Saturday, 19 December 1970
Up by 8:30. Had breakfast. About 9:15 I picked up Les Patriquin—we went to the Coonly residence at Norwood + Old Garden Rd.—they are giving us a used stove. Roy Elwell met us there with his trailer. First we had to lug another stove into their basement. I injured my toe—middle toe right foot—by evening it was purple, very painful; don’t know whether it’s broken. Came home, shaved, then Bonnie Debbie + I went to Gloucester. We dropped by Dunnachs to leave off copies of Parish Paper service, then to Mals (got 4 pairs pants, 3 new ties), then to grocery store. Came home, had lunch. Then I wrapped the package for Jerry Lewis, ie. phonograph record in a big box with notes of (I hope) a humerous nature! Then went up to see the Hannibals; only Rip was home. After leaving there I returned home, then went to the church to finish the last of 4 advent banners; got it put up—came home for supper about 5:30—toe really hurting. After supper I soaked it for a while—but also had to work on my sermon—only half finished. About the middle of the evening we discovered that our phone was dead; Bonnie called phone company from Herlihy’s. Bathed around 11:00; went to bed briefly Θ+ —but then back to work; finished sermon, prepared service; practiced sermon; started bread; OBLO c. 2:30.
Sunday, 20 December 1970
[Top panel: one photo of toys on Debbie’s radiator}
Up not too long after 9:00. Had breakfast, shaved, practiced my sermon—no Sunday school class; got to the church about 10:45. Had about 62 in church—preached on “Be Aglow with the Spirit”—didn’t get home until almost 1:00. We fixed lunch, then I worked on my batch of bread; then took trash to the garage and cleaned the cat-box. Then I was pretty pooped, so I stretched out—got some rest, although I didn’t fall asleep. About 4 o’clock I got up, wrapped the Xmas gift for Virginia, helped with some details on supper, went down to Kays for some Shake + Bake. Don + Lawry were late arriving, but they got here shortly after 5:00. I went down to see the pageant—but we arrived too late to get a good view—and it was very cold. So we didn’t stay very long. We went to the church so that Don + Lawry could see the banners in the sanctuary. Then we came home and I put supper together. Bonnie just sat, because she’s not feeling very well these days. We had a delightful supper together and then exchanged gifts. They gave us the rock opera by Webber and Rice, Jesus Christ Superstar—we listened to part of it; we showed them my carpentry work, had dessert which they brought, visited—they left shortly after 10:30; we bathed; about 11:45 took photo of Debbie’s toys lined up on radiator in her room; OBLO, 11:53.
Monday, 21 December 1970
Up about 9:00 after Θ. Had breakfast, shaved. I then looked through the pile of Christmas cards which arrived in the (early) mail. I wrote no church new article for the Eagle—but took my poem over (Xmas Is All Very New)—since Kay suggested I should. I stopped at the church on my way home—to look for glasses that a lady supposedly had left at services yesterday—but they weren’t there. When I got home Bonnie went off to Gloucester with Carol to renew the permit for surplus food. I wrote my weekly letter to Mrs. Myers. Then listened to record 3 of Jesus Christ Superstar, enjoyed Herod’s song very much and had Bonnie listen to it when she got home; we fixed lunch; she went to work, Debbie and I went for a walk—to the P.O. to mail the letter to Mrs. Myers. Then we went down to Bearskin neck for Xmas shopping. Came home, Debbie went to her room—but didn’t nap; I read in Paul’s letter to the Romans, (after listening to side 4 of JC Superstar), I put supper together and we ate as soon as Bonnie came home; Ed Nutting dropped by for a brief conversation about 6:10—left by 6:30. Watched CBS news. We went for a drive to see Xmas lights 7:30–8:00. Rest of the evening I read, Bonnie slept. About 11:00 we took our baths, prepared for bed. OB, read further in Romans; LO 12:47.
Tuesday, 22 December 1970
We have been getting a blanket of white today—so how appropriate. [i.e., first day of winter] Up about 8:45—the post man arrived at 8:30 (!) with a package of Christmas gifts from Mark and Shirley. After getting up we had breakfast—while I was shaving the post man came with the regular mail—a pile of Christmas cards. After shaving I read a while in the New Republic which had come; then read in letter to the Romans, finished it. Then turned to Weiser for a while. Bonnie made a trip the building center just before noon—I fixed lunch, which we ate as soon as she came back. When she went to work Debbie and I set out for a walk with the snow coming down; I pushed her in the carriage. We went to the church to change the wayside pulpit—then to the Building center to exchange the purchase that Bonnie had made (door bottom); saw Dick Bamforth; brief chat, then we went up Summit Av to see Rip Hannibal and take him the Xmas newsletter which they’d never received. Home again—Debbie napped and so did I for a short while; then read before fixing supper. We ate when Bonnie came home. Watched CBS news—at 8:00 we went to Jerry + Carol’s—listened to Jesus Christ Superstar—they both were impressed. Then we gave them Xmas gifts. Book on coverlets [?] for Carol; Wagner’s Greatest Hits for Jerry. Home by 11:00; watched news, weather—bad weather not over. read very briefly; LO c. midnight.
David’s diary, December 22, 1970
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