Did nothing all day – Lay in bed with Sunday papers, made love, watched television finished a biography of Thomas Wolfe. Colby + Russell called + we had a nice chat. We called Daddy + spoke with Hilary. Everyone agreed that Mary belongs in the hospital. So where does one go from there? Leon called + we spoke with him – lunch tuesday. Whee. Armando + Anna’s friend Nelda here for the day + tonight. Anna made lunch but we hadn’t expected it + had already eaten. Armando cleaned up the yard. And this is supposed to be their day off. We went to the Flite deck for a light dinner. Came home via the Safeway (the dime machine was up to $957!) and had a few drinks + went to bed.
122 3/4 lb
Dick passed his exam!
Day devoted to knitting. In A.M. finished fringe on Vanessa’s scarf + washed + blocked it. Quite pretty. Put together child Haven blanket. Went to Gloria M’s + had lost 1 1/4 lbs. Bought groceries + came home. Took a nap like a dead thing and then crocheted double border around blanket. Dick home at 2:30 as John is sick + they’ve got to replan the display pool before cutting. Bill from Dr. Gelfand in N.Y. for Bill Wellborne $75.00 which seems very reasonable. Washed + blocked baby blanket. Dick called the contractor’s board at 3:45 + Glory to God – he passed the exam. So pleased + proud of him. Phone rang minutes later + it was Co + Russell to say they’d had a good time (!!) and are dying to come back. Also – Russell just got a $2,000.00 raise. Oh Boy! What a good day all around. I worked on my dice sock – Marion Ryder truly a diamond in the rough – arrived about 5:30 with the pump – a white vision (looks like a mobile Fannie Farmer’s candy kitchen). He had about 6 drinks at the house. Dick since he’d come home was about even + then we went to the Holiday Inn for dinner before dropping him off at the Sahara. We were home a little before 10 o’clock. Had a nightcap (I had 4 drinks over the evening) + went to bed. Tomorrow Dick + Denny learn the pump.
Up at 6:30 – Dick not here. Pottered about wondering what to do. Called showboat at 7:30 – not registered. Called shop. No answer. Denny over at 8:45 – no key. Called shop again a little after 8. Dick answered, heard my voice + hung up. Russell suggested I write him a note which I did. We all had breakfast + then drove down to the shop. Russell went in to say good bye + gave Dick my note. Dick said he’d call me later. Co + R + I went to Circus Circus + then to the bank where they cashed a check for Russell. Picked up the Ford + [crossed out letter] came back here. Russell packed. Co + I played a little spite and malice. Went to the airport a little after noon. Had nice lunch + then played some slot machines. Thank God Both C + R won at last. Saw them off at 3 o’clock + hated to see them go. Came back via Stop’n’go. No word from Dick. I lay down + read + he came in about 4:30 + said “shall we just forget the whole thing?” I’m afraid that’s the catch phrase alot of the time but I agreed. We discussed trip to L.A. tomorrow + then the guy from Challenge Cook Bros. called + said they’d deliver the pump + save Dick + John $750 state sales tax. So we decided to fly to L.A. Got reservations. Dick went to see John + we called Denny + Wendy Had Chinese TV dinners + went to bed at 9 o’clock. Exhausted.
Slept all day. Russell woke me about 4:30 or 5 with coffee. Dick home. He’d thought we were “in jail” when we hadn’t come home at 6 o’clock this am. Seemed an unusual assumption. Russell took the Ford to get some groceries. Dick asked Jack + Joyce over + Danny + Margie for a drink. We were having clamdiggers – Dick called a cab + ordered more vodka. Everything fine until he told me he’d talked with Jimmy. I got upset. He told me that he’d merely called for “an opinion” + that Jimmy had said he thought Congressional interference from outside would do Dick more harm than good. I agree of course but I felt bothering Jimmy was very wrong. Dick then said I’d been willing to do it for Bill Wellborne – I said I didn’t think a grave and a license were the same + he asked me if I cared more about Bill than I did about him. That seemed so out of left field + so [crossed out letter] unrealistic that I answered very snottily that I’d known Bill alot longer than I had him. Whereupon Dick walked out. Russell back in a cab as the damn ford had broken down again (“battery low – new relay!!”) Other cab came with vodka + J + J + Danny + Margie all arrived almost simultaneously Jack told me he’d been against Dick calling Jimmy just on general principles Oh Blah Blah. Had pleasant time (except I was crushed) + they left. We had steaks + salad + baked potatos [potatoes]. Dick called to invite Russell to a poker game at the Showboat hotel – “Room – 223” – First Russell said okay then he called back + said the VW wouldn’t start. Put me on the phone + Dick hung up. We were all tired + went to bed. I read for a bit + had the phone by my pillow but it didn’t ring. What an incredible picture Russell + Co must have. Oh hell.
[crossed out words] Denny at the house at 8 – Told him I planned to keep Dick in bed til he slept it off – Denny told me he was supposed to be taking the exam today God! Called in + said he had to go out of town. Then discovered he’d called them yesterday + asked to take it today. Postponed til next Tuesday. Gave Dick strawberries + sherbet + a little later some ovaltine. Went to the bank with Coco + over to the Blvd. She got some nice things at the B’way + we walked through the mall. Stopped at B. Dalton’s to see Elaine but she was on phone – chaos reigning here. Home by noon. Little by little got Dick up. I’d talked with Murray Levine whom he was supposed to meet at 8 and some other people. Russell went with him to the shop about 1:30 – Co lay in the Sun and I lay indoors + read an Agatha Christie that Annie sent me. We played a couple of games of Spite + malice + then bathed + got all dressed up – in long skirts – I loved it!!! Dick + Russell back at 6 or so having put in a very constructive day. So happy – We went to the Sahara Don the Beachcomber’s first for a mai-tai and hors d’oeuvres + then to see Flip Wilson. Great show. After Dick said he was going to go home + go to bed + for us to stay. He was in good shape so I agreed + stayed with Co + Russell. We went wild – gambled like crazy + then went to the Hacienda Spent $450. Dick called me there at [crossed out words] 6:30 (from the Sahara) So I decided no point in our getting back to see him off. We came home at about 10 am – quite drunk + broke –
Scotty called us in the morning – asked him to our party tonight. Spoke with Drue. We’d changed time til 9:00 Made more sense Drue + Dick are giving us the tickets last night for a wedding present. We went up to Chemical Bank (NO more N.Y. Trust in the name!) + met Lester + Julia + had a quick look around. Went over to Sardis for a very gay lunch with 3 bloody Mary’s for me + 3 martinis for Dick. Everything had gone so well that I told Lester to invite Julia I’d originally said no while we were still in Vegas + Dick was up tight about meeting people. Julia is handling my acct. now. She’s a gay pleasant person + seems extraordinarily with it. Lester’s dachshund [crossed out word] is named Herman + that clinched it with him + Dick. His dog is about to be a father + we’ve been offered a puppy. At the moment we’re taking it. Next stop Bank of N.Y. at 2:45 to cash a check Went to see Jim Fleming who promptly took us over to the Algonquin + bought us 2 more drinks. Then at 4:30 back to the Chelsea where we started inviting people. Co + Russell Eddy + Amelia, Drue + Dick. Mary Parker + friend (named Polly Ferguson). Mary + Saul. (They came although Mary was going into the hospital tomorrow for induced labor with second baby!) Scotty + Harriet. Harold couldn’t come. Nor Lester + I couldn’t reach Peggy Pope. Dick was helpfully pouring bourbon the while I called! We went out at 8:15 to get the liquor + snacks + glasses – etc. for the party. No time to eat dinner. Talk about dumb! All the above mentioned appeared. Dick was absent for an hour or so. Went to get the car + planned to drive to Philadelphia + “get that over with.” Thank God he changed his mind + “went into a bar to sober up.” Thank God They wouldn’t serve him so he came weaving back midway into the party. Having missed Russell in White Nehru Jacket + beads who’d been combing the local bars with Eddy as support in search of the missing guest of honor. Drue + Dick had taken a nap + almost missed the party. Arrived when Scotty did at midnight. Harriet there in plaid trimmed dark glasses upset by her face lifting but from what I remember she looked great. Mary Parker sat on Dick’s lap + I got furious. Scotty got very drunk + chased Polly F. into the closet. Mary + Polly left soon after. Dick dozing through alot. Eddy + Amelia, Dick + Drue + Scotty the last to leave but much of this is later information
David stopped by to say goodbye –
Sent off a package of stuff to Las Vegas that we won’t be needing plus presents. Daddy joined us for breakfast. Hilary told me yesterday that he was delighted with Dick + I was so happy. Hated to say good bye to Daddy. Dear, dear Daddy. His book incidentally is in its final stages + we saw the end papers + lay out + binding + I think it’s going to be lovely. We drove down the Vermont side. Pouring rain after we left N.H. We got to Simsbury at 1:10 + Cotton looking just darling was ready in minutes. Off to Farmington where Winnie was waiting outside Main. She looks awfully well + I’m delighted She’s so happy there. We went to The Corner House for a heavenly lunch. The girls so cute. They had shrimp cocktails + oysters (4 between them) while we had a couple of bloody Mary’s + then they had steaks + I had fish + I forget Dick’s choice. We gave them each $5 after lunch. Certainly 2 easier to please children would be hard to find. We left Winnie first as she had to be back by 3 + then took Cotton back to Ethel Walkers. The drive down to Riverdale was really hairy because of the rain. We got there about 6 o’clock (Had a couple of drinks + then Russell went out for Chinese food. Anthony wasn’t his usual sunny self + I was sorry as I wanted Dick to meet him at his best. Jessie going through all the agony of being accepted at College. Syracuse has accepted her but now she doesn’t want to go. Co + Russell as always welcoming + easy to be with. We played Poker + Dick + I lost as the evening waxed on. But it was alot gayer than when Colby was losing at the beginning. Late drunk evening.
Day of quite awful hangover – helped by another heavenly day – sharp, clear beautiful. In the morning went over to see the Condicts- not there. Saw Eleanor Cochran + went to Hilary’s. Daddy took Hil + me t o the Edgewood for lunch. Then Hilary + I went over + watered the little pine tree on Mother’s grave + visited “Uncle George” – brief and pretty grotesque. Mrs. Colby his housekeeper props him up like a dummy. His mind is clear as ever but it’s all a little macabre. Back to the house. Hilary wired flowers to Mary from all of us for her birthday + for her party. Lincoln came over in the afternoon and we looked over some of Jimmy’s coins. Some very valuable ones actually. Fun. I gave Linc the two coin books. Daddy + I went over to putt with Mr. Best + his sister Mrs Bryant they won $1.40 from us. Then to Barn View for a drink. Got back to the homestead to find Mary had called. Ethel said (to me) that she was crying because Mother wasn’t here to telephone her. I don’t blame her + feel the same way but Daddy wanted me to listen in when he called her back + I got rather annoyed at her weeping + telling Daddy how it hit her that she wasn’t going to get a call from Mother. She’d be able to bear the grief a little better if she thought of Daddy. She sounded all keyed up + kept calling Daddy “lover” + “sweetheart” etc. Oh Ugh. After dinner we called Co + Russell + Colby said she’d had a “great” telephone call from Mary + she thinks Mary is going to be just fine. So there one is. Cotton + Hil came over very briefly around 9 o’clock. Went over the safe with Hil. Everything has to be left til the appraisers look it all over. Bed at ten o’clock. Exhausted. But read a really good mystery until I finished it at one o’clock. “Blind girls Bluff” –
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.
Let Winnie sleep til 11 o’clock when she woke up by herself. Wrote long letter to Mather + Marilou about Farmington. Also suggested Winnie and they come out to visit in California. Wrote Betty Lamm. Called Mather to say Winnie was coming home on the 3:15 bus. He + Marilou spoke to Daddy. Jess + Winnie here for lunch. Daddy took Winnie to the bus on his way North to meet Jimmy. Will be gone til next Saturday. I called Ken Zwicker without luck. Anthony over + we read to page 115. Peter called + evidently Mary has gone around the bend completely. James had called Peter because Mary had called him + said that Daddy had died + she had to come back here. Peter called Mary + [crossed out letter] she told him that there had been an assassination attempt on Jim + that she’d been robbed. [croosed out words] He called Thomsen who said that Mary had an appt. this afternoon + he was going to try to put her in the hospital Peter said he’d call me tomorrow. He’d called in the first place because he didn’t know if there was any truth in it or not. Took Anth over to Barn View and had a drink with Hilary. Came back + had dinner in the kitchen with Ethel. Daddy wants me to tell her he likes to be alone + I’m trying to find tactful ways to do it. Don’t know if I succeeded tonight or not. Co + Russell + the Rhodebecks came over I took Mother’s car [crossed out letters] to Alaria. Drove with Colby who went on a sudden crying jag. Thought she’d given Mother so much trouble. I told her she was Mother’s favorite + dearest which is true. We watched old movies that John + Russell were splicing. I caught up with four beers. Came home + stopped at the cemetary. Dark, Dark, Dark but I found the stone. Mary had sent flowers with a card saying I love you. More than we’ve done.
Overslept, but made it down a little after 9. Got breakfast out of the way- bathed + dressed + off to church. New minister-candidate- Rev. Thurston. Young + quite zippy. Back to the house for the donkey. Olga Skow + Cissie Booth, Judy + Ed Condict, Penny, Lorna + John + all of us. Gay party + good time had by all except poor little Eddie Condict who was hit on the head by a swing. Daddy + I had pork chops + turnip greens in front of the TV set. Red Sox + Angels playing a double header. They were winning 12-0 when we went down to the Parish House to a reception for Rev. + Mrs. Thurston. Saw Fred + Alex Denny whom Daddy invited to lunch with us tomorrow. We left + got back in time for the 8th + 9th innings – final score 12-2 (I think). I went upstairs to take a nap. Marilou called + wanted to know when I planned to take Winifred to Farmington. I told her I’d call the school tomorrow + then call her. After nap came down + the Red Sox were losing the 2nd game 8-0. I sat down to listen and the Sox got a run then six more + then tied it up. They got the winning run in the 8th + the Angels cost another 9-8. “The Cardiac Kids” was one sports caster’s description of the Red Sox + it’s very apt. Anth had supper here + then went to “Funny Girl” – Daddy + I had scrambled eggs + the rest of the turnip greens. I went over to Alaria about 9 o’clock – drank + told stories then later just talked with Co + Russell. Peter had said so many things to them – such as that he never wanted children but just told me he did as he wanted to get married. In a way that’s touching but why can’t he talk to me.
Up early. Miltown. Called Arthur re donkey tomorrow. Talked with Mrs. Merrill about Ethel’s coming. We’ll keep Mrs. Merrill about 3 days a week to clean I guess. Made a list for Daddy of all the childrens’ + grandchildrens’ birthdays. Went shopping for dinner at Cricenti’s. Wrote 5 letters of acknowledgement for contributions. The new list has come in + the total is almost $3100.00 which is heartwarming. Went to the College Sport Shop + paid my bill + went to see Mary Haddad about the Gold Bond stamp center. We’ve picked out a good looking transistor radio. Co + Russell + [crossed out word] played the Pogues for the tournament + they won 6-0-6-1. Daddy watched. We had open sandwiches + salad in front of the TV set as the Red Sox – Angels were playing. Went back to Cricenti’s as Co + Russell could come for dinner. Made stuffed ham slices – Rushing in + out between innings. Anthony came to work at 4:30 – and we had a rather desultory session until 5:45. The game was won by the Red Sox 12-11 or something like it + 12 pitchers were used by the two teams. Newcomb called up as he’d been watching it too. Daddy kept saying he was exhausted by it + I think he was. We had dinner about 7:15 or so. Very good – all cleaned up in no time. Daddy went out to sit under the elm. Russell went with him with coffee. Co + I played Spite and Malice. Russell put some more name plates on pictures. I provided the evenings excitement by locking myself in the bathroom. The door sticks + daddy had to give it a mighty kick. Hil + Jim came over. Daddy went to bed. Co stayed on when the others left + we talked + played cards + I lost $1.25. Bed late.
Russell over in the morning – Had long informative letter from Peter. Evidently Mary got Thomsen to look up Dr. Brooks. She really kills me. I went to the Studio + bought a large notebook for Anth and some pens. Also a couple of cards. The summer is wearing on. We had clam chowder for lunch. The Allisons and Marjorie Taylor came over after lunch. Were quite brusque. I think they feel a faint guilt for not coming to the Golden Wedding. They didn’t stay too long. Anthony appeared with Russell about 3:45 and we worked for a little over an hour. Only got through about 9 pages. He reads aloud well but his vocabulary is such that his comprehension is under par. Russell + Daddy + I putted with Sam Best. Anthony sat with Eva who is very frail. I did better than I ever have before. Came back + had a drink. I fixed hamburgers + beans for dinner + corn on the cob. We watched the Red Sox play Detroit – they won! Whee! and then went for a walk. I stopped in at the Cochrans + Carl Cochran came over + talked with Daddy. Must have had more to drink than I realized as I was profoundly depressed when I came home. Mary looms so grimly in Los Angeles. She is capable of doing such harm. I really can’t cope and in our present circumstances with Peter having difficulties it just seems like it’s all so impossible. I was so sorry for myself + cried + cried. [crossed out letters] Very helpful.
Up about 8:40 – Breakfast – made calls – Express Co. in Claremont about pkges. Jimmy Moreland, Mr. Best, Mrs. Dewey to accept Bradley Dewey’s 80th Birthday party invite. Daddy went to the Rowe’s for berries. I washed my hair + then we went with Sam Best to the Senior Citizens’ Lunch – barbecued chicken again. But very pleasant. And a good time. Sat with the Anthonys. Saw alot of people. Sam Best a bit of a pincher, patter + prodder. Home at 2 – I went to the Village Studio for envelopes + to Cricentis – saw Joan Lyons. Picked up Marilou’s pkge at Kidders as she + Mather were coming through here this afternoon. Daddy went to watch Russell + Jack Stow play tennis. I paid Dr. Richman’s bill, cancelled Mother’s Reader’s Digest acct, called Pinecraft, sent the Am. Legion mag. to Peter and the book on Appamattox from Daddy. Wrote a thankyou letter for a contribution. Mather, Marilou, Winifred + her cousin Mary Ellen all arrived at 5:30. Had ice tea + a short visit and then left about six. Daddy + I went over to Barn View for dinner. Co + Russell + all the children there. New baby corn. Delicious. Back here at 8:15 to discuss the Parish House fund with Jim Moreland. He + Daddy seem of the same mind on everything. Penny came over and at 9 o’clock she, Daddy + I watched “Lilies of the Field” on TV. Just as charming as it ever was + Daddy loved it – without even a beer. Felt it was a great success. Penny + I chatted afterward for about an hour. Peter called this morning and said when I told him about Mary’s dig that he was going to “flatten” her. Somebody ought to.
Up about 7 o’clock – breakfast. Hilary over at 9 she went down to the Commons to pick up cartons which were littering the ground. Co over about 9:45. Eleanor came + took out all the needlework material + wool. Seemed to know who could use each bit which was comforting. I helped Russell who wrapped + tied up up all the boxes – three (one hat box) for Mary, + one each for Marilou, Anne + myself. I just addressed them. Colby took three down to Bill Kidder’s + [crossed out letter] Russell took the other three. I tried to call the express people in Claremont but only got a recording. We really got things looking pretty well. Mrs. Merrill cleaned out the bedroom + Jim took everything down to the dump. I changed + waited for Daddy who didn’t come. Then a phone call + he was waiting for me at the Edgewood. Met him there for lunch. He’d had a good time in Bennington but was glad to be back. We had a drink + then beer with lunch + after we got back I took a lengthy nap. Up about 5 o’clock. Daddy wanted a light dinner so I didn’t go to Cricentis but used up Sunday’s steak for sandwiches. We had our drinks + sandwiches + watched the news and then read a chapter of Marian (not Mabel) Laurence Peabody’s book. Then a football game which means nothing to me. I called Penny who came over + was impressively knowledgeable. She left about eleven o’clock. Mary called the house by mistake – She was trying to reach “Mrs. Hilary Cleveland” – that was at 9:45 and Hilary’s phone was busy from then on. I should have realized she’d taken it off the hook but didn’t. After about 5 beers + Daddy’s going to bed I tried to call Peter. Couldn’t get him. Called Mary to say her clothes had been sent + to lay off the phone calls. She got very snotty + said I should be back to “look after my husband” – What a bitch. Bed around one.