July Wednesday 3, 1895 Still steadily cool & breezy. Apricots about half shipped going mostly to Washington & Oregon to refresh the dwellers in town and camp of that [rosing] northland. As this fruit ripens in the box it arrives in good order after its 1000 mile journey. Mr. [ B.Re’] paid $100 of rent today- He milks 50 Cows. How much squeezing for a living- I never need wait for the Kye [cows] to come home for my dinner. Mr. Blum was here about the Cutlar ranch. Tom our pet cat returned this afternoon after an absence of four days.
Thursday 4 Passed the glorious 4th at home, occupied as usual. The bunting & gunpowder has no charms for me. Only something to escape from. The children burned a few firecrackers. Made a show of patriotism with two small flags on the front step. Ate ice cream & walked with me over to the old ranch. David was away but followed with Ette later to pass the evening. Mr. & Mrs. Coleman came earlier & sampled the frosted cream. The day has been strangely dark & cold with black clouds & light sprinkling rain- as if nature frowned on the affair. The Herons are all on the wing, a few still lingering on the old nests. The wrens are feeding a second brood of young in the old nest. In the evening Mr. Coleman bought a lot of rockets & candles wh [which] made a handsome show & greatly delighted the children.
Friday 5 Fine day bright & cool. The smoke & clouds of yesterday have vanished. [The] Moon [is] shining this evening in glorious majesty. Tom came home with a lizard [today] wh [which] we took from him & saved its life. [In] a few minutes later he came up with a gopher. [Reading [Blackie] all day.]
Saturday 6 North wind & very hoy. Went to SF. Dined with Senator McCallister. Was glad to get home to get my coat off. Met Mr. Olney & Judge [Cohen] of Danville & Mr. Hemms who told me he had some handsome girls and would bring them on a visit to me since they had read my writings etc. I impolitely told him I would be in the mtns [mountains] all summer.
Sunday 7 Very hot. 90 [degrees] in my room at 5 PM. Saw my pet Ruth Parkhurst.
Original journal dimensions: 20 x 27 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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