We are two days away from a new chapter in my life. Well, I already know the outcome. It's all good. I am excited, though. All of the peeps that came to my original viewing party (and supported me through that torture!) are all coming back to our house on Sunday night to view this debaclemushpot fabulous show again. And I am happy about that. Even a flood in my house couldn't completely dampen my spirits.
But, there's still some melancholy here. It's coming to an end. I can't imagine that there's anymore to show. I can't imagine there's any more story to tell. I DON'T WANT THIS TO END!!!
And yet .... the ol' book is now free to go! And written it is. A writer has been furiously writing away and waiting and waiting till we were all free to roll. And rolling we are. Good grief are we rolling.
You see, in Texas (and probably many other parts of the country) the weather gets a tad cold. And cold it got this week. And, in Texas (and probably many other parts of the country) you need to put little sweaters and booties on your outside pipes and faucets. I've known this for oh, ten years. What I didn't know, though, was that I had missed one. And missed it for the six years that we've lived in this house in Frisco. I've had six years of good luck and now, six hours of bad luck.
We hit 20 degrees. We've hit that before ... but we were lucky, I guess. THIS 20 degrees took us down, literally.
I heard the pipe burst. I saw the water gush. And gush and gush and gush and gush. I called 911 (cuz I couldn't think of what else to do) and you know what? They never came. NEVER. The City of Frisco did, though. Maybe 911 called them. Who knows. Either way ... it took the city TWO HOURS to come!!!!
So, pain? That was TWO SOLID HOURS of bailing water out of our house.
Bailing and bailing and bailing. And aching and aching and aching.
We lost a lot (two types of flooring - carpet and wood) ... and ... believe it or not, all of our Christmas presents. Yep, we are those people who still hadn't put their tree away. Nor their gifts, obviously.
We are left with ... PAIN.
Here's what broke. And don't say, "Hey, that looks easy to fix. 'Cuz I had no clue. Heck, I couldn't even figure out how to turn our water off."
Here's what our main room looked like once we had decluttered. I mean, picked up everything off the floor ...
That person playing on his phone is Rick. He's dead now. Or he should be.
We're not really this cluttery. Okay, we are now.
This is Kyndra. She got right to work. She's my hero. Er, heroine.
Know what I did as soon as the flood was all cleaned up? I went out and looked for a new house. The money pit and are done. This relationship is over.
Don't believe me? It's true. And sadly, I found my dream home. But my own home isn't quite ready to sell yet. Dang it.
When exactly does this show air? And on what channel? And at what time?
Yeah, yeah. I forgot the details.
Here you go!
T L C (channel 166 if you're in Frisco, Tx) Sunday, January 15th 8:00 PM (9:00 PM if you're anywhere BUT Frisco)
for the season opener 3:00 PM (probably 4:00 PM if you're anywhere BUT Frisco)
for the original episode.
That's a holiday weekend, y'all! You can stay up late and NOT go to work the next day!
Remember when I went to Idaho to meet up with my new family for the second time?
Remember when I went to LA to meet up with my new sister on my dad's side?
Remember when LONG LOST FAMILY first aired back in April?
Remember when I was SO nervous about that airing?
Well, buckle your seatbelts, we're about to take off again!
Got word last night that our little story will be airing again ... next week! But this time we've been given TWO HOURS and we are the season opener ... introducing the new season, the second season of 'Long Lost Family'. Wow, no pressure there. I hope the episode's good or the entire success of the second season rests solely on my shoulders.
Good grief, Kris. Way to turn some good news into stress ...
But there actually IS some stress attached to all of this. I'm supposed to be in Idaho for that weekend. On one hand, it would be great to view this new episode with my new family ... however, I don't have cable TV there. It may be hard to watch the episode on a TV with no cable. In fact, it'll be impossible.
So, um, you all enjoy the show, okay?
Just kidding ... I'll be watching. Even if I have to go to Sears and watch it in their electronics department. I'm sure the salesman won't mind.
Okay, before I get into TOOOO much trouble (too late!), I need to move off of the 2 sisters post.
Remember when my dear, darling daughter decorated my house for Christmas? Welp, she UNdecorated last night. Remember when she forgot to put the tree up? Welp, she took everything down last night ... EXCEPT for the tree!
So, here we are, in January, with a bare, naked house ... a fully lit and decorated Christmas tree left standing in the middle of the family room.
I give up. In fact, I'm keeping it up. No reason to take it down and have to fight her in a year to put it back up! Nope, nope, nope. I'll just keep it up and claim I'm early for next year! 355 days early. But who's counting ...
Never hurts to be early, I always say.
Actually I've never said that.
Wait, I just said it. Scratch that.
So, my mother in law is on her way to California today. Moving back to her old stomping grounds and quite happy about it, might I add. Maybe she wanted to get away from my Christmas tree ...
A lot of folks are claiming that 2016 has been one heck of a horrible year. Actors and actresses have been dying right and left, in fact, they've been dying in record numbers. Tax hikes have happened; property taxes went up massively. A regular ol' citizen was elected President. Churches experienced record lows in numbers and crime shot up sky high. The police were hated even more than they already were. Children were encouraged to be any gender they wanted and television nearly went out of business. The post office nearly did, too. The post office needed to, though. WAAY too many of my packages never made it to their destinations.
2016, to me, wasn't all that bad. In fact, we managed to bounce back in 2016 from the blows we were struck in 2015. Yep, 2016 was pretty decent to me.
So how exactly was my 2016?
1. After a rat infestation, we sold our Frisco townhouse and made a profit. The profit allowed us to pay off a lot of our medical debt and finally have a little money in a savings account. The balance was used to purchase a little condo in Post Falls, Idaho. We learned that we only had six months to reinvest (due to tax laws) so we did. And what better place than near my new mother and sister.
2. Did I mention that I got to watch the reunion between my new mother and myself on TV? Yep, even had a viewing party to celebrate!
3. Instead of renting out the Idaho property to a long term tenant, my new sister advised me to try AirB&B and I did. I took my chances and listed my cute new property for vacationers to stay in. And despite my doubts, the venture was a success. In two months time, we had five families come and stay. We've got one more on the calendar for next month, too. And I now have a place to stay when I visit in two weeks. Rick'll be with me on the next trip and he'll get to see my acquired property for the first time. Fingers are crossed that he likes the place because right now he's dragging his feet. He doesn't like snow. And there's nothing but snow in Idaho right now. He especially hates dragging his feet in the snow.
4. I'm going to be an aunt! Although this exciting event won't take place until 2017, I've been celebrating since September of 2016.
5. My dear, darling daughter decided to move home in October. This was supposed to be a two week adventure but at the last minute, my child decided to move in instead. And before I proclaim whether this was a good thing or a bad thing, read on.
6. In an effort to increase our income, I rented out our guest bedroom to an old friend of my daughter's. That was quickly followed by a recently widowed woman who needed a place to go ... and we just happened to have Elizabeth's bedroom open. And then Elizabeth moved home.
7. In another effort to increase our income, I began a second job. I became a security guard at the Frisco Cowboy stadium. I look so cute in my little security guard outfit ... holding my little wand and digging through little lady's purses.
8. But 2016 continued to excite us. I got to shoot two more episodes of Long Lost Family (in Idaho and Los Angeles) and once again had the time of my life. I met my new sister Judy and even got to interview her personally.
9. We lost our sweet, sweet Midnight but replaced her with the wonderfully mischievous Buddy.
Yes, our lives are complete and comfortable and fun and lovely and warm. Especially warm. Yes, life is good. And I'm more than ready to move into 2017.