Category Archives: Dreams

Independent motion – can you help?

This young  man has really been living in a nightmare. He’s doing all he can to live a normal life. He has to be congratulated on what he has achieved through determination and the will to live.


What would you give to make a dream come true if you woke to find yourself living a nightmare? What would you feel if you could never again walk on a beach? Or go out alone in the snow…feel t…

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What would you do?

Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money.  ~Cree Indian Proverb

The slogan for the national lottery here is – “What would you do?.  What would you do if you won the big one.

Lotto logo

The two lotteries are – Big Wednesday and Lotto.  This week’s Lotto prize was won by a man from a very small town in the North Island of NZ – Te Kauwhata.  The population is around 1300 (yes thirteen hundred) and the winner of the $26 million plus prize is a check out operator in a local supermarket.  In today’s interview he said he would be back at work tomorrow but he would consider buying his first ever new car and perhaps a house.

Hopefully, NZ Lotteries Commission will help this young man manage this enormous amount of money.  We have heard stories from all around the world of major winners losing or spending all the money within a few years.Big Wednesday logo

Every week, Big Wednesday gives players the chance to win:

  • $2 million cash; and
  • a Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4; and;
  • an Audi Q7 3.0 TDI S line; and
  • a Rayglass 2200 Boat; and
  • a $675,000 cash prize towards a holiday home; and
  • a Visa Platinum Card loaded with $50,000; and
  • a $50,000 cash prize towards travel.

Every week that Big Wednesday First division isn’t struck, more cash is added until the ultimate lifestyle package is won or until the combined value of the luxury prizes and the cash jackpot reaches a combined total of $30 million.

The prize hasn’t been won for a few weeks it would be quite a prize.

Mega Millions sign

But of course this pales into insignificance when compared to the latest Mega Millions Jackpot.  We are told that 3 jackpot winners in the Friday, March 30, 2012 Mega Millions drawing: 1 from Illinois, 1 from Kansas, and 1 from Maryland.  The winners will equally share the $656 million jackpot prize.

I really hope that if my sister wasn’t one of the three lucky winners, one or more of my blogging friends was.  So what would you do if you won big?

And what do you think about these insanely huge amounts being won?  There is talk here of limiting the amounts to be won – and here in NZ we don’t pay tax on lottery winnings.  Does anyone really need $26 million, $30 million or heaven forbid $218 million.  Imagine what our local health or education boards could do with these sums.

And just because I like it so much here is the link to the lottery advert that took New Zealand by storm and gave us all  new hero  Wilson the Lotto Dog-

It’s good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy.
George Horace Lorimer, American journalist and author 1867-1937



Writing Practice

A few days ago Susan at comingeast wrote a blog commenting that she had read an article that nobody wanted to read another blog about writing.  Well, perhaps not, but it’s Wednesday and I have to leave soon and wanted to share some thoughts with you.

Creative writing kit

Some years ago I bought this kit and as so often happens it mouldered away in a bookcase for ages and only came to the fore when I recently cleared a lot of books to give to the hospice shop.

This is an interesting and unusual kit in that it not only has a book with Prompts and Practices for each day of the year, it also has a series of cards giving great advice.  Those on the top of the pile today are:

  • Don’t judge your writing
  • Let go of expectations
  • Trust your pen and
  • Pay attention

Today is November 2 and the prompt for today is “I dreamed..”

So – I dreamed I was in a different place.  A place I had never visited.  The old house was quite scary.  It creaked and rattled and I was all alone in it.

But I wasn’t alone.  I could hear something breathing heavily and footsteps seemed to be coming towards me.  I didn’t know the house so had no idea where he/she/it was coming from or where I could go to hide.  There appeared to be no lights in the house but there suddenly appeared a candle on a table that hadn’t been there before.

My heart was beating rapidly as I picked up the candle and made my way towards a door.  This door opened into a long, dark hallway lit only by my feeble candle which in turn threw shadows of unknown things onto the walls.

I could still hear whoever/whatever was in the house and now it seemed to be following me.  Where to go from here?  Forward along the hallway or back the way I had come?  But where was the person/thing?  I had to get away but how and to where?  Questions, questions but no answers.

And then I felt something pushing close to me and breathing in my face.  I was really scared and jerked awake to be faced by my faithful companion Lotte, who must have been disturbed by my moving around while dreaming.  I was pleased to be awakened and out of that scary place.  I guess all the talk of Halloween and its attendant ghost stories had stayed in my mind and resurfaced in this dream.

“From ghoulies and ghosties
and long leggettie beasties
and things that go bump in the night
Good Lord deliver us”.
Old Scottish prayer sometimes
attributed to
Robert Burns