May 1, 1819 Several years ago, my grandpapa told me, "Tis' a fine journey that brings on a man's fine appetite." Grandpappy was correct: when I arrived at my cousin Nathan's homestead late today, my stomach was dreadfully a-growlin'. Fortunately, my cousin's wife Jo had a bang-up feast in mind for us all: roast chicken, potatoes. carrots...and my favorite, apple pie! I showed Jo the cooking utensils I had stowed away in my saddlebag, to help with preparation of the pie. She marveled at the sifter that made her flour for the crust as smooth as silk, but in particular she took a liking to the grater, which she used to shred cheese over our warm slices of cinnamon goodness. "By Jove, Jacob, this grater is going to be coveted by everyone from the Atlantic to the Missouri Territory!" After the meal, I pulled out the popcorn popper and I showed Nathan and Jo's little ones, John and Martha, how the popper works over the fire to turn out fluffy kernels, and we shared the loot while exchanging ghost stories that made the children shriek with glee. It made me think about how there are few things in life better than gathering with family and loved ones. I long to share mine with a good lady once I settle down in Cincinnati and start my business, but in the meantime I give good grace for having loyal and helpful family members in my life. I think some of my products are going to help bring families together.