Wednesday, April 1, 2020

My Grandmother's Journals: April, 1996

My grandmother carrying my mother on Easter, 1945.
Every day my grandmother wrote down what time she woke up, where she ate breakfast, what movie she went to see, what mail and phone calls she received, then what she read and watched on TV before going to sleep.

In 1996, she was 80 years old and living alone in a mobile home park, but I wouldn't describe her as lonely; she was an extremely independent 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.)

Close to her home in Santa Cruz, Calif., was the famous surfing spot called Pleasure Point, and she loved walking along the cliffs above the ocean and watching the surfers. 
When she died at 97 in 2013, I took her ashes to those waves with a friend of hers and we each dropped some at the sand. A moment after I dropped mine, a surfer emerged from the water where I stood.

That was cool. 

In April of 1995, my grandmother was in Europe, taking tours and lectures in Italy and Paris. Her journal entries for that month were sporadic and mostly recorded her expenditures each day, which was her habit when traveling. 
So I chose to feature her entries for April of 1996 instead. That month she was home in Santa Cruz, watching a lot of baseball and movies.

March entries

Tuesday, April 2, 1996
Throat sore, like a cold.
Breakfast at Ferrell's on 17th.
Caught cold?
Worked in yard, bed early after Morse.

Wednesday, April 3, 1996
Up 8:30 a.m. Plane down in Croatia, Ron Brown killed. He was sharp man and dresser.
Breakfast at Kmart, looked at curtains.
Home, rested. Wrote Justine, sent video.
Got groceries, white vinegar $1 cheaper than at Albertsons.
Forgot to tape the second part of (Star Trek: The Next Generation).
Stayed in bed except for news.

Thursday, April 4, 1996
Awake 7:40 a.m. Cold in chest now.
Ate here, then 10 a.m. at Carl's Jr. 
To bank, to Kmart, got 84" curtains.
Much news about Brown and Unabomber Ted Kaczynski; family gave FBI info.
Put up side curtains, rather fancy. Too long. Will return tomorrow.
Tired, cold in chest.

Monday, April 8, 1996
Not good rest. Tired. Up 9ish. 
Breakfast at McDonald's. Walked in mall, checked T-shirts.
Justine called, returned call. 
Bed at 9:30 p.m., unable to sleep until 2 a.m.

Tuesday, April 9, 1996
Up 9 a.m.! To Burger King for burrito.
To launderette, 1 person there! Three washings, including rugs and curtains.
Erik's Deli for lunch.
Home 2:30 p.m., rested. Took Dristan.
News at 5 p.m., "Morse" 6 to 8, Law & Order, Frasier. Taped "Face of Evil."
Bed 9:30 p.m. Slept fair.

Wednesday, April 10, 1996
Awake 4:30 a.m., then 8:30 a.m. Donut at corner.
To Lounden (Nelson Center) for blood pressure, OK.
To library, to mall. Two shirts at Gottschalk's, two shirts from Miller's Outpost.
Home 1 p.m., ate here.
Dumb - cut finger

Thursday, April 11, 1996
Up 8:30 a.m., Breakfast 10 a.m at Denny's. Crowded, Spring Break.
Finger good, no pain.
To mall, returned and exchanged shirt at Gottschalk's.
To show, "Flirting with Disaster." Gross, explicit oral sex.
Home, 3 p.m., watered lawn.
Ate here, no mail. 
Watched Mystery, two women detectives, good, unusual.

Friday, April 12, 1996
Up 7 a.m.! To doctor's, finger OK. Doctor offered me a job. Joking?
Ate Jack-In-The Box, to library, then show: "James and the Giant Peach."
School is out, audience was riveted.
Home, rested, read.
Watched X-Files.

Saturday, April 13, 1996
Up 8 a.m. Breakfast at McDonald's. Spilled coffee.
Mailed packages, Mina's 3.75, Andra's 7.20. 
Post office crowded, talked to woman from Aptos.
Went to Beverly's Fabrics, no iron-on tape for hems.
Mail from Mina, new ATM card.

Sunday, April 14, 1996
Up 9 a.m., showered. Coffee, donut. Walked, beautiful day.
Made two calls, wrote three letters. Took to post office.
Watched 60 Minutes, Cybill.
Police came across street?
Bed 12 a.m. Forgot to endorse check.

Monday, April 15, 1996
Good sleep from 1 a.m. until 5 a.m. Neighbor leaves at 5 a.m.!
Got paper, to bank regarding unendorsed check. No worry!
Laundromat, breakfast Kmart. Got four cans of Dinty Moore, make-up, bath tissue.
Home, sprayed and fertilized roses.
Watched Poirot, reruns on TV.
Slept good.

Tuesday, April 16, 1996.
Awake 7:30. Used earplugs, did not hear 5 a.m. truck.
Breakfast McDonald's, walked to Capitola.
Home 11:30 a.m., ironed, washed two pairs of white pants: one larger legs, one small.
Ate here, read papers.
Watched news, some Geraldo.

Sunday, April 21, 1996
Slept until 10:30 a.m. Breakfast here, to (Watsonville) Kmart.
Bought some dinners, ate grilled cheese sandwich. Did not order fries, got them anyway.
Home, got some summer clothes out, some winter to wash.
Hemmed curtains.
Read until 2 a.m.

Monday, April 22, 1996
Up 9:45 a.m., rushed to breakfast at Carl's Jr. 
Home, letter from Sandra. Fertilized roses, put snail bait out.
Paid fone bill, gas $1.479 a gallon.
To Kmart, got plastic philodendron, put in bathroom.
Dodgers vs. Atlanta, 2-1. News, hemmed curtains.
Bed 9:30 p.m., read a bit. No sleep until 1 a.m.

Tuesday, April 23, 1996
Awake 8:30 a.m., breakfast at McDonald's. 
Drug Emporium, got Fels-Naptha {laundry bar soap that I still buy}, TV Guide and cookies.
Home, Dodgers and Atlanta. Rain-delayed twice. Atlanta up 2-0 until 8th inning. Piazza hit home run with 2 on, then 3-2. Held it!
Mail from doctor, $118!
Some Morse, Law & Order, Frasier. 

Thursday, April 25, 1996
Disjointed sleep until 3 a.m. Read until 4 a.m., up at 9 a.m. Breakfast at McDonald's.
Phoned Clothes Closet {consignment shop}, all items sold - get $18!
To show, "Last Summer in the Hamptons." Good, felt real - not actors!
Home, read, some TV. Justine called at 6:45 p.m.
Competition last weekend in Irvine, they did very well.
{I didn't tell her about all the alcohol, weed and hot-tubbing the hundreds of us college kids enjoyed while at the Irvine hotel together, but I'm sure she could imagine it just fine.}

Friday, April 26, 1996 
Bad night. Up 9 a.m., to donut shop.
Walked on East Cliff Drive, talked to man. Long board competition tomorrow.
Home, Albertsons and McDonald's: got salad. 
Wrote to Justine regarding nightgown.
Reviewed Mina's letters. Bed 10 p.m., up three times.

Saturday, April 27, 1996
Up 8 a.m. Watered lawn. To 41st Avenue donut shop, lost money in newspaper machine.
Ate McDonald's. To bank, home. Beach, walked. Surf competition not starting.
Read paper, news. Baseball, Cubs at L.A. Lasorda goofed. Left pitcher in too long.

Sunday, April 28, 1996
Did not call Paris! Up 7:45 a.m., breakfast at donut 41st.
To show, "Mulholland Falls." Violent, (Nick) Nolte and Melanie Griffith.
Show late starting 10 minutes, I told a worker. Not good, editing bad. 
Man could not stay seated, out for drinks 3 to 4 times. 
Baseball, Cubs won over Dodgers 3-0. Chan Park, Korean pitcher.

Monday, April 29, 1996
Awake 7 a.m., up 8 a.m. Breakfast Burger King.
Drug Emporium, got more allergy pills, TV Guide. 
Very hot today, stayed inside until after sundown, passed out rest.
Got $30 credit from PG&E.
Watched Poirot, Cybill. Bed 10:30 p.m., slept good even though hot.

Tuesday, April 30, 1996
Up 7:15 a.m. Donut and coffee at corner.
Walked to Capitola. Kmart, got flowers and Kleenex for car.
Watered lawn early, wrote Justine, sent clippings.
Went to post office, got gas additive, home 4:20 p.m. 
Watched news, Geraldo, Law & Order, Frasier. Taped "Diary of Jack the Ripper."