Oysterville Daybook Archives

Thunder! Lightning! Gullywashers! Oh my!

Thunder! Lightning! Gullywashers! Oh my!

Linda and I met for breakfast this morning.  It was nine o'clock -- a civilized hour I thought.  It was raining, but not really buckets -- although I did wonder if the puddle waiting outside my car door was going to go up, up, and inside my...

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Money, News, and Other Random Thoughts

Money, News, and Other Random Thoughts

I can't decide whether that advertisement that prefaces the NYT Morning in my inbox each day is meant to piss me off or give me hope.  Usually, it's the former.  "7 ways to Retire Comfortably With $500k" it says.  Well... duh!  In my world that...

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Sometimes it’s hard to choose…

Sometimes it’s hard to choose…

To read?  Or to write?  To have a day -- or even better two days in a row -- to do one or the other is my idea of heaven, especially if I have the leisure to spend just enjoying myself.  No deadlines.  No necessary research.  No over-riding...

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Shouldn’t we call it R&R Day?

Shouldn’t we call it R&R Day?

I do understand the reason that the first Monday in September is called "Labor Day." It is our yearly celebration of the social and economic achievements of American workers. The holiday was first proposed when labor activists pushed for a federal...

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At long last!  It’s Dahlia Season in Oysterville!

At long last! It’s Dahlia Season in Oysterville!

It's been a weird year garden-wise here at my place.  Almost all the flowers came late and began to fade away almost as soon as they had time to say "hello."  At first I thought it was because summer took its time to arrive and then gave us too...

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Lordy! Lordy!  Should I be thanking Mrs. C.?

Lordy! Lordy! Should I be thanking Mrs. C.?

Only two pictures were knocked off the wall as the plumbers eased the hot water tank down the stairs -- and neither one was damaged!  There were drops of rusty water left along the route and, once again, I congratulated myself on choosing that...

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It’s The Piano Season!  Did you know?

It’s The Piano Season! Did you know?

The President of the Board of the Oysterville Restoration Foundation at the present time is Colin Staub.  He has been a part-time Oysterville resident for all of his 34 years.  He has worked in the oysters during the summers, spends as much time as...

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Wildlife Magnets of the First Order!

Wildlife Magnets of the First Order!

I've never been hunting -- not with bow and arrow or shotgun or rifle or even a slingshot.  But I've read a lot of books and know that there are some hunters who, seemingly, have to work hard at their job and others who seem born to the task.  On a...

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I guess we still ARE the wild, wild west!

I guess we still ARE the wild, wild west!

According to the Washington State Legislature online site: RCW 36.28.025 dealing with Qualifications for the office of sheriff says:  A person who files a declaration of candidacy for the office of sheriff after September 1, 1979, shall have,...

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As the water runs… NOT!

As the water runs… NOT!

So... this is only day three of the no showers, no flushing, no dish or laundry washing, and no garden watering.  And it's already quite old.  It's not that I don't have water.  I do.  In bottles and jugs.  So I really shouldn't complain. But it...

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Pre-programmed to self-destruct?

Pre-programmed to self-destruct?

Now and then I yearn to go back in time for a day or two.  I'd like a first-hand look at how my ancestors lived, why they made the choices they did, or if they even felt they had a say in how their lives unfolded.  Sometimes I don't know if I've...

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