The Gift of Amethyst & Myrtle Wood.

Birthdays often come with amazing gifts. Mine was no different. In the week that my birthday fell this year I have been blessed over and over again, sometimes bring me to tears.

Some of the gifts were functional, such as clothing from my husband & daughter’s & family. A new nightgown which I would live in if I could get away with it, and my family knows this so well it has become a joke. Goodies of all kinds of flavor and textures, flowers, candy, and one the most wonderful gifts of all: a Myrtle Wood Elephant carving. If you didn’t know by now I collect elephants now you do. And also for those of you who don’t know that Myrtle Wood trees which traditionally only grows in the Holy Land also grows prolifically in Southern Oregon and Northern California. I believe it is a different strain of Myrtle Wood than that the grows in the Holy Land but do not hold me to that fact.

This beautiful wood that grows here in Oregon has made its way into my life in many forms. I’ve learned to cook with it;s leaves as I would any laurel leaf. Bay. I have combs, barrets, headbands made from the wood. I have a salad bow and matching individual bowls that was a wedding gift from my late Father & Mother in laws who lived at the coast the entire time I had the honor of knowing them while they were still here on earth.

And now I have a Myrtle wood elephant.

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There is great significance and meaning for my husband this year of my 57th birthday for his choice to gift me an elephant carved from a burl of Myrtle Wood. In this gift from him comes his message that he loves me unconditionally; that he knows what is important to me and that he respects not only my life long infatuation with one of God’s most magnificent animals on earth, the elephant. Even more important my husband  honors my faith. This is huge, HUGE coming from a mn who when we fell in live told me he just did not get faith, God or “religion”. Never pushing my beliefs on anyone or him and for over 40 years I watched my best friend forever nurture and find his own faith in something higher than his self. He once asked me what it means to me to believe in God. Without a lot of fanfare & chatter filling in needless details I simply said, “my faith is what gives me continued hope and without hope I’d find despair” I thrive on that Hope. It’s so much more than that for me, but in which he understood today it for that moment it was enough.

That my husband would honor so much about who I am through this celebration of my faith in mankind representative in the Myrtle Wood carved elephant; and of my faith in the Holy Spirit, says much about him and our relationship. And Our friendship.

Wood, and a sacred wood was part of my celebrating 57.

As was a Gift of Amethyst from a very special and wise woman who I adore as much as I adored and loved my late grandmother. This special lady is in her mid 80’s and she means the world to me. So much so that I have an expression I use when describing my good and dear friend Miss E. “I want to be just like Miss E when I grow up.  Since there is an almost 30 years difference in our ages Miss E of course has many more life experiences that she has used to become the woman of wisdom that I love.

For my birthday this most sincere woman I know of deep faith and more grace in her little fingers than I have I my whole hand gifted me a stunning pendant of Amethyst and matching earings. This woman gifting me anything but her friendship is so unnecessary. I just need her in my world. But non the less a gift she gave me. And what a gift.

Throughout history Amethyst has been used to guard against hearing disorders, insomnia, headaches and other pain.Worn to make the wearer gentle and amiable. Amethyst powers include: dreams, healing, peace, love, spiritual uplifted, courage,  psychism, protection against thieves, and happiness.

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The pendant’s purple color is a not so subtle Red Hat statement from my friend Miss E. This is where I was blessed to meet her, through the Red Hat chapter we belong to. We are both The Red Hot Bend Bodacious Mountain Momma’s – Red Hatters. Informally known and affectionately called The M & M’s.

 Can you imagine my beautiful Miss E. being bodacious? If not think of the time this gorgeous, and I do mean striking gorgeous woman on her way to our weekly breakfast meeting in jammies and her car breaking down smack in one of our town’s busiest intersections.  I can, and it makes me smile every time.

Why on earth would Miss E. be in her pj’s driving to a breakfast meeting?

One a year we hold a children’s pj drive for our local children who may be in need of a clean and comforting pair of jammies. I’m certain it’s an excuse for us to: One; Shopping, as this is the Red Hatter’s national sport  And Two; any excuse for a party. And in pj’s!  We all attend this annual breakfast in pj’s that morning.

I can see in my mind’s eyes Miss E. not being too flustered by getting caught in her pj’s. No, she’s bound to be more concerned about the tote bag of children’s pj’s beside her and how she was going to get them to our own inter-chapter pj facilitator in time. And I know without any doubts that Miss E. was giving the tow truck driver a neck rub as soon as he arrived, and anyone else standing near enough. This is one of Miss E’s talents and gifts to us each and every time we meet, a neck rub. It’s a great way to start a Thursday weekly breakfast meeting.

This is all just a sampling what I feel about this woman and why. When I opened the small jewelery box my heart stopped when I saw the pendant. I believe it’s some what old. It’s a gorgeous vintage piece and one that I’ll wear over and over. Just the perfect amount of bling for me.

There is such significance in these gifts from these very special people in my world. I am more than blessed than I deserve I’m sure of this. I was truly spoiled rotten with other gifts of riches from family & friends. Receiving a Smash Journal & Trimmings, New Stevie Nicks CD’s x 3 & a New Adele CD, A DVD of 15 Film Noir movies, a beautiful bottle of wine, a silly and fun wine goblet, chocolate cookies, all for a perfect Noir Film festival. A very different kind of combination journal and kind of pen-pal kit. It’s called a “Traveling Journal” and I’ll save the details for an elaborate post for the near future.

As is seen by the thoughtful gifts my family & friends were so lovingly generous with its easy to see what I’m passionate about; and they have created a whole new year of adventures for me to explore based on these gifts I have received from them.

57 is already an awesome age to be!

Thank you with gratitude to my beloved husband, my Precious Miss E. & all my loving & kind family and friends.~

{ A Side Note to Kate & My Twin Sheila:  Listening to our “oldies this morning. Needles & Pins by The Searchers. Remember? I just keep thinking of you both as I write while the 50’s & 60’s are playing in my distance:}

Cathy’s Clown ~ The Everly Brothers.

Suspicion Minds ~ Elvis

Wonderful World ~ Sam Cooke

Only The Lonely ~Roy Orbison

Hards Days Night ~ I don’t even need to say… LOL

It’s Over ~ Roy Orbison (again)

Broadway ~ The Drifters  (OH Yeah!)

To Love Somebody ~ The Bee Gees

Kisses Sweeter Than Wine ~ Jimmie Rogers

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more here:  purple gemstones

http://www.realoregongift.com/Myrtle_Tree_Story/myrtle_tree_story.html

©TJHELSER 2012

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25 thoughts on “The Gift of Amethyst & Myrtle Wood.

  1. This is very late that i just catch up with your blog today, but late than never! Happpy belated birthday and the post is such an awe feeling i had after reading it! Hope you will have a great Easter! 🙂

    • Please know how much I adore that you wrote. That you wished me a Happy Birthday anytime is really kind and thoughtful.It pleases me that you found something in my post that speaks to you. This was and is my whole intent for writing here. Thank you so much for coming back and for taking the time to wish my a Happy Birthday.

      Have a wonderfully Happy Easter!

  2. What relationships you have? A testimony to the fact that you yourself are a generous spirit, and very loving. I am so happy that you have these blessings in your life. I was moved at your words about faith and your love for your husband. Who needs to count the years when there are so many blessings around you to count? Thank you so much for being a friend to me. Your kindness is more appreciated than you know! My DAD, you knew I would get there 🙂 liked to show his elephant treasures. He was an expert at hiding things. He carved out a walnut shell from the center. It looked like a face except the mouth, a complete round circle was open. Inside he had a tiny succesion of carved ivory elephants. It was spectacular to us. He stopped the mouth with some cotton that he dyed red. If you didn’t know, it just looked like a child’s toy gone bad!!!! Enjoy your gifts! 🙂

    • Terri my friend, you and your dad’s amazing times never cease to surprise me. In the most wonderful ways.

      Not only woud I have loved your dad, I’d treaure the things like the succession of elephants. Too cool!
      Do you still have things such as you just wrote about?

      Thank you so much my dear friend for leaving such sweet comments, .

      • Yes, it is still here. I realized later, that I meant pecan instead of walnut. Good grief. I don’t know how he emptied the inside, but it is a nice memory. I should photo that for you. The only problem is that my mother can’t remember where she put it, and it is almost impossible to find with all the boxes and trunks that she has stacked. She doesn’t remember a lot of things, and I take care of her. I would love to share that when I find it. Thank you, BFF

        • My Dearest Terri,
          That you are your mm’s caretaker lets me love you easier than before. Not that you are not easy to love anyway. God bless you that you are there for her.
          I’d love to see the elephant succession in the pecan and would print it to add to my collection.
          I’ve several photos or images of elephants in my collection too.

          Please be well, always be in touch, and sending you hugs from me to you~ Your BFF~

          • Thanks for the response. It is a full time job. I wrote a veiled post about it but I just couldn’t publish it. It is tragic to see someone implode in increments. This isn’t to burden you. So some posts may seem off a bit. Some days are harder than others. Thanks for the reply!

          • I wanted to add that finding that pecan in all the things my mother has packed and lost the keys to would be almost as difficult as raising the Titanic…But if and when I do. You will be the first to know….

        • Please know that you in no way are ever any kind of burden to me. I welcome anything and everything, good and bad you choose to share.
          That you take care of your mom as you do delights me. You could never turn a smile away from me because we have this in common as well. In some respects my mom being diagnosed with cancer of the lungs was also a death sentance to her mind. As she declined it was obvious, yet she demanded that we all not make noise about her dying this is what we chose to do so that she remained in control. I moved into her home away from my husband D and our youngest daughter who 2.5 months until she died in her own bed with my husband sitrting beside her. So although completely different scenerio I do understand to some degree.

          Please kno Luv that in no way are you burdening me when you share anything, but especially when it comes to your mom. I remember feeling at the time (1991) that there was no one to talk about it, no frame of referenc to pull from. So please, please do not feel as if as you put it I am burdening her, I aqm here to write, to share, to vent even. If this, WP posts are too public you know where my email can be found, please feel free to us it and I too will email you. This is not to say it would take away from WP posts for both of us. Just an alternative for yet more personal communications between us. Just a thought.

          I enjoy your sharing my friend and would haul my kiester to your 4 walls if I could to share a cuppa tea and listen to times with and stories about your beloved daddy and your mom
          Please never feel anything but loving gentle hugs from me.
          .

  3. Having just celebrated my birthday as well, you have given me some hope that there will come a time when my husband will also honour my faith as well. Thank you for that lovely gift.

    • Happy Birthday Dear Michelle! Thank you for writing and the loviest comment ever.
      I do hope that this narrative continues to be a gentle reminder of great things to come. I am not sure how long you have been married but mine of 42 yrs next month has always been a process of us both growing. Leaps and bounds towards a common ground regarding faith has been an ongoing gift from my guy.
      As long as you continue to express a faithful devotion he’ll get one day, he’ll surprise you just as mine did. I am blessed in ways betond what I can explain, yet my guy knows without doubt my glass is always half full because my faith keeps me grounded.

      Time is your friend sweetie.~

      God Bless you & I am so hapy we are birthday girls together!

  4. Dearest Joy-Sister and Lover of all that is beautiful: what a wonderful birthday you had. I love your playlist from the oldies station….and oh my goodness what a fabulous listing of loving thoughtful gifts. so well deserved, as you spend your days and nights in giving mode all the time. I look forward to the photo updates :-). Hugs and love~nice that we can both be 57 together now 🙂

    • My Dearest Katie girl,
      You say some of the most signifigant & touching things. Our kindred spirits are both touching and sincere.

      You are someone I think of having a deep faith and would know if something is a miss. I love that about you and feel at times love conquers anything,

    • You and me both Cee. Love to browse coastal town shops, even the 2nd hand stores seem to have unique items I would never find in town. Why did Chris stop collecting elephants? I can only imagine the beauties.

      Thanks again Cee for your lovely wishes.

    • Is it not just so cool how just a few chords or lyrics can take you back. I can recall the exact place I sat in front of my first pioneer stereo listening to tunes like these.
      I dig rock n roll music……or any music. Some small exceptions.

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