Thursday, 11th October, 1866

I arose quite early this morning as usual, and the children soon followed suit. Bake joined me in a cup of strong coffee before writing in my journal (as it is my custom generally to do so). The rain continued through the day. I am always late in the dining room, and this morning looked over and weighed some wool for Patsy to break to finish my flannel. She finished spinning the blue cotton she was about. The children have been quite busy all day. Bake finished a worked chemise. Nan is overcasting her gown and Pigeo braiding and making a couple of aprons. I finished banking the balance of yarn for my counterpanes. – – They all sat up till about 12 tonight. I laid down to take a nap, and they awoke me laughing immoderately. Bill had some corn shelled, I believe.