[Note: Air Mail Envelope Mrs. Frances OBrien 59 E. 54 New York 22 New York]
I have your letter this morning and I am certainly surprised and sad to hear about Bert - Life is so surprising isn't it - I know you will miss him tho it was not always smooth. I had intended to write you to tell him to stop and see me when he went across country as I assumed he would. [Illegible] passes - and we wonder to where. I wish I could be with you a little. I think Carl Banbechler is a little active with his imagination about Doris. She is going to Fisk for a while - maybe a couple of months but I do not think she will stay. Our stay there was so difficult on can not say. I rather think the climate will be poisonous for her. She seems very well now - better than I have ever seen her. I am trying to push her so that she will get off in February -
I wrote your landlord about the lease. He answered that you do not need a lease - so I guess it is alright to leave it as it is. I think about the linoleum that you probably have to do that your self. What is there was there when I moved in but when I moved in over on the river at 405 E 54 - I had to tend to that myself -
Mary Callery came for Xmas - will be here another week - It was the most [Illegible] Xmas I've had in many years - We went up on the mountain into the snow for the Xmas tree - have a green long needle one in the grey room trimmed and a tall blue spruce standing on the well in the patio not trimmed but very pure and beautiful - Maria came for a couple of days - would have stayed longer if invited I think - She went on to Old Mexico and we all
breathed more freely - Doris has been behaving very well so the house goes quietly - Except that the cars behave rather badly with the cold weather and their advancing years. The electric blanket is very fine - Keeps me very comfortable and warm. I always thank you for getting it for me. I am such a [Illegible] We are all very well - Scurry around in the cold but it is good. Have had very little snow. The small kitten is a demon - has had his name changed to Francis the Crab. We can't get him over scratching and biting -Mary works very hard to [illegible] him but doesn't get any further than I do and I am about to decide to always stay across the room from him - He must need you -
Well - Francis my dear - don't work too hard - Doris asks to be remembered to you - says she is still only a Mule of the Salt Mines - a member in good standing working away in her own stall - My love to you and may1950 be your best year. You forgot to send me Brian's address - please -
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