Woke when Leo called. Dick told him where the job was + then back to sleep. Both of us a little shaky. I didn’t go to Gloria’s. We went to Waller Lumber about 12:30 or so and bought some more molding, a new drill bit, a sander and a gallon of dark oak stain. Stopped + saw Jessie Emmett. I liked her + thought she was very encouraging about the house on Bonita. Dick heard of a deal from Brownie that I think really sounds good. A 40 acre parcel to be broken up in lots. We stopped by the house. Roy has finished it. Then to Lum’s for lunch. I deposited Carolyn’s rent check in the bank + had to go through the usual “there will be a 10 day wait” crap. Came home + made love. I was all for “a little nap” but my God – it was 4 o’clock! And so we started on the molding on the front of the shelves. We worked right through to ten o’clock at night then had dinner. Both of us ready to drop but all the top shelves finished. The sander was the very best buy in the world. As soon as Dick nailed on the strips I’d set the nails + putty the holes + then he’d sand the whole thing. It all looks so much better than I’d even dared to hope. I called Mary today + they’re coming next weekend on Saturday or Sunday. I told her they could use the VW. Tomorrow the staining begins. We watched the late news in bed + then to sleep.
Dick up a little too early today so last night was still in full force. He went off to see Jimmy di Arnaz + brought him back with him. I made some tuna fish sandwiches + then we tried to call Jimmy’s friend John Glozier. Got him + he said it wasn’t necessarily the timer on the oven so rather than go thru any more dealers I called Jim Brown + told him to go ahead + order a new oven. Glad that’s over now. I wrote cards w/checks to Patsy + Abby and wrote a note to David Cleveland trying to explain what had happened. I did two loads of laundry. Jimmy + Dick watched the football game. I went + mailed the letters + bought some groceries. Came home + made a chocolate pie. Laid out my afghan squares and think they’re beginning to look very nice. Tried to reach Mary but no answer. Jimmy left about 3:30 or 4:00. We called J + J + asked them to dinner Dick went out to get some more groceries + didn’t come back for two hours. I was extremely angry + said so. However all cleared up. J + J here at 6:45. We played some cards + had dinner which was pretty good. They left at quarter to ten and we had a little more to drink + went to bed. Dick very restless today. We talked it over a little. Spoke with Leon today + explained that I didn’t think we’d make it to Bill’s opening.
Up at 7 – coffee – made love – made breakfast. Sent a telegram to David Cleveland at Holderness wishing him happy birthday + saying gift on way. Went to Gloria Marshall’s. Jo Bailey not there so right after went over to Hunsaker’s [crossed out writing] picked up 50 lbs of hen scratch, got groceries + came home. George here helping Dick. I fixed grilled bacon cheese + tomato open sandwiches for lunch. Wrote b’day card with $15 ($5 for new school) to David. Paid Equity dues, United fund, Academy Players Directory and Alaria taxes – $405.76. About half of what I’d expected. Went to house on Bonita for stain. Turned out to be Mahogany. Went to Sears, Von Tobels + Wonder World. Only place that carries Deer-O paint is Wallers + they’re closed til Monday. Cashed check + came home. George left about 4:30. Dick went over to the Valley bar for a few drinks and I wrote in diary + checked birthday list for the Enelow Children + discovered today is Larry Cleveland’s birthday + David’s isn’t until the 29th!! Talk about feeling idiotic! I called Barnview + got Lincoln who thought it was funny + said he’d tell Dave I called. I smelled something burning + found I’d put my tea water on a front burner + lit a back burner. The egg poacher was a little molten heap in the back. Good Lord. I tried to call Larry + then after 4 busy signals discovered I’d dialed the wrong number. Dick home about that time + fixed me a drink. I did get Larry + over explained which made everything a trifle worse. Funny chat though with Anne. Dick did a little more work in the library + I wrote Timmy + asked him for Thanksgiving, sent for Dick’s slacks + wrote a B’day card to Larry with $10 in it Fixed veal parmiagian for dinner + we ate + watched TV – Dick went to sleep about the middle of “Horatio Hornblower” which he’d insisted on staying up to see. When it was over I fed him + got him to bed. I finished all my squares + have about 24 to 90.
Woke today with the feeling I’d missed somebody’s birthday. Checked the list and it’s David’s birthday tomorrow! Called New London + got his address from Doris – also Anthony’s. Lincoln’s president of his class this year. I changed the sheets + went to Gloria Marshall’s. Pat Robeson’s birthday today + I treated her to a fast coffee afterward, then went shopping – groceries etc. and wool and greeting cards and sandpaper. Safeway, Sprouse-Reitz- Drug store, Wonderworld for Kingsize sheets. Wendy here + well along by the time I got back. She had really liked “Oliver” + just flipped over the book cases. I think that’s one of the things I like the most about Wendy – her genuine enthusiasm. I fixed lunch and then I started staining the shelves. Slow work as the unfinished wood drinks up the stain. Luckily it wipes off the paneling which makes the job easier. I got 4 bottom cases with a single shelf each done. Drove Wendy home after writing quick not to Jim Moore with check. Dick went to Waller’s for the rest of the lumber. George coming over to help again tomorrow. They finished the big pool on 5 penny lane today. I had a letter from Carolyn Brown today + the stove still not fixed. I called Jim Brown at his office + told him first to try a new timer + then to [crossed out word] get a new stove. Letter from Daddy saying he was going to N.Y. at [crossed out letters] Thanksgiving – could we come at Christmas – Letter from Timmy who wants to come later – Guess it will all work out. Fixed ham and turnip greens etc. for nice dinner. Watched TV + went to bed.
The Mets won the series. Whee! Ho Ho Ho. I stayed home from Gloria’s with a series of lies (how ridiculous at my age!) I spent hours + hours measuring the bookcases for shelf openings – tedious beyond words + was tired + cranky by the time Dick came home. Also had eaten 3 hot dogs + a cheese sandwich watching the game so Gloria Marshall’s tomorrow will be a real fiasco! Napped in the late afternoon. Dick started putting trim on the cases + it looks great. I tried out the dark walnut stain and I think that looks great. We had TV dinners + watched Ironsides + went to bed about 10:30. I got the stationery from Leon + will get started following through on all that as soon as the shelves are done. I bought a dog brush + comb + finally brushed the dogs a little. Doesn’t add up to a really creative day!
Another “windy” day. This time George called first to say it was blowing like hell where they live – Leo came over + they decided to “pour tomorrow if it’s snowing,” [crossed out word] George came over + told Dick to bring the 3 sheets of plywood to his house along with salvageable scraps + use his table saw. I went too (slightly against my will as I wanted to get something done around the house) Gloriously, Zero – George has a really beautiful saw + we got the strips put in no time flat then loaded George’s radial saw on Dick’s truck + the lumber on George’s truck + came back here. George worked with – Dick all day. I gave them lunch, did the dishes cleaned out the garage, did laundry. took out the garbage etc. etc. + really got things in order while they accomplished miracles in back. Only stopped because they’d run out of lumber. Now there are only about 30 more shelves to cut – the drilling to do + the molding and then the staining which is my department. It looks just great! And may well be completely finished before the week is out. Dick said he’d never have been able to do it himself (which means with me to rattle him!) And I know it’s true. We were both very tired but I fixed a really good dinner + we watched TV. Beautiful performance by Al Salmi on Big Valley. Watched The Virginian + Country Music Awards + I was asleep by ten.
The Mets won again today!!! Have a 2 game lead. Ho Ho Ho!
The Mets won Series score 2-1 now!
Windy day – or so it seemed. So Dick + George decided not to pour. We went to Waller Lumber (after I’d called in again at Gloria Marshall’s) We bought angle braces – hollow wall anchor molly screws, wood screws, corrugated fasteners, finishing nails + 3 sheets of plywood which we had them cut for us. Came home + went to bed. Made love, slept, made love + then about noon staggered up + had a little lunch then went to work. We finished the whole bottom part about 6 o’clock. I have a feeling I make Dick nervous but he doesn’t like to work by himself either. We watched some TV + once again had TV dinners. I’m so happy we’re working on the shelves – The only trouble is I don’t seem to manage to get one other single thing done + the house is a mess. Bed unmade, dishes piled up – laundry here + there + saw dust everywhere. The sprinklers all springing leaks too so I doubt if our lawn will ever come up. Oh dear + why aren’t there 45 hours per day?
Mary called – she + Les coming to Las Vegas the weekend after this coming one. He’s gone back into Advertising + they were “legally” married in the U.S. a couple of weeks ago. I said I’d let her know if we’d be here – We’d been thinking of an L.A. trip for Bill’s opening.
Didn’t feel too great – hungover + cold in full force. Called Gloria’s + said I was sick. Read a little, And then started calling advertising Agencies + getting the name of their casting people. Odd how uneasy I felt. Just as if they knew that it was me calling on my behalf. Called about 15 places + got about 7 names. A start. Dick home around 3 and we started on the book cases. First had to get a new blade as the arbor didn’t fit. Or so it seemed. But after we’d been to Wonder World, then Sears + finally Von Tobels, where they took a saw apart for us – it seemed we’d made a mistake. Dick got down a base about 3″ high and started on some “horses” but we decided to call it quits about 8:30. I’m just so glad it’s started I can’t see straight. Letter from Leon filled with blue chip stamps + a list of L.A. advertising agencies??? I called Jo Bailey to say I was pretty contagious + didn’t feel I ought to take my germs into the 3rd grade. She’s reading The Lion is Busy aloud -
Dick off at about 8:30 or 9 to go to the house on Bonita with Jack to do the sheet rock + ground the hot water heater. I felt lousy and slept another hour or so and then finished “Airport” by Arthur Haley and watched the 2nd Series game – a squeaker but the mets won it 2-1. Dick was home at 3 – disgruntled – everything had taken longer. I gave him a shave + we lay down in the den to read for a bit when suddenly Jack Underwood appeared. I’d thought he was going to call to confirm whether or not he could come to dinner! I rushed out to the store + bought a Roast and some odds + ends. Came home + put the roast in + fixed dinner + cleaned up the kitchen. It was a pleasant evening and I called it to a halt about 9:30 as Dick was nodding and I felt we ought to start recovering. Watched a little TV + read a little. Then Bed.
Dick off early – Came back with 8 sheets of fir plywood plus stain. We unloaded them in the garage. I’d watched part (the last) of the Mets-Orioles game. Orioles won – 4-1. We went over to J + J’s again – + Jack had driven Rusty to the City Dump + abandoned him. I didn’t say anything to them but I really thought it was an awful thing to do. Joyce had gotten an odd letter from Danny. We came home – drunk again about 7 o’clock. We made TV dinners + then went to the Aladdin to gamble. We were both ahead right after we got there. Dick had won $500 and I was ahead by almost a hundred but we didn’t have the sense to leave and as usual came home broke.
I went to Gloria Marshall’s today at 9 + then had coffee with Pat + Jo Ann Bailey. I’d taken a copy of the Lion Is Busy to Jo to possibly read aloud in her class. She invited me on Tuesday to watch the kids put on a play. Will try to get there.
I went to G.M’s at 8:30 – Too early to have coffee with Pat. Went to the Safeway + got hamburgers + pepsi for Dick, George + Leo. Went out to the job on Five Pennies Lane. They’re really doing beautiful work. Met a guy named Benny O’Bannion who suggested I write letters with Pictures + resume’s to all the ad agencies here in town + then have Leon sign them + mail them from Los Angeles. Makes very good sense. Came home + called Dorothy who said she’d mail out some office stationery immediately. Wendy here + had gotten a good start without me to bog her down. I finally finished the back door, Isabell called (she’s now Isabel G. Sanford!) and Sanford’s bail was reduced to $650. She asked for the other $250 which I stuck in an envelope to mail. We talked a bit about the boys – Acting? for Sanford? I’d called Bill Staples cabinet shop about the book shelves + he came over around 5:30. Estimate $730 + can’t start it for at least 4 weeks. I was very upset + cried after he’d gone. Dick was already mad at me so my despair was complete – if short lived – we went over to J + J’s + wound up getting drunk there. Came home + didn’t even have dinner just went to bed. Dick said we’ll make the shelves ourselves. Rusty killed all J + J’s chickens.
George + Leo over about 7:30. Dick left at 8. Got bed + dishes done + left for Gloria’s. Didn’t make it til 9:00 although they’re now open at 8:30. Evelyn Ryan there. And Ruth Wilk who’s lost 10″ + 10 lbs in her first 10 session period – the Star of the group! Picked up some wine + a pint of bourbon + some stamps + came home. Gerry Douzat planting the lawn. The exterminator had come + gone. Alot of the sprinkler system was leaking which was pretty depressing and a whole small section in the very front was washed away. I called Pat Robeson who hadn’t been in because she’d gained weight in Reno. She decided to come so I asked her over for coffee. I finished my letter to Daddy after another attack of the blues. Took a miltown + things were better. Nice, though brief visit with Pat. Dick home + was remarkably casual about the sprinklers He liked Pat. After she left we went to Wonder world + bought some couplings etc for repairs + then got some groceries. Home + Dick fixed the system. I’d mailed letter to Daddy + embarked on a written tirade to Newcomb which I now know I’ll amend. We lay around a bit + read + then had dinner Dick ate alot for a change. He hasn’t gained wt. but is getting a little paunchy + isn’t happy about it. George Jr. stopped by unexpectedly + scared hell out of me as I was immersed in a mystery. J + J called up to invite us out tomorrow night to Circus Circus. We went to bed at 10 + watched the Dean Martin Show.
Dick off to the house on Bonita at 6:15. I cleaned up the house a little. Leo called to say his battery had gone dead. Dick back for coffee. Gave me work address on 5 pennies Lane. Leo called again. Not battery – fuel pump I drove out to tell Dick + George. Went to Gloria Marshall’s. Only Evelyn Ryan there in the beginning. I like her. Bought a couple of paperbacks afterwards + some groceries. Home. Made pumpkin pie for Dick. Paid mortgage – $400 this [crossed out letter] month. Dick home in between working. Leon had called + I got all excited. Called + it was for an interview at 3:30 this afternoon for a cigarette commercial. No way I could make it looking right. My hair needs cutting + it was out of the question. I felt terribly depressed after. I’d like to work so much. The mail brought a letter from Newcomb that just killed me. Talking about my “reformed life” after the theatre etc. It was very poor timing + I was so upset I couldn’t see straight. Read a Leslie Ford detective story + took a heavy escapist nap. Dick raked the driveway. I started a letter to Daddy but found my depression creeping in so put it aside til tomorrow. Dinner, TV + then bed. After miltown + aspirin.
Up early – caught up diary. Did dishes + cleaned up quite a bit. We seem to get the house in such an appalling mess just as soon as Wendy cleans. Dick + George stopped by. Still hadn’t heard about the job but were going to go over to Bonita to work. I changed our sheets + went to Gloria Marshall’s. Everyone glad to see me which made me feel very good. Went to the bank + went shopping Came home and had good diet lunch. Suddenly too tired to see + lay down for about an hour and a half. Dick home at 2:30. I woke up in sour mood. Am so damn anxious to get that library made. I wrote a note to Mrs. Davis, sent money to Farmington, next year’s [crossed out letters] subscription to N.H. profiles + sent Title insurance policy on Lookout Mt. to Sheldon Andelson. Dick went back to the house on Bonita for a while + I washed our bedspread which had a huge wine stain on it made by me. Depressing beyond words + I hated me for it. With much scrubbing – woolite Tide + Carbona I got most of it out. Just a gray smudge now. I bathed, washed my hair, shaved legs etc + felt a little better. Dick + George did get the job. Jerry Douzat our sterling gardener didn’t show up again – This just can’t go on. And I like a fool paid in advance for our winter lawn. We watched a really lovely show on TV – “The Over the Hill Gang” – with Pat O’Brien, Walter Brennan, Chill Wills + Edgar Buchanan as fearless Texas Rangers. Rudy Devine + Eddy Arnold part of the opposition. Very funny + quite touching. . Bed at 10 watched part of the Invaders
Mather’s birthday and I don’t know where his address is. I don’t know where anything is + the house was a depressing mess today. Dick called up + needed the keys to Bonita so I drove over to his job more dead than alive. Then went to the Safeway for coffee. Read a very stark + moving Letter from Biafra – Two million Biafrans dead in two years and the world’s dis[crossed out letter] interest is monumental. Saw Roy Flueharty at the Safeway. Came home + read the Nat’l Geographic from cover to cover. Finally began on the dishes at 3:30 Dick home about 4. He’d looked at a new job today + was hoping to hear about it but never did. [crossed out words] I had a TV dinner + Dick had some very peculiar stuffed peppers he fixed. We watched Laugh In + then a quite good film called Counterpoint. Mayor Gragson called a curfew tonight – 7 pm to 6 am in the Northwest section of town. Largely black. There’d been some trouble yesterday + today.