Monday, April 28, 1969
Up about 8:30. Had breakfast and then got to work typing the Messiah paper—getting that finished was my first goal of the day. But I didn’t get finished with it as soon as I wanted. Still about 4 pp. to go when I stopped to have lunch. Bonnie & Debbie went over late in the a.m. to see Hazle Lord—home about 1:00. Had lunch by myself. Got back to work after shaving. Finally finished the paper about 3:00. I was babysitting—Bonnie was at WSCS. I finished the footnotes and bibliography by 4:00, then got to straightening up the desk. Bonnie came home with the report that Alice Marr spoke of “underground movement” to close the church. I wrote them a letter trying to explain things. Went on walk to post-office. Home, had supper. About 6:45 I got back to my desk, began work on my Isaiah paper. Slow start—by 11:00 o’clock only into the 9th verse (chpt 63, beginning at v.7); bathed; off to bed; lights out 12:12.
Tuesday, April 29, 1969
Had trouble getting to sleep last night; still awake at least at 2:00—so wasn’t up so early this morning—up about 9:00. After breakfast I was concerned to get my proof reading done. This took quite a while, since there were 40 pp of manuscript to read + correct (Psalm 110 and Messiah) Finished about 11:15—then shaved, changed clothes, had light lunch; 12:15 headed to BU—got there about 1:15. Took about ½ hour to xerox both papers. Class from 2:00 until 3:15 headed home; arrived Rockport about 4:30. Relaxed, napped before supper; ate supper, then got back to my desk about 7:30. Debby was playing on the floor for about ½ hour. She really gets around. Worked all evening; took a break for pie + coffee around 10:00. I’ve done vv. 7-14 now (Isaiah 63) stopped about 11:30. Bathed; spent a lot of time in the tub—unhurried off to bed; lights out 12:41.
Wednesday, April 30, 1969
Felt lousy for about the first half of the day; didn’t sleep well last night—2nd night in row—but I had to plod away on the Isaiah paper. By 10 ‘clock hadn’t finished the 63rd chapter yet. Lunch around 1:00; shaved (slides arrived in the mail—I stopped to look at them) Worked on during the afternoon, during one study break I sowed some grass seed out by the garage. Bonnie went shopping in the afternoon. Debby woke up, stayed in her play-pen for a while, then wanted company and freedom to roam. I worked at my desk and she crawled around the study. I stopped work at 7:00 for supper. 7:30 back to work. The textual problems thinned out near the end, so it wasn’t so difficult. did break at about 10:00. Finally finished the exegesis of all 24 verses about 10:40—too long 25 pages! a lot of typing—and the conclusion has yet to be written; bathed, off to bed; lights out 11:54.
Thursday, 1 May 1969
Up before 8:30. Had breakfast; turned immediately to finish writing the Isaiah paper. Finished shortly after 10:00, then set up to [do] the typing, with the Hebrew typewriter on the card-table next to the desk. Interrupted by the mail man. Took time to read letter from Bonnie’s mother. Then back to work—then worked pretty steadily for the rest of the day—took time out for lunch and to shave, but worked without interruption in the afternoon. Stopped about 7 o’clock for supper, but got back to work by 7:35. Kept on until about 10:00. Stopped for coffee—call from John + Lea—suggesting a gift for the folks 40th wedding anniversary. Back to work by 10:30. Debby had trouble getting to sleep this evening. She was still up at 11:30. Very sleepy—but also fretful. Finally by 12:00 she was asleep. About 12:00 stopped typing, on the 22nd typed page. Off to bathe; unhurried. Off to bed; lights out 1 a.m.
Friday, 2 May 1969
Up about 8:00—had breakfast, then got to work finishing my paper—all done, footnotes, bibliography by about 11:00. Then I relaxed for a while, prepared to go to Boston. Had lunch. From 1:00 to 2:00 carefully proof-read the paper. About 2:30 we left for Boston—Bonnie + Debby went along. Got to Boston about 3:30. I xeroxed my paper. We were at BU about an hour—saw Larry Carter; he hadn’t seen Debby before. We left about 4:30. Debby got car-sick on the way home. Arrived here about 6:00. Had planned to go to the show in Lawrence, but we would have had to rush, and we were exhausted; so we had supper at a leisurely pace. I fixed supper while Bonnie fed and bathed Debby. We laid down for a few minutes after supper. About 8:00 we went down to Patriquins. Showed our slides; we came home about 10:15. Bathed, relaxed, read, off to bed; lights out 11:26.
Saturday, 3 May 1969
Allowed myself the luxury of staying in bed until around 10:00. Had a small breakfast—couldn’t really get interested in writing a sermon—went about clearing away the mess of papers on my desk. Phone call from Jim Bussey—he read an inane letter in the paper by Alice Marr about youth and the church. Had lunch about 12:30. Sue Lee brought over a banner she’d made for church. 1:30-2:30 talked with Ornes—visited them with Lucy Patience. Went to the church to see where to hang the banner. Came home, napped, did some preliminary work on sermon. Supper about 6:30. 7:30 went to the church for short conference with Jean Crowell—she’s the organist tomorrow. Home by 8:00—Alan Federick came over to see slides. By about 9:30 I got to work, did bulletin, then ½ of sermon; bathed; did other ½; off to bed at 1:05.
Sunday, 4 May 1969
Up about 8:00—got to work finishing preparation for the service—small breakfast, shaved, dressed; at 10:00 Alan Federick came over in his car—we transported the record player to the church. Need the Medical Mission Sisters record in the sermon. After the service Alan helped me get it back up to the house; he stayed for lunch—from about 2:00–4:00 we all napped. At 4:00 we went over to Sue + Roy Lees. Bill + Jean Crowell arrived. They invited us for supper. Came home around seven; we felt like getting out of the house, but didn’t have any good ideas on where to go + what to do—and I was rather weary. So we killed a couple of hours playing Scrabble! I beat Bonnie—a rarity. After this I read for a while, Bonnie played her accordian. I worked at my desk and the backlog of paperwork. Stopped to bathe about midnight; off to bed; lights out 12:15.
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“Alice Marr spoke of “underground movement” to close the church.” She was such a toxic person. 😦
“there were 40 pp of manuscript to read + correct” 😦 😦 😦
“Bonnie played her accordian” I’m SO glad I have no memory of that!!!!
What a week of work on the papers I had to write and proofread.