I woke around 4 + [crossed out word] woke Dick who was now on the floor. He came to bed + was very sore + stiff. Had to get up only a little while later but did take coffee + vitamins + half a roll. He told me to go back to bed and I did + slept soundly til 10:30. Vacuumed a little. The dogs both bear scars from their stay with Rusty. I watered the lawn, made bed + cleaned up. Mr. Grayson called yesterday after I’d left + said the moving van had cracked the “sidewalk” – After Dick came home we went out + looked at it. Doubt if it’s worth much but we’ll see. It’s by no means a necessary sidewalk! We christened the new house by making love and I suddenly realized Dick was very feverish. He got chills while he was pouring sweat + I covered him up with an afghan + read to him. About 8:30 or so I guess he passed the peak. I fixed TV dinners for us + Dick managed the soup + dessert. We came back home + he had a temp. still of 101.2°. Got him some juice + put him to bed + joined him. Think it must be a touch of flu. Which would account for his sudden collapse last night. But definitely felt the worst of it was over.
Didn’t feel so hot. Wrote diary + cleaned up kitchen. Called Izzy and we had a really good chat. She’ll come visit us in early May – Was glad I’d finally gotten around to calling. Finished Portnoy’s Complaint. Futzed about. no mail. Started Louis’ book, World of Profit. Dick home around 1 o’clock. Made us Roast beef sandwiches While I bathed + then we took a long nap. Went out to pick up my car + then decided to leave it to tomorrow as I still didn’t feel great. We went to the Golden Steer for dinner. What a frost. Prices too high for very mediocre food + no service at all. The waiters were perfectly nice but there were two to about 40 people. Stopped at the 7-11 on the way home for a few essentials and a non-essential bottle of wine. I read a little Thurber + a little Philip Roth to Dick. We went to bed around midnight. Sue called to say she’d be in at 5:15 on Weds. Told her that Mary had said she might come up + Sue said “if she does I’m going to turn around + come back here” Also told me that Les had called Allen + Sheila to tell them to tell Margaret his father had died. They wanted to know from Sue what was happening to Les? – Good question I guess Sue feels somebody should put Mary in a hospital. Only problem is who + how. If I am pregnant that will surely set her off again.
Up at 7 am. Diary. fixed grapefruits for the day. looked over script. Called Bess to change appt. to Sat. Woke Winnie at 7:30. She came down + had breakfast but had painful back sunburn so we decided to change her appt. too + she went back to bed. I called Peggy Pope to see about coming to lunch at Studio City with Winnie on Monday. She’s going to be in San Francisco alas and then is going back to New York in ten days. Rae arrived just as I was leaving and I gave her some more poems and the first half of the novella. Forgot to say goodbye to Winnie as I was late starting. Got to Studio City at 11:00. Ready to go at 11:45. Lunch at 1:30. Ate with Sarah Selby + were joined by Joan Thomkins and then Fred de Cordova. (Gee I like him). So glad to get to know Joan T. at long last. We have an enormous list of mutual friends from Hal Gould to Ben Wright to Lyle to Florida Trubus + on + on. Teary unexpected moment at lunch about divorce. Afternoon dragged on. Two makeup brushups but didn’t work. At 4:30 they told Bill Demarest + me to go home – they decided to cut that scene. (I have no lines in it) Saw Ed Hartman + Virginia Martindale + both said yesterdays rushes look good. Betty Lamm stopped by + I promised to call her. Came home by way of Safeway, bought lovely steak. Timmy had called – he’s back – Oh dear oh dear. Tried to tell him how busy I am. Winnie getting Tonsillitis again. She’s been supposed to have a tonsillectomy + wants to have it here. Called Doug + have appt for tomorrow. We wrote Mather letters + I showed Winnie mine so it wouldn’t be in conflict. Then discovered after we’d mailed them that she’d told Mather she had tonsillitis again + wanted a tonsillectomy while I’d written she was fine. I was pretty annoyed. Mary Parker went with us to see Rosemary’s Baby – good film. Discovered while waiting inline in Westwood that Winnie had left front door unlocked. Oh Lord – Nobody robbed the house + this too shall pass.