My Mother, Mary, Lucy, Marion, Jamie and the baby came over to see me this afternoon. The weather is as cold as winter. I showed baby all over my establishment and when I took him into the parlor and told him here is where Aunt Gertrude lived, he pondered over it very gravely and repeated "Aunty lives". While they were here my Mother showed me a paragraph she saw in the Tribune this morning saying that all travel over the Pacific R.R. is stopped by high water in Bitter Creek Valley. I immediately went down to the Union Pacific Office and they advised her not to start tomorrow or until they get further orders. It was merely accidental that we saw this. Painted on my picture today changing the sky. Sent Mr. Secor his sketch. Went to Vauxs and spent the evening. He went to Boston to attend the Centennial at Concord.