Wednesday, July 26, 1972

Up around 9 or so. Dick stayed in bed most of the morning. I did several loads of laundry and read + helped Ethel a bit. She had a Doctor’s appt at 2:30 in Claremont. After lunch ironed + peeled mushrooms (!) – Dick + I went to Criceniti’s + bought soft drinks + 2 cartons of cigarettes for Co + Russell + a card for Russell. The Weather Vane gift shop can’t ship the china. We may get it anyway + pack it ourselves. Bought a birthday card for Winnie. Mather by in the afternoon. Had bought booze for Co + Russell. We warned him about the poker climate. Ethel back + all right. Neuritis – but nothing worse napped. Helped set up dinner. Russell over + still in a foul humor. Nice dinner with Hil + Mather. Hil decided to join us for poker. Russell called + asked Dick to buy some new cards. We got the last 2 deck at the Jiffy Mart. Poker started about 8:30. It began very gaily (I thought) with Hilary + Mather winning + Hilary terribly funny. Then after about the 5th hand in a 3 1/2 hour eve things began to go downhill. Russell unbearably awful + Dick angry with me at one point (or so I thought) + from that point on I loathed the evening. At the end (12) Hilary asked Colby about tomorrow night’s fish fry + Russell said Why don’t you ask me? I’m doing all the cooking. Told me I could bring a cauliflower casserole + Hilary said Ethel loves to make them + Russell said to me “You can do it – you can do it over here” + I blew my top. Can’t even remember exactly what I said + then he said “Why get angry at me?” I said “it rubs off!” + stormed out. Dick angry at Russell too + it was an awful evening.

Tuesday, July 25, 1972

Today dawned bright + fair. We took off a little before 9. Dick at the wheel. I took over past Danbury as the sun + shade + dappled road was difficult on his eyes. Drove up the Kancamagus (sp?) highway. Stopped + saw David at the Appalachian Trail club. He looks so well + was delighted to see us + very enthusiastic over his job. Dick drove up the carriage road. Scary ride! Dick’s eyes suddenly watering + he complained about the smog. I told him not to be ridiculous + took over the wheel as he couldn’t see. Came up over two more rises and there was the cog railway car belching black clouds of smoke to the point all three of us thought a car was on fire. Neither Dad nor I had sensed it til we could see it. Dick’s eyes extraordinarily sensitive and it was a horribly vivid demonstration. We ate at the summit not bad at all + then came crawling down with a huge lollipop for Susan and a cap for Winifred. Cloudy now and drops of rain. We went around the presidential range + stopped at Franconia notch for a stunning view of the Old Man. I drove back from Route 3 junction. It was a 260 mile trip which was a bit long but a good trip all in all. Came back + took a brief nap 5-6. Winifred + Susan woke us up at 6:15. Mather here too. Winifred looks marvelous Cocktails + tab and then a nice dinner for the 3 of us. Dad had 3 ice coffees + was in good shape for the All star game. Co, Mather + Tom Myslik over to watch + Dick + I went over + played Poker with Russell. Co + Anth entered the game about 11 + the mood deteriorated. Once again Dick the big winner $14.00 I won a dime. We left at 2:10 – I had a headache from the bickering. Russell not well + horribly unlucky to boot.

Monday, July 24, 1972

too damp + foggy for the White Mountains.

Up about 9 or so Dick slept in. I wrote a few cards and futzed about. Took Jimmy’s card + contribution over to Barn View at 11 – he’d forgotten it yesterday. Visited with Ann Merrill – Hilary back at 11:30 + we chatted for a while. I suggested the possibility of low thyroid for Cotton It turned out so in Winnie’s case – I have it – Mother did and I think its worth checking out. Came home for lunch + made our beds. Dick took us to the Inn for lunch on [crossed out letters] last night’s winnings. Daddy called his opthamologist in Claremont + has an appt for Dick at 11:30 on Thursday. Dick went + got Susans Kyack blown up and we took Dad’s footrest downtown to pinecraft. Stuart Andrews now working at the Hardware store Dick got some epoxy to fix the footrest + will try to make one when we get home. Sudden horrendous downpour. Couldn’t see through the windshields Sat in front of the yarn shop until it let up enough to go in. Got some rug yarn and a crochet hook to make a few coasters for the dining room table. Dick in a surly mood again. We’d “blown” 2 hours! Went over to Alaria + I took the kyack out + then we went out in the motor boat. Tried to [crossed out word] haul the kyak but it didn’t work. I’d never run the motor boat + Dick wanted me to learn right away “You never want to learn anything” Pretty unfair! I tried + I guess got a very vague idea of how to do it. Started to go swimming but too chilly Russell goes down to N.Y. for another skin cancer operation on Friday – Date for poker Weds. I guess. Home + took a miltown – Jim + Hilary here [crossed out letters] pool pictures. dinner. + TV – went through china downstairs.

Sunday, July 23, 1972

Up about 9 or so for breakfast – wrote more cards – Jack + Joyce, Timmy, Ann + Eddie Hall, Mr. Chan Made beds. Went to church. Excellent sermon on Mary + Martha and cast a different light on my old feeling of sympathy for Martha (a generally widespread sympathy) Jimmy joined us in church – Saw lots of people but came home fairly rapidly afterwards. Had expected to have Judge + Mrs. Chauvan (sp?) for sherry with Russell but they couldn’t come. Co + Russell + Jim + Hilary + Dave Nixon + wife Dick + I gave Jim a $500 campaign contribution. We had a good Sunday dinner Daddy watched the Red Sox baseball game (they lost again) and Dick + I napped. We went over to Alaria for dinner – Paiella + delicious. Anth took Dad home after and we started to play Poker. Set a time limit for midnight + stuck to it. John over again to play + Anth was in + out Dick ended up $16 ahead and I was $2.50 down. Raining again as we came home but not as bad as yesterday. Dick + I spoke to Shirley today + Dick called Jim at the house. Not much mail evidently and I’ll talk to him tomorrow or the next day. Mather + Winnie are coming up on Tuesday – Will stay at Barn View of course. Hilary has the most tremendous amount of work to do and I think she’s under alot of strain.

Saturday, July 22, 1972

Gorgeous day.

Up around 7:30 for coffee (Dick brought it up) he slept a little more and I wrote diary and a few postcards Scott, Shirley, Annie, Mary, Jim Daniels + Pigotts. Breakfast with Daddy. Ann Merrill here (“nicotine withdrawal symptoms”) We went down town for a gold Bond catalgue and then to a new yarn shop past Homan’s corner + back to the Handcraft place to see Colby’s blankets Got the address + number of the girl who works there – she’s a handweaver. Sarah Haskell. Home Dick napped + I looked around the house for ideas to use the stamps New rug in the entry hall a must a new canopener for the kitchen etc. Dick napped Lunch at 12:30 Dick had only cookies + milk. Went over to Alaria and lay in the sun. Went swimming a little. The lake rough. Went out very briefly in the canoe. Colby + I played spite + malice. I won handily which Dick said was a bad omen for our poker prowess. Daddy over around 5:30 the Red Sox lost this game (making 3 out of 4 with Oakland so far) another game tonight + one tomorrow. Came home + had a good dinner. Afterwards Daddy said he didn’t want to go out + see Mary – Evidently Hilary in a rare moment of indiscretion told him [crossed out word] Mary had said “Daddy hates me” when all that jewelry hassle had come up. Later in the same conversation I found that Newcomb had told Daddy Mary had lost the jewelry at Phoenix. That really upset me – I thought it was frankly unfair of Newcomb. Dick no help in the discussion. Stayed determinedly out of it. Went over to Alaria – hilarious evening Colby the big winner. Dick ahead $2 and I was down $6.00 when we left at one. Pouring rain + mist rising eerily from the ground all the way home – Hairy drive – bed at 2 –

Friday, July 21, 1972

Slept like a rock. up about 7:30 or so. Dick brought me coffee. Wrote diary + thought a little about Liza’s game Don’t see any way of making it too workable. Liza + the children down about 8:30 and we all had breakfast together. Susie over to watch the kids. Liza going over to New London, Conn. this a.m. to register for classes this fall. She’s going to try for a B.A. + then on thru the Masters to a doctorate to become a primal therapist – plans on it taking 15 years. but at the moment is set on it and I wish her every success. We parted company on route 95 – What a good time + lovely visit. Left Liza’s at 10:25 and were on the other side of Boston a little after noon. We stopped for lunch at Nashua and by blind good luck landed at the Green Ridge Turkey farm. [crossed out letters] The parking lot was crowded + I was sure we’d have to wait but it was a huge place, good service excellent food and very reasonable Sold postcards in the lobby. And we got a carton of cigarettes across the street. I drove the rest of the way. [crossed out word] Very overcast + spatters of rain around Concord turning into a down pour further along. Headlights on got to New London about 3 o’clock. Ethel had flowers in our room and Daddy was delighted to see us. We sat + talked for an hour after taking our things upstairs and then went over to Alaria. Co + Russell napping but we woke them up (alas for them) Colby delighted with her raft. She’s selling 2 blankets at the handicraft place for $50 each (total price $68.50) My God – I’d charge 4 or 5 hundred. Cotten over + Anth + a friend Kent Allen. We looked at pictures of Jess’s wedding. beautiful. Gave Cotten a ride home: She’s running a play school this summer. Hilary + Jim + Little Susan over for a drink before dinner. Dick gave Susan her boat and I gave Jim his campaign button. They were having a party after but we couldn’t make it. Great dinner + then to bed at 8:30.

Thursday, July 20, 1972

Courtney Elizabeth

John McConihay

Logan Middleton

Called Newcomb + talked with Larry – Newcomb’s birthday

Up at 7 – Heard Dick + Mr. Theodore in the kitchen Dick brought me coffee + then went back to bed. I got up + [crossed out letters] caught up a few more days diary (Still missing a week or so 10 days ago.) Took Mr. Theodore to Horace Mann at 8:15 – He told me about an excellent eye doctor here named Dr. Pererra (?) Got maps at a gas station + filled up. Went to get postcards but the place closed. Came home + made a bacon + eggs breakfast. Called Mary Jean and felt alot better about Maine afterwards – Blue Hill + Castene etc. And we’ll be glad of the car she said. She’ll be up on the 9th so we’ll see each other then. Dick came downstairs in fairly foul humor. I called a few other people – David Kitchen (he’s in 6 Flags texas) + talked with Gino, Peggy Pope left a message on the service (just like ours) Norman Paser – no answer, Mary Haas – her service! Did however have a nice talk with Harriet. Drue called – they were off to a late start. [crossed out letters] I almost decided against going to see Liza as Dick was being surly + I felt the same but then called + she sounded so pleased I already felt better. I drove + Dick complained as much as he reasonably could. We stopped on the other side of New Haven for lunch on 95 [circled]. Got to Liza’s about 4 o’clock. Marvelous old house 1710! Dog [crossed out letters] (Martha, my dear) with 6 fat puppies. Courtney Elizabeth up + took a shine to Dick. The twins up a little later very cute children We went to the Stonington Art gallery to see Liza’s paintings and I was very impressed with the whole place. We bought a painting called “Woods” for $60 – it will be lovely in our bedroom Liza’s on a new kind of painting + I like it. Drove through Stonington after a glimpse of the ocean. Sitter later for the children. We sat outside. Lovely visit. Weather cool almost chilly. Nice dinner Tour of house. Played a new game Liza + Hugh have been working on – Liza looks + is great! So glad we came

Wednesday, July 19, 1972

Up fairly early. Fixed coffee, wrote diary – wrote Leon + Timmy + postcard to “Pop” Casey. Ordered new checks. Called Mary Jean + had nice chat. Drue called + we called off dinner for tonight. Too hot. Called Harold + changed meeting time til late afternoon. We did some laundry and I washed my hair. Reid Handy Beyer called for Colby + we chatted a bit. She’s just had a cataract operation and I guess it’s going to keep me very close to home for a while as the patient is pretty helpless for at least a month. I had better start trying to write again because I’m not going to get a chance to act + I’d better start facing it and being agreeable about it. because that’s the way it is. But, It’s going to be rough on Dick + it won’t help if I make it rough on me too. Reid said she’d ask her Doctor about an opthamologist in L.V. as Dick has no confidence in Vidal. The Shnayersons called – first Dr. + then Mrs. for Russell + it was nice to say hello. We left about 3 + were downtown at 3:30. Parked on Thompson street + picked up our tickets for “The FANTASTICKS.” Went uptown to meet Harold at 7 E. 35th Street. He’s gained weight on his poverty diet + his dentist has his permanent plate in hock. We gave him a check for 200 and 30 cash. If the current (2 years current) enterprise doesn’t pan out he’s got something else lined up for the fall – a sort of agent-editor deal. Eventually he could help me with the Lion is Busy maybe but he was pretty taken aback by the Marlboro deal of last Christmas. Screwed again. We had a nice dinner together + then went to the theatre. Lore Noto the producer, playing one of the Fathers. Alice Connors a substitute played the girl. Excellent cast + the show still fresh + touching. $3.20 for parking!! Hairy [crossed out letters] ride home + I started nagging about going slower + Dick blew up. Mr. Theodore at the house. And 2 thousand mosquitos. Took a miltown. Dick watching TV as I write upstairs

Tuesday, July 18, 1972

Our car. A Dodge Monaco with only 728 miles!

Wrote postcards – Mr. Chan, Rich Ware, Janet Goldsmith, Sue Glick, Kulicks, Leon + Alice. Called Harold in N.Y. + said we’d talk to him tonight. Got the car + left at 11 – were in N.Y. by 1:00 – traffic awful. Tried a few 2nd hand bookshops around Astor place with no luck. Parking impossible. Had sandwiches at a deli on 16th and Irving Place “no public washrooms” + called Drue + Dick. The apt a mess so we couldn’t go up – had to meet at Pete’s Dick annoyed + I guess I was too. Called from Pete’s to say forget it + we’d see them in Maine but Dick Jennings came racing out + caught Dick. We sat for a while at Pete’s . Dick Michels sunny + pleasant but I was a little uptight. The Olsens, Nancy + Dick are going to be in Maine too and someone else and frankly I’m not looking forward to it at all any more. Don’t want to go. Drove out to Riverdale + got some groceries at the  market. not much at all + it cost $18.00! Got to the house + Dick flipped open the garage door + almost had a heart attack. A prostrate figure hands outstretched reached towards him – “Young Moses” – a work in progress of Mr. Theodore. The house has been closed and it’s hot as hell. We lay around gasping after opening a few windows. Watched TV and napped. Drue called + invited us to dinner tomorrow. We’re going to see the Fantasticks (in it’s 14th year!) no tickets for Man from La Mancha. Harold Stern said he’d try + get us some. We’re going to [crossed out word] see him tomorrow afternoon. We talked with Daddy + Russell + Theodore called both to bid us welcome. Went upstairs about 12. HOT, HOT, HOT –

Monday, July 17, 1972

Heat god-awful. Called V.W. place + no trouble about our deposit. Had good breakfast + went by cab to get our money back. From there by bus to the elevated + thence to “center city.” Got nice box of cigars for Wimpy (cigarillos for June) and bought postcards + note paper in Wanamakers. Went to 3 or 4 second hand bookstores looking for anything by Timmy + “Only 3 died” by Piers Powell. No luck but got a book on Augustine Daly and the name of a man who collects regimental histories in Northport, Conn. Took a cab to the club for lunch with Cassie + Bill (her boss) and some other nice people – a Dr. of psychology etc. Pleasant meal + the club cool. Cass lent us the pinto + we drove out to Levitt town. June had to meet us + lead us in. Gave Wimpy the cigars + a bottle. Their house very nice and loved the bar Wimpy made. Betty + Art Clark over + I liked her alot this time We left a little after 6 + were home at Van Kirk around 7. Stayed for an hour or so and then Cassie [Crossed out words] took us to the motel. She’s coming out to Las Vegas to live next Spring. Whatever happens. Mom + George are coming for 1 week on the 2nd of September. We had dinner + then looked at a little TV + went to sleep by 11 o’clock. Long day – no nap – awful heat + Dick tired but [crossed out letters] he ate well today + not so much sweet stuff.

Sunday, July 16, 1972

Got up around 9 + went to the dining room for coffee + breakfast to go. Big dam hassle. Helped myself to coffee + sat down. Nice girl named Ann Lindemulder (husband William an architect – they live in cambridge) came in + did the same + we sat + waited after both getting [crossed out letters] bawled out. Pleasant conversation and a real highspot thus far. By the time I got the breakfast back to the room it was all cold. We went swimming + that was nice + then over to Van Kirks + out to Alma’s. 100° + the humidity 87% weird visit. Alma all hopped up but funny + much more relaxed about life in general. Mom went off on a tangent about hospitals + family etc. (I’d asked some questions that must have triggered some old nutty responses. Hard to get her back to reality + hard to sort out what might be true. Dick was aware of all this (which I didn’t know) + it really upset him. I kept hoping Cassie would break in but she didn’t. After cakes + coffee + a guitar concert from Andy that everyone talked thru we left. Dick exhausted so Cass took us back to the motel. Terrific rain storm, thunder + lightening. We watched + then napped + then walked to Dugan’s for dinner. Closed so we came back. Stopped at Avis again for the hell of it and lo! + behold we got a good deal. A car for $235 a month and 5¢ a mile. Wow! Dick really could not make the trip back. His legs are spongy again and I told him he has to help out + try to eat right. We had a very good dinner at the motel + read + watched TV – we called Jim Daniels + had to call Ed Kulick to get him but everything’s fine. Also called Dick + Drue.

Saturday, July 15, 1972

hot, hot weather – Wow!

What a dreary day! Ugh. All morning spent trying to get a car with no luck at all. Real run around and evidently it’s impossible to drop a monthly rate car off in another city. Went to Hertz twice and Avis once + called every other car rental agency in town. Seems as though we can’t get away under $500 + I think that’s too much for a rental. Dick in agreement. We went to a VW place and put a $400.00 deposit on a Type III. One of the owners dealt with us – a Stan Slotnick. Wrote “refundable” after the deposit on the contract as we’re really not sure. It means calling Jack Kiser on Monday to wire us the cash. And the total cost is $3,500 which would leave 3,500 in the savings instead of a comfortable 7,000. Still it’s a nice car + we both liked it. We’ll just have to mull it over. Back to the motel for very brief nap + Wimpy + June came + we met at the bar. They were on their way to a wedding reception. Good to see them. They’re about to become Grandparents! Wimpy will be 45 on Monday. I guess Dick + I are never going to have children or adopt them – it’s a whole area we’ll never know. odd feeling. I remember Patsy Enelow at 5 bursting into a wail + saying “But I haven’t even been young yet” – and I guess that’s how I feel. We went over to Van Kirk street for dinner. Steak sandwiches + coleslaw + french fries. After we played “The Game of Life” – We all ended up in Millionaire acres but George was the big winner, then Cass, then Dick + then me. We drove home around eleven. All tired. We stopped at Walt’s tavern in the afternoon + saw Frannie Hackett + Jimmy Rogers – Walt not there – nor Bill Hurley.

Friday, July 14, 1972

Up about 5 – Jim in the kitchen – fixed coffee + finished packing little odds + ends. Jim off about 6:30. The sun already hot. We called a cab + then shut [crossed out letters] newman + little up in the pool enclosure Almost no shade but lots of water + we didn’t want them running after the cab. Almost forgot the “coat of arms” business for Mom + Alma and Simply John for Liza (when + if) as it was I only got a few pages of the latter. Rereading it in the plane I don’t think too much of it either. Smooth flight. Delicious breakfast served en route to Chicago. Only 25 min in Chicago as we were late – then on to Philly. No more to eat. Just drinks which we didn’t have + roasted peanuts. Got in at 5:10. George there to meet us in a lovely company car. The weather here very hot but we didn’t really notice until much later in the motel. So much green everywhere – drove through parks on the way to Van Kirk. Cassie + Mom delighted to see us. The first news we got in the car was that they’re all pulling up stakes + moving to Las Vegas! Then at home Mom got off on her cataract operation and I found myself getting uptight. I guess it’s going to take me time to unwind. Dick called Hertz and we’re supposed to call them in the morning. [crossed out letters] George dropped us at the motel where we left our bags (Treadway Roosevelt) and then took us all out to a very nice restaurant for a very good dinner. I had delicious trout + Dick ate an enormous meal. Went back to Van Kirk + played Risk until almost 2 AM. Cassie was the winner – clear + undisputed. She’s lent us her [crossed out word] pinto for the weekend + we drove back to the motel. Couldn’t find the cooler + the room was very muggy.

Thursday, July 13, 1972

Seemed strange to wake up + not have Jerry around. I’d made pkges of books for Sue Glick + the Pigotts + finally gotten Annie’s teapot crated. Dick went to the store for brown paper and I wrapped + addressed them. Wrote David + Debbie a note with their photos which they’d left behind, sent $34 to Clark County Social Services for Mr. Chan, renewed Nat’l geographic subscription for Mr. Casey, Henry Raymond + Bruce Sheffield. Paid bank americard + our mortgage. We drove over to the post office and I mailed all the stuff + bought some airmail stamps. We [crossed out letters] went by Mr. Chan’s and left him a check for $100.00 He was outside his door + looked alot better than last night. We had breakfast at Foxy’s + then went to the bank Put Dick’s name on the savings + took out $1,000.00 with which we got traveler’s checks for $600 (3 each) + the rest cash.) Stopped at the Safeway + got steaks for dinner + I took down Caroline’s address. Back to the house. napped + worked all day. Did a little + then lay down. Alot of throwing out. Did several loads of laundry and ironed shirts + a dress. Jim over around 4:30. He vaccuumed the pool which looked great by the time he’d finished. I made packing lists Dick fixed the steaks for dinner – first try underdone but after another go at the fire they were great. We packed after. Leon called in the midst + we called him back. Dick turned on the therapy + the heater + we all sat in it + soaked. Bed at 10:30 or 11. I took a no-doz to be sure + wake up. Odd mixture of sensations. Excitement about the trip + mild malaise too.

Wednesday, July 12, 1972

George McGovern the democratic candidate + Thomas Eagleton his V.P. candidate.

Woke at 7 and fixed some coffee. Leon joined me about 7:30. Sent me home with a box of cookies + a hand bag for Mom. Got to Mary + Les’ about 9 only to find I’d just missed Mary. She’d gone to the dentist’s. She’d called Leon last night but he hadn’t told me in so many words. He had said this a.m. “Did you call your sister?” but I thought he meant before so said yes. Nice visit with Les. Shirley Hogue died a few weeks ago. The VW squareback should cost about 3280 sans tax + my bug is worth about $1100. Turned in the car at Hertz + owed $37.00! for about 26 hours. Wow! That’s steep. Dick met me at the plane. Thought I saw Terry Nelson of Fitzurlly but couldn’t be sure or think of his name so let it go. Got back to the house + had a sandwich. Jerry just finishing up + joined us for coffee Dick describing the old days when after work you’d “hit the old barroom” + I said “but then the old barroom hit back” + that was my bon mot of the day. After Jerry left we lay down + napped. Got very little done in the way of packing or even preparing to pack. Jim Daniels came over about 3:30 and he snoozed too. We had TV dinners. Leon called + we called George in Pa. + Les. George got a price of $3750 on the same car. Les said that was crazy. We called Hertz + can get a car for a month for $350 with unlimited miles so that’s not too terrible. Les told Dick he’d give him a real deal on a Mazda later. Well we’ll see. We were in bed + ready to sleep when Mr. Chan called. Wanted me to come over “right away.” I put Dick on the phone + next thing we were driving over to Cincinnati. Dark thoughts of suicide etc but it seems Mr. Chan had gotten a welfare check (social security) for $318.40 + wanted to pay us back immediately!