Tuesday 1 – Snowed some last night, but cleared off soon this morning. We sawed off three blocks and split five, and corded up three cords. Bates paid me $5 for the use of the team and $2 for use of a saw. I took four shirts to Mrs. Inman to wash: two calico and two white.
Wednesday 2 – Cold and frosty last night. It was warm and pleasant today. We split and corded up some wood, and sawed off four more blocks in the P.M. I let Bates have the team int he P.M. He has not brought the whip home.
Kitty, who is boarding here, stayed out last night.
Thursday 3 – It is somewhat cold and frosty last night, but clouded up all day. We did no work till noon.
P.M. We split four blocks and corded them up. Preacher Groves paid me $3 for two bales of hay. He said one was moldy and got two more. I sorted two last sacks of potatoes and penned the calves away from the baled hay. I put up some oak wood for the cookstove and packed it in. Besides feeding the stock and attending to the milking, I churned a while longer on the cream in the churn. I turned it into a bucket and put in a fresh lot, and made and dressed the butter. I cleaned then up the tricks and took some fresh buttermilk and bread for supper.
Kitty is boarding tonight. It is raining, and has been since dark.
Friday 4 – Rained considerable last night, but this morning it was snowing, and had been a short time. The ground was frozen where it was not covered with snow and a cold west Wind the blew very hard and knocked down a few panels of plank fence just below the log fence. I and Jones put it up again by noon. We sawed off four blocks for wood.
About sunset John came in. I was a little surprised to see him coming through these hard snow storms. He says all’s well. He left Marysville on Monday last. I helped him fix up his bed in my room. He played some on the old violin, and it was like old times again.
I paid $.75 for beef.
Saturday 5 – The coldest night since I’ve been up here, through warm and pleasant all day. We sawed and split and put up all 10 cords wood this week. After supper I went up to town for a strainer, $1.50 to be paid by Bass, and 1/2 pound black tea, $.50, and 1 dozen boxes matches.
Kitty was out with a tom cat all night.
Sunday 6 – Cold last night again, but not so much as the night before. Warm and pleasant all day. After the morning work was done I went to Inman’s and got two clean shirts. I put on the calico and my best boots and coat and went up to town and stayed the rest of the day. After supper Hogan, Grubs and McNabb came and set till bedtime.
John paid $.50 for candles.
Monday 7 – It rained in the fore part and snowed in the after part of last night, and the weather was mixed the most part of the day. I paid $1.50 for beef. I churned again a few minutes, the best I’ve done so far. Supper is over, and John is fiddling.
Tuesday 8 – Snowed some last night and there was cold frost on the window glass in the morning. The back porch roof was about to fall in. We shoveled off the snow, then I and Jones shoveled the snow away from the log that we are sawing up. Later we sawed off block blocks. I shoveled away some of the snow and ice off the cellar door.
Wednesday 9 – It snowed half a foot deep last night, but it was clear this morning and continued so all day. I cut some wood for the cook stove and packed it and then went to sawing. We sawed off three blocks before we took dinner them. I whet and set the saw. We then cut off 7 blocks. John hauled one load wood for V. Martin.
Thursday 10 – Very cold last night and warm today. I, Jones cut and split two cords of wood, two feet long, and John hauled it to the printing office at $3.50 per cord. Our sledge has to be repaired. John hauled wood all day.
Friday 11 – Somewhat cold last night, yet warm today. It clouded this afternoon from the West. I and John mended the sledge by noon. I and Jones went to the woods and cut oak wood into pieces 2 feet long for the printing office. John hauled bales of hay to the preacher at $1.50 per bale. After supper I churned and did up the tricks in good order. I paid $1.50 for beef and John $.50 salaratus.
Saturday 12 – Quite cold last night. I could walk on the snow and scarcely make a track as we went out to cut wood. We finished cutting our four cords of oak and John hauled it by 1:00 P.M.
We got dinner after John hauled a load of wood and got $1. I made and baked a loaf of bread. We cleaned our room and took out the ashes, also the kitchen. We are now setting by a good oak for use in the old stove, and is John playing before bedtime.
I paid $1 for a half gallon coffee pot. Feeling rather bilious.
Sunday 13 – A beautiful warm day. After the little work was done up, I put on a clean calico and walked up to town. Preaching is held every Sunday here. There’s quite a stir in town; several citizens are over from Honey Valley.
Monday 14 – Not so cold as the night before and very warm sunny days. I paid $1 for beef. I went up to Betsy Town and paid $14 for a crosscut saw and file, and $3 for an ax handle. I came home and got 1/2 gallon linseed oil at $1.50 and 1 pound venetian red, $.50, all still to be paid.
John hauled a load of hay for Maston at $3.50, to be paid. I mixed paint and John painted one wheel.
Tuesday 15 – Not so cold but cloudy this A.M. Warm and sunny most of the rest of the day. I and Jones cut two cords oak wood in the morning. After, John hauled it to the barber and got $8.
John finished painting the wagon this forenoon. Bates paid me $2 for the use of the team and got my old crosscut saw for a few days. $.50 per day. Later I sharpened my new saw.
Wednesday 16 – Somewhat cold last night, yet warm and pleasant all day. I put the crosscut saw in order this A.M. We were cutting blocks for firewood. Jones was shoving the snow off the the log. After supper John got 4 hens of Jones at $1.75 a piece. I went to Linton’s and got a rooster. John caught the pullet today. All are in the hen house tonight.
I paid $1.50 for beef.
Thursday 17 – Not so cold last night; very nice and warm today. We split 4 cords of wood, two feet long in the A.M.
P.M. John hauled them to printing office. I and Jones shoveled the snow off the remaining two trees and chopped some and split it. John got a half pound of venetian red at $.25. I churned again at noon and dressed the butter tonight.
Friday 18 – It commenced to rain early and continued all day. I got some water and washed the parlor and dining room floors this morning. In the afternoon I went up to town and looked at game of poker: the Harverson boys, Dean, and Moore played. I.C. Lewis sent and got about 4 pounds of butter. I paid $1.50 for beef. After supper I washed two pairs of socks, then myself.
Saturday 19 – The weather is changeable but clear. I and Jones finished sawing the log in the garden. The yellow heifer had a calf out of time. We caught and milked her.
John heaped some dung from before the barn door and hauled two bales of hay to Mrs. Coffin at $4 and two cords wood to Jones. The Plumas Rangers had an election for officers. R.O. Barnett is captain, and Sawyer first lieutenant.
Sunday 20 – Cloudy some little sprinkling of snow. I let Lewis have 3 1/2 pounds butter today, and Ashheim 3 1/2 pounds yesterday. Today I got one pound black tea from Ashheim at $1. We caught the calf and had it suckle from yellow heifer in the barn.
Monday 21 – Snowed half a foot deep last night and has rained all day moderately fast and cold. The weather improved after nightfall. I’ve felt somewhat unwell from having taken cold.
John paid $2.25 for beef. I had Maston repair the old mattress; the job is to cost $1.50. John paid $1 for 6 pounds nails and $.75 for cards.
Tuesday 22 – The wind blow very hard last night. The fence and front gate was turned over, and in two other places gaps were made in the plank fence down towards Wheeler’s, and all the planks between Hundley and I is down, and some square rail as well. There has been some little snow and sunshine today. I and John mended three of the gaps and he hauled 2 cords to the preacher. He received $3 cash and $3 on credit.
Wednesday 23 – Some little snow fell, and the sun shone out. John hauled 4 cords of wood for Jones, and Jones helped me put up the fence in the P.M. I and John painted the wagon.
I heaped up some manure in the lot. John got of O’Neal 21 pounds nails at $3.50 and one gallon syrup, $2.50. In the morning I made and baked a loaf of bread for the chickens after breakfast.
Thursday 24 – Pleasant weather. John went to the mill and got some bran and chicken feed, paid $4.50. I and Jones split the rest of the tree. The heifer that lost her calf died about noon. John hauled a load of wood for Maston.
Friday 25 – Warm and pleasant. The snow is going off the valley very fast. I and Jones corded up 8 cords of wood. Woodward and Frink cut down the pine tree in the South East corner of yard on Saturday. John cut off the limbs. I made a block to pound beef on this P.M. I and John closed up around underside of the house so that the cat can not get under. Four of Duesler’s cows looked white face down and up again yesterday. I got $.50 for milk yesterday.
Saturday 26 – We turned the cattle onto the pasture as there is some naked spots, the snow being melted. I and John put up fence—the division of the square-rail fence that runs to the river, as some of it was down, and the division between us and Wheeler. We fixed up some of the fence that runs length-wise, though not all.
We took dinner, then John hauled a load of wood for Maston and two bales of hay to Mrs. Coffin for $4. I cleaned up some about the yard.
Sunday 27 – Rained considerable last night. The sun shone out some this A.M.
P.M. Snowing at intervals. After doing up the chores I dressed up, got a new pair of pants at $8.50 and a vest at $4.50 and spent the evening up in town with the gentlemen.
Monday 28 – Very cold last night and rather a cold windy day. I paid $1.75 for beef. John hauled wood for Maston. I cut some on the limbs of pine that was cut out of yard. In the P.M. I and Jones cut some oak.
Tuesday 29 – Cold last night. Ice froze in the kitchen bucket. The sky clouded up early and poured most of the day. I and Jones cut 3 cords pine. John hauled load of poles for Titus and two cords oak and two pine to Hundley at the price of $13. John hauled two spruce logs in to the lot for wood.
Wednesday 30 – Cold last night and today, with some snow. It was an inch deep this morning. I and John cut up wood out in the woods. John cut up the limbs off the tree in the yard. I paid $1.25 for beef.
Thursday 31 – Cold last night and today. The wind was from the North. It snowed a very little. I and Jones cut logs and John helped to lay the logs along the lane and against the plank fence to hold it up and keep the wagons off. John hauled all of Jones’ wood to his house out of garden. We paid him $7 for 4 hens this evening we, let Ashheim have 3 bales hay at $6, and got 1 pound of candles from him.