Have been absorbed in my picture and very much perplexed with it, one day thinking I had it very good and the next spoiling it. Went up to Alpine Sunday morning. A beautiful spring day, warm & pleasant. We took a walk and found some Hepaticas in bloom. Came back Monday morning. Had a call from Franklin Simmons the sculptor from Rome. While he was here Gertrude and Sara arrived from Rondout. I had just mailed a letter to Gertrude to tell her to come on Monday. Thought I had my picture safe yesterday, but have worked all day on it today and it is not good.