Friday Flotsam

Frrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrri need help. (shocked, you are?)

We need to discuss carpet cleaner. Like a rug cleaner. Like the one directly below my house shoes right in this instant permeating dog piss up into my nostril caverns like a middle finger of doom.

(I feel great why do you ask?)

Charlie knows better, yes. But she’s three trillion years old and things are changing. And I need a fizzy, foamy machine that rumbles and grumbles and get this smell OUT, bro.

I’ve tried the Pet Resolve can over and over. Fixes the problem for about four and a half minutes. I have no idea when she even peed on this rug but my super sniffer nostrils cannot rightly deal. Gotta fix this or else she’s on Ebay by tomorrow morning.

Do I rent something? Remember those Stanley Steamer commercials back in the ’90s? Haha! Are they still around? Surely I can Amazon something. Tell me what you use to foam up your rugs with a machine that sounds like a downtown Manhattan construction zone and I’m IN.

I need some advice on good detective novels for ten year olds. My kids are very into an Agatha feel (apple doesn’t fall far…), and they especially love Hercule Poirot. I ordered Will the Hardy Boys boxset for Christmas because he told his teacher he prefers “old fashioned books from the 1960s” and we about died in email over it.

But what else! Is there anything I’m not thinking of? Besides everything?

How’s your Christmas shopping going? I’ll have a little guide for you all next Tuesday. Nothing overwhelming, and nothing crazy expensive. Just fun goodies to ponder.

We’re starting a band called Fun Goodies to Ponder.


Books and podcasts update!

Okay, I have forty pages left of Locust Lane and OMG. I have no idea which way this is going to go. I’m expecting a twist, and then I’m also expecting my teeny tiny suspicion to be the answer, but then I’m also expecting everything and nothing. Have you read it? I’ll update once I finish later today! Also if you’ve not read The Only One Left you muuuuuuuuuuuuuust. Right now. Get on it.

Right after this I plan on something a little warmer. Tom Lake is next in the queue. Which I’ve heard is transformative. I cannot wait because all these murdery podcasts and books are feeding into my anxiety like micro drops of poison. I gotta switch to happy and cozy for a while, man!

Speaking OF – are you reading anything holiday related this year? I need inspo on that. Just one during December, but give me something cute and lovely!

As far as podcasts, I have a highlight reel in my Stories on everything, but I started Bear Brook and WHOA WOW OKAY YES. Riveting and gutting (cue anxiety), I’m working hard on putting this puzzle piece together. Have you listened? It’s crazy and awful and after this I’m back to Smartless with Michael Stipe as the guest. Eeeeee! R.E.M. forever.

This is all over the place, you are correct.

Tell me what you’re reading and listening to.

In case you missed it and are needing some gooooood Prosecco for next week’s big day, here’s a reel I made with Bread and Butter! The Prosecco is crisp and dry, just like my hair, but we’re fine.

I made a focaccia to go with it, and I seriously want you to try it if you can. Not hard at all!

Here’s where you can find the Prosecco. Get oooon that.

Weekend plans?

Quite a bit over here! An estate sale this morning with Mindy, followed by Thanksgiving lunch at school, followed by me finishing that dang book. Mom night tonight with my lovelies, some leaf raking tomorrow (hahahaha, right). Oh! I have a fun event if you missed it in my Stories. I’ll be “in conversation” with my old friend Jenny Marrs (from Fixer to Fabulous) tomorrow night for her book event! If you don’t know how I know Jenny, then come and hear the story. It’s a good one. Here are the tickets to that.

Soccer on Sunday and our annual Fakesgiving Farm Party with old friends immediately after! (yes I’m making focaccia, duh.)

From this weeeeeeek: Baked Burritos. You will LOVE. And the video! Also some Soupy White Beans with Mushrooms. Absolutely delicious. And the video for that.

Okay what do we think about this guy??

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13 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Janel Fuhrman November 17, 2023 at 7:34 am #
    Trixie Belden books were my absolute favorites as a child. Great mysteries solved by a group of friends. Also, I loved Nancy Drew. I started reading Agatha Christie books especially the Miss Marple ones around 11 or 12?
    • Katy K November 18, 2023 at 11:36 am #
      Yes! Came to make that comment! I LOVED Trixie Belden books! Also Encyclopedia Brown.
  2. Jenn P November 17, 2023 at 7:45 am #
    We bought the Little Green Machine from Bissell when we got our puppy. It works pretty well, and because you like weird gross things, you'll love that the clean water comes out of one side and the dirty water shows up on the other, so you can see how dirty your carpet is. It's great. And I don't know if you want book recs just for Will, or for Nat too, but the Enola Holmes books are great. (And the first movie is really cute!)
  3. Katy November 17, 2023 at 8:33 am #
    Encyclopedia Brown series for Will!
    • Ari November 17, 2023 at 7:40 pm #
      We lived in Australia for a few years and my daughter loved a murder mystery series called Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens. I think it is a kids British series. I just tried looking it up on Amazon and it looks like it got a different name here in the states "Murder is Bad Manners". She LOVED them.
  4. Mary November 17, 2023 at 8:38 am #
    I second the Little Green Machine with the pet stain cleaner! Works great, better than anything I’ve tried!
  5. Juliette November 17, 2023 at 9:54 am #
    Its probably a little to young for Will and not really "mystery" but the whole Gregor the overlander by Suzanne Collins ( yes, the same Hunger games Suzanne) is really good. My youngest who is now 26 fondly remembers reading them over and over. Heck, I've loved reading them!
  6. Renae November 17, 2023 at 10:05 am #
    Everyone will tell you it's the Green Machine that you need. That and an enzymatic spray! Amazon to the rescue! ;)
  7. Laura November 17, 2023 at 11:10 am #
    I had the Green Machine for years and it never let me down! It just got old and yucky from years of abuse, and I found the Kenmore KW2001 on flash sale so I replaced the Green Machine. It's smaller and cleaner than the old Green Machine and I like it, but if I had to do it all over again I would purchase another Green Machine. It's solid. Buy an enzymatic cleaning solution - that's all you need!
  8. Tanya Taylor November 17, 2023 at 11:43 am #
    The Aggie Morton series by Marthe Jocelyn is really good. The characters are inspired by Agatha Christie and Hercule Poirot. Also, I second the Enola Holmes series.
  9. Vanessa November 17, 2023 at 12:01 pm #
    Nancy Drew - the OLD ONES! Great 10 year old mysteries! Love the Bread and Butter suggestion thanks!
  10. Ari November 17, 2023 at 7:43 pm #
    We lived in Australia for a few years and my daughter loved a murder mystery series called Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens. I think it is a kid British series. I just tried looking it up on Amazon and it looks like it has a different name here in the states "Murder is Bad Manners". My daughter LOVED them.
  11. Jess November 20, 2023 at 2:30 pm #
    Have your kids watched the movie Harriet the Spy yet? I feel like they will love it! It made my little detective/mystery loving kid-self so excited.

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