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Date : August 2010

Financial Planning

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Published on: 2010.08.29

Lest anyone falsely believe that my wife and I have abandoned our strict financial principles (because of all our recent purchases), let me set the record straight. Everything we’ve purchased for the house (including the house) over the past few weeks has been planned *long* in advance. The entire time we lived in Seminole (with[…]

Yard Progress

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Published on: 2010.08.29

The front yard is progressing nicely. Despite the summer’s heat, the Bermuda sod is sending out runners to connect the squares, and the few yellow spots are disappearing with regular watering. (Copyright © 2010 by Wil C. Fry. All rights reserved.) (Copyright © 2010 by Wil C. Fry. All rights reserved.) (Copyright © 2010 by[…]

Mowing a Tiny Yard

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Published on: 2010.08.27

I’ve been mowing yards since I was about 10 or 11 years old — ever since I was tall and strong enough to push a lawnmower. I started at our home in Choctaw (Oklahoma), which was a five-acre plot that we divided into thirds. Only the middle third was mowable, and because of hills, trees,[…]

Blew My First Breaker

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Published on: 2010.08.27

Where there’s a Wil, there’s a blown circuit breaker. Or Where two or three are gathered together, someone will blow a circuit breaker. I discovered while vacuuming that the vacuum cleaner combined with the dining room chandelier will blow the circuit breaker. That’s a little disappointing considering that the vacuum cleaner isn’t pulling very much[…]

Apartment: Done (and More Curtains)

I left off yesterday by saying I was heading to the old apartment. I got there before 11 a.m. and a few minutes later opened it up for the carpet cleaning company. In about 45 minutes, two workers steam cleaned and vacuumed the entire place. I got the necessary receipt. After locking the doors for[…]

First Week In The House

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Published on: 2010.08.24

Today (Tuesday), it’s technically been a week since week got the keys to our new house. As I posted previously, our stuff was moved Wednesday (Aug. 18), and that was the first night we slept in the house. Thursday afternoon and Friday afternoon, we moved more odds and ends from the apartment into the house,[…]

First Blog From The House

(I’m typing this on my wife’s laptop at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday evening. I’m sitting at my desk in my new house. My new house! However, the internet is still connected at our apartment, about six miles away, and won’t be connected at the new house until Monday. So this blog won’t get online until sometime[…]

Taking Down the Bed

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Published on: 2010.08.16

Today, I took down our sleigh bed to further prepare for our move, and replaced it with the air mattress we’ll sleep on for the next few nights. Thinking ahead. I had the 10mm lens on a tripod and recorded 35 frames of my endeavors. Watch the slideshow below.

The End Is Near

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Published on: 2010.08.15

Since I’m not sure when my final blog post from this apartment will happen, let me update now. My last entry about our house mentioned that it was almost finished. Two days later (Tuesday, Aug. 10), we had a walk-through with our project manager, Ryan. The air conditioner was running, and the house was almost[…]

Funeral Trip

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Published on: 2010.08.13

Because we’d known for some time that Meemaw (Ruby Crews) wasn’t long for this world, much of our grieving had been done in advance. I believe I speak for most of my family when I say that. Still, Thursday’s funeral wasn’t easy on the emotions. Meemaw was such an incredible woman (see my previous blog[…]

‘Meemaw’ Crews (1916-2010)

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Published on: 2010.08.09

Ruby Ruth (Bryant) Crews 1916-2010 (I knew Ruby Crews as “Meemaw” throughout my life; that’s how she signed her letters and cards to me. So that’s how I’ll refer to her here.) What a life! I do not envy the trials and hardships of Meemaw’s life. However, I certainly envy the steadfastness with which she[…]

Almost Finished

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Published on: 2010.08.08

Our house ( photoset ) will be finished tomorrow . That’s difficult to believe, after all this time. All that’s left: touch up a few spots of paint, install interior doorknobs, install thermostat, hang blinds in windows, and connect stove’s vent hood to exterior vent. The appliances that came with the house have now been[…]

It’s a Girl!

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Published on: 2010.08.04

Today, we had another sonogram, this time at Scott & White Medical Center in Temple. It was pretty clear that no “boy parts” (doctor’s words) were there, and they declared that our baby is a girl. Right now, she’s about 23 weeks and five days along, and about 1 lb. 10 oz. This sonogram image[…]

A Little Bit of Luxury

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Published on: 2010.08.03

(Copyright © 2010 by Wil C. Fry. All rights reserved.) My wife and I are all about saving money. We wait for sales to buy many items. We clip coupons. I use lower-cost Sigma lenses instead of the twice-the-price Canon models (or 2.5x-the-price Nikon models, for that matter). We calculate our gas mileage and look[…]

Finished With 2008

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Published on: 2010.08.02

As many of you know, I’ve been working my way through old photos, deleting most of the bad stuff and uploading the rest to my Flickr account . Recently, I finished 2008, which was an extremely busy year for me as a photographer. It was my third full year as sports editor for The Seminole[…]

New Fridge

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Published on: 2010.08.01

We bought a new refrigerator yesterday, in preparation for the Big Move Into Our New House. This is the first new fridge for either of us; mostly we’ve just suffered through the cheap fridges that come with apartments (like the one in this picture ). They’re generally small (18 or less cubic feet), with weak[…]

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