A lovely day, but so cool this morning. I went in the garden first thing after dressing to see if there was not a skin of ice on the water I had put in there to water plants. Was pleased to find a heavy dew instead of frost, and no ice. Am in hopes the fruit is not injured. The strawberries are more promising than I ever had them. Have peas more than an inch long. Well they are planting corn today. Clarissa and John dropping and Uncle David and Tom covering with drags. Bettie scattered manure on the potato ground this morning and cleaned the hen house out after dinner. Turned out 42 chickens this morning, but had bad luck with the setting hens in the house, spoilt 75 eggs more or less.