June 28, 1976Dear Family –
Hi – Have put off writing – waiting for our 1st letter – but decided today that maybe you all were also waiting for our 1st letter. The VAN has already broken down – happened Saturday in Newton – I had 9 senior citizens in it – had to go to the library – & take them shopping. It would do nothing when I came out of the library – went inside & found a guy who pushed us & got it started. Then in Newton it died – had to get it pushed again. The van wouldn't even turn over – both times – no noise – no nothing. Mr. Ream & Paul (maintenance man who also repairs vehicles) can't figure it out – so this morning some of the guys here will push it & get it started and then I'll be off to the VW Repair shop.
Other than that (except for the problem we had w/ the Buick) everything is fine. The staff is a good one – my roommate is nice – she lives about 40 miles from here – she is wild about horses – much more than J.B. – living so close to "Black Beauty."
I've been keeping myself busy – in fact so busy – I've only written 5 letters since getting here – having written all of them the last 2 days.
I'm sure J.B. has written you – he seems to be doing VERY GOOD – he has already left for Dover today to buy more supplies.
I'm now at the VW place – finally got the van started by getting the pick-up truck to push it – sure hope the summer won't be a continuation of all this!
Your letter came today – THANKS – also appreciated the stamps – J.B. kiddingly said we could sell them. He really shocked me the other night – J.B., Vince, Lois (my roommate ) & I all went out just to drive around – then later stopped to get a snack & he paid the WHOLE bill – no complaints – actually offered to do it!
I have to meet the 10:20 pm bus in Netcong tonight – part of the joys of being driver! OH – the van got fixed – needed new starter.
John & Vince are youngest ones here – the US is well represented – different parts of the country that is. Besides Marian & I.T. there is a boy from California; one from Washington state. A girl from Johnstown PA – the rest from either Jersey or NYC.
I'm glad Mary V. is going to Fla in July. She is more than welcome to use my suitcase – Just drop me a post card – OK – Mary V? Do tell Ruth S. hello from me – what is the latest on her – will she have to be operated on?
We are using the Indian bed-sheets – they add alot of color to the room. All the senior citizens ask me about my trip – J.B. & Vince can't believe how many of them know me. J.B. has made alot of friends here – ask him about Julia & Hildegard. Right now – only about 30 people here – but this weekend will be packed – all the New Yorkers want to get out of the city for the 4th.
One of the senior citizens brought me as a present a 1976 Michelin guide to NYC – Right now J.B. has got it.
Food is again good – but this year I'm not able to have unlimited grapefruit – at least I'm not taking advantage of them yet. It's nice to have friends in the kitchen. We all miss Al – this year they will be using frozen pies – Al used to make 20 pies without making it seem like work.
As for my check – please send it here. I've opened up an account here – also need some for operating expenses!!
What have you heard from Catherine & Gerry? We had a post card from them in Denver. I'm glad that they were able to stop by to see Serena –
Better close – It's late & mornings come quick.