Bill's Genealogy Blog

Bill Buchanan is a long-time genealogy enthusiast, living at Onoway, Alberta, Canada. This blog will describe my experiences as I research my family history and help others.

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I am a retired online school teacher. During July 2007 - January 2010, and September 2011 - March 2014, I provided part-time support for https://familysearch.org This is very rewarding. I have helped others with the Family Tree and related FamilySearch products.
Since April 2010, I have served in the Edmonton Riverbend Family History Centre. I have a FHC blog at Bill's Family History Center Blog For information the Latter-day Saints and family history click http://mormon.org/

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Getting caught up ...

New House
This has been a very busy time. James and Karin are having a house built in Spruce Grove for us and them. We will rent the basement suite. The house is on a hillside, so that we will have a large window and patio doors. The kitchen is huge. This is by far the nicest design we looked at, and it will be a beautiful home for all of us.

Acreage Life
Judy and I are finding it hard to maintain the acreage. My hips have been bothering me for several months. It is time for us to move, while we still have a choice in the matter. And this will be a lovely home. Possession is projected for August 2014. That will give us a year to sell the acreage. We have loved it here! It has a serenity that I will miss in Spruce Grove, even in a residential area. Judy will miss her gardens. We will deeply miss this house that has been central to our family life for 36 years.

Old Cars
We are starting to clean up our place. I gave away the 1993 Suzuki SwiftGA this week, to someone who needs the parts for some Firefly convertibles he is restoring. I will probably need to phone the crushers to dispose of the 1990 Firefly. That too, marks the end of an era for me. Those little 3-cylinder cars with their 5-speed transmission were a joy to drive. And if they never quite reached the EPA rating of 75 miles per gallon, still achieved a fuel economy that most hybrids can only dream of. I had hoped to make one good car out of the 2 of them, but it was never a top priority, and the money was needed for more important things. I am sure you know what that is like.

New Printer 
My old HP LJ1012 has been dying slowly (smudges, noise, stink, etc). When it ran out of toner this week, its time was up. Walmart had a brother DCP-7065DN on sale for $120. It was time to make a change for the better. I cannot get the new printer to scan from my Vista desktop, although it scans fine from my Windows7 laptop. It is fast, clean, does 2-sided (duplex) printing, and I like it! It also does photocopying, simply and easily. It looks like the cost of toner is quite reasonable (2600 copies for $70). I used it today to print ny Lidgett Family Book in duplex mode. I hope to use this printer for many years to come.

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