Loud claps of thunder woke me this morning. It was still pretty dark outside, though it was later than I thought it was. Rain had been pouring down much of the night.

A Recurring Dream:

In the dream I need to go somewhere but I am afraid because I fear that I can’t find my way home.

Every building looks exactly the same. Just like every street and every house.

Every single building looks just like the one before it and the one after it. There is no discerning one from the other. Which house is my home? Which building is the store I need to go to?

How would you find your way around if everything looked the same? No markers or characteristics to guide you. A strange and scary dream.

Songs Dancing In My Head:

This morning I woke up with a song from my childhood in my head. It’s only recently that I’ve begun to remember these songs, long forgotten for years. Gone back to that abyss of time that seems to erase memories.

As though freely released, these melodies make their way back to me. I wonder why?

Why is it that as we grow older more memories come back to us from long ago? And often what we had yesterday for lunch is long forgotten?

I had planned to read more of my book last night, but I got so caught up in “Happy Valley” that I watched three episodes. I was happy to read this morning that there will be a third season, though they don’t seem to know when.

The book I’m reading: The Other Daughter by Shalini Boland.

Description Of The Other Daughter:

Nine years ago her daughter was taken.

And now she’s back. Two-and-a-half-year-old Holly is playing happily in a pink plastic playhouse, while her mother Rachel sips coffee and chats with a friend nearby. It should be an ordinary day for all of them. But, in the blink of an eye, it turns into every family’s worst nightmare.

Holly is taken by a stranger and never found.

Nine years later, Rachel is living a quiet life in Dorset. She’s tried to keep things together since the traumatic day when she lost her eldest daughter. She has a new family, a loving partner and her secrets are locked away in her painful past.

Until one afternoon when Rachel meets a new school parent Kate and her teenage daughter Bella. Rachel’s world is instantly turned upside down – she’s seen Bella before. She’d recognize that face anywhere – it’s her missing child.

And she will stop at nothing to get her back…

Back To Happy Valley:

Catherine found Ann and released her from Tommy, who seems like the monster who just won’t die. He can be knifed and bleeding and still he is getting around and up to his evil ways. Not the least of which is wanting to know his son Ryan, Catherine’s grandson, who he has just learned exists.

He beats Catherine to within an inch of her life when she finds Ann and takes her out of his mother’s basement where he’s been keeping her.

As I’ve mentioned before, what I like about the various Netflix series I’ve been watching is that the characters are so real. The actors I’ve been watching of late are what you might call “just regular folks.”

The shows are so much more meaningful to me because the characters look like someone you might pass on the street. Just regular people leading regular lives.

Catherine doesn’t wear lots of makeup or have perfect hair and nails. Her character is just a grandmother raising her grandson and working a hard job and never getting a moment to herself. Like so many women burning the candle at both ends and trying to do it all.

Ivy looks pretty comfy, doesn’t she?


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  1. Supposedly, houses in dreams represent the Self. So I’m not sure exactly what your dream means, but it’s interesting! I have weird, vivid dreams a lot, too.

    And same with the songs…seems much more so lately, a song from a long time ago will pop into my head for no reason. Songs I remember from childhood. But like you said, ask me what happened yesterday – or what I ate – and I couldn’t tell you, lol.

  2. I enjoyed Happy Valley, too. I like the English crime series too. The detectives are realistic, not skinny, perfect, 20-some things. Enjoy your blog, though Have,g trouble subscribing. It’s probably me!

  3. Visiting my son and he showed me on Hulu a show called “ Killing Eve”. It’s a fascinating intensely suspenseful show. It’s a fascinating show about a psychopath who is used as a killing machine. Hulu has ads though and after Netflix it’s a bit annoying. Ivy and Charlie as usual steak the show .

  4. I want to recommend another British series I’m sure you will like. It’s “Doc Martin”. If you can find it, it’s surely worth your time.

    1. When watching Doc Martin i thought how close he was to being the British version of Dr.House, who was the main physician In the American medical drama which ran on TV. Dr. House was played by Hugh Laurie, a British actor, using an American accent. Doc Martin is/was a good British series about a physician with a totally socially awkward, rude Personality. It is quite funny, but not listed as such.

  5. Not sure if you have already read but the book Missing Molly by Natalie BarellI is a really good book that’s hard to put down till its finished.

  6. You know Brenda, if I want to sleep and have less bothersome dreams, it seems to help if I, at least for an hour or so before bedtime, watch or reach something soothing and peaceful…not gory or scary! We have been watching of late, these wonderful travels on English canals in the narrow boats. Here is a link to our favorite guy. He has wry humor and witty remarks here and there too: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/travelsbynarrowboat

  7. Brenda regarding your recent falls and balance concerns: Health in Aging.org is my go to web- site for information and advice on dealing with any number of medical issues; you may find their “Balance” chapter helpful. I have a friend that was experiencing balance problems and her GP recommended Balance/Gait PT along with suggestions for different shoes and/or inserts for her existing shoes. She says the PT along with in-home exercises have really helped. She has yet to purchase the suggested shoes as apparently they are somewhat expensive and would not be covered by Medicare which thankfully her PT sessions were.
    As we age doing any and everything possible to avoid falls is a must.

      1. Good evening Brenda, definitely speak with your doctor about your fall. You do not want to get hurt, who would care for your fur babies if you are hurt.

        I will have to check out the shows you have recommended.

        Have a great night.

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