|With her grandfather on Treasure Island in 1939.|
I find the details of her days fascinating, not only because I’m curious about the minutia of most people’s lives, but because the journals I only discovered after her death finally let me feel close to a woman I could not connect with when she was alive.
For most of the years she kept her journals, she lived alone in a mobile home park in Santa Cruz, Calif., but I wouldn't describe her as lonely. She was an extremely independent, frugal and persnickety woman whom I never knew to live with another person or even a pet. (I wrote more about her life in an earlier post.)
That was cool.
In February of 1998, my grandmother was not traveling, just dutifully typing letters to all her pen pals, many of whom she met abroad, staying current with the news and sports, and dutifully heading to Trader Joe's to buy me gingko biloba!
Sunday, February 1, 1998
Awake 7, Tea, etc. Crossword.
Called Justine. Raining hard there, no driving.
Talked of her father and of meeting in San Jose, museum.
To Aptos for show, “Wag the Dog.” Late, will rent it.
To Safeway, electricity out.
To Albertsons, they said not to club (cashier).
Home, paid rent.
TV: Last of Reckless, taped Jazz program.
Couldn’t sleep til 3 a.m.
Monday, Feb. 2, 1998
Awake 9:30, Tea, etc.
Dressed and to Drug Emporium for paper, BP. Got TV Guide.
Mail: Credit Union, bill for waste allowance.
Rained almost all night, plastic wind shield blown off. Rivers rising.
Called Justine. She looks at Napa River, from 2' across to 10' across.
Tuesday, Feb. 3, 1998
Awake 7:45 a.m. Tea, etc.
Many roads closed, power outages. Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Jose considered emergency areas. Hwy 101 closed south of Salinas.
Carport at No. 1, Bebe's, blown down (part way), worker finished it.
Her roof blew away (part way) last year.
Paid Gottschalk's, to Post Office for stamps.
To Kmart, got shirt for Lutz. Got shirt for me at Gottschalk’s.
TV: “Silent Witness.”
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 1998
Awake 5 a.m., back to sleep until 9:30. Chores.
Drug Emporium, BP, got “Relaxing tea.”
Post office, mailed package to Lutz.
Got coffee/donut. Showed pictures of Bali.
Mail: Check from State Farm, insurance card.
To bank to deposit check.
Mr. Sanchez came over, cut bush.
Took Larry to doctor.
Some TV. To bed, tired.
Up 1 a.m, washed some items.
Thursday, Feb. 5, 1998
Slept 4-9, good! Ready 10:30.
Trip to Capitola Beach. Wind bad!
To library, looked for table. Nothing. Finished “The God Hustlers.”
Ate at Burger King.
Mid-County does not want stockings.
Home, readied tapes for Mina; Science Odysessy.
Some TV. Frasier, two segments.
Caught up with papers. Bed late.
Friday, Feb. 6, 1998
Up Late. Radio: Ronn on Clinton again. Bad joke day.
Wrote to Andra/Lutz, wrapped videos for Mina.
Wrote Mina, note to Justine
Donut/coffee at 41st. To Longs, copied letters.
To Post Office. Home 3:30.
TV: News, Frasier, Law & Order, Ted Koppel: Blair/Clinton.
Saturday, Feb. 7, 1998
Awake 7:56. News, tea, etc.
To post office 9:45. Mailed letters to Mina, Justine.
Looked at Capitola Beach. Disaster. Police tape at edge of sidewalk.
Home, read papers. Wind wild.
Fire engines 1:30. Trees?
TV: Placido Domingo, Met production, 1984.
Taped: Woody Allen’s “Husbands and Wives.”
Watched: Ghost, Strangers in Good Company. (Good).
Ran “Husbands,” sewed. Bed a 1.m.
Sunday, Feb. 8, 1998
Tea, raining hard.
Ran tape of In Good Company, 1/2 hour.
To cliff, to sea. Watched a bit. New construction looks good.
Instead of a show, home. Raining.
Put out garbage, had mail. Letter from Masonic home.
Read some letters. Pauline died, family asking for pix.
Olympics: Watched skating, snowboarding.
Monday, Feb. 9, 1998
Awake finally 9 a.m.
Chores. Tea, etc.
Drug Emporium: BP OK. Got TV Guide, cookies.
To show, “Replacement Killers.” Lots of digital TV scenes.
Mail from Mina, Northern Trust.
Worked on pix, Pauline.
TV: X-Files, news. Still houses full of mud.
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 1998
No sleep til 4 a.m. Awake 9:45. Usual.
Longs: BP, pix, cans of food, paper towels.
Gas at Beacons, 1.289/galloon.
Ross, got black ? JC Penney, got silver mylar table cover.
Home 3:15 p.m. News, mended pants, buttonhole.
Worked on gathering info for Pauline’s relatives.
Ran part of Jazz tape, watched “Bad Boys,” Will Smith, Martin Lawrence as plain clothes detectives; some funny, some dumb.
Bed. Melatonin, slept good.
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 1998
Up 9. Tea, etc.
Donut and coffee at 41st.
Stationary store, got paper clips, round fasteners.
Walked on cliff. Beautiful weather.
Mail: Long letter from Mina.
TV: Soul Man, Frasier, some Olympics. Skiing. Picabo Street got gold. Also man from Tiburon.
Thursday, Feb. 12, 1998
Up 7:30. Tea. etc.
Packed vitamins, 10 bags.
McDonald’s for coffee.
To Longs for pix.
Library, 250 cars crash in Italy.
To Wendy’s for lunch. Got salad.
Mail: Letter from Carla.
TV: Jim Lehrer hour. Olympics.
Friday, Feb. 13, 1998
Couldn't sleep. 8:30, Larry out hammering.
Sunny today. Out 10:30.
Donut, coffee, paper, BP.
Bank, deposited in Justine’s account.
Home, wrote to both girls.
To show, “Afterglow.” Julie Christie, Nick Nolte. Good.
TV: Olympics, some reruns, Frasier.
Saturday, Feb. 14, 1998
Awake 8:30. Tea, etc. Out 10:30.
Drug Emporium, BP OK.
Read paper in car. Raining hard.
Burger King, home.
Tennis: Sampras won, replayed Agassi. Good tennis.
Papers, news. Worked on federal taxes. Must do cap gains.
Olympics: Men's skating. Todd fell.
Sunday, Feb. 15, 1998
Up 7:30. Tea, etc.
To show, “The Apostle.” Well done. 2 hours, 10 mins.
Home 2 p.m. Tennis match.
Dinner here, called Mina. She called back, talked long.
TV: News, ran end of “A Little Romance.”
Joan McCoy called to see if I’m OK.
Monday, Feb. 16, 1998
Awake 7:30. Not much sleep. Listened to “Leaves of Grass” cassette.
Rain let up a bit.
To Longs, Xerox broken. Got muffins.
To Kmart for lunch. Raining hard.
Home, read paper, wrote letter to Prudy.
Called Justine 3:30 p.m.
TV: Olympics, ice dancing. Russia 1-2, France 3. Ist coach had gorgeous sable coat. Where does money come from?
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 1998
Awake 6:30, up 7:30. To laundromat 9:15.
Coffee and donut at 41st.
No rain, then real rain. Caught in rain, got pants and sox wet! Hope no cold!
Finished and mailed letter to Mimi.
Olympics, women's hockey won gold. Nikki Stone, gold in aerials.
Radio: Strong Clinton speech at Pentagon, Ronn agrees.
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 1998
Awake 6:30. Tea, etc. Sun out.
To Trader Joe's, Drug Emporium, BP; Longs, Albertsons.
Walked on cliff, lovely day.
Home, Oscar and Lois walked by with Lois' sister. Lois in therapy.
Mail from Justine, she needs gingko.
To TJ's, got two gingko & echinacea.
Thursday, Feb. 19, 1998
Awake 6:30, some news. Dillon called.
Dressed 9 a.m. To post office, mailed GB & E to Justine.
To library, returned Leaves of Grass.
Home, news. FBI arrested two men in Law Vegas with white substance. "Media" reports allege anthrax.
Wrote Sy and Stimson.
Left message on Justine's machine.
TV: Frasier, X-Files.
Friday, Feb. 20, 1998
Up 7. Tea, etc. Expected Dillon, no. Waited til 10.
Walked on cliff. Mary there.
Got donut and coffee.
Talked to Ellie, was ill. Goes to VA Wed for tests.
Home. News, ate some veggies.
To show, “Zero Effect.” Crowded! Funny, clever.
Home 5 p.m. News, ate tuna steak, Betty Crocker potatoes.
Mina called. Chatted a bit re Kwan/Lipinski.
Bed after Olympics.
Saturday, Feb. 21, 1998
Awake 8:30. Chores.
Drug Emporium for paper.
41st for donut/coffee. Thorton died.
Home. Finished fed taxes, read paper.
Justine called. Received vitamins.
TV: Taped some skating, watched “Clear and Present Danger.”
Bed 12:30, no sleep til 2 a.m.
Sunday, Feb. 22, 1998
Tea, etc. Chores, shower/hair.
Announced on CNN that Saddam agreed to inspection.
Mall: Paid JC. Penney, bought book.
Ate at Burger King. Got two videos at Wherehouse.
Home 3 p.m. Ran “Jade,” part of others.
Part One of Oprah Winfrey presents, “The Wedding.”
Monday, Feb. 23, 1998
Up 8:30. Tea, etc. Some slack in rain.
Returned videos, mailed state tax forms, got paper.
To Lucky, then library.
To Longs for Xerox, paper jammed.
Home, Frasier. Some “sleeping.”
Tuesday. Feb. 24, 1998
Dinner Live Oak, Bingo.
up 7:30. Tea, etc. Drug Emporium.
Walked on cliff.
Coffeee at 41st.
Home, wrote to Mina. Some work in garden.