Monday, Dec 29, 1873- This morning I commenced a little figure subject of a young girl taking an autumn talk and stopping on a little foot bridge to watch the leaves floating in the water using Gertrude for a model for the figure and drapery. We were very much amused by my invention for a railing for the bridge for her to lean on which I constructed from a quilting frame one end resting on the table and the other on a foot stove which [?] capitally. I have succeeded in drawing a very graceful figure and painted on it all day with reasonable success. I am extremely interested and find the days all too short. If I can only get into the way of doing figures what a new source of interest will be opened to me, and I am sure I can do them after proper practice. At three o'clock we went for a sleigh ride. My father, Downing, Gertrude and I. We went through Kingston, out on Lucas's turnpike to a road that goes from Hurley to Whiteport a charming winding road which I had never been on before. One view down through a gap in Hussey Hill struck me as remarkably fine. It was a beautiful winter afternoon with a fine sunset and twilight sky and the whole ride was a delight. Wrote to Bret Harte to come by the 10.45 train Jan 2. Would meet him then if I heard no further from him.