Thursday, October 30 – 1986

Temp Range: 43° – 72°
Called Calvin & got figures for 125 head & sent check. Called Ralph & gave him figures on La Junta cattle & made out checks. Fixed Bill lunch, picked up Kay & Lawrence at 11:30. He had eye appt with Dr. Laullen at Dodge. Ate lunch at DJ’s. Doris came in said Lou was spending 4 weeks at Wichita moving to new office. Lawrence got prescription for med for his eyes. Kay & I shopped a little. Went by Dillons and got some things. Had a long delay for road work, got to Kinsley in time to go to Hamm & Poole Home before 6. Fixed catfish, turnips & sweet potatoes. Bill said fish was as good as any he ever ate. Worked on books for Ralph in the evening.

Tuesday, June 1 – 1982

Temp Range: 43° – 71°

Got up early in pretty good time. did chores, got ready, took SS check to the bank & news to paper about putting up curtains in Community Hall. Boyd came out to ask if we were going to Brian’s wedding. Guess Bill vetoed it. Letter & pictures from Jeannie & letter from Sharron. Drove to Hutch for dental appointment. Rock was gone to grandmother’s funeral. Susan cleaned teeth. Tried to call Shirley for lunch (wasn’t home). Went to see Ed Grimble. They haven’t got it straightened out yet, saw deer on way home. Joe & Donna came to say goodbye.

Saturday, August 27th – 1988

Temp Range: 72° –

Temp was warm in the AM – in 70’s. Wind blew in from  the north mid morning. Blew pool full of leaves & dirt. Got up at 5:15. Did chores. Over to town by 5:45. Moon starting to eclipse. Guys brought horses over. Robbie & David late but at Britton’s pasture before daylite. Bill & I  in pickup – went 2 1/2 miles north from southwest corner. Fatass was sitting on the hill (cattle spooked). Bill said “What the hell is she doing out here – she’s got no business out here. Trucks were 30 minutes late but got one loaded by 8:38 (78 head). 67 on the 2nd truck. Found 2 in the willows. Cheto roped last one. Wayne unloaded them in Lobo by 11. Guys went on home. It sprinkled. Ate at the Pub. home before 12:30. Ralph called on oil lease – 5/6 about 2,000 a month. Bill stomped out of the house – was furious! “Who the hell changed that? LaV had her name, Brian’s & Gary’s on the lease. Bill said he was to to see Roe. We went to Fred Clark’s party.

Friday, October 21st – 1988

Temp Range: 48° – 75°

Up early to get things done to leave. Edwards came about 9am. I had several calls on cattle to make. Sent checks to Gt. Bend Golden Belt. Edwards finished sweet onion semi-gloss in bedroom. Left by noon – took check & eggs to bank, ate fried chicken & left for N. Mex.  Bill got haircut at Larned early & we went to see Dr. Atwood. Mrs. Atwood had him write prescription for us temporarily. New Dr. visiting Kinsley today. Stopped at Dodge, in Clayton a little after 4:30. Bill stopped and got a 7 long oval hat & me 2 blouses (one black, one loud one!). Bill Waller took us to dinner.

Room 123

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.

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.