Lights were out last night by 9:30—but I had a restless night. At about 3:30 we were awake; θ+ Bonnie got up to read, I stayed in bed. I can’t really say when I got up. I decided to stay in bed all day—bad cough, very weak. I tried to read, but became drowsy. Bonnie brought me breakfast in bed. I slept off + on until 1:00 or 2:00. We had lunch. In the later afternoon I read a little, but not with too much ambition. Bonnie went on errands. I worked slowly on translating Psalm 110. We had a late supper, about 7:00. Bonnie went to the community chorus practice at 8:00; I called [Kl….?] worked on Hebrew translation, dozed, did first paragraph in a French article. Watched 11 o’clock news; off to read in bed; lights out about 12:35.
Tuesday, February 4, 1969
Another very blah day. We had breakfast before 9:00—I was very hungry. The whole day was spent in bed for the most part. I didn’t get anything accomplished as far as studying is concerned. Bonnie was out for a while this afternoon. I have been staying away from Debby as much as possible to avoid giving her the bug. Around supper time I got a phone call from Geneva Parker asking help on a paper she’s doing for school—she wants to research the Death of God movement. After supper Bonnie did phoning to notify official Board and the Bible class that I’m ill this week. Had mild fever this evening: 100.3˚ Watched some TV, read in bed. lights out at 12:30.
Wednesday, February 5, 1969
Another day in bed. Again I didn’t have much ambition. In finished the Peanuts Treasury which Bob + Lea gave us for Christmas. When the mail had come I was able to read in Newsweek. We had a late breakfast—and so late lunch—not until 3:30. Bonnie made a trip to Gloucester. We both napped in late afternoon. I got up to watch TV—CBS news. After then I came back to bed—we ate supper in front of the TV, and recorded some more of Debby’s chatter. Bonnie took the VW over to Roy Lee to be taken in tomorrow. She spent the evening at Partiquins and I read in bed, working on Jeremiah with the IB ; shaved, bathed too. Lights out, after θ+ 12:45.
Thursday, February 6, 1969
I was up most of the day, but I didn’t move too fast—very tired. After breakfast I worked for a while at my desk; wrote letters in the afternoon (or late am.—can’t recall) to Harrell Beck and to Eddie Bauer Co. in Seattle. 1:00 – 11:30 watched live TV broadcast of Nixon news conference. Earlier I called Wayne Jones, registrar at BU to ask about my file re: Dempster. During the afternoon I managed to get the bulletin run off for Sunday and got one ready to send to Rev. Doug Smith, who is preaching here Sunday. Bonnie went to the post office. Roy Lee brought the VW home; late supper, CBS news; Virginia Bate stopped by for a visit; read in Isaiah this evening, recorded more Debby, bathed; off to bed—12:10 to sleep.
Friday, February 7, 1969
Didn’t stay in bed too late—up about 9:30, had breakfast after shaving. Sat at my desk for a while, still weakened by my cold. Mail man brought our reprints of Debby’s pictures—so I wrote a letter home and put 6 pictures in it. I got to work on the sermon, using an old one as a basis. We had a late lunch around 2:00; sent in for posters of Debby snapshot—i.e., got the order ready. I ventured outdoors for the first time this week. Went to the Post Office + went to the church to change Wayside Pulpit. Cold air didn’t do me any good—caused pressure to build up in sinuses. We took Debby to Hazel Lords—went shopping. Napped when came home; fixed supper; CBS news; worked more on sermon; worked on Dempster application. Took bath; lights out about 11:30.
Saturday, February 8, 1969
Up about 9:00. θ+ before arising. For some reason I got to writing letters; wrote to Nixon, Kennedy, Brooke, Bates, Hartke, Bayh and Landgrebe urging support for efforts 1) to cancel anti-ballistic missile systems, 2) to ban TV cigarette advertising. Also wrote to Uhlinger. Had lunch after 1:00. After this took tomorrow’s bulletins over to Homer Orne. The Bonnie, Debby + I headed off shopping; we went to a camera shop in Beverly, then to one in Salem—where we bought a $140 outfit for about $108. After this we located the church where I am to preach tomorrow. The headed home; stopped briefly to see the Busseys in Gloucester. Came on home, had supper, studied our new camera. From 8:30–9:30 I visited Geneva Parker to help her on a school paper; home; took a few photos; worked on service, bathed; practiced sermon; off to bed 12:20.
Sunday, February 9, 1969
Not a routine day. Up about 8:15, shaved, had breakfast, about 9:00 took off for Lynn. Preached at Lake Shore Park UMC, as part of pulpit exchange on behalf of Fund for Reconciliation. It was snowing when I left—roads bad, worse on the way back. A big storm underway. Home about 1:00. Had lunch, then relaxed. At 3:00 we had a meeting at Loyd Starrett’s home—Joint Youth Steering Comm. After this stopped briefly at Lord’s; home about 5:00. Relaxed again; tried to nap—not much luck. Supper about 7:00. Watched TV til 8:00—program on photos from space. Worked at desk—storm raging. Talked to Alan Frederick on phone. Shortly before 9:00 went outside to look at the front of house; lights went out; we went to Patriquins; home about 11:30—but still no electricity; write this by candlelight. Off to bed, candles out 12:25.
 The Interpreters Bible
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