Had planned to go to the Blvd for Breakfast but didn’t make it. Jimmy + Dick + I cleaned out the garage in the early a.m. Jimmy asked if he could stay here while we’re gone this summer + if he’s able it might work out very well. I fixed him some sandwiches to take along + eggs etc + Dick sent a cooler can out with Joyce who brought a load of cartons from the office. Jerry stacked everything neatly + numerically in the garage. I spent all morning cleaning the laundry, the bathroom and the workshop Vaccuumed + washed + dusted and it still doesn’t look too great. Called Earl’s auto + have a roof appt. tomorrow. Lab work for Bentley next Tuesday. Called Anti-crime people and they’re waiting to hear from their rug man. Got Leon’s telegram with the mail today + called Dorothy to tell her. She had a ghastly tale to tell about Western Union – her father’s death + her subsequent disinheritance. I paid Sewer Service for Bonita, Publishers’ clearing house and wrote Daddy, Mrs. Sullivan and a thank you note to Bill Ray at the Tropicana. Never left the house. In the evening after dinner we shifted the furniture around in the addition to make room for the office furniture And we unloaded the stuff in Dick’s truck. Both tired but oddly hopped up
Got present from Annie, check from Daddy, letter from Doug and card from M.J.
Up early – made bed, did several loads of laundry did a little ironing – Dick went out to work on the brick wall about 8:30 – Wasn’t in too grand a humor I left about nine + went to the show boat was lucky on both 21 and the slot machines + won $155.00 Came home for the garden guy and Dick was here – exhausted. The guy showed up about 1:15 – Jim something. Seemed very pleasant – young, [crossed out letters] long-haired good impression. I looked all over for our insurance check – finally found it in Dick’s sock drawer. [crossed out word] Jimmy Judge stopped by and we asked him for dinner. I went to the Valley Bank + deposited $487.50 to our account and thence to Bank of Nevada where I deposited $100 in my acct and $50.00 in the “Ana Savings” Mailed Scott’s pkge at the Post office and went to Dana McKay’s – everything selling at 50% because they’re going out of business (so’s Rings’n’things so that end of the mall will be empty) Bought about $45 worth of books – Mostly for Margie’s graduation. An encyclopedia (Columbia – one volume $22.50) Some poetry a book of quotations, Bullfinch’s Mythology etc. Went over to see Shirley who was packing boxes all neatly numbered + labeled. Got her a coke, went to the Safeway + came home (met nice dealer from Lowell, Mass – the one at whose table I was sitting when I won the keno ticket at the internat’l) Dick slept for a while and I wrote Colby + asked her if we could stay in Riverdale this summer – also wished her a happy Birthday. Wrote Bisy a birthday card w/$10 and wrote Bert + Barbara Remsen. We had Roast/potatos and rolls + string beans. Jimmy always a pleasure as a dinner guest. He left the operation in California “a factoring Co” – Scam all the way. He’s on his way to Alabama + then to see his parents – Spent the night. I called Leon who’d sent a telegram I never got – hmm.
My 41st birthday –
This one not as bad as last year – I don’t know why but I liked it from beginning to end. Got alot done Dick left earlyish and I made pkges for Drue + The Pigotts. Sent the Lion is Busy to Bert Remsen’s two daughters, Kerry + Ann. Wrote Cotton + sent her a Xerox copy of The Beetle, The Worm + the Snail”. Paid phone bill ($187) and B. Dalton’s. Called Anti Crime, Earl’s Auto Trim + Pet Town. Opened presents – lovely blouse from Jack + Joyce and absolutely gorgeous sweater coat from Mary. Just beautiful and fits perfectly! Made bed cleaned the johns and generally futzed about. Newcomb called to wish me a Happy and so did Annie – nice long talk. She’ll be in Lemitar in another week. Didn’t leave the house til one o’clock. Went to the Airport P.O. + mailed pkges + letters. Thence to the Landmark where after several hours I won $75.00. Went to the Xerox place and got paper and “toner” – then to the office where I missed Dick by 15 minutes. Xeroxed 100 copies of Scotty’s resumé. Shopped at Thrifty + went to pick up the dogs. Shiny clean and so happy to see me. Home before six. Heavenly flowers from Dick and some orchids from Mom, Cassie + George – Wow! Cards from Philadelphia and Lyle Druscilla called – she goes in the hospital on the 14th for 9 days. We had a steak dinner + watched TV and the only thing to mar the day was me burning a hole in our rug. Cigarette rolled off the ashtray. Hell! Daddy wrote me a nice letter which came yesterday but forgot my birthday! He’ll remember I guess soon enough. I also burned the vegetables + pot – left them on after dinner – was glad it was my birthday as Dick was very nice about it!!! Nice day
Woke early – Dick fixed coffee – pottered about + napped again – Got up for real about 8:30. Packed + dressed in my new outfit which I love Dick bathed + we checked out at 10 o’clock. Got to Leon’s and Dorothy still all pleased with her birthday flowers. We went out to see Virginia Martindale – took her a bottle of Cold Duck (red dog) and then met Merle Abeles now McLaughlin next door. Had a very good feeling about it and think there’s a chance of a job there. Drove over to 20th and saw Bert Remsen who later joined us for lunch at the commissary – Leon’s going to give him “Fit to be Tied” and told him I’d send copies of “The Lion is Busy to Ann + Kerry. Lovely day. Got Leon back to the office by 2 o’clock – a little after said goodbye to Dorothy + dear Leon + headed out to Mary’s – picked up 3 bottles of wine for them. Nobody there when we arrived. Dick went to sleep and I rearranged Scott’s resume on Les’ typewriter but not happy with the type. Called Scott and am going to look into a local childrens’ theater in Las Vegas (Equity) Mary home about 4:30 – cancelled on her Dentist Gave me a beautifully wrapped birthday present and by the time I left a mixed bouquet from her garden talked about Susan and all sorts of things. They drove us to the airport Nice [crossed out word] flight – sat next to a woman who is very ill with cirrhosis and half a stomach and ulcers + when we left the plane I gave her Mary’s flowers because she liked them + I thought she needed them. Home and Dick ironed while I retyped Scotty’s resumé. Had a message from Harold Stern + when I called it seems they’re on the brink of buying the Boston Traveler. I hope it comes through. Nice to be home. Am excited about my birthday tomorrow. Silly!
Very quiet day so far. (It’s now 4:30 pm) we’ve lain around all morning + afternoon, made love + slept. I caught up 4 days of diary and talked on the phone with Virginia Martindale We’d planned to go over + say hello but something came up for her so we’ll try to see her tomorrow talked with Leon and Scotty. I’m going to re-type his resumé for him + Dick will Xerox it. We made reservations home tomorrow at 7 pm. Called Mary + left a message with the service. Leon is going to take me on a few rounds tomorrow + then we’ll have lunch together + part company. We’re about to go meet Timmy – Dick has a little water in his legs today so we’ll make it an early evening——–//
We stopped + bought some vodka + bourbon for Timmy + some orange juice + instant coffee for us + a bottle of cold duck for Virginia. Got to Timmy’s about 5:20. A mighty hollyhock has fallen across the drive. Timmy looks well – better than when he was in L.V. and I thought, despite Scotty’s warning that he seemed in fairly good spirits – or if not he was making an effort and he ended up having a good time at any rate – we had a very nice evening. Went to L’auberge for a delicious dinner + then back to the apt which is still looking nice – listened to some tapes and talked at length We came home at 10:30 – Read + watched TV. Mary called us at Timmy’s + won’t be home til six tomorrow so we’re not going to have much of a visit.
Woke early + lazed around. Called the coffee shop for a large pot of coffee and juice and sweet rolls. Called Timmy and made date for tomorrow night. Called George who said he could take me at 12:30. Called Scotty. I wrote a note to David + Debbie + then went to the Post Office + sent it along with the money orders for Ana. Dick gave me a $100 bill when I left. George cut my hair for nothing (this once we agreed) and then I went over to the shopping center to buy a stole. Ended up with a lovely one plus 2 slack suits and a blouse $96.47!!! but the suits (identical – one in a blue jean blue + the other in charcoal gray) are the greatest!! Picked up a little pair of cheapie shoes to go with the outfit + had brunch at Cathie’s Pantry. Got back to the hotel at 3:15. Scotty + Dick had had lunch together + a good time. I told Dick about Ana’s call and that I’d sent some money – we didn’t go into any of it at all deeply. We napped + didn’t wake til after 5:30. Dressed (I wore Leon’s blouse with the charcoal outfit – size 8 incidentally!!!) + Dick looked marvelous in his houndstooth jacket. Scotty already at Leon’s + Bill Tregoe came a little after us – silly funny time. Everybody drinking but us and it didn’t make the least bit of difference. Caro Jones came about 8 o’clock + we all had dinner. A beautiful potroast Really good. Scotty + I cleaned up. I think we all had a good time. Came home about 11:30. Dick turned on the TV but after reading a little I conked out. Scotty gave me a photo of a painting of Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth for my Birthday.
Slept late (Dick slept right through the night!) Coffee at 8:30 – Dick worked for a while with Jack. I left the house about 10:00. Mailed $400 to Leuse and $10 to Susan Cleveland (late b’day gift) and wrote Ana. Took the puppies to [crossed out word] Pet Town, very forlorn when I left them. Then went to the Castaways and after losing a little I won $135.00. Went to the Safeway and got 2 money orders totaling $200 to send Ana. Came home and packed + put out the garbage and cleaned up a little. Not much time to spare Dick back at 1:30. Got to the plane with out much leeway Got to L.A. + discovered it’s cold. Had packed bathing suits + sunback dresses!! 60° ! We took a cab to Mary’s. Atmosphere a little strained at first and I thought it was going to be grim but it turned out to be a very pleasant dinner + visit Mary’s garden is unbelievably beautiful. She can make anything grow. We borrowed an opal and left their house around 8 o’clock stopped + got some groceries + called Leon. Went + saw him for about an hour + then came to the Hallmark Hotel. Very nice room complete with kitchen. Turned on the heat + went to bed Dick watched a little TV. Leon gave me a really gorgeous white blouse Something I would never have chosen but that looks just great on me!
Today was a day and a half. In the early A.M. watered the lawn + set the timer to do the chores at the same time. Called Joyce up + asked her over around 10 o’clock. Was vaccuuming + dusting when the phone rang “Is this Mrs Meeshells?” I said “Michels” rather frostily and then heard Ana’s voice “allo, Mrs. Patience” – She was crying through the whole call and it was all a little confusing but as I understand, everything has gone very badly – no work, they’re about to lose their house, the war, and Jeffrey is very sick. She wants me to send a letter for their papers and I told her to get someone who writes good english to write me + let me know exactly what is required. I told her I’d pay for the letter writer – She also said “one time, you say that you would like to have Jeffrey” – I told her I would write her + that we were going to L.A. for 10 days (not true but I need time to sort things out) Joyce came over + I talked it all out with her I can’t believe Ana really wants to give up Jeffrey – I think she’s just desperate for money. If only Armando had done more around the place Dick wouldn’t feel so strongly against him. We can’t have them back in the house. I wouldn’t like that either and it’s too expensive – blah blah blah Joyce loved her Marblehead Sailor’s blouse + some sandals + lobster. We went to the 7-11 for some icees for Dick + each won a jackpot (Joyce won 3!) We rested a little in the late afternoon + then went to the Tropicana for the dinner show. Marvelous seats + nice neighbors and a great show. We stuck around for the drawing for the race horse (or $8,000) + that was a crowded mess. Didn’t get home til midnight + had splitting headaches!
My horoscope said I was going to be very lucky – went to the bank + then to Wonder World to see Daisy. Put $20 in the slot machines. Could have left ahead but didn’t. Went to the International + promptly lost a hundred dollars. Went to FNB to clear out the $421 from the savings acct + then stopped at the Frontier, Had only been there once before ever + that time just for dinner. Changed a hundred dollar bill + lost rather consistently though not very much – was playing our $6 keno ticket at the same time Some very poor players joined the table so I moved to a five dollar table + started to win – kept winning. Even won a little at keno. Left about $550.00 ahead for the whole day (made up the $120 too) Sat next to a Mr. Goldberg from Berlin, N.H. Who knew Jimmy + Harriet’s brothers. By the time I cashed in the chips I was shaking – gave the parking attendant a $5 chip – Big spender. Went to Dazey’s travel service + called home. Bought our tickets to L.A. and also our tickets to Philadelphia + back [crossed out letters] all from this week’s winnings. Still had alot left over. Came home + went to look at Dick’s brick work. Walked on the coping + knocked 2 bricks loose. Dick hit the ceiling when I told him, but after an hours nap (while I stayed out of his way + fixed dinner) he said I’m sorry I yelled at you, Punkin!” Of course I was overcome. Pleasant evening + we’re both happy about the tickets The deck men still haven’t shown up but Dick + Jack are getting alot of the Brick work done.
Dick had appt. with Hartley that seems to be going well and there is perceptible change in him and his attitudes. I went to the Landmark and got way ahead + then lost most of it back. Left a few dollars ahead. Saw Lee + had a nice visit. Took car for gas + they told me there was a leak in the gas tank but I don’t believe it as the gauge said more than full + I think they put too much in it. Went to the knit shop + had a funny chat with the ladies there – went to Sprouse Reitz for some rug yarn, dropped the laundry and went to the Safeway. Home about 4 – 4:30. Forgot to put the garbage out. Dick + Jack had been working all day on the pool – it’s coming very slowly but the work is beautiful – A couple came by the house to inquire about the lot next door. Poor Dick had had to run back to the bedroom as he only had his undershorts on so I was a little brief with them. Nice chicken dinner – early to bed + then TV.
Governor Wallace shot while making a Speech.
In the early AM watered lawn + ran around dusting + changing sheets + cleaning things up. Jerry working in the garage first then when Jack came all three worked on the pool. Dick went for a compressor I left about 12 o’clock. Later than I’d planned. Went to the Tropicana and played 21 for 5 hours. Came out ahead by $75.00 Bill Ray used to be a dealer + is now a pit boss. Made reservations for us for the show Thursday night At about 2:30 or so The word went around that Gov. Wallace had been shot while making a speech in a shopping center in Maryland. For a long time no word on his condition. At night we learned there were 5 bullets in him four of which have been removed. Three others were wounded – one seriously The would be assassin a 21 year old caucasian – Odd there have been no black assassins in major political shootings here in recent years at least. Or, if not odd at least Thank God there haven’t been. Dick knocked out by a hard day’s work but ate a good dinner. I think he’s beginning to recognize his limitations physically. I started another blanket – LA plans may be shifting. And so to bed.
Odd day but sort of fun. Dick woke early + got the papers + turned on the TV to Rex Humbard (“no 5 on the religious lists”) inspirational hour + then he went back to sleep. I finished knitting the squares + sewing them together + then started putting the blanket together. Sat through Oral Roberts and the old fashioned gospel hour before Dick woke. He called a rental place + we went to get a jack hammer – a bait + switch deal. They didn’t have it at the price or what they said they had. [crossed out letters] So we left. Went + got an icee + then the safeway for groceries. Came home + watched TV all day long until Spartacus finished at 12:30 midnight!!! I finished Drue’s blanket and think it’s very nice. Did a border + all. Only has to be steamed out and that’s it. We called Mom – Cassie’s coming on June 17th. Called Leon – at the moment we’re planning to go to L.A. on the 19th. We had a chinese dinner. Absolutely exhausted from doing nothing but giggling + silly over the TV viewing (and the 34,000 station breaks) We played yahtzee and I won the privledge of going out + playing 21 tomorrow!
Jessie’s wedding – now Mrs. Douglas Cole
Got up mid morning felt tired + depressed still. My left leg hurts – took a Miltown Paid alot of small bills Newsweek exterminator, Leo’s carpet etc. Was going to write some letters but didn’t. Was in tears over nothing. Dick very nice A baseball game on – Redsox V – Oakland A’s – We watched The Red sox won but only a few of the old regulars on the team. Don’t know what happened to Carl Yazstremski. Jessie was married at noon today. I wanted to call but Dick was against it I’d hoped somebody would call us but noone thought of it. I knitted 4 sqs for Drue’s blanket. Only 2 left to go. We started work on the pool about 4:30. I got tired so quickly I’ve got to have a checkup. Something seems to be wrong. Dick had buzzing in his ears after a couple of hours. We stopped at 8 o’clock Finished clearing off the tape. Dick [crossed out letters] set a row of bricks + did one set of steps – hot dogs for dinner + some spooky TV. Was more settled by the end of the day.
Jack over + he + Dick did a little work outside on the pool – or the footing or whatever. I made the bed + cleaned up and then went out Was lucky + hit a slot machine progressive for 587.00 – goes some distance towards making up for all the quarters lost. Dick went to see Hartley at 11:15 so couldn’t call him Then later when I tried to reach him no answer. Came home + found him sleeping on the floor with the phone beside him I’d tried him 3 times + he swore the phone never rang. The last time I’d let it ring 18 times. Called the phone co. I was very tired today, Hartley told Dick that he can’t work. That’s the reason for the step backward. Told him to keep on with the Surbex + told him to get it in his head that it’s going to be 6 months. I read while Dick slept + then went to fix a meat loaf Jim Daniels came by + I invited him to dinner. Later got very upset + depressed when the conversation went on about pools + the office + the addition. I guess it’s partly “that time of the month” – Jim left after dinner + we talked a little I called Mary Jean this A.M. and also Jimmy. Poor Mary Jean would have so loved to go to Jessie’s wedding + see everyone – Well – so would I so I guess things are rough all over. We had a nice letter from Newcomb. Dick woke at 3:30 + I woke shortly after + went into a tailspin of depression – Took a miltown – Combination – Mother’s day, Jessie’s wedding Approaching birthday, Lost hopes + dreams – black, black black.
Mary called early. She leaves for New York tonight + Colby will meet her in the am tomorrow. She sounded so happy about it. Also she has a regular job til the end of the year. Whee! Joyce called + was chickening out of the Breakfast at the Blvd but I talked her back into it. Dick stayed in bed. I left with Joyce at 8:45 – went to the Blvd. Saw Eddie + Ann + Ruth Hazard + Lucy Scott + at the end Elaine. Joyce made us sit way over in the corner. It’s funny how shy she is yet despite herself I think she had a good time. One of the celebrity guests was [crossed out letters] Clarence Hoffman who’s Ringmaster at [crossed out letters] Circus, Circus When giving his background, he [crossed out letter] mentioned [crossed out letters] 10th Man in New York and The road company of Fiddler. I went up + spoke with him afterwards + found out he knows Alan Manson but more to the point he + his wife Francis know + love Annie. He gave me his address + telephone number + I promised to get in touch soon. We went to the pet shop to ask about the dog’s tails + there was a large snake lying unattended on the shelf so we left promptly! Joyce called the vet’s and it’s 3-5 days for de-tailing. Next stop the showboat was ahead for a while but then lost. We parted company about 1:45. I went to Mr. Chan’s – the poor man is not at all well. Had fought with Hartley about rehospitalization which is what I’d thought. I wrote a letter to his sister for him and then took it over to Keno Lane Went to health food place + grocery store. Came home + Dick exhausted. Ears popping again + his voice flat again. I cannot take it. We took the stuff to J + J + came home. Decided to limit the evening snacks + cut the vitamin for tonight. Had veal parmiagian for dinner + went to bed early. Sent flowers to Mom, Annie + Dorothy Bristols