Today I was somewhat lethargic—in view of yesterday’s trip to Boston—I marvel that I once did that several times a week—how I hate it. We got up about 8:40. After breakfast I called Don McGaw—I needed to ask him if he can preach for me in Oct.—he’ll be able to come one Sunday. We had a long chat. I then got two play books ready to mail—for members of the group who don’t live close by. I took them to the P.O. then went up to the garden—but the picking was pretty poor—but I did get one huge eggplant. Came home—and got started on Eiesfeldt. Looked at the mail when it came. We had lunch about noon. Then Bonnie took Debbie grocery shopping with her; I tried to do some more reading, but got sleepy—so I napped. Bonnie got home, went to work sewing—a new dress for Debbie—and I got up, shaved, then got back to my reading. I was rather restless—but I did stick to the reading—made progress—better than I had expected; Eiesfeldt has always looked so imposing and threatening! About 5:30 I got to work on supper. We ate about 6:15—watched CBS news. I got about 45 min. reading in before going to Patriquins at 8:15. Watched TV with them; Ironsides not on, came home shortly after 10:00—read until bathing about 11:00; read briefly; OBLO c. midnight.
Friday, 11 September 1970
We got up early this morning—at 7:30—because Homer Orne was bringing Lawrence Swan over shortly after 8:00 to look at our plumbing problem—low pressure at the kitchen sink. We had breakfast, but I was pretty droopy. They came, did some puttering, and were gone shortly—some improvement was made, but the job will require new fixture to be attached in a few days. My morning was plagued with weariness and noise from the crowd next door—but I did make substantial progress on my sermon—we had an early lunch about 11:30—I worked further on my sermon. Bonnie went to work, Debbie napped. I finished the sermon shortly after 2:00; shaved, then got back to work on the Sunday morning service. I typed the stencil for the bulletin, ran it off, wrote pastoral prayer. I also began putting things on for supper. We ate as soon as Bonnie got home from work, about 5:30. Relaxed, watched CBS news. Began rereading Harvey—making notes for Sunday night’s reading. At 7:20 I went to the Episcopal Church—another meeting to complete plans for the Joint Sunday School. I got home shortly after 10:00. We viewed the slides which came in the mail today; relaxed, read in Harvey, bathed after 11:00; OBLO, c. midnight.
Saturday, 12 September 1970
Up about 8:45 after Θ. I had hoped to get work done in Eissfeldt during the morning, but it didn’t work out that way. The Garcias and their houseguests were out in the yard—I did take care of cataloguing the new box of slides, dating them, etc. Finally I did turn to Eissfeldt, but my heart really wasn’t in it. I was distracted by the mail and by drowziness. About 11:30—when I had stretched out on the couch—the truck from Brown’s arrived, delivered our mattress—very firm—might take a while to get used to. We had lunch, right after I finished shaving. Then I went to pay a call on Rip Hannibal—I hadn’t had a chance to talk with him since he started coming to church. I left there about 1:45—came home, we prepared to leave for the garden. 2:00 we got there—today’s project was digging in the potato patch, getting out grass, weeds and potatoes. After the work we celebrated Ann Fisk’s 40th birthday with cake and punch. We got home perhaps about 5:00—napped—after reading further in Harvey. Got up about 6:30—watched TV debate among governor candidates. Had supper 7:30–8:30. 8:30–10:30 I visited the Haskell’s—Karen goes to college tomorrow. Got home about 10:30. Finished Harvey, practiced sermon bathed, relaxed, OBLO, c. 12:20.
Sunday, 13 September 1970
Up about 9:00—not very bright eyed; Bonnie is having trouble feeling comfortable on the new mattress—she got up about 4 o’clock, went to sleep in the back room—she hasn’t felt too hot all day long. Had breakfast upon getting up, shaved, dressed, practiced sermon, left for the church—preached on Prov. 31:10-31—on the Ideal Housewife—the first of a 3-part series on the women of the Bible. After church Winnie + Kay came up to try our new mattress which Bonnie voiced her complaints about. After we had our lunch I spent a while working in the tomato patch—pulling some plants up, trimming others back. Jerry + Carol Lewis came over to get our big crib; then they took us over to see the big house which they’re trying to find the down payment to buy—$10,000! They like the house very much, but they’re not too optimistic about raising that kind of money. After we got back home we napped for a brief while, then about 5:00 I put the chicken in the oven. Had a chance to visit with Mora, who’s exhausted after several days of guests. We ate about 6:15—about 7:15 took Debbie to Patriquins; went to Lewis’, then to Play reading at McLaughlin’s—I was director, for Harvey; 11:00 left Lewis’; 11:30 left Patriquins, came home, bathed, OBLO, 12:25.
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