Wednesday, March 25, 2015

August 11, 1967 The Driving, The Crepe Myrtle, The Old Times, The Brittle Bones and The Dirty Clothes

Dear Mother & Daddy,

"We got home yesterday evening about 5:00 without any trouble. We had stayed in Zanesville, Ohio the night before so we are still a little tired from the two hard days of driving. We didn't stop much and that is tiring.

Our trip was just wonderful and Williamsburg was the most beautiful it has ever been. The crepe myrtle was blooming everywhere and there is lots of it on the college campus. The bushes were all sizes from tiny things to trees as big as your fruit trees and they were all covered in blossoms that ranged from white to pink and deep reds.

They look like lilac bushes from a distance but the blossoms are beautiful things when you get to see them---sort of like a cherry blossom that grows in clusters like lilacs. I was going to bring a bush home with me but we didn't find the nursery. We drove out of town looking for it, but didn't drive far enough and then passed it on our way out of town the next morning. It was too early to stop then. Maybe we'll go again next spring and I can get one then.

B & I have been working in the yard. There had been rain so things have grown. I trimmed the evergreens & pulled some weeds and he mowed the lawn. The mimosa had grown a lot. B found a roll of tar paper in the basement when he cleaned. Would that be good to put around the mimosa this winter? It will have to be protected against the rabbits as well as the cold. Would the tar paper be too airtight?

Bob was fine but I think the summer has been a little boring for him. He likes the work but cooking for himself isn't such fun. He will be finished with his work next Thursday and then will go to Atlanta, Georgia on his way home. He will visit with his girl's family for a few days and still have quite a bit of time at home.

It was just like old times with all of us together. We had a cottage one day and were in motels the rest of the time but it was nice to fix our own meals even that one day. The beach was a few yards away and the kids spent all of their time there. I didn't have a bathing suit but I did go to the beach barefooted and walked in the surf. Ann tried her best to persuade me to put on one of her suits. She kept telling me I'd look as good as some of the other women.

We drove by the Norfolk base on the way from Hatteras and could see the Kennedy anchored in the bay. Bob had breakfast with us Tuesday morning. Then he went to work and we started home.

I'm awfully sorry about Edith. She must have terribly brittle bones.

I'll try to remember to bring the Manchester book when we come. I haven't any idea when that will be but don't bother to put your name on the list. The History of the Jews has come now and maybe you'll want to read that, too. We don't buy many books from Book-of-the-Month Club but it is still hard to keep up with the ones we do buy. I don't care for fiction either.

B has gone to the office now to check the mail. He goes back to work in the morning but he said his desk was stacked with mail and he wants to get rid of some of it. Tomorrow is summer graduation and then he opens the short sessions. Summer sessions are one of his responsibilities.

I guess Daddy's wasp stings are all o.k. now since you didn't mention it. I hope so. Ann's boyfriend got a bee sting on the eye while he was working in the field (he works at Funk's Hybrid research fields) and had a pretty bad eye for several days.

I guess I'd better stop & go start the washing machine again. The dirty clothes sure pile up."

                         Lots of love,



  1. Quite a varied list of topics this time, I sympathise with the guy with the bee sting on his eye. I had a wasp sting me on the eyelid once and it was really painful. Nice images, the flowers were colourful and I think I must get one of the books for people who hate to cook! :-)

  2. The author of the "hate to cook" book did several humor books like that and they were popular in the U.S. at the time. She covered things like housekeeping, cooking, travel, etc.

    Thanks so much for commenting! I appreciate it a lot!


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