Isaac wrote down a couple recipes and cures in his journal during this time that he may have read about in a newspaper or heard about from a discussion with his neighbors. The recipes and cures being discussed in January 1871 follow.
Receipt [probably "recipe"] for making sausage – to one hundred (100) lbs of meat 2 1/2 lbs salt 7 oz pepper & 10 oz sage
Receipe for curing pork – to 100 lbs Pork 8 lbs Salt (coarse) 5 lbs Sugar & ¼ lb Saltpetre
Cure for bone felon Jan 7th 1871 – as soon as the disease if [is] put directly over the spot a fly blister about the size of your thumb nail & let it remain for 6 hours At the expiration of which time directly under the surface of the blister may be seen the felon which can instantly be taken out with the point of a needle or lancet
Cure for Colic in horses – take a pint or so of Comon Salt put it on the Coupling of the back & Sprinkle with water Evry few minutes till the Salt dissolves apply the 2nd time as the first & leave the damp Salt on the back
Cure for Ague Quinine 14 grains Sulphuric acid 14 drops One ounce cold water Mix the quinine with the water then add the sulphuric acid Dose one teaspoonful every hour for 6 hours in absence of the fever
R. Payne, MD
Time for another year-end report.
Sunday, January 1st 1871 Another year gone & a new one begun this book will probably last me 2 years I have done very well in making a living the past year times are rather hard now pork $5,00 per hhd wheat 80 to 85 corn 25 & plenty I bought 500 bu [bushel] delivered at 25 cts I fatted 25 hogs killed 1 Sold 1 for $6,00 & 23 to Downing for $5,00 I sold 4 3-year old steers & a cow to Stewart for $285 My ½ of a stag $22,50 cts I have now about 104 or 5 or 6 hog 20 of which I am fatting I have 29 head of cattle 6 of which are calves wintering with the fattening hogs 7 head of horses & colts I raised over 2000 bu of corn 191 bu of wheat 292 bu of oats 160 bu of potatoes & 4 bu of white beans melons squashes pumpkins &c &c in abundance So far this has been a remarkable mild & pleasant winter we have had very little cold weather & no storms to speak of My stock appears to be all doing fine my stock well affords an abundant supply of water for all I herded my cattle we went to Adds [Addison Taylor’s] visiting I paid him $20,00 which I owed him for breaking Dave  sent a couple of kegs of Early rose potatoes up to put in our cellar things have froze some in theirs Harvey herded the cattle at Farleys in the stalks
 Perhaps Isaac’s brother-in-law, David Taylor.
Monday Dec 5 1870 Hauled a load of manure & banked up around the Stock well plowed up Some manure in the Cattle yard it Stormed by Spells & the wind blew Hard all day from NW Jim came about noon
Sunday Dec 4 1870 a dull lonesome day Mag was mad all day Bill Harvey Called a few minutes Harvey [son, Harvey T. Carr] got home from Uncle Greens at dark Jim didn’t come
Saturday Dec 3 1870 Topped out a corn pen with Straw & Hauled 2 loads of wood & Split & sharpened 7 posts Jim quit work at noon & went visiting Mag & I went to Farleys for a Evening visit but Mag got mad because I played cards with a young lady [added later: pretty lady that would see and play cards with a lot of married men] and we didn’t Stay very late Harvey went to Uncle Greens this morning Who would not get mad if they were called a damed disagreeable thing as ever was and a god damed liar forget it never, got mad because I was Cussed all the way home
 Probably Green B. Squires, son of Nathaniel & Mary (Bennett) Squires. Green was born on 11 Mar 1818 in New York state.
Friday Dec 2 1870 Finished hauling fodder & Covered the cornpens hauled 1 load Buck wheat Straw from [Joe] Farleys My Buck Wheat laid so long & the stock run over it So it was not worth thrashing Mr. R Booth brought 4 Sows to our Boar I built a pen for Serving Sows in I went to Vics & got the Boar
Sunday Oct 23 1870 A very windy day Ez Bradfords folks & Aunt Charlotte  came Add [Addison] came & took away a heifer I let him have he is to have nearly 21 Perch of rock by the first of March next from Amos Whetstines quarry Samson came & I traded him a yearling heifer for the Hauling of 12 perch of rock from Same quarry to be delivered by the first of March next Bill Harvey Called one of my Shoats  died had something like the thurnps(?) there are several more afflicted the same way & others lame I gave Aunt Charlotte a pig She gave Dave a pair of mittens Amanda gave Roy & Harvey each a pair Samson takes his heifer away in 2 weeks
 Aunt Charlotte is probably Charlotte Arvilla Carr who married Matthew Lowe. Charlotte was born in Otsego County, New York, In 1870, Matthew, Charlotte and their six children were living in Deerfield, Lenawee County, Michigan. Matthew was a farmer.
 A piglet that has recently been weaned (www.dictionary.com)