Friday, January 29th -1988

Temp range: 54° -76° (Tempe)

Another nice day.  Ate breakfast at the Holiday Inn.  Bernard called from Ramada Inn in Metro.  Boyd & Nancy met us for lunch at Village Inn near us.  He’s working for K.C. Life.  Drives a Cadillac. Took bankruptcy last week.  Can keep one car & (paying on) home.  Nancy said she’d put on 25 pounds since she quit smoking.  They’re both pretty blue.  He had appointments and went on.  I love the little well built Tempo.  Called Martins & went over there.  She was sitting in sun.  He wasn’t feeling too well.  Bill took us down & had a couple drinks.  Got lost going back to Roy’s.  Ended up on Eliott & Alma Rd.  It was dark. Carrie had made hash – they had eaten, but had plenty for us too.

Wednesday, January 27th – 1988

Temp: 50° when we left for Wichita

Up early.  Grimes called me about some feeders (told him to call back at Ralph’s at 9:45).  Forgot it was “Color Day”.  Got up to Ralph’s about 10.  He wanted to ride back with me to pick up Town Car I’d brought from Dodge City.  A customer caught him just as we were leaving.  Took 10 to 15 minutes.  Stopped & got a few groceries.  Stopped at apartment & got his radio-phone.  He contacted Joe Hermann as he was going into Dodge City.  Home by 11:11.  Bill was walking the floor.  Hurriedly threw some things in suitcase.  On the road by 11:50.  Stopped at drive-in  in Stafford for a sandwich.  At airport about 2pm.  Flight left at 3:35.  Had seat 11 (room for Bill’s legs).  Arrived in Phoenix at 5:05 their time.  Tried to rent a car, missed my drivers license.  Got brand new Tempo.  Got lost once getting to Carrie’s.  She had steak supper on the table.

Sunday, December 25th – 1988

Temp range: 26° – 52°

Wasn’t so cold, but windy.  Bill woke me up to ask the time a little after 5 – never did go back to sleep.  Chato didn’t go  to work very early – kinda staggered around (got in sometime after 12:30).  I fixed bacon, poached egg, toast, grapefruit & coffee.  Called Jeannie – she seemed in a better mood.  We missed getting to be with them.  Rod Spreier stopped by – Bill was going after gas & said I was getting ready to go to Hays.  I fixed broccoli, cucumber & sour cream, took eggs, 2 bottles of wine & eggnog.  Left after 10 – Mexicans went back to bed, wouldn’t answer door.  I called Doska to shut down door to chicken house.  Drove slow, didn’t get to Hays til 11:45.  Had eggnog and shrimp, ate about 2:30.  Merlene gave me a cute birdhouse.  Ralph gave me perfume & us a clock for the living room.

Thursday, September 8th – 1988

Temp range: 63° – 90°

Warm, dry day.  Still lots of haze & smoke from Yellowstone Park fire – been going on for weeks.  Did laundry.  Washed up eggs, hoses going.  Everything dry.  Guys swathing some feed.  Fixed sliced ham (bone-in), very good.  Rec’d letter from Helen.  After lunch worked on pool about 2 hrs.  Backwashed, swept, etc. Added water.  Bill decided to have guys drill a little more sandy ground on sec.  What drilled last week not up yet.  I wrote Helen.  Called to see if Jeannie is at Larned (they came in to work on well at runway).  I started supper & took gift for Drew up to Jeannie at Ralph’s.

Wednesday, December 14th, 1988

Temp range: 42° – 62°

Warm this morning.  Had to do chores in dark though.  Hit sore right below knee with bucket – about sent me into orbit – hurt so bad for a while.  Joyce thinned hair. Missed communication or would have had it cut.  Called Ralph, he’s getting better.  Got groceries & picked up huge poinsettia at Larned G. from Great Bend feeders.  Put groceries away & got Bill’s lunch. Picked up Jean, Doska, Kay & Norma to go to Main Floor St. John.  Jewell, Harriett & La Donna came together.  Sheila brought Esther.  The house was decorated so nice.  None of the others had been there before.  La Donna brought tape player & I brought 3 Christmas tapes.  Esther seemed so glad to be there.  Ilene served a nice salad, chicken breast, rice pilaf, green beans, cinnamon rolls, chocolate mint pudding, coffee, tea or hot tea.  Everyone seemed to have a lovely time.  Esther was pleased with blue towels & milk bath.  Sheila gave me me colored yellow dressed [mammie??].  We toured the antique shop.  Bill had brought poinsettia from colony.

Sunday, February 21st – 1988

Ice on car.

Days Inn, Hattisburg – Room 127.

We ate breakfast & Harold picked us up.  Took us out to see 1,400 head – 400 or less pound steers – going to Angel Fire this summer.  Talked to him about getting calves to go to Hornbaker then grass.  Started feeling lousy & didn’t  think I’d  make it back to room.  [Burped] orange juice & water. Diarrhea.  Greg came & he & bill ate lunch, went to see cattle down south.  Slept a little.  Ralph called, told him I had the flu.  Greg & Bill came back – I still could hardly get out of bed.  He wanted me to see cattle at his place & out by Mos (350 head).  About ruined my back.  Bill at supper, I stayed in bed.

Wednesday, November 2nd – 1988

Temp range: 44° – 80°

Up early, at least it’s daylight.  Bill came home to say he’d talked to Dawn.  Mrs. Parker very ill with cancer of the brain he thinks.  Joyce gave me perm, already had hair cut so cut the time down some. Went by Dillons & got 2 apple boxes (to put carns in).  Went by Ralph’s – he wasn’t there.  Went back & got groceries.  Called Ward to get permission to dig turnips.  It was a different field.  First field was not very big – a rider came along said to go south a mile & east.  They were bigger, so got some more.  Home a few minutes after 2pm.  Hadn’t eaten, put groceries away.  Bill came in – fixed pot of turnips.  Took some to Doska & Kay (she wasn’t home).  Ona White had called yesterday.

Saturday, December 10th – 1988

Temp range: 30° – 44°

Up early to get chores done, asked Bill to go to Kinsley to get long tube for Christmas tree Mary H. gave me. Took a bath.  Mary Ann came at 9am.  I put boxes back downstairs from decorating.  Got out more stuff.  Tootie called.  Ralph’s cake is ready, so went after it.  Washed all the rugs.  Mary Ann finished at noon.  I got lunch & finished eggs.  Bill had a bank meeting at 4pm.  Art & Mabel came out.  Called Ralph’s about 4 for SS#, Eddie said he was only there about 20 minutes & went home with flu.  I talked to Jeannie about 9am.  They called from Ralph’s about 4:30.  He was very sick.  Thought they’d go into Wichita.  I mailed some stuff, did nails.  Was in bathtub & Bill came home at 5:30.  They came in with whiskey & champagne.  Had a drink & marinated herring.  They changed to go to their book party.  Ours was at Sandhills, not so many hors d’oeuvres, but very good.  Had filet mignon, and good dance music.  We danced the most in ages.

Saturday, June 25th – 1988

Temp Range: 68° – 98°

Coleen’s birthday.

Didn’t go to sleep until after 3am.  Got up about 8, did chores, started water.  Bill came in about 8:45 & wanted to go to Greenleafs at Greensburg.  We left about 9:30.   Norma came before we left with loaf of home made bread.  She had taken Doska out for breakfast.  When we got to Greanleafs, couldn’t find a soul.  We drove to west pastures, lots of grass, but no cattle.  Checked the east pasture – nothing.  2nd pasture had cattle, but not ours.  Ate at Burkes.  Home before 1pm.  Everyone gone.  Rested a little then hoed both gardens.  Gnats & flies really bad.  Bill napped.  Mary Helen called & we’re going to R. V.’s wedding.  Bill declined.  Ralph called.  I set out petunias and salvia.  Mary Helen picked me up, only 22 at wedding, but so pleased we came.  Mary Helen & I had a drink at Cedars, brought bill some cake.

Wednesday, April 20th – 1988

Temp range 43° – 76°

Up early. Burned trash. Did chores.  Saw Alice a minute, tried to see Susie R.  Thought coffee was at Harvest Inn but was at Garden Room.  Saw Ralph.  Rusty & Susan’s 88 Continental was in.  I drove it to Trail Center & back.  Navy blue with navy leather seats.  Ralph said it would give Mercedes a run for their money.  Got a few plants at Dillons.  A beautiful day.  Bill took group to Greenleaf’s to brand  99 steer that came in last eve from Montana.  Ralph called Northwest Airlines about tickets to Hattiesburg.  His plane has an oil leak.  Went home & fixed tacos.  Bill & guys ate at Greensburg.  Saw Schnoebelen, blood sugar down to 80.  New doctor coming in July.  Steak supper in Trousdale, bridge at Norman’s.