May 1 – Tuesday. This is a lovely May day. But it hasn’t rained for so long and the gardens need it so badly. Charles got a new radio last night. It’s lovely and he sure got it at a wonderful bargain. It’s a 9 tube Airline, used about 2 years. He got it for $ 12.50. It looks just like new. It was a $ 85.00 radio. We are all pleased with it. Jimmie and Teddy went out with their May baskets this evening. Mariella has just gone back to the nurse’s home. Ed is up town and Chas is out with the boys.
May 3 – Thursday. Ed’s birthday. Didn’t do anything special. Mariella was home for dinner. Ed went to the Boiler shop and drew his pay. $ 15.22. I fixed a coat for Mrs. Golden, $ 0.75.
May 5 – Charles $ 2.00
May 10 – Boiler Shop $ 6.68
May 12. Saturday – Have been house cleaning all week. Washed and ironed Monday and Tuesday and cleaned upstairs Wednesday. Thursday I started the cleaning downstairs but it’s so dusty and dirty there is no use to wash and hang clean curtains or do any varnishing until it rains. We have had a regular dust storm all week. It hasn’t rained since April 1st and conditions are terrible. Everyone is concerned about it. It’s really becoming serious on account of the crops and gardens. The oldest residents here can’t remember of anytime when dust and drought was so bad. Ed has worked four days at the Boiler Shop this week so his next pay will be pretty good. Last Thursday night Mariella, Mrs. Heflin, Teddy and I went to the Operetta in which Jimmie took part. It was real cute. Friday night the little fellows and I went to Gene’s. He is hobbling around pretty good now. It has been six weeks since he took down.
May 15 – Tuesday. Chas $ 2.00
May 17 – Thursday – Boiler Shop $ 17.98. Ed drew the biggest pay today he has got in ages. The Mission Union had the Annual May luncheon today at 12:30 – Mama and I went. It was nice but nothing elaborate. We haven’t had any rain yet. It terrible, so hot and dry. I have been finishing up my house cleaning. It looks nice. Fred got work in Chicago. He was to go to work last Wednesday. We haven’t heard from him since so don’t know how he likes his job.
May 19 – Saturday. Charles – $ 2.00. Ed and the two little kids and I went to town this evening. I bought a summer night gown, some undies and wash rags. The kids got awfully tired coming home.
May 20 – Sunday – Had the easiest Sunday I’ve had in years. Dinner wasn’t much trouble, nobody came and I just layed around and enjoyed a nice quiet Sunday. Still no rain.
May 21 – Monday – Ed went to work and got home after 2 o’clock. I washed and did a lot of my ironing. About 5:30 this evening it started raining and here at 10 it’s still at it. Just a nice, quiet rain. It’s swell.
May 25 – I have been working all week on Ed’s gray suit. Wednesday was group day. Teddy and I went. I took over my job of Treasurer and Mama is President. Ed has been polling the precinct. He has gone up to a meeting this evening to turn in his book. Thursday he drew his pay from the Boiler Shop. Jimmie passed into the 4th grade.
Thursday May 24 – $ 2.48
May 28 – Monday. Wash day. Ironed in the afternoon, and in the evening we – Ed, Jim, Teddy, and I went to the Good Government Association meeting. Heard a talk by Tom Welch and then danced afterward. Had a swell time. They served Fraffe’ and wafers.
May 30 – Wednesday. Decoration day. I cooked all morning and slept all afternoon. Listened to F.D.R. talk at Gettysburg this p.m. The weather is terribly hot and dry.
May 31 – Thursday – Ed and I went up to Mama’s and moved her good bedroom furniture back downstairs. She has had it upstairs since Papa died. Boiler Shop pay day $ 3.10.
Total for May $ 52.21
Total to date for 1934 – $ 285.76