Oysterville Daybook Archives

With a little help from my friends!

With a little help from my friends!

Truly, I'm asking for your help! The WORST EVER thing happened to me last week.  I pushed a wrong button (apparently) and I lost ALL of my contact information on both my cell phone and my computer.  I was on my cell phone and what ever I did ......

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Our Field Trip to Cathlamet

Our Field Trip to Cathlamet

Tucker, Carol, their almost-15-year-old granddaughter Amelia, and I set out a few minutes before 11:00 this morning on a Grand Adventure.  We had been invited to Dayle and David Olson's place in Cathlamet for a picnic lunch to be followed by a tour...

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The Balancing Act

The Balancing Act

Last evening during our Friday Night Gathering, Jean Nitzel mentioned that she had tried (years ago) to interest the City Fathers of Long Beach in converting the main street to a Pedestrians Only Zone -- just from Bolstad Avenue to Sid Snyder Drive...

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So, here we are in the year of the rabbit…

So, here we are in the year of the rabbit…

  In the years that I lived in the Bay Area -- from 1941 when I was five until 1978 when I moved to Oysterville -- Chinese New Year was always an important occasion.  In the early years, we would sometimes go into San Francisco's Chinatown for...

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It’s hard to keep up!

It’s hard to keep up!

Sometimes (maybe oftener and oftener) I am totally confused by what I read.  The source doesn't seem to matter.  This morning  it was a sentence in the New York Times.  It went like this: Nine-year-olds lost the equivalent of two decades of...

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Another Naked Turkey Story!

Another Naked Turkey Story!

Some years ago,when I was nine, I wrote a story called "The Naked Turkey" for the Children's section of the Oakland Tribune.  It was my first published work and was life-changing -- but not in a way you might imagine.  You can read it in my blog of...

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Gone! No regrets!  No remorse!  No landline!

Gone! No regrets! No remorse! No landline!

You'd think that I'd miss it.  But, I'm here to tell you that after 86 years of being tethered to the outside world via a telephone line, I don't feel even a twinge of repentance for my decision.  Actually, "our" decision.  Nyel was the one who...

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Report From Oz – Day Ten

Report From Oz – Day Ten

Not many changes in Patient Nyel's situation today.  Another bit of weight gain (Boo! Hiss!).  An increased amount of medication in his IV Drip (Yay!),  Exercise Program proceeding as hoped (more clapping and cheering.) Meanwhile, I hitched a ride...

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Thanks, Mr. Frommer.  You changed my life!

Thanks, Mr. Frommer. You changed my life!

In 1957, Arthur Frommer published a pioneering guidebook called “Europe on Five Dollars a Day.”  In 1958, my (then) husband and I packed up our essentials, rented out our house,  and set off with our eighteen-month-old son to find out if, indeed,...

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Words to live by?  Fuggedaboudit!

Words to live by? Fuggedaboudit!

August 3rd and it's my first blog of the month.  To say that yesterday and the day before were difficult would be understatements beyond compare.  On the other hand, beautiful bonus daughter Marta was here -- the last two days of a ten day visit. ...

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Meet Young Mr. Rosencrantz!

Meet Young Mr. Rosencrantz!

When Happy Kitty died after a long (was he 19?) and contented life, Charlie knew that eventually he would get another kitten.  He has always had two at a time and Lupe, who is six, might miss her "brother." But, adopting a kitty in the Los Angeles...

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Why is it so hard, Kilroy?

Why is it so hard, Kilroy?

Just back from the Warrenton Run -- Staples to return used ink cartridges; Goodwill to deliver a load of "stuff" from the back forty; CostCo to get a couple of food items; Fred Meyers to get other food items.  The first two went well -- maybe...

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