April 1912

Yesterday was our day to burn and we had a perfect day for it, very cool and clear.  About once a month we have to burn all the paper that collects.  When we burn the paper we also burn more brush and wood that collects around the land so that it is all clear and easy walking.  That takes all day and sometimes several days.  Then I spent some time on my family tree.  I have most of my material collected and sorted and in the correct notebooks so I can find the information I have and need for the tree.  Today I fried the last of the tomatoes and made relish out of the last five pounds of green tomatoes that are too small and green to fry.  I got enough fried tomatoes to go for four meals and 3 1/2 pints of relish.  I did put in some red peppers I got at the farmer’s market and some banana peppers from the garden so it not only came out good but pretty as well.  That will be the last of the canning for the year, I think.  Now I am spending the afternoon working on my blog and then my tree.   I have been ready Web’s diaries ahead and am on 1915.  What a busy woman Auntie was!  in 1915 she took in washing so washed and ironed three or four days a week, she had five boarders as well as anyone in town who had older people who were sick.  They would come and stay with her until they were well enough to go home and take care of themselves again.  Many nights she sat up all night with them and still was up to cook for the boarders and do the washing.  When she had a spare second she was making aprons for a company in Boston and she helped Web cane the backs of chairs for the Chair Factory in town.    I feel like a lazy person reading about her and have to remind myself she was about 35 and I am 80 so maybe there is an excuse for me.  Web does pretty good helping her, working in the garden, and caning chair backs and he is 83 at the time.  He doesn’t go to church any more because he can’t hear the sermon so Sundays he does get to rest and read the paper.    Us old New Hampshire farmers do like to keep busy!!  Have a great day.

April 1, 1912  Mon.  Plesant   I split wood part of the time   worked on C Backs   it looks like a Storm   I feel it in my bones for they ache

April 2  Tues.  Rain & snow  not but a little work done with Teams   I worked on C Backs   the Lake is solid with Ice yet as it was in Jan   not so safe

April 3  Wed.  Cloudy & Cold   wind in the North all day   it is cold to night   snowed last night – wood is all covered up in the door yard   I worked on C Backs

April 4  Thur.  Cold day  I worked on C Backs   Dora worked on them to    Herman helped after school   it is a very cold day

April 5  Fri.  Plesant   Snow went fast to day   it is mudy going   I worked on C Backs   they are in a rush for them at the factory

April 6  Sat.  Plesant  Snow went fast to day   Sap runs fast   Guy came home to day   got left in Keene to Ellot   went to Marlboro got a team  come home  cost him $1.50 for Team   he had a good time   brought home 7 lbs cakes   it is good  I split wood PM good lot ( The cakes are maple sugar cakes he got at his grandfather, Milton Young’s farm)

April 7 Sun.    Plesant  All went to Church  Mr Stanley Preached   it commenced to rain at Night   it rains hard now

April 8   Mon.  Cold day  dora washed   she said it was as cold & windy day as she has hung out cloths this winter    I split wood & worked on c Backs

April 9  Tues.  Cloudy  snowing to Night   it is a silver snow   we all hands worked on C Backs but Angie   she is sick to day   Could not go to school

April 10  Wed.  Plesant   worked on c backs   they are in a rush for them at the shop  4 ins snow last night   it is all gon to day   George Davis Painting and Papering for Dora

April 11  Thur.  Cloudy   guy in the  shop   I worked on Backs   it is cold for the time of the year

April 12  Fri.  Cloudy  Guy in the shop 1.75 to day   I did not do very big work to day   one Back that is all helped around the House  thare is a Play at the Hall to Night   Home Talent   Guy is a going

April 13  Sat.  Plesant  Finished spliting wood for the shed  10 cords   good pile    PM helped Guy scrape his Boat for Painting

April 14  Sun.  Cloudy & rained   all went to Church but Angie   we ware all of the audiance   one more + 2 Singers   big turn out   All stayed at Home

April 15  Mon.  Cloudy   dora washed   I worked on C Backs   Guy in the shop   Herman & Angie at school   Herman bought him a Pair of shoes  $1.50 Pr rubers  .75 cts

April 16  Tues.  Thunder & rain    I worked on Backs   Guy in the shop   it rained & hailed   Geo Davis got the seting room all finished   looks nice

April 17  Wed.  Cloudy   dora put her seting room carpet down   Mr McComb helped her   I work on C Backs   it looks like a rain storm

April 18  Thur.  Rain most all day    dreadful bad going in the roads  frost is coming out   lets wagon in up to hub   Horses go in to    not safe going on the road

April 19   Fri.  Plesant  worked on Backs   bad going on the road

April 20  Sat.   Plesant    Helped Guy on his Boat  geting it ready for Painting

April 21  Sun.  Plesant   All went to Church

April 22    Mon. Cloudy  Rain   Dora cleaned House    I worked on Backs   done other work   Guy not in the shop   thare was no stock for him to work

April 23  Tues.  Cloudy Snow Squalls   Dora washed a big one   I done some of the House work   The Ice went out of the Lake to day   it is cold   does not feel like spring

April 24  Wed.  Plesant Cool   I worked on C Backs   Dora the same

April 25  Thur.  Plesant but Cold   Frank Sawyer reparing Guys Boat   I helped him   done a good job   Guy in the shop

April 26  Fri.  Plesant & cold  Dora went to Keene on Business I comenced Puting the wood inot the shed   not very dry

April 27   Sat.  Plesant   Frank Sawyer & D W worked on Guy Boat   rep it ready for Painting

April 28  Sun.  Plesant  all went to Church & in the Evening

April 29  Mon.  Cloudy & rain   Dora washed & cleaned her Pantry    & iron in the Eve    good days work   I helped washed a pile dishes   big as a Cort Body

April 30  Tues.  Plesant   been a very nice day but cold   I been down to the Chair Shop whare Guy works   his day $1.80   very good Boy 14 years old

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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4 Responses to April 1912

  1. Joyce Larrabee says:

    You cannot say you don’t do anything. I wish everyone could do the work that you do. We are so proud to know you folks. It is cold here this morning. We got a frost last night. I don’t like it. I miss summer. Take care, and get rested up before you head south. When do you leave for Florida? ♥♥♥

    • Thank you Joyce. We have always counted ourselves blessed to have you both as friends. It is cold here now too but there is a warm up coming for next week. Back in June I ordered onions and garlic to plant this fall. The Gurney salesman said they would be here the middle of Sept. I said I thought that was a little early to plant a crop to winter over but he said no that was the time so I agreed and had the ground ready in mid-Sept. When that time came I got an update on the order and they said the end of sept. That sounded some better but when that came they sent an update again and said the middle of Oct. I started getting nervous but didn’t mind. Now today I get an update that says the end of Oct or the middle of Nov. Even as late as Nov. 17th, well that is when we leave for Florida and we can’t wait and plant onions and garlic the day we are all packed and ready to drive out the drive. I guess I will have to call them and tell them I want the onions now or never. We have tried to get these fall planting onions for three years now and always we were too late to get any that is why I ordered them in June but again it looks like we may not get them. Maybe next year!! Hope the winter is kind to you this year. Have a great day. Love Carol

  2. Love to read about Auntie for I see her in my mind so clearly. Still want to know more about Tut. Was he a boarder? My eyes are terrible today so can’t type much. Good news is Tim and Aidan are coming North for a visit weekend of the 25th. I haven’t seen Aidan for over 5 yrs. and he is now in 1st yr. college. Time flies!!!! Love your idea of moving to the Bahamas. Keep those dreams alive and well.
    Love you, Nancy

    • Hi Nancy, I am getting to know Auntie as I never knew her before. She was a hard working woman when she was young. She was the one that insisted they all have an education. It was not common at that time for kids to go to High School and all three of her did go and Guy even went to college until he went into the army. Tut does not come to live at Auntie’s until after Web died in 1917. She had many boarders in the teens. I think her house was the only rooming house with meals so those who stayed at the Blake Hotel ate at her house for 25 cents a meal. Many times she had 13 or 14 people at a meal. I wish I had known her better when she was alive. Hind sight is always 20 20. I thought both of Tim’s kids were girls, I will have to change that on the family tree. I hope he hasn’t seen it yet. Mike never married did he? I have him listed as single and when is his birth day?
      Love you Carol

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