I sympathize with the feelings Ann expresses about not feeling like she accomplished much on any given day. The regular routine of life rarely feels like an accomplishment, and when you add chronic illness, such as Ann suffered, it's easy to overlook the great and abiding influence she had on her family at the time and over many generations.
The Thursday, October 2 Fast Meeting seemed rather uneventful, but taken together with Charles Lowell Walker's report of the same meeting, it's a lovely insight into Mormon religious practices.
Ann notes that Anthony Ivins preached on the Word of Wisdom; until well past the turn of the 20th century, the Word of Wisdom was not practiced as it is today, and many pioneers regularly used coffee and tea. The St. George pioneers usually had some of their sweet Dixie wine at meals and special occasions as late as the time of Prohibition, and a variety of liquors would have been used primarily medicinally.
Friday 26 Weather windy I slept all morning I have taken Cold sent a letter to England I hope they will get it
Sat 27 Weather warm days, cold nights, bought a clock for Josy to take to school it cost two dollars seventy five cents also a broom 50 cents
Sun 28 Weather dull it is Thomas birthday Em will have a surprise party for him to night I have made the rice pudding we had a good time at Em spent a pleasant evening John Woodbury recited Josey favoured us with two
Mon 29 Weather pleasant I went with the buggy and fetched Josey home from the third Ward School went to the store took Amelia riding posted a letter to London
Wed 1 Weather windy
Thursday 2 Weather cloudy attended Fast Meeting only four men & two ladies but there was a good sp[i]rit prevails
I know it is good to attend Fast meetings
Fri 3 Weather cool mornings I have not gone out to day
Mrs Woodbury called. Mary brought me some Chow ^chow^
I have not done much work to day
Sat 4 Weather pleasant I had my cough very bad for ^hours [indecipherable]
put a jar of grapes down for pickles
Sun 5 went to meeting loaned the buggy to Thomas he took Em for a ride they spent the evening ^here^
Tony Ivings [Anthony Ivins] preached on the word of wisdom
I felt ashamed of my self I ought to have had that sermon lived up to for many years past
Mon 6 Weather cold mornings Br Greenwood from Nutrioso called here to day. I do not know where this day is gone to had a letter from Charley
Tus 7 attended relief society meeting bought a Grammer for Josey. Price sixty cents
Wed 8 Weather pleasant
Thu 9 let Josey have fifty Cents in money
Friday 10 Wea[ther] pleasant
Sat 11 Churned cooked dinner
Sun 12 Weather pleasant I did not attend meeting I did not feel very well
Mon 13 I have not accomplished much to day boiled some fruit
From Charles Lowell Walker's Diary
St. George Oct 2nd Pleasant daytime, cold at night. Went to Fast Meeting and spoke a short time, confessing the hand of the Lord in delivering me from trouble, and when in a sore strait he heard me. I touched a little on the Book of Enoch and the pre existence of our spirits and the great privillege we had of proving ourselves before our Father and be true to him and dillegent in keeping all his commandments. The Brethren and sisters testified to the good spirit that prevailed at the Meeting. We had an enjoyable time, tho but few were present. Better at times than Sabbath meetings.
Sat 4, 3 P. M. Went to the Seventies Meeting. There was not much done or said that was pleasing to me, as some of the brethren seemed to possess the spirit of fault finding...
Sunday 12th Oct. 1884 Pleasant...went to Meeting. Pres. Mcallister gave a brief synopsis of conference news...Jno Morgan was chosen to fill the vacancy in the first Presidency of the Seventies...
John Woodbury — John Taylor Woodbury (1863-1936), a younger brother of George F.'s wife Eleanor.
Mrs Woodbury — Ann Cannon Woodbury (1832-1921)
Br Greenwood from Nutrioso — Adam Greenwood (1857-1904) who may have brought the letter from Charles Defriez Jarvis.