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Well, May is about one third gone already at my house.

It always amazes me how much the Pfaff family could accomplish in the same time period that I have whiled away, accomplishing very little. Of course, I did do some better when I had a family to care for, and I was somewhat younger at that time, but I will have to say I have never had to work like my Great Grandmothers, my Grandmothers, or even my own dear Mother, and for that I am very grateful. I don't think I ever had their strength or endurance. Let's see what May of 1907 had in store for the Pfaff family.

Monday evening May 13th. Yesterday was warm and bright, but very windy. I did not go to church in the morning as Mildred said Saturday that Uncle John and Grandma Anderson were coming down to stay all day so I thought it would not look very well for me to be gone, although I would have liked to have gone to church. Hattie and Fred and the little ones came out for dinner, so we had quite a house full. There were seventeen to dinner and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. It was Helen's day to cook. We had roast chicken, potatoes, dressing and gravy, macaroni and cheese, black berries and coconut pie, not a very elaborate dinner but everything was good. Roy McCampbell came to take Phyllis back to her boarding place before we had left the table, but they did not go until after three. Bertie and I went to church at night. The girls have been cleaning the north bedroom today. I hoed in the garden and we had radishes for the first time this spring for supper. It's very warm tonight and the bugs are tormenting me just awful. I will have to go to bed to get rid of them. John went barefoot this afternoon.

May 17th Friday. Tuesday it rained again all day and was as cold as Monday was warm. Had a fire all day and Wednesday too. The turkeys hatched out and six drowned in the nest. One was a cripple and died and all that was left the crows got. The chickens, hens, hatched a few that are alive but will not be this time next week if Mildred doesn't come home. My incubator is hatching. I don't believe it is going to do any good. Rollie Ream was out here all day visiting John. They seemed to enjoy themselves fine. The girls cleaned the west room today. I went to the Sewing Society to quilt yesterday at Mrs. Bakers.

Wednesday May 22nd. The girls have been cleaning every day this week so far. Done with the north room, now my room today. They are papering it. I don't suppose it will be done before tomorrow night, for the paper ceiling and sides takes a long time for inexperienced hands. They get it on really well, even if it takes a long time. Had a letter for Phyllis. She had not been feeling well. I will be glad when she is home to stay. My incubator hatched last Friday, only 116 good chickens, have started it again. Father is replanting his corn today. We will have plenty to do from now with chickens and garden and sewing and cooking.

We'll leave the Pfaff family for now. That roasted chicken sounded so good, I may have to go to Country Mart and pick up one for supper.

Jennie is a long-time resident of Fredericktown, an eclectic gatherer of stories, information, and experiences to share with whoever would like to read them. She can be reached at 573-783-6721 or by mail at 2040 Hwy 00; Fredericktown, MO 63645

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