Posts Tagged ‘celebrations’

Lucky Me!

Sunday, August 5th, 2018

Nyel, the Birthday Boy

Months ago, when I asked Nyel what he wanted to do for his 75th birthday, I knew I was taking my chances.  It would have been safer just to plan a surprise party or an outing to a wait-and-see destination but, over the years, we’ve done a number of those for one another.  It felt like this one should be something planned by the Birthday Boy himself.

His choice: dinner at Portland’s very spiffy Ringside Steakhouse and overnight at the Benson Hotel with all its beguiling amenities. Perfect!  I couldn’t have chosen better myself.  “And…” he said and I thought oh-oh here it comes – the part I couldn’t have imagined in my wildest dreams… “I’d like to visit a few Goodwill stores while we’re in the area”.

Sydney, The Lucky Wife

Actually, when I think of it, those celebratory selections are the quintessential Nyel.  He loves elegance.  Dressing for dinner, waiters in tuxes, the old-fashioned charm of a classic hotel complete with breakfast brought to your room with linens and dome-covered dishes. And he couldn’t be happier than when he is poking through a junk store or on a sartorial quest in a gently used clothing store.  (Right now, the search is on for vests.)

We got to town in time to have lunch at Ya Hala, a wonderful Lebanese restaurant in our friend Maggie’s neighborhood.  Maggie is in recovery mode after serious surgery and so we paid her a visit armed with the restaurant’s fabulous bread and humus.  I’m pleased to report that her recovery is going splendidly!  She is already plotting and planning her next trip to the beach, though that won’t happen for a while yet.

All-in-all, I’m pleased to report that Nyel’s 75th was a success all the way around!  And, we both agree that this one deserves celebrating for an entire year – maybe not on such a grand scale, but with something unexpected and unusual every single month.  Sounds like a perfect plan to me!

Decoration Day

Saturday, May 29th, 2010
Memorial Day, Oysterville Cemetery

     In Oysterville we take Memorial Day weekend seriously.  It’s the one weekend of the year that most of the residents try to be ‘in town’ and so it’s the weekend that we hold our Annual Meetings,  have a town picnic, and take flowers up to our family plots at the cemetery.  Most of us still call the holiday “Decoration Day” as our parents and grandparents called it, even though the name was changed way back in 1882.
     Early in the morning on the official Memorial Day – the last Monday of May – members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars gather at our little cemetery, play taps, and lower the flag to half staff in honor of those who died in the service of our country.   There are seldom more than two or three Oysterville folks present for the ceremony, but this year will probably be different.
     Our newest residents, Hal and Diane Buttrell, are hosting a celebration at their home immediately following the ceremony at the cemetery.  Famous poems will be read; historic speeches delivered; patriotic songs sung.  Diane promises coffee cake and beverages and a tour of the house which is in the process of being renovated.  The town is abuzz.
     Meanwhile, most of us are wondering where we will find flowers for the ‘decoration’ part of the day.  The rhododendrons that we usually count on are already long past this year.  The lilacs are all but gone.  The honeysuckle isn’t yet in bud.  Decorating for this Decoration Day may require a little ingenuity.