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GrannieAnnie has posted 28 annotations/comments since 6 January 2014.

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About Tuesday 5 May 1663

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Oh, to have had a flexible job where we could dine "at home, and after dinner up to try my dance, and so to the office again" !
And how similar were slide rulers then to the one I had to learn to use which of course is as obsolete now as I am?

About Tuesday 13 January 1662/63

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Louise Hudson: "Not a word is ever said about vegetables or fruit. Not even potatoes, just meat."

My guess is they served the meat dishes with vegetables surrounding them on the platter for a nice presentation. Sam just doesn't bother mentioning them because his wealth is shown by the amount of meat served not in the number of potatoes or carrots. He did mention they served fruit and a tart which may have been a fruit/vegetable tart. The French serve a sweet carrot tart for dessert sometimes.

About Saturday 27 December 1662

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I've often thought of my Indiana grandfather's experience in the late 1800s. He was apprenticed to a tailor which moved him away from his small town family around age 12-14 to the "big city" of Indianapolis where he traveled and found his own lodgings. When his master heard where he was living (in the Red Light district) he was horrified and quickly moved him somewhere more socially acceptable. Similarly, my husband's Irish grandmother was set loose early by today's standards and came to America by herself around age 16 to be a nanny. Her twin sister stayed in Ireland since they only had enough money to support one. The one who came to America had only one dress, a woolen one, and landed in Philadelphia in the hot, humid summer.

As a parent I cannot imagine setting a child loose at those tender ages, but necessity drove the decisions.

Christopher David Robin Williams, my heart goes out to you and what you survived during your early years. I hope you've written it all down to share with the overly coddled complaining children of our era which does its own form of harm I do believe.

About Tuesday 28 October 1662

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"the plasterer and painter now being upon winding up all my trouble, which I expect will now in a fortnight’s time, or a little more, be quite over."

Sam drops in some sarcasm here? The workmen say they are "winding up" the job to placate Sam which he interprets as actually meaning more than half a month later.

About Monday 13 October 1662

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I only milked a cow once and was surprised at how much warmth came off the cow and what a slithery rich texture milk straight from the cow has compared to pastuerized milk.

Sam delighted me with his details about the milkmaids' carefree walk. He took time to paint himself (or us) a lovely word picture. Of course he was always hyper-alert to women near him so not surprising he'd document his experience.

With all his interests he never spoke of painting, did he? Yet he writes comments like a painter might to remind himself of a future subject to paint.

About Tuesday 22 April 1662

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Thank you, Sasha Clarkson for posting "Anyway, it would not be unreasonable to estimate the cost of the coach as £2 per person for the return trip - 20 day's wages for the hypothetical carpenter!"
I have often marveled at how little people traveled away from home in 1700s America, once reading that our second President John Adams' wife Abigail had never left her home town until later in life. The demands of the farming life, small children, plus the high coach fare would certainly limit travel for frivolous reasons. Not to mention the discomfort of being tossed around for days. Makes me laugh when people whine & complain "traveling by air is uncomfortable, just isn't fun anymore." Really?

About Monday 22 September 1662

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"a great fit of colic...from wiping my toes" Our boy Sam may have had acid reflux and sliding hiatal hernia pain with which can come and go especially after bending over to dry ones toes with a full tummy. (He ate "very finely" yesterday.) Today the medical advice for sufferers is: "Wear loose clothing. Anything that presses on the stomach can aggravate hiatal hernia symptoms. When your stomach is full, avoid bending over or lying down. This increases abdominal pressure and makes heartburn more likely. Do not bend over or lie down for two to three hours after eating."

About Wednesday 27 August 1662

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Actually, Sasha, towards the end of Pepys life, Pepys moved into Will's home where he died at age 70, tended to by Will and a woman some thought would become the second Mrs. Pepys. It seems Will's and Pepys' roles switched, as often happens; the child becomes the parent's caretaker.

About Thursday 2 January 1661/62

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"so far from the beauty that I expected her from my Lady's talk"
Sam was always craving new sights, new experiences. This disappointing lady's appearance was not worth mentioning to others and thus robbed Sam the Talker of a subject to expound upon. One has to chuckle that it put him in such "an ill humor all the day." Really Sam, grow up!

About Tuesday 31 December 1661

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Terry Foreman mentioned an interesting point about Pepys reviewing his resolutions from time to time. Sam should have tried our method: husband and I have written resolutions FOR EACH OTHER for the coming year almost every year since our marriage 49 years ago, then with great hilarity we grade each other at year's end. Makes for an interesting re-read over the years seeing what was important back when and how certain issues (like getting rid of paper clutter and over-stuffed closets) resurface regularly, probably not an issue in Pepys day, lucky them.