Oysterville Daybook Archives

Yesterday I spent with my grandmother…

Yesterday I spent with my grandmother…

No sooner had I turned on the bedside lamp and checked the time yesterday morning than the power went out!  Damn!  And I had overslept, too.  I'd be hard pressed to get through my long list of "todo's" even without all the amenities... like a...

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My Ever-Gentle Grandmother

My Ever-Gentle Grandmother

Today, while looking "one last time" (or so I always think) for family papers that should be added to the Espy Archive at the Washington State Research Center in Tacoma, I ran across this poem in my grandmother's distinctive Victorian script:...

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Let There Be Light!!

Let There Be Light!!

Oh how I wished my mother and my grandmother could have been with me this afternoon when I opened the door and saw the old light that Del had finished fixing today!  Never do I remember it looking so lovely.  I doubt that it ever did, even when it...

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I’m happy to report…

I’m happy to report…

By early afternoon yesterday, the leaky pipe under the house had been repaired (actually, replaced) and all water-related systems were "go."   Water ran freely from each and every faucet, the refrigerator's ice-maker was operating once more,...

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“My eyes say ‘quit’ so…

“My eyes say ‘quit’ so…

Do you think if we grew old enough and had enough infirmities, we could finally empathize fully with those who have gone before us? I've been thinking about my grandmother's lifelong trouble with her eyes -- suddenly made so painfully apparent to...

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After I turned in my eyeglasses…

After I turned in my eyeglasses…

When I accepted Cate's New Year's Resolution challenge -- to think of something to add rather than to subtract from my life, I thought about it long and hard.  But aparently not long and hard enough. I chose to try to become more compassionate more...

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Oysterville – 1902

Oysterville – 1902

By this date, October 17, 1902, my grandparents ("Granny and Papa") had been living in this house in Oysterville for three months.  They had left behind the gas lights and trolley cars and other refinements of East Oakland, California, and had come...

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A touch of home for Helen…

A touch of home for Helen…

My grandmother, Helen Richardson Espy, left the comforts and cultural amenities of East Oakland, California in 1902 to set up housekeeping in Oysterville -- "just for a short time," she assured her three-year-old daughter Medora and year-old son...

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A Flowery February Friday!

A Flowery February Friday!

Last night's "usual" Friday gathering was festive, fragrant, and generally fantastic!  Lively conversation, a good mix of "regulars" and "once-in-a-whilers" and food to die for -- as I had hoped, the perfect birthday celebration! Prompted by our...

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Perhaps introductions are in order?

Perhaps introductions are in order?

Won't you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you. Isn’t that the loveliest thought?  Roland A. Browne, author of The Common Sense Guide to Flower Gardening said it.  I’ve added it to my ‘list’ of things I wish I’d thought of first. ...

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Granny’s Gates – Golden and Pearly

Granny’s Gates – Golden and Pearly

Growing up in the Bay Area as I did, “Golden Gate” was a familiar term. Even now, however, I associate the ‘Gate’ with the bridge linking San Francisco to Marin County. It’s hard for me to think of it as the strait that connects San Francisco Bay...

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Snowy Thoughts from Oysterville

Snowy Thoughts from Oysterville

The Oysterville Church, December 2008     My Grandmother Espy hated snow.  And who could blame her?  Three of her seven children died before she, herself, was much beyond middle age, and all of them in winter: four-and-a-half-year-old Albert in...

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