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I found the perfect pantry!

On our final build, we have a walk-in butler pantry with a pass-through to the kitchen plus a space to slide the coffee pot & toaster back out of view.

I’d plan to do some BTS shelving too with the neat and clean look of EZStudRack, and still may. I was going to have a photo slide to hide the between the studs shelving on cabinet bottom sliders turned sideways that I took, and had printed on canvas of one of our neighbor’s Highland cows. I never have my own photos printed for me and this by far is the largest. It would hide the lesser used shallow items BTS, and may still, but for now that is on the wait and see if I still need that space.

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So, I’ve spent hours and hours online and even drove to Charlotte to Ikea to find shelves for the pantry. They had some shelves that would work but the deeper ones came with doors I didn’t want or need.

My talented hubby can build them but I’ve wanted white and I don’t like how cans seem to stick to painted shelves. I could’ve done melamine or laminate like Closetmaid but didn’t love the look and they were not deep enough anyway. I also considered garage-type shelves like one line of Homedant REIBII or Gladiator, but it wasn’t until I saw the flat finished metal over the T holes that sealed the deal. I needed at least the bottom to be 16.5 deep for my FIFO organizers. (LOVE THESE) I bought the cheaper one first but the sizes were not as customizable (and short on dowels) and they couldn’t stack so I went to the one shown first that fit more can sizes and increase in increments of 10″.

Nothing was just right until I found Homedant Home and Kepsuul.

I chose Kepsuul because of the width and height over Homedant Home and for the fact that it is possible to order extra shelves directly from them. Kepsuul. comes in white or black, both with “wood” shelves. Kepsuul. does over sides and backs in different colors too. I think I’m going to add wood crates here and there and just put felt on the bottoms.

Kepsuul. lets you put the side rails in with the shelf on top or you can flip them over like a basket. Homedant Home lets you do the same plus flip the back or front one way to hold things from falling off or from going over the back. I tried that with the Kepsuu but the height difference on the shelf was about 1/8″ off.

I ordered 3 Five shelf Kepsuu units and liked them so much I decided to do our master closet with them also and ordered more plus some of their rack and shelf units and a smaller 16″ Five shelf . Now it will still be months before these can go in the house. I typically unbox everything and check what I ordered way ahead of time but after unboxing one of these and putting it together there is now way I’m unboxing all of them to check because I’ll never get them back in the box to stack and moving them to the new house would be a lot harder. On the one I did unbox and put together one shelf had a corner messed up. I’m hoping that the company will stand behind all that I’ve purchased even if it’s a few months until I open all the boxes.

It says customizable on the box and that’s a good word, better than adjustable shelves but it is more difficult than pulling 4 pins out of holes and adjusting a shelf. The box comes with a rubber mallet and it’s needed.

So Kepsull for the win and for a pantry I think I’m going to love.

I’ll pop in more after we quit working 6 days a week and of course, I’ll follow up with a finished pantry photo along with some other house photos. I ordered most of the tile this week too, but had to stop on some online ordering and working at the house to go out checking all the granite and countertop places to get that locked in since all the cabinets have been ordered with delivery scheduled. Plus again it’s that time of year I have to get all of our paperwork organized for taxes.

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1st waterfalling day in a year for my 51st + 1st Autumn waterfall for good measure (4 days, 7 waterfalls = one long post)

I am still playing catch up from basically a year hiatus from posting on here. Once I get caught up a bit, it’ll go back to the less frequent posting, hopefully without another year-long absence. If you’re not interested in waterfalls or WNC you can skip this long one. 🙂

Prooving again that the best-laid plans are better when they’re flexible.

We have not been waterfalling since we tried to see English Falls on my last birthday… a year ago (and a year late in posting about it). This one is still delayed but not as bad. My good cameras were not really off the shelf and we didn’t go on a waterfall outing not one single time in a year as we worked on building the new house, so we planned to go for this birthday. All work and no play well, you know the saying.

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The making of Chancing the Brown Mountain Lights covers for CC Tillery

Chancing the Brown Moutain Lights is the fifth book in the Brown Mountain Lights series.  The colors on this one are my 2 favorite colors, despite being told bu the hubby that you can’t have 2 favorites. The sister duo authors wanted to continue using the one photo I took of Brown Mountain from the first book, and just make changes to the colors and adding a second foreground image composite.

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Lightroom versus On1 RAW 2021

Wondering why I haven’t shared my 51st birthday waterfall pics yet? This is why. I can’t do anything with my RAW photos without making more of a mess. If you’re not into photography this is one post you can just skip.

Summed up in one line “I like almost everything better about Lightroom except renting it, but I’m trying to switch to On1“. I’m aware that my initial opinion is likely biased because I don’t want to learn another program. I’ve had different On1 offerings since it was On One somewhere back around 2015, but fell into using Lightroom and Photoshop more often with On1 as a plug-in instead of a stand-alone. Many of their programs can be used either way. And, to be fair I use programs until they won’t work any longer. So either one, On1 Raw 2021 or Lightroom subscription would both have a slight learning curve. I just prefer to concentrate on shooting than sitting in the office working!

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August falls and fails and my 50th (over a year late in posting but left the original text)

Some of my family surprised us that they were in town. All of us went on a waterfall hike then my mom took us out for an early birthday lunch at PF Changs and dessert at Cold Slab.

We keep hitting delays on materials for the house. Delays in quotes, delays in shipping delays with delivery, and weather delays. So, I just keep sweeping the water off the slabs. Our concrete guy that took 2 of our shovels and didn’t offer to bring them back, should’ve told us he needed grade pegs! If I took someone’s tools by mistake I would’ve brought them right back with an apology.

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Shoot-it-while-you-can (circles, food, broken glass, and an orchid)

I was originally saving that headline for an old building that I knew would not be there for long. I decided to use it for this post.  Our word for CCoH February was  “circles” I can’t remember what or if I shared any?   Here are a few pics for that.

The camera club, like everything else, is on hold because of the pandemic. I missed the deadline for “juxtaposition” anyway, even though that meeting was canceled. Now I can add “learn Zoom” to my to-do list before the next meeting this month. Continue reading

A tailgate 30th and Easter thoughts

Since I work from home, my self-discipline to get up and get stuff done has not changed all that much, except the amount of photo and book cover jobs coming in has slowed basically to a stop. We have been working in the yard more than normal. We usually buy stuff for the yard and garden. This year we’re transplanting and moving stuff around. Figure may as well take care of what we have already, and when I work in the yard, I have two things to show for it. It’s good for me and our yard looks better. Win-Win. If we’re going to be  at home, our home and yard may as well look the best it can.

This year I decided to take a walk around the yard and see if we have any volunteers I can cultivate and move to where I’d like them later. I was hoping to find some fast-growing maple trees but as of yet, without the leaves out yet, I wasn’t sure what the young trees were. I did clip a straggler off the bottom of one of our maple trees to root it. I wish it was from one of the red ones but it was a wild maple that turns yellow. Still looks nice, grows fast, provides a place for squirrels to escape the outdoor cats.

I’ve been trying to add sorting and organizing to the days. I have been doing pretty well emotionally with the ‘safe at home” though. I’m not quite getting to everything, but just taking each day as it comes. Some are productive, some, not so much.

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