Tuesday, September 27, 2016

DOA On TV What's Coming In 2017

I still think it is bizarre that the time period after Christmas has become so full of big time programming.

I'm unhappy to see what NBC did with Grimm since last season: Gave it a renewal (yay), then said it would have the number of episodes cut in half, then they said it would not appear till January and the show would end after its short episodic run.  What dirty behavior, seriously.

Also guilty of awful behavior, Sleepy Hollow which allowed Nicole Beharie, Abbie Mills, THE MAIN CHARACTER to be summarily killed off last season.  They return in January without her, and though I love Ichabod, he and Abbie were the show.  Now they're putting in someone who is supposed to remind you of X-Files Scully?  They have certainly lost completely the whole soul of the show and, I'll watch, but will be cringing.

With no explanation iZombie is renewed but pushed to January.   What does that mean?

Here's what's coming of interest to me, and to you, cause you love the same stuff I do, right?

12 Monkeys Season Three
Stranger Things Season Two
The Expanse Season Two
Shannara Season Two
Izombie Season Three
Orphan Black Fifth and final season
Zoo (summer 2017)
Colony Season Two
Sleepy Hollow Season Four
Grimm Sixth and Final Season
Wynonna Earp Season Two
Doctor Who
Fear the Walking Dead Season Three
Mercy Street  Season Two
Poldark  Season Two
Jessica Jones Season Two
Daredevil Season Three
Class (Doctor Who Spinoff with Teens)
Shadowhunters Season Two

Monday, September 26, 2016

DOA On TV: Show Notes

I've yet to see Gotham, but have caught up on the other shows I usually watch, plus I've added a couple of new ones.

Lucifer:   Lucifer oddly has a certain innocence to him, odd perhaps, but he is, after all, a fallen angel.  This season, his mother (who knew he had one!) has escaped from Hell, perhaps aided by someone in her escape.  Lucifer spends much of the episode rather hilariously thinking she is inhabiting the bodies of some very confused people.  Off to a good start.

Marvel's Agents of Shield:  Coulson isn't Director anymore which allows him to be out in the field rubbing elbows directly with the bad guys.  Fun for him and the audience.  The new director has been unseen but appears to be heavy handed and running Shield with a hard hand.  Daisy (hate that name) is off on her own chasing down baddies with her hacking skills and her super powers.  The new Big Bad is Ghost Rider, a character I'm not familiar with, but who is able to become a flaming skull being at will and toss fire.  His disabled brother is Lorenzo James Henry who plays Chris the Psycho on Fear the Walking Dead fueling speculation Chris' character will be killed off.

Survivor:  Gen X vs Millennials.  Gen X is a sort of innocuous generation for me, and the age range spans quite a bit 33-52?  I assumed since the Gen-Xers were portraying themselves as hard working conscientious role models of the world that they'd beat out the ever so slackery Millennials, but no, the Millennials outsmarted and outplayed them handily.  Best up your game, Gen X.

MacGyver:  As we know I never saw the original, so I am not all whiny comparing the new and old.   I thought the plot and characters were much like Mission Impossible, and right after I watched it it was also reminding me of Magnum PI, though I couldn't say now why.   I thought at first the MacGyver character was a bit silly and vacuous, but he had me rooting for him by the end of the episode.

Van Helsing:  Man, this was so dark and grim, and hopeless for the first half hour or so, and I considered turning it off, but I stuck with it, even through the second episode which made me actually like it more as it explained how everyone got to where they are.  I need at least one really appealing character in a show, and in this one, I really liked the doctor, who is now a slavering vampire, but I'm hoping she can be turned back.  I also liked Vanessa Van Helsing's little girl, and I have hope as well that she is alive somehow.  I'll be there watching this week.

Once Upon a Time:  Off to an annoying start with Emma mysteriously having tremors and visions of her apparent death and stupidly hiding it from everyone except stinking creepy Hyde.  She does this every time, when she has plenty of people who could help her figure things out.  I did not like the Regina/Zelena immediate split.  Having them finally work things out between them would have been a nice story arc.

Lethal Weapon:   I'm a fan of the old movies and would have been critical, if Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford were not both so immediately appealing in their roles.  They were both just great, I loved their characters and had a tear in my eye at episode's end.  Watching!

Designated Survivor:  What happens if things go bad and a really smart Sweetheart of the World is suddenly tossed into the Oval Office by tragedy?  Keifer Sutherland, I just wanted to hug him.  So sweet, so vulnerable, but under it, I think so very capable.   I never watched a single episode of 24 so I'm not biased into wanting him to reprise his Jack Bauer role at all. A real surprise must watch for me who despises politics more than anyone you know.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

DOA On TV: Fall TV, off to an Oopsie Start

Yikes, I missed the premier of Gotham, Lucifer, Agents of Shield, and Survivor (!!!!!!) this week because I haven't got my nice tv cheat sheet ready.   (Pulls head from Deep Place)  Good thing everything is set for series recording.  I'm just out of the habit of watching TV in the evenings, boink!


There are very few new shows I'm interested in this fall, worst new offerings in years.  Almost everything really good is pushed back to January.  Except for great things like the Flash...


Gotham  9/19  7pm Fox
Lucifer   9/19  8 pm Fox
Supergirl   10/10   7pm CW


The Flash  10/4  7pm   CW
Marvel's Agents of Shield    9/20   8pm


Survivor   9/21   7pm  CBS
Lethal Weapon  9/21   7pm   Fox
Arrow   10/5    7pm   CW
Designated Survivor  8pm   Fox
Frequency   10/5    8pm   CW


Legends of Tomorrow   10/13   7pm   CW


MacGyver     9/23    7pm   CBS
Van Helsing   9/23   9pm   Syfy
Luke Cage  9/30   Netflix 

Ash vs. Evil  Dead   10/2  8pm   Starz
Dirk Gently   7pm   10/22  BBC America


Once Upon A Time   9/25    7pm   ABC
Westworld     10/2   8pm    HBO
Elementary   10/2   9 pm    CBS
Walking Dead   10/23   8pm   AMC
Talking Dead   10/23   9pm  AMC
The Librarians   11/20   7pm    TNT

Monday, September 5, 2016

DOA's Podcast Recommendations

I've been listening to podcasts while I'm gardening and walking.  I'm trying to get back up to walking two miles a day, and listening to Podcasts while I stroll with my faithful Beagle is a nice way to pass the time.

I've been listening to a variety of things, as fits my ever so well rounded interests.  I've handily put my recommendations on the sidebar.  Give them a try!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Garden In August

I've been doing what the knowing Gardener About Town does in August: beginning the processes for putting the garden to bed for the winter.  I'd like to do it right just once, to say I've done it.

If you think it's too early even for the frozen north, you'd be surprised at all there is to do, and how slowly and carefully I do things I'm trying to do well.

All of my plants in pots need to come out of their pots.  I can store any plastic or metal pots in the garden shed, but clay pots only survive the winter in the house or in the garage ( on shelves off of the ground).  I empty my pots and wash them out in a big tub.  This takes awhile with my dozens of pots.

If they're a potential houseplant or tender perennial I'd like to overwinter, they need time to acclimate to their new surroundings.  I am beyond guilty of having a garage full of plants in November that still look sooo nice, surely I should bring them inside.

If they're an annual or herb, I will be giving them a spot in a garden bed where they can finish out the season.

There is the wisdom that hitting the weeds hard late in the season doesn't give them time to drop seeds or recover before winter.  I've been working on that, but as you can see in the pictures below, they are wily and determined.

I have some new daylilies and a few perennials that have been getting a start in the vegetable beds this season.  They need their own spot in the garden, and many established plants are overgrown and crowded and really need to be moved.  There's time between now and about September 26th to move, water in and establish new plantings.  That date is my own measure of the earliest date that I've seen the garden get shut down by the early arrival of winter.

I'll need to clear everything out of the vegetable beds once things finish there so it's all ready for spring plantings.  

It's time to update my garden maps so I know what might be added in the spring, and what is currently where.  I've gone back to trying to know each plant in the garden by its common and botanical names.

See why I need an early start?  Here's how things look today:

Monday, August 15, 2016

Jessica Robinson's Farmhouse Apple Crisp

I wrote about the New England Farmgirl Cookbook the other day on my Adventures of Merlyn Perilous blog, and today I tried the apple crisp.

It didn't seem likely I'd find granulated maple sugar at the store, and I did not.  I used an additional 3/4 cup of brown sugar instead.  I'll keep an eye out while shopping elsewhere.

I lack Apple coring skills, though I have a decent enough Apple corer.  Apples, as it turns out, don't like to stand upright.  They want to sit angled so you aren't certain of getting that problematic core.

Even so, the recipe was simple, and did not say you needed to cool before adding a scoop of ice cream, so I went for it.  Almost like a warm Carmel Apple, this is the best apple crisp I've ever had.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Orphan Black (Season 1)

I've seen the first three episodes of the twisty suspense series Orphan Black on Amazon Prime.  It has been on my radar for a long time, but I never took the time to watch it.

We're in a real television doldrums for the sort of science fiction/suspense/horror shows I watch.  Thank heavens for Netflix and now Amazon Prime for offering some good things I haven't seen.

The basic premise is that our protagonist Sarah sees a woman who looks exactly like her walk in front of a train.  Her moral compass is a bit off, so she steals the woman's identification and identity, hoping to get what she can from the hapless train victim.

The woman was a police detective, on administrative leave for shooting an innocent woman armed with nothing but a cell phone.  The detective's partner and shrink try to help her as she digs herself in deeper in the impersonation.

To complicate things, she begins getting demanding calls and texts from a woman desperate to get in touch with her.  When the woman tracks her down, Sarah sees she is also identical in facial features to herself, something she can barely register before the woman is shot in the head before her eyes.

There are at least two more of these women in the city, who grudgingly tell Sarah they're all clones, and someone is killing them (the series of clones) off.

Tatiana Maslany does an astonishing job of portraying multiple characters with the same face and completely different mannerisms and personalities.  I used to marvel at actors playing identical twins, but this goes way beyond that.  She's just fascinating.

Each episode is so suspenseful and fast moving.  Great for science fiction and mystery lovers.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Getting Old Rolls Of Film Processed

As if I don't have enough photographs to sort out, I somehow have a few old rolls of undeveloped film. 

I hoped I might be able to bring these to light with my photo scanner, but apparently that doesn't work.

I found instructions for developing them yourself without a darkroom, even, but meh.

I've bookmarked this site https://thedarkroom.com/    They say they'll process, digitalize, put on CD, and send you the negatives (which you actually can scan with your scanner).  They will even correct colors (apparently older unprocessed film takes on odd reddish coloring) if you don't have any photo editing program yourself.

Another tool in the quest to get my scrapbooks in divine shape.

I haven't used them yet myself, but I will be sending in a couple of rolls to see what is unearthed.

Monday, June 27, 2016

DOA In The Kitchen: Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

While making out the weekly grocery list I ask for suggestions for the next week's menu.  Sometimes I get nothing, sometimes something new is requested.  This week, chicken with wild rice soup was offered, and the recipe that was suggested was from Allrecipes.com.


This soup doesn't take long at all to make, thanks to the quick cooking rice required.  I used Uncle Ben's Long Grain and Wild Rice mix.  I feared the soup would be sort of bland tasting, but it was flavorful and tasted better with every bite.

Served with Vienna bread, crackers for the cracker fans, and slices of Swiss and cheddar cheese, everyone loved it and had multiple bowls.

The only place I varied from the recipe was the part where they have you take the chicken mixture off the burner briefly, I simply turned the heat down to three.

I'm looking for a recipe for another day using real wild rice, but this one will do for a nice Sunday soup for the nonce.

Friday, June 17, 2016

DOA In the Garden With The Plants and Rabbits

Rabbits love peppers, even jalapenos.  And Jacob's Ladder, and lots of stuff.  They're babies though, just babies.  I continue my efforts to block them from the vegetable garden.  Lots in bloom despite them.

Daylily Barbara Mitchell

A Peony I gave to my sister lives on somehow and will need rescuing.

My beautiful smoke bush. My son hates it because it pokes him while he mows. 

California Wonder Peppers before rabbit attack.  3 left.

My watermelon wishes it were consistently warmer, but otherwise it is happy enough.  Probably busy sending down those deep roots.


Cosmos in bloom

Beagle beagle beagle.

Spiderwort and heuchera

Apple Zestar, the first apples that have grown since planting



Daylily Lullaby Baby

Finally the vegetable garden is looking good, though under attack.

Coleus and gomphrena

Persian Shield