Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG

Ok, I’m done now.  I’m ready to go back to being too hot.  We’ve been using our woodstove –exclusively– to heat the house, which is cheap, cozy, lovely, marvy, and other words that mean great, BUT I have to admit it has limitations.  First of all, while the living room can stay relatively warm… the rest of the house can not.  My bedroom, cannot.  My bathroom, cannot times two.  Thus, I have the dilemma of showering in a meat locker; which is bad enough, yet the unpleasantries burgeon on account of having a weak little, feeble, enervated sissy crybaby for a hot water heater.  You never know exactly how long it’s going to hold out – you only know that it aint gonna be long.  So decisions have to be made.  Do I wash my hair, or shave my armpits?  So, this may be a long three months.


In non bathroom related news, James got his very first bicycle, and he got it with his own Christmas money.  And I cannot keep him off of it.  It’s a little tiny two-wheeler with training wheels; it’s been way too cold to play outside so he’s been peddling that thing around the house in circles.  It’s actually pretty cute.  And he can’t believe that it’s actually his.  Every couple of hours he asks, “I keep this mommy?” to which I say, “Yep. It’s yours” and he just grins and softly sighs, “Oooooh tank you mommy!” and then peddles away. 


Lastly, I think my favorite part of the day is bedtime.  I don’t know if the rest of you are like this, too, but I can’t think of anything more entertaining than dreaming.  It’s always different; it’s always interesting; it’s like lying around watching movies only without actually being lazy.  The only downside is that you have to do it exclusively with your own self and you can’t eat snacks in the process.  The other night I had this really abnormal shocking dream, and it woke me up out of a dead sleep and I thought, “Oh good, I’m glad I woke up because now I’ll remember it and can tell everybody” (side note – the rest of my family finds this dreadful, but I make them suffer thru them anyways).  But to my dismay, during the day I could not recall it.  I only knew that it was monumental.  So last night, I ended up having the exact same dream. No kidding. And it really was shocking.  And sort of gruesomely violent, but I’m going to put it down anyways because it was so realistic and I want to remember this one…  I was kneeling on a wooden floor about to be shot in the back of the head.  I wasn’t afraid, and then the shooter fired and in my dream I actually felt the bullet slam into the back of my head and throw me forward onto my face.  It was an exploding pressure, but it didn’t necessarily hurt and it felt like an electric shock went thru my brain and then my whole head went numb.  And as I was laying there, I thought to myself, “Hey, I thought everyone said that people die instantly when they get shot in the head” and I even had an urge to tell the guy who shot me, “hey guess what? I’m totally still conscious” but then I realized that I had lost all power of speech — and the thought occurred to me that nobody will ever know the truth that gunshot wounds to the head still leave you conscious for several seconds.  And all this happened within three or four seconds, and then I felt my life ebbing away and truly felt myself losing consciousness and I cried out (in my mind) to Jesus that he would hurry up and come get me. 


Told you it was violently weird.  And like I said, I would have never remembered it except that I had the same dream twice.  I wonder how Joseph or Daniel would have interpreted that one… 


PS This morning I was giving my kids a goverment lesson and telling them about the primaries, the Iowa caucas and the competitors, and Dippy piped up to announce that he hopes the ‘black guy’ wins because all black guys are cool.   I can’t argue with him there… too bad Alan Keys in not a major contender

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  1. onfire said,

    on January 4th, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    so glad

    I am not the only one who dreams weird and violent things and also makes everyone listen to them.

    a tip from a fellow woodstover …

    shave your pits using a dry razor and baby powder.

    seems to work well for me.

    can't believe I really wrote that here and not in an e-mail to you instead.

    teen girl squad, so and so

  2. Emily said,

    on January 4th, 2008 at 12:32 pm

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    WHAT IN THE WORLD!!! I came over to catch up and read your cr-eep-y dream. I really liked the details you gave. Like the, "I wanted to tell the guy Iwas still conscious" hahahah.

    I've had dreams of my kids dying and it's horrendous and awful and they don't mean a hill of beans. It's just random fear processed into weird little soundbites and videos.

    You can totally tell the difference between a God dream and a normal dream. THey're like night and day in my experience.

    and shaving your armpits/versus washing your hair? was that the choice? the hair wins EVERY time.

    armpits can wait in winter.

    (that sounds like a title for a weird book)


  3. JenIG said,

    on January 4th, 2008 at 12:35 pm

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    i knew *you'd* be able to relate, Kristina, my noxema, zuma friend

    PS aint no way i'm gonna attempt shaving dry with baby shower. i'd be sure to sever my arm off.

  4. Anonymous said,

    on January 4th, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    Cuh-Reepy Indeed!!!!

    Crazy Dream there My Friend!!!! My favorite part though is you pretty much saying…"O.K. Jesus…come get me now"…how comforting to know that He will!!!!!!

    Love you all!


    Martha Bryan got a training bike for Christmas too!!! She LOVES it!!!!!!

  5. foxvalleyfamily said,

    on January 4th, 2008 at 1:20 pm

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    Ooo weird dream! I've been having some odd ones lately, too…(mostly involving cars submerged in water) but JUST like you, I cry out to Jesus to save me!

    It would be neat to know Daniel or Joseph though, wouldn't it! (Unless of course he tells me I'm the baker!)

    Sweet dreams!


  6. Anonymous said,

    on January 4th, 2008 at 1:24 pm

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    Hey-you guys are racist against WHITES! 😉 Totally joking, of course, but I thought it was funny.

    Last week I had a dream (and strange me often has the same dream over and over and over until I begin dreaming and then I know exactly what will happen next because in my dream I remember dreaming it…but I digress) about a bear who gets into the house and because it is confused and can't find it's way out-it becomes angry, agitated and apparently hungry. I think I have this recurring dream because friends of ours had a bear get into their house…anyway. The children and I are the only ones in the house and each dream we run into a room and lock the door and then run into the closet of the room and hide in there. Only none of the locks WORK in our house and obviously, lock or no lock, it wouldn't get in the way of a 400 pound bear. SO-every morning I wake up just as the bear is attacking me while the children cower in the corner screaming.


    Corynn (my four year old) always asks me how I sleep and what I dream and the other morning was no different. So I told her that a bear got in the house and we were trapped and that it was a scary dream. She was quiet for only a minute and she said, " Don't worry Mama. I had a dream last night too! I dreamt that a FRIENDLY Mama bear got in the house and protected us from the mean bear…"

    It was pretty funny. I love dreams to. My husband hates them-because he always has to listen to them. When I wake up suddenly, he has been known to say "Ok. Get it over with since I know you are going to tell me anyway…"

    Wow. I just wrote a book. Aren't you glad I don't comment ALL the time?!? 🙂

    🙂 Rebecca from

  7. said,

    on January 4th, 2008 at 1:39 pm

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    that's a tough call: washing hair or shaving armpits. maybe you can do like in the olden days and heat up water on the stove then take a bath in the living room in a big old washtub.

    and that's a really neat dream. hope it does not have any indication on how 2008 will turn out for you.

  8. bestsister said,

    on January 4th, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    about kristina's dreams

    she always knows I'm pregnant before I do because she dreams it.

    Maybe try to avoid getting into her dreams unless you want another little Ig…..just a thought.

  9. quietcajun said,

    on January 4th, 2008 at 2:42 pm

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    ewww…that IS creepy. I will pray that you will have happy peaceful dreams from now on.

    I used to tell Noah to think of something nice to dream about after he had a nightmare and it was always "flying puppies!"

    So here's to dreams of flying puppies and adorable little boys on their new bikes! 🙂

  10. drewsfamilytx said,

    on January 4th, 2008 at 3:43 pm

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    I totally understand your dream. While I don't think I've been shot in the back of the head in a dream, I have died in some form or another over the years. Yes, definitely CREEPY.

    The last vivid dream I had was horrible. I don't remember the details anymore but I remember it being so bad that the thought <i>finally</i> occurred to me that it might be a dream. So I said to myself in my dream, <i>If this is a dream, then I would be able to fly.</i>

    Yup, and I've always flown the same way in my dreams ever since I was little. I would fold my hands behind the back of my head with my elbows out. That would cause me to "fly" 2-3 feet up in the air… more like levatate, actually. So superwoman I am not but I'm this weird floating girl in my dreams.

    As to the bicycle, you are such a good mommy– I don't think I'd trust my littlest in the HOUSE with a bicycle! It's just asking for trouble, like him finding a pocket knife or the time he walked around with a shovelfull of cement (dry, powdery, hard to get rid of kind)…

  11. jess4him said,

    on January 4th, 2008 at 3:50 pm

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    I have to agree that black guys are cool- but I don't know how "cool" Barack Obama would be if he became president. Still rooting for Huckabee on this end..

    As for your dream. uh- doesn't surprise me. I've dreamed the same dream two nights in a row several times. I don't remember what any of them were off the top of my head, but remember what were were talking about on the phone two nights ago before you went to bed? Oh forget it, this is making no sense. I'll email you- or maybe call you later

    love jess

  12. jewls2texas said,

    on January 4th, 2008 at 5:30 pm

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    I understand the cold thing – brrr – here even in Texas. We have a fireplace with an insert – and my bathroom is at the furthest end of the house. We do have central heat and AC however, this room has no vents – so there is never any heat that makes it there. The floor is also off the ground – we are on pier and beam – old houses not on a slab foundation – so the cold air gets under too. I am a popsicle in the morning. This winter isn't as bad as last one though! Thankfully.

    Stay warm my friend.

    Bonus of bicycle riding inside – helmet not necessary – or not AS necessary. 🙂

  13. amatthia said,

    on January 4th, 2008 at 5:36 pm

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    Hmmm..I would have to say that dream is right about as weird as mine. I dreamt the other night that it started hailing but the hail was huge and more like rocks than ice..someone I knew got smashed in the head with one of the rocks (ie.hail) The first thing I thought when I saw the hail was "I knew the end of the world was coming soon" and I got chills and I woke up terrified..ugh.

  14. ClagettsFLStyle said,

    on January 4th, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    I can relate… a little

    It's actually been pretty cold here in FL. PTL it never lasts more then a few days. Don't hate me..LOL.

    Up North though we had a wood burning stove in our basement. My DH cut rectangle holes in the floors of all the rooms and put vent covers on them – so when the wood stove was going downstairs we could open them up and let the heat come up the vents instead of just relying on the stairway.

    Your dream was a little creepy.. NOT.. it was major creepy, but an interesting read to say the least. Just wish I wasn't reading it before I go to bed.

  15. Anonymous said,

    on January 4th, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Alan Keyes could be a major contender!

    I was pleasantly surprised to visit for the first time, looking for info on herbal teas, and found your comment about Alan Keyes. I would like to encourage you and your little one to do all you can to make Alan Keyes a major contender! Remember, its "we the people!" Not "we the Republican National Committee"! I just couldn't resist saying something about Alan Keyes. Why not do some blogging on and linking his website to your blog? Being this is my first visit, forgive me if you have already done so. The race to the White House is only beginning. There is no telling what you and your little guy can do for Alan Keyes. Your little efforts, or big efforts, might be the ones that make it happen. Isn't it your wish worth more than a wish?

  16. Christine said,

    on January 5th, 2008 at 7:07 am

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    Hi Jen!

    Just a thought…maybe try washing your hair and face in the kitchen sink and showering at a different time. That way when the cold water comes it's not a whole head-to-toe freeze, just a partial one! Also, consider the Europeon look for winter!

    You have given me a greater appreciation of central heating, thanks! It gets mighty cold here in Illinois and we are just plain ole wimpy and spoiled.

    Dreams or no dreams, "Even so, come, Lord Jesus."

    Love in Christ,


  17. CaliCarolina said,

    on January 5th, 2008 at 10:59 am

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    Have you found that you can control your dreams more as you've practiced? As I've gotten older, I can usually make scary ones at least change for the better. I have repeatedly dreamed of rescuing drowning people, even though I'm not a strong swimmer. I always just jump right in. And when I fly, I hover near the ground, kinda floating like the one lady mentioned, but with my arms spread out. And I'll need to land periodically and then take off again. Weird. Oh, and we don't use our heater at night here, and it was below 50 inside yesterday when we woke up. Yikes. It's cold when you can see your breath *inside* your house!

    Isn't it great that we can always cry out to Jesus when we're overwhelmed?

  18. Prodoceo said,

    on January 5th, 2008 at 9:20 pm


    First, I'm with you regarding heating with a woodstove. We did it for years when we lived in New Hampshire and I soon tired of having it be 80 degrees in one room and 47 degrees in another!! Why isn't it ever 80 in the room where the shower is??

    Secondly, wouldn't touch that gunshot to the back of the head dream with a tenfoot pole. My name is definintely NOT Joseph…besides interpretting dreams got him in some big time trouble a few times!

    Very entertaining post, but the way!

  19. ByHisGraceInColorado said,

    on January 5th, 2008 at 9:21 pm


    VERY weird dream. Very weird that you chose to share it with us, although I didn't HAVE to read the rest of the post, now did I????

    I had a great dream but can't remember it. I had it the other night after we watched "Miss Potter." Have you seen that? IT is great!

    So what movies have you been watching lately??? Some really nasty ones, seems to me. Sounds like you need to write another story like that one where you died….."The Day I Died II" (The sequel) Ok!? If you do we split the royalties, since it was my idea. 🙂


    So, can't Coie or Geo get you a cheap space heater or something?



  20. skdenfeld said,

    on January 6th, 2008 at 4:43 am

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    Oh, I so know that shower scenario! I think I'll go crawl under MY covers now, thanks.

    PS. Your dreams have popped into my posts too..come see. Nothing to be afraid of. Promise.

    PSS. When I fly I always have to flap my arms like mad. It's exhasuting stuff getting off the ground..

    Edited by skdenfeld on Jan. 6, 2008 at 4:46 AM

  21. UndertheSky said,

    on January 6th, 2008 at 9:01 pm


    All I have to say is that I am glad dreams are not interpreted in our day as they were in the Old Testament! Goodness, Jen, you have a vivid mind! :+)

    We have been to put it mildly. Flu, ear infections, ER runs, SO. Much. Fun. I finally feel semi-human again and I can almost hear out of my left ear again. ICK! I wish you were here so I could tell you to stay away from us! But, of course, you are not, and there is no real fear of you coming any where NEAR me in the future. WAH!!

    OK, enough about ME. I miss you. Oh, wait, that was about ME again, wasn't it. LOL

    I do miss you, and hope you have a better year.



  22. Testimony said,

    on January 7th, 2008 at 8:41 am

    I think so too

    It would have been nice if Alan Keyes was a contender too.

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