April 9th Friday Have made the skirt of my Delaine
dress and Orinthia has been sewing on her own
clothes most of the day I have done but very
little sewing this spring. Have had some one staying
here for the last few weeks and have been upon the
go a great deal of the time. Abby came about four
this afternoon and spent the evening
Evelina was trying to catch up on her sewing today, admitting that she had been distracted by “someone staying” at the house for several weeks. She had been “upon the go” with visits from her sister-in-law Amelia Gilmore, her mother, and her former boarder, Orinthia Foss. As a consequence, her sewing had suffered. It was time to get busy.
Her father-in-law, Old Oliver, was busy, too. After noting that“it was cloudy all day wind north east + snowd a little,” he went on to report the purchase of several animals. “[W]e bought 12 pigs to day that weighd 2041 lb at 7 ½ cents a lb – paid 143=00 cents for them [and] we bought a black hors[e] to day of Mr Feild of North Bridgewater which he cald 5 years old for 125$ if he proves good we are to pay 25$ more for him”
A few days ago it was oxen, today it was pigs and a horse. Old Oliver was filling the barn.