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  1. Anne
    December 7, 2017 @ 4:26 am

    How completely clever to salvage the slate from pool tables. Wow, I wish I had known that trick before buying granite counters! Note to self on this brilliant idea…BTW, I thoroughly enjoy your humorous writing. If writing is not part of your day job, it should be!


  2. ylacan
    March 23, 2018 @ 12:46 pm

    Closing on a 100 year old house next Thursday…picking up slate tomorrow! Cross your fingers that no hiccups on sale.


  3. Mary McDonough
    May 4, 2018 @ 11:12 am

    I am concerned about the talc that comes off the slate. It is very bad if you get it into your system, by breathing or even into your skin. They put it in baby powder and now have all sorts of lawsuits. It is a main ingredient in some clays and some have
    acquired COPD from breathing it. Every time the slate scratches, I feel sure it’s the talc that is released first, and you will be required by your sensibilities to clean it up and then you will be exposed. Some will laugh, thinking talc “oh if it’s in baby powder, it must be fine” thing, but it is not safe.
    I love your ideas, but if I didn’t say what I’m thinking, I would be a horrible person.


    • PJ
      June 6, 2018 @ 1:33 pm

      Mary, baby powder IS talc, but it doesn’t emit odorous fumes that kill. Inhaling any type of powder can be harmful to your health—including sawdust. People don’t worry about a piece of wood furniture making them sick, even if it gets scratched. The only risk to cutting any masonry product is when it’s being cut or polished, but the water required to cool the saw blade catches most of the dust & turns it into harmless slurry. Rest easy.


  4. Lisa D.
    May 4, 2018 @ 11:24 am

    OMG, Girlfriend … you have a lot of readers! 90 comments! WOW! I am new to your blog and love reading about your adventures, but frequently find myself going down the rabbit hole of earlier posts, so I clicked on “Elvis”, and went in an entirely different direction. I watched your Elvis video and cried. What a beautiful, special little kitty. I lost my sweet kitty, Bob, two years ago, and even though I now have two sweet brothers, William and Harry, I still miss him. Thank you for the sweet memories, Victoria. (I’ll have to catch up on your slate post later.)


  5. Laura
    May 8, 2018 @ 7:44 pm

    Lawdy, I love those matte charcoal surfaces. But baking and gorgeous, soft stones don’t play together nicely. Your jar circle scuffs are pretty. Bench scraper streaks are just ugly


  6. Clint Rankin
    June 28, 2018 @ 9:42 pm

    How has your counter tops held up after a few years in use?


  7. Jules
    December 4, 2019 @ 1:15 am

    Bullnose. That’s adorable.


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