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Oh what a Beautiful Morning *with nods to Rogers and Hammerstien!*

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

I listened to Spark Radio this morning and totally enjoyed it! I look forward to more broadcasts!

I am so grateful that I come from a family that loves to take pictures! I have inherited that love and as I look around my home, I see & smile at all the reminders of how Blessed I truly am. I am my family memory keeper. When grandma died, mama gave me all the family photo albums. I have pictures as far back as my great great grandparents.

I especially love looking at the pics of my mama, grandma and grandpa of when they were growing up. It helps me feel closer to them now that they are gone. I have pictures of my sister, niece and nephew all over as well. Time has flown by so very quickly and I love seeing how beautiful my niece and nephew have grown up to be. Oh! Let us not forget the hundred of pics I have taken at Faire over the last 15 years! *LOL* Will I ever get them organized???

I am thankful I had a chance to watch a flock of birds yesterday morning as I pulled into work. They were almost close enough to touch and were oddly unafraid of me as I got out of my car slowly to watch them. I don't know what kind of birds they were, but being that close to them made my morning.

On a little bit of a vain note, I am so very thankful that my hair has grown back and is even a little thicker than it was pre chemo. It is longer than it has been in years and I have no intention of cutting it, any time soon! I am really enjoying it.

This picture is my grandpa and mama in 1951...*smiles*

  
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KIMBOLEAN 12/2/2012 12:05PM

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EMILYDOODLE 11/24/2012 10:50PM

  Thanks for sharing! I too love to have our pics around to look at.
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PROVERBS31JULIA 11/21/2012 11:53PM

    Wow, your grandma was one hot chicka!! Your granddad handsome too!!

And glad to hear you are doing much better now!! You are blessed to have your photos.

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MARYJEANSL 11/13/2012 1:50PM

  I love old family pictures, too. I am not much of a photographer myself, and can just barely use a digital camera, but I am blessed that one of my cousins and one of my uncles have done tons of research into family history, and even managed to identify every single person in a very old picture of a family gathering, with well over 50 people in it. Family history means so much, and I am so grateful we will not lose it.

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LIBBYL1 11/12/2012 11:36PM

  Thanks for sharing

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KARRENLYNN 11/11/2012 2:49PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 11/10/2012 3:23PM

    great post

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MANILUS 11/10/2012 9:40AM

    You sound just like me in the sense that my family instilled the love of photos and I guard them as precious! Love your old photo and congrats on growing your hair back!!!

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MCSPRYGADA 11/9/2012 11:49AM

    I too love having pics of my family around me. I had one wall in my living room covered with photos for a number of years. It had both current photos as well as old photos of our extended family through the years. Was always fun to walk by and look at as well as a great conversation starter when we had visitors.

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DNRAE1 11/9/2012 9:38AM

    Had to read your blog when it had the title of one of my favorite songs that I sing when I get up in the mornings! It makes me so happy! Old photos and journals are wonderful. I'm the "memory keeper" in my family also. Lots of work and frustration as I lose the ones who had those memories. Wish I had asked more while they were here. emoticon

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GARDEMON 11/8/2012 8:15PM

  Touching

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PAULA3420 11/8/2012 7:16PM

    I enjoyed reading your blog. It made me smile when I saw your title "Oh, what a beautiful morning." Musicals are so much of my daily life. I had to read it. I just listened to Spark Radio and was impressed and motivated. I plan to listen often perhaps daily.

How fortunate you are to be the family keeper of the photos. My parents passed at a young age. I wish I had more family photos. They are so special

I am happy to read you are feeling better. and on the road to recovery. emoticon Paula emoticon

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JILLIEWILLIE1 11/8/2012 4:43AM

    The "memory keeper" is an important job. I have been encouraging my parents to write about their lives and of their parents and grandparents. Some things may be lost forever. I recently celebrated my Dads 80th birthday and everyone in the family founds loads of pictures. Many I have never seen. It was a reminder on how important family is. I am pleased you are feeling better. emoticon

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CINDYSDAY 11/7/2012 10:30AM

    emoticon I am glad that you are doing well!

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Another Marvelous Monday~

Monday, November 05, 2012

I know I talked about it yesterday, but it bears repeating...I love this time change. I was up at 5:30, took a lovely shower, meditated (okay, attempted to anyway! *LOL), worked through my Spark Coach and am doing a couple of other program entries as well and I am not rushed! I am not stressed! I am relaxed and peaceful and have plenty of time yet to get myself ready for work. This so ROCKS! I am also going to begin getting up at 5:00 to get back into my morning workout routine. So, yes, I am repeating this as something I am so grateful for, as it sets the positive tone to my day!

I am grateful for the little pockets of joy that I find during my day! Little unexpected treasures that fill me with light and make me smile!

I'm so thankful that I have a job! I'm grateful that in this uncertain time, I am able to support and take care of myself. My heart aches for all those who are having difficult times finding work. I am so blessed!

Well, I am off to fix breakfast and throw my lunch together. Here is to a Marvelous Monday! I can't wait to see what the day holds in store!

Brightest Blessings,
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EVERLEARNING 11/5/2012 11:58AM

    I LOVE your positive attitude!

Thanks for posting this

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Sunday Serenity

Sunday, November 04, 2012

I love this time change. I can get up an hour earlier and still feel great! It is amazing how much difference an hour makes. I am unhurried, unstressed, and move gently through my morning!

I am so thankful for the wonderfully talented and gifted people who have brought such joy to my life through their books, music, art, and other forms of entertainment and education. I'm grateful to them for helping me expand my mind and indulge my imagination. I'm grateful for books, music and movies that I often get lost in. I love escaping to magical places though words and music. I love learning new ideas and having things to really think about. I can't imagine a world without these precious gifts. Life would truly be black and white.

I am thankful for the peace of morning. I love the time before life demands that I jump in. I love the peace, the quiet, and and the possibilities that are before me. On Sundays, I love Sunday Baroque on Classical 89.7. It enhances my sense of peace and brings me such joy.

I am very grateful that my little car is still running and gets me to and from work and the grocery store every week.

Time for breakfast and to jump into my day! I hope this finds you at peace and filled with serenity.

Bright Blessings,
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EVERLEARNING 11/4/2012 10:30AM

    Thanks for a lovely, uplifting blog!

Your positive energy is absolutely infectious!! Keep spreading the JOY!

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Ahhhhhhh, Saturday!

Saturday, November 03, 2012

WARNING: This is a long one! *Smiles*

Yesterday I showed an old work friend a picture I took of her and her department back in 2000. This lead to a rather introspective discussion as she asked me if I would change anything in my life, knowing what I know now. My answer to her leads me to the first thing on my gratitude list.

I thought for just a moment and then shook my head. I would not change a thing. I know that my marriage to Michael and my divorce from him as well, were gifts. As was my cancer and everything that has happened to me in the past 17 years, even my struggle to lose weight. I am today the result of all I have been through. I am where I am today for the same reason.

1995 is the year it all began for me. I was a quiet, intensely shy, mousy, stay at home dreamer. I can pinpoint the exact moment my metamorphosis began. From that moment on, the journey to who I am becoming was set in motion. I love who I am today and who I am becoming. I am still on that journey and I would not change anything that has happened.

2. I am grateful for the lessons as I learn to meditate. It is an ongoing struggle for me to quiet my ever racing mind, and there are times I despair of ever gaining the inner peace I know is there. That being said, I have found that there are lessons to be learned from my racing thoughts. I look forward to the sudden bursts of insights as my mind runs thoughts over and over and I gently(and not so gently) try to guide them to a box to rest, as I continue to focus on my breath or a word. I'm good with this! *LOL*

3. I am thankful that after much ruminating and softly stressing, I have been made aware that (for now anyway) I am to stay in Las Vegas. For years I have grown tired of the high desert; I am a born water baby!(I am a double water sign!) How I have lasted 25 years in the high desert is beyond my ken) I have yearned to live somewhere that has four seasons, is GREEN, and gets rain! I have always thought I would move to the Seattle area. I have friends in Oregon and Washington so I was very comfortable with the idea of starting over.

However, I never had that epiphany of "Move here, move here!" like I did when I came to Vegas. I KNEW I was supposed to be here and I believed that my marriage and divorce were what I had to experience. However, no matter how dissatisfied I grew here, things never fell into place for me to jump into a major move.

During my recovery, I was transferred to the admin building of my company. Normally I embrace change...I am (or was) a born adventurer. As a result of my cancer and recovery, my tolerance for change was nil. I did NOT want to work at this office with my new boss, I did NOT want to move to this side of town! However, being who I am, I did as I was told and here I am.

While I was not thrilled with my new boss and position, I found that I fell in love with this side of town. The longer I am here the more I love it and once I was transferred this past August to my new department I am finding I am happy! I have fallen in love with Vegas. I am much more aware of it's beauty now and find peace here. As I have pondered a move to Washington since my move here, I have been gently made aware that I need to stay here for now. I am at peace with that. Now I can free myself up to experience the next leg of my journey without the stress! I look forward to it with all my heart.

So, onward and upward! Now that I have rambled on, it is time for me to get off my tush and get to some Fall cleaning!

Life is good!
Bright Blessings,
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CHUM48 11/3/2012 12:26PM

    Isn't it amazing the peace one has when one finds their place in this life! May you continue to walk in this peace!

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Happy Friday!

Friday, November 02, 2012

I LOVE this time of year! Here in Vegas we are finally cooling off for which I am so very thankful! I want to wear my autumn clothing, darn it! In any case, I had a wonderful day yesterday!

I am thankful work went so well yesterday and that I accomplished so much. I lovedending the work day with such a sense of contentment and accomplishment.

Speaking of work, I am so grateful that the Universe conspired to get me into my present position. Before this, I was under so much stress, more than I even realized. For the first time in such a long time (we're talking years here!), I look forward to going to work. I enjoy what I do and I'm good at it. Okay, yes, having a giant window that faces the mountains REALLY helps! *grins* It is a soothing balm to look out and see the wind rustling through the trees,see the clouds shadow the mountain, watch the rain fall...it does a psyche good!

I'm so thankful for my fur baby Shade and the joy she brings me each and every day. The unconditional love she shares with me. The playfulness, the attitude, the cuddles and purrs mean the world to me.


Have a most awesome day!

Bright Blessings,
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PINKNFITCARLA 11/2/2012 9:35PM

    Happy Friday to you also!

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EVERLEARNING 11/2/2012 11:30AM

    How nice to wind up the work week on such a good note!

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JACKIE542 11/2/2012 11:02AM

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MIMIDOT 11/2/2012 10:44AM

    Glad things are going well with you. Good luck!

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NEPTUNE1939 11/2/2012 10:39AM

    LOL - That's why I live in Carson Valley - It's much cooler - LV is a great place to visit. Likewist have a great day, Earl

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