were swept away?
Dreaming on a lazy day
Always envied birds
And their ability to fly
Since I was a child
They seemed to have
So much fun–gliding
Hanging out with each other
So, why couldn’t I?
The family sat at a round table in a restaurant’s banquet hall. Conversations were polite, but subdued. Appropriate laughter was allowed, if it engaged the guest of honor.
Wait staff worked the table efficiently. More chairs were brought in for the stragglers.
There was no awkwardness in discussions about the reason for the family gathering.
There was no fear at the thought of my demise. In my dream I was critically ill. Death would come in a matter of weeks or months.
The weirdest part of this dream came this morning after breakfast at a local restaurant.
“Honey, last night I dreamed that the family gathered at a restaurant to honor me–because I had a terminal illness,” I said. “I knew death would soon come, and was at peace with it.”
She hesitated–deep in thought. “Oh, my gosh–that’s very odd. Because, two nights ago, I dreamed you died. I was stunned. Didn’t know what to do. I was reluctant to tell you about it.”
What did this mean? An obvious reference to my own mortality. We’ve been married for thirty-five years this month. Sharing similar dreams is something I’ve never experienced.
Were dream reports of my demise greatly exaggerated? Time will tell. So far today–I’m feeling fine.
I’ve been summoned to rearrange furniture. My demise could be sooner rather than later.
Death stay away–don’t shadow my door today. It’s only muscle aches, nothing more.
There is always hope
It’s not obvious
Not be now
Dreams never die
The example given was a good one. Handel’s “Messiah” is one of the most beautiful compositions ever written.
Rev. Larry continued, “Every year, Bob the tympani player, looked forward to performing with the community orchestra. Beads of sweat appeared on his forehead as he tuned his instrument for exactly the right moment. Nothing but perfection would do. Even though the audience wouldn’t know the difference if the drum skins were tuned a bit flat or sharp–Bob would know.”
“That’s because Bob refused to be distracted from the task at hand.”
“Are you distracted from the important things in life?” Rev. Larry asked in my dream this morning.
Rev. Larry resembled the pastor of a large local church from television commercials. The good reverend wore a toupee. Not being an expert on hair replacement products–it appeared to be a good one.
How did Rev. Larry know that I’m easily distracted? It was uncanny.