Friday, Nov 24, 1882 I paid our school tax today $108.11 a third more than last year. While I was down town I saw a beautiful and picturesque effect on the cliff at Vlight-bergh with a great dark cloud behind it. It has been a windy, fitful day. I washed out my watercolor and began anew but I do not succeed with it. Sent my box of sketches & materials to New York today by the boat. Have felt restless and a little lonely and have thought of my dear Gertrude a great deal. I feel that I ought to be at work but there are so many things for me to attend to here at home that it seems almost impossible to work. I shall not go down to New York until Monday and then Thursday is Thanksgiving and Friday Mrs. Ostishondts party to which I am not sure I shall go. I took a walk out on the common to see the progress of the bridge. The wind nearly blew me off my feet and yet the men were walking about on the tops of the scaffolding 150 feet above the creek. I found dandilions in blossom notwithstanding we have frost every night.