1872. Dec. 17. Tuesday. Cold. (T.S.R. 22. 2 P.M. 46. S.S. 43.) Dec. 18. Wednesday. In all the time that I have lived in Cal. now seventeen years and a half - I have never known a colder time than these two days have been. There was ice all the time with the sun shining full upon it, and frost all day in shady places. We have had a long spell of frosty and dry weather. (T.S.R. 22. 2 P.M. 48. S.S. 43.) Dec. 19. Thursday. Cold. (T.S.R. 24. 2 P.M. 48. S.S. 44.) Dec. 20. Friday. Mr. Lambert the teacher called and dined here. Susie made a short call this afternoon. (T.S.R. 25. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 43.) Dec. 21. Saturday. Mr. Lambert was here to tea. He has been teaching in San Luis Obispo Co. and is at present unoccupied. (T.S.R. 30. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 45.) Dec. 22. Sabbath. I could not attend meeting today with the others, the weather not being suitable. It was a cloudy day and the night is rainy, and there is no meeting this evening. (T.S.R. 29. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 47.) Dec. 23. Monday. It is cloudy and looks as if getting ready for a Christmas storm. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 52.) Dec. 24. Tuesday. It has been very windy and rainy, so inclement that the Christmas tree, which was to have been this eve in the church, is postponed till tomorrow evening. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 52.) Dec. 25. Wednesday. Christmas Day. The weather is still rainy, but not so bad as yesterday was. I could not go to Mother's as invited, so none of the family went. Susie and family and the Geffroy family were there. They have had the Tree this evening in the church, and there was a good attendance, notwithstanding the storm, and the tree was more than filled with gifts. I received three presents a five pocket handkerchief trimmed with lace, a pretty lace collar, and a small framed picture. I could not go but all the others vent but baby. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 59.) 1872. Dec. 26. Thursday. The forenoon was very rainy, but the afternoon was bright and pleasant. It looked very cheerful to see the sun once more. The bottom land, however, is nearly submerged, from the overflow of the river, and the boys are chasing rabbits. Hannah Geffroy and Eliza made a short call this afternoon. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 57.) Dec. 27. Friday. The weather today has been foggy, cloudy and rainy, so it has not cleared after all. Mrs. Pygall came to have a tooth extracted, and Mrs. Stacy came with her. Mr. Geffroy made a short call just at night. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 56.) Dec. 28. Saturday. Another windy and rainy day. We would naturally expect that the bottom would be all under water, so much rain has fallen, but this is not the case. On the contrary, the water is falling. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 55.) Dec. 29. Sabbath. The forenoon was rainy, but the afternoon fair. I could not attend meeting with the others and Willie is quite sick with the croup, attacked last night. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 57.) Dec. 30. Monday. Weather still cloudy and rainy. Eddie is now fourteen months old, weighs twenty two and three - fourths pounds, and has but eight teeth as yet. Horace, Mary, Willard and Hannah & John all had less, and he is second to none but Luther in size. He does not walk alone as yet, though he has stood alone for a month past, and has taken three steps alone. He is very well now and growing fast. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 54.) Dec. 31. Tuesday. The morning was foggy and cloudy. Mr. Ross took tea with us. Clara is sick, and he came for bread to make toast for her. Horace Mann is now twelve years old, and stouter and stronger than ever before. He has not been troubled with hoarseness and cough this winter as formerly.
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