Here are some excerpts:
April 11, 1928
Signed a contract to teach next year at $2305. Summer school will add a little to it.
Dec. 18, 1929
One of the most severe snow storms Lansing has ever seen began about noon today. I got the car out & drove to Evening School but only 2 in first class & 3 in second, one of them Miss Norton’s. One of my students had no way to get home. I took her, got tuck for an hour on Willow, sent her on as soon as I saw I was to be there some time, got a horse to pull me out for a dollar. Had to park on Main St. as couldn’t get in garage. All schools were closed all day Thurs.
March 21, 1930
Went to the closing exercises of Evening School last night, and ducked out at 8:30 to go to lodge, hoping to get some knowledge of the ritual. Have made no visible headway at it yet, and feel so disgusted. I dislike intensely to spend such oceans of time learning such utterly useless material. Had I known one must learn thousands and thousands of words of ritual in order to become a common 3rd degree Mason, and that it must be done from another Mason, as it doesn't exist lawfully in print, and that it must be accompanied by the inhalation of second-hand tobacco smoke, carbon dioxide and bad lighting; I fear I should never have attempted it.
July 4, 1930 (camping at Yellowstone National Park)
Dinner was the biggest success yet. I invented out of sheer imagination a pot roast of Mackinaw trout and it was delicious, with bacon, vinegar, salt, pepper & sugar in it, and steamed. Another big feature was the successful initiation of my reflector baker. I baked a batch of biscuits and they were perfect, browned to a turn, done through & through in only 12 min. cooking. M.H. made shortcake of them with the fruit, and ate his full quota of the trout beside.
Nov. 29, 1930
Ruby and I and Jane are pretty bored over it all. We have had to sit for hours in stifling, overheated rooms, facing glaring lights, and listening to no end of gossip, unable to read or be comfortable days, and in misery one of the two nights. Nothing against the folks we visited. They did all they could to show us a good time, but hereafter we stay in town all winter unless it be for a long trip South some time. Other people are accustomed to keep their house hotter than we enjoy, they do not have any common interests with us, have religious scruples against a game of bridge, and we are getting older probably, and do not so easily adjust ourselves to their ways. The annual trip, which we have made every year since 1924, I think, has almost become a custom, but it is too severe, and too hazardous, at the time of year, and we feel it had better be dropped.