Saturday, February 28, 1970

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Rainy day.

Woke at 6:30 or so. Dick up + dressed + ready to leave. Thank God I woke up. We had it all out about the last week + I think I managed to convince him I had a little something to be upset about too. We made love + slept + things are better. Dick has decided to sell the house to Don Pulliam for the appraised price to start the new business with John Carpenter – He’s going to make over “Michels + Hall” to George. Well it’s all such a big decision + I’ve been so out of it I don’t know what to say or think or feel. But I did tell him I thought he sure as hell had to stop drinking if he’s going to be running a business + he could learn a little diplomacy if he wants to survive in a business. Timmy + I went over to Wonder World + played machine a little. Went to an art shop + bought some brushes + paints. Went to the Tropicana for lunch + cashed a check. Went to the Blvd + bought some paper backs at a sale + saw Elaine + Alice Turner – Clesse is in the hospital. Looked in all the shops for a shirt for Timmy Found one that (naturally) was the wrong size. Went back to Wonder World to buy a cap for a 3/4″ rigid plastic pipe for Dick. Put a few more dollars in the monster’s maw. Came Home. Dick hadn’t heard again from the Pulliam office + now wants me to buy the fucking house. Oh God. I don’t want to so much I can taste it. “We’ll talk about it later.” Where the hell do I come in in all this. He’s cut out a piece in the paper about triouts for “Under Milk Wood” at the University. We all napped + then had a remake of last night’s dinner + played 21 for pennies to give Timmy an idea of the game. Timmy went to bed about 11:30 + Dick + I talked for a while about the house. Hell. Hell. Hell.. Called Henry Avery again about noon (9 o’clock here) George evidently happy with Dick’s plans. (?)

Friday, February 27, 1970

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12 1/2 hrs – Child Haven

I sent flowers to Bill.

Up at 6:30 – Dick off to work. Figured out hrs at Child Haven. Called Irene – good chat. Timmy up + we went grocery shopping at Safeway – then to Wonder World + the bank. My machine up in the 700’s – terrible. Bought wool + needles + things at Sprouse Reitz. Home by noon. Called Henry Avery who sounds like a good guy. Told him I’d called Dr. Sullivan + when I’d talked to him this eve I’d call him (Henry) + let him know. Wendy fixed me a sandwich. Eva Jenkins had called to say Hello + Happy Birthday to Timmy. Jen Goldsmith called to invite Dick + me out this weekend. Had to ask for a raincheck. Took off a little after one for Child Haven. Worked with 3 teenagers – Denise, Doris + Mike. Started 2 of them on caps and Doris on little squares. Pam has been transferred to Detention + don’t know what she’s done with the squares already finished. Nancy joined us at the end. Went to Safeway + got a cake bought some little gifts for Timmy – moustache wallet, and cologne. Home + put them in the flight bag (executive-style) we’d decided to give him. Successful gift. Called Dr. Sullivan. If Bill ever touches another drop – it’s death. As it is he may have any where from 18 months to 2 years. Dr. Sullivan says the V.A. is the best place he can be from a medical pt of view. Elaine arrived about seven. She’s such a dear girl. I really like her – Extremely pleasant evening. Timmy’s chicken, a lima bean dish, rice + rolls + cake with one huge candle. Elaine left at 10:45 + we retired shortly after – Dick said to me – Well we blew it again – Too tired + drunk to make love. I said there was more to love than sex which he twisted all to pieces.

Thursday, February 26, 1970

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A Mrs. Ostenson’s daughter came by about the house on Bonita

Tearful morning – feeling very out of things + useless. Called Julia Mullen + called Dick Rund who wants our tax material in a couple of weeks. Called Lucy Foley – explained what we’d been doing at Child Haven, Called Wendy to apologize for Monday morning and called Elaine Mills to invite her for dinner tomorrow night. Paid Phone service + Lazaro Mendoza. Sent valentine to Dick Rund, money + note to Bill + wrote letter for Clara Bailey. Cleaned Timmy’s bathroom a little + mopped up the kitchen dishes – Went to Wonder World and played my machine at noon. Won 5 12.50 jackpots and a $25 within 40 minutes! Kept putting it back in to try for the big one ($692) but gave Daisey about $12 + left with $20 profit to pick up Timmy. Went to Safeway + got groceries + then dragged Timmy back to Wonder world. Lost but not much. Home at 3. Dick there with the news that someone named Henry Avery had called + taken Bill to the veterans’ Hospital today with acute cirrhosis of the liver. It had taken 4 days to get him in during which time he’s been passing blood in his urine. I’m to call Henry Avery tomorrow at noon. Oh Christ. I called Dr. Sullivan + he said he’d find out what he could + to call him tomorrow night. Poor Billy boam Was horribly depressed but Dick nicer than before. Tried to nap + couldn’t. Fixed a roast for dinner + a good vegetable mixture Timmy told me about. We watched TV + talked + I knitted. Dick got a little carried away on the subject of George + his hesitation about going into the pool business. Kept it up after we’d gone to bed. He’s dropping the real Estate course for which I’m a little sorry. Irene saw Bentley + doesn’t need an operation. Only good news of the day.

Wednesday, February 25, 1970

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Horrid day. Waited all morning for call for Dick from man at the bank. Never came. However I caught up diary + wrote notes to Joyce Ryan, Howard Werner, The Michels, Daddy, Druscilla + Dick and Annie. Did laundry and put away all the stuff in the guest room. Timmy called + is all excited about his visit. Dick home at 12:30 + out again. I’m being made to pay for yesterday morning and I can’t stand it. I don’t think it’s fair in the slightest. a shifting of blame for his behavior over the weekend and Monday night Blah Blah Blah. I was depressed in the extreme. Went to Wonder World + put in $10 which I lost – up to $666.00 now! Went to the Castaways to play 21 + Lost $60. Stupid but I felt like it. Got groceries + came home. Letter from Newcomb who said they wanted to come to Vegas over my birthday – Hah! Worst time to get the letter. Dick wants to borrow on the house on Bonita to go into the pool business. Druscilla + Dick + Scotty called all a little high and then 20 minutes later Eddy Felten called – Dick muttering about “your friends” – Christ – it’s a lucky thing I have a few friends or the way I felt today I’d do something desperate! Veal Parmigiana for dinner. TV, knitting + then bed.

Tuesday, February 24, 1970

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Slept lateish today too _ ten o’clock. Dick wanted to make love – I was cranky + unresponsive. He got up + left. I paid bills – Florist, Phone bill, Nevada Power. Argus Champion. Wrote Scotty + sent him Daddy’s book c/o Drue + Dick J. Mailed the lot + stopped in Wonder World. A lady had hit the small Jack pot ($205) + had put most of it back in in quest of the large one. Went to the Sahara to pick up Timmy’s tickets + played some black jack. Played for about 2 hours – down $10.00. Went to Child Haven to drop off the cap. The boy’s name Richard Salerno (I’d put in initials R.A.S. but didn’t know his name.) Nurse there wants me to make a cap like that for her son – “will pay.” Told her it would be some time but she could have it for free – if + when. Went grocery shopping. Home at 4:30. Letters from Daddy, Bisy, Susan + one from Leuse which must have crossed mine with a check last week. I fixed ham for dinner. Dick didn’t eat. Watched TV + knitted – Dick cool all evening. Bed at 11 o’clock. Stupid day.

Monday, February 23, 1970

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11 1/2 hours – Child Haven

Impossible to get up. Dick not working. Wendy came over at 10 o’clock to visit and after one look at me said she’d come another time. I got some coffee going and by the time Mary + Les came was passably awake. We had coffee + called Daddy. Les called a local friend in Advertising – Bob Fenton. I spoke with him too + will go see him sometime. I took Mary + Les to the airport. Did a little shopping + came home. Jimmy Judge came over. He + Dick (who was just getting up) had some of Irene’s cake + we all had coffee. I left at 1:35 for Child Haven. Very quiet there + the older kids depressed as it was a holiday + their case workers weren’t working. Took my blanket for Dick to show them. Worked with Vanessa + Eartha + Sharon. Vanessa doing well. Home via Wonder World. Dick had finished a pint and a half of bourbon with John Carpenter + I was teed off. No mail today. Had asked Jimmy Judge for dinner but he couldn’t come (called at 6:15) I heated up the boeuf bourgignonne for dinner. Watched TV. Finished cap for the boy at Child Haven. Bed about 11.

Sunday, February 22, 1970

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Our Anniversary – Millie + Ike called at 8:30 + Dick said we’d call back. Slept another 4 hours. I got up + fixed coffee. Irene came over with a beautifully decorated Devil’s Food cake for us. Had coffee with me. Showed her Dick’s blanket. The children Sue + Chris went out to look for lizards. Dogs no trouble. Mary + Les called at 4:00. Dick up at 4:30. Called Howard Werner who asked Dick when we were going to take advantage of his invitation at Louigi’s. Dick asked if 4 of us could go tonight. Yes – a booth at 8:00. Called Millie + Ike. Nice chat. Mary + Les over to give us a bottle of champagne. We took it over to Jack + Joyce as a token for Jack’s birthday. They gave us one of those fancy table lighters as an anniversary gift. God. Met Mary + Les at Louigi’s. Nice dinner + nice time. Went over to the Aladdin after. My fault (if I have to blame someone) Dick left after a bit + Les + Mary brought me home. Dick up + drunk + angry at me for staying. I felt that to be with a brother-in-law who doesn’t drink + would bring me home was the very safest + best place he could leave me. Forget it. Bed at 3 am. (Dick doesn’t work tomorrow as it’s a legal holiday.) The Michels called us at 6 o’clock – just as we were going to call them.

Saturday, February 21, 1970

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Wild Rainy day. Thunder + lightening _ heavy hail storm. I was up at 10:30 When the Florist came with a really beautiful arrangement of orchids from Cassie, Mom + George. Was very touched. Knitted + pottered around. Went over to meet Mary + Les about 3:30. Had a sandwich at the Hacienda – First Dick had taken me to Child Haven to drop off a crochet hook for Pam Notero (I thought her name was Pamela Ferrell!) Dick + Les went to look at the house on Bonita and Mary + I played the machines at Wonder World. I lost but Mary stayed absolutely even. They’re much looser than the machines at the Hacienda. Left + came back to the house. Had a drink + then went over to Zorba’s. Had a nice dinner and a really funny evening although we stayed for the first part of the show and it was too long to sit there. We left in separate cars at 11 o’clock. Dick was willing to stop for a night cap – We went to the Valley bar + with a roll of nickels I hit 777 and won $55.17. Bought the bar a drink. We played 3 games of pool + I played again with someone named Shirley? – While her husband talked with Dick. We left about 2:30 or 3:00 A.M. Because of jackpot told Dick we were even for the weekend.

Took CCA points over to Norma Lamb.

Friday, February 20, 1970

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Wendy over at 9:30 – we talked a little. I [crossed out letters] worked on blanket all morning. Finished putting it together at about noon. Talked with Alice Turner. Called the Rousseaus to apologize for not staying last night. We changed sheets Wendy cleaned whole house plus oven. I did 3 or 4 loads of laundry. I went to Child Haven – the kids going bowling – most of them. Worked with Eartha (hopeless) Sharon (pretty hopeless) and Vanessa whom I’m pleased with. New girl named Pam who knows how to knit + crochet around squares for blanket for nursery. Only crochet hook too small so told her I’d drop one off tomorrow. Went home via Grant’s + got hook + needles + wool + rug yarn. Told one of the boys there who asked me to knit him a black wool cap (“like Bronson’s”) that I’d try. He leaves Wednesday. Home by 4:30 – Wendy finishing up. Dick asleep on floor of Library. I wasn’t too happy. Woke him before I left for airport + he said to bring Mary + Les back here – he was “all right.” I did + we had a drink (Mary, Les + I) + Dick left for class. I guess he was okay. We went back to the Hacienda – they checked in + I played 21. Les bought a good dinner – I tried to teach Les to play 21 + had him a little ahead for the evening. Dick over + he + Les played Keno. I joined them + won $25. All I won Dick took + then got me to cash a check for $100. He got in a poker game. I took back $80 so he lost $20. I lost 20 of the $80 so came back with $50. Lost my raincoat. Someone walked off with it in the ladies room. Home at 5:30 A.M. Dick upset.

Thursday, February 19, 1970

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Sent – “Welcome Home” flowers to Daddy. Called University for reservations + was told we didn’t need them. Called Irene – no answer. Called Child Haven to say I’d be in tomorrow. Crocheted 2 more strips together – 1 + 2 _ + 2 + 3. Went over to have lunch with Elaine about noon. Funny time. Ate at the Flame pit. Horrendous story of lady who’d ordered the $750.00 edition of Alice in Wonderland with the Dali illustrations. The book was Lost by the airlines. Ouch. Left her with folder of correspondence. Too dreary to think of. Bought a glorious stack of books at their sale. Some really good ones. Went to Wonder World + played a little + bought some groceries. Home. Had tried to get copy of Antigone but without luck. Told Dick he didn’t have to go + he was upset. (Poor dear was alot more upset after he went.) We had dinner at a new place named Zorba the Greek. Good. Thence to the University for 2 hours of boredom. The Trelean de Paris do their stuff in a classical-reading style. Long speeches + for Dick must have been incredibly dull. I missed alot myself – Reception after very uncomfortable + we left after about 10 minutes. Never did meet Cecile Rousseau. Went to Le Bistro bar + talked with the chef (Serge Velut) + a buddy who’s an asst. chef at the Tropicana – Daniel Rafanel. Stayed til [crossed out letters] 1:30 or so – Dick insisting he was in good shape for work. Had message from Annie so called as we thought it might be urgent. Not in the least. Just wanted to say thanks for the Candy gram – when I told her we’d been to a French play she told me, “You owe Dick a great deal!”

Wednesday, February 18, 1970

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Got out the box of papers concerning “The Lion” + sorted out a few that seemed relevant. Went to the Hacienda + cashed a check for $250.00 + then went to the bank and got a check for $200.00 for Leuse. They have no correspondent bank in Germany but the guy told me she could cash it at an American Express. Home + wrote Leuse Wrote Timmy with check for A.A. + $50 extra for cabs to + from airport. Also sent him plane reservation times. Message from Elaine that she couldn’t make it til one/30 so drove over to Mohigan + picked up our invitation to the reception tomorrow night after Antigone. Met M Rousseau. Mailed letters, home. Elaine called + couldn’t make it so I suggested lunch tomorrow. Fine. I fixed the holes the dogs dug in front. The place looks terrible. [crossed out words] Crocheted the last 2 strips of blanket + before the evening was out I crocheted 2 strips together. Will definitely have it finished by Sunday (except border I guess.) We napped in the afternoon + I read my new detective stories from Sue – (Good bunch) We had steak for dinner – Just delicious. Got bill for candy grams + paid it.

Tuesday, February 17, 1970

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Windy day – Dick off to work + back soon as they couldn’t pour. I read + knitted alot of the morning. We went back to bed and stayed there until Dick went to see Don Pulliam about the house. I finished the first of the crime club volumes + fell sound asleep. Dick woke me at 4:30. I had sniffles (pollen) + was cranky because I hadn’t accomplished anything all day. Dick had done the dishes + folded up the laundry for me. He put the house with Pulliam which gives me 25,000 CCA points. So far I have a total of 62,000 for this turn in period. But the guild doesn’t seem to finish in the money. I knitted 6 sm. sqs. today, finished the last for Dick’s blanket + crocheted 3 1/2 more strips. We watched TV Bed about 11 o’clock. Elaine coming tomorrow.

Monday, February 16, 1970

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Phil over. He + Dick left at 7:30. I made bed + did dishes. Wrote Doug Forde + note to Joe Lewis. Looked for photos but couldn’t find them. Timmy called. Rather long chat. He’s coming on the 26th. I went to Wonder World at noon My machine taken by a set of “partners.” They had put in over a hundred by the time I left. I went to the Race Book + bought 2 tickets for $45 each on Ellis in tonights fight. Know Dick had wanted to bet. Gave him one as a present (Didn’t tell him about the other.) Came home + fixed a meat loaf. My very first. Read some. We watched the news. Then over dinner watched “Here Comes Mr. Jordan.” Just as good as ever. The fight was a fiasco. Ellis TKO’ed by Frazer in the 4th round. Bed at 10 o’clock.

Sunday, February 15, 1970

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We slept til about 10. Then Benny O’Bannion came over with plans for 3 pools. Had coffee + some coffee cake with us. I did a little sewing + finished off + bordered the hammer square. Dick put in a new threshold on the back door. I laid out the afghan and stacked up the sqs. in piles. We had lunch + Dick cleaned out the garage. Beautiful job. We called Daddy who had to call us back. He said he was feeling better today. I said he’d sounded pretty great yesterday. He said he’d been feeling “groggy and it wasn’t helped by several cocktails in the evening.” I said that was some kind of fancy hospital to serve cocktails + he said “They didn’t serve them, I brought it with me.” And then added morosely, “I surrendered it this morning.” I wrote Jim + Hilary + said we hoped they could visit. I wrote Colby + asked her to see the lawyer in New London (she’ll be there this weekend) about Alaria. I wrote Leon + typed a proposal for Dick. Called Jean Cahlan who said Sue Winn was going over tomorrow. Called Sue + then took the certificate from House of Stereo over to her. Stayed a while + then went to Wonder World + played the machine. Up to 420! The guy playing it yesterday played until 8:30!! Lost over $400. Oh dear. I came out about even after an hour. Bought groceries + a little booze + came home. Dick was napping. Had gone out for some wine + knew just where I was. Funny. I gave him a shave + we watched TV with dinner. I [crossed out words] crocheted 2 strips of squares together. Bed about 11:30.

Saturday, February 14, 1970

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Dick off to class. I tried to call Daddy and got no answer. Called Barn View + Doris told me Daddy had his cataract operation yesterday + Hil + Jim were over at the hospital seeing him. I called + did get a chance to talk with him – said I’d call tomorrow. He sounded great. Talked with Hil who said they’d talked of a long weekend to visit us. Would love it if they did come. Went over to see Elaine Mills. She liked the book + is going to come talk about it on Weds. – her day off. She has a connection with Harpers – but I do think it went to an editor there – an Ursula Nordstrom (?) Will have to go over diaries + correspondence. Dick + I went to the Bonanza Country Club for lunch – had a nice time though service was poorish. Stopped at Wonder World – man playing my machine. Came home + napped. Woke when Leon called us. Washed hair + went to J + J’s for dinner. They took some pictures of us in our His + Hers sweaters to send to the Michels. Huge ham for dinner + then Poker until after one. But J + J won for a change so the evening was alot pleasanter than others lately. Joyce showed a picture she’d taken of Jack without any clothes on but luckily I had my knitting to turn to. Think she shouldn’t have. We had a nightcap when we came home + got into a stupid discussion about owner builders blah blah blah. I got tearful but Dick apologized + we went to sleep very happily + late.

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