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November 9, 2015 / diannegray

Interpreting dreams

I’m feeling very philosophical today. I remember when I was quite young and my mother asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. My response was a little weird (hey – most of them are), but I told her I wanted to grow up to be a thinker – years later when I found out there were Philosophers in the world, I realised this was the profession I was looking for (and probably still am).

This twinge of my philosophical side must have emerged today because of a strange dream I had last night. I take careful note of my dreams because I often base my stories on them. Without going into too much detail – I was sitting on the side of a volcano that had been dormant for millions of years. It began to erupt and I could see the fire and smoke billowing into the sky above me. I knew there was a lot of danger to the position I was in and no escape, so I stayed to watch the awesomeness of it. It was one of those incredibly strong dreams – the type you know you have to remember. The fact that I’ve never had a volcano dream before makes this one extra interesting.

I’m figuring that my emotions are:

  1. About to explode, or
  2. Have already exploded, or
  3. Exploding as we speak (not an attractive image).

Either way, I’m hoping this erupts in an artistic way and not a destructive way. Volcanoes renew as well as destroy so having never been a destructive person, I’m filled with hope.

The family side of life is a little stressful. Hubby is going in for a hernia op tomorrow and father-in-law is going in for biopsy on Thursday. Living so far from the city means long drives for me on these days to and from the hospital. Did I tell you I hate hospitals? No wonder I’m dreaming of volcanoes.

In the meantime, I’ve been working on my ***Arty Bits*** and here are two of my latest attempts.

I love the little darker flower dude standing out from the crowd on the left of the picture. I called this
Dare To Be Different

Dare to be different

The second one is simply called
Reflection

Reflection

Have you had any weird dreams lately – and are you able to interpret them? 

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  1. avwalters / Nov 9 2015 11:11 am

    Too much stress…but you’re still hanging in there to experience the beauty. (And I like the arty bits.)

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    • diannegray / Nov 9 2015 11:28 am

      You’re right. My stress levels have been hitting the roof lately. I just have to stay grounded and think of the great things and not ‘what might happen’ 😉

      I’m so glad you like the arty bits 😀

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  2. Theo Fenraven / Nov 9 2015 11:18 am

    Anything medical makes me cringe. Hope everything works out for y’all.

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    • diannegray / Nov 9 2015 11:30 am

      Me too, Fen! I know we need the medical procedures sometimes, but for some reason they give me a ‘darkness coming’ feeling. Thanks so much for your best wishes XXX

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  3. Polysyllabic Profundities / Nov 9 2015 11:30 am

    I love trying to figure out my dreams….there is always some hidden meaning in them. I hope the ash of your volcano gets carried away by a gentle wind and all is well with your family. xx

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    • diannegray / Nov 9 2015 11:39 am

      Thank you so much 😀

      I love trying to figure out my dreams as well. Some of them are so strong, I have to think I’ve had them for a reason (instead of the run-of-the-mill dreams). I’ve been dreaming so much and very vividly since living at the RUC – it’s amazing!

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  4. Carrie Rubin / Nov 9 2015 11:32 am

    Maybe the erupting volcano means something of yours is about to explode in a good way, for example, a book hitting the best-seller list. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful bit of foreshadowing? 🙂

    Hope things go well for your hubs and FIL.

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    • Carrie Rubin / Nov 9 2015 11:33 am

      Gorgeous photographs, by the way. I love the purple flowers. My favorite color.

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    • diannegray / Nov 9 2015 11:42 am

      Oh – sounds fantastic, Carrie. Maybe I should go and check my sales. Having a book skyrocket would be a lovely surprise! 😀

      Thanks so much for your best wishes. All my worry is over nothing I suspect xxx

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  5. anotherday2paradise / Nov 9 2015 12:50 pm

    I do dream, but nothing quite as explosive as yours, Dianne. I wish your Hubby and father-in-law all the best, and hope you manage not to worry too much. Love both your arty bits. The purple is my favourite, as purple was Mom’s best-loved colour. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Nov 9 2015 1:03 pm

      Awww – I’m so glad you liked the purple and I love the fact that it was your Moms best-loved colour *hugs* xxxx

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  6. Lourdes Mint / Nov 9 2015 12:53 pm

    “so I stayed” — there you have it! I see it like this: the truth is more valuable to you than how you might feel about it. I think that’s a great place for a creative person to dwell in. Hope all else goes well!

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    • diannegray / Nov 9 2015 1:07 pm

      Those words shone for me as well, Lourdes. So I stayed – I guess that’s part of my personality to never quit 😀 You’re so right about the truth being valuable – wow!
      Thanks so much for coming by and reading and commenting xxx

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      • Lourdes Mint / Nov 9 2015 1:15 pm

        You’re welcome — and I’m glad. Those are some SHINING words! I hope to read more, learn more.

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  7. ocdreader / Nov 9 2015 1:00 pm

    beautiful! I love the arty bits. The dream, wow, that is an interesting one. I haven’t had any of my own (strong and different like that since I was having stress dreams for work!) Good luck with everything!

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    • diannegray / Nov 9 2015 1:05 pm

      I’m glad those ‘stress dreams’ have stopped for you xxx. I’m so glad you like the arty bits – I’m having great fun with them! Maybe it will be a new adventure for me with them 😀

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  8. EllaDee / Nov 9 2015 1:01 pm

    I love dreams… unless of course they are crazy peri-menopause too much stress do not make any sense at all dreams. These are best acknowledged and set aside. But the others are quite useful. It seems in your dream the feeling of it was important; you knew the best thing to do was let it unfold.
    My brain has been a little too busy of late to generate helpful dreams. But last night I dreamed I was with some work colleagues travelling to, then attending an event which appeared to be my farewell, there were lovely set tables and a wrapped gift with my name on it (everything blue, the colour of communication)… but first we had to play some corporate challenge like games which were all set up. Yep, 1 week of notice period down, 5 to go!
    Best wishes to you your hubby and father-in-law. You are the little purple flower 🙂

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    • diannegray / Nov 9 2015 1:22 pm

      I had a big grin on my face when I read your comment about me being the little purple flower, because that’s exactly what I thought when I first saw it! 😀 (you know me too well) 😉

      I love the ‘let it unfold’ comment because that is the feeling I had when I woke up. There are lot of things happening at the moment and I guess the best I can do is just sit back, watch, and let them all unfold as they were intended. There is no use for me trying to stop or control or even run from a volcano 😉

      Only five weeks to go – wow, I’m so impressed. I remember how I felt when I left my job and moved to the RUC. Those last few weeks just couldn’t go fast enough and I had a constant smile on my face xxxx

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      • EllaDee / Nov 9 2015 1:31 pm

        If you had that dream just before you woke up, and retained the feeling then it’s most like a message dream, and a good one.
        I commented to the G.O. last week that everything seems lighter & brighter. Friday was an ‘interesting’ day but those somebody else’s problems will really be someone else’s problems soon 🙂
        I’ve never before seen or heard of purple jasmine… lovely.

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      • diannegray / Nov 9 2015 2:21 pm

        I did have it just before I woke up and it’s still with me 🙂 I’m glad you think it’s a good message 😀

        Lighter and brighter is great. You’ll be dancing out of there on the last day xxx

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  9. Pagadan / Nov 9 2015 1:19 pm

    I love the pictures, especially the bottom one. What kind of flowers?

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    • diannegray / Nov 9 2015 1:24 pm

      The first lot are purple jasmine and the second lot are just some weeds on a vine growing down the creek. I’m not sure what their real names are but I’ll try and find out 😀

      I’m really glad you like them, Joy xxx

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  10. nrhatch / Nov 9 2015 1:31 pm

    Maybe that volcano means your creativity is “on fire” ~> or that you should let your inner light shine, go with the flow, and accept the what is.

    Best of luck to you hubs and FIL.

    BTW: Here’s a link to the joke about the monkeys you mentioned:

    https://nrhatch.wordpress.com/2013/09/14/a-tale-of-five-monkeys/

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    • diannegray / Nov 9 2015 2:19 pm

      I should have known you would know that joke, Nancy. I just went back to your site and read it. So good! 😀

      I love your interpretation of the dream (especially ‘go with the flow’ because of the lava) 😉 and being ‘on fire’.

      Thanks for the best wishes for the men in the family. It should all go well xxx

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  11. Aku / Nov 9 2015 4:31 pm

    I gave up trying to interpret my dreams beyond a cursory over-view a while back because some of them become just downright hilarious or flat out insane in their randomness. My dreams tend to be a mix of levity and simplicity and something out of a david cronenberg movie! 😀

    Hope you feel better and the family’s tribulations all pass with relative ease – and that the volcano replenishes you and your world.

    Cheers.

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    • diannegray / Nov 10 2015 9:30 am

      Thanks for you kind thoughts for the family, Aku xxx

      I went for about ten years without dreaming until last year. It was really weird. Now it’s all flooding in and sometimes they are really hard to ignore. I also get the stupid ones and I really wonder where they come from (or what the hell is going on inside my brain) 😉

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      • Aku / Nov 10 2015 6:57 pm

        I know that feeling well, experience and research has taught me that even academics who study the brain have only a limited understanding even now – so don’t read too much into it, your brain will do what it will. Just enjoy the ride and consider the dreams a good source for random ideas from hereon! 😀
        Cheers!

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  12. Gallivanta / Nov 9 2015 4:33 pm

    I have vivid dreams occasionally but I am not very good at remembering them. Which, in a way, is good because they are not usually ones I want to remember. Best wishes for the medical events. Hope your husband is the patient type of patient who won’t stress you out by doing all the things he’s been told not to do. 🙂

    Love the purple flowers.

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    • diannegray / Nov 10 2015 9:33 am

      Hubby certainly isn’t the patient type. He WILL do all the things he’s told not to do – argh, I give up sometimes…

      I understand about not remembering vivid dreams. Some days I have the feeling of the dream, but can’t remember the actual dream itself. Maybe they’re the ones our brains don’t want us to remember xxx

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      • Gallivanta / Nov 10 2015 1:10 pm

        Arrgh I had a vivid dream last night. Couldn’t find my daughter. That’s about all I remember. But it was exhausting.

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      • diannegray / Nov 10 2015 3:33 pm

        That sounds very exhausting! Yikes xxx

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      • Gallivanta / Nov 10 2015 6:11 pm

        Indeed.

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  13. raphaela99 / Nov 9 2015 4:54 pm

    Thinking of you all. xxx

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  14. davidprosser / Nov 9 2015 5:47 pm

    I love the pictures Dianne. My guess would be that the volcano shows the stress you’re feeling at going to the hospitals this week and the worry it must be causing you. I have my fingers crossed everything goes well for your husband and father-in-law.
    I’m lucky in that I rarely remember my dreams if I actually have any, it probably indicates a total lack of feelings in me..
    Have the best week you can.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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    • diannegray / Nov 10 2015 9:35 am

      Thanks so much, David. I really hope your health is good this week as well xxx massive hugs back at you! xxx

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  15. the eternal traveller / Nov 9 2015 8:57 pm

    I’m looking forward to reading the story that is inspired by that volcano dream. It’ll be spectacular. Best wishes to your menfolk and take care of yourself as well as looking after them.

    I love that little purple flower.

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    • diannegray / Nov 10 2015 9:37 am

      The purple flower is just so cute. It looks like it’s just popping in to say ‘hi’ 😀
      Thanks so much for your kind thoughts about the menfolk – for some reason they seem to synchronize their illnesses! 😀

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  16. Sheila Morris / Nov 9 2015 9:02 pm

    That’s so funny about your wanting to grow up to be a Thinker…luckily, you did. You are one of my favorite Philosophers in the world – and I must tell you I find your philosophies much more entertaining than Aristotle or Socrates.:)
    Your art becomes more powerful with each post. I too love the one tiny darker color flower in the crowd of lusciousness. Sometimes daring to be different just happens!
    I hope your husband does well in the hospital with a speedy recovery and comes home soon! I also will be thinking of all of your family during these difficult times. Waiting for biopsy news is never fun. Take care of yourself…enjoy your images…avoid volcanoes. I’ve heard they can be quite the mess when they erupt.

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    • diannegray / Nov 10 2015 9:42 am

      Haaaa – I love the words “they can be quite the mess when they erupt.” That gave me a good giggle this morning 😀

      Thanks so much for your kind thoughts for the family. I drove hubby to the hospital this morning and if there is anything I hate more than hospitals, it’s driving though pouring rain. I hope it clears by the time I have to drive father-in-law in…

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  17. ramblingsfromamum / Nov 9 2015 9:17 pm

    I think everyone has said it in previous comments darling, YOU’RE STRESSED! Ya poor love, with hubby and your FIL, let alone the travelling back and fro. Perhaps things have been calm of late and the volcano is just a small Insee winsee warning things make get a little more turbulent? Your photographs are gorgeous,the purple flowers are stunning. Hang in there lovely, banish those dreams and picture fields of flowers instead. I don’t E member my dreams, but I go to sleep planning them..and you think you’re weird! Hugs hun ❤️❤️ xx

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    • diannegray / Nov 10 2015 9:44 am

      I’d love to plan my dreams, Jen! What a great idea 😀

      Yes, stress comes out in odd ways, especially when we’re trying our hardest to be strong. You’re an inspiration to me 😀

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      • ramblingsfromamum / Nov 10 2015 4:47 pm

        It sounds weird but I’ve always been that way😊 An inspiration? Good grief honey I don’t see how, but I thank you!! Take care, deep breaths and try to relax 😘

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      • diannegray / Nov 11 2015 8:22 am

        All good, Jen. Hubby’s op went well and I’m about to go and pick him up from the hospital now 😀

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      • ramblingsfromamum / Nov 11 2015 8:37 am

        Excellent news sweet, thanks for the update. Have that radio blaring for the drive 😊❤️

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  18. Jacqui Murray / Nov 10 2015 1:10 am

    I get that tug of philosophy. I spent some time studying the greats, as a way of helping myself solve problems. If I could just rationally think through what was going on, I could arrive at a solution. It got a lot easier when I came to realize problems rarely have just one solution, that it’s more important to follow through than think perfectly.

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    • diannegray / Nov 10 2015 9:50 am

      Great advice here, Jacqui. You’re so right. If you ever decide to write a philosophical-style blog, let me know – I’ll follow both. I just love your reasoning xxxx

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  19. Jill Weatherholt / Nov 10 2015 1:53 am

    I think the volcano exploding dream was prompted by your gorgeous photographs exploding with color. They’re beautiful, Dianne. Prayers for your husband and father-in-law.

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    • diannegray / Nov 10 2015 9:52 am

      Thank you so much for the kind thoughts and prayers for the men, Jill. It’s very much appreciated xxx

      I’m so glad you like the flowers – yes, an explosion of color is what we all need in our lives sometimes! 😀

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  20. Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Nov 10 2015 7:09 am

    My dreams are manifestations of the people or incidents that torment me, and sometimes but rarely reflect something joyous. Once I calm down, I think about who or what is bothering me and then store it with all the rest that I can’t change or fix – yet. Usually I am lucky enough to forget the really awful ones. I have enough trouble living in this world and can’t linger in the other.
    Wishing you rest and peace, Dianne, and may you sleep without dreams that you remember.

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    • diannegray / Nov 10 2015 9:54 am

      People who torment or vex are really hard to avoid sometimes, Sharon. And you’ve given me a thought. The volcano may actually be a person…
      Hmmm, you’ve given me a lot to think about here. Thank you xxx

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  21. Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Nov 10 2015 8:08 am

    Oof – meant to write “bad dreams that you remember.”

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  22. Daydreams / Nov 10 2015 11:23 am

    Volcano, huh? Mine used to be a giant tidal wave but most likely for similar reasons.

    (By the way, these photos are lovely.)

    It could be the build-up of stresses about to erupt. Let’s hope it’s not a prophetic dream. 😳

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    • diannegray / Nov 10 2015 3:30 pm

      Luckily I don’t live near any volcanoes 😉 I’ve had the tidal wave dream/nightmare before and I guess this one had the same foreboding feeling.

      I’m really glad you like the photos 😀

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  23. agjorgenson / Nov 10 2015 1:30 pm

    Lovely images! Thanks for sharing them, and peace and prayer to you and yours. As for the volcano, my youngest dreams of becoming a volcanologist. She is in Geology, so this is not beyond the realm of possibility. She can tell you more than I can about volcanoes, but I agree, they have a role to play in our ongoing cosmogony. All part of the birthing process, I think.

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    • diannegray / Nov 10 2015 3:35 pm

      Wow – what a fantastic profession she wants to get into, and already in Geology. She sounds like she really knows what she wants and where she’s going. Well done, Allen 😀

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      • agjorgenson / Nov 11 2015 11:42 pm

        Thanks, I’m a very proud papa of my three girls: all strong, smart and caring.

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  24. restlessjo / Nov 10 2015 5:47 pm

    What can I add? My good wishes for a decent outcome to all the scurrying about, and a hug. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Nov 11 2015 8:23 am

      Thanks so much, Jo xxxx All good with hubby now. Op was a success and I’m about to pick him up. One down, one to go 😀

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  25. Charissa / Nov 11 2015 1:55 am

    Love your artsy bits. Dreams are fascinating. I like the optimistic hope of exploding with creativity. That sounds more like you

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    • diannegray / Nov 11 2015 8:25 am

      I’m more of a ‘glass half full person’, Char – and I really hope I stay that way 😀

      I’m really glad you like the pics xxx

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  26. jmmcdowell / Nov 11 2015 5:40 am

    I would definitely vote for creative explosions. 🙂 It’s rare that I have truly vivid dream that I can remember, but the few I’ve had have stayed with me all my life. I’m just never sure what they really mean!

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    • diannegray / Nov 11 2015 8:28 am

      I used to keep a dream diary years ago because my dreams were so vivid, Francis. I think I’ll have to dig it out again now that they are returning. Your vote for creative explosions is definitely counted! 😀

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  27. Kate Johnston / Nov 11 2015 8:12 am

    I haven’t had great dreams lately, no surprise there. Generally speaking though, I don’t recall dreams. They’re so vivid in the moment, but upon waking, they fade away. I wonder why that is. Hoping for good stuff from that volcano dream!!

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    • diannegray / Nov 11 2015 8:30 am

      I find dreams that drift off like wisps of smoke quite annoying because I know that there was something important there and I just I can’t remember it.
      Your dreams will get better, I’m sure xxxxhugsxxxx

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  28. jannatwrites / Nov 11 2015 12:43 pm

    I hope all the medical stuff turns out okay. That is an interesting dream. I’m certain I’m not cut out to be a philosopher…. philosophy was the only class I ever got a “c” in during college. If I dream, I rarely remember them. Too bad- I bet they’d be bizarre.

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    • diannegray / Nov 13 2015 6:59 am

      All the medical stuff has turned out very well, Janna. Just a few more trips to the hospital in the next few days, but all the ops are over and it’s all been very successful. Next week I think I’ll just relax on the writer’s nook 😀

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  29. roughwighting / Nov 11 2015 10:25 pm

    I actually used to teach a dream workshop! I had attended a dream interpretation two-month session in Berkeley (CA) many years ago, and learned so much from it, that I decided to teach my own class in an adult ed program. It was a great success, but it scared me, because I felt like I was becoming a (non-licensed!) therapist. I stopped the class. But I write down and interpret my dreams often. They are a wonderful learning tool, as you know.
    Best of luck with the volcanos in your life. I hope your husband’s surgery went well, and all will be good with your dad-in-law.

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    • diannegray / Nov 13 2015 7:05 am

      Thanks so much, Pam. All the operations went well and now the men of the house are resting and taking in all that home cooking and cups of tea 😉

      I find it really interesting that you had a dream workshop – WOW, I’m very impressed. Have you ever thought of blogging about it? Someone told me to translate the word volcano into numbers and put them in a lotto ticket. I did that and won (not a great deal of money, but enough to make me smile and buy hubby and I a nice night out when he’s fully recovered). Of course this is a total coincidence, but I think it’s kind of cool! 😀

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      • roughwighting / Nov 13 2015 8:06 am

        What a brilliant idea about the use of your dream volcano. I don’t believe in ‘coincidences.’ Thanks for the idea of blogging about my dream workshop – could be a good one. 🙂

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  30. Khaya Ronkainen / Nov 12 2015 1:00 am

    Hi Dianne! Dreams are so rich and compelling. Whilst I have no clue what a volcano means in a dream, your Arty Bits though are breaking out beautifully and dramatically:-). All the best to your hubby and father-in-law…*Hugs*

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    • diannegray / Nov 13 2015 7:07 am

      Thank you so much for your kind wishes, Khaya. Hubby and father-in-law are now on the road to recovery and doing well 😀
      I’m so glad you like my arty bits – I’m having so much fun with them xxxx

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  31. Zen A. / Nov 12 2015 6:59 pm

    You know, now that you mention it, I don’t think I’ve ever had a volcano dream either – that’s so cool that you did! I often try to remember my dreams, because I draw a lot of inspiration from them too. 🙂

    I hope your husband is recovering and your father-in-law’s biopsy goes well! *hugs*

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    • diannegray / Nov 13 2015 7:11 am

      All is good now with the family, Zen. Thank you so much for your best wishes and hugs (I love your hugs) xxxx

      If you ever have a volcano dream, let me know 😉

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  32. Susan A Eames / Nov 13 2015 4:16 am

    I dream a great deal but I don’t try to interpret them. However, a dream about a volcano coupled with your current stresses seems to speak for itself. If you can turn it into something creative it will probably help put things in perspective. Oh, and your photos are gorgeous!

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    • diannegray / Nov 13 2015 7:14 am

      I’m really glad you like the photos, Susan. I really enjoy working with those cute little flowers 😀

      I’m hoping the volcano part of my life is over now and start my ‘flying’ dreams again 😉

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  33. Roy McCarthy / Nov 13 2015 4:28 am

    Loving those creations of yours Dianne – I even went ‘wow’ at the first of those. Dreams – do you know I was third in the Olympics 100m final, qualified for the 400m final (but woke up before the race) and played rugby for England, away to Venezuela, and scored a try. I blame cheese.

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    • diannegray / Nov 13 2015 7:17 am

      I actually did eat some King Island Bree that night (and it was very yummy I must add). LOL – I think your dreams are awesome, Roy 😀

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  34. reneejohnsonwrites / Nov 13 2015 8:07 am

    The smells of hospitals make me nauseated. I’m totally with you on that. And weird dreams can freak me out. The feelings from them linger, making them seem too real. But one night I dreamed an entire plot for a novel, and though I haven’t written it yet, I’ve made notes. It will be awesome once I figure out how to make it all seem sensible.

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    • diannegray / Nov 15 2015 11:06 am

      That’s really exciting, Renee, I love dreaming about stories, and an entire plot line? WOW! Unfortunately I haven’t written down the dreams I want to write about yet but they are still there in my mind 😀

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  35. pommepal / Nov 13 2015 8:02 pm

    I hope by now both hubby and father-in-law are well on the way to recovery. Wow, what an explosive dream. Must be something really good going to explode into your life. I never dream and I can never decide whether this is good or bad. I guess I do dream as they say everyone does, but maybe I just don’t recall them…
    Love the “arty bits” especially the purple flowers, they remind me of my son’s wedding, (in New Zealand) Kerry, his new wife, wore a beautiful purple dress that her friend found for her in an op shop for $7-50.

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    • diannegray / Nov 15 2015 11:09 am

      Both hubby and Father-in-law are now well on the way to recovery, Pauline – and father-in-laws test results all came back good 😀

      I’m so glad you like the purple flower pic. I think getting a wedding dress for that price is awesome and if I ever get married again I’ll be going to the op shop too! 😀

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      • pommepal / Nov 15 2015 12:11 pm

        Jack is a great op shop buyer, he is a standard size and finds lots of like new things for a bargain, in fact nearly all his clothes are op shop buys. I can never find anything I either like or can fit into…

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  36. ParentingIsFunny / Nov 15 2015 9:23 am

    Always a pleasure to see your posts.

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  37. Janna G. Noelle / Nov 15 2015 10:05 am

    I almost never remember the content of my dreams, although I often awake still wrapped in the feeling of them, which sometimes lasts all day, particularly when the feeling is one of stress, fear, or sadness. So, I can’t base any plotlines on them, but I suppose sitting with those feelings for so long is helpful since those are the feelings help drive the conflict in a story.

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    • diannegray / Nov 15 2015 11:12 am

      The feelings from dreams are very weird, Janna so I see what you mean here. It’s almost like the sense of the dream stays with you even though you can’t remember the facts. One day someone might invent a dream catcher that we can replay when we wake up (although that may be a little scary) 😉

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  38. Britt Skrabanek / Nov 16 2015 12:49 pm

    Had a near-death experience with Mr. H back in 2010, and even though I was never a fan of hospitals before, that night sealed the deal.

    You know I’m all about the dreams. Hell, half of my fiction comes from dreams. 🙂

    Hope your hubby is doing well!

    P.S. I changed my mind a lot as a kid, but I wanted to be: a vet, a dancer, an actress, and Indiana Jones.

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    • diannegray / Nov 17 2015 6:35 am

      Oh – I’d love to be Indiana Jones! I feel like that most afternoons when I’m fighting my way thought the bush (with a small bottle of Pimms and lemonade in hand) 😀

      Have you written a post about the near-death experience? It sounds terrifying! xxxx

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      • Britt Skrabanek / Nov 17 2015 12:16 pm

        No, I have not written about it. It’s even too personal for my blog.

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      • diannegray / Nov 18 2015 6:45 am

        I’ve got stuff like that too, so I know what you mean xxxx

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  39. Minuscule Moments / Nov 16 2015 8:06 pm

    Dianne maybe the dream means that your creativity is filling up inside you and needs to burst free. These images are spectacular.

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    • diannegray / Nov 17 2015 6:38 am

      Thank you so much, Kath 😀 I was delighted to hear your voice on Britt’s latest post – beautiful words! 😀

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  40. Luanne / Nov 19 2015 7:32 am

    Beautiful photos, Dianne. Just lovely. I have had some strange dreams lately. They feature odd, unusual and beautiful artifacts, too. Not sure of the meaning yet.

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    • diannegray / Nov 21 2015 6:19 am

      Very interesting, Luanne – you may be about to write an archaeological thriller!

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  41. prior2001 / Nov 19 2015 6:48 pm

    Hey Dianne – sorry you have to even go to the hospital – let alone drive so far!
    and i love your arty bits! especially the purple flowers and the darker dude and youth title – right on! I have an old class sample that I called dare to be different (made with styrofoam pieces) and if I can find a picture of it I will come back and share it – anyhow, hope you have a nice week and that your hubby’s surgery goes well.

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    • diannegray / Nov 21 2015 6:22 am

      I would love to see your picture! Thank you so much for complimenting mine – that little purple dude is pretty cool 😀

      Hubby’s operation was a complete success. YAY! 😀

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      • prior2001 / Dec 9 2015 8:39 am

        Hi there – I finally made it back to show you the dare to be different art class sample (the lesson was to use styrofoam scraps).

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      • prior2001 / Feb 6 2016 1:26 pm

        I came back to see if you posted anything in the last few days – no pressure – but of course you know that as you always seem to find your groove – anyhow – I love the two sides of the volcano you refer to – like a knife can do surgery and slice food for nourishment – or it can be a dagger! Ouch- and side note – I was in restaurant work in the 90s and for years had dreams where I was taking care of customers where things were crazy wrong / like one time I was waiting on 800 people in a room and then went shopping with my sister and we were sitting on a curb talking- lol

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      • diannegray / Feb 6 2016 2:33 pm

        I’m a bit slow on posting, but will have something on Monday 😉

        I love your restaurant dream – I know I would much rather be shopping!

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      • prior2001 / Feb 7 2016 4:17 pm

        well it was a crazy dream for sure – and take your time with your posts – in my experience we can prevent burn out and stay for the long haul if we go at a pace for the time and season. so “doodle do” – um I mean, do what you do dudette!

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  42. Amy Reese / Nov 21 2015 10:03 am

    Sorry, I missed another post! I’ll admit I’ve been a bit sidetracked, Dianne. I apologize. I don’t remember very many dreams and I’m sad about that. I think we can learn so much from them and when I do remember them, they’re always pretty off-the-wall, which I like. The mind is a crazy place. I can’t say I’ve dreamed of volcanoes. I see that your hubby’s surgery went well. Yay! So, you must be right about feeling hope from your dream. I love your arty bits!! Very nice.

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    • diannegray / Nov 22 2015 4:05 pm

      Thanks, Amy! It’s great to see you here – we’ve all been a little sidetracked lately 😉

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  43. Letizia / Nov 22 2015 2:32 am

    I was about to ask you about your husband but see in the comments that his operation was a success – that is wonderful to hear. I hope the news from your father in law is also good. Sending healing love your way!

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  44. beeblu / Nov 26 2015 6:20 am

    Wishing you peace, Dianne, and more calm moments to focus on the “artsy bits”. The other night I dreamt that my husband packed 5 suitcases for a single night away, and we couldn’t check out of the hotel by the deadline because the more we tried to pack away, the more we found. 😁 I often wake up exhausted from my dreams, haha.

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    • diannegray / Nov 26 2015 6:36 am

      Wow – that dream sounds like you’ve got a load of precious stuff inside you that you keep discovering! My son also wakes up totally exhausted from his dreams and says he’s been SO BUSY all night! lol 😀

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  45. beeblu / Nov 26 2015 6:23 am

    PS – l love the second image. It would make a great giant wall print.

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  46. billyraychitwood1 / Nov 28 2015 4:33 am

    Love your ‘Artsy Bits’! Sorry there is some stress at the RUC…I’ll be mentioning you to the ‘Big Guy’ I talk to each night…all will be okay!
    Re ‘dreams’, Julie jumped out of bed one night, woke me, and said, “You were attacking me!” In the dream sequence I was fighting off an offensive bully… As Julie stood by the bed I became aware of my flailing while waking and still in the dream… Interpretation: because I love Julie and she’s too sweet a person for me to hold any possible hostility against, I mark it up to the war I’ve forever fought against ‘guilt’ and childhood ’emotional’ conflicts… Julie also tells me I talk occasionally in my dreams… Hey, with a broken-down body, a questionable cell-depleted mind, and a wonderful sleeping pill, who can possibly know? xox ♥

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    • diannegray / Nov 30 2015 6:51 am

      All is great at the RUC now, Billy Ray (your words to the Big Guy helped). Thank you! xxxx

      Dreams are such amazing things. Guilt and childhood emotional conflicts have got to be sorted out somewhere and I guess our dreams are the perfect place for this. My father had a fairly traumatic childhood and I remember he had a bad dream one night and whacked my mother in the jaw – she never let him forget it! (but fully understood it was just a dream). You’re so lucky to have a wonderful woman like Julie xxxxx

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  47. Kourtney Heintz / Dec 3 2015 9:55 am

    What a really vivid dream. I think those kind are always telling us something too. Hope it’s a creative explosion. 🙂 When I was little my grandmother asked my cousin what she wanted to be and she said a grocery store cashier. When my grandmother asked me, I replied, “Green.” I’m still trying to make that come true. 😉

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    • diannegray / Dec 5 2015 6:40 am

      That’s so sweet, Kourtney!

      Have a lovely, restful break 😀

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  48. Piper George / Mar 30 2016 7:14 am

    Oh my I feel so rude, I haven’t been to visit your blog in ages, and look how massively it’s grown. I will have to ry to read a few posts in one go. (I started at your most recent and jumped back so I could make sure I haven’t missed pictures of your house – it’s still my favourite ever and I think about it a lot.

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