Friday, December 30th -1988

Temp Range: 15° – 50°

Chilly but not windy.  Took hot water out. Bill was friendly.  I wanted to get dishes done. Called Joe – they were leaving about 11 for Roatan Honduras to scuba dive.  I had 10 o’ clock appt Dr. Schmidt.  Went in without much trouble. Knee getting  weaker. Right leg a little shorter.  BP 126/84.  He said that was real good. Went to Hamm & Pool for thank you cards. Got multi colored basket & potpourri – wrapped and put in Brian’s pickup for his mother. Made out checks for Chato & Bill Edwards.  Ate fried chicken over town.  Worked on checks – sent 7. Called co-op & Garfield co-op for storage & paid it. Lloyd Miller funeral at 1:30. Went to it. Chatted with Mary Blair.  Bill took Brian to Dodge to look at truck.  Gone all afternoon.  I went by Doskas a minute.  Helen C was there.  Got letter from Kay. Had fried catfish, fried potatoes, big salad.  Ralph called about feed bills. Joe bought a Valley Sprinkler.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Saturday, September 3rd – 1988

Temp range 58° – 80°

Crisp morning but got windier.  Joe came down first.  Drank coffee and took Ranni (Haynes) up some.  Guys went out on drills about 9:30 (on Holmes & s. part of section).  Ranni & Joe each at 2 eggs, bacon & toast.  Bill came in & had a roll with them.  We looked around, showed her garden & convertible.  Thought the place looked like “paradise”.  They went to look at ground & have lunch with Ralph.  I went over to town & mailed fair party card & stopped at the thrift shop.  Fixed sandwich for lunch.  Bill accused me of taking $1,000 out of his bill fold.  I never touched it.  Accused me of stepping out, etc.  I blew my stack!  Went out to clean the pool & mow.  He sent Brian up to help.  Then apologized.  Ralph, Joe & Ranni came over.  I fixed zucchini, Ralph cooked steaks.  I’d put up patio lights.  Cats got about half of a steak.  Merlene is moving.

Saturday, June 11th – 1988

Temp range 58° – 90°

Windy about all day & still windy at 11:20 P.M.  Ralph and Merlene left about 40 minutes ago.  Waiting on Greg & he finally called after 8:30.  Was in Hutch (had gotten lost) so decided to stay there.  I went out about 7am to see what I’d caught in my trap.  Liver was gone & gate shut down.  Trap was empty.  Greg called 10 til 9, was in Ft. Worth.  Mary Ann came over at 10am til noon, cleaned living room & we changed the bedding upstairs.  Fixed Bill’s lunch & I was hostess at DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) luncheon at Harvest Inn.  Took new impatiens and pale blue robe for Doska in Great Bend.  She’d gone home.  Got groceries & Bill came in from cutting wheat with Brian.  Bill said 3,000 bushels from 1pm to 7:20.

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.