Deer sleeping in the house and stuck car in the driveway

Dream deer

Dream deer

Weekend dream:  I was feeding a deer outside by our wood pile.  Guess what?  A big hunk of raw steak.  (Unconscious impulses arising after a week of detox eating only fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and lentils?  Even though I don’t even like steak?)

Then arrived the best part of the dream.  The deer pattered in through the front door and tentatively came inside our Little House in the Big Woods.  About four of them curled in little balls and slept.  It felt peaceful and right.

This morning I aimed to work at the school early.  Awoke at 5:30 a.m. and stoked the fire.  Yoga-stretched and sat quietly on the couch in the basement feeling the hush of early morning, catching glimpses of snowflakes through the window.  Remembered the deer dream and smiled softly.

“How much snow did we get?” Barry asked when he tumbled out of bed.

“Dunno,” I replied.  “Four or five inches?”

Bright red apples on snowy branches

Bright red apples on snowy branches

He was still nursing his coffee when I announced it time to depart.  Pulled on tall boots and tramped outside.

Oh no~~the snow was deeper than it appeared.  My boots plowed their way toward the car.  I pried open the door and a pile of snow landed in the driver’s seat.  Began to painstakingly brush off the vehicle.  Brush, brush, oh this is way deeper than four to five inches.  The brush crawled slowly through the pile of snow.   My stamina is not hopping after a week of detox.  With the car half brushed, I followed the boot prints back to the house.

“Barry, be sure to wear your boots,” I cautioned.  “It’s deep.  I’m not even done brushing off the car!”

“How much snow?”

“Between five and ten inches?” I guessed, not wanting to venture too much or too little.

The beauty of blue snow shadows

The beauty of blue snow shadows

His boots were already out.  I headed back into the white.

Brush, brush, brush.  OK, the car was now ready to go.  The temperature felt pretty warm, nigh on 30 F (-1 C) , one of the reasons the snow is so wet and heavy.

I hopped in and put the car in gear.  C’mon, Betsy!  The car moved forward two inches and stopped.  C’mon Betsy!  We began to do the stuck-car dance, two inches forward and three inches backwards.  It’s a rock ‘n roll dance we northerners learn early in our stuck vehicle days.  You rock ‘n roll the car until it gains enough moment to move toward the snow.

Oh how nice it would be to have driveway tracks...

Oh how nice it would be to have driveway tracks…

Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen.  The Buick was as stuck as it could be in a sea of heavy white snow.   I turned off the car and sat in the dark pondering how Life always holds the upper hand.

Barry flashed the porch lights.  That was my signal from the lighthouse:  come back in.

Round Two.  I tramped back through the deep snow.  What a great workout!  (Ha ha.  In situations like these one has two options.  A)  Bitch.  B) Relax and enjoy what the Universe hath determined shall happen.

“Guess I need to plow,” sighed the husband in relatively good spirits.  “Thank goodness I don’t have lots to do first thing this morning at work.”

At least the snow can be pretty.  Kind of makes up for its inconveniences, doesn't it?

At least the snow can be pretty. Kind of makes up for its inconveniences, doesn’t it?

What’s a girl to do when she’s stranded at home with nothing to do for an undetermined hour or two?

How about write a blog?  (You’re not surprised are you?)

P.S.  Anyone had any interesting dreams lately?  Any deer sleep in your living room?

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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62 Responses to Deer sleeping in the house and stuck car in the driveway

  1. Life does always hold the upper hand–I am still trying to come up with a column idea for this week–deadline looms–so what am I doing here? Giving my mind some inspiration

  2. Kathy – I love the “stuck-car dance” word picture painted.

    Right now it’s 46-degrees here which has transformed our snow into slush-soup. It’s gone from unseasonably cold, to unseasonably warm in less than 48 hours. Life does, indeed, hold the upper hand.

    • Kathy says:

      Laurie, we really never do know what part of the dance life will offer next. Enjoy your 46 degrees! Even with the slush soup… (You will be pleased to know that Barry is half done plowing and the cars are now Officially Unstuck.)

  3. lisaspiral says:

    Snow like that just reminds us to slow down a little. I woke up this morning dreaming of slicing radishes. Maybe I need a little detox like you’re craving beef? The snow scene is all too familiar but your description delightful. Don’t you wish they made hip boots for snow on days like that?

    • Kathy says:

      The detox really has been lovely, Lisa. My mouth started watering just thinking of your radishes, lol. Actually, I was not craving beef. I don’t even like steak and haven’t eaten it in a century. That’s why the dream was so weird. Go figure. Dreams…

  4. Brenda Hardie says:

    Good Morning Kathy–Are you bundled up inside now and all cozy by the fire? Is Barry still out plowing or did he make it to work by now? This morning brings us dense fog, patchy ice all over and mild temps at 30 degrees. All the ice will melt today because the temp is supposed to get up to 36 or so and hopefully it’ll dry out more because the deep freeze is heading back by Thursday.
    I so remember the “stuck car dance”….have done that many times over the years. Never heard it described in as fun a way as you did though! 🙂 Your deer dream sounds lovely….was a restless night here for all so everyone is dragging and moving in slow motion. School was not called off or slated for late start so Alex was disappointed. He’ll need an earlier than normal bedtime tonight.
    Time to make coffee and try to wake myself up…have a wonderful day my dear northwoods friend!

    • Kathy says:

      Brenda, yesterday–was it only yesterday?–we were plowed out and on our way to work by 10 a.m. Today it was 38 degrees and all the schools cancelled because of freezing rain! The weather is crazy this winter, all bi-polar. And, yes, the deep freeze is headed here by Thursday. Glad you enjoyed the “stuck car dance”. Yep, that was kinda a romantic way to describe it. Hope all is well with you!

  5. jeffstroud says:

    I am not sure what one has to do with the other but I do know you have used your time wisely… Writing blog while waiting to get out to go to work, did you explore the dream?

    I just recently had a dream but it is unsuitable for posting here! LOL!

    • Kathy says:

      Jeff, I simply can’t figure out about the deer and the steak. Completely stuck about that part. But the deer sleeping in the living room–that part feels clearer. Even though you couldn’t post your dream here, hope it was enjoyable! Or at least meaningful.

  6. sybil says:

    As a Canadian I know all too well that back and forth dance … I love your apple photo with the black and white and red. It’s stunning.
    You are such a mellow soul. I want to be like you if I ever grow up …
    Love your dream ‘cept for the feeding meat to the deer bit.

    • Kathy says:

      Sybil, I didn’t like that feeding meat to the deer bit, either. Wonder what it was about? And don’t you be thinking I’m always a mellow soul, either. Remember what my alter-ego did. ha ha ha… Kathy would have never done that. The apple photo was taken on a November day. All the apples would be more withered by now, methinks. But thank you!

  7. P.j. grath says:

    One dream I remember from last night is that friends making and selling beautiful silver jewelry were facing scary new competition from a business making “washable” jewelry from concrete. ???

    Doubt we will even start the truck this morning, as the whole northern section of the lower peninsula is frozen stiff with freezing rain, and everything is closed from Lake Michigan to Lake Huron.

    Love the red apples in black branches with lots of white snow!

    • Kathy says:

      Pamela, gosh, I couldn’t even begin to analyze washable jewelry made from concrete! It does sound creative, though. We got that freezing rain this morning here. All our local schools closed–again. Glad you enjoyed the apple/snow photos taken one snowy November day.

  8. Yes, I have dreamed dreams. My dreams lately have been presenting themselves in real life as they did when I was younger and seemed to see into the future through dreams.
    Love the red apples in snow and the basketball goal….somehow, the goal is probably my favorite because it speaks to days long past.

    • Kathy says:

      Linda, glad you liked the pics. I like that basketball goal, too. It seems poignant somehow. Your dreams of late seem very interesting. Hope you are having a good week.

  9. Heather says:

    We got off the interstate in Gaylord last night just as it started to snow. Then, we got of the highway onto our little back roads as it really started coming down – when you do the dance of fog lights/bright lights. Made it home safely, and now we don’t care what the snow does because we aren’t leaving the house 🙂
    No feeding-deer-steak dreams here, but I did see a veritable herd of deer munching someone’s lawn yesterday, so that’s nice.
    Be safe in that heavy wet stuff. It’s always the worst. Next to ice.

    • Kathy says:

      Oh yes, Heather, that dance of the Car Lights. Know that dance well. Glad you got home safely. You cuddle up under your electric blanket, won’t you, during the upcoming cold spell? P.S. We had freezing rain today and all the schools were closed. Weird weather.

      • Heather says:

        Freezing rain sure creates havoc! We’ve just had rain all day and things are WET! We have flood advisories – but we’ll be safe up on our hill. Not looking forward to when this all refreezes.

  10. bonnie says:

    I’ve done the back and forth dance many times. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. I don’t dream, a result of the fibromyalgia. I wish sometimes that I did. Sometimes in life, it is good to have a snow day, as long as that day doesn’t stretch into a week.

    • Kathy says:

      Bonnie, yep, sometimes that back and force vehicle dance doesn’t work. But we give it the old college try. I don’t dream as much as I used to. About 20 years ago I used to keep journals filled with dreams. The more you write them down, the more you remember. At least that’s what they say.

  11. Lori D says:

    Northern weather builds strength and character for sure. And here I was getting anxious over a minor vehicle breakdown in seventy degrees. It seems rather silly to have blogged about it after reading yours. Hopefully you’ve started your day over and it’s gone smoothly from here on out.

    • Kathy says:

      I hope to get over and read your blog about it but am soooo far behind in reading it’s pathetic. (Well, got a little caught up a few days ago but am aiming for more soon.) We were out of the driveway and headed to work by 10 a.m., thank goodness. Today it was freezing rain and all the schools were closed. Enjoy that 70 degrees and think of us!

  12. Kerry Dwyer says:

    Maybe there is a parallel universe where someone dreams about you and then blogs it.

  13. Of course the deer had to come in for a nap…after the red meat dinner you gave them!

  14. lucindalines says:

    Love that snow dance image. I have been dreaming of crashed cars. I take it as a warning to be more careful on the roads around here. I also have been dreaming of some of the crafts I have been reading about on this blog, scary.

  15. susan says:

    Hi Kathy,
    No I’ve missed out on having dreams of deer in my living room. We had a 1/2 inch of snow and now we are back to rain. I must say the white, while it lasted, was a refreshing change of “color”! If I dream at all, it’s either green or a beach!

  16. Colleen says:

    Kathy, I’m finding myself thinking about your dream and wondering how you were feeling as you fed the deer. No need to answer…it just brought back memories of similar dreams.

    We saw the size (on radar) of the storm that was heading your way and it looked to be huge. Hope it has passed through and the sun shines today!

    • Kathy says:

      Colleen, I think I felt good while feeding the deer. (hmmm, almost typed “dear”.) It felt kind. (Only when awake did it seem too bizarre for words.) You thought we should get sunshine? We had freezing rain today and most of the schools were closed. Crazy weather. As crazy as dreams. 🙂

  17. I am so glad I live here in “flaky” Texas weather. No snow -just worry about tornadoes. Actually I’d prefer snow. No joke!

  18. Karma says:

    Ahh, so often we choose option “A” when option “B” would be so much better, lol! I don’t always like what the Universe has to say, but I am trying to be a better listener. I had the strangest, embarrassing dream the night before last that I am still trying to process. Wish I could share, but have not been able to bring myself to do so!

    • Kathy says:

      Good luck processing that dream, Karma. Haven’t had an embarrassing one in a while…except, having said that, will expect one tonight. I’m trying to be a better listener, too. It’s Lifetime work…

  19. Barb says:

    Kathy, It’s finally snowing here in CO – not much, but still…I would love to be in your 10″ shoes. How is detox going? I’m on a bit of detox myself – unplanned. My DRs now think my itchies are allergy-caused. I’m losing weight fast. Are you? I’m dreaming (while awake) of chocolate.

    • Kathy says:

      Hi Barb! Oh thank you so much for the update on your situation. You can read about my detox update in yesterday’s post. Yep, five pounds lost. And, for some strange reason, am not dreaming of goodies like chocolate. The food has been so darn good that I’m not wanting anything. This is the best cleanse ever. Hope you find out what’s causing those allergies.

  20. dorannrule says:

    Why did I keep waiting for a deer to actually come into your house? Or maybe a deer to come up to you and the stuck car? I love it when dreams come true.

  21. Connie T says:

    My husband had a strange dream, he got out of bed and grabbed the tv that was mounted on the wall. He was going to pull it open because he wanted to go thru the secret door. There is no secret door. It is a good thing he didn’t pull the TV off the wall.

    • Kathy says:

      Gosh, Connie, that was a strange dream. Wouldn’t it be fun if we actually found a secret door or passageway in our house? And, who knows, maybe it IS behind the TV!

  22. Munira says:

    So apparently……… ‘To see a deer in your dream symbolizes grace, compassion, gentleness, meekness and natural beauty. It has feminine qualities and may point to the feminine aspect within yourself. It also represents independence, alertness, and virility.’…….
    (just thought i’d let you know 😉 )
    I dreamt I was dragged along by an old school friend to a Lucknowi themed wedding on a ship, and after a little while I began to feel out of place and my friend seemed to forget about my existence altogether. So I wandered off in search of a way to get off, and discovered strange elaborate rooms until I got to a deck where I could look out to see where I was. Turns out the lovely ship I was on was stuck in sand on an abandoned lonely beach, with the rusted skeletons of old ships close by. Then I turned to look at the ship I was on and saw that it was as derelict as the others.

    p.s I love the picture of the red apples!

    • Kathy says:

      Thank you, Munira, for sharing that dream wisdom. The parts that resonate most deeply in relation to that dream were virility and alertness. That’s how the detox has made me feel.

      I strangely like your dream, that your ship was as derelict as the others. And that, when you wandered, you found strange elaborate rooms. Everything except your friend forgetting your existence. 😦

      Glad you liked the apple-snow picture.

  23. Your pictures are always so striking the deer and apple tree are especially so.

    Dream? I didn’t sleep. I’ve been up writing in the dark for hours waiting for this day to catch up with me. And here it begins finally. 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Thank you, Lunar. I have had very little desire to take photos this past year and have been sharing from four year’s worth of pics. Wonder if the desire will ever return?

      Thinking of those sleepless nights. I hope your next night proves (proved?) restful.

  24. sonali says:

    Dreams!!! 🙂 I give you a wide smile. I so love the apple tree picture. Beautiful!!! Am I the only one fond of the accumulated snow in the basket, roof tops, over the cars & every possible place? Are the snow dwellers enjoy the same as much, Kathy?

    • Kathy says:

      Sonali, a lot of snow dwellers do enjoy accumulated snow, especially when it’s the heavy wet kind that looks so beautiful. Even those of us who get tired of snow enjoy the beauty of it… Glad you enjoyed the picture.

  25. Since winter seems to be getting less winter-y here, I can confess. If I don’t get stranded by the snow at least once every other year I miss it. Ah yes, pretty soon I’ll be dreaming about deer in the living room…

    • Kathy says:

      Inger, I hope you get a little bit of snow soon. I only wish, though, for you to get stranded in your house. Never in the car! And do let me know if you do dream about those deer sleeping in the living room.

  26. Oh my, it’s been so long since we’ve had to do the “stuck car dance” … We might be getting a few flakes on Sunday … The second part of your deer dream is so sweet … I love Barry’s signal from the lighthouse – so much better than the rapping on the window that passes for communication around here!

    • Kathy says:

      Barbara, you’re lucky you’re not a regular at the “stuck car dance”. It’s not a very fun dance… As for the rapping on the window communication, we’ve done our share of this, too! Thank you for pausing here.

  27. Robin says:

    I so enjoy visiting your blog. It’s always a delight. I haven’t had to do the stuck car dance in a while. At least two years. Our winters have been so mild compared to years prior to that. Not enough snow to get stuck in. I love the signal from the lighthouse. Wonderful. 🙂
    I’ve had some very interesting dreams lately. I had one the other night in which I was told hello from a person on a mountain top who was a man and then a woman and then, well, I’m not sure. Perhaps just spirit. I worked hard to get to the top of that mountain. All for a hello. For some reason, it makes me laugh to think about it. We work hard for the simplest things, and sometimes the simplest things have the greatest meaning.

    • Kathy says:

      Robin, tis always nice when you stop by. I just had to go back and read what might have been said about the signal from the lighthouse. Oh yes…I remember now! I LOVE your dream! Here we all are climbing that mountain furiously and seriously and it’s just for something so simple as a hello. Love it so much. Thanks for sharing your dream. You know when you share your dream it belongs to the recipient now, too?

  28. That’s one disadvantage of living off the beaten path – it’s harder to clear the snow to a point where you can actually travel somewhere! We’re only two doors away from a bus route, so it’s not hard to get the old snowblower to cut us a trail to ‘the beaten path’ and get where we need to go. Come to think of it, that’s actually a disadvantage if we’d like to sit back for a few hours and do something other than rush into work!

    As for dreams, I wish I was having pleasant deer dreams, these days. Instead, I’m being chased by zombies – and I’ve never been a fan of the genre! I’ve been told it’s a sign I’m stressed-out. Maybe what I need is a ‘snow day’! 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Withershins, I wonder what those zombie dreams might mean? My nightmare dreams–most of my life until recent years–always involved being chased by Nazis. Perhaps it simply means that our demons are after us to look them in the eye instead of running away in fear. But, again, that is not something done easily… Wishing you a snow day some day soon.

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