Wednesday May 28 Another busy day about house and what have
I done I am sure I cannot tell how I do spend
my time I have lengthened the valance for the
new bedstead which took some time Mrs Witherell
and Mrs S Ames have been to Dr Washburns to
have something done to their teeth. Mrs Ames had
a new one put in I have planted some Asters
Alousom & princes feathers &c. Very pleasant
Either Evelina was getting absent-minded or her work load was so varied today that she just couldn’t keep track of all that she did. “What did I do all day?” she wondered when she sat down in the evening (or the next morning, perhaps) to record the day’s events in her diary.
For one thing, she worked on the textile that was to go with the new bedstead, a task that had to have been more pleasant than what her sisters-in-law, the two Sarahs, faced. They went to see a dentist, Dr. Nahum Washburn in Bridgewater. Dentistry in the nineteenth century was primitive compared to what it is today, and often involved extraction as a solution to toothache. A visit to the dentist was nothing to look forward to. Sarah Ames came home with a new tooth tucked somewhere in her mouth.
Working in her flower garden, of course, was another way Evelina spent her time. Today’s new plants included asters, alyssum, and prince’s feathers, a trio of choices that offered different texture and size. Was she putting in seeds or seedlings?