05 January 2020

OPA 2019 in Review

This was the second year of my Olympic Peninsula Adventure. 

January found a bunch of us having a girls weekend at Oceanside resort in La Push. Got some sunset and sunrise pictures on First Beach. Fun time. 

We had lots of snow around Valentine's Day, measured about a foot deep on driveway.  I managed to clear off most of it in easy stages. Jimmy, one of the construction crew, came around in a Bobcat and cleaned off a few driveways and finished off mine. 

Joined some other Twilight fans to tour the Madison HS that was used in filming Twilight one last time in March. And we fit in some other film sites as well for a full weekend trip. They have torn down the old school to rebuild the school. 

In March I found out that the knee pain since December was arthritis. Attended a seminar on stem cell injection soon after diagnosis but before seeing orthopedic doctor. After a personal evaluation at Kingston Crossing Clinic and the Ortho MD I decided to go for the stem cell injection for both knees and hope to avoid any future knee replacement. I also tried some physical therapy to strengthen leg muscles to stabilize the knee. Those exercises aggravated the piriformis muscles a lot which lead to other problems. 

I had a three month follow up visit in October and the sonogram showed a much smoother knee joint and wider space in joint. So success. I still have some ache on occasions. Then in December it really started hurting in same place as last year. Figured out left knee especially does not like me enjoying sugar treats in excess, which I had sorta been doing with the holidays. Stick to my after meal ginger candy or chocolate mint and very occasional soda. Also more consistent use of heat on the knee has helped. I have a six month follow up visit in January.  

In April work started on landscaping front yard. No idea what to do in back yard, so just large gravel. Front looks good and fits me. 

A neighbor had a yard sale of her deceased brother's items. Saw a nice set of entertainment cabinets and an end table. Thought about it as went about errands and decided to get all three pieces. Easy to move from a couple doors down. Now had space for larger TV. 

In May I received the title to the home. Which was a bit weird as I had not yet finish paying the construction cost. That precipitated a real dust up between me and the construction company. There were still things that needed to be completed.  Finally got them done and finally paid off the construction cost. 

Met up with one of my nieces and her significant other, Kandi and Wes, in La Push. Nice dinner visit.

June was busy with RainCon in Forks and then a mostly static air show at Fairchild airport. Went on a short helicopter ride over to Crescent Lake.

In July I bought some end tables to use in guest room from a friend that was downsizing. Gay saw them and fell in love with them, so they got moved to Forks after I found a chest of drawers that work better in my guest room. 

In August I drove over for an one day visit to the Washington Renaissance Faire. Long drive, traffic back up getting into parking lot for couple of miles. Nice enough faire. 

Finally got to go on the Logging Mill tour in Forks. Very interesting. Want to do it again when knee isn't so sore. Also a friend couldn't make trip to Dungeness Spit lighthouse and transferred it to me. This trip was via a boat. No dock, so feet got wet. With arthritic knee doubtful I will ever make the 5+miles hike and back. 

My friend, Christine Bentley-Johnston, joined me for Forever Twilight in Forks this year. And we started celebrating my 70th birthday anniversary on the last day at Jitterbugs Ice Cream place. Christine was a lot more lively than I was. FTF was better this year, fewer people, but still kinda exhausting.

Early November I went on shorter version of East Coast Trip than had planned before stem cell injections. Flew into Dulles, spent couple of days in Washington DC area. A whole day in Arlington NC. Most of a day at Air Force Memorial by Arlington then onto Lincoln Memorial, Viet Nam Memorial, Nurses Memorial, Korean War Memorial. The Thomas Jefferson Memorial was under going some repair work, so I just drove past. 

Next stop was Owning Mills Maryland to visit on-line friend Sandi Layne. Delightful visit. Had some problems with hotels there. Next to New Jersey, close to where I lived and worked in 1973-4. Got lost trying to get into/through NYC to get to Connecticut to visit old friend from San Jose, Audrey Hawker. Eventually found my way to her area, I did want to see some scenery. Had to pass up meeting up with Christilynn in New Haven, just wanted to get to New Hampshire and friend Joanne without risking getting lost again. Good visit with Joanne and Christopher. Then to Boston area to fly home on Veteran's Day.

FTF and the East Coast trip wore me out and peopled me out. I did get together with Gay Bunnell and Sherri Aguayo for my actual birthday. Sherri and I went to see Frozen 2 before dinner. Also we all three got together to watch Star Wars IX. I had Christmas day dinner at a friends. Otherwise Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve were low key. No presents, no cards sent out this year. Received a couple of things at FTF birthday party and two tree ornaments for Christmas.  

Hope to be healthier for 2020.

21 May 2019

All things relate to Twilight

The current uproar over abortion has me thinking of various Twilight fan fiction that deals with the various issues. Not everyone knows someone who has had an abortion or been adopted or had a still birth. Sometimes fiction with characters that we care about can expose us to thoughts and feelings that we might not otherwise have. 

My thoughts about abortion are in the previous post. So here are some Twilight fan fiction stories that deal with the issue of abortion, adoption, what makes a family. There are others. These four are ones I've reread a few times and highlight different aspects of the whole issue. 

1. Meeting Myself by AMomWhoWrites: One lie sealed his fate. He couldn't look back and he couldn't move on, but what happens when he finds out, sixteen years later it was all a lie...  All human, canon couples, plus other characters. This is a completed story. 
This is at times a gut wrenching story. It deals with teenage pregnancy, abortion, adoption, drug addiction, foster care, still birth, truth / lies, love / marriage, family coming together. Suggest having tissues handy. Warnings are given for possible triggers in chapters.


2. All Roads Lead Straight Back to You by bashfulbellawannabe: When a secretly pregnant Isabella walked out of Edward's life 4 years ago, he thought he's never see her again...  
All human, not complete. The first few chapters deal with Edward finding out why Isabella left and that he has a son. 
Kind of shows what can happen if the father is left out of the equation in a different manner than Meeting Myself does.


3. While You Were Knocked Out Cold by Melolable: On his way to propose to long time girlfriend Tanya, Edward witnesses an horrific hit and run car accident. The driver's plea changes everything for Edward...
All human, canon couples, complete
Yes it has a While You Were Sleeping vibe to it. I include it on this list to show, sperm donor doesn't make you a father. 


4. Full Circle by JenRar: Edward left Bella to keep her safe. Not all monsters are immortal, and fate usually gets its way, no matter how hard you fight it. ...
Vampires and humans and wolves. Complete but needs a sequel or more epilogue. 
Child is result of rape and we read of Bella's thoughts and feelings about keeping it or not. Another one where sperm donor doesn't make you a father. 


Abortion


I believe life begins at conception. 

This is a faith based belief, thought, and feeling. It resonates to me as truth. As such abortion is murder and all involved are guilty. 

I understand and accept that others do not agree with that belief, thought, feeling. As such it is a private decision between the two parties directly involved and their god/higher power belief system. I think that the mother's choice should take priority over the sperm donor's. 

It is none of my business to know or judge. Nor is it anyone else's business to know or judge. I believe that judgment will happen to all of us eventually. 

Being a faith based decision and to keep separation of church and state intact, it is none of government's business to know or judge.

Making abortion illegal is not the way to make it not happen. Look at what happened with making alcohol illegal.

We need to make preventing pregnancy easy to access and very affordable. We need to educate youth on how to avoid pregnancy until ready. We need to educate youth on options in the case of pregnancy. I really like the idea of making sperm donors accountable as soon as conception is confirmed and deny rapists any and all parental rights, child support is an obligation not a right. 

We need to make adoption less a sigma - for parents and child - and less expensive, easier while maintaining adequate checks for children to go to good home. We need to support pregnancies that are unwanted but also the mother doesn't want to abort, that would include lost wages. We need to make adoption an affordable option for birth mother to have a healthy baby and life. 

People need to step up and adopt, too many say they will or would and never do or only if certain restrictions are met about the child. Parameters for parents/home need not be limited by age, gender or income, but based on heart, situation and psyche. 

We need to educate people about our faith based belief, hope that they will come to understand and think/feel/belief the same way about how precious life is and begins at conception. In the meantime we need to accept that others do not share our belief and give them the choice of a safe medical procedure.