New land tilled and seeded to start a new section of prairie
A meal being wrapped
A favorite butterfly, a Question Mark, a member of the Angelwing family
This is a giant anthill surrounding a tree over four foot tall
After being married close to a year she gave birth to a lovely little girl in the same room she and all her siblings had been born in. She had forgotten how hard it was to tend to a baby, and felt good to have had some experience with her family. She labored to get all of her housework done like she liked and keep up with a demanding child. Her husband was a conductor on the railroad and this took him out of the home a lot, so she was alone to manage their home. The baby came down with a terrible cold and soon they both were sharing the illness. She was fighting back a fever and trying to clean when she heard a knock at the door. It was a salesman selling something she probably didn’t really care about. When she opened the door he tipped his hat and said, “Hello little girl, is the lady of the house home?” She claimed the door almost busted off the hinges when she slammed it in his face. It had been the last straw and she went back to lie down. When her husband returned she was feeling a bit better, and he could imagine the glare she had given this salesman who had offended her.
Once her daughter started school, she had more time to do what she liked, but felt bored with just staying home. Her father came by and told her they were expanding at the fort and she should put an application in for one of the positions that had opened. This sounded good to her and she and her mother went up together to see what was open. Meals to be made took a lot of kitchen staff so they both applied to be cooks. They hired her mother first and soon called her in also. It was a good job that provided her extra money to buy some of the personal things she liked, but never would have gotten. A sister watched her daughter before school and she picked her up on her way home. She would share some of the stories soldiers told her when they walked home of traveling around the world. Sometimes a dessert she had made was shared for having a good day at school. She longed to travel to some of these exotic lands, but never found a time that she could. One day she looked for her daughter and the teacher told her the girl’s father had come to pick her up. When she got home he announced that the marriage was over and he was transferring to another area soon. This set her back flabbergasted, it wasn’t what she wanted to hear ever. Their marriage had been very shaky for a long time, but she always figured he would bend to her demands and it would heal. She took some time off, but was soon back working to keep her mind off of her problems.
to be continued........