Thursday, July 24, 1969

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Winnie’s B’day.

Apollo 11 home safely

Up at 5:30. A two egg breakfast this morning. Whee! Dick off about 6:20. I watched an early morning TV show on Black heritage + crocheted the ends of all my squares. Have 22 so far including 1 very ratty looking dice which I finished today. Watched the Apollo 11 Splash down + got all choked up when the three finally walked on board the hornet. Tearful at the first glimpse of them. Thought Nixon was excellent. I decided to make an amulet for Annie to protect her against the spirits trying to grab her. Went out + got groceries + then spent the afternoon painting a rock from the Colorado river. On one side “Dear Spirits Please” on the other “Don’t Grab me.” Put a theatre bug on second side. Then made a little knitted sling type arrangement + put it on a braided cord. I was really very pleased with it + think Annie will like it. Finally took a short nap. Dick had been sleeping. We had squash + onion casserole + ham for dinner. Then watched more Apollo 11 and “Ironside.” I’ve started the center of Dick’s blanket. We went to bed about 10:45. It’s been a very pleasant week. I had a really lovely letter from Penny today. Am reading “Old Wives Tale.”

Wednesday, July 23, 1969

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We were up at 5 as Dick was working quite far. I fixed a good breakfast – egg, bacon, roll + honey etc. Love to see him start out the day that way. I spent the early morning catching up diary – 8 days. Wrote Leon to Thank him for cape + enclosed Family Affair commission. I called Annie + had a lovely talk – Cassie + Bill, Alma + Mrs. Michels are all going to the show tomorrow night. Oh dear. I told Mother M she won’t like it. Can’t wait to hear. Annie had her cards read + someone from the spirit world is trying to “grab” her. Oh dear again. She’s got another job in August so won’t come to see us. Just a brief 10 day trip to Wyoming. I watched the All Star baseball game and crocheted another six coasters. Very sad game 9-3 favor of Nat’l League. However a spectacular catch by Yazstremski that made up for a lot. Dick home about 1:30. Very hot day. He had some chicken livers + then went with me to the bank + to mail some letters. We took a long nap (long for me – too hot for Dick to sleep) + then on a sudden whim we decided to go to the movies. We went to see “The Wild Bunch” – Wm. Holden, Borgnine, Warren Oates, Edmond O’Brien, Jaime Sanchez, Ben Johnson, Robert Ryan. An exercise in random violence, lovely acting, stunning photography, horrible movie Hated it, although glad to have seen it. Home at 10:45. Read a little about Black Studies – then after a wine cooler went to bed. Late but cooler.

Astronauts come home tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 22, 1969

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I was good good good today!! Dick off about 7 o’clock – had a flat + Tony had to pick him up. I then went to work. Swept the bedroom + vacuumed – unbelievable the amount of hair. I mended the bedspread + washed it. Washed the blanket + mattress pad, cleaned all the furniture + the dresser scarves + changed the sheet. Vacuumed the office. Swept + then vacuumed the hall + the living room. Raised enormous piles of hair. Dusted everything + cleaned washed the bathroom floor. Did about 8 loads of laundry including the dog’s blankets, our own, our clothes etc. Ironed dresses. Made a chocolate pie. Watered the lawn etc. Had gotten around to the kitchen when Dick came home at 2 o’clock. He was tired too. He had some pudding. Package from Leon with a really gorgeous Rabbit fur cape with Chinchilla trim. It’s lovely. Can’t wait to wear it. Dick lay down + read after offering to help me finish the cleaning but I wouldn’t let him. Swept + washed the kitchen floor. And then lay down but it was too hot + I still had some energy left. Went to the Safeway. Stopped at Grant’s + found 2 wastebaskets that will be perfect in our new house, bought Dick some socks + got some rug yarn + a large crochet hook. Bought dinner food + came home. Dick fixed dinner. delicious. Bill Tregoe called. The sweater arrived + it was just perfect. The pockets hold a Samuel French script. The length right. Everything! Was so pleased. Then I called Leon to thank him for my cape. It’s perfect too. What a lovely day. We watched a little TV. Saw Izzy on Mod Squad. The All Star baseball game postpone to tomorrow because of rain. Early bed. I made 3 coasters.

Monday, July 21, 1969

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(I was catching up diary – working backwards + goofed.)

I wrote the Hutson’s telling them we’d found a place + were moving by Sept. 1st (probably) Paid gas bill + wrote Winnie a birthday card with $10 check. Today declared a national holiday + banks etc. closed – no mail. I left about 9 to go see Eva. It was a 40 minute drive but I then spent another 30 minutes or so lost in the damn mountain. They’d taken away 1 landmark + painted another so the map was really useless. We had a pleasant quiet morning. Eva showed me how to crochet a little + was much more help than the books. Nice lunch. It poured rain just after some friends of theirs had come in. I left a little before two. Storm over by the time I’d gone 10 miles. Was back about 3 – did shopping. Dick home. Took nap. I made a small amount of boeuf bourgignonne I wasn’t in a great mood. We watched the news + a new square I’d started was a mess + I had to throw it out. After dinner Dick read aloud to me out of a sort of college outline book called “Religions of the World” – I got interested and the evening ended very pleasantly.

The astronauts are back in the main space craft + will start for home tomorrow.

Sunday, July 20, 1969

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2 Americans Landed on the moon Today!

(Newcomb’s birthday).

Up pretty early + back + forth to bed! Dick made his chicken liver dish before we went to church We went to the Red Rock Baptist church and although they sang nice hymns and it’s sort of a pretty place I’m afraid the sermon by the local branch missionary (Milton Gage) was a huge disappointment. Would have liked to hear the regular minister who was away on vacation. This guy was like a used car salesman from Georgia + not as logical Still we were glad to have gone. Came home + made love + ate chicken livers. Then we went out to see the Graysons. They had some friends named O’Keefe there who seemed pleasant. We were offered + accepted a drink. When the O’Keefe’s left Mr. Grayson took Dick out + showed him things + Mrs. G + I chatted. I like them a lot. We left at 5:30. Went over to the Stanley’s but nobody home. Then to J + J’s briefly. Then to the Wine cellar for dinner. They had a TV on + we watched. Saw Neil Armstrong get out of the module and set foot on the moon. Joined after by Aldrin. Saw them plant the flag. So damned impressive + moving. Really a historic day. After dinner we came home + watched some more. Had a drink before we went to bed at eleven. They were back in their craft after 2 3/4 hours of moon walking. WOW!

Saturday, July 19, 1969

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I may not have had an enormous amt to drink yesterday but I felt pretty ghastly. Dick alot worse I guess but used to it. [crossed out letters] Jack over at 8 + we went to Ace Truck rental + got a dump truck. Cooler filled with beer + vodka + I put in the cider. Silly bit with my inside out gloves. Got to the house by 8:30 + started loading the truck with all the debris in back. Got a full load without even touching the stuff on the side. That has now been designated conveniently for fill. George over briefly + helped. heat terrible. We took the load out past the Day Dream ranch to dump it. Finished at 11. Went to Red Barn for hamburgers. Dick + Jack had about 4 drinks each. I was upset as well as sick but decided to play it all as sick. I suppose that was the best way. Took the truck back + we were done by 1:30. Took a nap + slept til 7:30. Dick had more to drink but he too slept about 3 hours. He called Paul Grube + asked if we could use their pool. We went to a Fish’n’chips place + then to the Grubes. Nice people. He’s a pool plasterer. Wife named June. I fixed our drinks + we had single jigger drinks all the way so it was a blessedly moderate evening. Chuck Bovrae + his wife Jean came over about 11 o’clock. We left at one. I would have been glad to leave a little earlier but still had a good time.

Friday, July 18, 1969

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Gene Wright (Flamingo Pools) “fired” Dick + George this a.m. + Dick decided in the afternoon that he wants to go into the pool business rather than be at everyone else’s beck + call + subject to their whims.

The sky at 5:30 extremely overcast + the weather reports were 40% chance of rain. At 6:15 or so it looked like a deluge was forthcoming. Dick called off the concrete + called George Tony + Phil to say no work today. Decided to work on the house at Bonita. Eva back + came over for a cup of coffee. This at 8:45 + the sun now shining brightly. George over + Dick fixed him some scotch + had several glasses of sherry which bugged the hell out of me. I made a date with Eva for Monday at Mt Charleston. We went to the house in Dick’s truck. (My first ride.) Joe got there at 10 o’clock. Shakey. All this damn boozing that so many people seem to take for granted tears me up. I’ve gotten more + more moderate which I guess is a good thing. I spent the day scraping all the windows + cleaning the tracks. Got them all finished. So many people stopping by. Most just for a beer + work halted. But alot accomplished. The glaziers came, the tile man + orders were placed. Jack over at 5 + while he was there I cut my finger. We went with him to his place to pick up the car + left the truck on Bonita. More drinking with J + J although I had very little. I also told them when Dick went to sleep on their bar that I was really getting sick of the booze that if anything ever broke Dick + me up it would only be that. She told me a very sad story about the house on Barnard Drive + Dick going + staying in it all by himself when it was going to be sold. It was his first real home. Joyce seems to think the new house will be just what he needs. Oh God I hope so. She showed me some pictures of Laura who’s very attractive + then when Dick came to + asked for it, she + Jack found an old old picture (20 yrs ago) of Dick + Barbara Marienbet. We left at 8:30 (I drove) to go get dinner but Dick wanted to go to Frank’s so we did. (I was feeling very tender after the Barnard Drive story.) Home at 10:30 + fixed hot roast beef sandwiches

Thursday, July 17, 1969

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Called Julia + told her everything’s fine. She’ll get out (or they will as she’ll be on The Cape) the money by the 28th so it will be here before I leave for L.A. I wrote Newcomb a birthday card and I read + knitted a 4th of July square. It started to pour + by the time I left the house at 8:45 it was a torrent. No rain at all 5 blocks away. Drove out to the Graysons where it was raining lightly. Took my squares out to show Mrs. G. + she said she’d like to show them to her sewing group. I of course was flattered + left them. Mr. G. answered all Dick’s questions – septic tank, insurance, interest (figured monthly) etc. They just said “well of course” when I said we wanted everything they personally didn’t want. We went over the furniture + Mrs. G. gave me an inventory. Also I can have all my things moved into their garage – direct from L.A. whether the Escrow is closed or not. I went to Woolworth’s + got some more wool. Also had lunch there + bought a mystery. Was home by 11:30 + it was so hot I couldn’t do a damn thing. Read + knitted + dripped persperation Dick home about 3:30. Went over questions. Then started talking about the house on Bonita + how it ought to get finished. I said I’d work there + do anything I could. I think maybe I got too pressing as the mood began to sour a little. However we went out to the Hilltop house + it (as usual) made things better + we came home + had some wine (whither the wagon??) + Dick said he wanted to learn French + I said I’d teach him. He called Joe Leftholz to finish the plumbing at the house tomorrow. Said he’d meet him there at 9:30.

 

Wednesday, July 16, 1969

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The heat really awful. Called Jan Goldsmith at Distinctive Apparrel (sp!) + had to leave a message that dinner tonight was off. Felt pretty badly about it. Dick had left without waking me + I felt badly about that too. However, after waking briefly at 7 o’clock I slept til 10. So tired. I took the money out to the Graysons about 11:30 or so. Looked over the house again. Mr. G. gave me a copy of the Escrow instructions and a very primitive type floor plan. We also asked for + got first refusal on any adjoining property. they’re very nice people. Mrs. G. knits. I told them they could give away the furniture or sell it that they wanted to. Mr. G. Said NO – we’d have paid for it. Went shopping and bought a roast for dinner + small book for accounts. Came home + packed up Sue’s books. Steamed Bill’s sweater. Wrote Sue a note, made bed, futzed about. Early dinner + bed after much talk about the house. Dick gave me questions to ask the Grayson’s tomorrow. (also another $200) and said he wanted all the furniture – that we could get the money. I’ll tell them tomorrow + I guess he’s right. Thank God they already seem to feel that way. I should learn to keep my mouth shut.

We called Cassie + told her to get in touch with Annie. Also spoke to Mother Michels.

Tuesday, July 15, 1969

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Dick off early but back by 8:30. In the meantime I called Julia Mullen who said the money was available to make a $25,000.00 down payment. She spoke to Lester who called when Dick was back. He thought the smaller down might be advisable but thought it sounded good. Dick then called Mr. Grayson + said we’d like to put 25 down + pay the rest at $200 a month at 7% interest-open end mortgage + that the payments could be larger if we wanted. He offered $5,000 deposit before the close of Escrow but Grayson said it wouldn’t be necessary after we’d paid $500 earnest money. Also said he’d pay the closing costs. Dick off again to work. We were both very excited + pleased. Snicks called to say Fritz would be on the Delaney show this afternoon. Called Ethel’s – sweater ready. Picked it up at 3:15. Home at 3:40. We watched Delaney show + [crossed out word] caught Fritz just as we’d given up. Very end. Taped interview. Looked well + spoke well. Going to bring “good theatre” to Vegas – ho ho. Dick a little snippy and I over reacted immediately. Afraid he wasn’t really happy about the house etc. Even though he handed me 2 $100 bills as the first installment  of the $500 earnest money. We talked it out though + I guess everything’s okay. Got a residual today (My 3 sons) for $144.07. Sent Leon commission (19.06). We tried to nap but it was too hot. Dick had a steak at Circus Circus. We went to see “Boys in the Band” at 10:30 tonight. Horrible hour but the show was really excellent. Dick had 3 or 4 drinks before + during. Home about 12:30.

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Monday, July 14, 1969

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Bad beginning to day with Barkis having crapped in the living room. Also he’d peed in the kitchen but Dick hadn’t seen that. Whacked him hard + put him out. Fixed a little breakfast which Dick couldn’t eat. Felt sorry for him going out into the broiling sun feeling the way he had to feel. I cleaned up the kitchen + made some fruit jello. I knitted another pumpkin. Called Julia Mullen who said she’d get the $800 right over to the bank. Told her we were going to look for some land to build on etc. She’s off on vacation on Thursday. I went to my bank + deposited Liza’s check + cashed one. Mailed letters. Bought some more wool, Picked up brown skirt. Picked up our enlargements. Bought a Dictionary, a thesaurus, and an anthology of poetry for Susan. Then went to the Safeway and bought all sorts of good things to drink (non alcoholic) and diet puddings etc. + chicken for dinner. Came home + made chocolate pudding + got a call from Fritz Holt who said he’d be over a little after two. Fixed chicken paprikash Fritz + Friend (Bob “Snicks” Sixsmith) over about 2:40. Had some grapefruit juice + we chatted a bit. The part they have me in mind for is “Pomposia” – Fritz left me a script + went off to be on the Joe Delaney Show. The 2nd half however pre-empted by astronauts so we didn’t see him. Dick home by then. In remarkably good shape considering. After TV he showered + we ate at 5 o’clock. Went out to look at 2 lots after dinner. Didn’t like them. We drove out Warm Springs road. Some of it very pretty + some awful. Didn’t like prices though. Was depressed as we drove home via Pecos. Saw house for sale + went to look. Fell in love with it $50,000 – 1 acre – 3 bedrooms – 2 baths – 2 commodes, living room, dining nook, kitchen + den. 2 car garage with workshop. We said we’d call them. Stopped at Frank’s on the way home for 2 wine coolers. Home. We want that house.

Sunday, July 13, 1969

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Dick asked me at 8 if I’d like anything + I asked him to plug in the coffee. At 9 I woke up + went into the kitchen. NO Richard but $40 left on the table. I decided he’d gone with George to measure a pool + was sitting here knitting + reading when the phone rang at 11. It was Joyce who said “what are you doing + I told her + said that Dick was out looking over a job.” She told me he was sitting right there + I spoke with him + he was smashed + I said I’d be out to get him. Got there at 11:30. Dick asleep at the counter. I had some coffee + knitted + visited + he came to about 1 o’clock. Joyce made us some bacon lettuce + tomato sandwiches + I had switched his drink to straight grapefruit juice. He did have one more (1 jigger drink) before we left. He told me it was his last day because tomorrow he was going on the wagon. He wanted to stop at Franks + I said okay but then he suggested we go to the Valley Bar + I said I didn’t want to when he was drunk. Wrong thing to say. “I’m sorry I embarrass you.” “Do you want one of my cigarettes?” Shove them up your ass.” Blah Blah. We did stop at Frank’s though + suddenly all was sunshine + light again. Jan + Jim Goldsmith there + Dick asked them to dinner Weds. night. I played the 25¢ machine + hit 4 jackpots. $10 clear profit. Dick wanted to go to the Silver Slipper. Had cashed a check for $300. His last day etc etc. I agreed + we went. I didn’t drink all day. We lost again + Dick wanted to go to Frank’s again but then Thank God – said let’s go home. I fixed frozen meat pies for dinner. Ate a little. Lay down. Up again – Talked with Rich on the phone + fell asleep. I gave him ice cream + we watched Hee Haw + he fell asleep. Then wanted to call his mother etc. etc. Finally asleep about 11 o’clock. Jamie Kays called at midnight + I whispered + she was convinced Dick Beats me!!

Saturday, July 12, 1969

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Was wakened by call from Liza at 9:15. She’d called at 7:30 but we hadn’t heard it + the service had picked up. She was on her way. Oh dear. I felt badly at having screwed up. I felt badly period – Slept a little longer + then woke to the music of lawn mower – rrrghchug – came wandering out to kitchen + found George + Phil + Leo sitting in the kitchen with Dick playing Mine Host + serving up drinks – at 11:00 am. I was a little irritated. Phil took the cherry pie + the cheesecake for his children + he + Leo left about noon. George stayed on a little + Dick poured him a really stiff drink despite his protests so I took half of it. George left at 1 o’clock. Lovely mail. A really beautiful letter from Margie + one from Sue. Both telling me “Don’t tell Mom where we are” – Sad. A card from Moose in Philadelphia. They’re closing there in 2 weeks. We decided to call Annie. Did + told her I’d get Cassie to get in touch with her. She said Fritz would be out here Sunday + Monday with script for “By Jupiter” She’s coming west as soon as show closes. Whee. We then tried to get Cassie but no answer. Tried her at Alma’s + spoke with Alma but Cassie not there. We called Drue + Dick to say Hello. They were off to Maine this Wednesday. We decided to lie down around 4:30 or so + slept about 5 hours. Dick woke up + asked me if I’d like some Chinese food. I said I’d love it + went back to sleep. Woke up at 1 am. Bed empty. No Dick. I panicked. Found him in the kitchen – really blotto. fooling with his transistor which has never worked. He’d gone back to the horseshoe to get his car + had gambled + lost. Had stopped at Frankie’s on the way back Oh dear – Oh dear. Tomorrow he said “he’s going on the wagon”

Friday, July 11, 1969

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Up early. Dick off to work. I did laundry-type things, paid garbage bill, power bill + sent in S.A.G. ballot. Started a Halloween square Liza called at 8:30 and I went to meet her + John + Courtney at Bob’s Big Boy. Liza had 3 cats + Gundy in the back of the station wagon + was looking for a kennel so we took them to Pet Town. John’s Carmen Ghia wouldn’t start so I called Jimmy Judge who came over like a flash. They took the car to a friend of Jimmy’s who got it started in no time. Then Liza + John + baby came to the house. They made a few calls. Liza + I went off for the afternoon leaving John at the motel with Courtney. Had decided to do the next lap at night as the heat is unbearable. We went to Circus, Circus + then had lunch at the Purira [?]+ played a little Keno. Then over to Caesar’s Palace which as Liza said is pure “kitsch.” Paid for the Boy’s in the Band” tickets Dropped Liza off at the motel. Went to the bank + stopped by Vegas Village but prints still not ready. We showered + futzed about a bit + then went to pick Liza + John up + took them to the Villa d’Este for a really very good dinner. Dick treating. Then we drove them through Casino Center + back to the motel. John taking off. I made arrangement to meet Liza at 7:30. We decided to go gambling – alack – + went to the Horseshoe. Lost then to Fremont where I cashed a $200 N.Y. check + lost. (actually I was winning but not much + Dick was losing). Next stop Castaways – $300.00 check. Hacienda another $300.00. Worst was – no money in bank. Dick left the Hacienda + went to Frank’s. Borrowed a $130 + made about $90. We took a cab home at 5:30 am. Dick wanted to go by Frank’s but fell asleep so we came home. 6 am. I took a no-doz.

Thursday, July 10, 1969

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Up early – diary – Wrote Timmy with Author’s aid. Sent a birthday card to June Meheula and wrote Jim Parker. Called Liza who later called me at 3 o’clock + was only getting started so won’t see her until tomorrow. Bills Mss. arrived $11.50 collect. Bill for over $200 which was expected. Paid it. Did laundry and finally got that dryer emptied. Alot of cleaning to do but I didn’t do it. Dick home at 2:45. Had steak sandwich, ovaltine + cheesecake, + then went off to see Dr. Bentley. Was back fairly shortly with the news that his heart, blood pressure + lungs are all allright but that he’s 13 lbs overweight! Ho Ho Ho. I personally think 15 or 16 is closer to it. I like the sound of Bentley. He gave Dick an Rx for miltowns. We went to Vegas Village to get Doug’s Diet copied + pick up the prints which still weren’t ready. We ran into Irene so were able to give her her copy of the diet right there. George Jr. has been awarded a bronze star + will be home soon. Good news. We bought a few diety type things + came home. Watched a little TV, had a few drinks, – (diet mix!) and after hardboiled eggs, went to bed. Dick really very relieved by trip to Bentley.

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