Dear Daddy –
Just back from Laf. Got my glasses welded (75₵). Got John a suit and a few other odds and ends. Took David along but he was “nasty” most of the time. Dorothy didn’t have any shopping to do after she saw the Dr. so we started home about 3:30. She said she had only gained 3 lbs. the past month and seems to be in good condition. She is to take Marie Steinbaugh to Chicago next Wed. and said the last time she was there the Dr. told Mrs. S. that one lung had collapsed. She isn’t very good.
Two letters came this morning. You told about the $250.00 house. I wonder how they think Navy Doctors can pay that much rent.
[page 2] I feel the same as you do about moving up. This is too near to be so far, “or something.” If you find any place at all that will be suitable, take it and we will move up.
Spring is in the air. Gardens and fields are being plowed. Mr. Z. is working on the garden we had last year. Someone disked (?) the corn field across the way, this morning, so I suppose there will be another corn field. If we aren’t here to look at it guess it doesn’t make much difference to us.
I see Jimmy S. playing with the Z. children. Jimmy & Ma have been to Monticello this week. I have a good guess the Ma worked on the cottage this week. I should be working on this place but I run out of pep so soon after I get a good start.
[page 3] I certainly appreciated the things you went into detail about our sons – but I suppose those are the things other people think about when they rent. But at the rental prices around there they could refurnish after renting out a few months.
Mr. Z. is using the Turnpaugh horses and Mark is going out with him when he takes the horses home. He (Mark) wants to put out a little garden. If he could just keep some of the enthusiasm he gets when he wants to start something. This morning I cleaned up one of his messes he made in the basement. I burned a bunch of trash he had let accumulate. He was so quick to go buy the airplane for Bobby and start building it but it isn’t finished yet and I have to
[page 4] remind him every day to work on it.
I hung out two washers of clothes this morning and they are still hanging so must go take them down. I’ll take D. out and let him run around in the yard while I work. John is going to town to get the paper and mail this.
Dorothy said Harold F. went to the clinic in Chicago yesterday. I don’t know what the findings were.
I can’t think of any news right now. You will have the news I am anxious to hear.
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“Took David along but he was “nasty” most of the time.” 😦 I’ve always hated shopping.
“Someone disked (?) the corn field across the way,” I remember that implement (I think): disks mounted in a row vertically on a bar, and this was dragged by a tractor through the plowed soil, to break it up more. At least I think that’s what she is talking about. Could be wrong. What do I know about farming? 🙂
“He was so quick to go buy the airplane for Bobby and start building it but it isn’t finished yet and I have to remind him every day to work on it.” That surprises me, given his enthusiasm for model airplanes.
“You told about the $250.00 house. I wonder how they think Navy Doctors can pay that much rent.” Same old, same old story about greed in the real estate market. Never changes.