This was the last month for the diary but she added notes which I'll put in a final post.
A.M. Worked on aprons. P.M. Missionary meeting at Merle Littrell’s.
I'm not positive but I believe this was the year she made matching aprons for the young granddaughters - Mary Jane, JoAnn, Mary Alice, and Laurie - for their Christmas gift. They had cross-stitch patterns on checked gingham. Wonder of any of them still have them?
Wednesday. Caught up on paper work, attended to business down town. Choir practice.
Thurs. A.M. washed and worked on pajamas and aprons. Drove to Rogers, afternoon.
Friday. Went to Rogers to get glasses fixed up. Cooked lunch and baby sat at JoEllen’s.
Saturday. Worked on pajamas.
Sunday. Had dinner with K.M. & LaVonne. A called choir practice at night.
Monday. Sewed and baked.
Tuesday. Got food ready for Christmas pkgs. Stayed at JoEllen’s from 3:30 on – spent night there.
She always packed Christmas goodies for her sons that lived away - even if they were planning to be in Springdale for Christmas.. I believe she had started that when they were away in World War II. After she died, my mother continued to send a box of goodies to her brothers.
Wednesday. Mailed pkgs to Jay & to Becky and Ike. Got shampoo & set.
Her hair was important to her - I don't believe she ever failed to note a beauty appointment. I know that she was frustrated with her own attempts and really enjoyed having someone else wash and set her hair. I started getting some gray in my dark hair by about age 35 - she asked me one day, "Why don't you do something about that?" I responded to her, "You didn't color your hair and it's beautiful now, why would I bother?" She responded, "Oh yes I did, I colored my hair for years.". I was stunned - still never colored my hair, tho....
Thurs. Worked at Handwork sale A.M. P.M. went to Fayetteville Club Christmas party at Bessies’s
Have no clue about the Fayetteville Club or Bessie.
Friday. Opened up for CWF sale.
This must have been the Christmas bazaar that the church held just before Christmas every year.
Started sale again. Drove to Rogers to get my glasses.
Sunday. Ike’s birthday. Gave Christmas Cantata.
Ike was 35. No, she didn't give him the Christmas Cantata! The choir at First Christian Church gave the cantata.
Monday. Closed up our bazaar sale. $102.60.
Tuesday. Mrs. Cloer and I gathered up hand work. Went to CWF meeting. P.M. Helped McKims decorate.
Wednesday. Helped JoEllen get ready for Garden Club. Kept Laurie from 11 till 6.
Thurs. kept Laurie from 11 till three. Made holiday house tour with JoEllen and the girls. Got glasses and hearing aid.
Friday. Night, Graydon’s folk came.
Saaturday. Had Clare & Mary for lunch. Kept G’s children & McKim’s at night.
Guess she stayed with Don, David, Mary Alice, JoAnn and Laurie. Don would have plenty old enough to stay alone but probably not reliable enough to take care of the young ones.
G.C.’s went home. I went to VB for Grandma’s Christmas Party. Spent night at Letty’s.
Translation: the Graydon Comstocks went home to Tulsa. Mammaw went to Van Buren, but spent the night with Aunt Let and Uncle Cy who lived in Fayetteville. She probably drove to their house and rode with them to Van Buren.
Monday. Came home from Letty’s
December 22 - Tues.
December 23 - Wednesday
Thurs. night. Becky and Ike came.
From Kansas City
Friday. Christmas. 21 for dinner.
Now we know why she didn't have time to write much in the previous days...
Sat. Becky, Ike and I went to V.B. Stopped at cemetery. Had dinner with Ira & Minnie.
Sunday. Went to church. JoEllen & Joe took us to Country Club for dinner. P.M. Becky & Ike went home.
Monday. Went to V.B. to spend a week with Grandma.
So Aunt Maude could spend time with her own family. None of Grandma's other children ever did this.
December 29 - Tuesday
Wed. P.M. Grandma and I went to Nora’s to sew and to pick up milk at market.
December 31 - Thursday.
She never had time to write much when she stayed with Grandma - but maybe she didn't take her diary and caught up later.
Rest of the notes are on a Memorandum page and written around the margins of the calendar in the back. The book was full, but she didn’t seem quite ready to stop! We should have bought her another diary!