Friday Flotsam

Fffffffffffffffffffffffffrome on doooooown! (<–can’t believe it took me that long.)

Who is Allen?

And – who is this Phillip?

And more critically, what makes them think they just go around naming wrenches and screwdrivers? Are they buddies? Because if you name a tool after yourself, you’re definitely not “friends,” you’re “buddies”.

Do you think Allen and Phillip were together when they decided this? I can only imagine alcohol was involved. Because why on earth would one want a WRENCH named after themselves?

There they are, slosh drunk at the bar in their best flannel on two wobbly stools and damp carpet that smells like regret: “No man, you’re th ea we recnth. I’M the sc rewe drivadr.” “Nooo I won’t don wabnna be the sc *hiccup* ew river. Y ou be tha t!”

I’m convinced of this.

And yes, these are the things I think about at night and all the time.

Okay, be honest:

Actually, let’s take a poll.


You know the little white plastic sifter fitment (obviously looked that up) on spice jars: do you throw those away? Or do you keep them and actually use them? Look, there’s no judgement. You’re safe here.

(. . . I violently throw them in a lake.)


Two questions.

This is mainly for my local followers, but I’m putting it here anyway.

First of all, for the broader audience, who would install a pot filler? Would that be a plumber? Or someone beyond plumbing? Because it’s water, and a tube, and some drilling into subway tile. Or would it be someone else all together? It’s obviously nothing major, but I’m still perplexed. (shocking, I know)

Now that we got that out of the way, KC – who here has a good plumber/or-whoever-does-that recommendation for said pot filler installment?

(You’re like, what is a pot filler?)

Oh, guess what! THE VIVA IS BACK.

I found the good kind again. And I stood and sobbed in the grocery store aisle, while leaning into the bulk package with my arms wrapped around 13 of them. You think I’m kidding.

It’s their SIGNATURE cloth. Not that garbage can multi-purpose cloth with the bumps and ridges. No. Get that ish out and away forever. We need the CLOTH. Sturdy and smooth and doesn’t break and tear when you’re ripping off a sheet.

It’s back. It is back.

That’s all and yes I need friends.

Weekend plans?

I’ve got a hideously trashed pantry to re-org. You know I do this every six months. And it is bawd. I can’t even think about this now, I’ll go crazy if I do. I’ll think about it tomorrow. (<–name that movie.)

Other than that, a book to finish, a book to start, a basement to pick up, a run to run, my country’s 500th anniversary to plan, my wedding to arrange, my wife to murder, and Guilder to frame for it. I’m swamped! (<–name that movie.)

From this week, in case ya missed it! CURRIED Egg Salad Croissant Sandwiches. This weekend, make it. And Angel Hair with Bacon, Leeks and Mushrooms! Elegant, but beyond simple. Get it in your life before I scream.

What are you making for dinner tonight and are you inviting Allen and Phillip?

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19 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Kristin January 15, 2021 at 7:42 am #
    The Princess Bride. I just heard someone else asking about pot fillers somewhere (that wasn't you on Instagram, was it?), and someone said they had one and it leaked. Leaks are bad enough in the faucet over the sink, but I'd never thought about a pot filler leaking. Pretty sure it turned me off them forever, or at least until I forget about that possibility.
  2. Marine Leisy January 15, 2021 at 9:05 am #
    I have abandoned those spice jar plastic toppers entirely and just put all my spices in mini mason jars for pinchability! SO MUCH EASIER. As far as pot fillers go, that’s a genius question that I have never asked before... curious to know that too! I feel like that would involve a combined effort on all parts though since they’re typically put in during kitchen remodels. And what’s for dinner?! Good lawd, Bev, don’t make me think that far ahead!
  3. Renae January 15, 2021 at 10:15 am #
    I think it's Gone With the Wind. And I think a pot filler and a plumber go hand-in-hand. Excited to see that new range!! I take the sifter thingies off, unless it's a container I need to sprinkle from (like garlic salt for shaking on bread). Otherwise, also in a lake. Polluters. :(
  4. Dayna January 15, 2021 at 10:20 am #
    We use a handy man service. One and Done Handyman . I'd suggest giving them a call or look up their website ( I think you can leave them a message about what you want done and they will give you a call if it's something they can do. We used them to install a Ring spotlight for our daughter who lives in PV. They were super reasonable. They gave us a quote and then they called in an electrician (at no extra charge) to make sure they were installing up to PV code. Very impressed. Several of our neighbors have also used them.
  5. Kristin January 15, 2021 at 10:41 am #
    Let’s PLEASE talk about Viva. I endured months of using sub-par paper towels and it made me cry. I found my Viva (signature cloth, obvi. Who wants anything else?) last month and have never been more excited and equally sad for my life at the same time. Weekend plans are packing and more packing... moving into a new home in a little over 2 weeks! Enjoy your Viva bliss!
  6. Meredith January 15, 2021 at 11:07 am #
    Gone with the Wind and The Princess Bride, two of my absolute faves 😍 Restaurants just opened back up for outdoor dining in Sacramento, CA so we’ll definitely be seeking out a spot to nosh on some delicious eats! 😘
  7. Katy January 15, 2021 at 11:24 am #
    I keep the sifter tops on spice blends I’d use for “finishing”, but I ditch it for the ones I need to measure with spoons (most of them). I buy most in bulk in refill my jars. Gone with the Wind! The Princess Bride!
  8. Christine January 15, 2021 at 11:42 am #
    Viva! Yes!! The absolute best!!
  9. Toni January 15, 2021 at 1:53 pm #
    I had a pot filler installed during a kitchen remodel (only $200 extra, the guy said) and LOVED it! However, would have also liked a "pot emptier" on the stove also so I didn't have to schlep the full pot all the way over to the sink to empty later...
  10. Nancy January 15, 2021 at 2:48 pm #
    I have never in my life heard of a pot filler! So I googled it. And cannot believe I've never heard of it before. Good luck with your install! Now I want one! On an entirely different subject, have you read "Before We Were Yours"? I'm about to finish it up and wonder if you've done a review?
    • Bev Weidner January 15, 2021 at 3:45 pm #
      It's actually on the list, and I think I may just bump it up! Are you loving it?
      • Nancy January 15, 2021 at 6:04 pm #
        The first part of it was very slow for me but once it got me it got me and I’m loving it now. Can’t wait to see how it ends!
  11. Lacy Haguewood January 15, 2021 at 3:57 pm #
    Friday Flotsam is my favorite. I think pot fillers are kind of silly. I have opinions.
  12. Jenn January 15, 2021 at 4:56 pm #
    My mom has a pot filler and when I use it I wish it was a pot emptier. I don't mind carrying a huge pot of cold water to the stove but I don't like doing it with a hot pot back to the sink.
  13. Amy Vernagallo January 16, 2021 at 7:33 am #
    Fezzik, are there rocks ahead? If there are, we all be dead! No more rhymes now I mean it! Anybody want a peanut? 🤯
  14. run 3 January 25, 2021 at 12:46 am #
    Beautiful corner.

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