19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Monday, May 18, 1914: These May days are rather lazy times. I go to bed sleepy; sleep like a top, and get up sleepy.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Life was good! . . Grandma usually had to do so much work. I think this is the first time that she ever sounded like she had some time to relax.
The weather must have been perfect for sleeping. A hundred years ago—in the days before electric fans and air conditioning— sleeping porches were very popular. The Muffly’s didn’t have one, but I thought that you might enjoy seeing pictures of some lovely sleeping porches that were featured in the July, 1914 issue of Ladies Home Journal.