It has rained incessantly through the night and continued all day till late in the afternoon about sunset, when we had the last shower and the sunset clear. – – Nan has been sick and complaining all day. Laid down and slept several hours. Zac and Hardie also are very unwell with a cold. – – There is nothing in the world the hands can do in the way of farming. They are a dead expense to us. There is some little corn in the barn to shuck or they could find no employment. The earth is completely saturated with water. – – I have been darning the boys socks and jobbing about different things today. Covered the cushion of my chair, &c. – – Martha spotted the parlor and passage. Patsy commenced spinning warp for counterpanes, finished some candlewick she has been spinning. Zac’s writing compositions he omitted on Saturday. Reads his Bible a good deal. Is very fond of it, he and Nan both. They frequently read to me. – – Nan was too sick to study today. – – I commenced putting on wicks to dip candles, after taking a nap at twilight. The boys and Nannie are reading. Zac went with me down to get some pickles and potatoes to roast. Bill retired early. – – Zac and Hardie put out the seine and caught a few ailwives, they are very fine.