Last week I mentioned house painting in progress on my Cloverdale bungalow. The project is complete as we go to press. Spencer Morrow, grandson of Laurie Caspell of Hebo, traveled from central Oregon to paint the exterior of my upstairs. It looks wonderful. It was a week of improvements on P…

Oh my gosh. Dale and I are feeling old. We have been spending lots of time helping our daughter get her home ready to put on the market. Painting, yard work, more painting, scrubbing everything and power washing. I sure hope she appreciates our help. But then, she is so sweet, she makes it e…

As residents and visitors to Cape Meares know, the Cape Meares Loop Road that goes from Cape Meares Lake up to the Cape Meares State Park and down to Oceanside has been closed since 2013 due to major slides, leaving us with only one entrance to and egress from the community (Bayocean Road). …

The following words were used to describe our communities friend, Ann Swain, who recently passed away; entertainer, funny, spunky and direct, warm, genuine, loved, friendly smile, bright ray of sunshine, real trooper, nice, awesome smile, shining light, sassy yet kind, amazing, beautiful and…

For my birthday this year, I received a very special gift from my family: two succulent plants each month for three months. These come right on time from a company called Succulent City and are varieties I probably wouldn’t have chosen for myself but that have turned into some of my favorite…

Steve and Karen Walz drove into Portland to pick up Karen’s sister, Diane, on June 28; yes, that was the day Portland hit 116 degrees! All three were glad to get over to the coast. Diane, from Southern California, enjoyed two lovely weeks in Cape Meares. She walked on the beach, saw whales i…

My little piece of Cloverdale is looking better kept now that it has a fresh coat of gray paint. Thanks to grandson Logan Morrow, and his friend Luke Caliri who brushed a layer of recycled paint onto three sides of the first floor exterior during a visit last week. Metro's recycled paint sel…

It was a great July 4th here in Cape Meares. Our unofficial, unsponsored, spontaneous parade took place right on time at 11 a.m. Parade marshals stepped out smartly, holding a “Get Vaccinated” sign with two participants holding long needles. Children on gaily decorated bikes and red or blue …

Dale and I entertained 21 ukulele players on the fourth of July. Boy, it was sure fun; though I worked too hard with the food so I did miss a lot of the fun. Amber was visiting, so I had a helper, but she, who was supposed to be the photographer, had so much fun that she forgot to take pictu…

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Wasn’t it fun to see our own Clover’s Day parade make front page news in last week’s edition of the Headlight Herald? Watching the parade on my sidewalk at home (I live along the route), I was happy to be joined by Jamie Chambers and her family. Jamie (formerly Wettstein) graduated from Nest…

Steve Tackett and I had a little jam at Simply Charming Sunday afternoon. It is always nice to get together with friends and share music. Summertime is always busy for me with a lot of coming and going. It is so nice to relax, make music and calm my soul down a bit. Dale and I really don't l…

It would be hard for anyone to deny that the hot temperatures we had last week in Tillamook County are not normal. We just don’t see 100° in the city of Tillamook or 98° in Garibaldi very often. Thank goodness! I have been so spoiled with the moderate summers and winters on the North Oregon …

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Congratulations to Star and Buster Brown, Australian Shepherds, on the birth of their eight puppies at Monkey Business 101 Nursery in Cloverdale. Owner Barbara Brown reports that the little ones' first visit to the vet resulted in the pronouncement that they are a "superb litter." I expect t…

Thanks to Doug Olson (Pacific City-Nestucca Chamber of Commerce Treasurer) for sending details on this year’s 61st Annual Dory Days event. The parade is planned for 11:  a.m. on Saturday, July 17 in Pacific City.  As usual, it will form at the county boat ramp on Sunset Drive and proceed acr…

The first we heard of it was a phone call from Reno, Nevada. Rod Pelson called and told my husband, Pete, “Your power is out!” His call came before we had even noticed and before the beep from our smoke detector, telling us of the power was out. It turns out that Rod, our next-door neighbor …

We will soon have a sea of red, white and blue embellishing our town. Of course, ours is a sparktacular town with tons of Americana zest all year round, but this year it will certainly be a more star spangled weekend than ever in the history of Rockaway Beach. Okay, ready, set and sparkle, d…

We appreciate Doug Olson, Pacific City, Nestucca Chamber of Commerce Treasurer, writing with details about 4th of July weekend. Fireworks are planned for dusk on the evening of Sunday, July 4 at the beach in Pacific City. (July 5 is the national holiday.) Nestucca Rural Fire Protection Distr…

It had been a long month since we’d been out fishing. First hand surgery set me back a couple of weeks, closely followed by a sledgehammer of a cold (the price I paid to see our darling grandchildren over Memorial Day weekend). Finally, I felt well enough for Captain Pete to take me to Memal…

When most of us think of succulents, we think of hen-and-chicks and their unique form of a larger (“mother” or “hen”) plant surrounded by smaller versions (“chicks”) of themselves. Thus, the term “hen-and-chicks.” But there are a couple different types of hen-and-chicks: Echeveria and Semper…

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As we go to press, the Fencepost inbox has received email announcing the opening of Pacific City Farmer’s Market which runs from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Sundays. Unfortunately, the message is too late to promote opening day, which was this recent weekend. I hope you learned of the event else…

Fathers Day just kinda snuck up on me. It is this Sunday! Be sure to make some special plans for the father in your life. As a child, I was afraid of my father, as he was extremely firm, but as an adult, he became my friend and a big teddy bear. The last few years of his life he got dementia…

Looking for some good summer reading material? The prolific Cape Meares authors Jack and Sue Drafahl have you covered!

Did you know that our Nestucca Rural Fire Protection District (NRFPD) and South Tillamook County Emergency Volunteer Corps (STCEVC) Vaccine Team is delivering a dose of the Covid 19 vaccine at a time to people at work in South Tillamook County? Offered is the single dose shot by Johnson and …

Here we are in June already. I am at a loss as to figure out why the winter months of January and February seem to drag on and then comes May and June and boom! Just like that we are into summer. Allow me to quote my favorite garden author Gertrude Jekyll (1843 - 1932) when she says June is …

Wishing a happy 90th birthday to Hal McMahan. His birthday is this week, so if you run into him, be sure to congratulate him! That is definitely a birthday to celebrate!

Beachgoers were out in droves to enjoy the minus tides over Memorial Day weekend. Children looked for sea anemones and starfish in the tide pools, adults pried mussels off the rocks or fished for surf perch, and everyone hunted for sand dollars and agates. The weather was perfect to spend ho…

Many thanks to the Cape Meares clean-up crew! Nearly a dozen hard-working individuals showed up on May 22 to clean up the landscaping around the Barbara Bennett Community Center. Whacking, pruning, weeding, raking, hauling…they did it all, including taking five truckloads to the dump. And wi…

I traveled last weekend to Central Oregon for a visit with daughter Elise and family. Word reached us in time to attend a softball tournament in Redmond that included Nestucca girls! We braved the chilly morning to watch the Bobcats beat North Douglas County; I think the score was 9-5. It wa…

Greetings Bay City and Hallelujah! My spring cleaning marathon is complete! Every inch of the interior, including cupboards, drawers, closets, and every inch of the exterior, garage, storage unit, and vehicles are clean clean and organized. Don't worry everyone, although Kin worked the entir…

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I am in contact with our lovely mayor, Sue Wilson, and will update you about the fireworks on July 4th as soon as she knows. Meanwhile, we can plan on a fabulous 4th, with family, picnics and shopping, whether the fireworks happen or not. As I have mentioned in the past, our city truly embra…

A couple of months ago, I did a column about houseplants and how they help get us through the gardening withdrawal of winter. I talked in general about succulents and their care. But as I was researching that article, I became more and more enamored of succulents in all their many forms.

The azaleas are in full bloom at our beach cabin and boy, are they ever beautiful! The Rhodies are still thinking about popping their little faces out, but not quite yet. Did you know that azaleas are in the same plant family as blueberries? That surprised me, but all I really care about is …

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) announced last week that people who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required to wear a mask indoors, in most public settings where vaccination status is checked. In addition, they explained that mask requirements no longer apply to anyone who is outdoors.…

It was almost like old times: Patti Smith, Mary Jane Pelson, Karen Walz and I gathered at the Barbara Bennett Community Center to make greeting cards. It was just the four of us, spaced a good six feet apart, but we vaccinated ladies didn’t have to wear masks—and did that mean we could talk!…

Mother’s Day was fabulous. I hope yours was good. Amber visited us for the weekend and we ate, sang and played ukulele, and even went to a few garage sales. It was a wonderful visit and I even shed a tear or two when she left. Some people say Mother's Day is over rated, that it is a ‘Hallmar…

Greetings Bay City! I am happy to report that I am no longer the "One-eyed Bandit". Both cataract procedures went well, and I am now seeing much better; and for some reason my hearing is also greatly improved. But I cannot continue with today's post without thanking my friend, and Bay City's…

What might look like a nice spring day at the beach can be a dark, dangerous trek through the forest. On May 4, a 63-year-old woman was hiking on the trail from Cape Meares Lighthouse to Cape Meares beach when she slipped and broke her right lower leg. Some other hikers nearby called 911 for…

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Thanks to Doug Olson for word that the Pacific City – Nestucca Valley Chamber of Commerce is planning a professional fireworks display this year. Fireworks were cancelled in 2020 due to the Covid 19 pandemic. Preparations include a sign off by Nestucca Rural Fire Protection District Chief, J…

Hey Bay City! This is Mayor David McCall, sitting in for Jody, who reports that her eye surgery went well, and she’s now seeing things differently.

Kathy and Kevin Burke came upon a couple of harsh, if not uncommon, examples of nature at work recently. A four-foot shark was flopping about on the beach; seagulls had already started pecking at him. Just a few days after that, they found a longnose lancetfish; it was fast becoming eagle fo…

Ballots for the special election are due no later than 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18. It’s safest, given the short deadline, for ballots to be submitted to drop boxes. In South County, our options are Kiawanda Community Center on Kiawanda Drive in Pacific City and across from Center Market on…