Friday, 11 December 1970
[Top panel: called Paul + Marty]
Up about 9:40; had breakfast—turned to revising and polishing my letter to the editor re: the peace symbol. Given the late hour that we got out of bed there wasn’t much morning. We had lunch during the noon hour—since Bonnie had to be to work at 1:00. After she left, Debbie went to her room for playing and sleeping. I worked further on the letter—finished early in the afternoon; I then turned to several other things; cleared desk; prepared the diptych with two photos of Debbie for grandma—wrapped it and put it under the tree. Also started supper. Then I began on the sermon, i.e. copying and revising sermon from 2 years ago. Debbie woke up about 4:15—so we went down to the Post office together to mail my letter to the editor, got home shortly before 5:00; worked on gluing a chair for Bonnie—and had supper all ready by the time that Bonnie got home. We ate supper immediately. We watch[ed] TV from 6:00–7:30—CBS news mainly. Then I got back to work on my sermon—i.e., after we phoned Paul + Marty; we spoke to Marty; since they’ve just moved they’re pretty tired and they don’t want to make the trip out here for Christmas. Bonnie went to the Lewis’s for the evening, I worked on sermon; and bulletins; took a walk thru the snow when she came home. Bathed; watched part of Johnny Carson; OBLO 12:27.
Saturday, 12 December 1970
Up by about 9:00—but we’d both had trouble sleeping so we didn’t get up enthusiastically. Had breakfast, shaved—2 days worth. I had to get a form completed for Mrs. Niemi to sign—this took some time—plus other items. Jim Bussey came over to have his bulletin stencil run off, since his machine is in for repairs. But late in the morning, after the mail came, I got off on my errands. Went to Mrs. Niemi’s she signed the form—went back to the P.O. to mail it—after stopping at Mrs. Cooney’s for the mailing lists of the congregation. Then to the Building Center—primarily to get weather strip—metal + felt—for the bottom of our front door. Home about noon, had lunch—I’d had simmering all morning a bean soup—very delicious—Bonnie will have nothing to do with it. After lunch I fixed the door. Then Debbie and I took a walk—down to Richdales primarily; she enjoyed wallowing in the snow. After we got back I put her down for a nap, then I went off to call on the Hannibals. About 3:00 I went on to see the Ornes. We had a conference til about 5:30 on the mailing list—revising it—dropping and adding names; also made a list re: changing their membership status. When I got home we had supper. Then while Bonnie went to rehearsal, I spent the evening on desk work and preparing the service, practicing the sermon. Bathed about 10:45; OBLO c. 11:05.
Sunday, 13 December 1970
[Top panel: called Don McGaw]
Up about 8:10. Shaved, had breakfast, prepared to meet my class—4 girls today. Left for the church about 10:30. A moderate sized crowd in the congregation—which wasn’t bad in view of the lousy weather. Home about 12:45, had lunch—a roast which had been in the oven for several hours. After lunch I dashed off my weekly letter to Mrs. Myers, called Don McGaw to confirm his coming up next Sunday. About 2:30 I left the house—went to the Post office, dropped off Christmas envelopes for Mrs. Cooney to address. Stopped briefly at Dawsons to inform them about a loan fund available for their daughters to use for educational needs. Then picked up Mrs. Haskell, we went to Wesley church in Gloucester for C.A.M.P. meeting. We had talks with representatives from the League of Women Voters—re: evaluations of schools. Also we agreed to get PP/WP envelopes to be included in the Concerned Citizens “Soundings.” The meeting was over about 4:30—came home; we fixed supper, then I relaxed a while—stretched out, tried to nap, but didn’t fall asleep. Got up shortly before 7:00; got ready to go out for the evening. Jerry, Carol—and Dave Moore showed up about 7:20—Carol + Bonnie went ahead to Congo church—we followed after Vickie got here; Community Chorus Concert 8:00–9:30; then spent about an hour relaxing here with J + C. Started batch of bread; relaxed; bathed; OBLO c. 11; Θ+
Monday, 14 December 1970
[Top panel: called Theo library 353-3034; B’s grandmother called today; we invited them up for Xmas; called Dr. Squires re: Debbie’s darkening front tooth]
Up about 9:00; had breakfast—then set about making bread—while I was involved in this Ruth George came by; she’s “secretary” for the JYF—and she gave me Loyd Starrett’s bill of JYF’s expenses: $721—with bills going all the way back to 1967! A pretty outrageous procedure. The rest of the morning I spent preparing my Eagle article and getting a package ready to mail to Mrs. Myers. I sent her a diptych with 2 photos of Debbie—one with headphones, one with bell; I left the house about 11:45—went to Eagle office and P.O.—came home, had lunch. Bonnie went to work. I went to work in my study—Debbie played in her room; it took a long time for her to fall asleep. I had details to attend to before starting on studying, e.g., getting an organist line[d] up for Xmas eve service (finally got Louis Clapp—she called back about 6:45). Latter part of the afternoon was spent studying and preparing supper; we ate as soon as Bonnie got home. Watched CBS news after going to Richdales for milk. The evening was spent alone after Debbie went to bed. We had a grand time playing together for a while. Bonnie was out to Community Chorus’ second performance at Lady of Good Voyage Ch. I studied, also wrote poem on Debbie—“Christmas Is All Very New.” Bonnie came home—had to go back to get Carol since her car was still here! Bathed, relaxed; typed poem OBLO 1:15.
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“she gave me Loyd Starrett’s bill of JYF’s expenses: $721—with bills going all the way back to 1967! A pretty outrageous procedure.” Yes, pretty rotten thing to do.
“Christmas Is All Very New” …I guess my only attempt at poetry. 🙂