Friday, August 29, 1969

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Dick up + off early. I called Millie to find when Bill + Gwen were coming + alas they left yesterday. Will be here til Sat. night so hope they’ll call. Called Hilary to ask her to get some wine for us for Daddy. (Vin Rosie!) Mather is ill again + she was about to leave for Boston to put him in the hospital. Winnie had come up 2 nights before on the 4 am bus after calling scared about midnight. Mather thinks there’s a conspiracy a foot to get him. It’s extremely sad. Reading the papers + magazines today is so unnerving to a balanced mind that it’s not hard to carry it a step further + think of the impact on an unbalanced mind. Eva called + we chatted briefly. Wendy Aneka arrived at 10. We had coffee + chatted for a while + then went through the house + outside. I’m going to like her very much I think. I mended the sheet + mattress pad + ran them through the washer + dryer. We made both beds. Dick had written Daddy last night. I wrote him a card today + sent another one to Hil with money for the wine to be given [crossed out word] with the card. I went shopping after taking the cards to Reno Lane P.O. Got us tuna fish sandwiches for lunch. Did alot of putting away + sorting. Wendy is extremely thorough + by the time she left our bedroom, the powder room + the guest + guest bath were spotless. [crossed out letters] Asked her back tomorrow. I called Mr. Hutson + straightened out about the utilities. He said he was “more than pleased” about the house on Cactus. I called the exchange + went through a big deal about new service. We’ll be without for 3 days. We called Leon + asked him for the weekend + he sounded pleased. Dick went over to see Jack + Joyce + was gone for about 2 hours. I called + he came back a little drunk + before I could even get annoyed he cut the grass on the left front lawn! Pork chops in cider for dinner. We watched TV + about 10:00 decided to go gamble – this after a hand of 21 on TV!! Called Melvin Jones + went to Castaways Lost $300 Went to Landmark + Lost another $300.00 Dick ahead at one point but wouldn’t stop. I was ahead + he got mad when I wouldn’t give him more than $500.00 He left + I stayed + got way ahead but lost it all. Home at 4 am.

Thursday, August 28,*1969

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Wrote Bill Wellborne + mailed money. Took the dogs over to Cactus Lane + stayed there until 11:30. Got it completely cleaned up except the windows. Found a new oven cleaner that really made the old stove glisten. Was pleased when I left. Called Bank of Nevada to inquire about the payment card – everything all right. Back to Pecos by noon. The dogs ran after a bird who couldn’t fly + I gathered it up + set him up in a box in the den. A dove I think. Jack arrived about 12:30 to install the dryer. Had to semi dismantle it to fit it into the workshop area. Jack really amazing to watch. He never stops moving. Dick came home bringing me a watch as a present to make up for [crossed out letters] last night!!! Jack brought us a new ice thing which he installed too. Hung a few more pictures. We lay down for a while. We had TV dinners. I got all dressed up to go to the theatre Jack + Joyce came over about 6:15 + had a drink. They leave tomorrow night. Irene, Jean Griggs + Jim Henderson arrived about 7:10. All had coffee – Gave them tour of house. (Let Irene do it.) Leon called just as we were leaving. He was very “blue.” He sent us 6 cans of tuna yesterday + 4 pairs of stockings today (2 support – hose for Dick)! We went to the University + saw 3 original one act – plays. At least I met + really liked Jerry Crawford. Also saw Walt + Eva. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Thought an actor named Ken Zinc was quite excellent. He’d also written the first play, “Lightening Bug.” Second play was about Oscar Wilde + fascinating few ghastly moments waiting for the tape recorder to begin. Last play “Soup du Jour” by Brodie Graves my favorite. Home + Dick still awake but nodding in bed before the TV. Had just burned a hole in the sheet!!! Wish he’d gone with us. We talked about Leon a bit + decided to invite him for the weekend.

Wednesday, August 27,*1969

Woke up on the couch at 6:15. Dick just waking in other room + wanted to know why I hadn’t awakened him. He took off about 6:45. I did laundry + hung it up outside. Made bed + pottered. Dick back with Bill Gardiner at nine. Had coffee. Bill liked the place. After they left I found myself folding. Read a Mignon Eberhart. Had called Frank’s bar as I want to meet + talk to Al about his wife cleaning. They didn’t call back + I gather Al’s out of town. Dick called at noon with a name of a cleaning woman. Tried her but she’s strictly baby sitting now. She told me to try someone named Wendy who goes to the Valley Bar. I left the house a little before one. Went to Safeway + got oven cleaner + rubber gloves + had a sandwich. Took clothes (sweaters) to cleaners and sheets to laundry. Went to Cactus Lane + left a note for Mr. Hutson telling him I’d finish the house tomorrow. Took our garbage can, ironing board, sprinkler etc. Went by Panorama Market + got a ham slice and a few groceries. Back to the house by 2:45. Just missed Jerry Douzat who’d been by before. He called + said it would cost $60 to take care of the place. I said I’d call him after talking to Dick. Had letter from Bill Wellborne, card from Annie, pkge from Leon, note from bank that I’d made a $100 error in addition + an $18.75 residual. Dick home at 4:00. Said yes to gardener + we called him. Dick had stopped at Frank’s. Then went to Valley Bar to get some Bourbon for me + stayed an hour + a half. Was drunk when he got home + had met Wendy + made an appointment for her to come here tomorrow at 10. I’d said I was busy tomorrow a.m. but he just doesn’t listen. I called her + changed the date. Friday at 10 – now. Dick told me he’d ordered a dryer + that was nice but then he said he’d gotten a new refrigerator + I told him I didn’t want it + burst into tears. Things don’t make a house. We had dinner + went to bed early.

Tuesday, August 26,*1969

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Lud – what a day. Up at 5:15. We both left the house at 5:45. Dick in truck, I in Ford. We had Doughnuts + coffee at Cactus Lane and I started in packing. Got every last thing packed about 11 o’clock. Including keys to car in the bottom of the biggest carton! Dick + George came by just about then + I found the keys. The Mexican of yesterday on the prowl again. Mr. Hutson appeared about noon + gave me back the $50 deposit. We talked a bit + he’s a nice man + quite interesting. Gary Redburn came over [crossed out letters] a bit later + they left together. Angel Maintenance didn’t show. Dick came back at 1 o’clock + called Montgomery Ward. I finally began cleaning the house myself + had finished the 3 bedrooms and the refrigerator when the two M.W. guys showed up + said it would be $45.00. Fifteen for the windows which was reasonable but $30 for the bathroom, living room + kitchen – not counting the stove ($15 extra!!!!) and that was after I looked incredulous at 35!!! I told them to forget it. Very depressed. Went to phone Co. + was there an hour. We’ll have to get a new service as our present one would cost $30.00 a week on the phone bill – not counting the 30 we pay them. Came home to Pecos + unloaded the car + put things away. Dick asleep in den. This moving is really unsettling to him even though I’m doing most of the work. We went out to dinner. Frank’s bar first + then the Holiday Inn + then the Valley bar + home. One more day at Cactus Lane.

Monday, August 25, 1969*

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Up + saw Dick off at 6:30. I left the house around 10:30 after reading a nice mystery. Went to bank + deposited $800 in household acct + put in change of address. Went to Post Office + did the same. Cactus Lane, watered lawn and started packing – so much left to do. Odd little Mexican guy with a harelip? or cleft palate? or something came by and I was just beginning to feel uneasy when Dick came in. We left about 3 + went by the Safeway for groceries. Dick fixed stuffed peppers for dinner. We watched a little TV and went to bed about 10:30 Nice letter from Timmy today. Claim papers from Bekins re sidewalk and bank card for Pecos payments. We wrote Birthday cards to Cassie + I ordered flowers to be sent on the 28th Dick called Angels maintenance to clean the house tomorrow on Cactus. Will be there after 8.

Sunday, August 24, 1969

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Today began about 10 when I heard the dogs barking + saw Carl + Frank draw up. Couldn’t find Dick at first then found him at the table asleep with a can of apricots. Woke him + sent him to put something on. Carl + Frank came in. I made coffee + then had to go wake Dick up again. They got some things decided I guess about the house on Bonita. Then Dick asked them to do the paneling in our library – to be. I felt so disappointed. Not because of expense or anything like that but because I was so looking forward to doing something together on our house. George called + Dick told him to bring a couple of six packs which he did. (also brought Chris who went out in the des ert looking for rabbits.) After the beer Dick made me get out the bourbon which I did with ill grace. Then he called Jack to help him pick up the chest + chairs still at Cactus. Jack had a wedding reception to go to at 4:00 so we left at 2:00. I went with them – Was so depressed by the house on Cactus I could have wept. There’s a hell of alot to do there + Dick is leaving it all to me. Where the hell he’s getting so tired by all the moving I do not know. We had a sandwich at niftys + then went to Frank’s where Jack + Dick stopped for a drink + I picked up the Ford. Dick in bad humor again + I was getting pretty sick of it. I went to the 7-11 + got some groceries + a couple of mysteries. Back to Pecos. Dick home in half-hour or so but wasn’t talking to me. Went + lay down in den. I took a short nap + then cleaned up the drinking mess, made a pumpkin pie + fixed dinner. We ate at 9. Dick set up the TV in bedroom + we watched Hee Haw + Mission Impossible. Dreary day with nothing accomplished.

Saturday, August 23, 1969

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I woke about 12:30 or one. Phone ringing + it was Frank + Carl. Dick supposed to meet them at the house but hadn’t showed. I hadn’t the faintest idea where he was but didn’t like to let on. Left that they’d like to see him + the plans on Bonita tomorrow. Minutes later + Jack + Dick arrived with a truckload of stuff. They’d dropped the box springs on the way + Dick had backed over them. Grand! Jack said what got him was a small boy on a bicycle saying “you dropped something.” Well. The bed is remarkably unmarked [crossed out word] I guess it could have been worse. They were both pretty blind. Jack called Joyce + told her to come over + George appeared + everybody had drinks except Joyce who had coffee. I stuck to beer at first. Dick falling asleep. Jack bobbing + weaving. Joyce took him home I forced George to stay a little longer but then he left. Dick wanted to go out to dinner, I wanted to nap. He went over to Cactus Lane again to get my shoes. Came back + I said I had a headache. Too true. He got angry + left by himself. I fixed some oyster stew + went to bed + read for a bit then fell asleep. Wakened at 11:00. Dick not home + I began to worry. He came around 12 with cab driver named Melvin Jones. He wanted coffee + me to go out again with him + I was so glad to see him I agreed. He wanted his money in cream pitcher. I got out 300 He’d already taken $300 out of the sugar bowl. We went to Hacienda + Dick lost. I’d cashed a check + I won $61.00. Dick very drunk but we still have $600 of last night’s winnings so that’s pretty good. We ate + had coffee + called Mel Jones who brought us home at 4:30. Dick got to bed. [crossed out word] This morning he woke up in the driveway!

Friday, August 22, 1969

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Dick put out garbage. I packed the papers from my file cabinets, remaining pictures etc. and took small green chest of drawers with all my knitting in it out to Pecos. [crossed out word] Trunk door flew up on the way back + when I stopped on Tropicana road to fix it there was a yell + it was Dick who was at Tropicana pools across the street. Went to Panorama market + bought some towels etc. Vegas village for shelf paper + looked for curtains but they don’t have them. Shell station for exterminator strips. I wrote a letter for Dick + paid the gas bill. Called Mary who sounded in great shape. She + Les go East next Wednes. after the twins leave. Had meant to call Equitable Life in L.A. but didn’t get around to it. Dick home about two and we took a rather long nap + then packed alot more + drove out to Pecos about 6:30. I had the dogs as well as a car full of stuff + Dick had quite a bit on the truck. Dick decided he felt like a drink so after we’d unloaded + called Jack + Joyce + said we’d bring the bed over he went out to get a bottle. I took the bed apart + had it all on the front porch thinking it would be a lovely surprise. He was really annoyed + muttered something about looking like “god damned okies” – which made me laugh. Went to J + J’s. Jack + Dick unloaded + after a few drinks things lightened up a bit. Good dinner played poker + Dick won. Home at [crossed out letter] midnight + Dick wanted to go to the Castaways. We did + I lost what I had which wasn’t much + Dick won $1200 + we left with it. Stopped at Frank’s (so much frosting!) + came home at an undetermined hour.

I called Patsy + Abby at 7 o’clock to say goodbye to them -

Thursday, August 21, 1969

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Oh Lud – what a beginning of a day. Up at 5:15 in order to go back to Cactus Lane for Dick to get the truck. Only Barkis appeared at back door. Suddenly noticed he’d hurt his back leg + had blood on him. Where was Humbug? We called + whistled. No answer + then we went looking. I had only thin canvas shoes so didn’t go too far out. Dick walked the desert in ever widening circles for one hour + 15 minutes – I’d called George to say he’d be late. I also went across to the Isoms to ask if their younger son wanted a job – (Neva had told me he was always anxious to pick up a little money + was a good worker.) Mr Isom said he’d send him over if he was free later on. Came back to house + Dick came in a bit before 7. Visions of Hummy dead or dying on the desert torn to shreds by coyotes or bitten by a snake or trapped to a death by slow burning in the sun. Five minutes or less after Dick dragged in Humbug came “flossing” up to the back door unscathed! Relief enormous but I could have killed him!!! Dick off. I lay down + read for a while. Was really tired. Clark Isom Jr. came over + though I had no work for him gave him a pepsi + we visited for a bit. He’s a very nice boy. After he left I hung photographs in the hall + Estelle’s picture. Made our bed + cleaned a little. The paneling arrived about one + I helped the guy carry it back to the far bedroom. I started reading the Winthrop Woman by Anya Seton (Reader’s Digest condensation) Irene came with Chris + Sue about 2:30. She loved the place + so did the kids. Dick arrived at 3:40 as they were going. He’d brought a roast beef which we put in the oven at 5. Both read for a while – he’s thoroughly enjoying “Full of Life” by John Fante + reads snatches aloud. We ate at 6:30 + were home by 7:45. Mr. Hutson called + will be coming to Vegas at the beginning of the week. Said he’d stop by Monday or Tuesday. We were in bed at 8:30 + lights out by a little after 9!

Wednesday, August 20, 1969

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Up early. I packed a carton of books, a carton of linen and put all my scrapbooks + albums in a third carton. I mended the mattress pad + sheet + put sheets in the washer. Got out to Pecos on the dot of 10. Mrs. Hughes with 2 helpers arrived some 20 minutes later. – It took two loads in a pickup to clear out the room + the 2nd trip she brought a friend to see the house + the boy helper brought his girlfriend. She gave me the remaining $350 in cold cash + it’s all in the sugar bowl. Whee. Everybody happy. I cleaned out the bookcase in the livingroom – the only dusty spot in the whole place. They had a set of great writers some of which I’m really anxious to read. Put away the linen + wrote a couple of days diary. Had called Leon early to wish him Happy Birthday + sent a dozen roses to “The King of the Jungle” with love from both of us. Dick called at 1:45 + I went to Maryland Pkwy to leave Timmy’s suitcase to be fixed + then came home. Packed another box of books, made up the bed + we left taking the dogs + baskets + bowls. Stopped at Albertsons to buy steaks (didn’t much like their meat selection) + some groceries. Out to Pecos. George Jr. stopped by + stayed quite a while. We ate around 9:15. Leon called + I spoke to Bill Tregoe + Dolores Quilan as well. Bill said they’d all been talking about what a good marriage I’d made + how they liked Dick + me with Dick. We went to bed shortly after.

Tuesday, August 19, 1969

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Up at 5:15 – Dick off around 6 – I wrote Bekins about the chest + wrote Timmy a long letter with author’s aid. Made bed + watered lawn a little. Went to Vegas Village + got some groceries for dinner, some dish racks + some upholstery [crossed out word] pins + trim. Decided to get Dick a pair of field glasses to watch the birds + rabbits with. Went out to Pecos with typewriter + papers etc. around 10:30. Got there at 11:00. Place is 2.6 miles from the airport. Dick there soon after I arrived. Only worked half day today. He scared me by yelling for Mr. Grayson at the front door. I dusted off the bedroom set + Dick stapled the new felt on the card table. He’s so involved with the place that it’s a pleasure + he hasn’t had a drink now since a beer last Thursday morning. He’s been watering + cleaning + doing all sorts of extras outside. Amy Hughes + daughter Amy arrived at 11:30. Took them out to the granddaughter’s room + young Amy’s face lit up + she said “I like it!” I told them our bottom price was $500 + left them to discuss it. [crossed out word] Mrs. Amy called a few minutes later + asked what I thought of $450 cash. I said it was fine if they arranged to move the furniture out. Otherwise would have to be $500.00. She said fine + we all had a coke (diet pepsi) Everybody so pleased + she later called to say they’d be by to pick it up tomorrow at 10 am. $100 deposit. Whee! Dick dictated letter to Leon with appliance info + then I wrote Annie + sent her Rita fund acct card. Dick took them to post office + picked up a special delivery postage due for me. I called nifty nickel to cancel the ad but couldn’t. Went to Wonder World + played the slot machine + bought a new lounge chair pad for Cactus Lane. Home to cactus where Dick had cleaned up kitchen. I fixed zucchini casserole + got together the rest of the dinner plus a box of pots + pans + we went out to Pecos. Stopped at Waller Lumber, Van’s + Von Tobel’s to look at paneling decided on “avocado Portelo” at Von Tobel’s + ordered 14 sheets. Picked up check at Lou Manchon’s. Took nap at Pecos + then ate. Called Joyce to thank her – Home by nine. Handkerchief wrapped around doorknob. Eva? Called Irene. I gave Dick a shave. Bed at 11:00.

Monday, August 18, 1969

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Dick off at 6:20. I caught up the last 7 days of diary. Have the ten previous still to do. Bekins called. Told me whom to write about chest. Walt Jenkins stopped by next door + I gave him letter which came here. Watered lawn, made bed, called Leon. I started covering old arm chair. Had the material + can’t use it at new place. Did back seat + front + it looks nice. Tony Carillo called + talked for a long time + then said something which led me to say that I thought Dick had been disappointed that he’d gone to the Union man instead of to Dick with his grievance. He said he hadn’t + I suggested he go talk with Dick then. This because I know that Dick is basically very fair. I should learn to keep my mouth shut. Dick very unhappy about the whole business. He was home by one + we went to Clark County electric to get prices on the appliances for Bonita. Very high I felt. Stopped at Nifty Nickel to put ad in about bedroom suite. Out to house. Phil + Leo there to help move the couches. We took the living room couch into den (Heavy Heavy) + then moved it back. My two couches Look great in den. Whew. Hung “Rita + The Cynics” in the living room. Joyce called to say that a woman at work was very interested in the bedroom set. Cross fingers. Spoke to her about 6:30 + made appt. for 11:30 tomorrow am with her + her daughter. In the ad we quoted $600.00 but are ready to come down to $500 or even $450. Home at 8:00. Phil + his brother Flaman had come by for large TV set in den. Dick was then up on roof trying to fix ariel to get channel 8. Never could. We’d had a 4 o’clock lunch at Sir George’s so ate snack dinner. Bed at 10:45 After I gave Dick a shave! His appetite so much better since he hasn’t been drinking for the last four days. We’ve got so much to do- we’re both knocked out. dear note from Winnie. Cards from Annie + Liza.

Sunday, August 17, 1969

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We woke early – the sun very bright. The dogs happy. Got up because the bed though comfortable [crossed out word] is too small to loll around in. Dick off to get the Sunday papers. George came by around 9 o’clock + had coffee. He + Dick measured the back bedroom for paneling and I lined the linen closets. Dick very busy about the place today. I’d run out of steam. Service called + they’d neglected to refer our number there. Leon had called 4 times. I called him + all he was was worried about us. Oh dear. And Dear Leon. Buck Holland has been after him about the appliances + Dick said he’d mail out the measurements tomorrow. Rash as he’ll have to push to make it. Tony Carillo had called to. He’s left (been fired by) Michels + Hall as evidently he complained to the Union about vacation pay. They’ve been including it in their paychecks. He should have talked to them. Dick set up the stereo and made me a cookbook shelf in the cupboard. We napped + then I went on sorting linens etc. While Dick watered all the grounds and raked the driveway. I got a little tearful over some of the old lace table cloths + mats + the many evidences of Mother’s love. She would have liked this house so much. A little cooler today + maybe the heat has passed its peak. Time passing too. Sad. I hung a couple of small pictures in the powder room. We left Pecos about 7:30 with dogs + doggy baskets. Back to Cactus Lane. House seems small + a little unwanted. I’ve always liked it better than Dick but will be glad to be in our own place. We went to Mama Mia’s for a very unspectacular dinner. Home to watch Hee Haw, make love and collapse in bed.

Saturday, August 16, 1969

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Well today we really got alot accomplished. The morning Dick was a little edgy but I do think it’s the not drinking + we talked about the dogs who seemed perfectly happy. I said that it was undoubtedly harder for me to adjust than they + that I did want them indoors (+ out) during the day while I was home but that they would sleep out in the shop. I did some more cartons + wrote up the ad for the nifty nickel. Dick off shopping for cup hooks + heavy picture hangers + an insecticide spray can. He mailed our claim to Bekins for side walk + came back to Cactus to pick up some more stuff. I just about finished the cartons of misc. + china etc. Unpacked the paintings except for the large carton. Washed the dog robes as they were covered with ants + washed our dirty sheets from one carton. Dick back + helped me open big painting carton + then we started hanging the pictures. To our mutual relief they really look just great and now of course we so do wish we had “Inside + outside Foster’s cafeteria.” We have “Red Interior” over the couch. Russells small painting near the dining table. My portrait over the bookcase. The Archbishop on the left wall as you come in and Panos’ head of a lady in a hat on the far end of the wall. “Muchacha,” the boy’s head and Russell’s café in Mallorca are all in the Den. Alonzo’s abstraction is in the phone alcove. They’re all very good paintings + I guess that proves they can go anywhere. Reluctant Dawn is also in the den + looks marvelous. Dick bought beer + all sorts of cold cuts + ryebread for dinner J + J over about 7 o’clock. We played poker + drank (beer for me + Dick nothing) til about 11:30. Jack helped Dick set up the king size bed. They went home a little after midnight + we went to bed soon after. Really exhausted.

Friday, August 15, 1969

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Up at 6 – Dick feeling all right. Left the house saying – “Thank you for making me well.” We decided to go out to Pecos this evening. I futzed about the house. Watered the lawn, cleaned etc. Baked an apple pie and ironed a few things. Mr. Larsen by to tend to the lawn + I asked him for the name of his friend in the Valley. Jerry Douzat. I packed a large box full of groceries + extra things we don’t need here. Cleaned out the fridge + began on the cabinets. Dick home around 1:30 I got a check for 448.00 from H’wood properties. I have $600 in cash + almost $700 in my Bank of Nevada acct. Told Dick I’d like to put some in the household acct but he refused. However later agreed we could use some of it on the house. Bekins only cost 289.00 which was really reasonable. We went out to Pecos and I started unpacking some cartons of china etc. Dick helped me with the glassed cabinet. Put small nails on top shelf to hold the Steuben glass bowls. The Lowestoft plate in the center. We’d picked up my car at J + J’s earlier. They stopped by around 5:30. I’d been dreading seeing them + apologized at the front door but they didn’t seem to know too much about it. Joyce later asked me what I was supposed to have said + I told her – fab version. We asked them over for cards tomorrow night. We decided to spend the weekend there + after watching the birds + rabbits we went shopping + then home to pick up the dogs + a few necessities. The dogs went wild at the house – running hither + yon – Dick upset about them + said that with a doggy door the place would be a “shit house” etc. etc. I set up their beds in his workshop + showed them how the doggy door there worked. We barbecued steaks + I’d made jello + cottage cheese + ice tea. Dick not drinking at all so I decided to try very hard to please him + not to argue about the dogs or anything. They didn’t make much fuss when I put them to bed outside

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