Old Year (or New Year) Skulking Around the Straw Stack

17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Wednesday, January 1, 1913:

Greeting for January 1st 1913

Happy New Year Day

Hail the new year with all gladness,

Let us welcome it today.

For the joys it brings are many,

And its sorrows will not stay.

Now to make good resolutions;

Ones that we will never break,

Crushing down our weaker spirit

We should do this for our sake.

I would like to make a resolution

One that I would never break,

But the weaker spirit dwells within me,

And I’m doubting what to take.

Saw a rabbit this morning. Perhaps that was the new year come to welcome me. I fancied I saw either the old year or else the new year skulking around the straw stack, when I went out to milk this morning. It wasn’t quite day light so maybe that accounts for it.

I would like to resolve that I will study more this year, but I’m in doubt to whether my will power is strong enough. However I think I will at least make an attempt.

New Years Post Card, circa 1912
New Years Post Card, circa 1913

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

This blog is now at its halfway point. Grandma kept this diary for exactly four years—she began it on January 1, 1911 and the last entry was on December 31, 1914.

When I began posting these entries on January 1, 2011, I wasn’t sure I’d ever get to this point.  But I’ve had a wonderful time doing this blog.  I love doing research and finding materials. And, it’s been wonderful re-connecting with relatives and making many wonderful new friends.

I now fully expect—knock on wood—that I’ll post the last dairy entry one-hundred-years after Grandma wrote it on December 31, 2014.

It’s been a wonderful two years—and I look forward to sharing the next two years with you.


24 thoughts on “Old Year (or New Year) Skulking Around the Straw Stack

  1. Sheryl, I’ve certainly enjoyed following along as you post your grandmother’s daily journal entries. Just the other day, I was wondering how much of a diary she kept…and now I have my answer. Looking forward to the rest of the story!

  2. Sounds like your grandmother got an early start to 1913. Thank you for sticking with the blog to the halfway point! Looking forward to future posts … Happy New Year!

  3. Wonderful poem and so honest! I hope she can stick to her resolution to study harder and do better than I did – alas I always had good intentions but more fun and exciting distractions always led me away from studying, now it leads me away from housework!! LOL

  4. Shhhh! Don’t say that! You are then going ot have to start over from page one for me! I love to read your posts. Todays poem was wonderful and it sounds like grandma was a little superstitious for taking the sign of the rabbit. I love that! Happy New year and thank you for your wonderful posts and research!

  5. Lovely post…lovely blog and tribute to your Grandmother. I am looking forward to the second half of the diary as well as your interesting additions and notes about 100 years ago. Wishing you many blessings in the new year!

  6. It has been fun reading your blog and I look forward to the rest of those diary entries! Little did your grandmother know people would be reading her diary 100 yrs later!! The happiest of new year’s to you!

  7. Nice to read about Helena, once again. Glad to see she hasn’t lost her way with words. Will look forward to the next two years with her — and her very thoughtful granddaughter.

  8. I do so love Miss Muffly’s words …e.g. “I would like to resolve that…” Thanks So much Sheryl for sharing your grandmother’s diary and also ALL that research you include. Wishing you, and yours, every happiness for the coming year.

  9. I am already wishing your grandma had written for more years than four! Like others, I am dreading the end of your posts. What a wonderful idea you had to do this in such a clever way! Happy New Year to you too Sheryl. I am so glad I found you.

    1. And, I’m glad that I found your blog! I also wish that she’d kept the diary for more years. It would have been fun to see what her thoughts were as young mother. . . and later as a mother of adult children. . . and then as a widow.I sometimes wish that Grandma had kept a diary when she was about my age. It would have been fun to get to know what she was like then.:)

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