Saturday, February 20, 2016
May 4, 1974 The Luncheon Program, The Pretty Yard, The Cherry Tree, The Basement Mess and The Overdue Letters
"It is a wonderful day and I'd like to work outdoors but there is too much going on today. We are going to a luncheon at noon and a play tonight. B has to be part of the luncheon program and it will last half the afternoon. It is to honor a librarian who is retiring.
Our yard is so pretty now. B mowed again last night and I pulled weeds. There are still lots of weeds and I want to move some peonies. It is going to be too late if I don't get it done soon. If our neighbors would only mow their lawn. It looks awful. The fall leaves are still there. They never raked any at all. I think the cherry tree next door is almost dead. It has always been such a beautiful thing in the spring but there are only two or three little blooms in the very top. There isn't a sign of a leaf and I think there should be by now.
My sewing is done and the machine closed up for awhile. Patty wants a pants suit for her birthday but that is in June. The white dress looks real nice. It is heavy so is going to be warm for summer but may turn out to be right in air conditioned places.
Sally & Steve stopped a few minutes on Tuesday. We didn't have long enough for anything except for them to eat a sandwich but it was good to see them anyway.
Sally said her mother had a blood clot in her chest and was in the hospital. Have you heard from her?
We haven't heard from the children this week. I sure miss them when they don't come home. It has been so long since any of them have been here. Bob still plans to have time in May and hopes to come to Richland.
We're still waiting for the man to come about the basement. We have to get something done and it will cost a fortune, I know, besides all the mess. I hope they don't have to dig up the yard around the foundation. We can't use the recreation room for entertaining at all the way it is so I'd like it fixed. If we didn't have that room down there I wouldn't care. We'd just let the water drain out and forget about it.
I'll try to write Beulah and Buddy before long. I owe them both letters but don't have time for anything. Maybe things will slow down soon, but I don't see much hope for the next month.
I must stop and get dressed for the luncheon.
Hope you are fine."
NOTE: There are a lot of great memories associated with the family rec room in the basement. It was big enough for roller skating, playing ping pong, having sleepovers and parties, but after a rain or a big snow thaw, it was always a bit wet!
But now, watch the Kentucky Derby, May 4, 1974.