Oysterville Daybook Archives

A Day of Looking Back and Planning Ahead

A Day of Looking Back and Planning Ahead

My early morning visit to the cemetery was practical rather than sentimental, but there was plenty of time for the gamut of feelings.  Miki, one of yesterday's participants in our small ceremony for Nyel, wrote that she arrived home with only one...

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May 30th!   Always a CMH4 Holiday to me!

May 30th! Always a CMH4 Holiday to me!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHARLIE! Did you know that I got to choose the day we met, Charlie?  About the middle of May, the doctor said, "Any day now, I'll expect your call, Mrs. Howell."  But you seemed content to stay where you were.  Then, toward the end...

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And speaking of nicknames…

And speaking of nicknames…

Perhaps you've already read Cate Gable's "Coast Chronicles" column which will be out in print on Wednesday.  Right now, you can find it online by googling chinook observer coast chronicles the indomitable Pat Akehurst.  It's a fun article about a...

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On being a Mom for “quite a many” now!

On being a Mom for “quite a many” now!

For me, the greatest joy of my "golden years" has been sharing adulthood with my children -- with my son Charlie and my bonus daughter Marta both of whom are well into their retirement years!  Who woulda thunk it! The basics of young motherhood...

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Mother’s Day Has Already Begun!

Mother’s Day Has Already Begun!

As I was going through yet another pile of "keepsakes" today, I came across a postcard sent to me from Shasta Dam in 1964 from my son Charlie who was then eight years old.  This is what it said: I got a pocket from Shasta Dam.  Can't talk long. ...

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Marta was upset.  I was forewarned.  Charlie was…

Marta was upset. I was forewarned. Charlie was…

Depending on the why of it or maybe on the where of it or even on the the when of it, my mental pictures of my son can run the gamut of his sixty-six and eleven/twelfths years.  From baby and toddler days through adolescence and beyond, all my...

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“Murder, Anyone?”

“Murder, Anyone?”

Proud Mom (that's me) wants you to know that son Charlie Howell is in a film which can now be seen on Amazon Prime!  In it he plays himself and co-star, Maurice LaMarche plays the late Gordon Bressack who, in real life was Charlie's writing partner...

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In the eyes of the beholder…

In the eyes of the beholder…

Last summer -- or was it summer before last? -- Nyel and I were on a garage clean-out marathon.  Among the  things we put a "For Sale" sign on was the ugliest chair in the world.  It had been in the Back Forty for as long as I could remember.  I...

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Every Day: An Adventure In Time And Space!

Every Day: An Adventure In Time And Space!

Tomorrow will mark two weeks since Nyel and I had our last conversation -- at least our last communication that was two-sided.  As we all have known from our cradle days, one-sided conversations (which, I guess, are not  technically...

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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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Polishing and Fluffing in Anticipation

Polishing and Fluffing in Anticipation

I've been tidying up -- polishing silver, directing Cinderella, and even doing a bit of dusting here and there -- while Nyel has been planning menus and ordering last minute food items!  Charlie is on his way up from Los Angeles and the Willard...

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Happy Birthday, Charlie!

Happy Birthday, Charlie!

Hard to believe that my son joins the official ranks of Senior Citizens today!  Social Security and Medicare Parts A and B and all that other coming-of-old-age stuff.  And, since it's Sunday (our regular Family Zoom Day) we'll get to give him our...

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