Thursday, Sept 24, 1885 Cold last night so that we feared frost but has been warmer today. My finger seems better from poulticing it all last night but I am not a little troubled about it because I do not understand what it is. I sent the cutter which was run away with last winter to the shop to be repaired today. Not being able to get tiles to finish the drain from the cellar which has lain a long time in an unfinished condition I got a hundred bricks from McCullough at Mr. Terrys new house and Tom under my direction finished it and removed the dust and cleaned up the place. We took a ride after dinner, my father, Sara and I and Nannie for whom we stopped, out by the Roatina to the Flat-bush road around by Livingstons and home by the Alms house. It was quite warm and we gathered a quantity of asters which are in perfection now. Gussie Pullman arrived from Fair-view soon after our return and stays with us tonight. Capt. Anderson and Lottie arrived from Santa Barbara last night. My father seemed very feeble and helpless tonight and said as he came to the parlor after tea that if he failed in the next twenty four hours as he had in the last [blank] but I made light of it and told him he was only tired from his ride. He is very feeble and moves with the greatest of difficulty. I do not hear from Whittredge. Perhaps he is not at Pine hill. It is just as well for with my finger in its present condition I might better be at home.