Monday, 22 December 1969
Up about 9:00 after Θ+. Had breakfast, then got to work: reading in Lindblom. Bonnie went shopping. When Debbie napped I shaved, read some more. After the mail man came I went to see Mrs. Bonne and her mother-in-law re: German translation of the wedding ceremony. Went to Mals for throat lozenges—then went to see Hannibals. Home about 1:30 for lunch. Then the remainder of the afternoon, for the most part, was spent reading in Lindblom. Played with Debbie a while. Began working on supper about 6:30, watched CBS news. We ate when Bonnie got home from work. After supper I again took up Lindblom; about 9:00 we phoned Mom + Dad—they wanted to know if we wanted baby furniture they can bring. Also phoned Paul + Marty; they don’t know when they’ll be coming; read til 11:00; relaxed; read in bed—fighting sore throat; LO 12:30.
Tuesday, 23 December 1969
Up about 8:30. Had breakfast, shaved—my throat very sore, but I couldn’t put off any longer making calls. The car wouldn’t move—the emergency brake was frozen again. So I walked to Mill Brook Park. Saw Ethel Leary, Anna + Alvina, Gertrude Parsons and Ellie Martin. Came home about 11:00. Had coffee with Bonnie + Cameron Sesto. Looked through the mail when it came. Grandma + Emil arrived just as we were having a late lunch. In the afternoon I did more calling: on Lucy Patience, Grace Harris + Louise Rich; didn’t see Esther Longley—then went shopping on Bear Skin Neck—last little something for Bonnie. Came home, relaxed—napped; Roy Lee arrived to look at the car about 6:00. Bonnie went out to consult with him (my throat too sore)—he’ll have the car towed tomorrow; had supper, CBS news. In the evening showed several boxes of slides, relaxed, bathed about 11:15, OB read; LO 11:55.
Wednesday, 24 December 1969
Up about 8:30. Had breakfast after reading in Lindblom for a while. The day was a leisurely one. Relaxed and read, off and on. I tried to stay inside as much as possible to help my throat—which is much better. Roy Lee sent a tow truck to take our car away—he brought it back early in the afternoon. I read and napped in the afternoon—late in the afternoon Bonnie urged us to unwrap the presents—which we did—took many photos of Debbie. After the gift exchange I ran off bulletins for this evening’s service. Had supper around 6:00, watched CBS news. We left for the church after 7:30 (Debbie stayed with Sestos). We were all home by 9:30. We relaxed around the tree—had a snack—Bonnie + Emil played Scrabble. I watched 11 o’clock news bathed, OBLO c. midnight.
Thursday, 25 December 1969
Up about 9:00 after Θ. Another day of relaxation and reading. In the morning Bonnie and Grandma + Emil played Scrabble. I took some pictures from pages in the Westminster Bible Atlas—also took several on a new roll of Debbie, Bonnie + Grandma. G + Emil had lunch with us, but by about 2:00 they left. They wanted to get home before dark—they had planned to stay tonight, but there’s a storm on the way. I napped in the afternoon, read further in Lindblom. We had supper about 6:30. In the evening I had a call from Alan Federick (in NY!), also called Mrs. Myers in Kentland. Early in the evening I went to see Mrs. Bonne who had worked on getting a translation of the wedding vows. Most of my evening was spent with Lindblom—reached half-way point. Watched 11 o’clock news for storm report; relaxed, bathed; OB read in Lindblom; LO, 12:53.
Friday, 26 December 1969
Up about 10:00 after Θ. First thing: shaved, then had breakfast, then went to Gloucester to see Margaret Stickney—one of Jim Bussey’s parishioners—read 2 psalms, offered prayers. Quite a storm was raging—heavy wet snow—changing to rain. Then I went to Alan Federick’s—from NY on the phone he had asked me to check on his mail—good thing I did—it was getting drenched. Came home, had late lunch. Bonnie went to work I spent the afternoon with Debbie, tried to collect thoughts for sermon—was feeling pretty lethargic. Began working on supper about 6:30. Made some date bars. Bonnie got home about 7:15; we had supper about 8:00 I left for Wesley Church for wedding rehearsal; couple was late—so rehearsal went late; just relaxed when I got home, practiced German—still lethargic; bathed; OB read; LO, 12:45.
Saturday, 27 December 1969
Took several pictures of Debbie in her mother’s shoes. Up about 9:00. Shaved, had OJ for breakfast; prepared for wedding. Left here about 10:20. Wedding was at 11:00. I did pretty well with the German part (the bride might not have thought so!) The couple was Walter J. Johnson, Jr. + Hannelore Ollech. I was home about 11:30. Letter from Pat Harry. Helped Bonnie take down the Xmas tree. Had lunch—then went on errands—to dump and to the church. Then the rest of the afternoon was devoted to the sermon. Shortly after 6:00, Bonnie comment[ed] on gas or oil smell—so we checked the basement—found it flooded! about 5 inches of water. When we were finishing supper, Ernie Niemi arrived with a pump—it worked all evening; and I worked all evening on getting the sermon ready (played with Deb) doing bulletins, prepared service; bathed; OBLO, 1:30.
Sunday, 28 December 1969
Up about 9:00; had breakfast, shaved, practiced my sermon. Left for the church about 10:40. 28 in attendance; preached on “What have we learned?”—reflecting on the 1960s—touched on Vietnam. After getting home had lunch, set about straightening up my study; got a phone call from Mom in Utica, NY.—the heavy snow has slowed them down—they won’t be here til tomorrow. I then relaxed, took a nap. Got up about 3:45—had meeting at 4:00—to discuss Youth Group seminarian. This meeting was long—wasn’t over til after 6:00. Came home, phoned Andover Newton’s field work man; had supper. Left here at 7:20 for Riverdale Church—Methodist Men—very poor turnout—5 laymen, Landon Lindsay + myself. Picked up Alan Federick’s mail on way home; helped Bonnie fix oven, relaxed, watched 11 o’clock news, bathed; OBLO, c. 12:20 Θ.
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“I did pretty well with the German part (the bride might not have thought so!)” Yes, I was probably kidding myself.