Gosh I was glad to hear from you this morning after not hearing from you all day Wednesday The letter of which you speak of as being gloomy must be lost, strayed or stolen. I have not got it yet. I wish you could have heard the postman when he brought your letter today. He called out, "Oh Mrs. Jones! Are you back here again?!" Then he went on to say he was just a little tired of bringing those letters and hoped that this wouldn't last for long. I got quite a kick out of his teasing and all his nonsense.
Dad is steadily improving and getting stronger. [We never do find out what his ailment is.] He has slept nearly all day. Last night the furnace nearly went out and Walter fired it up about 10 o'clock this morning. The house got very hot and poor Dad didn't sleep so well afterwards. He is just being fed his supper now and is enjoying every mouthful. We still have to spoon feed him but he is getting quite anxious to help himself.
It was a scream to hear him talk about the boat and boat-house. Tonight when Walt was bringing the truck in, a ladder on top of it struck the garage and pushed it in. Walter thinks that instead of fixing it, it would be a good chance to tear it down. Dad's first thought was that the galvanized iron on the frame of the garage could be used to build the boat house. He says there will be plenty of it without buying anything new. Of course we have to agree that that is a fine idea. Poor Dad, I think he is just living to see that little house of ours.
I have to go out tonight. Grace Barber has invited me up for the evening along with some of the old gang. Ruth Grainger just phoned too and wanted me at her house with Jerry and Peg and Dot and a few others. We will go to her place tomorrow night I think.
We had quite a lot of excitement in front of Elizabeth's at supper time. A street-railway bus caught fire and the reels came to put it out. Walt and Pearl and I ran down the street to see it. No one was hurt but it gave Elizabeth a fright.
Well Sweetheart your letter sounds a little lonely and a little downhearted. Brave up Darling. It can't last like this forever. I know how hard it is for you when a deal goes like that and I hate to mention it. [Seems one of Bill's real estate deals fell through] The best thing is to forget and try again. Come here and I'll give you a big hug and kiss. There now. Don't you feel better? Heaps of love Honey and turn over and I'll put my arm around you and if you snore I'm going to pinch you!
Hugs and kisses
Every your Helen"
How are you Dearie? I am wondering if you will receive my letter today. I didn't write until quite late and was not able to take it to the station until nearly 1 p.m. The station man told me it would be doubtful if you would receive it today and then I thought how uncertain the mails are, it would be best to put special delivery on it. [Mail problems way back then already, eh?] It did cost .20 cents but that, even though money is as scarce as bare feet on a frosty morning, is cheap when I consider the state of your feelings when no letter arrives--so please don't regard it as money wasted.
I just telephoned Margaret and she has decided to go home tomorrow with Lillian. I shall try to leave as soon after three as possible. There will be very little doing but I have to stay in case somebody will call and want something in a hurry.
Miss Hart says her turkey is fine. She just cleaned it. I was lucky in coming across a farmer who let me have an 11 lb. turkey for 30 cents per lb. [Imagine that!] Everywhere else at the market they were selling at 34 cents and 38 cents a lb.
Well Sweetheart there is little to write now that I shall see you soon. I am so impatient I really believe I could be easily annoyed, and that is saying a lot. It is not often I get that way. It has seemed like ages since we parted a week ago.
Heaps of love and kisses Dearie and don't work too hard. Now then roll over and let me kiss your back.
PS There are a few cards and a small parcel which I shall bring over. They are addressed to you c/o 21 King St. E. B.J."
So here we are, it's almost Christmas and the newly married couple, apart now for a week, can't wait to see each other again. Business has its ups and downs and Bill has recently had a downer. Perhaps it was the building below in one of his advertising flyers. Hang in there, things are about to get more exciting. Watch for the next installment.