March 14, 1978Dear Mom, Dad, and Mary Virginia,
Hi! Thank you for your letter and the more detailed description of your trip home. It arrived on Saturday. It was good talking to you, Mother, and I will try to call again soon. Gerry has been going to work earlier this week since Frank, one of his parts people is on vacation so it gives me more time to think about calling before 8:00.
We are having a hard time getting Wendy asleep at night. She will go to bed and then wake up an hour later and be ready to play some more, just when Gerry and I are getting ready to go to bed. I've tried feeding her more supper in case she is hungry, less supper, feeding her earlier or later, etc. but so far nothing seems to have any effect. This has been going on for about a week. One night we just let her cry and she eventually went back to sleep only to wake up a half hour later screaming like she was in real agony. Maybe it's teething?
We didn't go to Andersens Pea Soup on Sunday after all. It was a beautiful day with clear blue skies, slight breeze and temperature in the 60's so we went to Henry Coe Park instead. It was much more congested than when we were there last. Like there were about 40 cars. We hiked to Frog Lake which looked like about the shortest hike and we weren't sure how good of condition we were in or how well Wendy would hold up. It was three miles round trip but it turned out to be vertical distance instead of horizontal. We could feel our muscles by the time we got back. We took a picnic lunch with s and had a very pleasant day. Wendy fell asleep in her back back and seemed to enjoy the ride.
Yesterday Wendy and I went over to Debbie's house. She is the one I met in the grocery store last week who has a daughter two weeks older than Wendy. They are both at about the same stage of development. They didn't do much except stare at each other and chew on their respective toys. Debbie's husband works in San Jose (she is from San Jose and he is from Watsonville) but they bought a house in Gilroy because the same house was selling for $16,000 less than in San Jose. And we think they are expensive here!
We have started subscribing to the San Francisco Chronicle. The first day we were to get it the paper boy left the San Jose Mercury instead but they seem to have it straightened out now. We haven't had any additional problems with the Gilroy paper. The boy stopped the other day and asked if it would be alright if he just threw it at the door from now on instead of knocking on the door. He was very polite and he looked scared to death.
Idella is getting a permanent this morning and I told her I would pick her up when she is finished so she wouldn't have to call a cab to get home. She said she had had some sort of surgery on her foot so she is't able to walk too far and her beauty shop is on 3rd St. Her appointment was at 8:00 so her husband dropped her off before he went to work. Did I tell you that Idella's apartment has only one bedroom and Ruby's has three? To get to Ruby's third bedroom you have to go through the second bedroom. She showed me all around when I was over there getting your picture. She (Ruby) really has the place full of furniture. The second bedroom has a double bed and a crib (for her grandchildren when they come to visit) and the third bedroom also has a double bed plus book shelves, dressers, etc. She said when she first moved in her husband was still living, her brother was staying with them, and her son, his wife and their baby lived with them.
Well, Wendy needs some attention so I better be signing off. Write again soon!