Sunday, September 21,*1969

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I woke about one. Dick not here. Called Joyce who said he’d called them at 11 but Jack had left. Shortly after Jack appeared in his truck + I thought Dick would follow but they’d never made connections. Dick had mislaid his wallet last night – he hides it whenever he’s been drinking. Jack left + Dick came home about 2:30. Quite a bit the worse for wear but in a good humor. Wanted to take me out to dinner. I fixed him a sandwich + we lay down in the den. Dick napped + I read a very interesting book by Thorne Smith – it grows on me. Dick woke around 6:30 + I suggested we stay home + have TV dinners to recuperate. No way. He made reservations at the Sultan’s table and we got all dressed up which was fun + off we went. Really a lovely leisurely place. Only sour spot right in the beginning was a lady at an [crossed out letters] adjacent table asking me to hold my cigarette in my other hand as the smoke was bother- her. Dick more upset than I was + wanted to change tables. But they were almost through the meal, we had a very nicely situated table + I persuaded him to forget it. The dinner + service were great although Dick’s prime rib was a disappointment. But we both enjoyed the sheer luxury of the place with violins + then piano Dick was skipping about after + very funny – He played a little baccarat + won a little money. We tried some 21 but couldn’t do anything. So we went to the Trop where we lost the rest of what we had with us. Which was not much as we’d both left last night’s profit at home. Stopped at Frank’s for a few drinks + came home. After midnight Had a message from Bill Wellborne on the service

Saturday, September 20, 1969

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Went in at 9:30 today. Met a nice girl named Pat (?) + made date for coffee on Monday. Funny new lady there named Ruth. It’s a very pleasant atmosphere. I went over to the Pantry Pride after + played the slot machines. I won 4 jackpots on one machine + left about $15 ahead. Then to Safeway for leg of lamb + eggplant etc; etc. Home at 1:00 – Dick was hard at work putting a working window in the master bedroom. (Which does get stuffy.) I had to do quite a bit of running [crossed out letter] back + forth to help + as I was tired I got a little short-tempered. But the window is in + that’s a relief and I apologized + everything was lovely. I fixed a leg of lamb without salt and the eggplant casserole with a little sugar + Dick made drop biscuits + I had baked potatos [potatoes] – J + J over about 7:15. Joyce looking alot better because of her rest. She had a few very light drinks. We played poker after dinner and Dick was the big winner. They left around 11:30 and Dick wanted to go out + gamble. I tried to talk him out of it but couldn’t. So agreed if we took a cab. Waited but cab didn’t come so we drove to Frank’s + took one from there. I’d given Dick the $100 from the sugar bowl + I cashed a $100 at the Hacienda. In the beginning I did very well + Dick kept coming around for some capitol but then I went broke. Dick had gone to the cashier with $50.00 in chips to cash in for me but came back + said he was broke. I was annoyed + gave him a big lecture in the parking lot at which point he admitted he had $700! He divided it + I was then paid back plus $100 ahead. We came home via Frank’s – daylight -

Friday, September 19, 1969

Called Ted Bozem who said they’d gotten the stove at H’wood refrigeration. Called Carolyn B. + told her to call them. Will be so glad when this is fixed up. Left note for Wendy + went to Gloria Marshall’s. Was weighed and I’d gained a pound! They weigh us every 2 days and I’m going to have to be a little more careful. Went to Safeway for a few goodies + came home. Had coffee with Wendy + then went over to see Joyce. Took her some tuna packed in unsalted water, some chocolate pudding I made last night, some yogurt + some slenderella jam. We visited for about an hour and I came back. Wendy went to town on the kitchen today and it looked beautiful by the time she left. We even tried the upholstery cleaner at the very end. I painted the door in the back + the dogs got a little on the carpet but I got most of it up. Dick + I were lying on the couches in the den when he suddenly looked over + said, you look very rested. I think it’s the circulation machine at Gloria Marshall’s + that I do look better. [crossed out letters] I told him I was going there later in the evening and he was delighted. How nice. Joyce called + that so called Kidney Specialist sounds like a complete dud. Any way she’s going to make an appt. to see Dr. Bently which is good. I invited them both for dinner tomorrow night. Dick had a call from Phyllis MacGrure (sp.)

Thursday, September 18, 1969

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Busy day – Dick off at 6:45. I changed the bed, did a few dishes, diary + wrote Timmy w/check. Went to Gloria Marshall’s at 9:00. It’s really quite a workout for all it’s “passive exercise.” Was quite worn out at the end of the hour. Met a couple of nice women there – Connie? + Ruth Boland. Then to the B’way. Took watch to be fixed + bought some fancy stationary for Joyce. Bought note paper at book store + posters + a feather pen at Hatch’s. needles + rug yarn at Woolworth’s. Went to pick up Timmy’s suitcase but it’s still not ready. Opened a new acct at the Maryland Pkwy branch of Bank of Nevada and then went to the Nat’l Bank to put the Bekins check in our household acct. Picked up laundry + left sheets + cleaning. Went to Joyce’s at 12:30. Took her pen, stationary. some magazines including a Reader’s Digest with article on the liver. We had tea + talked + had some yogurt which she’s supposed to eat and hated yesterday but then I found out she hadn’t stirred it up! Now she likes it. Came home at two Dick back. Took some herbs + D-zerta over to Joyce + some vitamin B-1 then back home. We read + took naps. I had a good letter from Colby + am glad I hadn’t written before. Also a letter from Carolyn Brown about the damn oven and more damned Montgomery Wards. Dick finally had the brilliant idea of calling Ted Bozen. Did + got Peggy who said she’d explain to him + I’m to call him at 7 in the morning. Talked with Jim Brown + told him he’d be calling – we had a heavenly dinner of lobster tails that Dick fixed and then watched TV and went to bed at 11:00 after Dean Martin.

Daddy’s book arrived today and it really looks lovely. I’m very proud.

Wednesday, September 17, 1969

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Dick off at 6:20 or so. I did a few windows inside wrote diary, made lists, made bed etc. Left at 8:30 + was way early. I guess it takes about 10 minutes maximum. Was measured + weighed (121 1/2 lbs) + told how lucky I was to be flabby, blah blah blah – Alot of very visual images – the fat from my fallen buttocks has “dripped” into my upper thighs etc. Tried the various machines – actually they’re alot more active than Slenderette or Pat Walker. Signed up after the introductory course + will try to go as often as possible – 3 or 4 times a week. As soon as there are a few results I’ll tell Dick. I went to Penny’s + bought a small utility ladder + then to Wonder World for a garbage can. Also saw the exact replica of my lost chest there. Dick had put some quarters in my bag last night and I played 2 $5 rolls in a couple of machines + kept winning. I left with $40.00 profit after paying for all purchases. Bought some grapefruit at Pantry pride. Home. Got rent check from Carolyn Brown. A morose letter from Timmy and a couple of bills went over accts – we’re in pretty good shape – read a little, did more windows – only the library + guest room + bath left to go. Did our car windows. Dick home at 3 or so. Had wrenched his back. I fixed stuffed peppers for dinner – we ate earlyish + were in bed by nine where we watched a little more TV. J + J called + Jack told Dick that Joyce has cirrhosis of the liver. I talked with Joyce + said I’d come by tomorrow about noon. No more booze, no salt, no nothing. It’s extremely depressing to think about because she’s had every warning in the world for a long time. She’s got an appt with a specialist on Friday.

Tuesday, September 16, 1969

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A good day with bad beginnings – Dick had turned the transistor on at the dining room table and in the back bathroom it sounded like a dog fight and I thought that terrible pack had come back + gotten Humbug. I came screaming down the hall + scared Dick out of his wits. Surly would not approach describing his departure. I caught up on Diary and then went + measured the backroom for shelves. There will have to be a few minor adjustments as the ceiling is a few inches lower than Lookout Mt. I then went to work on the windows. Did all the Den windows – inside + out – and all but one of the living room windows – the glass man came + put in the shower doors. Dick had said last night to “forget the shower doors” but I decided it was because he was mad at them for not showing up yesterday. I was varnishing the bathroom door when Dick came back at 11 o’clock. He then went to work on extending the sprinkler system to the far front lawn. We went shopping at Safeway + then later at Wonder World where I got some extra fine steel wool and some linseed oil. Came back + started work on the old inlaid pie shaped table Mother had given me. What a beating its taken over the years – glass rings, cigarette burns etc. I figure that about half an hour a day for a week or so should put it in really good shape. We washed up + went to see “Midnight Cowboy” at the Guild Theatre at 5:30. Oh gee – What a good film – really stunning performances. Cried + cried Dick found the color a little headachey but really liked the movie. We went to the Holiday Inn after for dinner + froze to death in the flow of the air conditioning. Home at 9 – Bed + TV – I made an appt. this morning to go to Gloria Marshall’s figure Salon tomorrow at 9. Suppose it’s like Pat Walker’s. Anyway I need a little tightening up. Didn’t mention it and am not going to for a while.

Monday, September 15, 1969

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Dumb, stupid day. Kept waiting for the glass man to come (“Will be there before 12″) + measure the guest bath tub for shower doors. I read + knitted while waiting. Finished center panel, did a reverse of the canoe square + knit one plain. Finished my crime club selections. Made bed + futzed about a little. No mail. Started “A day” by Nabokov + don’t like it, not just because there are 10 words a page I don’t know but I find it extremely smart-ass. Maybe I’m a dumb head. Could be. I’d wanted to get out early in the day + had waited for the damn glass man who never showed. By one o’clock any impetus I’d had was gone and I went to sleep on the couch. Dick home about 2 – Full of energy. Painted frame of new door to bathroom + then went back to work on the sprinkler system I did some laundry + ironing + fixed a stupid dinner. Dick didn’t eat any of it which was about as depressing as anything could be. The dogs getting on Dick’s nerves + I think he’s carrying his yelling etc too far. Oh Blah, Blah, Blah. Went to bed after watching “Laugh In which was a big disappointment. Dick came to bed a little after + turned on a TV movie “Nobody’s Perfect.” Found myself getting interested though I couldn’t barely keep my eyes open. Funny film + we watched it until it was over at 11 o’clock.

Sunday, September 14, 1969

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Mary’s birthday.

Up around 10 or so. I called Carolyn Brown at 10:30. Woke her which I seem to do always. Told her I’d call back at 4:30 for the book shelf measurements which I do want. We went the the Stardust Golf Course for breakfast. Then to Von Tobelo where we looked for contact paper or wall paper for the sliding doors in library. Ended up with paint, Then to wonderworld. Got all sorts of things including a bathroom rug + king size blanket for $15 (together) Dick got more sprinkler stuff and I bought groceries etc. Home. Dick fixed up a really impressive system for the front section by the porch. Bubblers to the bushes all along the house + to both little rows of evergreens. With small semi-rainbirds for the lawn part. I made a fruit compote and a green bean caserole [casserole] for dinner with steak in wine sauce. Finally got measurements from Carolyn. We napped a bit before dinner. I am tired, tired, tired + can only assume it’s because of drinking again – Didn’t have much tonight. Leon called in the afternoon. And after dinner I called Mary to wish her Happy Birthday. Spoke with Les the first time + then Mary who’d been out to the store called back collect. Bed about 10:00.

Saturday, September 13, 1969

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Dick up at 9:30 or so. Said he was going to get some sprinkler system stuff + would be right back. I got up at noon and the coffee was thick + black. Took some + went back to bed to read. Dick home with Jack about 2 o’clock. Both pretty crocked although Dick always gets more so. Had been to Frank’s + the Valley Bar. Also had gotten $67.00 worth of plastic pipe elbows, T’s, bubblers sprinkler heads etc. for the front lawn. Letter from Daddy saying his book was on the way + that Rich Ware was coming for the first 2 weeks in October. Check from Bekins for $169.03 to cover the cost of the sidewalk and a disclaimer on the chest. Well – the money is found money. If it had been up to me I would have let it go. But I’m sorry about the chest. And I think the guy in charge of this end of the move was an idiot + I’d like to say so but it’s breaking his rice bowl, I guess so forget it – I had a couple of beers with Dick + Jack + then we went to J + J’s. I dressed up in Dick’s clothes for the hell of it. Had some drinks over there, Dick slept at the counter for a while while we talked. Home at 7:30. I put TV dinners in + then Dick wanted to go to the Valley bar. Slight argument + Dick turned the car around (I’d been willing to go to the Safeway with him for some wine) we bumped against the median a little. Home. Ate + Dick slept on the couch + soon after I fell asleep on the floor over my crime club book. We woke about midnight + removed to the bedroom. We called Mary Parker in the early evening.

Friday, September 12, 1969

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Up early. I started knitting in order to finish a really good detective story. Did a plus square and a J. Almost have center finished now but still have some 30 squares to go. Wendy came at 9:45. We had coffee + chatted + then got down to work. I’m afraid we talk a little too much – my fault. I called Carolyn Brown to get the measurements of the book shelves. She said she’d call back around 4:30. I made a chocolate pie, did several loads of wash + mended some clothes. Wendy took up the rug in the master bath + the tile is so much more attractive. Wendy left about 4. Dick home at 2:00. Carolyn never called. We finally took short nap and then about 7:15 or so went to J + J’s. I had a bad stomach ache for a bit before we went. Pleasant evening – Stuffed peppers for dinner. Played Poker for Pennies + Dick betting like Onassis. Came out at the end about even. Everyone drunk except Joyce who seemed to get progressively sober – Dick asleep on floor Jack in chair – Joyce + I talked (probably I talked too much.) Home about 1:30 or so.

Thursday, September 11, 1969

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Dick didn’t go to work today. I didn’t get up til almost 10 – At that point Dick back in bed. I fixed him a prairie oyster (without vodka) and a bacon sandwich. Plus 2 excedrins. He slept for about 3 hours I diddled about the house. Read some Sherlock Holmes. Had forgotten what a cocaine addict he was! Jack + Joyce called around 2 o’clock. They got back late last night – invited us to dinner tomorrow night. Started knitting again on the blanket. Had put it aside for too long. Carl + Frank appeared out of the blue around 3:00 to hang the bathroom door. It took quite a while but they did a lovely job. Dick + I decided last night (we’d talked about it before) to get our own slot machine As a sort of giant piggy bank. Postcard from Sue Glick and two new detective club books. Dear, Dear Sue. We napped + then had dinner. Dick reading Dorian Gray + very engrossed. By end of day I was exhausted + out of sorts. Bed early. Irene called + we talked a long time.

Wednesday, September 10, 1969

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Mother Michel’s Birthday

Caught up diary – watered lawn. Made bed – blah blah. Tried to get a few papers in their proper place. Paid bills – Deposit box etc. Wrote Liza, sent birthday check to James Enelow for $15. Have decided to send all children $10 per birthday after the age of 12 or so except for their 18th + 21st. The Enelow’s get $15 as that’s already been established. Filled out new S.A.G. forms + sent a wedding check to Lodie Ann Graves. Dick home around 3 and we called Mom Michels to wish her a happy Birthday. I guess she liked the vases. We went to the house to look at the cabinets – they fit now. Carl + Frank had been doing some work too. Home. quiet evening until in bed at 11 o’clock Dick suggested we go try the system. Don’t know why I didn’t have better sense But agreed + off we went to the Tropicana with 200.10 each which we lost. Our fault too as we were going with $5.00 instead of $1 at the beginning. But still no system will ever do it. Then to Frank’s to round off the evening and spend $180.00 (60 for me) on the slot machines. [crossed out word] Home about 3:30 or 4:00 – Dick going to “kill” Frank because the machines didn’t pay off. Really intelligent evening. So awful it was funny.

Tuesday, September 9, 1969

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Still tired. Spent the early morning knitting + reading. Dick called + wanted the serial nos on the appliances for Bonita so I took them over to the job about noon. The man who’s building the apartment house they’re working at buys all his appliances direct from the factory + for less than Clark County electric so he may be able to save Dick even more than Buck Holland. I went to pick up Dick’s glasses (no charge) and went to the Nevada Nat’l Bank + cashed the check Dick gave me for $400. All square now. Went back to the job + Dick + I went to Lum’s for lunch. Then to WonderWorld where he bought [crossed out letter] 3 rainbirds. I took the car + went to the laundry + to Safeway for Dog food etc. Played the 25¢ slot machine + won 2 $5 jack pots. Put one back in, did my shopping + played again – 777 came up !!!!! I was so excited I couldn’t believe it. Came home with $55.00!! Gave Dick $25 as he’d banked for me at Frank’s. He set up the rainbirds + I did some laundry. Was a little depressed in the evening for no reason other than fatigue. I shaved Dick before dinner. The dogs (especially Humbug) behaving badly. We went to bed early again . although a special on the presidency kept us awake til about 11 o’clock.

Monday, September 8, 1969

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Woke up at 10 o’clock – Didn’t get much of anything done all day How Dick ever got to work is more than I’ll ever know. Also the fact that I came out ahead last night by $16 has got to be a minor miracle. I called Carolyn Brown to tell her that probably the timer is defective on the oven (Bill Tregoe had that problem.) She told me the locksmith had come + changed the lock + told her to give the bill to the “Lady of the house” – Oh dear – shades of Isabell. Called Mom Michels as I’d discovered the card that was supposed to accompany our gift in my purse! Told her we’d call on Tuesday. I started to read “of Human Bondage” which I’d never read. Dick home about 3 o’clock Exhausted. He watered outside + went to feed Rusty + then we both went to bed + watched TV + read + made love + had TV dinners in bed. Sleep around ten o’clock.

Sunday, September 7, 1969

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We didn’t get up til almost 2:30! Heard Bill singing Oh What a beautiful morning! He + Leon had been up since noon trying to get the dogs to bark!! I made french toast for one + all with Bill’s help and Leon gave Bill + Dick birthday presents. Dick’s a lovely shirt which he put right on. We went out for a drive around town + went to see the house on Bonita. They were both impressed by it + Bill had a few good ideas. From there to the Flamingo square where we went shopping + Bill + Leon played the slot machines. Bill won $3.50. We’d driven first all around the homes on the Desert Inn golf course. Bought a roast + some potatos [potatoes] + salad + came home + fixed it. Time for drinks + to relax + then a really nice dinner. Figure we saved alot eating at home both nights. Off to the airport at 9:00. Just in time. Lovely visit. Bill’s last words – now you’ll go off gambling for the next 5 hours! We laughed. Har Har. Went to Frank’s + played the slot machines. Lost $30! Came home + had some more drinks in bed watching TV. Then Dick said you know if we played George’s system religiously everyday + left when we’d made $50.00 we’d be [crossed out letters] way ahead. I agreed in drunken acceptance but said we’d have to go to a different place every day. Dick said oh yes of course + he thought we ought to go to the Tropicana tonight! By now it’s 2:30 am But we rolled out of bed + dressed + off we went – stopping at Frank’s for our capital. Well I won $36 + Dick won about $85 + we did leave – Back to Frank’s to repay the money + I put another $20 in the slot machines. Home at 4:30 am.

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