Sunday, 12 February, 1865

A terribly windy day. Had the carriage gotten out and horses harnessed, basket fixed, &c to go to Church, but deemed it would be very imprudent to start in such a wind, so we had very reluctantly to decline going and content ourselves at home reading, &c. Much mortified at the idea of being unable to attend Church. – – Bill had not returned from Richmond yet, but I can’t expect him on such a day as this. We are almost afraid to go out of doors the bushes are being blown from one side of the porch to the other. The wind continued to blow all day, until sometime in the night. – – Our sheep have gotten out and gone off somewhere. Sent Addison after them this morning, but learned this evening he declined going. – – Mrs. McGeorge’s servant told Frederick tonight they were at Mr. Norment’s, and the dogs were killing his and Miss Mildred Garlick’s, and I am very much afraid they will interfere with ours also.1Miss Mildred C. Garlick (~1810-1870) was the daughter of Sam and Mary Garlick. She appears on the 1860 US Census as M.C. Her home was on a 240 acre farm between Mr. Norment and Archie Brown on a road parallel and just south of today’s 616. Last winter I had them penned regularly, but somehow or other everything seems to go wrong now and we trust to chance on everything nearly, I won’t say to providence, for I am very willing to trust to that when I have done my part, but not otherwise.