Monday, May 2, 2016

October 12, 1975 The Hectic Week, The Trips & Gardens, The Flag Program, The Good Gingerbread and The Baby Quilt

Dear Mother,

"This will be late probably, for it didn't get written yesterday as I've been trying to do. This week has been hectic. There has been so much going on. Our book club met Monday morning and I gave the review. Then I went to the opening luncheon of Travel Club. I'm program chairman for that group but we didn't have a planned program for this first meeting.

The women told what they had done this summer and most of them had taken trips but some talked about their gardens.

On Tuesday I went over to the University Art Gallery to talk with the director about the quilt show. That is going to be a lot of work but it should be very nice. I've been on the phone every free minute since the meeting asking women to help with it. Only one said she wasn't interested but offered to make phone calls for me.

On Thursday I gave my program on the flag for As You Like It. Everyone enjoyed it. The hostess served gingerbread and it tasted so good. I don't know when I made gingerbread last.

Today is homecoming and we went to see the parade early this morning. That was real nice. We've been running errands the rest of the day and are going to a potluck supper in a few minutes. I'm taking rolls & relishes but I bought the rolls. I am taking a loaf of homemade brown bread, though.

Bob & Pat are in Williamsburg this weekend. It is homecoming at Wm & Mary and this is the first time they have been back since graduation. Pat's mother has been visiting them so she was going, too.

Pat is taking sewing lessons but doesn't like it. Bob said she's making a maternity outfit and he just hoped she got it done in time to wear it.

I worked a little more on the baby quilt this week. It is going to be pretty big but will be useful longer than a little one, I guess. I'm piecing the border now. It is a vine and I have to look at the design constantly or it doesn't come out right.

The weather is simple wonderful. I don't remember the trees being more beautiful and all changed color at one time. Our yard is full of leaves and I think they'll all be off the trees soon.

Our minister seems all right. He's very different from the last one and I guess it will take us a while to get used to him. We had a church board meeting Wednesday and he gave us a typed sheet of things he'd done his first week. It was pretty full.

I don't see any time when we can come this fall. There aren't any long weekends coming up. Ann & Bob are wishing they could come home but they don't have any time either. She has another piano student--a blind girl from Woodhaven. The girl's parents sent her a piano for her room so she could take lessons. Ann says she does pretty well.

It is almost time to go to supper so I must stop. Hope you are fine."



Sunday, May 1, 2016

October 4, 1975 The Beautiful Morning, The Good Frost, The Finished Dresses, The Art Gallery and The Growing Balloon

Dear Mother,

"It is such a beautiful morning. We just finished breakfast and plan to work in the yard today. There are iris and ferns I want to move away from the foundation before the men start working on the waterproofing. He said they'd come in a week or so and we want to be ready. There are two big evergreens they will lift out and set back for us. I don't know whether they will survive or not but the man said they'd do this for us.

We have had a good frost this week and the leaves are beautiful. I'd like to take a ride around the lake before they are all fallen. I couldn't stand to see my white geranium freeze so I dug it up and potted it. It is so big it wilted right away but looks now as if it will live. My flower pots look pretty bad but I may take the paint brush to them like you always did. I used a wire brush on them but it didn't help.

I finally finished my dresses this week except for getting a belt buckle for one.

I had my hair cut Wednesday then spent all morning yesterday giving myself a permanent. I'm terribly slow about it and the woman had cut the bottom row so short I had a time rolling that up. It looks fine, though, and is certainly as good as I can get at the beauty shop.

The director of the art gallery at the university called me this week and we're going to start planning the quilt show next Tuesday. I haven't any idea how we'll go about it.

Bob called one evening this week. He was at the lab--said he'd been to a class and stopped to check on something before he went home. The doctors (older) there have classes on different topics which others want to learn about. Bob is taking two but I don't even know what they are about. I wouldn't understand anyway. I don't even understand his research even if he tells me but it does concern viruses. He said Patty was fine and growing like a "balloon". That was the way he said it.

We haven't heard from Ann but I know she is swamped with work. She said it is not hard and real interesting but lots of it.

I wish we could bring your little radio but I haven't any idea when we can come again. B says it costs practically nothing to run that little radio so you aren't saving anything by not having it.

Why don't you take apples off the tree if you can reach them? They would be better than the ones that fall and you aren't going to use all of them anyway. There is no use in picking up off the ground if you don't have to.

Our new minister is here but I haven't seen him. He'll preach his first sermon tomorrow. He wants to meet with the deacons at 9:00 so B will have to go to church early and then there is to be a coffee after church. I hate those coffees right at dinner time but lots of people like them. I don't know whether we'll go or not.

Next week is so full I dread it but I guess it will be o.k. I give a book review and a program. I'm trying to get my program out of the way early so I'll have time for the quilt project.

Hope you are fine and that you are enjoying beautiful weather."



Saturday, April 30, 2016

September 26, 1975 The Indian Summer, The Knitting Group, The Big Time, The Patty Hearst Mess and The Truman Movie

Dear Mother,

"This has been a busy week but there really isn't much news. It is still cold even if the sun is bright so maybe we aren't going to have Indian Summer at all. Every few days we talk about building a fire in the fireplace but haven't done it yet. We still have wood left from last winter but will probably have to get more before winter is over. We used the fireplace a lot last year.

We had a letter from Ann and I guess they are really busy but she does like her work. Their landlord put a coin operated washer & dryer in the duplex so they don't have to take their laundry someplace else to do it. That saves a lot of time besides it being such a nuisance to do.

Our knitting group met Monday night. I'm still working on a needlepoint piece but I want to start on the quilt blocks one of these days. I want to do one at home before I try working on it in a crowd. It is hard to concentrate when everyone is chattering.

It sounds as if you had a big time while Aunt Jane was there. I'll bet you were tired but know you enjoyed every minute of it. I had a nice long letter from Bessie & she told me what a nice time all of you had at Beulah's.

I did get the short letter you wrote while Aunt Jane was there. I hadn't worried because I knew why you hadn't written.

The Patty Hearst mess goes on and on, doesn't it? It probably will be years but I don't believe she should be out on bail. If she is as mixed up as they claim, she'd soon be hiding again. I do feel sorry for her parents. This has been awful for them.

Our As You Like It Club had its first fall meeting yesterday. We each took a salad and had lunch together. I took a bowl of melon balls. Melons are just about gone but we had a watermelon so I thought that would taste good. It takes us a long time to eat a whole one.

The program was a book review about schools in 1776 and was real interesting. My program on the flag will be the next one in two weeks but I have it ready.

B was invited to a fraternity house for supper last night and got home so early we went to a movie.  It was the movie about Harry Truman and I'm sure you've read about it. It started as a stage production-one man acting as Harry Truman--and then it was filmed for movies. It was really good. We need another Harry Truman right now.

We finally found a man to talk about waterproofing the basement. It will cost about $2500. but I guess we'll have to get it done. It is a big and messy job so our yard will be ugly all winter. They will dig around the house and lay new tiles and do some special coating on the foundation. He said the dirt would all be put back but it would settle for months so we can't do any planting until Spring. I dread the mess but will be so glad to get it fixed.

I want B to mail this so I'd better finish it. Hope you are fine."



NOTE: Watch of bit of the Truman film here.

Friday, April 29, 2016

September 19, 1975 The Chilly Weather, The Slow Work, The Fireworks Display, The Little Squash and The Laundry

Dear Mother,

"Your letter hasn't come this week but I hear you have company. B's mom wrote that Aunt Jane was with you and I'm so glad. I hope she can stay awhile.

It is raining but warm today. We have had some real chilly weather and a frost threat. It didn't happen but I brought my plants all indoors so my dining room looks like a garden. Some things are still blooming and I'd sure like to keep them going.

When we cleaned the basement we found a nice redwood board Bob had left over long ago when he was building bookshelves. B cut it in half and put casters on the pieces. I put Deft on them and they look real nice with plants on them. I still have the two round ones Daddy made for me and use them constantly.

I've been piecing the border for the little quilt I'm making Patty but it sure is slow work. The pieces are so tiny. The quilt is going to be a large crib size when it is done so you couldn't call it a baby quilt like the one Beulah is making.

The University started its Bicentennial celebration last Saturday night with a fireworks display. It was the most beautiful one I think I ever saw. The first thing was a flag (in fireworks) that was lit while the crowd sang "The Star Spangled Banner". Every ballgame is started with the song but the fireworks added a lot.

You may have trouble reading this for I don't have my glasses on and can't put them on while I have my hair in curlers.

We are going to a dinner tonight and my first club meeting for the year is next Thursday.

Bob called this week to say they were home from their trip to Hatteras. He said it was beautiful there now and I knew it would be.

Polly called us last night just to talk a while. She had talked to Ann and plans to go see her some weekend I think. She works at the hospital here in Normal.

I baked the little squash you gave me and it was very good. They take a long time to cook though.

Aren't you glad that Patty Hearst is finally in custody? I was so afraid she'd be caught in a shoot-out and be killed. Her parents have suffered so much and now they seem so happy to just have her alive. The girls' actions are beyond my imagination but I'm glad she's been caught.

I've started some laundry so I'd better see about that. Hope the weather is nice and that you are fine."



NOTE: If you need to refresh your memory about the Patty Hearst ordeal, take a look.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

September 13, 1975 The Flying Trip, The Beautiful Day, The Tomato Crop, The School Affairs and The Annual Bazaar

Dear Mother,

"My letter of last week made a flying trip, didn't it? You can never tell how long it will take.

It is a perfectly beautiful day but real cool and frost is predicted for tonight. I've brought some of my plants in and may bring the geraniums in later. I can't believe that it will frost so early but we've been warned. Summer seems to be ending so fast.

I had intended to can some tomatoes in the jars I brought back and got them all washed but the tomato crop is over except for a few to slice and they are getting scarce. The man we buy from has only a few more. I'm still working on the apples. They sure make good pies.

School affairs have started now so I don't have much free time now. There was a tea Tuesday and we're going to the opening football game tomorrow night.

B & I have worked in the basement several times and finally have the furnace room all cleaned up. It won't take long to do the recreation room because I did that in the spring.

I finally finished up the dress I was working on but haven't worn it and may not get to this fall if it turns cold in a hurry.

Bob and Pat are spending this week at Cape Hatteras. I know they are having a wonderful time. It should be very pretty there now. Things are still real green here but if it does frost the leaves will turn in a hurry.

I had a letter from Ann this week and they are both busy at school again. She really likes her work. Bob has one class this year. He wasn't supposed to have any but a new dean had notions of his own.

The annual bazaar at the shopping center is on this weekend. Our church has a booth so everyone is expected to make something. I made some candles and some felt bookmarks. I don't like bazaars and I don't like to work in them so I didn't volunteer to work. I took my stuff out this morning and there was all sorts of handwork but I didn't buy anything and didn't even look very much.

We are having company for supper tonight so I'd better get busy. Hope your weather is nice like ours."



NOTE: The August letters are missing, but making big news during the summer of '75 was "Jaws".

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

September 5, 1975 The Ringing Phone, The Apple Pies, The New Noises, The Knitting Group and Supper Time

Dear Mother,

"It has been a busy week and it seems just like fall--cooler and cloudy. I've been peeling apples this week--or trying to but the phone started ringing before we'd been home 30 minutes. Tuesday morning I had to go to a coffee and then drove for HELP in the afternoon. I had made excuses all summer so couldn't refuse this time. I'm not too keen on coffees when there are things I'd like to get done.

Anyway, I made some pies and have lots of apples left. In between, I've been trying to finish a dress and have it ready to hem. It's a summer dress so I won't get to wear it much now unless the weather turns hot again.

Bob K. and a friend stopped Wednesday morning for some lunch. They were on their way home from Chicago so didn't stay long. Bob wanted to get home in time to pick Ann up at school.

I wrote to Buddy and explained about Sunday. It was about time I wrote to them and I wrote to Beulah, too. I'd had a letter from her not long ago and hadn't answered it.

We enjoyed being home and seeing everyone but the time sure goes fast.

You are probably hearing insects outside when you think you're hearing water. This is the time of year when the bugs begin to sing and there are all sort of new noises. I'm sure you aren't hearing water so don't worry about it.

We have started to clean the basement. What a mess! We have old cans of paint and lots of useless junk to throw away. I save boxes and always accumulate too many.

I have to be hostess to a knitting group of faculty women next Monday evening and have to serve some sort of dessert. B keeps suggesting apple cake. I think he wants me to make some and I do intend to but haven't had time.

It is almost supper time so I must stop. Hope you are fine and that it isn't hot there by now."