The Ceiling Saga and Salty Confusion

by Joanne on June 14, 2011

Yes there is a hole in our ceiling

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We are currently under repair for a leak in our pipes.  The bathroom pipes of all the pipes in the house that could leak.  It just had to be THE TOILET PIPE!

Our “Mr. Fixit” who is currently working on the problem got caught up in the thick of it.  It’s a dark and nasty story.  One the easily grossed out will not want to hear which is why, of course, I tell it anyway. 

Mr. Fixit cut into the pipe coming from my parents bathroom: the bathroom only in use about 4 weeks out of the year.   Surprise!  We found out what the VERY LAST THING one of my parents did before leaving for home in S.C…YEP!  THAT!

Peee-UUUU!  

Poor Mr. Fixit.  POOR TED!   All windows were thrown open.  Dozens of candles were lit.  Room fresheners were placed in all affected areas.  Ted put the trash (the dirty pipe pieces) in the car and drove to the dump.  There was NO WAY that was staying in our garage. 

A lesson to be learned – always flush 2, 3, even 4 TIMES before leaving on vacation ‘cause STUFF gets caught in the pipes.   

Stay tuned for more tales of …. The Ceiling Saga

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Salty Confusion  (I didn’t think it was appropriate to offer a recipe after the above drama)

There was a little blurt in the newspaper the other day about salt, more specifically, the varieties of salt we commonly see at the market.  Here’s a little bit of info that might help un-confuse the confused.

Table Salt: 

table salt

From underground deposits and contains 99.9 % sodium and chloride.  Fine, granules which dissolve quickly, it contains iodine and calcium silicate.  The iodine is added because our bodies need it and the calcium silicate is added to prevent clumps forming since salt will attract moisture. *Baking, cooking, finishing food.

Kosher Salt: 

Sea salt on a wooden spoon

It has larger granules than table salt.  It’s not actually “Kosher” by way of being a kosher food but it will make meat kosher.  The large granules draw moisture out of meat which is done in the curing process.  *Adds “crunch” and used to finish drinks such as margaritas.

Sea Salt:

sea salt

Either fine grain or large crystals.  Sea salt comes from seawater.  It contains small amounts of iron, sulfur, magnesium and other minerals which varies the flavor from regular table salt.  *Used in gourmet cooking, specialty candies and potato chips.

“Lite” Salt: 

Lite Salt

Half sodium chloride and half potassium chloride.  It contains less sodium than other salts. 

The following is copied from LifeClinic:

SALT:  Your body needs sodium, but not nearly as much as most people eat. The average American consumes 2 to 4 teaspoons of salt, or more, daily. Salt (sodium chloride) is our main source of sodium. We get salt (and sodium) mainly in processed foods and picking up the salt shaker too often. A daily total of one teaspoon of salt (which is 2.4 grams or 100 millimoles of sodium, or 6 grams of sodium chloride) is more than enough.

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Do you watch your salt intake or do you love everything salty?

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8 Comments

  • At 2011.06.14 19:45, Pam said:

    Yikes!! That does not look pretty 🙁
    Sorry about the leak, hope it gets fixed asap!

    • At 2011.06.15 08:20, Joanne said:

      Me too. Espec. before you guys AND my parents come home.

      • At 2011.06.14 20:17, Lori said:

        Yuck, yuck, yuck! At least you caught this before it got too bad, though.

        I don’t worry much about salt intake because I don’t eat a lot of processed food, which is where the majority of most sodium comes from above what is in real food. We use kosher salt and I also picked up some smoked sea salt, which was heaven on homemade pretzels!

        • At 2011.06.14 22:45, Green Groats said:

          Good luck fixing your pipe leakage!

          I love sea salt! It’s my favorite kind 🙂 I don’t really monitor my daily salt intake, but I don’t usually add much salt to my meals, and I don’t eat a ton of processed food that contains lot’s of sodium. Sea salt and chocolate is such a great combo. A friend of mine made sea salt chocolate cookies that were absolutely amazing!!!

          • At 2011.06.15 08:19, Joanne said:

            I really want to try making the caramels with fleur de sel.

            • At 2011.06.14 23:31, Bonnie said:

              Ok, all I can think about are what recipes would have been funny to have posted after that blog. Fudge brownies? Stuffed grape leaves? Having way too much fun at your expense. Best of luck with the repairs.

              • At 2011.06.15 08:20, Joanne said:

                I was thinking the very same thing.

                • At 2011.06.15 12:36, Heather said:

                  Ewwwwwwwwww…………….poor Ted!! Hope it gets fixed up soon!

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