04 January 2017

Poem: Time Stands Still

Time Stands Still
By Abby Weyr
4 January 2017

Death comes to us all
No matter money
Or social status.

Time stands still
For those close
To heart.

Time slowly leaks back in
Backwards at first as
Remember shared past joys.

Sadly you face life ahead
Without the loved one
As life does go on.

Grief comes and goes
As ocean waves on the shore
Crashing or gentle nudge

Time stands still
For each wave
Let it be.

Faith and hope and love
Whispers that you
Will see them again

Let that give you
Strength to carry forward
As Time restarts.

My grandnephew, Jeremy Rice, passed away 3 Jan 2017
This poem is for his parents, Jay and Valerie. Love you.
And for other of my friends that have lost loved ones. 

14 December 2016

So Cal trip post day 11: Now for the Home Work

There is the post trip process - sharing pictures and writing blog posts.  I do transfer images from camera memory card to computer on daily basis. Due to connection problems and lack of time and energy, sharing pictures and writing up blog posts usually has to wait until I get home and unpacked. So while doing laundry I posted some pictures to my Facebook account. I was asked to post all the Twilight related ones to an album in auction group and was able to do that as well.

I had not planned on writing blog posts on the trip, but the shared pictures generated some comments and so I started writing. I am OCD enough to write the whole trip, not just the Twilight part. Sharing pictures is totally different for me from sharing my words. Sharing my words is more personal. It is scary. I am more vulnerable with my writing. It takes a lot longer.

It was a wonderful birthday trip. So glad I took Jack Morrissey’s advice and went to the Twilight Live Auction event. I am glad that the visits with family and friends worked out around the event and the holiday weekend.

Thank you for reading and commenting on the pictures and the link to the blog posts, be it on my wall or in one of the groups. Just liking the FB post with the link to the blog post is wonderful. Thank you Jack and Lissy for approving the links to the group.

This is the last blog post about my Southern California trip. Now to write my Dear Santa letter and year in review letter. And then maybe my one shot fan fiction.

Acknowledgements and thanks to the following people for help with the blog posts: Karen Mah, for help in finding the Twilight Meadow and previewing that post
Adrienne Spykers and Lori Hurley Wright for previewing the auction post.
Christine Bentley Johnston for previewing most all the other ones and general encouragement.
Any errors after their preview are all mine. 

Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! Happy all the other Holidays during this time!

Take care.

So Cal trip day 11: Homeward bound via coast

Sunday, 27 November, started early about 0130hrs. It was raining when I woke up. Packed up overnight things. Pulled off bed sheets and along with towels were put in laundry room. Packed up cold items. When ready to load up car the rain had stopped. I was on the road about 0300hrs. Gave me two hours to get to other side of LA before hopefully most people getting up and started home after holiday weekend.

Happy Birthday to me! This introvert welcomed the quiet and alone time for the drive home. Enjoyed the time visiting with Twilight folks and family and friends, but time to get some serious quiet time to recharge. I tried playing some music and turned it off after a song or two. 

Traffic increased around Long Beach along with starting to rain again. I had checked weather at various points along the way, so it wasn’t unexpected. It rained off/on up to Morro Bay. Traffic decreased some after passing LAX and even less once on 101 Northbound. Stopped for breakfast in Ventura about 0700hrs. Sun was lighting the sky a bit too, so wouldn’t miss the pretty scenery on the rest of the trip. Debated stopping and doing coastal highway with fresh start on Monday. Debated keeping to 101 all the way home. Decided to go west at San Luis Obispo to see at least Morro Bay and make final decision from there.

Even before SLO the first stop was Pismo Beach. A high school classmate, Barry Anderson, use to live there most of the time. Visited the pier there. Looked a little familiar from all the pictures Barry had shared of his surfing in the area. There is a flag pole that honors the military with a unique ‘base’. 

The major rain band was between SLO and Morro Bay. Heavy downpour, could barely see for brief time, slowed way down along with others on the road. And then….clear as a bell, beautiful blue sky a few miles from Morro Bay. Looked clear rest of way up the coast, so onward we go. Stopped at some pull outs to take pictures. 

Stopped at Hearst Castle Visitors Center for lunch and a little shopping. The history is interesting. For some reason I’ve never really been interested in seeing the ‘castle’ itself. There was an elephant seal area a little further north. That was interesting – males only on land at this time. The females are at sea feeding and growing babies. They were just laying there sleeping all bunched together. The wind was really blowing, hard to stand up straight up. Continued on with frequent stops until twilight and time to keep moving. Stopped in Monterey for car gas and dinner. Decided worth it to drive on home. Arrived home about 2000hrs (8pm). 

the 'castle' up on hill

new favorite

other new favorite

Home! Unloaded cold items, computer, pillow. To bed after checked in with travel companions via computer. I had put on the new flannel sheet set before I left. It was wonderful to get into my bed with those new sheets!