That is excellent that you are preparing the next few Proper School classes, for it would help Mother and I greatly to have the children out of the house for a time. And of course for the obvious reason that Nan and Rachel have a tendency to forget their manners if they have been long without instruction. I believe Mother has given up in Nan's case, for she is so unpredictable! Not at all as willing to follow Mother's instructions and guidance as I was. There are times when I simply cannot fathom how her mind works! 'Tis rather disconcerting and not a little disturbing. Her lack of interest in acquiring lady-like skills is incomprehensible.
Your goals for this year sound very sensible and achievable. I have resolved to keep on top of my correspondence, sew my ballgown, become more accomplished on the mandolin, and help Mother compile a cookbook.
I believe the time has slipped past to have a New Year's ball. 'Tis quite a shame, but indeed I must confess myself relieved in the sense that I shan't have to add that burden to my already mounted load of responsibilites. I am sure that you understand. Shall you be holding your Easter ball?