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"Begin at the beginning, and go on till you come to the end: then stop." -- The King of Hearts

I'm an adopted Texan. As they say, "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could!" I post pictures and opinions as suits my mood, mostly because I can. Hooray Internet! 

So far I have three blogs here. By the Way is the oldest. I started it in 2003. I lost a couple of years to Vox because I was too lazy to bother to export when they shut down. I consider it an exercise in accepting impermanence. When I followed my husband to Singapore for his first expat assignment, I started (T)expatriate: A Southern Girl in Singapore. That covers 2010 and 2011, give or take. Next came Oslo, and (T)expat 2: Norwegian Boogaloo,  in 2012. Now I'm back home, and back on By the Way.

Pix live on Flickr. I toss links out on Twitter when I feel like it. I'm still not sure what to do with G+ but I kinda like it.


It's a new... door!

We had our new front door delivered and installed today. What a commotion! We've had such wonderful luck with the Pella window installers, and we got our first window guy, Eli, back for this door install, so I had no doubt that the results would be perfect. The man is a perfectionist, and super-nice besides.

(Lots more pictures on flickr here.)

It was kind of fun to be here for this, because the hole in the front wall of the house between doors was Really Big.

Bye-bye old door

I also got to see first-hand that there really isn't a single tiny bit of insulation beneath our floor.

The floor looks kind of insubstantial here

First thing this morning, a big truck rumbled up and two guys dropped off the door. It had to wait in the flowerbed for a while til Eli got the old door out. (He very nicely saved the original lead-glass panels, which are going to a friend of the MO's who dabbles in stained glass.)


The new door (with sidelights) is almost a foot narrower than the original, so there was some intermediate construction, and then Eli and his helper muscled the new door up the steps and into place.

Positioning the new door frame

After a lot of futzing with the apparently not-quite-top-notch hardware we bought, we have a gorgeous new front door. It actually seals when it closes! There are no longer breezes in the living room! I think it would take a bazooka to get through this glass, as opposed to being worried whenever a sofa-arm-resting cat would sneeze. And oh boy is it beauuuuuuuuutiful!

New door!

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