December 4, 2016: Hola everyone! Winter has arrived in Milwaukee and there are snow flurries today. Despite several hard freezes remarkably my "spikes" in two of my patio planters have absolutely refused to die. The rosemary and thyme plants I nursed inside the house through last winter spent the summer in their pot outside next to the side stoop off the driveway, where they get plenty of sunshine all day long. I transplanted them into a cozy sheltered spot right next to the stoop in October and they are still green and growing, too! With the delay in getting the drywall patching done in the relatively minor "reconstruction" work I had done in my kitchen, I am way behind my time in getting the house decorated. But yesterday I got my wreath decked out with extra lights and dressed the front door of the house, and my battery-operated traditional candles were put up on the window sills all around the house Friday evening. It becomes a ritual to go around at dusk and turn the tops to the right to turn the candles "on" and at bedtime to go around and turn the tops to the left to turn the candles "off." Today I put some "glittery" throw pillow covers purchased new last month from H&M on three of my sofa pillows to glam things up a bit in the living room and add some sparkle. Later on, after I sufficiently fuel myself up with wine and snacks and probably to distract myself while I listen to the Packers game on the radio, I will huff and puff and pull my artificial tree up from storage in the basement. I will decorate it simply this year. Every year I say that, and every year I end up throwing just about everything except the kitchen sink on the tree. I am very proud of myself this year, though. I did not buy a single new ornament or Christmas doo-dad for the house (throw pillow covers don't count!!!) Happy Holidays to all, with hope and fervent prayers for 2017. I've a feeling we're all going to need a lot of help from Goddess in the coming year. Jan

Sunday, January 13, 2013

New Faucets for Bath and Kitchen

Yep, I bought new faucets during my shopping trip today.  My handy dandy handyman, Kevin, told me to buy some, that it would be less expensive to replace them than to repair the drips they'd developed that were driving me insane!  See the prior post for details.  I should add, the kitchen faucet is about 11 years old, the upstairs bath faucet is as old as this house, 22 plus years.  Hmmmm, guess they've served their purpose!

Not ever having paid much attention to faucets in my entire life until now -- see what you've done to me, people! -- I'd always shopped for cheapest rather than balancing esthetics and cost, or going purely for esthetics no matter what the cost, eek!  So, this time, when my buddy Ann drove me to Menard's earlier today, I was looking at esthetics for the first time in my faucet-shopping life.  Woo woo!

Moen brand, which currently resides in Maison Newton, was on sale at Menard's but, wouldn't you know it, I did not like a single Moen faucet I saw.  Perhaps if Ann and I had gone to one of the new super-large Menard's, but we went to the one that was closest to my house after we had breakfast out.  It is now probably the smallest of the local Menard's stores.  But we love it anyway.

Picture of current upstairs bath faucet (gross warning!):

Look at all that water in the sink from the non-stop drip drip drip...  Yeah, single faucet action, that's okay but the acrylic handle is not cool.  It's all scratched up and murky from 22 years of scrubbing to get the gunk off of it, and there's still gunk, even after removing the center top-piece and cleaning under that time and time again.  Time for a new look. 

I was looking for an oiled bronze finish faucet for the upstairs bathroom but no luck there.  There were only three faucets shown in bronze and I didn't like any of them -- and the finish was way too dark, too.  The kicker as ridiculously high prices, sheesh. 

Then, I saw one faucet in a brushed-nickel finish that I really liked, but brushed nickel would just not do in my bathroom, which has some (light-colored) oiled bronze, some shiny brass and some shiny chrome finishes.  And so, I looked for and found the same style in shiny chrome, but I did not like it as much as in the brushed-nickel finish. 

Up and down that aisle, up and down, up and down, looking looking looking.  Wish there'd been a bigger selection, but then again, maybe not!  I'd never be able to make up my mind if there was an endless selection!

I did like this style, someone similar to the brushed nickel faucet I liked but a wee bit simpler, in chrome, and so I bought it.  As I was not swapping out the bathtub-shower fittings and they are chrome, the fittings will continue coordinate, additional savings.

Here is what I finally picked out, at a cost of $39.99:

I wanted a two-handle faucet after all those years of single twist/turn action, and I love the elegant wing-like look of the hot/cold handles!  It is a sleek yet graceful design.  Price was right, too.  Kevin told me it didn't make any difference if I bought a two-handle or a single-handle faucet, either would fit.  So, I took him at his word. We'll see...

Significantly, I picked out my kitchen faucet first, because I figured it would be - and so it proved to be - the easier choice.

Here is what I have now:

Blah.  Functional but blah.  And where did that white spray head come from?  In the set that B-I-L Fred replaced for me at least 10 years ago.  Yikes!

So, I went for a different look.  I was shocked at how much money one can pay for a kitchen sink faucet.  This is what I settled upon:

Yep, Jan is coming into the 21st century with a goose-neck faucet and - check out those bird-wing handles :)  I think there is a beak on the spray too (kidding!)  This cost $47.99.  So, heading into 2013...


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  2. I prefer your new faucet, Jan. It makes your kitchen/bathroom sink look more uniform and neater. However, you also have to make sure the gasket is regularly replaced. That way, the neck wouldn’t get loose; which might lead to leaks later on. Anyway, thanks for sharing!

    Evon Brow @ Athens Plumbing

  3. You should never settle for anything less! When you buy a fixture, you have to make sure that it was made from high quality materials. If you can find one at an affordable price, then that's even better! That way, you don’t have to worry about repairing or replacing it any time soon. Anyway, thanks for sharing!

    Levi Eslinger @ Capital Plumbing