I *said* I had a shelf fetish!

Sep. 21st, 2017 05:06 pm
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I've been coveting these:

oak floating shelveswalnut floating shelves
corner shelvesHere's the two likely places I have to put similar shelves.

corner nook from kitchen
corner nook from living roomand...corner nook over breakfast bar



kitchen from dining room





























The ultimate plan is to replace the defunct and never-used dishwasher with a useful rolling cart with a butcher block top. The soffit is hollow, and I'd really like to replace all the upper doors with doors that go to the ceiling. Failing that, beadboard backsplash and soffit, paint all the cabinets white, replace the hardware and relocate it from center doors to the corners of the doors. I can live with sheet vinyl flooring and yellow formica countertops...for a while.

So, where do *you* think the floating shelves should go? Over the desk? Or over the bar? Both? Neither?

I have a shelf fetish

Sep. 21st, 2017 04:38 pm
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The living room is done, excepting a bit of sorting and organizing.


owl
cat among the seagulls


wee gargoyle, glass globes















































The wee gargoyle says, "I'ma jump off parapets too, when I get big!" The globe watch necklace was a gift, and OH made the display stand.

The media shelves:
full media shelves











































Are finally full! There are a few spaces left empty for small hardcovers and trade paperback books.

And the dining room is done! All that media storage in that tiny sliver of space!
dining room done!


SPN S12 DVDs updated update

Sep. 13th, 2017 05:22 pm
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After I received and was disappointed by the DVDs I ordered from Jubilee through Bonanza, I informed them of the problems I was having with the set they sent:

Case was very much thinner than usual. There was no insert in the case listing the contents of each dvd. There was nothing on each disc but a series of episodes. There was one listing on disc 6 labeled "special features," which my player could not access.

Jubilee informed me they have begun the process of issuing a return label and a refund, no questions asked.

I checked the Amazon and Target listings, wary of the absence of the usual listing of special features. Best Buy had the listing, as follows:

3 audio commentaries
4 Featurettes:
Gag reel
Supernatural: 2016 Comic-Con Panel
The Winchester Mythology: A Hunter's Life
The Winchester Mythology: Clash of the British Men of Letters
The Winchester Mythology: Mary Winchester
Unaired scenes

so I ordered another set from Best Buy. That set arrived today. The slipcase and case are the same thickness as the other season sets. I opened and went through the set, inserting each disc into the player to read the menus. There is an insert listing the contents of each disc, and there are cut scenes, commentary, and other extras on several discs, listed on each disc menu. Disc 6 includes the three Winchester Mythologies,the gag reel, and the 2016 ComicCon panel.

All this is what your factory issued S12 DVD set should contain, no matter who you buy them from.

I got wood...

Sep. 11th, 2017 03:10 pm
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I pulled out a pair of wooden candlesticks from the cabinet this morning, and wound up cleaning and oiling all my stained wood pieces. A big dough bowl, a square salad bowl, an amazingly shaped and grained salad bowl with two serving size bowls to match, a huge and gorgeous carved acacia wood bowl that's just damned art, two pairs of wooden candlesticks (there are more. I stopped myself from doing all of them), two small staved teak bowls, two staved paddle handled breadboards, an oak paddle handled breadboard, the Dansk carving board, a woven splint bowl from the 70s, a wooden brandy snifter-shaped ...I have no idea what the purpose is, but it's pretty, and two small sandwich boards. Oh, and my laminated teak tray.

The thing with oiling wood is that dry wood swells when it gets wet. Part of oiling it is to seal the pores so water doesn't get in and make the wood swell and crack. But if the wood's dry and you use too much oil, it still swells and can crack. The trick is to slather the oil on, wipe it down a *little* bit, so it's not dripping, and let it set for about an hour. Then go back and wipe it down again, removing the excess oil, leaving just a thin sheen of oil. Then depending how dry it was, after another hour or two, or the next day, polish it dry, and it should be fine for several months. All my pieces look so gorgeous now!

I still have to do my unstained raw cutting boards. I use mineral oil on everything. I made the mistake of using vegetable oil, and my raw wood mortar and pestle is still dark and ooky looking. I sanded it for *years* to finally get down to where the wood wasn't gummy and tacky from the veg oil. So, mineral oil only.

For cutting boards I have used bleach, sparingly, and I've sanded out dimples from the meat hammer--which I no longer use. The dimples look cool, though. "Mess with me and I'll do the same to you! Ha!"--and water rings. But what I do now is sprinkle coarse sea salt on the surface and scrub with a cut half of a lemon. It bleaches and disinfects, and is totally food safe. Once it's clean, you rinse it and pat it dry, then let it set for at least an hour to evaporate any water, and then rub it down with mineral oil. I like to use my fingers--the oil seems to penetrate the pores of the wood better from the warmth and texture of my fingertips (or palm, depending on the size of the board) than with a paper towel or other applicator. Anyway, I do both surfaces and the edges and then leave the board either leaning against the backsplash or upright in a dish drainer for an hour or two, then go back and wipe off any excess, and if the piece is small enough to fit in the sink, a quick dose of dish soap and water, rinse well, pat dry, let air dry so all surfaces have air, and you're good to go.

Ironically? OH does 99% of the cooking, and he uses plastic cutting boards. I insist on having my wooden ones (that I used when *I* ruled the kitchen) out where I can see them. I think they're pretty.

I...may have a thing for wood. Oh, get your mind out of the gutter. Well, yeah, that kind of wood, too.


Update on S12 DVD set

Sep. 10th, 2017 08:18 pm
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The majority of this was posted in comments in someone else's journal, so I thought I'd move it here, both for availability for my flist, and so I can find it later.


I ordered my S12 DVDs online from a website called Bonanza, through a seller called Jubilee Marketplace, here: www.bonanza.com/listings/Supernatural-The-Complete-Twelfth-Season-12-DVD-2017-6-Disc-Set-Brand-New/492229574

I was concerned that perhaps they were selling a cloned copy, so I asked here after they arrived if anyone had seen the actual factory set, bought at a Target or shipped from Amazon. A couple of people sent me photos of the valid set, showing the thinness of the case, so I was reassured that this is a factory set.

Someone asked if the photos on the back of my case were b/w, and they are in color. However, there is no insert guide to which episodes are on which discs, which discs contain deleted scenes, commentary, etc., and the gag reel.

I figured you would have to insert each disc and read the disc menu to find those "extras," so I loaded each disc in my DVD player. Each disc listed only the episodes, no extras, no deleted scenes or commentary. There is a button on the disc menu of Disc 6 for "special features." The first time I clicked that button the player launched right into Jared's commentary on Episode 1. That only ran a minute or two before the sound and the picture pixellated into garbage. I FF'd a bit and now there was commentary on another episode. I stopped play and went back to the disc menu to try the "special features" button again, hoping for a list of commentaries, deleted scenes, and gag reel.

We have an entertainment setup that covers the cable box/dvr recorder and player, the Xbox we only use for Blu-ray disc viewing and accessing Netflix, and the DVD player, which is located in the soundbar. We have a remote that designates which type of player we use.

What happened when I clicked the "special features" button on Disc 6 the second time, it kicked me out of the DVD player and onto an "auxilliary" channel. The DVD player was still on, but I couldn't select the DVD player, and the disc wouldn't eject until I turned off the DVD player, and selected it again. I turned the DVD player back on, re-inserted the disc, and tried the "special features" button again. It didn't start playing the commentary this time, just kicked me to the "aux" channel. I couldn't select "DVD player" and had to turn it off, and eject the disc again. I turned the player back on, reinserted the disc, and clicked all three episodes on the menu; each of which started playing immediately. So at least the episodes are viewable. I didn't check the episodes on the other discs. I hope they play, as well.

I didn't click around on the menu pages of each disc for easter eggs--I don't even think they hide "extras" that way anymore. But I did notice while running the beginning of the three episodes I checked that the digital replay is crap. The fine print on the back of the slipcase says that these are "widescreen," matted to reproduce the appearance of the episodes when they aired. The footage I saw was in widescreen, and I didn't notice any matting. Also, nowhere on the slipcase or plastic case is there a notation that the picture quality is HD.

I don't know. I'm assuming these are factory discs, and I am *very* disappointed with the quality. I assume if I'd been able to afford the blu-ray discs that they'd have all the bells and whistles, in addition to beautiful image quality.

I guess it's worth what I paid to have a copy of the episodes, but I do feel cheated of the extras, and the HD picture quality.

Here's a list of the "Special Features" on the DVD set at Best Buy:

3 audio commentaries
4 Featurettes:
Gag reel
Supernatural: 2016 Comic-Con Panel
The Winchester Mythology: A Hunter's Life
The Winchester Mythology: Clash of the British Men of Letters
The Winchester Mythology: Mary Winchester
Unaired scenes

That's a lot of material either not included, or inaccessable in the set I bought. Target doesn't list that on their page for the DVD set, nor does Amazon, or any other place I've looked.

I'ma have to buy a second set, aren't I? What I get for trying to save a bit of cash.I had planned to buy from Amazon. Their description has always included the number of discs *and* a list of all the extras. They don't have that this year. I didn't think to check with my Jubilee seller before I ordered, either. And really, you have no point to complain that something's missing if it wasn't listed to begin with.

But the set on the Best Buy site does have all the extras listed, and they're the only place I've found that does. If I was going to purchase a set now, knowing what I know, I'd buy from them.


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Sep. 8th, 2017 09:53 am
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This is my town yesterday, with smoke from the wildfires

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This morning I woke up to the sound of thunder--and rain!  My weather map shows the rain isn't reaching to Seattle or Portland--I'd love to share, they need it as much as we do. But I have to rejoice in having rain at all.

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