Sunday, 11 April 1971
Had trouble getting to sleep last night. Got up about 12:30, read until about 1:45—slept downstairs, to avoid disturbing Bonnie with my tossing and turning. Up about 8:30 this morning, had breakfast, then shaved (2 days worth). Practiced sermon again. Got to the church by about 10:30. Had a crowd of about 70—preached on “trust”—after the service was over we went to Lewises for lunch. They had been in church, and Vicky had taken care of Chris along with Debbie. Carol had prepared a delicious beef stew. After eating we did a lot of relaxing. Toward the middle of the afternoon I made trip home to get the flash attachment so that Jerry could take pictures of Chris (we were celebrating his first birthday today, since Jerry has to be in New Haven on Wednesday). Also stopped at our church and St. Mary’s for music that Bonnie + Carol wanted for practicing guitar + singing. When I got back to Lewises, I then joined Jerry at the garden—exploring a huge rock in the middle of the garden—after much digging we found it too large to be taken out. We (D, B + I) came home about 4:30—utterly exhausted—napped—all three. I really didn’t get to sleep. I still have sore throat, and a lot of drainage with it when I’m lying down. Up about 6:30. We were to[o] stuffed to have supper (after returning from the garden, we’d had a delicious cherry cheese cake). We gave Debbie some supper. Then about 7:15 went to the Hardy’s for play reading. Took Debbie along—she went right to sleep in her crib in the bedroom. The play was hilarious—“The Last Analysis”  by Saul Bellows. Got home by 11:30. Bathed OBLO 12:25.
Monday, 12 April 1971
Up about 9:15 after Θ. Had breakfast, then set to work preparing article for the Eagle. About mid-morning Bonnie left with Debbie on a walk—to the drug store and to see Drue. I went to the Eagle office. Also drove over to Stop + Shop and to First National looking for ingredients in the special dish which I wanted to prepare for supper. I got home about 11:45. Shortly thereafter Bonnie + Debbie arrived home. We fixed lunch. After eating Bonnie left for work, Debbie went outside to play on the swings. She’d been going strong all morning, however, so she didn’t resist when I shortly suggested that it was time to go in to nap—we went to her room, and built a “tower,” i.e., with building blocks—at the top of which we prepare a “room” for the puppets to “go to sleep”—then she went down for a nap. I returned to reading—started Sat. in Bright’s Early Israel in Recent History Writing—was continuing with this. My taxing weekend had taken its toll—very weary still—with several aching muscles. So I napped to[o] for a while. Then back to reading—and began preparing supper: chicken livers in coconut milk. It was a surprise for Bonnie. We ate shortly after she got home; we rather liked it, but thought of ways that it could be improved. Bonnie needs the liver for her anemia. Read briefly after supper. Watched CBS news, etc. In the evening I read in Bright, but also took time out to write to Mrs. Myers (copy to folks) and David Watson. Read further; bathed about 11:30. OBLO 12:05.
Tuesday, 13 April 1971
[Top panel: called Dr. Beck]
Up at 8:30. Shaved—2 days worth. Had breakfast. Then prepared to leave the house. Went first to St. Mary’s to leave my briefcase (and 2 packages of mimeo-paper to return to Ed Nutting). I discovered that preparations were under way for the Friday rummage sale, i.e., no peace + quiet for studying. I went to the P.O. to mail letters to Mrs. Myers, Folks and David Watson. Then stopped at the church to pick up the congregational screen. Stopped at St. Mary’s to pick up my briefcase + the paper. Went to congregational church—and found a room to study there—until about 11:45. Headed home; stopped in briefly at St. Mary’s, saw Carol Lewis. Stopped at our church to turn on the heat. Home for lunch. After eating Debbie + I played on the swings, but then as Bonnie was leaving for work, she consented to come in for a nap. She slept most of the afternoon, after we’d built a “tower” for the puppets to nap in. I turned to reading, finished Bright’s Early Israel etc—after dozing. 4 o’clock called Beck. I turned briefly to read in Rowley’s From Joseph to Joshua before fixing supper. After eating I walked to the church to turn off the heat, went to Richdales. Watched CBS news etc, then returned to reading. I changed books—Rowley’s book is largely on archaeology—so I’ll take it up when I turn to that subject in earnest. Began on C.R. North OT Interpretation of History. About 9 o’clock snacked. Then read further. Bathed about 10:30. In my phone conversation with Beck I set May 4 to go in to consult. Read after bath—OBLO 11:30.
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