I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving! We managed to find the necessary pans and implements to roast a turkey, and have mashed potatoes, broccoli, pie and even were able to sit at the dining room table with candles lit. A first. It was really nice.
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Like any bird, this Gray-bearded Bookminder is slowly building and lining the nest. It’s a long process, with the kitchen about 80% organized and more items (toaster, food processor, salad bowls, and so on) still not discovered. The boxes seem to go on forever, and Wife has done yeoman’s duty unpacking, washing, organizing and putting away with occasional help from the taller person who can reach high shelves.
The communications equipment is up and fully functional, with minor tweaking necessary and some new items in the pipeline as a result of Deep Discount Friday shopping at Ultimate Electronics yesterday, when we braved the rain and significant crowds to buy a Yamaha HD A/V receiver, Yamaha CD player, Sony Blu-Ray DVD player, Panasonic Plasma HD TV, Klipsch speakers and the assorted wires and cables. Plus a small chest freezer for the garage. It’s all to be delivered next week.
Today a new sofa and side chair are coming, as well as our new washer and dryer. We’re certainly doing our part to stimulate the economy! Things are getting done and the house becoming more functional and livable.
Books and CDs/DVDs are another matter, none have been unboxed except a half dozen CDs I’ve been playing on the computer. The problem is shelves, or lack of them, and I haven’t settled on a plan for the shelving. I’m leaning toward making my own CD shelves, but making them requires a working area and the tools all to be available in the garage, which is still in transition, full of boxes and disorganized. When we arrived, I was amazed to find the garage is without a single shelf or storage cabinet of any kind, just one bicycle hook. (!) Naturally all my scrap lumber was left behind (too expensive to move, I was told) so I don’t have even a small bit of wood, dowel or anything I might need, and with smallish 2-door coupes, anything over a few feet in length will have to be delivered. That means a lot of planning in order to minimize delivery charges. I may ask a friend with a pick-up for help with that, but I don’t want to do that too often.
I’ve considered buying used bookshelves, but they come with only the standard 3 or 4 shelves, are deeper than I need, especially for paperbacks, and even used ones are expensive. I’ve considered having a few things built in the living room area by a professional carpenter/cabinet maker, we have a large empty wall, but that’s an expense I’m not willing to take on just now, what with the other more necessary things in the budget. So we’ll see. For now, progress is being made, and that good.