Annoyingly Long Photo Parade–but please look anyway!

Current mood: content

I finally moved the pictures from my digital camera so that I could post them for everyone’s enjoyment.  First, here are some pictures from our camping trip.

The first thing I want to show you is this — I found this tree, and on all the leaves there were these strange growths.  I have never seen anything like it that I can remember.  It’s just weird.

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Tay, Princess & Lola
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Explorer Lola
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Princess
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Handsome Man
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My Hammock of Love
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My Sad, Chubby Little Feet
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Daddy & Lola Playing
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Pretty Leaves
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OK – here are pictures of the unveiling of Lola’s room – keep in mind we didn’t spend a lot, we just basically got rid of all the junk that was filling her room and put a lot of pink, blue, purple stuff, etc.  It really isn’t ANYTHING fancy, just more for her to play in etc. than it was before.  The difference is, sadly, quite striking, and since this really is rather meager, that should tell you something about what it was like before.

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OK – here are some cute pics of the girls, their curly hair and how alike it is…

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And these are pictures I took yesterday morning of my handsome man and my pretty kids.  No special reason — just pestering everyone first thing in the morning with the camera.  Princess had just gotten up, hadn’t gotten dressed or brushed her hair so she was a little camera shy, so there aren’t many pictures of her she would allow me to post on here…

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And lastly, here are some pictures of the tiger lilies around one corner of my house.  I just thought they looked perty.

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Needing a sisterhood

It just occurs to me what exactly I am missing these days.

My therapist went to great pains last week to point out to me that I am very lonely.  I denied it of course, but then I decided to concede that I was lonely for specific people who live far away.

Which, I am.

But I was just thinking about what I would really, really like.

I want to be a Ya-Ya.  I want a sisterhood of friends who are free spirited, passionate, intelligent and just have joi de vivre.  I have one Ya-Ya down in Cincinnati, and a few in other places, who would never let something as silly as being “embarrassed” stop them from having the highest old time they could muster.  Who feel that children don’t have to be an impediment to having a fantastic day. 

Ah, where are MY Ya-Yas, I ask you?  Would they participate in crazy hijinks no matter how off the wall?  Would they go to the Harry Potter movie on opening night wearing pajamas and having fun with all the kids? 

Just wondering.

Beautiful Artwork

Current mood: impressed

You all know I’m a huge Harry Potter fan.  I have found an artist who does artwork based on Harry Potter and she is unbelievably talented.  Her medium is graphite and prismacolor colored pencils, along with a bit of india ink.

Her website is www.mudblood428.com, and this is one of my favorite pictures, but it makes me cry, because I just finished Half-Blood Prince again.

Harry, Come On...

You should go check her stuff out.  It’s really good, if you’re into Harry Potter.

Being an Empath/Traits of Empathy

Being an Empath

Empathy is the ability to read and understand people and be in-tune with or resonate with others, voluntarily or involuntarily of one’s empath capacity.

Empaths have the ability to scan another’s psyche for thoughts and feelings or for past, present, and future life occurrences. Many empaths are unaware of how this actually works, and have long accepted that they were sensitive to others.

Empathy is a feeling of another’s true emotions to a point where an empath can relate to that person by sensing true feelings that run deeper than those portrayed on the surface. People commonly put on a show of expression. This is a learned trait of hiding authentic expression in an increasingly demanding society.

An empath can sense the truth behind the cover and will act compassionately to help that person express him/herself, thus making them feel at ease and not so desperately alone.

Empaths experience empathy towards family, children, friends, close associates, complete strangers, pets, plants and inanimate objects. Empathy is not held by time or space. Thus, an empath can feel the emotions of people and things at a distance. Some are empathic towards animals (ie: The Horse Whisperer), to nature, to the planetary system, to mechanical devices or to buildings etc. Others will have a combination of the above.

Empaths are highly sensitive. This is the term commonly used in describing one’s abilities (sensitivity) to another’s emotions and feelings. Empaths have a deep sense of knowing that accompanies empathy and are often compassionate, considerate, and understanding of others.

There are also varying levels of strength in empaths which may be related to the individuals awareness of self, understanding of the powers of empathy, and/or the acceptance or non-acceptance of empathy by those associated with them, including family and peers. Generally, those who are empathic grow up with these tendencies and do not learn about them until later in life.

Empathy is genetic, inherent in our DNA, and passed from generation to generation. It is studied both by traditional science and alternative healing practitioners.

Empathy has both biological/genetic and spiritual aspects.

Empaths often possess the ability to sense others on many different levels. From their position in observing what another is saying, feeling and thinking, they come to understand another.

They can become very proficient at reading another persons body language and/or study intently the eye movements. While this in itself is not empathy, it is a side-shoot that comes from being observant of others.
In a sense, empaths have a complete communication package.

While there is much we don’t yet understand about how empathy works, we do have some information. Everything has an energetic vibration or frequency and an empath is able to sense these vibrations and recognize even the subtlest changes undetectable to the naked eye or the five senses.

Words of expression hold an energetic pattern that originates from the speaker. They have a specific meaning particular to the speaker. Behind that expression is a power or force-field, better known as energy. For example, hate often brings about an intense feeling that immediately accompanies the word. The word hate becomes strengthened with the speaker’s feeling. It is that person’s feelings (energy) that are picked up by empaths, whether the words are spoken, thought or just felt without verbal or bodily expression.

Empaths are often poets in motion.

They are the born writers, singers, and artists with a high degree of creativity and imagination. They are known for many talents as their interests are varied, broad and continual, loving, loyal and humorous.

They often have interests in many cultures and view them with a broad-minded perspective. They are mother, father, child, friend, nurse, caregiver, teacher, doctor, sales people… to psychic, clairvoyant, healer, etc. (That is not to say that any of these categories are all empaths.)

The list is extensive and really unimportant. It is more important to notice that empaths are everywhere–in every culture and throughout the world.

Empaths are often very affectionate in personality and expression, great listeners and counselors (and not just in the professional area).

They will find themselves helping others and often putting their own needs aside to do so.

In the same breath, they can be much the opposite. They may be quiet, withdrawn from the outside world, loners, depressed, neurotic, life’s daydreamers, or even narcissistic.

They are most often passionate towards nature and respect its bountiful beauty. One will often find empaths enjoying the outdoors, beaches, walking, etc. Empaths may find themselves continually drawn to nature as a form of release. It is the opportune place to recapture their senses and gain a sense of peace in the hectic lives they may live.

The time to get away from it all and unwind with nature becomes essential to the empath. Animals are often dear to the heart of empaths, not as a power object, but as a natural love. It is not uncommon for empaths to have more than one pet in their homes.

Traits of an Empath

Empaths are often quiet and can take a while to handle a compliment for they’re more inclined to point out another’s positive attributes. They are highly expressive in all areas of emotional connection, and talk openly, and, at times, quite frankly in respect to themselves. They may have few problems talking about their feelings.

However, they can be the exact opposite: reclusive and apparently unresponsive at the best of times. They may even appear ignorant. Some are very good at blocking out others and that’s not always a bad thing, at least for the learning empath struggling with a barrage of emotions from others, as well as their own feelings.

Empaths have a tendency to openly feel what is outside of them more so than what is inside of them. This can cause empaths to ignore their own needs.

In general an empath is non-violent, non-aggressive and leans more towards being the peacemaker. Any area filled with disharmony creates an uncomfortable feeling in an empath. If they find themselves in the middle of a confrontation, they will endeavor to settle the situation as quickly as possible, if not avoid it all together. If any harsh words are expressed in defending themselves, they will likely resent their lack of self-control, and have a preference to peacefully resolve the problem quickly.

Empaths are sensitive to TV, videos, movies, news and broadcasts. Violence or emotional dramas depicting shocking scenes of physical or emotional pain inflicted on adults, children or animals can bring an empath easily to tears. At times, they may feel physically ill or choke back the tears.

Some empaths will struggle to comprehend any such cruelty, and will have grave difficulty in expressing themselves in the face of another’s ignorance, closed-mindedness and obvious lack of compassion. They simply cannot justify the suffering they feel and see.

People of all walks of life and animals are attracted to the warmth and genuine compassion of empaths. Regardless of whether others are aware of one being empathic, people are drawn to them as a metal object is to a magnet! They are like beacons of light.

Even complete strangers find it easy to talk to empaths about the most personal things, and before they know it, they have poured out their hearts and souls without intending to do so consciously.

It is as though on a sub-conscious level that person knows instinctively that empaths would listen with compassionate understanding.

Here are the listeners of life. Empaths are often problem solvers, thinkers, and studiers of many things.

As far as empaths are concerned, where a problem is, so too is the answer.

They often will search until they find one–if only for peace of mind.

~Article by Elisa Aurora~

Uninvited Reader & Invited Readers

Dear Uninvited Reader:

If you’re going to read my private blog without my invitation, just know that I know what you are doing.  You’re invading my privacy, but I have to say you either are an internet searching (and stalking) whiz, or someone is giving you my information and that sucks too.

Sincerely,

The Management

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Dear Invited Readers:

Passwords for Protected Entries have been changed.  If you want the new password you may email me directly.  Thank you.

The Management

Some old entries you might like

I am transferring older journal entries over to here from Diaryland.  I came across a few I wrote back in the Spring of 2004 that I thought people might enjoy.  Some of them are kind of sad, some of them are funny, and some of them I think are a good insight to me as a person.  So here they are.

2/27/04 – A letter to Hobbes

3/24/04 – Steamy Dreams!

3/25/04 – Are You Bona Fide? (This one is funny, at least to me)

3/29/04 – Vanity or Truth

I may link some other ones at a later date.

Uh Oh, Better Hurry with it.

Ok, I had been moving things over from d-land but stopped because I was getting a bit bored doing it.  But today, D-land is moving so slow and things are so bad over there I thought I better get going transferring things over.  I would certainly hate to lose 7 years of writing.  So back to it for a while!

Princess’s Choir Project

Current mood: proud

Here are some pictures from Princess’s Choir Project.  She did a report on Lisa Loeb and had to dress up like her and do her report like she’s talking about herself.  It was pretty cool.  I will be posting links to the videos of her and TayTay doing their reports.  TayTay did hers on Kelly Clarkson.

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Princess’s Award Ceremony Pics

Current mood: sore

Here are some pictures we took at Princess’s School Academic Awards Ceremony.  She was getting the award for being on the honor roll all year. (Again! …Sorry, it’s Brag A Bunch Friday)

Princess & TayTay before the ceremony
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Princess
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TayTay
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All the Girls with their certificates
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Bree with her certificate
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TayTay with her certificate
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Princess with her certificate
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I’ll be posting other pictures and videos soon.