June 28 (Thursday): swam in morning; met nice couple from Massachusetts (visiting their son here); RLF liked them. Went to Dick’s Sporting Goods in afternoon, mainly because we’ve lived here three years and hadn’t been in there before; didn’t buy anything. Barely saw 100°F. June 29 (Friday): swam in back yard, inflatable pool. High of[…]
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Weather: Today, our heat wave was predicted to peak at 108°F. We topped out at 107, which is pretty close. It was 105 or hotter from 2 p.m. till after 7.
Weather: Hit 100°F at 1:30 p.m. Climbed to 103 by 5 p.m. and stayed there a few hours.
Nothing stands out about Friday & Saturday (22-23), other than it was hot (98°F high both days). (In my paper journals, kept from 1987 through 2000, I wrote many notes like this: “unexplained break in dating”, which usually meant that I hadn’t written anything for weeks or months, and my next entry would not mention[…]
The last couple of days, I’ve started to sense that Rebecca’s on the cusp of switching from toddlerhood to childhood.
A few days ago, I mentioned that we’d bought a few items to upgrade/renovate Rebecca’s bathroom, also called “bathroom #2” or “the hall bathroom”. It’s the one that isn’t the master bath. The transformation occurred Tuesday and Wednesday this week. (Copyright © 2012 by Wil C. Fry. All rights reserved.)
When I opened Rebecca’s door this morning to see if she was awake, she was standing on her bed in the dark, grinning at me. “Buh!” she said, which is her word for “jump”. She mimicked a jump — she can’t quite get both feet off the ground yet — and landed on her bottom,[…]
(Copyright © 2012 by Wil C. Fry. All rights reserved.) Rebecca, at our community pool on June 14
Just as we reflect on what we’re thankful for on Thanksgiving, and reflect on green beer on St. Patrick’s day, Father’s Day is a great time to reflect on fatherhood.
Yesterday, workers completed two concrete walkways that connect our neighborhood’s walking paths to our cross street. For the last year, paths came almost to the street, but about 50 feet of broken ground separated paths from asphalt. That’s fine if you’re walking, but for a stroller or wagon, it was a tough stretch to cross.[…]
Swam in late morning. Lunch at McDonald’s. For the first time, Rebecca ate a chicken McNugget and some French fries. Somehow, she knew their funky-looking drink container was full of milk (“meh”), but she wouldn’t drink it. Dora shower curtain arrived in afternoon; Rebecca’s bathroom looks more and more like her own. (Interestingly, package was[…]
June 12 (Tuesday): RLF’s first full meal in which she fed herself entirely by holding spoon, dipping and bringing food to her mouth. She’s been working on this much more patiently than I’d expected. (She often gets very frustrated when trying something and it doesn’t work.) Milestone charts say most kids can “use a spoon[…]
June 10 (Sunday): Didn’t reach the predicted 100; our high was 97°F. Early morning, RLF played in back yard, then wagon ride to playground. This time she enjoyed swinging/playing for about 30 minutes, then back home. Played out front for 30 minutes, talked to cross-the-street neighbors (RLF led me over there). She still has runny[…]
Wife had rare long shift (12 hours) — weekend pay + overtime. RLF didn’t make it easy; fussy all day. She now responds correctly to “Go to your room”. Yes, I’m giving timeouts to my 20-month-old. It works, most of the time. Funny: She cried during her shows, so I turned off TV. When she[…]
Stayed relatively cool today (low 80s). Wife & RLF played outside in the evening while I mowed/edged. They swept clippings off driveway & sidewalk for me. Grass already growing between new paving stones. Bought cabinet handles for RLF’s bathroom (finally) at Lowe’s. Allowed her to choose them. RLF had runny nose all day. She stayed[…]
It had rained all night and continued to sprinkle lightly throughout the day. Our high was supposed to be in the 90s, but it never got above 80. A very nice break from the previous month.
(I’ve updated my June 5 entry to show that we did indeed receive the missing package afterall.) Today marks six years since my wife and I tied the knot in Key West, Fla. Thank you for the well-wishes, card, and phone calls from our friends and family members. We didn’t do anything terribly special to[…]
I lived in an abandoned JC Penney store located deep in bayou country in Louisiana, miles from the nearest road. The store was built in log cabin style, inside and out, but was as large as any major department store. It was on stilts, like any good structure built near the bayou, and had a[…]
Well, we did it. Yesterday was supposed to be 101, but we never made it out of the low 90s. Today, we hit 100°F at about 4 p.m., and it was cloudy at the time. That’s several days later than our first 100-degree day last year, so I’m hopeful our summer won’t be quite as[…]