Pickin’ Grinnin’ & Dreaming In The Kitchen

Making a christmas ball from things around the house

This time of year kids are dreaming of sugar plums and gifts under the tree-adults are dreaming they make it through all the hustle and bustle. Many folks are dreaming of a white Christmas-we got some of the white stuff this week-so pretty!

Nightime dreams can  be scary, funny, crazy stupid, inspiring, filled with longing-the list could go on and on. One of my friends told me she never ever dreams-never. I dream every night-mostly the crazy stupid variety. Sometimes I dream of someone I haven’t seen or thought of in years-I always wonder why-and if they dream about me too?

Chitter and Chatter are big dreamers-usually as soon as they’re awake they start telling the craziness that occurred while they slept (Granny would not approve-she will never tell her dreams before breakfast for fear they’ll come true).

I once heard Jimmy Ibbotson, of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band fame, tell how he dreamed a song. A few months after his father passed away he dreamed he was in a southern church where he didn’t recognize anyone. The congregation started asking him to sing his new song-he told them he didn’t know what song they were talking about. Someone tapped him on the shoulder-when he turned around it was his Dad. His Dad told him to go on and sing the song for them-he did and the words just flowed out-and that’s how the amazing song was written-or dreamed.

For this week’s Pickin’ & Grinnin’ In The Kitchen Spot Jimmy Ibbotson’s song I Find Jesus.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s Kitchen Spot! How about you dream or no dream?


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    The Tile Lady-Marie
    December 13, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    I especially love the first photograph! Interesting post about dreams!

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    December 10, 2008 at 10:07 am

    I am a dreamer. Like you, I dream every night and many times I can remember more than one dream when I wake up, until they start fading as they seem to do. I also dream about people that I haven’t seen for many years.
    Love the snowy pictures!

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    Fishing Guy
    December 8, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    Tipper: Neat picken in the kitchen of an unusual story. I’m a dreamer and I’ll tell you my funniest dream with consequences. I was dreaming I was in my convertible, never owned one, and this bag lady jumped in the car. I went to kick her out of the car, as I was driving, and as I swung my leg to kick her I landed on the floor of the bedroom quite confused. They say dreams occur at high speed so who knows how long the dream took. Maybe just during the fall. It was really a fun drop.

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    December 8, 2008 at 11:55 am

    Hey Tipper,
    I guess lately I am too worn out to remember dreams. I laugh when I see those commericals on t.v. about sleeping pills. All those folks need is a little more hard work to do.
    We hardly ever see snow down this way, but as cold as it is now, it won’t surprise me if we see some this year.
    Love your pictures.
    Have a great day.

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    December 7, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    I love your snowy pictures!
    I have always been facinated by dreams. They can be so weird. I often wonder what they mean.

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    December 7, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Hi, yes I dream a lot. The worst dreams I have occur if I eat hot sauce for supper, they are scary! Usually, I dream funny dreams and about my family. Enjoyed the snow pictures! Stay warm, blessins, Kathleen

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    December 6, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    I absolutely love the photos. So pretty. We didn’t have any snow accumulation until today and it’s been snowing since mid afternoon. We have about 3 inches and it’s still snowing.
    Odd how the old folks had so many superstitions. I guess some of them have stuck with me, but for the most part I’m not a superstitious person.
    Enjoy your weekend, my friend.

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    December 6, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    I just absolutely love your blog! I think it is great, thanks for sharing your life!
    Blessings and hugs,

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    Jennifer in OR
    December 6, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    Hi Tipper! I’ll come back to listen to the song, I couldn’t get it going for some reason.
    Dreams–always. Quite a variety of sense and nonsense in there! When I have a particularly vivid dream that seems to hold some meaning which I can’t quite get to, I always relay it to my husband who has an amazing gift of interpreting my dreams.

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    petra michelle
    December 6, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    Afternoon Tipper! Beautiful photos! The first took my breath away! It is such a joyous post, reflective of the season.
    Dreams are fascinating! Writers are suggested to keep a notebook by their bedside to recount a dream for inspiration.
    *laughing* I lost many a nights’ sleep doing that so I’ve stopped but have had experiences as you’ve described with Jimmy Ibbotson. Those which are so vivid are very hard to forget; especially those in color which are few and far in between. Sweet dreams to everyone!

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    Miss Cindy
    December 6, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    I remember some of my dreams. They are mostly strange. They take bits and pieces from my daily life and put them together is all kinds of strange ways. I think it is my mind’s way of processing the events of every day life.
    I have had a few dreams that seemed to have an important meaning, but most are just processing.

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    Laura-Jane - Whimfield
    December 6, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    Beautiful pictures! Snow makes everything look so pretty. Our snow came…but melted again… We haven’t had our perma-snow..yet!

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    The Texican
    December 6, 2008 at 10:38 am

    Great lead in to the Christmas season. Tell you friend she dreams. She just doesn’t remember them in the morning. Paul and Pap as always good. I enjoy the simple beauty of their mountain style. Pappy

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    December 6, 2008 at 6:24 am

    I love those snow shots. There’s nothing like it this time of year!
    That was a great story about Jimmy Ibbotson. I think our hearts and souls offer us more than we realize!

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    noble pig
    December 5, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    That first photo is absolutely gorgeous.

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    December 5, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    I am a non-dreamer…I can’t remember the last time I could remember a dream. My wife, on the other hand, is a lucid dreamer. She remembers them all the time!

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    December 5, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    I dream a lot, and mostly stupid dreams. Sometimes I think my dreams are more interesting than my real life. I agree with your granny, I don’t tell mine before breakfast either, unless I want them to come true, that is.

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    Carolyn A.
    December 5, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    Beautiful pictures of the snow, so nice and fluffy! I so enjoyed the picking in this song and my foot was tapping right along with Pap’s. 🙂
    I used to have terrible dreams that would leave me shaking when I woke up. They continued on for days and I was getting really worried. During one particularly bad night I screamed in the dream, “Dear Lord, please help me!” A huge clap of thunder awoke me and I’ve never had bad dreams again. I know God heard my plea and I have been forever in his debt.
    Now I have vivid dream of places I have never been to in my life. When I tell people about them they say that I have an old soul and probably have been to the places I dream about. I like these dreams much better. xxoo

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    December 5, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    Yes, I dream and I dream in color. Some good, some not good. 🙂

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    December 5, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    Great pictures and poem, Tipper.
    Glad to have Pap back!! I’ve missed him.
    I’ve never heard that song, but I love it.
    I dream occasionally. Most of the time I don’t remember them. Then something will spark and it takes me back. I used to dream nightly. Now I think I’m too busy snoring to dream. tee hee

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    David Templeton
    December 5, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    I enjoy your essays very much. Through them I know there is still a world of love and beauty that transcends the all else.
    Please don’t change anything, even after you hit the big time.

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    Dee from Tennessee
    December 5, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    Love the Dirt…didn’t know the story behind “I Find Jesus.” Interesting and now every time I listen to it, I will remember this. Great job as usual by your “picker and singer.”

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    December 5, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    I dream most every night and they are usually strange dreams. Love the story of Jimmy Ibbotson.

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    Patty Hall
    December 5, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    It did snow here but nothing stuck.
    You’re pictures are beautiful.
    Good song, as always.
    I’m one that dreams those crazy stupid dreams too.
    Hope you have a blessed weekend.

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    teresa atkinson
    December 5, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    I am definitely a dreamer. When I was expecting my first child, I dreamed about her as an adult. I described the dream in detail to the soon to be new dad who just blew it off. He remembered it recently when he realized that the young adult he is looking at today IS exactly as I described her before she was born.

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    Brenda Kay Ledford
    December 5, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    This is a wonderful essay on dreams. I also enjoyed your beautiful poetry.
    Brenda Kay Ledford

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    December 5, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Always good tipper…thanks and have a nice weekend!

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