Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Don't Miss A Good Movie: Hunter Killer

We watched a good movie today, Hunter Killer, which we rented from Redbox. We just can't figure out why we missed it when it was at the movie theater last October.  

It appears the critics didn't like it for whatever reason, and it received a "4.7" on Rotten Tomatoes and a "6.6 out of 10" on IMDb, but don't let that stop you if you'd like to watch an action packed movie with a good storyline.

Hunter Killer, starring Gerard Butler as a submarine captain, was a 9 out of 10 for us! 

We both thought the storyline and Naval references and language were well done and consistent with our experience. 

We do have a history with the U. S. Navy and Naval military personnel since Bill and I spent most of our government careers working on nuclear shipyards and Naval Activities in California and Washington, at times working directly for the Commanding Officer. 

That was another lifetime ago, but I bring it up because it gave us a lot of inside "command and technical" submarine knowledge, which we used to judge this movie. 

If you take the time to watch Hunter Killer, I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. The only thing we missed was the theater popcorn, but at $1.75 for Redbox versus about $12 at the early bird showing at the movie theater, it was probably a much better bargain.

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Fixing The Kitchen Knobs

The builder's wife is a designer, and she used a variety of knobs and "aging" to make our kitchen appear to have evolved over time.

We're planning to sell the house soon. If we were staying, I would have the cabinets re-painted (probably black) to do away with the aging. 

But I'll leave painting up to the next owners because I've learned from experience that changing one thing can lead to a whole bunch of other changes being needed!

A while back I found some metal knobs that sort of matched our metal ones on the pantry shelve doors above. 

The knobs were on clearance at Target in the Fixer Upper folk's section called Hearth and Hand

The original price of each knob was $3.99, but they were on clearance for around a dollar apiece. I bought all they had and put them away for a future project!

Half of the upper and lower cabinets in the kitchen had glass knobs. 

The glass broke on 3 of these knobs

The glass knobs on one top cabinet and two bottom cabinets broke off. I ignored them as long as I could even after I found metal ones to replace some of them. 

I vacillated because I thought I would need to hire someone to replace the knobs. Wild Bill has chemo-related neuropathy in his hands, which makes even buttoning a shirt hard to do.

I figured the knobs I had stored away would work, but thought special tools would be needed...ones I didn't have.

The other day I started thinking, "How hard can it be?" 

These bottom cabinets were glass knobs

Turns out, not hard at all! All I needed was my little needle nose pliers to loosen the backs that were on too tight! I was even able to screw the new knobs on with just my fingers. 

All six bottom-cabinet-glass-knobs were replaced with metal ones. That way I was able to use one of the good glass knobs from the bottom cabinets to replace this upper glass one that was broken.

I've been finding that some things are a lot easier than you think they will be, it just takes getting started. 

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Susan Branch And Why Nana Got A Warning

Was happy to read Susan Branch's post on "Tidying Up" via the KonMari Method!

Susan's Books On Amazon.com

Susan has a lovely way of expressing herself in her books and on her blog, and she even made the act of decluttering seem easy and beautifully done. You can read her post on her Marie-Kondo-inspired decluttering HERE.

I know I'll never have perfectly pressed dinner napkins like Susan, but still I love to read about hers as I dream of my "perfectly done" house on Someday Isle...as in "someday I'll..."

Whenever I visit Susan's blog, I'm always inspired to decorate with the things I have, putting out the everyday things we use and love rather than hiding them away in the cabinets.

The other thing I want to share has to do with Marie Kondo too! 

Middle Daughter has "Kondo-ized" her house so much her children (Livvie 6 and Ben 9) have done (and re-done) the playroom so many times they've become experts at purging and organizing too.

Last weekend, the kids stayed Saturday night with their other grandma..."Nana"...and when Nana brought them home on Sunday she shared the following story: 

Livvie noticed Nana's bottom kitchen cabinets were somewhat messy, so both kids got to work removing all the pots and pans. 

After Nana chose the things that "sparked joy" for her, the kids organized the bottom cabinets and left everything clean and tidy. 

Livvie Not Always Clean And Tidy!

Nana was (to say the least) very impressed with the job they did in her kitchen. 

Nana laughed when she told Middle Daughter that Livvie even gave her a warning that she would be checking the cabinets next time she visits to make sure Nana is able to keep everything in its place!

The thing I love about Marie Kondo's book is that it inspires people to buy less, store less, and enjoy life more.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

What's Going On With Blogger?

Does anyone out there understand what's happening with Blogger? 

Appears they are no longer supporting comments, etc., but I'm not real clear on it.

Hard At Work On Her iPad 

If you have posted information about the changes they are making would you please put a link in my comments so we can come read what you have written? 

The information they are putting out is driving me crazy...and that isn't a far drive! Thanks for any links or info you can provide.

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