April 22, 2018

I have had the occasion to look into my journals for the years of 1981 through 1983. Especially I have been reading about our family vacations.  We most often went camping in the mountains, but on occasion we would load up the car and tent trailer and go to California to visit my mother. Her second husband Ferdi owned a beach house just a short walk from Aptos State Beach. We would park the tent trailer in the driveway so that we could have sleeping room for all of us as well as Ferdi and Elma in the two-bedroom house.

My sisters and I inherited the house when Mother died, and we still keep it running by hiring a paid manager and renting it out through VRBO. We keep the house in excellent condition, upgrading every year. This year the house was repainted. Doesn’t it look cheerful and welcoming? We rent it out as “Happy House By the Sea.”

It has been a happy place for us for many years. I believe I was in early teens when we first were invited there for a day at the beach. At that time, the concrete ship “Palo Alto” beached there was already falling to the waves. We could walk out to the bow section but not on it. The years have continued to beat it down until last year when part of it turned over on its side. Now the pier that leads to it is as far as we can walk.

In recent years we have only visited at the beach about once a year when the sisters have a meeting to plan for next year’s expenditures. As we get older, the drive is more challenging. There it sits, the most leisurely place I know of, wonderful in rain or sun, full of memories, inviting us, but we don’t go. Isn’t that silly? This year we’ll fly to San Jose and rent a car. Gary uses a push wheelchair to the plane (helpers push it because I can’t push it anymore). We can get a push chair into a rental car, then use a power rental at the beach. We tried that a few years ago, but the rental place was in San Jose and when the scooter died, we were up a creek until the repairman could come. Better luck this year, we hope. The rules are that family can go at a big discount in “off season,” October through April. Next year Gary and I plan to go more than once! PMA

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I see complexities in everything and believe through experience that there is indeed "opposition in all things," or, in other words, yin and yang, that little symbol of white and black with an eye of each in the substance of the other represents life as I know it. So I write weekly essays about what I find. As a writer, I have published articles, poetry, and hymn texts. I have a couple of historical novels in the works. I wrote the texts to two hymns in the LDS Hymnbook, "Let the Holy Sprit Guide" and "With Songs of Praise." I'm an enthusiastic member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As the wife of Gary L Allen, we have four children, three of whom have many children. A gardener, Cub Scout Den Leader, and conscientious exerciser, as body and resources allowed, I've walked, moved to group exercise to music, tap danced for a while, then loved yoga for about 25 years. I have been an English teacher at BYU. Gary and I spent a year (2004-5) in China teaching English at a Qingdao University. Later we spent 18 months in the Seattle area on a CES and proselyting mission. To retain my claim to be a writer, I write a weekly essay almost every Sunday. A companion publication with this blog is "Penny's Shards," a large number of very short short stories.

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