I just want to say thanks for sharing your grandmother's amazing diary! She seems quite similar to my own grandmother, who was born in 1918, and was raised on a farm as well. In a weird way, reading these excerpts makes me feel like I'm getting to know my own grandma a little better. Thanks!


Thank you for the note! It’s a great connection to hear about and reminds me that I want to keep sharing!

"How much a stranger is my friend, to me. The more familiar I profess to be, the more bewildered I become." March 11, 1932

Grandma may have written this as I can’t easily identify it and she sometimes puts her words in quotation marks, too.

If I were to write my true thoughts here they would probably represent the period of “depression.” March 8, 1932

Perhaps that is why she likes to share quotes, to feel connected. I wonder if she puts the word depression in quotes because she has a hard time accepting it? I think she is referring to herself, but its also reflective of the era.

It’s hard to be depressed. I feel for girl-grandma.

My dad is fifty eight years old today. Mother baked his birthday cake. March 7, 1932

That means my great-grandfather was born in 1874. That also means he was about 42 when my grandmother was born.

Also: “dad” / “mother”

The latter feels so formal compared to the former.

"It is hard to say who do us the most damage; friends with the best intentions or enemies with the worst!" Selected. March 6, 1932

Whenever Grandma shares a quote like this, I always wonder what she is connecting it to in her own life. Did something happen?

February posts… (catch up)

Haven’t made mom’s birthday cake yet. I’m a busy lady since she got sick. 2/18/32

Connie and Billie Thompson up all day yesterday. Jenny Tyler here too. 2/19/32

Made a birthday cake for mom. A little late but this way, we’ll have some for Sunday dinner. 2/20/32

"The moderation of fortunate people comes from the calm which good fortune gives to their tempers." Rochefoucauld. 2/21/32

"Noble souls, through dust and heat, Rise disaster and defeat the stranger." Longfellow. 2/22/32

"The best of thoughts which he hath known for lack of listeners are not said." Jean Inglow. 2/23/32

"No action, whether foul or fair, is ever done, but it leaves somewhere a record." Longfellow. 2/24/32

"Virtuous and vivacious every man must be; few in the extreme but all in the degree." Pope. 2/25/32

"Every deed which shall outlast Time’s span must spur the soul to be exact and free." Lowell. 2/26/32

"Great truths are portions of the soul of man; great souls are portions of eternity." Lowell. 2/27/32

Mr. and Mrs. Harrison up to see us. Mary has seen and talked with Willa Cather; she herself is somewhat wonderful. 2/28/32

My valentine and my reading are the month’s lights. And of course, there is an extra day. 2/29/32