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Rain this morning and this evening. Henry went to school. Marvin carried his children & Henry. Ben worked on Marvins car the most of the day. Jim come home to night. Ben met him and brought him home. Josie made me three aprons and got dinner. This evening she ironed some collars and six nice shirts. I ironed all the washing excep the shirts and collars. I went to Marvins. Carrie was makeing Hazel a dress. Henry brought us a pound of butter from Otho Blairs to day. Mabel is not well tonight. I hope she may be well soon. Carrie talked with Ethel this evening.
A beautiful day. Ben & Jim & Henry sawed wood all day and did not get done. Jim went to Hutchersons and got oil and Ben went to Renan and got oil. Josie has had a time with Mabel. She has bin sick all day. I got dinner. This evening I went to Marvins a whil. Marvin went to Strait Stone to preaching. Brought me two books that I borrowed from Ethel Worsham. I have bin reading tonight. There is a show at Renan to night. None of my folks did not go to see it. Ben and Henry went hunting tonight. Did not catch any thing. Professor Gambol passed here this evening on his way to Mr Edmons. Guess he will spend the night there.
A rainy day. We all staid at home until after dinner. I went to Marvins late this evening. Marvin is thinking of killing hogs in the morning. Mabel is not well yet. Hope she will be well soon. I got dinner except make a potatoe salid. Josie made that. It was fine. I and Josie have read some today in book that we borrowed.
A colde windy day. Marvin killed hogs. Ben & Jim helped him. They sent Reese for Martha Miller. She come and will helpe them for several days until they move. I was there today. Jim and I eat dinner there. Josie got dinner at home. She made some preserves and pickel to day. Poor little Mabel has cried the most of the day. I feel so troubled a bout her and cant do any thing to help her. The children went to school today. It was rough on little ones.
A cool windy day. Jim & Ben shucked some corn. The wind blowed so that they could hardly shuck. I boiled some hogs ears for dinner. Josie made bread & coffee. I put feathers in Josies new bed tick this morning. This evening I went to the store and bought a few things. I walked up there & back. I brought back 7 pounds 6 of coffee & one of soda. I went to see Kate Harvey a few minutes. She was busy fixing up after hog killing. I come by Mollies. They were very busy abought their land & sausage. I did not stay to bother them long. I have bin working on a quilt. Tonight little Mabel is up yet. I hear her talking. 8:30 oclock
A beautiful day. Ben went to Mr Edmons's to saw wood. Was there all day. Jim shucked corn. The Mormon preachers went a way early this morning. I am not sorry that they staid here last night. Josie ironed all the morning. I got dinner. This evening I went to Mr Bookers. Sallie & Isla Blair was there. Evry thing looked very nice up there but oh how I mis Marvin & Carrie. No one knows but my self. I have peiced on a quilt some tonight. Mabel has tried her self tonight and tried Josie. I am sorry for them both and cant them. Jim has a bad cough. I wish he could get well of it. The children went to school to day.
A partly day. Jim & Ben hauled up some corn stalks this morning. This evening they cut wood for Norman Booker. Tonight Ben & Josie went to Strait Stone. Did not stay long. Mabel staid up until they come home. Marvin Smith come today. He eat dinner with us. Josie ironed most allday. I got dinner except make the biskit. Josie done that. I stewed pumpkin the most of the day. Lizzie Bennett and Lee Brumfield gave me a pumpkin. We did not make one this year. Eleck Gilbert hauled and put wood under shelter to day. I am glad of it. The children went to school.
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 good day. The land was covered with hail and snow but it nearly all melted before night. Ben & Jim did not do much of anything this morning. This evening Ben carried Jim to Gretna on his way to Chatham to spend the holidays with his folks. Josie and Henry went with them. They got home in good time. They bought several things. Among them they got some cow feed. I am so glad of that. Ben is in the basement not trying to stain the floors. Josie made me a nice apron tonight. I am glad of it. I got several Xmas cards from the grand children & friends. I killed 4 chickens and dressed them ready to cook. Two for Jim. Heard to day that Oscar Brumfield is sick. Hope he may soon be well. I do hope that Mabel will soon be well a gain.
A cloudy day. No weather yet. We all staid at home until noon. This evening Ben & family went to Jim Powers. Mrs Car had a Xmas tree for her grand children. She had lots of presents for her children and grand children. She sent me a nice hand pocket. I am glad of it. I did not go. Some one had to attend to the cows. I done that. Brought water and wood for in the morning. No one has bin to see us yet. The roads is bad. I hope some one will come soon. I want to go to see Carrie but cant whil the roads is so bad. Mabel is so carried a way over her doll she cant go to sleep. 9 oclock
A clear cold day. Jim & Ben cut wood in the woods. We got dinner today at twelve oclock. Josie went to Carries a little while today. I kept the baby. She was very good. I cut a feww peices for a quilt. Josie washed & ironed a dress for Edna.
A cold day cloudy tonight. Ben went to Straight Stone this morning to register his car. Jim went to the woods to cut after they got back. They hauled wood. They have a nice pile of wood at the wood pile.
Josie got dinner. I staid with the baby. I went to Marvins this evening. His children has very bad colds and the children here has bad colds, Jim had a letter from Nellie saying that Mr. Walker was sick a heap of late. 9 30 oclock
A nice day. The menfolks worked on plant beds. Josie done a big washing. I staid with Franklin and the baby and got a little dinner. This evening Cordie & Nettie Blair come. I was glad to see them.
Henry and Edna went to school. We heard to night that Tom Peak got his hand cut off this morning. I am so sorry for him & his family. The Owen baby is some better to night. Today is Henry Brumfield's birth day. He was born in the date 1833. 8 oclock
A good day. Jim & Ben cut wood. Josie got dinner to night. Ben & Josie & Mabel went to Ren Worsham's. I wish they were at home. The wind is blowin hard.
I went to Otho Blairs. Denia Blair & Kate Harvey was there. Sallie had a nice dinner. I think they are fixed up nicely. Denia and I come by Mr Allens. They are both feeble. She is in the bed and he can't get about hardly atal. George Blair Jr met us with the car & brough me home. I was glad but did not expect such good luck. 9 30 oclock
A cloudy day. Jim & Ben worked on a plant bed. Jim mended Kate Harvey's shoes to night. Henry went to Charlie Hutcherson's to night. Carrie and the children was here a few minutes this evening. Josie got dinner. I kept the baby. Henry & Edna went to school. 9 oclock
Henry has got home. Carrie and Reese went with him to Mr. Hutchersons.
A clear day, cold & windy. Jim & Ben went to Mr Hutchersons and helped a bout buriin Mrs Mayhew's twin babies.
Jim went home this evening. Marvin carried him a part of the way.
Josie got dinner. I staid with the baby this evening. I sewed some on my quilt.
Ben tried to fix Henry's air rifle and mashed his thumb right bad, hope it will get well soon. Josie is at the dinning room ironing now.
A clear cold day. Ben went to Chatham for Jim. They got home at dark. They come by Letcher Craddocks and got some honey. Josie washed some. We eat a cold dinner except coffee. I kept the baby. I do the work that has to be done or keep the baby from before light until after dark. I am afraid that I can't hold out at it until spring. I feel so bad I don't see no way to help myself. 9 oclock
A bad day, rained most of the day. The boys could not work out any. Tom Edmons come this morning taking census. Josie got dinner. I washed dishes. After dinner I finished a quilt that I pieced for Josie of her pieces. Tonight Marvin & Paul come. They are playing auto cards. Henry has a very bad cough. I am uneasy a bought him. The baby cried so that Josie had to quit playing. 9 30 oclock
A bad day. The ice is melting. Jim & Ben went to Renan. There was no one at the store this evening. They worked on some baskets. We had a duck for dinner.
The children did not go to school.
The baby has bin very cross but is better tonight. 8 oclock
A beautiful day. Jim split and brought in a big pile of stove wood. I was glad. Ben finished his basket. Owen bought some hay and brought in one load. Tonight Jessie Hutcherson come and ask Ben & Josie to a party. Jim has gone to Marvin's. Josie washed a big washing today. I staid with the children. Henry & Edna went to school. I am a fraid that the baby is sick. 9 oclock
A cloudy morning. Clear this evening. Ben & Jim got wood all day. Josie got dinner. I ironed all the morning. Carrie come down a few minutes. This evening Josie & Franklin & Mabel went to Marvins. A man come here this evening selling medicine. We did not buy any thing from him. Tonight Jim & Ben has gone to Renan. I sewed on my quilt some tonight.
A colde day. Wind & scralls [?]of snow. Ben carried logs to the saw mill. Jim cut. Josie worked on Mabel apron some this evening. She went to Marvins a few minutes. She got some packages through the mail to day. I finished stichess my quilt. Henry went to school. Edna did not go. I think Franklin will soon be well.
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.
A bad day. Snowed all day. Marvin & boys come down & got their [?] cut. Josie milked for me this morning the first time any one has milked for me this winter. I have felt bad all day. Franklin is better I hope. I wrote two letters to day one to Effie & one to John. I do hope I may feel better by morning.
7 oclock The baby will be 5 months old tomorrow and weighs 12 pound.
A clear good day. The men cut & mauled all day. Josie done most all the work. Milked & brought water. She fixed to wash in the morning. Henry & Edna went to school. I think Franklin is improveing. Mabel has bin cross. I dont think she is well. I dont feel well a bit. Do hope I will be well soon. I try to ask the lord to take care of us. That is all the help that will do any good. Franklin come in tonight to stay with me a while. Josie is ironing tonight.
A bright colde day. The men folks did not do much out of doors. Josie done what was done in the house. I cut quilt peices and [?]rsed the baby a little. Ben helped Josie milk this morning for the first time this winter. I had a letter from John this evening. I am so glad when I can hear and they are well.
9 oclock Josie is ironing to night.
A beautiful day. Ben & Owen made a crate for Mr. Owens calf. This evening Ben went to the saw mill. Josie washed a big washing. I staid with the children. I have helped some to day. They are haveing a dance at Mr. Edmons to night. Ben & Josie was invited but did not go. The baby has a bad colde. Is very cross. I had a letter from Julia Fergerson this evening. I am always glad to hear from any of the folks off.
A good day. Ben went to Gretna for ship stuff. Jim met him and come home. Ben carried Owens calf. Carrie come and spent the day with us. Mrs. Owen come a little while. The baby has bin sick all day and cried the most of the time. I do hope she may be better by morning. John Brumfield was at Gretna today. I am so glad that the boys is at home. Henry & Edna went to school. 8 oclock
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.
A clear windy day. Ben & Jim & Henry split wood at the wood pile. Jim started to Chatham this evening. He started walking. Ben & Henry went to Strait Stone this evening. They walked. A man come here last night and ask to stay all night. Ben let him stay and Josie fixed him supper. I kept the baby while she was at it. He said he had walked from Greene Burough NC. Josie & I have set by the fire all that we could. Henry bought him a watch at Strait Stone.