Wednesday, March 5, 2008

What does this look like to you?

Beyond the obvious, does it look like, say, three weeks of groceries for a family of nine? A posh weekend getaway? 48 trips to the movies? It is a beautiful faucet, but come on! I've learned a painful lesson. When a friend advises you to buy your faucets on ebay, just sit down, make a choice and do it. Don't piddle fart around over finish styles and handle shapes until the day before installation. Because hardware stores don't stock Roman tub faucets. They take 10 days to come in. If you wait until the day of installation and beg your plumber for a place you can buy one that day, he'll send you to some specialty showroom where even the tiny sink faucets cost $250. And you'll be stuck. As I made this purchase, I could see in my minds eye a future time when we get to the bottom of our last bucket of wheat. My children will come to me, with hollow cheeks and imploring eyes. "Mummy," (insert pitiful Charles Dickens English accent here) "is there any more gruel?" I'll blink away my tears and say in the anguish of my soul, "No my dearest, you know we spent all our money on the tub faucet." He nods, and asks, "can I at least go polish it again? It looks so pretty in the light." "Yes, love. If it makes you feel better."

9 comments:

fivekidsandsomechocolate said...

You have great taste! I have some extra wheat.

The Clan of the Crazies said...

There are always some roots to dig up. Your dirt never really gets THAT frozen, does it? I'll consult my Buckskinning manual. (I bet you think I don't really have one, don't you! Well, I do; and I can build a log house and skin a squirrel because of it! Everyone is going to want to be in my group if we go to Independence on foot!)

My Three Sons said...

Oh, but that brushed nickel (am I right) is so pretty!

Abby said...

I'm thinking, posh weekend getaway to the tub? Loved the polishing of the faucet scenario. You are wonderful.

Noelle said...

I am so relieved that you are not a bit dramatic. It is so nice to have ONE of my friends grounded sanely to this earth. :) Love ya N

Lee said...

That is sure gorgeous!! But I am dying at your wonderful writing.. you crack me up!

Kimi said...

Hey, I read this to Jeff the other day and we had a good laugh. I pictured the whole scenario and with your help even read with the accent in my mind. You're a funny funny girl. Love ya

The Johnson's said...

You only live once. You are a princess and deserve to wash your hands in the best sink man can make. You can always send the kids to the almshouse.

Abby said...

Hey I just thought of something else! Good thing blogs are free, huh? You may have to sacrifice a vacation or two for that lovely Roman, but you won't have to give up your blog!