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A clear colde day. Ben moved the stove from the barn to the cabbin in the woods and cut wood fixin for a dance. Josie baked some cakes. I killed and cooked two chickens. Josie made sand witches and carried up there. Hellen and Virginia has bin here all day. Elsie and Bulah come in here. Elsie gave me some candy and Bulah gave oranges. Virginia gave me a box of candy.
I hope they may enjoy the dance. I had rather they had not had it but nothing else would not do. I am a fraid that there is so many there that they cant have a good time. I am so sleepy that I hardly can write.
11 30 oclock
A warm day. Snow and ice melted very fast. Ben went to Renan and to see Charles. Kate Harvey come a little while. The weather is so bad that I have to stay in most of the time. Ben made the fire in the stove this morning. I got breakfast. Josie got dinner. She had a bowl of soup and chicken. Baked tea cakes. We all did enjoy it so much. I washed dishes after dinner. Josie fed the calves and chickens. We had tea cakes and cocoa for supper.
9 30 oclock
Paul Bennett worked on the barn til noon. Then he went to Mr Mayhews after ice. The ladies of Renan neighborhood sold cream at the school house to night. Miss Fannie Power come with Ben. They are all gone to the school house now.
A very rainy day.
I wish I knowed how all of the children were feeling to night. There is so much sickness that I am all ways uneasy and looking for some one to get sick.
I went to George Blairs and eat dinner. They had a fine dinner turkey & olde ham and everything else that it takes to make a good meal. They had a lot of company Ben & Josie and the children eat dinner at Carries. They had a good dinner - old ham & custard & cakes of several kinds Ben & Marvin went to Gretna to meet Miss Snead. She is at Lees to night. Whit Short was buried this evening 8 o'clock
A good day Ben & Jim grubed all day. Mr Owen plowed. Josie & I got dinner. Josie baked a cake and tea cakes. Marvin carried me to White Falls. Carrie and the children went as far as Kates. I am so glad to get to go. When I got home Nettie & Hellen & Virginia were here. I was glad that they came. I had a letter from Julia Furgerson this evening. I am always glad to hear from her.
Josie got some plant bed salit for the first time this year. She bake some ginger cakes this morning. Light bread this evening. I washed some today. Hived a swarm of bees this evening. They were so colde they could hardly fly.
I am a fraid that there will be a killing frost to night.
I don't think that Henry can go to sleep tonight for wanting to know what Santy will bring.
Well I may never see another Xmas. We have bin well all the year. Have not missed a night waiting on account of sickness.
The children spent the day playing with the toys that they got this morning.
A very windy morning but a good evening. Jim & Nellie and Evylin Brumfield came last night a bout nine oclock. Ben & the girls come home this morning at half passed four We were all at home at dinner Today we had a nice turkey for dinner it was Josies turkey. And mince pie & cakes and custard
Ben & Evylin & Thelma & Mary and Charley & Virginia Harvey went to Jim Powers to a dance. Josie did not go on account of the little baby The baby has bin better today than she was yesterday Jim has gone to the store tonight.
A good day. Jim harrowed all day. Ben fenced some. Josie got dinner then her and Edna & Franklin and Mabel come to Johnson Reynols. I went this morning. Today was Mollie Reynols birth day. Christenia invited several of the kinsfolk to come.
I was all that went for dinner. Christinia went to the store and bought cakes and lemmons. Made lemon aid and served cakes & aid. Mollie has children that she is proud of. They seem to think so much of her. Reese Smith brought his mother and sister up there this evening and come and brough us all home. Kate Harvey was there two. I enjoyed it all.
A cloudy day but no rain. Jim went to Chatham. Ben carried him to Gretna. Josie went to Gretna with Ben. Marvin finished planting tobacco today. I am glad for him. Carrie washed this morning and baked cakes for Sunday.
A good day. Clouds about this evening but no rain to wet any thing. Ben replanted tobacco. He went to Renan and got some beef for tomorrows dinner. Josie killed and dressed three chickens, baked two cakes, got dinner, and bathed the children.
I went to Worshams pond to fish. Marvin carried me and Henry & Reese. He went to Altavista and had work done on his teeth worked on. I stoped at Mr Jim Bookers and sit on the porch with Mrs Booker until Marvin come for us.
A colde day partly cloudy. Hailing and snowing tonight. Jim shucked some corn and toated stalks for the cows. Ben sawed wood at Kate Harveys. Brought the engine & saw home tonight. Ben went to Strait Stone tonight. He went for medicine for Mabel. She has a colde and is very hoarse. We are a fraid she will have the croup. Josie ironed today and worked on her cakes some. I got dinner. Denia Blair come a little while. I was glad that she come. Two of the Doss girls come a few minutes. They borrowed a last. Said they wanted to mend shoes. I am sorry that it is weathering. Did hope it would stay good until Jim could get home. We sent Kates turkey to her this morning.
A cloudy all day & rain this evening. Jim & Ben cut wood til noon. Ben helped Marvin kill hog. Henry went to school. The baby is bad off with colde. I think the other children are some better off. To day was a holiday. We did not get any mail. We miss it. I ironed some today & Josie ironed some. I churned. We both got dinner. Josie baked some nice tea cakes.
Clear windy & colde. Jim and Ben rumbled a round this morning. This evening they went to Marvins. Josie & I staid at home all day. Josie got dinner. She baked one of the nicest cakes yesterday that I ever saw. I helped some today. Josie milked. I churned & wash dishes. Helpe to attend the baby.
18th A good day. Ben harrowed on wheat land. Jim come from Chatham today. Josie and Ben went to Mayhews to see the little boy that is so badly burned. Mollie Reynolds come here a little while. I have staid at home all day to day. I got dinner and ironed some. Josie baked some nice tea cakes for the chldren to take to school. Jim and Ben are tying primeings.
A good day. Ben & Jim helped Marvin saw wood. They got done by twelve. Jim went to Chatham. Marvin carried him to Gretna. Ben sawed wood at Johnson Reynols. They got done by night. Josie baked several cakes. They looked good. I made two aprons. Henry brought in some wood. The children has bin wild to day. They feel Xmas. Josie and Mabel has bad colds and Edna, Josie & the children shelled some pea nuts ready for roasting.
A good day. Ben sawed wood at Kates and Mr Edmons. He went to Strait Stone to night. Henry went with him. They did not stay but a short while. Josie made some cakes. She has bin complaining all day with a colde. Mrs Car sent her a present and me one two. I got several presents today. I am glad to be remembered by the children and friends. I am sick tonight. Think I am taking a colde. The children has had colds. I am sorry for them. I was at Mr Owens a few minutes this evening.
A good morning rain this evening. We all staid at home all day. Mrs Car & Henry made ice cream. I got dinner fried chicken cooked butter beans & potatoes baked tea cakes. Ben looked for Jims turkey did not find her. Jim come home with Norman Booker from Gretna. Jo Edmons and [Jac?son] Emerson come to see Henry. They all went to the branch to bathe. Josey & Johnson & Charlott come a few minutes. Edna helped milk this morning & tonight. Oh Lord take care of all of us.
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 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 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.