Friday, October 24, 1969

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Off to G.M’s early. After finishing the staining! Got it all done about 8 o’clock. Went shopping after G.M’s + was home around 10:30. The script came from Green Acres and it’s a fat two line part!!! Unbelievable. Chatted with Wendy about the coming week + then started moving in some of the books. The dolly is an enormous help but it is – heavy, heavy work. Pat Robeson came over a little before noon + admired the book cases. They really are unbelievably beautiful. She had a nice diet lunch with Wendy + me + then ran off to teach a first aid class. I spent the afternoon hauling in books + putting them away. Wendy stayed over to help and we got all the paper backs, all the French books and some theatre books on the shelves. The Top two shelves are too small I’m afraid + I’m going to have to shift the paperbacks. I took Wendy home. Dick back about 5. Had gotten 2 bedrooms painted on Bonita. We were both tired + napped + then went to J + J’s for dinner. I washed my hair. Joyce had fixed a really lovely ham and we had a very nice time. Played a little poker + as usual we won! Joyce fell asleep about 10:30 or so and we stayed about an hour longer. Dick worried about the plumbing on Bonita – no hot water suddenly + no water at all in the master shower. Came home + talked + decided to get some money from N.Y. Trust to finish the house in style.

Thursday, October 23, 1969

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Dick went to the house on Bonita today to paint. Had Leo working there all day. I called G.M’s to say I wouldn’t be in + started out cleaning up the library. Took some tools out and some lumber and vaccuumed (sp?) [vacuumed] + then started staining. Dick + George in for a beer eleven thirty or so. I stained all day. And finished all the top and and have only 2 more bottom shelves + the counter top and a little edging left to do. It looks just beautiful. Dick home at 5 and took a nap. I finished at 7:00. Made a pumpkin pie and then put in some chow mien. In oven not pie. Dick helped me stain the bottom + fixed the end shelves while it heated. I have about half an hour left to do tomorrow. Leon called + is sending me a Green Acres script which I’ll shoot on the 30th. That’s going to cut things a bit short for the big Halloween party but feel sure with Wendy’s help I’ll be able to manage. Want to get the letters for the ad agencies ready before I go to L.A. We went to bed + watched Dean Martin + I got another square done. 20 to go. Ho Ho Ho.

Wednesday, October 22,*1969

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Went to Gloria’s and was measured. Lost 5″ and 3 1/2 lbs. Have now been sentenced to 25 minutes on the bicycle. A little more than seems possible. Pat Robeson there but had to go to lawyers after so couldn’t have coffee. I picked up some nose spray for Dick and some stuff for the library doors and then did some shopping – Home at 10:45. Went straight to work on staining. Dick home at 1:00 + I made hamburgers. He went to get a dolly for us + the TV repair man came + fixed the color set for channel 8. I went back to staining and Dick fixed the leaky valve out front. Also cleaned up the front. Whee. At 5:45 I’d finished the top 8 cases and one set of shelves. Should be able to finish the rest tomorrow The second coat really looks great. We had ham for dinner. Mary + Les called to say they couldn’t come this weekend – it had all fallen through. I was sorry but it’s taken a little of the “library” pressure off. We watched TV + went to bed. knitted another square. 21 to go. Want to finish soon.

Tuesday, October 21,*1969

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Rain today – George over + he + Dick finished the bookcases. I called + made a hair appt with a Kim Taylor at Darrell’s south. Was not overjoyed with the results but after combing + teasing + re-arranging decided I’d had a lot worse and it’s certainly an improvement over the recent straggle. Went to Wonder World to buy a dolly but couldn’t find one. Came home + started staining. That was supposed to be my job but Dick was off + so he did a great deal of it. By 6 o’clock or so the entire business had had it’s first coat. Don’t think there will be much need of sanding before the 2nd coat. I’ll put that on tomorrow + then, God willing, I can start with the books on Thursday. We had TV dinners +, appropriately enough, watched TV. Pat Robeson called to see what happened to me on Monday. (Had decided I was either hungover or had gained weight!!) Asked her for coffee here tomorrow. Leon called tonight at 10 o’clock. Says there are a few things in the offing. How I hope so. But first want to get our library in order – and then the party! I knitted 2 more squares – 22 to go.

Monday, October 20,*1969

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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.

Sunday, October 19,*1969

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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.

Saturday, October 18, 1969

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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.

Friday, October 17, 1969

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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.

Thursday, October 16, 1969

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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!

Wednesday, October 15, 1969

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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!

Tuesday, October 14, 1969

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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.

Monday, October 13, 1969

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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 -

Sunday, October 12, 1969

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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.

Saturday, October 11, 1969

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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.

Friday, October 10, 1969

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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.

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