Thursday, Dec 16, 1880 Went up to Mrs. Wheelers work rooms to invite her to go with me to the Opera tomorrow night. She could not go but suggested Dora and I had a note from her saying she would be glad to go. Have painted on several of my pictures today. I have no heart to begin anything new. When I saw the rich stuff on which Mrs. Wheeler was at work it was easy to account for the little interest in pictures. There is no place for pictures in the homes where these things go. I have been painting on dear Gertrudes portrait for her mother hoping I can not get something satisfactory out of it. A long encouraging letter from Sara.