Over on Facebook, Stephanie posed the question if Ma is sick in bed right now, who is doing all of the cooking?
I think that's a great observation as Adam and Bessie are over there all the time for supper, including during this week when Ma is in bed all day long.
To answer that question I looked at the Census record to see who was living in each house and what they are up to during the day.
At Adam's parent's home we have:
Henry (Pa Age 52) Works in the Steel Factory
Louisa (Ma Age 52) Home in bed sick this week (and presumably, alone.)
Clara (Age 29) Grammar School Teacher -note that school is probably in session right now.
Raymond (Age 23) Works in the Steel Factory
Oscar (Age 21) Works in the Steel Factory
Adam & Bessie's House
Adam (Age 25) Works in the Typewriter Factory
Bessie (Age 25) At Home.
It seems unlikely to me that any of the men, working in a factory all day long, are going to come home and round up supper for 7 people. Ma is (Notably) in bed. That leaves Bessie as the only other option, with possible help from Clara. Bessie does not have a job ( For the record, the comment section is closed to all of you who may want to comment that I don't have a job and yet, do not make supper....) Anyway, she does not have a job and I'm wondering if perhaps they've eaten over so many times this week because she needs to cook for them. Since women typically performed this function, it's not unusual enough for Adam to mention it in the diary.
I could also be way off but that sounds like the most plausible answer to me.
**I think I should note that I called Bess, Bessie because that is how she is listed in the Census records even though Adam refers to her as Bess.