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Oysterville Daybook Archives

Third Cuzzins Twice Removed Are We!

Third Cuzzins Twice Removed Are We!

Cheryl, my third cousin twice removed (and if that sounds familiar to those of you who "know" Ralph-my-favorite-researcher, it's because Cheryl is Ralph's sister) and her husband, Virg, came visiting for a couple of days.  They don't live all that...

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REALLY?  Am I now the oldest?

REALLY? Am I now the oldest?

It came as a bit of a shock to me the other day to realize that I am now the oldest living descendent of the H.A. Espy Family -- maybe even of the R.H. Espy Family,  YIKES!  My grandfather, Harry Albert Espy was Robert Hamilton Espy's second son. ...

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Summertime Is Cousins Catching Up Time!

Summertime Is Cousins Catching Up Time!

A first cousin once removed (Alex), a first cousin twice removed (Maddie) and their "better third" (Katie) arrived Friday for a whirl-wind visit.  Their first stop (after a luggage deposit at the house) was the cemetery where they placed a flower...

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I’m All Done In and It Wasn’t The Gin!

I’m All Done In and It Wasn’t The Gin!

No!  Unlike whoever Eliza Doolittle was talking about, it wasn't the gin that done me in.  It was the kuzzins -- Kris Jones and her brother Bruce Jones.  (We didn't even have any gin.)  And, besides that, they aren't my kuzzins.  They are first...

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Kuzzin Kris and Cuzzin Ralph Weigh In

Kuzzin Kris and Cuzzin Ralph Weigh In

Why was I not surprised?  Interestingly (but not at all surprisingly), the only folks to weigh in on Saturday's Daybook entry concerning the Shoalwater Bay Yacht Club were Kuzzin Kris and Cuzzin Ralph. Perhaps they, both being connected to the...

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In Oysterville, it’s the Year of the R…

In Oysterville, it’s the Year of the R…

In many places of the world, this is the Year of the Rabbit -- specifically the Water Rabbit.  The sign of Rabbit is a symbol of longevity, peace, and prosperity in Chinese culture and 2023 is predicted to be a year of hope. In Oysterville, it...

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My First Cousins

My First Cousins

I once had nine first cousins -- seven on the Espy side and two on the Little side.  For most of our lives we have lived far apart but I consider myself lucky, indeed, to have known all of them -- both on their home turf and on my own and lucky,...

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Contact attempted?  Perhaps…

Contact attempted? Perhaps…

You can be sure that the first thing I asked Cuzzin Ralph when he came down to breakfast this morning was whether or not the Crouches had made themselves known. "Well..." was his hesitant response, "maybe." It seems that when Ralph (who is a big...

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Cuzzin Ralph Confronts the Crouches.

Cuzzin Ralph Confronts the Crouches.

So many folks have asked me how I thought the ghosts of the unrighteous Reverend Crouch and his once-upon-a-time bride Sarah would react when Cuzzin Ralph came to spend a day or two.  It's not that Ralph hasn't been here before -- many times in...

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A day late and… you know the rest.

A day late and… you know the rest.

I promised myself that when the New Year began (as in yesterday), I would write one short story a day toward the eventuality of a new book I have in mind.  Well, here we are at Day Two of 2023 and Story Number One is still safely locked in my head....

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Traveling:  Let me count the ways!

Traveling: Let me count the ways!

For me, traveling has always fallen into three distinct categories:  the planning/anticipation part; the journey, itself, with all the attendant surprises and unforeseen adventures; and the aftermath -- re-living the experience with interested...

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When the Red House Cousins come to town…

When the Red House Cousins come to town…

I went visiting this afternoon -- four houses north and two generations south.  It was a hubbub of activity at the Red House as it has always been my live-long life!  Those cousins of mine can pack more activities and fun into a short stay than any...

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