For this 7-1/2" Honey's Choice block, I had some fun honeycomb fabric on hand that I decided to use. I found the pattern in The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt but adjusted the size from 6" to 7-1/2" finished.
In these diary entries, Mother and 12-year-old sister Anna travel to Topeka for a few days' trip. That leaves Hattie in charge of the home, and George, Anna's twin, as her assistant. Hen is a friend of hers from Emporia, Kansas, where Hattie graduated from high school in 1914.
Thursday, June 1, 1916 -
"Well, June is sure starting in like summer. I think it is just naturally hot. There is scarcely a breath of air tonight.
"Mother and Anna went this morning so, of course, I have been quite busy. George is my assistant. He wipes the dishes, picks strawberries, helps set the table, etc.
"I had a little nap this afternoon but am terribly sleepy now, too.
"There were a great number of bees in the play room and on my sleeping porch today. I was afraid at first that they were swarming, but we opened up the screens, and I think they have almost all gone.
"Dave Hawkins was here for supper, but Papa has decided not to have him plaster the garage now, so he went back to town."
Friday, June 2, 1916 -
"Here, I thought I'd go to bed really early, and it is after ten now. Oh, I wish we could get someone to help us. I'm getting tired and nothing accomplished either. I got another letter from Hen today telling me what clothes to bring if I come up for commencement. I need about a week or more solid to overhaul my wardrobe. I want at least one more new dress, and my old white one cleaned and fixed, and my panama trimmed, and a new middy, and everything pressed, and I don't see when I'll get it done. But I am trusting and trying to work.
"Today has been so lovely and cool - so much nicer than yesterday. The men have been putting hay in the barn, and everything smells so sweet. The honeysuckle at the gate is all in bloom."
Saturday, June 3, 1916 -
"For some reason or other, Mother and Anna didn't come home. Papa went to meet the 5:20 and when they didn't come, he waited for the 8:15. The McGregors asked him there for supper, so he didn't have to make an extra trip. They must have missed their train in Emporia for Papa had a letter from Anna, and she said nothing about changing their plans.
"I am tired tonight. This has been a full day. I have had one little job after another and was kept on the hop but think I got about everything done that I planned to do. But I am glad tomorrow is the Day of Rest. I hope it doesn't rain. It has been lovely today, but a northeast breeze has just now blown up.
"I have been reading Mary Roberts Rineheart's serial K in the (Kansas City) Star. It is very interesting, but I became sleepy so am going to take a bath and board the bed for slumber." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Roberts_Rinehart
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