The following represents a week in the life of a farm wife, 1938, taken from my grandmothers diaries. I added only a little to clarify, where needed.
Day 1 - High of 18 washed clothes, they all dried. One of her sons stop
Day 2 –Cold all day strong NW wind went, cleaned hen house started to crochet baby booties for new grand son
Went to card party won high prize
Day 3 – Fourteen below zero froze in the house, what snow there is in piles, clear and windy. Daughter-in-law over while her husband took sheep to sale
Lux Radio Theater, “Green Light”, grandma sick
Day 4 – Blizzard in morning, kept daughter home from school, did mending and crocheting, finished baby booties
Day 5 - Mended socks all pm, a son visited but was heading to town to a BB game, 8 below clear and cold sewed and ironed in morning, varnished table and chairs
Day 6 - Cleaned upstairs and downstairs baked bread, snowed heavy with west wind. Six above, cleaned upstairs bathroom and basement. Noted a granddaughter turns 2 today. Her husband took three hogs to sell in town. Club in the afternoon, a son and daughter in law visited in eve.
Day 7 - Warmer with light rain went to card party.
Nice day should have washed but needed to go to town to get my new teeth, they have been out for 6 weeks but will wait some more, not ready yet.
Visited daughter, her daughter was ill. Turned cold, turned to ice.
Next time - a discussion of what could be learned from a week of very short diary entries, there is some pretty good stuff here.