Friday, December 01, 2006

Everything But the Kitchen Sink


Someone asked me how I came up with my blog’s name, the Alabama Kitchen Sink. You know the expression, “Everything but the kitchen sink.” Well, maybe you don’t. Anyway, it means pretty much everything you can think of. I Googled this expression and found that “Everything but the kitchen sink” is the name of a cookie recipe, bondage film and a Chicken Soup for the Soul story about a grandma’s purse.

If you stick with me long enough, you’ll find I keep with the theme.
The photo is of my kitchen sink with some of the rabbit collection.

15 comments:

steve said...

Nice sink but I love the tumbled marble. I was a Chef for 25 years and wish I had come up with a soup named EBTKS!!! Then I was a tilesetter for 8 years. That is tumbled Marble right? Black?

Sheila said...

Hi Steve,
Thanks for stopping by. Yes, it's tumbled marble, a dark green. You still can come up with a EBTKS soup!

Kilroy_60 said...

Am I mistaken, or is Everything But The Kitchen Sink a Ben & Jerry's flavor as well? As much of it as I eat, I should know them all by heart. 8-)

Tim said...

I have to agree with Steve, I love the countertop! I hate our kitchen, so whenever I see someone else's that looks (ok, just a smidgen of yours) as nice as it does, I suddenly dream of rebuilding.

At any rate, keep throwing in everying AND the kitchen sink - wait, you've done that too, now. Ok, just hold up on the bathroom sink and shower. You might not need to throw those in for awhile yet. ;)

Sheila said...

kilroy,
EBTKS sounds like a Ben & Jerry's flavor but I stick to Blue Bell when I venture into ice cream territory. Lots of things are called EBTKS but I thought the bondage film was the funniest one I ran across.

Tim, I guess our counters are nice. The previous owner's son did them. The floors are another matter. They put a laminate on and it has buckled from a leaky ice makers. I'm thinking of tearing it out and putting down tile. Not that I would put down the tile, but I think I could rip out the old floor.

Anyway, my first obsession is with the present blog and will continue to be. I'm so wordy I feel I can divide it.

Don said...

You may discover that ripping out the laminate flooring is more difficult than you imagine because of all of the bonding material underneath it. I don’t know whether your sub-flooring is concrete or wood, but with either one you may want to consider just ripping out the damaged portion of the laminate and replacing it with tile, like an island of tile surrounded by the laminate. I believe a competent handyman could set his circular saw to just the depth of the laminate and saw out the borders of the desired area to replace, making sure the measurements will allow tile of your choosing to fit in after that small area of laminate is removed. That should be much easier and far less expensive than ripping out the laminate in the entire room.

Sheila said...

Don,
This is an excellent idea since the main damaged area is under the refrigerator. Supposedly the subfloor is in good shape but not having any experience with laminate, I didn't think about bonding material. You ought to open a handyman advice blog. With your background, you could help out a lot of neophytes like me. No matter how much HGTV I watch, I can never feel really competent with much beyond painting and crack filling.
But I'm fixin to learn since handyman types are hard to find. Our friend Stan is good, but he does have a life and a wife with projects at their home. That's the curse of the good handyman's wife. She gets to be a low priority. Now I guess I'm being sexist, because nothing prevents women from learning how to do this stuff and I happen to know one woman in our area who learned how to do all sorts of stuff like this and her house is beautiful.

Marion said...

Sheila, have you ever thought that rabbits may be one of your Totem animals?

A great looking kitchen sink, and I really like that counter top!

Sheila said...

Marion, how do you determine your Totem animals? Are they animals you feel a special connection with?

Don said...

Sheila, thanks for having so much confidence in my handyman “expertise” (LOL) but I still have a lot to learn even after 73+ years. I guess when I think about things such as your flooring problem I draw on my military days when we would be ordered to do this or that without the proper equipment to do it, so we were told to just use our noggins and improvise. You may have to explain “noggins” to some of your readers.

Sheila said...

Don, funny you mention "noggins" as my mom was fond of that expression too. Stan, our handyman, does just that. He'll look at something and then spend time trying to figure it out if he doesn't already know how to fix it. I admire people who can do that. Since the BC (and probably before if I'm honest), I have a short attention span and will get frustrated by figuring out stuff. If I persist, however, I can do it. It is best not to have someone to rely on in these situations.

Naomi said...

Nice kitchen sink. I love the rabbit collection too! I think Alabama Kitchen Sink is a good name for your blog. I think it's quite catchy.

Sheila said...

I am amazed at how many people like the sink. My son Scott started the rabbit collection with the one with a red ribbon on him.

steve said...

"I'M NO PLUMBER, BUT I CAN CLOG UP A SINK

Sheila said...

But shouldn't a chef-type also know how to unclog it too? It seems sinks, toilets, etc. always get clogged when we have company.