Delia Locke


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1884. Jan. 1. Tuesday. The New Year dawns for us here on the Santa Cruz mountains balmy and spring like. The flowers are blooming in the gardens, the grapes are yet hanging and ripening on the vines, and the grass is green on the hills. I have written home, to Ida and Hannah, and received letters from Ida and Mr. Pascoe. I have commenced today besides this Journal, a little note book of "Mercies" in which I intend to note down, each day, something for which I I feel especially thankful. This will tend to keep me cheerful in mind. We over look our mercies so much. Our minds are apt to dwell upon our trials, thereby we magnify them and miss the enjoyment of the "good things" strewn all along our pathways. My attention was first drawn to this by reading the biography of Frances Ridley Havergal, by her sister.

Jan. 2. Wednesday. A cloudy day, with a little rain at night. I have written home and to Ada, and received letters from Ada, Ida and Eunice.

Jan. 3. Thursday. The morning was a little rainy. Judge Miller sent me a beautiful bouquet from his garden with his compliments. He took a great fancy to Howard, who called on him when he was here, I suppose because Howard is reading law. Spend the afternoon and evening and took tea at Mr. Rankin's. Have written to Ada and Ida and received a letter from Ida.

Jan. 4. Friday. I have written to Mary and Ida and received letters from Howard and Ada. Mary is at home from school now, and probably she has finished her school course. All the children are at home just now, except Ada and Horace.

Jan. 5. Saturday. Weather cloudy, windy and rainy. Exchanged letters with Ada, Ida and Horace.

Jan. 6. Sabbath. Have attended S. school today had eight scholars in my class. Wrote home as usual. This evening we have had quite a time singing. Miss Lecker and John Rankin were here, and with Mr. & Mrs. Gray, we had quite a choir. Mr. Gray has been a fine singer in his time.

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1884. Jan. 7. Monday. Lizzie Lecker went up to Prof. Norton's this morn where she is stopping, and I walked as far up as to Mr. Slaughter's with her. Have written to Howard and Eunice and received letters from Ida, Mr. Pascoe and Ada.

Jan. 8. Tuesday. The weather is a little cloudy but mild. The roses, and many other flowers are in bloom in the gardens, tomatoes are still growing, strawberry, raspberry and blackberry vines are blooming, and the Millers are picking another car load of grapes for shipment, which they will ship tomorrow. I walked down to Judge Miller's this morning. We had a winter like perpetual spring here this year. Have written home and to Ada and received postal from Ida.

Jan. 9. Wednesday. The weather has changed and there is a cold north wind blowing. I have written to Ida and Horace and received what I call a batch of letters - from Eddie, Willie, Ida, Mary and Georgie. They are having such a time at home. Mary asks if she may not be the "boss" while I am away. Mrs. Wilson, the housekeeper, acts queerly, and there are no end of complaints against her management. Ida is busy with her own work, getting ready to move, and does not interfere much with her.

Jan. 10. Thursday. This is the coldest morning we have had. Ice formed on water out of doors, and many flowers are killed. Mrs. Gray's German ivy, climbing over the end piazza looks sickly and black. I have written to Ida, Eddie, Willie, and Georgie. Have received letters from Ida and Ada, and Ida sent Mr. Pascoe's letter which he wrote to her from San Francisco, where he has gone to buy furniture, for them to use in going to housekeeping.

Jan. 11. Friday. A very pleasant day, and I took a long walk this morning through the woods. When I returned to the house I found Miss Cearley there, and she remained to dinner, then went back to Prof. Norton's, where she has come to try and engage the school. I wrote to Mary and Ada and received a postal from Ida.

Date Original

January 1880

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circa 1880-1884


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