This blog is mainly taken from my Great Grandfather's diary. In 2012 we are in the year 1915, after completing 1916 in 2010 and 1927 in 2011. 1915 is the year that my Great Uncle Norman was born. 1927 is the year that my Great Uncle Roger, was born. 1916 was the year that my grandmother, Annah Lee was born.

My Great-Grandfather's name was Bonnie Elmore and he worked as a clerk or secretary for the old Norfolk & Western Railroad, based in Roanoke, VA. Mary is his wife. Norman is their first born son. The Raines are Mary's parents. Skin is Bonnie's brother along with Jake.

Bonnie's work associates and friends are also mentioned quite a bit. Bonnie does a great job of blending everyday life in 1915 with the mention of some world and USA history as well. I do know from a quick glance ahead that 1915 is going to be quite different as Bonnie did not write quite as much.

After Bonnie's diary entry, I will occasionally make comments, maybe tell a little about life in 2012, possibly some current events, and some musing about the Christian faith.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Yellow Floors

On Monday, March 27, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Rain-Thunderstorm. Arose at 7:00 a.m. Rain and Lightning. Made a fire. Got to work at 8:35. Messrs. Schick and Raitt returned to office. Dark and gloomy day. Walked home at lunch with Horton. Work all up. Talked to McLuckie about Skin at 6 p.m. Stayed at home at night and addressed letters for Aunt Annah. Retired at 10:15 p.m. Didn't read much at night. On Tuesday, March 28, 1916 Bonnie wrote: Cool-Windy. Beautiful afternoon weather. Arose at 7:15 a.m. Mary made fire. Got to work at 8:35 a.m. Wrote index cards and sent Lena a paper. Wrote her a letter. Rolled Norman to Mrs. Raines at 2:30. Introduced to Mrs. Jack Hughes. Mr. Schick went to Bluefield and Berwind on #3 this afternoon. Work dull. Shaved at night. Walked home with Jones Gardner at lunch. Mrs. Raines down. Shaved. Mary painted floors yellow. It's a rainy Sunday afternoon here in 2010 too. In fact, flood watches are in effect. Not a whole lot to comment on here in Bonnie's entries. The thing that really catches my eye though are these yellow floors. Wow. I bet that was pretty awesome looking. I wonder what Bonnie thought of yellow floors? I can't really tell from this entry but he did write about it and it was kind of like a little extra note on the side. Good Palm Sunday at church today. Nice crowd. I read yesterday in the Bible from Deuteronomy 7:22 where God tells the Israelites that they will not take all of the promised land at one time, but little by little and that they will have to fight for it, that it will not come easy. The visions that God gives us are kind of like that too. We are so impatient in our world. We have created a culture where we can have pretty much anything we want and get it right now and that has made us very impatient. Visions from God though take a little longer to come about, often because there is something God is teaching us in the process. And yes, sometimes we have to struggle in the process too. But God is always faithful to see us through.

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