Aug 15 Sat. Stayed home all day. Am giving the baby some formula as I think she is hungry, altho Dr. says no. She is still constipated. After the Ashbys came home at 10:30, Jim & I got dressed & went for a beer. Ended up at Mrs. Henderson’s.
Aug 16 Sun. Took Barbara for her first walk to-night. Rained nearly all day.
Aug 19 Wed. Nora was supposed to come to-day but she phoned just as I left to drive Jim to work & said she was sick, so I phoned Mrs. Whitby & she asked Barbara and I down for the aft and Jim to come down for supper. We had a lovely time.
Aug 20 Thurs. Nora came this a.m. I drove down & met the 11:15 boat. It was a lovely day. We went up to the park for awhile. This evening Marion had a brush demonstrator here & I attended. Nora & Jim went for a walk.
Aug 21 Fri. Mrs. Whitby phoned about an apartment & Nora & I looked at it, then went down to Queenston for our supper. Coming home we drove around to see Eleanor Gauld’s place. She gave us a lot of vegetables.
Aug 22 Sat. Mother & Dad came about noon. This p.m. Jim & Dad went to the races. To-night we went apartment hunting but no one will take us on account of the baby.
Aug 23 Sun. Went after a house we heard about to-day. This p.m. the family all drove to Lake Erie. On the way back we visited the hydro park. Nora left for Toronto.
Aug 24 Mon. Dad & Jim to races this p.m. Mother & I walked down to see the house in daylight & to Eleanor Gauld’s. Mother & Dad left for Seaforth to-night.
Aug 25 Tues. Jim & I went to see the woman about the house to-day. She won’t rent it for less than $40, so it is out. Jim saw the head of the plant & he wants him to stay & is going to get him a raise.
With a new baby, and a busy life with her husband, Bernice falls out of the habit of keeping a diary. August 25, 1942 was her last entry — until 1982 when she began again. She kept a journal in her later years right up until she died in 1995.
As her daughter, these early diaries have been a joy to transcribe. The next step for these journals is to publish them as an e-book, and in a paper copy. I will update you when these are available.
Thank you for reading these journals. I have appreciated all of your comments and encouragement.