Jennifer - as children in Scotland we also called gloves which covered the whole hand with just the thumb separate "pockies" or "mittens". The fingerless gloves used to be used by workmen but have now become a bit of a fashion item - go figure!
I did as a teenager. I've also kept journals for specific purposes over the years - food journals, travel journals, pregnancy and baby journals. I also blog a lot which could be considered a type of journaling I guess.
When I was at school I kept a very bland diary with nothing very interesting at all in it.As an adult I have had to keep medical journals on many occasions when trying new medications, or suffering new symptoms.It is very helpful to have this information when visiting the doctors and specialists.
I have kept a diary since I was a teenager. I'm now in middle age so it's been a long while. I'm not sure what my children will do with all the diaries once I've passed away.....I keep the entries generic (nothing racy) just in case they read them!
p.s. to Finy - you can eat guavas - my music teacher used to eat them (not sure if it was cooked or not) with custard.
Yes, I started to keep a journal after my husband died. I have been recording my emotional journey through the past couple of years and also my day to day lifestyle. It is, of course, private and no-one else sees it, so I can write whatever I feel like (cusses and all)!
I've kept a diary, every day, since 1962 while I was at boarding school. I thought, "What if the police ask me, sometime, where I was on such & such day"? So that is why I've aways written in a diary. (And I've still got them all!)