Friday, 24 July 1970
Up by 8:30—had breakfast. Spent my morning getting the sermon ready—actually I simply copied for the most part—a sermon I preached in Nov. 1968—last Sunday’s sermon was also a reworked one. This was done by about 11:00. Shaved. The rest of the morning I relaxed out in the yard with Eddie Garcia, Bonnie, the twins, Teddie, Debbie. The kids were painting—Bonnie took several photos. We then had lunch. Bonnie went to work. Debbie played in her room most of the afternoon—and napped. I worked on the bulletins, and preparing the service. I was finished with this by about 3:30. But I didn’t have much luck trying to get reading done in Mowinckel—its such a hot day. As soon as Bonnie got home at 5:00 we worked on supper. Ate about 6:00—watched CBS news. About 7:10 I went down to the church for a few minutes—they were setting up for the fair. Then at 7:30 I went to St. Mary’s for the committee (Joint Church) which is working out the details for a joint Sunday school. This was over shortly after 9:00. Came home—drove Gladys Haskell home; then Bonnie and I decided to go to Friendly’s for ice cream, took Debbie; came home, had milkshakes, read briefly, OBLO, 11:15.
Saturday, 25 July 1970
[Top panel: took pictures = banners; B + D at headlands]
Up at 9:00 after Θ. Bathed, shaved, had breakfast; watered the tomatoes—we were in for another hot day. Then we went down to the church—the church fair. The heat of the day was moderated by the huge elm tree, which cast its shadow over the church lawn. There were many people—it was good to be able to see so many of our parish. We had lunch (chicken barbecue)—Bonnie + Debbie first—then myself. They went home after eating. I stayed to help get everything cleaned up. I think that I was home by 3:00. Very exhausted—I tried to nap, without much luck—had a headache. About 4:00 I went back to the church to try to read—the twins were out in the yard. Unfortunately there were flies at the church, so I came on home. I finally did get some reading done, before stopping to get some supper shortly after 6:00. Watched NBC news—at 7:00 mowed—until about 7:30. Then we went for a walk to the headlands, on the way back bought some sandals. Arrived home about 9:00. Did some calling—had a long talk with Jim Bussey—who’s back from Indiana—went to Becky’s grandfather’s funeral. We agreed on the pulpit exchange for next Sunday. Then I got back to reading in Mowinckel—knocked of about 11:30. Practiced sermon; bathed; OB talked over problems LO, c. 1:00 AM.
Sunday, 26 July 1970
Up shortly before 8:30. Had breakfast, shaved, left for the church about 9:30. Had an average sized crowd—preached on “At the End of Your Rope”—a Nov. 1968 reworked sermon. Home about 11:45. Got lunch. I made some potato salad, then headed for the garden. I had to tend to getting some of the tomato plants tied up. I was pretty pooped when I got home—and hot. I stretched out on the bed; dozed a little—about 3 o’clock Θ. Then the rest of the afternoon before Don and Lawry arrived I did some reading—made very little progress. They arrived about 4:45. We went to the garden—picked vegetables for them to use this week. They’re going on vacation next Sunday. Then we came back to the house, had supper. About 7:00, Don, Lawry and I went down to the church—Bonnie gave Debbie her bath then took her to Patriquins. The hymnsing was at 7:30. Very poor attendance: only about 20 some. But it went well, and Don’s solo, “Be Still My Soul” was well done. We got home shortly before 9:00. Had dessert—listened to records, then we played password for the remainder of the evening. This game always is the source of good fun. They left about 11:30. They are great fun to be with. We’re glad that they are now closer—in Lynn. —we were too tired to bathe—prepared for bed; OBLO, c. 12:00.
Monday, 27 July 1970
Up about 9:00. Wrote my weekly article for the Eagle—then set off on the morning’s errands—after watering the tomato plants. Went to the dump first, then to the Eagle, then to the bank and Richdales. When I got home and had glanced at the mail, I got down to reading. My primary objective for the day then was to get a lot of reading done in Mowinckel—made some progress before having lunch. Bonnie left for work, Debbie played in her room (and finally went to sleep) and I read. Made good progress. Daniel and Christine et. al. were off to the beach—so there was peace and quiet; and when they did come home they went in the house. So I was able to concentrate. Progress was slow when Debbie awoke and Bonnie got home, but I read until about 6:15. We had supper, watched CBS news. Then I read for about 1 hour 15 minutes—then we went to Patriquins for “mug-ups”—hadn’t been in a long while. We stayed from about 8:50-10:00—came home, Bonnie gave me a HAIRCUT. Then I took my bath—returned to reading—I am almost finished with Mowinckel—I’ve been on it for 2 weeks now—too long! The next book will go faster. OBLO midnight.
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How did we survive the heat with no air conditioning?
“decided to go to Friendly’s for ice cream, took Debbie; came home, had milkshakes,” 🙂 🙂 🙂 Comfort food: I had a milkshake after my speech last night.
“Daniel and Christine et. al. were off to the beach—so there was peace and quiet; and when they did come home they went in the house. So I was able to concentrate.” I think our apartment in NYC is quieter!