Wednesday December 31st
Sorted ribbon ready for inventory. Got ribbons and candles and garage inventoried.
Cherry Cleaning everything in sight.
Beautiful 3” wet snow cleaning to everything as I drove home. Temperature 34 degrees
Mary and Ken, Mary and Carl and Bill and Erma out to see the New Year in. All enjoyed seeing Vivian’s book of Roy and Lucille Price diaries.
Served cheese and sausage crackers, fruit salad and Kathy’s cookies. Called her after midnight. Celebrating head home.
David called about 7. Sarah online to tell me she was staying up to see 1981 come in. Then she said “Well I’ll let you talk to your little boy!” Age 5 1/2.
Cleaned up kitchen after folks left at 12:45.
Tuesday December 30th
Peacocks Wes Sharpe here at 8 with new furnace to install. Howard called a 2:30 saying they had finished. Jolliff from Richwood -a boiler expert- argued with Wes on his installation and made him drain system to get air out. I think that’s what caused the boiler to crack. Has been air in system since last time they fixed pump on furnace.
Called Social Security Office. Say because I own controlling interest in Hemmerly’s I have to prove I’m not running it. Can work 15 hours a month! Only sure way to draw my $675 a month is to sell business.
Took car in to have lube etc and have cassette player installed. Have to keep it overnight to get speakers and install them.
Got most of Christmas merchandise inventoried & on top shelves above silks. Value about $1,600. Sold $1,200 merchandise at half price- realized about $600.
Cheryl and I to Turroffs for dinner. Talk turned to shop business so I treated her. She went back to finish billing.
Put Terry on 2 weeks furlough because he disobeyed Judy.
Monday December 29th
Peacocks here from 8 to 9:15 and gauges worked okay. Howard told them steam came out back of boiler and they said no it came out of relief valve.
Just got to work and Howard called saying it blew again. Peacock’s out again and said I have to have new furnace. Will send for it and install tomorrow.
Spent all day packing & inventory Christmas. Also got shelves in back room done. None totalled.
To Camera Club potluck at Executive Drive Community rooms- about 15 there- but I was too tired to enjoy.
Home at 9:30 and Howard had fires in fireplaces- room temperature 55°- he won’t sleep with fires going.
I’m in bed with electric blanket and Irish wool sweater on.
Sunday December 28th
To David’s with Mary and Kenny in their car & my $17 in gas- left at 7in back at 7:30. Karen cooked Goose, Cauliflower soup and even had gravy for us. Apple pudding and a French yule log for dessert. Really scrumptious. They got me Peterson’s new guide in hardback- Mary got it for me in soft cover! Sarah, Josh and Jed got very little from Santa Claus except what I sent- Hutch for Sarah with dishes.
Just got settled at home and furnace made loud gurgling noises. Howard said it did in a.m. also. Opened the basement door and rec room full of steam. Howard turned off water, gas and electric. But I also called the fire department who sent five guys but nothing for them to do. Called Peacocks and they said be out tomorrow early. Temperature gauge on boiler read 240°
Saturday December 27th
Judy off to go to Dayton for Christmas with Greg’s folks. She didn’t plan ahead for the five funerals on the board when she left so were short of flowers until Alum Creek Wholesale came in about 3. But gang got things done.
I set up Calvary United Methodist wedding at 11. Spent most of the day sorting Christmas things. Have the Knick Knack Junk in two boxes instead of 6. Have sold about $1,000 in half price Christmas stuff which brought in $500.
TV- finished wrapping for Haldeman’s- a Teleflora treasure chest with jewelry for Sarah- a Mexican cookbook from McNair company of Brownsville Texas (sent to me- giving to Karen) and folio of Stan Kenton arrangements for David. Gave all 4 (David, Karen, Kathi, Bob) checks for $75 and each grandchild $50 besides gifts.
Friday December 26th
Only busy out front. Judy sent all designers home by 3. Lots of people in for sale. She barely thanked me for $1,200 bonus- mostly others did. Laura left me a card.
I left at 3:30 and changed Sarah’s bank account to a two and a half years CD at 12% interest.
Bought paper and ribbon for typing Hildreth genealogy.
Home by 5 and heated up turkey and dressing leftovers.
Watched “To Russia with Love” on TV- James Bond movie- tried to budget raises within $100,000 for ‘81.
Thursday December 25th
Howard took his gifts before I got up and put six baskets he had woven there for me. Lil gave me a “Porta-Dolly” to carry baggage and Laura made 2 pink angels for me.
Spent most of the day getting dinner ready even with a pre-stuffed turkey.
Mary, Kenny and mother out about 4:30 and Paris and Helen and Margaret Ann at 5:30 which gave us time to open presents. I gave Hecker’s “Time Zero” Polaroid film “Puts” game- 88 Ohio County maps- a canvas carry bag- soft soad[sic]- a tiny gold Krugerrand (copy of the one ounce gold piece). Paris in good spirits and did eat a baked potato and piece of turkey. But was hurting by the time they left.
Kathi called about 9 a.m. she never says but I know she’s homesick. Bob had to work all day.
Wednesday December 24th
Snowing on top of 2” on ground. Took Marty 1 and 1/2 hours to come from Delaware. Temperature dropping all day and 15 to 20 mile an hour winds. Sure hated to send drivers out. Cut down on walk-in and with no funerals we started sending employees home by 3 and we’re finished up and closed at 5. Had time to get things in order for 50% off on Christmas merchandise.
To Mary and Kenny’s for supper. Mother & Vava there. Mary and I each gave Vava $25 for Christmas I wonder if mother gave her anything.
Mary and Kenny gave me a briefcase like the one Altrusa gave Maureen as Governor-elect. Nice for genealogy. Also National Geographic subscription as for 30 years.
Drove through Old Village Marion to see The Luminaries- candles in paper sacks along walks- also illuminated Christmas trees. Street Slippery. Home by 8. Set Howard’s Christmas on kitchen table and covered with red tablecloth- An 18” thermometer- a 5-gal can kerosene- a latch hook rug and Vaseline hand lotion..
Watched “The Nutcracker” on TV- Michael Baryshnikov
Tuesday, December 23, 1980
Monday December 22nd
Up $14,000 in sales in $10,000 in receipts over same time last year!
150 deliveries went like clockwork. Got all the poinsettias wrapped. Got 25 more white mums with red poinsettias in from Murpheys.
Florists all over the country sold out of “Holiday Glow” and we are using up every globe in the shop to fill orders.
David called wondering what toys I had bought kids since he hadn’t been able to finish ones he was making. So I said I’d ship mine down by bus and they could use them for Santa Claus. To supper with Heckers and Jordans and back to shop to route. Left at 9:00
Wrote bonus checks- gave Judy $1,200- all full-time employees $225 and new and part-time employees $115. Total $4,000- none for me.
Bed at 2 a.m. received from Vivian Blackwell the book she published of her father and mother’s diaries Rocky’s sister Lucille. Their hardships were heartbreaking. Only found them after their deaths.