Feb. 22 - 08
Dear Papa -
I got the box of good things yesterday ad we are all enjoying them - Mary is happy over the two pretty boxes of [Sonney's?] chocolates, and Dix is delighted with the cigars, and thanks you. When the box was first opened the fragrance of the two big fine pineapples made me jump up and down - it was so good and we are all having a feast. Don't worry about the apricots - the figs
are so good they make up for their loss.
Your letter reached me this afternoon. I have been afraid you were not well. Im so sorry that you and Wanda have had that miserable Grippe again. It must be dolefully lonesome for you in that big empty house. Take good care of yourself and come back to this grand country as soon as you can. There is no Grippe here, and I care more and more for this big glorious country. I'll keep away from people - it is the
great open sage country that I love. Last night we had a little sprinkle, but this morning is bright and sunshiney and I am enjoying the glorious air. The weather has been pretty good since I wrote last. I'm glad you are having some good sunshine in the valley after the constant fog and drizzle.
Miss Brodt has invited an old maid friend of hers from Oakland to come and visit her here for about two weeks. I think Miss Cooper is coming
about the first of March.
We are all well and happy. I keep fat and comfortable and dont worry about anything. Just enjoy this desert of mine, and my horse and dog, my guitar and my letter, so I am very happy. A few days ago I rode up on the slope south of the ranch and made friends with a dear little burrowing owl. I got up to within ten feet of him and whistled and he blinked and walked around bowing to me - so funny I could hardly keep from laughing.
Im going up there some sunny day with my camera to take his picture as he bows to me.
I had a nice long letter from Dr. Merriam the other day, also a funny book. I'm going to write and tell him how finely Im getting along.
Please send back that Calkins letter to me - I think I ought to answer it.
Im very glad the ranch is all right, and everything looking cheerful. Take good care of yourself and write soon.
1908 Feb 22
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 13 cm.
Muir, Helen, "Letter from Helen [Muir] to [John Muir], 1908 Feb 22." (1908). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 5282.
Reel 17, Image 0209
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