June 1st, 2008
Goodness, what excitement! I just woke up from sleeping for the last few days to find our whole property flooded! It certainly justifies our decision to move onto Pleasant hill. We're nice and toasty inside our cabin while the rest of the town is shivering on their roofs. We rescued Mr. Wickon (well, Kaya did) who was swimming around in makeshift swim trunks trying unsuccessfully to save bits of laundry that were floating away. The silly man is now shivering by our fire with a hot bowl of soup and a sour expression.
Apparently he had some ludicrous notion that he was saving the town single-handedly and was thwarted in the attempt. I am very sorry to hear of the recent discord in your family. I hope everything is back to normal by now. I have to say that Anders is being very lazy at the moment - all he had to say when I informed him of the flood was a wish for a pancake breakfast. Hmph!
It is so nice to have all the warm blankets that your girls knitted. They are delightfully fuzzy and warm. Britta is sulking because she hasn't been able to have a birthday party yet. I hesitated to let her have one because she hasn't been very helpful to me lately. A birthday party doesn't seem quite deserved... and for some reason I'm not very partial to the idea of Rachel Merriman coming over and turning her little nose up at my housekeeping. Britta has her heart set on having Rachel come though! I really don't approve of the way she is affected by Rachel. Do you have any advice?
August 25th, 2008
You are right of course that everything is now back to normal with our family.
Josefina is operating on a few people at the moment, because they have stuffing poking out. She just did Pierre le Fox, and now she is doing Suzanne Wickon, and unfortunately Cristal Purr has come along to scream with fright every time I look at her and at every step that Josefina does on Mrs. Wickon.
She put her under with a rose mist, and Cristal went so crazy with grief (she thought Suzanne had died!) that she had practically planned out the entire funeral before my daughter had explained that Suzanne was actually still alive. So very ridiculous, all the time!...
Rachel Merriman is a very prissy little nina, but only towards other children. My girls have learned not to be always influenced by her, and I don't know when exactly that changed. They became more interesting in the other girls who also work hard like they do. Rebecca has shifted her regard from Rachel to Francisca, it seems like to me.
Have you any idea what you will need from us when we trade this year? We do not need any more candles, and we have enough matches. Would we be able to get some hemmed sheets from you for our bed rolls? White or ivory. Whatever you have.
We could make you some more ropes and trade more yarn if you want that. Anything else? Please let me know soon.
Amor, Dolores Montoya
May 25th, 2008
I am not in a very good mood right now because Josefina has told me to go into the prayer room and stay here while she sorts out the mess outside.
Everyone is being so annoying, especially Papa, who is upset that Lisa is not at the bank to change a hundred into a ten so he can pay John Wickon back for that time when Josefina lost track of Pimientos and he chewed through the Parkington's phone line, so now we will have to pay $60 and they will buy a new phone line or something.
All of these girls are being very annoying too - trembling in their bootsies and going around their chores like little mud molasses people. So slow! If I was not told to sit inside here, and not pay attention, I would have some things to say to them!
And then Papa was so angry that he had a lot of the brandy when I was not looking, and before I could stop him he went blundering through town square, and I'm sure that the silly gossip chickens probably saw him.
But how is your house and the people in it? Clara told me that she heard you'd lost Peder, but I don't blame you. Sometimes there is just too much to keep track of, hmm?
But I think my half hour is up and I will go.
Sincerely, Dolores Montoya
October 20th, 2005
Thank you for your note, I would love to begin trading this evening. Our phone will most likely break soon as well because it is so old.
We will prepare for you to arrive, Francisca is already organizing the household into action. We would like these things:
5. Bright Cloth
6. Lavendar sachets
Sorry our list is so long! We would like to make sure that we get everything we need! I will see you soon, Lara.
October 20th, 2005
Dear Dolores -
I am so sorry about that phone call the other day! As I was talking (and making dinner at the same time) I accidentally broke the phone cord!
But, to the purpose of this letter: would you like to have trading day tomorrow? Anders is fixing our wagon so we can leave our house and get to yours by late tonight or tomorrow. Would that be alright? This is what we would like from you:
5. Knitted blankets
6. A weaving needle
7. Black cloth (plain)
Thank you! What would you like from us?