Oysterville Daybook Archives

Happy Birthday, Charlie!

Happy Birthday, Charlie!

Today is my son Charlie's sixty-eighth birthday!  Hard to believe! And how quickly the years have sped by!  I am so grateful that we've always lived within a few states of one another -- except for the year he spent in Italy with his dad when he...

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Did you know?  The bay is closed until further notice.

Did you know? The bay is closed until further notice.

A few years ago on a lovely day like today, it might have made a bigger difference to me.  But, even so, when I read the online News Alert put out by the Chinook Observer first thing this morning, my thoughts flew to neighbors I know who do still...

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Fire! Smoke! BANG! at THOM’s Memorial Day Salute!

Fire! Smoke! BANG! at THOM’s Memorial Day Salute!

Stalwart members of The Honorary Oysterville Militia gathered this morning at eleven o'clock for the traditional Memorial Day Salute to those members lost "in the line of duty" over the twenty years since the organization's formation.  It all went...

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It’s a sad. sad situation…

It’s a sad. sad situation…

...when your kids get into their own elderly years!!!  YIKES!  It seems like just a year or so ago the weekly zoom calls with my offspring were to check on the status of their old lady mom.   But lately, the tables have turned. Marta is having...

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The Best Laid Plans

The Best Laid Plans

Today was the day that I was going to pick a gazillion flowers and arrange them in umpety-ump containers and take them up to the cemetery for the Memorial Day Weekend.  But then I looked at the weather -- cold overcast, drippy -- just like it's...

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Oysterville’s Busiest Weekend

Oysterville’s Busiest Weekend

Since 1976 when we became a National Historic District -- almost 50 years ago! -- Memorial Day Weekend has been the busiest weekend of the year here in Oysterville.  Not only is it the time that families gather to decorate the cemetery and remember...

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I think I’m stuck in the ’60s!

I think I’m stuck in the ’60s!

You can count yourself lucky if you were around in the 1960s.  Even luckier  if  you; remember them clearly.  You know (and not in this order)... Kennedy elected, later assassinated; Johnson signs Medicare Bill; Elvis leaves the Army; "The Pill" is...

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But did it further our understanding?

But did it further our understanding?

Today I had lunch with two women friends at Coffee Girl in Astoria.  Though we've known one another for many years, we now live a good distance apart, and one, in particular, I hadn't seen for a decade or more.  What drew us together today was the...

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Maybe I should dust more often.

Maybe I should dust more often.

As she aged, my mother would occasionally explain her lapses in perfect housekeeping by saying, "An old house like this really needs a bit of dust -- as a patina, you know."  Brilliant!  And I've used the same line a number of times, myself -- the...

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Sunday Evening With The Skamokawa Swamp Opera!

Sunday Evening With The Skamokawa Swamp Opera!

They were fabulous!  They played our favorites, their favorites (which were also our favorites, new pieces ( which are our new favorites) and old standbys (and we sang along.) It was a SRO crowd -- many long-time Andrew Emlen fans -- from his Lewis...

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‘leventy thousand kinks and loops… and counting!

‘leventy thousand kinks and loops… and counting!

One thing Nyel didn't believe in stinting on was garden hoses.  We have 33,408 square feet of lawn. (Yikes!  Could that be right?) And we three hose bibs -- one each on the south, east, and north sides of the house.  It was Nyel's belief that we...

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Was it something I said?

Was it something I said?

For the first time in all my memories of this house and of all those who know that mi casa es su casa, this is the very first year that we've arrived in mid-May without a single barn swallow making its nest here -- not out in the "kitchen garden"...

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