It was very cold this morning but a bright beautiful day. I walked immediately after breakfast out to the Alms House and home by Fox Hall and enjoyed my walk exceedingly. Although the mercury was down to zero I wore no overcoat and nothing about my neck or ears and only thin yarn mittens on my hands, I was in a fine glow when I came home. A man passed me with a tram loaded with beds and house keeping articles on his way to the ice houses which they begin to fill today. Teams crossed on the ice to Rhinebeck today for the first time. Painted all day on the First Footsteps which approaches completion. I have another subject for a single figure "Burning Christmas Greens" suggested by my burning the laurels on the snow the other day. Lucy is going to stand for me with an apron on and a handkerchief tied over her head and I intend to paint her as just having lighted the dried Christmas greens in the snow and standing looking at them for a moment. It will give me an opportunity for a winter landscape and I think will be a good subject.