Thursday, December 18, 1969

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Dick off about 7:15 – I wrote some cards + called Julia Mullen. The check didn’t go out until Tuesday. She said they’d wire some more to the bank + it will be there tomorrow. I told her I probably wouldn’t return the other check when it gets here. I went to the Hacienda to cash a check from my California acct. Stayed to play Keno. Won “2 fun filled nights + 3 sun filled Days” at a drawing. One hour later I won a bottle of champagne. Didn’t win at Keno. Did win at Roulette, did win at 21. Not much but I left just about even after 2 hours. Went to wonder world to take film + buy film, get keys made + get groceries. Won 2 jackpots for 12.50 each there. Came home with all the stuff + $10 profit. Called Dorothy about Leon’s shirt size – 16 1/2 neck. Dick asleep when I got back. Baked a pie. We both bathed + watched TV. I gave Dick a shave. We had TV dinners + then I went over to invite the Isoms and the Kulicks for a drink + to meet Jimmy Judge. Both – Casey + Betty were in pajamas so declined. Jimmy arrived with huge present at 9. Good visit. He’s coming over with his friend Richard on Sunday. Interesting talk about the car business.

He left at 10 + we went to bed. Funny bit over at the Isoms. I almost stuck my head through their mirror thinking it was a window. Shades of the Broom closet.

Wednesday, December 17, 1969

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Didn’t get very much done today despite good intentions. No money arrived + I’m getting uneasy. Carolyn’s always late but the check from the bank should have gotten here. Wrote a few cards + a long letter to Rich Ware. I found his address in my address book. The very last place ever That would have occurred to me. Went + had my haircut + a manicure + then got a few groceries + went to the Post Office. Mailed off some 70 cards + the Longstreet art book to Rich. Came home + took some pictures of the house. Read. Finished a collection of ESP stories + started another book on Prophecy + Prediction Dick home about 4, Nobody’s paid him + he’s uneasy too He gave some lady a deservedly hard time on the phone. Only I felt sorry for her because nobody else had done their work + in her mind she felt the deck shouldn’t be paid for until the fence was up + the lawn in etc. Dick’s work was finished 2 weeks ago + he should be paid. Gloria Marshall’s called to ask if I was sick + I said NO I was broke + would be in in January. Dale + Clark came over + we told them to start work on Dick’s truck + we’d pay them tomorrow. We had stuffed peppers for dinner + watched TV including Hee Haw which is back on the air. Called Jack + Joyce to watch it + they gave a salute to Mule Shoe, Texas. We went to bed at 9 + watched a movie “Busy Body” til about 10:30 when we couldn’t keep awake.

Tuesday, December 16, 1969

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Diary – Called Dr. Richman’s office + have 2 appts. – Mon. 29th + Weds. the 31st. Made a list of Las Vegas cards Wrote about 15 or 20. Cleaned out ice box. Called for hair appt tomorrow + called Peggy Wiseman about orientation for the Childrens Service Guild. Everything such a general state of mess + confusion that I didn’t really accomplish much. Pat Robeson came over around 1:00 Left with half a cheesecake, 2 prs of stockings + a volume of Thurber. Dick was home + we both started piling stuff on her. Wish we could have added the laundry, dishes + several other things. She’d innocently enough brought us a copy of Steig’s ABCDB. After she left we went to bed, read, made love + napped. Snicks had called in the A.M. and I felt I really couldn’t put off dinner any longer. We went to the Safeway but no veal. Finally got some at Mayfair Market. Fixed veal parmiagian [parmigiana] for dinner. We watched TV. Snicks off at 8:20 for a class. We watched a movie, “Silent Gun” + then to bed. Dick – a little smashed as he’d been sipping Old Fashioneds all night – Cards from Annie, Denny, Patsy + some local. No check yet from either the bank or the Browns – we’re treading on extremely thin ice.

Monday, December 15,*1969

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Slept in. Up about 9. Dick + George over a little later. Barkis + Humbug had torn the insulation out in the garage. Mess. Gave George his socks. Wrote a long letter to Ben + Muriel Wright. Wrote a few Christmas cards. Turned the house upside down looking for Rich Ware’s new address. Can’t find it. Check didn’t come today. Either from Julia or rent check for Browns. Oh dear. Cashed $30 check and bought groceries. Went to look at Dick’s job at Howard Warner’s. Really beautiful. Home. More cards. Have done about 60 now. We went over to Jack + Joyce’s to take back a drill. Gave them their Xmas present. The Sears. catalogue. They really liked it. Had several drinks there. Joyce told me Jack didn’t make love to her anymore, which startled me as a confession. Talked about it a little with Dick after. Guess. She was a little high. Leon called me about a possible job. I fixed ham for dinner, We watched television (dreary), I gave Dick a Shave (I’m getting very good) + we went to bed.

Sunday, December 14,*1969

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Up around two. Dick angry with me. Everything got smoothed over. Leon said “We were all four wrong but none is guilty.” Somehow that seemed to satisfy all of us Magda had given Leon breakfast. I gave Dick a bacon sandwich We took some pictures with my new camera Dick had to go get batteries We had bloody Mary’s + a shrimp cocktail. Got very silly. Fixed filet mignon in wine for dinner. We watched a little TV and listened to Flip Wilson. The weekend went much too fast really. Took Magda + Leon to the airport. All exhausted. We ran into Jimmy Judge there + Dick asked him to stay in the house while we’re gone. We also saw Annabel Miller who was meeting her daughter We went to the Valley Bar + had a couple of drinks and played 2 games of pool. I won the second one but don’t know how. Came back + went to bed.

Saturday, December 13,*1969

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Spent the morning writing cards Dale + Clark came over to do a little work. Have done about 51 cards now. Horoscope said to call an old friend. So I called Harold Stern – things are finally looking up for him so I was glad I’d called. Went to meet Leon + Magda at 12:53. The plane was an hour late so I went to Foxy’s + got some corn beef + pastrami which Dick had asked me to do. Got back + the plane came in 15 minutes earlier + they’d changed the gate. Rushed about frantically + finally was found by Magda We got back to the house just as Dick came home. Fixed sandwiches + was glad I’d gotten The stuff as it was gone in half an hour. Sat around + had drinks + talked + laughed til about 5 o’clock. Leon laden with gifts for Daddy + Jim + Hilary + Dick’s family. Also the art book for Dr. Ware. I gave Dick the clock radio so he could lend it to Leon. We then took a nap. When I got up at 6:30 Magda had set the table + fixed a salad + cleaned up the kitchen. Wow. Funny dinner. After I dressed (Magda did the dishes) + We went to the Fremont. Next to the Horse shoe. All lost money. Dick got me to cash a check for $150 on Bank of N.Y. $30 more than I have in the acct. Then he went to cash a check + didn’t come back – At least he did but couldn’t find us. We waited 3 hours at the bar for him. Finally I called the house + he was here. I was furious. Took a cab home. Magda + I stayed up til 8:30 I made her read all my poetry. Crap!

Friday, December 12, 1969

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Up early. Wrote some cards. Diary. futzed about. – Called Magda who already had the flight. numbers. Wendy by to get an advance then took Denny to work + the Kids to school. Back at 10: Left at 10:30 all very confusing. I went to the airport with 11 packages. Then to the bank + cashed Daddy’s check. Went to Wonder World – No camera there to my liking. Picked up cleaning, bought a Brownie – Flash camera at the Sav-on Drug. Bought groceries, some boxes, and gas for the car. Also stamps at the airport. Including $10 on a slot machine (Bad Punkin) I’d spent over a $100 by the time I got home – $34 at the P.O. + $32 for groceries + liquor. Denny + Christy here when I got back + the dogs in a state. Too much too much. Asked Denny to take Christy home. Buried myself in the backroom with cards. About 8 arrived today including Dick Kneeland. We’ll [crossed out letter] have such fun in N.Y. Dick home just after Wendy finished – we had a drink. Denny came over to get Wendy + joined us. For the first time I liked him + realized he’s painfully shy. Explains alot. After they left we went to bed for a bit. Then watched TV + did some cards. Sausage dinner, I gave Dick a shave + we watched a little more TV in bed. A special Delivery form Bill today saying he’d gotten the letter. Judy Massoli called a little smashed about 9 o’clock + asked us over to a party. But we couldn’t make it as Dick had to work tomorrow.

Thursday, December 11, 1969

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Well, well well – what a loverly day. Did two days of diary. Called Tulsa + talked to Ruby. Got Anne’s Hospital + called her. Congratulations etc. Ted Matz called for Dick, wanted them to lay off setting the forms etc. Went to find Dick at Howard Warner’s. He was finishing the steps + couldn’t leave + George + Phil had already gone to set up so I called Ted Matz + explained. I took my winter coat to the cleaners for alterations + then went to Sav-on Drug + bought some film + flash bulbs for my old Brownie Hawkeye. Also a clock radio for Dick. Bought some boxes at Sprouse Reitz + groceries at the Safeway. Came home + called Julia + asked her to send $500. Felt very good afterward as now I can make a few contributions here + there. Wrapped alot more gifts + bathed + washed my hair. Off for my physical at Dr. Bentley’s. I liked him immensely. Talked over worries about pregnancy + evidently there is no reason why I can’t get pregnant. He asked if Dick had been checked but I don’t care about that. I think he’d feel awful if it turned out he couldn’t + it wouldn’t be worth it. Chances are if we go ahead + adopt we’ll end up having one of our own anyway. I’m in fine shape. I went out to pay at the desk (or to ask them to bill me) + the nurse said my papers were marked “N.C.” for No Charge. I couldn’t believe it. Rushed back to Bentley + told him I was a big girl now. But he said he wanted to for Daddy + St. Lukes so I hugged him + skipped out. WOW. Went to Woolco + bought some more wrapping paper + a tiny screw driver for my camera. Came home + found a $100 Check from Daddy + received a $100 bill from Dick. Talk about rags to riches. Cards arrived – about 7 or 8. Must get started. fixed chicken paprikash for dinner. Wrapped presents. We broke the camera in trying to fix it but that put only a temporary damper on my spirits. Think everything’s really in very good shape.

Wednesday, December 10, 1969

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Busy Day. Dick off at 7:15. I caught up a little more diary – Still have about 15 blank days. Thank God for the lists. Tried Snicks + couldn’t get him Went to Airport + mailed pkges to Newcomb + Anne, Jim + Hilary + Jane Moran. Paid for Leon + Magda’s tickets. Took in cleaning + was told they could alter my coat there. Went grocery shopping + then over to Wonder World to the camera section. Met Mr. Neilson. My camera is broken. He gave me the name of someone to fix it. Also told me how possibly I can compensate for over-exposure. Bought some picture frames + more wrapping paper. Went to the B’way + got presents for Mary, Mom + Cassie. Candle shop for Aunt Hope + Liza + John. Picked up a 50 lb bag of bird seed. Came home + made chocolate pudding + a chocolate pie. Packed boxes for the Woeltzes + the Keenans. Dick home at 4:30. Picked up most of the leaves in the backyard as the boys haven’t been back. Telegram from Newcomb that Anne had had a little boy – Mather Cleveland the 2nd. Daddy will be so pleased. I felt a horrible twinge of jealousy + I am ashamed of it. Tried to call Tulsa but line busy + later I was. Dale came over at 6:30 for help on his story – due tomorrow. I’d promised to give Dick a shave + he wasn’t very happy about the whole thing. Worked with Dale an hour then told him to come back after we’d eaten. Only needed another 15 minutes anyway. He’d done quite a bit of work + it was easy to whip into shape. However their would have been more point to it if I could have really pointed out the whys. Told him I couldn’t help him again in the evening. Dick + I watched the Pit + the Pendulum. Spooky. Bed at 11. The termite guy came today + will come again on the 22nd for the mice.

Tuesday, December 9, 1969

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Slept again ’til 8:30 as I couldn’t eat or drink anything before my lab appt. Went to West Charleston Medical Center, had an E.K.G. left a specimen and a large size blood sample. Went from there to Vegas Village for coffee + then Basco’s. Bought gifts for Newcomb + Anne, Larry, Susan + Bisy (got all 3 children watches), a mug for Mather + a glass icer for John Keenan. Then back to Vegas Village where I got a corn popper for Edie, a puzzle for Johnny K. and a microscope for Lincoln Next stop Safeway for groceries and home Call from Snicks who wasn’t in when I returned it – Dick home about 4:00 – Dale brought the V.W home but his Mother wouldn’t let him come over to work on his story. guess that’s Their business but it’s due on Thursday. Dick + I went to the Stop’n’go for some wine + fresca + soda Home. I fixed pork chops in cider for dinner and a zucchini casserole We watched TV and I got together two packages – one for Jim + Hil + family and one for Newcomb + Anne et al. Watched a rather good show. “Daughter of the Mind” – Then the Invaders by which time it was eleven. Bed.

Monday, December 8, 1969

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Mather Cleveland the 2nd born to Newcomb + Anne.

Dick let me sleep and I didn’t wake til Pat Robeson called at 9:30. Got up + didn’t feel as awful as I should have. Called Bentley’s office + made appt for a checkup. Lab tomorrow and appt. Thursday. Called George Gill to cancel the rest of the carpet. Estelle invited us to dinner tomorrow night but I felt we’d been a little too social lately. Dick home early (the ground was frozen) + brought me 2 Christmas presents. A big handbag and a lovely evening purse. I called Dr. Zorn at the University and can’t say I felt I’d contributed anything to his day. Called Drue at work and got her parents’ address in Maine. She had Scotty’s at home so I said I’d call back. I paid our Mortgage here and on Lookout Mt. Our household acct down to $17.00. Dick gave me $140 in cash when he came home. I called Jerry Douzat. Spoke with Joy + told her that Dick was going to handle the yard work. Pat Robeson came over about one o’clock + Dick fixed hamburgers for us all. After Pat left Dick took me to the airport + we mailed gifts to Dick + Drue, Taylors, Mary Parker, Mary + Saul. Debbie + David + the Enelows. Stopped at the Stop’n’go + then home. Called Drue again + then we lay down and napped + read until 7 o’clock. Fixed Steak, watched gunsmoke – Dale came over to take the VW to school + we went to the Riviera to meet Joan + Edgar. Archie Walker there. I gave them a copy of the Lion is Busy and asked Edgar if he knew any publishers. Told them the story. Very funny evening – told Brass Tail + Tic folder stories – Joan told about Blumenthal buttons etc. She gave us her album and a picture that I’d asked for. They invited us to dinner on the 27th in New York. We had a really Good time. Stopped at the Elbow room for a nightcap + came home -

Sunday, December 7, 1969

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We stayed in bed til about ten, having coffee + reading the papers. Dick went to Wonder World + bought a handsome egg poacher + we had a nice big breakfast. I haven’t written in my diary for almost a month so got together a few lists + filled in the last week. Dick washed both cars. I made reservations for Leon + Magda, wrote Bill Wellborne + tried to call Jerry Douzat but no answer. We really don’t need him. I also tried to call Druscilla and Annie but no answer there either. Leon called + was afraid he would be inconveniencing us. We told him we were looking forward to the visit. Adrienne Ames called + said an agent had come to town + Joan was going to be tied up tonight. I told her that worked out perfectly for us + we’d see her tomorrow. We went to the Turners about 4 o’clock. Funny party. Nobody knew anybody. Really liked Pat + Tom Turner. Annabel Miller a dear + her husband Jack seemed nice. Alice Turner + Lucille Brown came in at the end. I’d hoped Dr. Zorn would be there but he didn’t show. However a dear named Tony Saville (?) told me to call him – that he’d like” it. Met Del Wade + a few other nice people especially a Bob Gelhart (?) who teaches retarded children – We went to the Pub + had a drink + dinner with a bottle of wine + a half. I won $16 in The Big Wheel machine. Hit a joker twice. We bought 3 bottles of wine with my second windfall + came home + got drunk.

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