I can tell you precisely what one side of my family was doing 112 years ago on this very day. I love that.
Jan 18 Monday
Emma and Mary went to school
Pa and Elmer went up to help split out a pine tree on the hill
Anna and Ma washed
Dora chored around a little and sewed some
In the afternoon Mrs John and Dan Linck, Alma and Ellie Heyd were up to spend the afternoon
The weather was nice but awful cold and windy
Jim Moyer piled some wood.
Elmer was my great grandfather. My mom’s dad’s father. He lived on the farm that members of my family still farm today. It just fascinates me.
I’ve been thinking a lot about a New Year’s resolution. I almost always make one, and I have never ever kept one. I should probably resolve to jog every day or start going to the gym or something, but at the moment I’m working six to seven days a week, so quite frankly it’s a miracle if I have clean underwear to leave the house in. I think we’re all hard enough on ourselves as it is, so why make a resolution that cannot be kept? Of course health is important, so I will plan to make healthy decisions when I can, and be gentle with myself when I don’t.
This brings me to my real resolution. I’m going to keep a little daily journal. Just a few lines like the ones you read above, about what I do each day and what happens and who I see. How fun to re-read when I’m 90!
Did any of you make a resolution for the New Year?
(For any family members who would still like to order a transcribed copy of the Heyler Journals they are available here. They are for sale at cost, and a full preview is available – so you can have a look before ordering!)