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A cloudy dreary day but no falling weather. Jim stayed a round home most of the day. Ben moved in a hand. John Ward. He was until dark getting home. Then he carried Fanny Power and the children to the school house to a play. Nellie baked two cakes & Fanny one and made some pies. Fanny ironed some/ The cloths was not dry eneough to iron good. I mended Edna's coat this morning & churned and fixed up the butter this evening. Josie has suffered bad today. I had a letter from Carrie today. It is very colde tonight too.
A good day. Ben & Jim sawed wood for Kate. I am glad that they did. I have bin busy all day and done very little. I got dinner. Mrs Car picked the salit yesterday. I got a present of a nice fruit cake. Effie Brumfield sent it. I got a card from Thelma Brumfield. I am always glad to hear from them. Jim has gone to Hutchersons to hear from Mrs Hutcherson.
A colde cloudy day. The boys got wood today. Nellie got dinner, fried potatoes and baked bread. Made ginger cakes I enjoyed with the dinner. This evening Nellie staid with Mabel. I went to Reynols. Walked up there and back. Johnson had gone to Danville. Mrs. Cook was there. I did enjoy my vist. While I was there, Mrs. Carr come home from Lynchburg. I was glad that she made the trip. So good we are glad for her to stay with us what she will. Mollie walked with me as far as Bookers Barn. Mrs. Carr brought the children some presents. (?)
A cloudy day. The men hauled wood all the morning. This evening they sawed wood. Ben says it has bin the longest month that he ever saw. We can't be surprised at that. It has bin a sad time. Josie and Alice both gone. 8 little children motherless children. God will take care of them some way. Nell is is worried most to death a bout her daughter. She can't help it. I am sorry for her and can't do any thing to help her. Nell has done most of the cooking to day. She made some cakes to day. They were fine. Mr. Mayhew is here tonight him and two of his children. They are playing games in the dining room.
A good day. Jim and John cut today. Ben went to Chatham with Odie Kellie. They carried the poll books. Clement was elected. Nellie got dinner. Fried pies and baked tea cakes. She made a scarf for her mother. She got a letter from Evylin. I got a letter from Carrie Smith. Her baby is sick. I went to Johnson Reynols. They were well as usual. Julia Ferguson had gone to see her Aunt Kate. Jim Farthing bought him a car today. Reubin Reynols brought me home in their big car. I sewed a little today. Made Franklin a union suit.
A rainy day. No out door work done and not much in the house. Nellie baked a cake for Franklin[?]. It is his birth day. He is seven years olde today. I mended a quilt that the dogs tore. Nellie dressed Mabel in a new dress. She is so glad. I had a letter from Carrie. She said that her children had the measles. I am sorry for her and the children. It is a job to wait on on them. I am sorry that is is raining. It is so hard on the sick and the little chickens. We heard that there was but 13 scholars at school to day.
A cloudy day. Rain this evening. Jim and Ben worked around here until after twelve. They they went to the sale of Jessie Hutchersons land. Mr. Norman Booker carried me with his family to the river at Mr. Jim Bookers fish trap. They had a fish fry. There was some fifty or more people there. The me done the cooking. The fish was fried as nice as could be. We had a good time. Some of them had fried chicken and some had ham and cake and cream. We all took a shower of rain. The rain was badly needed. Hope all got home safe. I cooked supper after I got home.
A good day. Some clouds in sight but no rain here. The men planted some tobacco this evening. Marvin and Carrie and four children come today. I was so glad. They staid and eat dinner. Then went right away. I was churning when they come. I had beans on cooking. Edna beat up her first cake today. It was fine. Made by receipt in the cook book. We had beets for dinner. The first that growed this year. I put out 20 little chickens today. Henry has had the tooth ache this evening so he did not work for a while.
A good day. Henry and Edna went to Sunday school. They come home and eat dinner. Then Ben carried them to Marvin Smiths. Jim would not go. I think they enjoyed their visit. I know I did. Mr. Emmet Smith nearly all of the family come to Marvins. Carrie had cake and pickle enough for all of us. It was very nice. When we got home Lee and Jim was on the porch talking. I got supper as quick as I could but Lee would not stay. I went to sleep and dropped my pen and made a blot on my book.
Sunday. A good day. Edna and Henry went to Sunday school. They did not stay for preaching. Ben carried us to Marvin Smiths. Jim would not go. We enjoyed our visit. Mr Ernest Smith and some of his family come to Marvins. Carrie had cake and pickle enough for all of the crowd. It was very nice. When we got home Lee was here. I got supper as quick as I could but Lee would not stay.
A rainy morning. Did not rain long. I hope it may rain a gain tonight. Marvin and family come today. I was very glad I had cooked our dinner when they got here. Carrie brought two chickens ready to fry and a cake so we had dinner aplenty with very little trouble. Henry went to Sunday school. Lawson Emerson come home with him. They eat dinner and them and Jo Edmons and Reese went to get in the water some where. Mabel went to sleep be fore sundow and I guess she will sleep until morning.
A good day. No rain yet. Ben and Henry went to Gretna. They had a big tim. They eat dinner with Marvin and Carrie. Jim did not go. He worked most of the day. I made three quarts of black berrie preserves and killed two and fried them and baked a cake. That was our dinner. Vegetables has a bout dried up. John Ward had the team and went to Level Run to a big gathering of some sort. I gathered some berries. Intend making jellie tomorrow. The children are all in a glee tonight eating candy and blowing up their balloons. Good night.
A good day. Marvin Smith cut corn. The children went to school. Carrie fixed to wash. Before she commence Mrs McLaulin come to spend the day. She had her little boy with her. He is a fine little fellow. When she went home Carrie and I walked with her nearly home. It is not far but a steep hill to clime. I am very glad that Carrie has her for a neighbor. She seems to be a fine woman. Carrie had snaps and butter beans and sweet potatoes and cake. I have set a round today and rested. Would like to know what they are doing at home.
A good day. Ben staid at Lees all day. Henry went up there last night. Edna and Franklin went up there this evening. They went with Reese and Paul Smith. They brought Nellie from Gretna home. Mr. [Sprat?] and his wife and wife's sister come to see Evylin this evening. I went to see Mollie this evening. They had come from Piney Grove. They had not eat dinner. Posey and family and Clack and family was there. Mollie had a good dinner. Snaps and beef and chicken pies and cake. One of the best that I ever did taste. Posie brought me home on his Red Bird car. It did ride fine.
A good day. Ben and the children and I went to Marvin's. Carrie had a good dinner. Fried chicken and tomatoes and macaronie and chees caned peaches and fruit cake. It was all good and nice. This evening Carrie and I and Henry and Reese went to see my sister Nannie Bennett. She has bin sick and looks bad now but I hope she may soon get well. All of Nannies daughters was there. I was glad to see them. We come by Tims[or Jims?] and talked with them a minutes.[sic] We got home in good time. I got supper. Ben and Henry has gone some where. To St. Andrews I guess.
A beautiful day. Jim and Henry and Franklin and I went to Marvin's today. Found them fixing to come to see us. Carrie gave me a nice cake for Xmas and some butter. I was glad of all that she gave me. She gave us a good dinner. Ben and the little girls staid here. Ben got dinner. I think they enjoyed getting their own dinner. We stoped at Mr. Rowland's and got some oil. The got on fine.
A very warm day for Dec. They cut some feed at Booker's and here. Did not finish. I got dinner. Though[t?] Mr. Booker would be here. He did not stay. After dinner Henry and I went to Gretna. I bought a pair of shoes and stockens. Come home and put them on. Ben and Jim went to Mt. Airy. Ben bought some paint. Henry and I come by by Marvin's and got some cakes that Carrie had made for me. Marvin's folks was going to a play at the school house. A part of the school building was burned last night.
A warm cloudy day. We all staid at home. We had a nice mess of turnip greens and did enjoy them. This evening Mrs. Booker and Ray come. Alma and Lonnie Bennett come. Alma brough[t] me a fruit cake and a box of candy and two pounds of butter. I am so glad of all of the things. We did not have any butter for several days. That is so little that we did not want to eat it. I am so glad to be remembered by the children. Wish I could see them all once more.
A good day. Ben and the children and Jim went to Strait Stone this morning. Jim and Ben and Henry went to Renan tonight. I boiled a ham and dressed two chickens this morning. Ben swept the parlor and hall today. I got a cake and several packages in the mail and the children got several things. I am so glad to be remembered. Every one is so good to me. Jim gave me a pitcher. Aluminum. Very nice. I am invited to Ben Easts to dinner tomorrow. Guess I won't go. Would like to go but some one will have to stay here.