1885. Jan. 1. The new year commences darkly. It has been cloudy all day and the night is rainy. The state of the weather corresponds with my feelings today. A shadow rests over me. Our pastor has left us and we can have no hope of another at present. They left us yesterday, and today Mr. Cooke, Ada and the little one also go home after their two weeks ' visit. After having the house so full of visitors, it will seem lonely for awhile. But as I have little Susie to take care of, my time will be so fully occupied in addition to my other cares, that I shall not have time to grieve. We are moving into the new kitchen by degrees. I did so want to have it all finished and furnished completely before we commenced to occupy it. But no, as usual, Dr's attention is turned to building something else, and the house must be left as it is for the present. For years, I have looked forward with pleasant anticipations to the time when I should have a nice, new and convenient kitchen furnished with all the latest improvements, to be the joy of my life. I have always said, I preferred a well ordered kitchen to a richly furnished parlor, and so we never furnished our parlor, as we had not the kitchen. But I have been doomed to disappointment so long, that now I give it all up, and with a sigh, resolve to try and think no more about it. I have thought I should take so much pleasure in the new kitchen, but now I relinquish it all, thinking that for me, it must have been a wrong ambition, and one which perhaps, I can never realize. I am not able to go up and down stairs at present, and so I take my meals in my room. At present, Uncle and Mary do the cooking, with an old Chinaman, Ah Kay, to wash the dishes and clothes and do the scrubbing, while Uncle and Hannah do the ironing. I have written to Ida and received a letter from Mrs. Gray. Alice has been here this afternoon to see if she could help me. She is a dear, good hearted girl, and a splendid cook, and many are the nice masses she cooks and sends to me. Howard and Lou have commenced housekeeping in Ida's house. Willie will soon go back to the Normal School. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 54 S.S. 49.)
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