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.

Monday, July 25 – 1988

Temp Range: 68° – 98°

Cool & pleasant early, but got warm before noon.  Changed bed & did laundry.  Bill came in from field around 10am, fixed him an early lunch.  He went to field from 11:45 to 4:30.  I watered, made up bed, washed eggs.  Wrote checks to feedlots.  Took eggs, squash to Doska.  Helena was there. Doska going to be great grandma again (Jody). Went by Kemps – weren’t home.  Justin came over twice looking for boys.  I called Don Martins before 8am to get on bindweed.  Fixed fried chicken, fried potatoes & cabbage, jello.  Bill went out 6:45 to 9:00, I mowed before 6 & from 7pm to 8:30.  Sarah said Ralph & Joe went to Denver.  They took boys to Jeannie’s yesterday.

Thursday, September 15 – 1988

Temp Range: 62º – 74º

Was tired, but better get on the stick.  Did chores – fed 3 baby kittens.  Made out payroll & other checks.  Left a little after 9 for Hutch.  Bill wanted to see about the $400 unclaimed property Rex Cudney told him about.  Rainy but stopped by the time we got to the fair.  Bill told parking lot attendant his wife had a very sore foot so he let us park fairly close to the walk in gate.  Still about 5 blocks to the industrial building, so bill could fill out the form on unclaimed property from Derby.  Ralph & Marian each had $125 from a bank in Wichita.  I got 800 number from them.  It was cool & partly cloudy.  Looked at exhibits, ate barbecue ribs & chicken.  Not very crowded.  Shopped at Pegues.  I got bras & pants.  Bill got shirt & underwear.  Rained most of the way home.  But not here.  Called Jeannie & Joe.  Ralph was gone.

Monday, May 30 – 1988 (Memorial Day)

Temp Range: 66° – 87°

Still windy & humid.  About 87° outside, but winds up to 50 mph.  I didn’t go to sleep til 3:30.  Woke up at 7:00. Grudgingly made bed, took bath.  They took urn to cemetery before it was ready.  Made coffee, made 5 jars of peonies &  4 – $4 geraniums plus what was in urns.  Got back about 8:30.  Jeannie & kids were up.  Made scrambled eggs & bacon for Bill, Jeannie & me.  Kids don’t eat much.  Drew is sure a good baby.  Ralph called.  Mrs. Bryant called.  Had 7 lbs asparagus for me.  Girls decided not to help Linda.  Girls put out flags at cemetery.  I put on ham to bake.  Cooked potatoes with jackets on.  Ralph came at noon.  Had lots of fresh asparagus, fried potatoes, baked ham, fruit salad & watermelon.  Jeannie left in Ralph’s station wagon at 2:30.  Kitty had kitten north of house & abandoned it.

Friday, January 1 – 1988

Temp Range: 12° – 38º

Didn’t get in and to bed til 2am. so didn’t get up until around 8. Did chores – thought Rose Bowl was at 9 but wasn’t til 10. Fixed big breakfast, eggs, fried potatoes (couldn’t find grits), bacon, juice, coffee.  Watched parade 10 til 12.  Put prime rib roast.  Talked to Kay.  They had just finished rib roast dinner, mashed pot, beans & black eyed peas.  Lawrence ate a pretty good dinner and is a little more alert.  Talked to Jeannie – they’d gone to dinner & talent show. She said it was good. Bill watched ball games. I changed bed & did laundry.  It was about 20 degrees.  It was still, and fairly warm.  I tried on turquoise sweater, went pretty well with bright rose pink pants.  I made beans and black eyed peas with ham hock.  We went to Lilies for a while. Thought Mary Helen’s party was this eve, but was a week ago.  He never tells me anything.

Miami won Orange Bowl from Oklahoma 20-14.