Wednesday March 21[1945 in LP's handwriting]
My sweet Paddy:
Today it is raining and snow again covers even our nearest mountains — just the tips of the very nearest ones, but those a bit farther back are quite white and very beautiful. The rain has stopped for a bit now and the clouds have lifted from this beautiful, quiet valley. I can even see our emerald hills on the other side.
I enjoyed your two letters very much along with the clipping and the x-word puzzle. These jazzy ones are much easier than the usual ones although I confess "unrationed butter" had me stymied for awhile along with "every fresh shrimp is __" I return it to you. It didn't take me very long yesterday to do it.
When I took Linda to the dentist Monday I looked at Vogue (Spring number) and saw in it the most the most wonderful and beautiful picture of T. H. Morgan. It would be worth the price on the magazine to have it. It is an excellent straight forward photograph of a beautiful, serene face. I tried to buy this issue and have asked Dr. Atkinson's [?] to save at least this one page for me which she said she would do. There is also a not at all good picture of Hubble with his pipe!
We are all well and happy. The children all have a weeks holiday next week. I wish I could do something for them.
I hope that everything is going well with you. Are you warm enough? Mrs. Holdredge [?] called yesterday and said she had sent mail to you at Denver. I hope it reached you. She said she'd given mail to Corey, Campbell and Dickinson. I said to be sure to keep a record of it. She seems to need a bit of assurance that what she does is all right. I'll try to help without intruding.
I forgot to mention that Arletta offered to stay with us as did Louise Jean. We get along so well, though, that I think it isn't worth the bother to anyone. I have slept very well and am not nervous. I have great confidence in Peter, too.
We all send our love to you, and give our love to Moe as well. Be a good Paddy and don't worry about us for we are all right. I really don't believe that you waste very much time in anxiety, however. That just isn't your nature — a good thing, too!
Don't eat too much Waldorf salad! We tried our Toaroa [?] soup last night. It was delicious but a bit strong. It tastes like oysters and clams. I have the one tire back and left the other front one to be recapped. The war news continues to be breath taking.
Your girl who loves you, Ava Helen