Dick off early – a few minutes later the phone rang + it was Phil who’d been driving all night. Told him where the guys were working + how glad Dick would be. So am I. Caught up diary + ironed dresses. Went out in the yard + cleaned up all the dog crap + then picked up the foam rubber – “confetti factory” Threw out the old pad Lay down for a little and Seth called from New London. We made arrangements about the phone at Alaria – it will be in his name – + he told me there was a check for $540.00 on the way. Whee. Was all excited + started pottering around. Finally did take nap after reading Louis’ essay on Iago. Interesting. Dick home at 1:30. He took a nap and I went to the Bank + deposited insurance check, to a variety store and bought some wool, then to Grant’s + got a new lounge pad + a small rug to cover up the tear + a shoebrush for Dick. Then some stationery at Dana McKay’s. Mailed my contract to CBS. Went to Safeway for liver + groceries – then to panorama for some special ingredients and to play the machine. Home at 4:00 Dick asleep so I took tiny nap. Phone rang alot. The drywall is up on the ceilings in the house. Gene Wright called Dick + tried to interest him for 40 minutes in the plastic pool business. One day installation, etc. It had been tried in the 50’s by Anthony pools + didn’t work but my feeling is that Dick should investigate further before flatly saying no. Seems to me they’d sell like hot cakes – if they work + the improvements in plastics have been enormous. We got into an argument + I was rewarded with a splitting headache. The argument was short lived but the headache stayed all evening. We watched TV + went to bed about 10:30.
Woke around 8 to discover I’d gone to bed with my lenses. Took them out + went back to bed. Eyes sore as hell. Jessie came by to say goodbye + told us Mary Jean was coming to lunch. I took a shower hoping to be able to see a little better but couldn’t. Mary Jean looked wonderful + she + Dick got along famously. “Lunch” consisted of a couple of bloody Marys!! When I asked Colby did find some crackers. I asked Colby if she wanted Alaria + she was delighted. I put the price at $15,000.00 which I know is Way under but I’d like her to have it. After Mary Jean left, Dick + I drove in to the Chelsea Hotel. The first room was so god awful I asked for another. Not too lovely but at least Dick didn’t see the first as he was parking the car. The fuse was blown + the handy man took forever to repair it. When he finally did we made love + took a nap. Up at 7 + dressed for The Theatre. Picked up our tickets + had a bite at Howard Johnsons. Our seats were second row center!!! The play “The Great White Hope” Was absolutely Marvelous. James Earl Jones was brilliant. Lou Gilbert, Jimmy Pelham + Jane Alexander were all wonderful + nobody was bad. Gil Rogers played the exchamp + was remarkably good. There aren’t enough superlatives to describe it + Dick was completely engrossed. I wanted to stop by + tell James Jones how much I liked his performance but I got cold feet + couldn’t. We called Harold Stern + went up to see him. He has only one bird left. Things haven’t been going well for him but his sense of humor remains intact We left about two. Came back to the hotel. Called Scotty but after 5 rings decided he must be asleep so went to bed.
Dick called George tonight + Irene told him “he’s Drunk!” – Also that they hadn’t worked for 3 days because of weather.
Up pretty early – Ethel not in. Called Walt Chadwick found there are no cemetary rules and called Colby who was going to put a little pine from Alaria by Mother’s grave. Tried Aunt Dorrie again without luck. Phone still out of order. So I sat down + wrote her + then wrote Miss Rath to thank her. Suddenly occurred to me that of course I should write Aunt Hope too. I wrote a rather dumb letter to Bill Loeb + sent him a sampling of Harold’s columns. I made a list of questions for Anthony on “A Bell for Adano” and then finally started in on Daddy’s book. Only read about 10 pages in all, taking notes when Anthony arrived. Ethel back about 2 pm. Had a good time + is now on a diet. Worked with Anthony for a good hour + a half we wrote an outline of “Adano”. What the author intended, etc. + what the book means. Then we made a list of characters etc with each one’s most salient trait. I think it should about cover it. Went at 5:45 over to Alaria. Jay + Anne Rhodebeck put on a circus for us. Jay has taken a great shine to me and I am flattered beyond words. Had a beer with Colby + went over Anthony’s work. Took Call of the Wild so I can do the same thing with it. Back for dinner with Ethel. Hilary over with the boys until about 11:30. They watched TV while Hilary + I went over Mother’s office – piece by piece. Went through the desk with a vengeance this time + made piles of notepaper etc. to give to Ethel, Mrs. Merrill + Lillian. Found an old journal of Mother’s – only 2 days written – I read it after Hilary left and am going to take it. I only think it would make Daddy unhappy. Went to bed about 12:30 or one.
Spoke with Jim Ewing today – they’re not decided about the column but he suggested I call Bill Bauhan in Peterborough about my book.
Up at 9:30 – Ethel had left for her doctors appt + the weekend. House seemed very empty and weather oh so cold. Mrs. Merril feeling a little underpar so I fixed her a prairie oyster which she dutifully swallowed down. Eleanor Cochran called to invite us to dinner a week from Wednesday. I couldn’t seem to settle down to anything. Co + Jessie came over + took a coat apiece. We got down the box of clothes for Russell to put in his car. I lit the fire. Anthony over. I told him to finish his book before I could work with him. Hilary + Cotton over + we went through the chest upstairs in Mothers sitting room. Also the bags in the attic. Cotton is taking a pretty green 3/4 length coat which is just the right length now + Hilary a yellow car coat and a very pretty plaid winter coat. I’m to have the lovely red winter coat but I think I’ll leave it here. Peter called + we talked a long time. Mary had called before to wish Daddy Happy Birthday. Had forgotten he was away. Spoke with Millie too. Mary’s boyfriend Les Schulty is in critical condition + has to undergo a 3rd operation today. I do hope he gets well. Also that when he’s well he gets away from Mary. She says she’s pregnant again – 5 weeks + that is possible. Most of my talk with Peter was about Mary. It’s hot out there + he was on the beach. At the end of the call I said I missed him + he said you do? I said yes + he said I’m not much to miss + that was about it. I hung up in utter desolation. Went shopping then over with Hilary + the children to Alaria for a drink. Russell brought me back + on the way said that the summer had been very rough on me + I was showing it. That’s not news. Went to Barn View for supper with Hilary + Lincoln. Lincoln still in the play. Tomorrow the last night. I took a few of Jimmy’s coins home to look over. Bed about 12:30.
[crossed out word] Our Anniversary- no letter – just a nice note from Aunt Hope about the bag. Went to the bank, cashed a check for $250.00 got the car checked. Bought a few greeting cards. After lunch went to Georges’ Mills to get some beer. Came home. Peter called at about 3:30. Said “Happy Anniversary.” Thanks to a Miltown I’d been getting through the day just fine but when he called me I went to pieces. The distance the utter lack of communication was too much and I told him it was the unhappiest anniversary I could imagine. Not very supportive but I’m in need of a little support myself. Well – there it is. I worked hard + long with Anthony after I’d washed my face + popped another Miltown down my mouth. We read to page 84. Almost a third of Bell for Adano. Denny Adam’s came over + had drinks with us as did Co + Russell + Hilary. Winnie for dinner. Daddy + I each gave [crossed out word] Winnie a card with a little money in it as we’d missed her birthday on July 24th. Ethel gave me an Anniversary card as she’d heard me mention it. [crossed out word] Mather called today + sounded incredibly better. Daddy so pleased. Daddy watched tennis on TV tonight + Winnie + I went over to Alaria. She played Spite and Malice with Jess + I joined Co at the Rhodebecks. Their Anniversary too although a different sort. Co + I talked later + she said I ought to give up the idea of children. Also we discussed Alaria + my selling it to them. I want it so much but Peter hates the place + has said so. Oh lord – I don’t know what to do about anything at all. Took Winnie home at 11:30 + we played a game of Spite before bed.
Alaria, Anne Cleveland, Colby Woeltz, Hilary Cleveland, James C. Cleveland, Marilouise Cleveland, Mary Sholty, Mather Cleveland, Mather Cleveland Jr., New London, Newcomb Cleveland, Peter Hobbs, Russell Woeltz, Susan C. Cleveland
Quiet day. Up around 10 or eleven. Rather too damp + chilly to go [crossed out word] swimming. Peter slept late. Russell, Mather + Newcomb took down the decorations in the Academy building. Because of the stapling they’re pretty badly battered but will certainly do for the barn tomorrow. I stayed out at Alaraia all day. Mother delivered a sort of ultimatum to Mather that Marilou either be in good enough shape to be at the party or that she stay home. Mather took Marilou out to lunch and, I guess passed on the word. Russell will be the only one to give her drinks until tomorrow is over. Also Russell always manages to feed her which no one else can do. Hilary was going to come over with the lists for the invitations + to look at a dress but she ended up having to wash up all the punch glasses at the academy. This was partially her own choosing as we’d said if it turned out that she was expected to do them we’d come right over. She never called. Colby went in to get the magic markers + grocery shop as we were having Annette Copin for dinner at Alaria. Mary, Newcomb + Anne were all going in to the Homestead for dinner. Newcomb + Peter had gone over to play tennis when Mother called in a great swivet and Uncle Alston had arrived in Boston a day earlier than expected. (Mix up of already mixed up communications.) Peter was pressed into service + drove to Boston to meet Uncle A at the Copley Place. He got lost on the way back + went some 30 miles out of the way. Evidently uncle Alston suddenly said, “It isn’t the amount of time, it isn’t the distance, it’s the uncertainty.” Colby + I wrote names on as many of the programs as we could. Mary had the first name list with her so we were stuck on about 13. Newcomb did them when they got back. Mary didn’t want to + Newcomb has the loveliest writing of all of us. Dinner with Annette a bit strenuous. Hard to believe she’s 70. Unfortunately she kept talking about the Jews and the coloreds. Russell more restive than anyone. After she’d been taken home he referred to her as Mrs. Eichman. Another late drunkish evening. We’re all expected in at Colgate Hall tomorrow at 10 o’clock.
Peter up at the crack of dawn and Jim Parker here shortly after to work on the car. I got up about 10 – they were having pancakes and the kitchen floor was all greasy and my reception or greeting was about as cold as I’m capable of. I’m getting worse + worse, I know it and don’t seem able to stop myself. Called mother + had a nice chat. They had a good time in New York, had seen “The Odd Couple” loved it although Russel’s car was towed away to round off their evening. Mother said she was leaving us Alaria. Peter talked with her briefly but when I told him about Alaria it was just hmm + nothing more. Oh God – if we could just talk together about anything. I made 5 pies. Gave Jim two. Lay in the sun for a while. Dianne out there too. Came back in the house + lay around like a fool and cried for a while. Tried to reach Mather but I guess they all went out for the day. Paul came down to clean the house for the party and I asked him to come back in an hour. Then decided to clean by myself and work off some of my frustrations. Peter went out + came back about 6 – He + Jim got the new motor in the car which is a big accomplishment. Mary Parker helped me [crossed out word] pin up the hem on my print shirt waist and I ironed it and then sewed on it through the evening which turned out to be very successful despite all my misgivings + own personal fits + moods . Joe Hanwright was feeling sick which helped soften his abrasive quality. He brought a lovely girl with him. Maria someone. Gary + Nancy Young brought 2 month old baby + Jack + Valery Sterrit brought their little girl Jennifer. Timmy, Mary Enelow + Dianne, Paul, Mary P. + Peter + I completed the party. Joe showed two films, we saw one of Gary’s – all 3 in color + quite beautiful, played Peter’s commercial tape and my old Day in Court. Interspersed with Peter’s audition tape. Paul told me afterward that my attitude this afternoon almost made him call up everyone + call everything off.
Up fairly early-Mother off to Betty’s. I called the Rumford Travel Service in Concord + got reservations back to L.A. Sunday night at 5 o’clock. Sent off check for $159-drawn on the acct I had for Mary. Hilary got Newcomb’s car filled + then we drove over to Newport. I reknit the ribbing on Peter’s sweater-we discussed the Golden wedding plans. I bought a case of beer + a bottle of old fashioned mix for Daddy. We got a 50¢ parking fine. Came home. Fixed lunch + then Mother showed me how to cable. Got several inches done. Went downtown around 2:30 to shop + saw Peter, Daddy + Newcomb on their way in. Told them my news-kept thinking Peter would come back in town after he took them home. Went to Hardware + First National. Came home + Peter had gone to Alaria to help Newcomb pack. Newcomb had decided to drive right off for Tulsa not even stopping for dinner. Told him about the Golden Wedding plans as thus far evolved + off he went. I fixed dinner. Had a lovely letter from Peter which he’d had to bring back as it had never gone out of the camp. He really had a wonderful time in Canada. Only unfortunate episode had been a scene last night between Daddy + Newcomb about the Enelows-Newcomb called Daddy Pontius Pilate (It was all after several martinis). Hilary came over for a cocktail. Lovely dinner and then I spent most of the evening trying to cheer Daddy up over above mentioned incident. Partially successful I think. I had about 2 beers too many before we went to bed about midnight.
Quite a full day-was up at 7-with Co + Anth + saw them off. Very cold morning. made coffee + spent 2 hours or so copying Tchin-Tchin and then one cleaning up Alaria-not much to do-Brought the garbage home to dump-went to get the mail-large bundle-Some for us but nothing nice except a letter from Elizabeth-Stopped + got the paper + some boxes. Then went to the College Sport Shop + bought a sweater for Lyle’s birthday (very late) + one for Peter + a velour shirt for Mary Parker (yellow like the one she lost) + some turtleneck shirts for myself-Extravagant but I charged them after all we’re going to have that $400. Came home to find Mrs. Randall + her sister had dropped in on their way to Bradford. Complete surprise to Mother. (I hadn’t seen her since Turnky’s graduation.) Fixed soup + sandwich for lunch after they left. Then went through the things put out for the rummage sale. Took alot for Luise 4 blouses-2 silk dresses, a knit suit + 2 knit dresses. Packed them up, packed a box to send to 611 Burlington including some very nice things from Mother-suit, evening dress, etc. Made a pkge of books for Carl + Sue + sent them all off plus Lyle’s pkge. Bought new stamp sheet. marine corps. Stopped to see Betty + Mary [crossed out writing]-bought wool + pattern + needles for a tennis sweater for Peter. Went to Cricenti’s-saw Ruth Woodman. Home + fixed dinner. Made cookies-we went over to Hil’s for a drink. Came home + had very nice dinner but late-7:45 or so. Cleaned up + sat around-I started knitting sweater. Went to bed at 10 o’clock-very tired-
Was up quite early-8 or so-caught up diary and did a little work on Tchin-Tchin. Washed hair + then drove back to the homestead + set it. Dr. Squires talking at church today so didn’t feel obligated to go. Co at the homestead + Hilary + Jim. Mother gave us Sherry when she came back from church: Colby back to Alaria. I fixed the last of Peter’s bouillabaisse for Mother + had scrambled eggs myself. Finished crocheting around the center pane of Peter’s blanket-still need to block it. Jim + Hil came to get me + took me to Concord where Dave Tardiff was having a block party for Jim. Very successful-Mary Bricchi, Mr. + Mrs. Peaseley, Mr. Buffum (a papery old man in his 90s) Bill Gove + wife (he’s running against Rindon (ugh) for state senate, Somebody (Harry?) Roght + wife Gert-those were among the people I spoke most with + thoroughly enjoyed. We went to Mary Bricchi’s house afterward + had a drink + met her sister Conni Cozzi + then met 3 more sisters down the street-the Misses Ethel, Helen + Catherine Cozzi-they were intrigued to know that I’d married “Peter Ames” + I took their names + addresses + promised to send pictures to them. So wish PEter could have been there although I was delighted to that he’s up fishing. We came back via Barn View for a roast beef sandwich + then Jim took me to the house where I changed + had quick visit with Mother before going to Alaria. Scotty had called + said Peter could stay with him New York. I’ll call Drue tomorrow. Came to Alaria + helped clean up a little although most of it was done. Played 2 games of Spite + Malice + then went to bed about 12-
Was up around 10-boys out on the beach + Co still in bed-wrote Diary-still missing a few days (five) but have my lists. Crocheted the 3 lettered squares of Peter’s blanket together-went into town with Co to Kidders where I picked up Newcomb’s car + saw Jimmy there. Drove to the Homestead-Mother at the Patersons for lunch. Found note from Peter written from the Cascade Inn. I miss him. Went over to Barn View + left Lincoln + Anth there. Saw Hilary + sent a telegram to David + Debby from their house with everybody’s name on it-Mother, Daddy, Co + Russell, Hil + Jim etc. etc. Came back to Alaria-hamburgers for lunch. I finally started working on Tchin-Tchin-first scene. Lay on the beach when I did. Absolutely glorious day. We cleaned up the house a bit + got supper ready. Mother arrived at 6 bringing Lincoln + Anth. We had a drink on the porch + then Hilary + Jim appeared bringing daiquiris-Colby may change her mind + go down [crossed out writing] the day after tomorrow. Hil + Jim invited me to go to a party for them by Dave Tardiff in Concord. Leaving at 2 tomorrow. After they left Co + I fixed (!) Sara Lee creamed chicken + water chestnuts for Mother + the boys. A pleasant dinner until the subject came up about a golden wedding party- Mother so against the idea of having the older Enelow children that it’s painful + yet we can’t not invite them. Some rather heated discussion which somehow melted into discussion of Grampie + Grammie’s party. It’s all going to be a hell of alot of work but somehow we’ll do it + do it well. After Mother left Co + I played Spite + Malice.
Didn’t wake up til 11:00-a good 13 hours sleep. Wrote diary-Mother off on a bulldozer to the Sun Dart-fixed lunch. Had letter from Jimmy enclosing information on “Runaway movie production” Seth Lamson came to see Mother after lunch but before that Mother + I went over Mary’s accts-balance of $783 of which $300 is to go into the three younger children’s accts on their birthdays, $83 of which is to go to Mother + the remaining $400.00 of which is for Peter + me. I made protesting sounds but not too long. While Seth was there I went over to Alaria. Stopped at the College Sport Shop + got a very pretty sweater to send to Mary on her birthday. Nobody but Rex at Alaria so I turned around + came home. Met Co + Anth + Lincoln in town. Saw Hilary but didn’t speak as she was zipping by. Came home + fixed dinner for Mother. Very pleasant-worked on squares-Colby over to get me around 8:00-Stayed for a few minutes chat-we looked over some old clothes + what Colby didn’t take I’m going to send to Luise. Agreed to all have dinner together tomorrow night. Got back to the lake + went over to the Rhodebecks. John had fixed stingus-very good-stayed there about an hour or two + then came back + played 2 games of Spite + Malice. Bed around 1:30- Co stayed up to read.
Mother had letters today from Mary + a thank you note from David.
Peter the first up again + I the next-Co + Newcomb had stayed up til 4:30 talking + then Co an extra hour reading. Anthony entertained us. When the others came down we made lists of things to do. Everyone made a bank trip. Co let Peter use her car + we went to the Homestead + borrowed Mother’s typewriter, the bank, Cricenti’s for steaks + salad fixings + then went to Newport where we got Lansing’s bottle, Daddy’s bottle, a fifth each final 1/2 gallon for Alaria through the week. Got back to Alaria about 2 o’clock. Hilary there with turkey + bread + butter + we made lovely sandwiches. Got the steak, salad + garlic bread ready so there was nothing to do but laze around on the beach or on a cot. Peter not feeling very well-it’s been a very gay [crossed out writing] sojourn so far. Mother + Daddy over at 6-had a drink + the food was on the table at 6:30-we played a few hands of Oh Shucks afterward. When Mother + Daddy left we went back tot he poker table. Peter felt sick + went up to bed after one hand. This night I won about $20. Colby the heavy loser. Joined Peter about 2:30-
We all slept late-Peter the first up and about preparing his bouillabaisse and then out on the beach-he got Anthony breakfast. I went over his chits with him to see how much he’d won + discovered one for $17.66 from me which I’d forgotten all about. Newcomb went over to town. Peter rigged up a light in the dining room. I went over to the Rhodebecks + called the Lutges to say we couldn’t make it for drinks this afternoon. Talked with the Rev. + felt a little guilty. Called Mother + asked them to come around 6:30 or a little later. Some sights about “city life”-etc. etc. Asked Newcomb to pick up Ice. Everyone arrived-Mother + Daddy, Hil + Jim + Newcomb about the same time. Lorna + John invited but poor John on an ulcer diet so had to eat beforehand. Party a great + glorious success. The bouillabaisse never better + Hilary brought corn which added immensely. Everyone had a good time. Newcomb darted off into the night to get a bottle from Daddy’s store as we were running out. Only Daddy was at all restless because there was a game on TV at home. He looked hopefully into the dining room at one time as Mother looked tired + said “Are you all right, Toos?” But then she perked up + he said “Oh Christ-she’s fine” + went out on the porch. They left about 9:30 and Jim + Hil stayed another couple of hours. Then we played poker again but we were all tired + put a time limit on it-Peter + I went to bed about 1:30-Co + Newcomb stayed up. We got an envelope of mail from Mary + Paul-mostly bills-I1 residual for Peter ($14.00).