Monday, 5th November, 1866

The rain is coming down in good earnest this morning. Bad on the potatoes and ground peas, I am afraid. The former we could finish digging in one day. I think the moles are taking care of the latter and will get the larger share of them if I do not interfere soon. – – I was up quite early this morning and parched coffee and had a cup before writing in my journal.1During the southern war years coffee beans became very expensive, if available at all. Soldiers as well as civilians took to preparing substitutes. For example of the extent to which this substitution took place, click here. Many of these recipes involved roasting, sometimes called parching, grains. However the war has now been over for about a year and a half. Caroline may simply be roasting her own “green” coffee beans. – – Cleared up about 9 and turned quite cold. Batted more cotton for comforts after attending the lard. – – Addison cleaned out the hen house and carried the guano in the garden. – – Fixed a latch on the garden gate. Jim hauled wood. Sandy’s sick today. – – Bill making up the old fence. Pigeo cut out two chemise and a body for her gown. Nan’s making her maroon dress.