Tuesday, December 6, 2016

whirlwind weekend

I had already decided that there would be no time for church on Sunday and I was okay with it.  Now, I enjoy going to my church and meeting up with all of the fun people, listening to lessons on how to unscrewup my life, and grab some coffee and donuts while attending my 'life group.'  It's a warm and cozy environment and I do enjoy it.  But on this particular weekend, breakfast out with Rick sounded a bit more inviting ...

I worked on Thursday night (I typically do) and again on Friday night (unusual for me) in addition to my everyday job, so I was feeling entitled to take a weekend off and just chill/Christmas shop/ipad surf/veg out on crime dramas.

And none of that happened.

A friend invited me out to lunch and to a vendor fair ... and I went.  Once home, I decided to clean my house.  Just 'cause.  And it was a good thing I cleaned my house ...

Because around 8:00 pm, my daughter came home from work and screamed, "WHAT'S GOING ON????"

"Huh?  What?  Nothing that I know of."  And I began to explain that I'd been shopping and I was just sitting down to ... but she stopped me.

"Are you aware that there's a waterfall in your garage????"

"Um, no?"

And up I got and off I ran and there I saw it.  The biggest force of water nature had ever produced.  One of our water heaters had gotten the bright idea to see just how fast and how far it could shoot sediment/debris/WATER into our garage and house.  It was like a race.  One water heater was racing the other one.  Know who won?  Not me.

Elizabeth screamed for Kyndra and the three of us just stood there shouting, "DO SOMETHING!"  I was actually frozen.  My feet would not move.  My mouth did, though.  I just screamed.

I did spy a black knob on the spurting heater that said ON/OFF/PILOT and I began twisting it with all my might.  I am a lot stronger than I thought ... or that knob was just ready to jump to its death ... because it came right off in my hand.  Thanks, knob.

Kyndra was the only one who reacted properly in this emergency.  Not only did she grab EVERYTHING on the floor of my garage and start pushing it to the driveway but she also called her dad asking for advice.  She got said advice and grabbed a chair from a corner, pushed it to the water heater and tried to follow her father's advice of reaching up to the top of the heater and cutting off the water.  Chair not tall enough ... so Kyndra continued being smart and grabbed our ladder and climbed up to the top.  She found the valve and off the water went.

I was still glued to the garage floor yelling 'HELP' while Elizabeth had found her cell phone and was calling every plumbing company in town, to no avail.  She spoke to lots of answering services, though.  A lot of UNHELPFUL answering services.

Know what I did?  After my feet came unglued ... I called 911.

"Ma'am, what is your emergency?"
"Water.  We have water.  Everywhere."
"Ma'am, can you tell me a little bit more about your emergency?"
"Water.  We have water.  Everywhere."

Yeah, good Kris.  I was so helpful in this situation.

So, the fire department came and told us we needed a new water heater.  Duh.  And they showed us where all of the important knobs were, should this ever happen again.  Note: It better NEVER happen again.

The rest of Saturday was filled with sweeping, mopping and undrenching lots of drenched papers/boxes/furniture, etc.  Sunday's plans were suddenly changed, too.

So, I didn't make it to church on Sunday ... but not because I got a nice, leisurely breakfast out with Rick.  Nope, I didn't.

I spent the entire day with Roto Rooter.

EIGHTEEN HUNDRED DOLLARS LATER ... we have a new water heater and some scalding hot water in our house.

And there went that trip to Hawaii that I was dreaming about.


Thursday, December 1, 2016

it is december

Today the calendar changed pages.  Well, not by itself it didn't ... I helped it a little.  But either way, it be December today and I'm feeling a bit weird about it.  Rushed actually.

I've done my Christmas shopping because I'm weird like that.  I love to say, "YOU'VE ONLY HAD A YEAR" to everyone who is out on Christmas Eve doing the last-minute-dance ... and so, to be able to say that, I have to NOT be there with them.

Although I do like to go shopping then.  I get some great deals ... for me.   Wink, wink.

Anyway, it's December and the year is ticking by.  Literally.

I'm on top of everything ... got my Christmas cards bought, the house is decorated and I only have two more weeks of work before I'm off for the holidays.  I'm blessed to have AN ENTIRE WEEK off before Christ's actual birthday, too.  All of the stars are lining up nicely.

But something is amiss.

I came home from work last Saturday to find my house gorgeously decorated by my daughter and her friend.  It looks SO BEAUTIFUL and best of all, I didn't have to lift a finger.  I'm truly ready for the holidays.

But something is still amiss.

And I've just figured out what it is.


How could my daughter decorate my house so beautifully ... AND FORGET THE TREE????

Nary one of these anywhere in our house.  Not that I EVER had a tree look like this ... but still.

Heck, I'd even take one of these.  

Not a single one of these anywhere, either.


Actually, I'd prefer these presents, thank you.

We had this tree one year and my daughter was oh, so sad.  She said that was the saddest looking tree she'd ever seen.     Well, at least it WAS A TREE!!!!

Even the cat was unhappy.

Happy Easter, Y'all!


Monday, November 28, 2016

thee most important thing ...

... that I did over the Thanksgiving week was to sell Rick's car.  We needed to get rid of his old Toyota Highlander and thus I set out to do just that.

Rick thought $1000 was a good price, after all the car is 13 years old.  It's been a wonderful car, but still ... who's looking for a 13 year old car?  Yet, it IS a Toyota and Toyotas are awesome and do last forever.  Still, it was old and dirty.  Yet, it only had 85,000 miles on it.  That's not much by today's standards.  However, it has been driven across country.  And there is some definite body damage.  Rick once tangled with a Sonic speaker.

There are a few wayward stickers of the military on the back.  And there's that sticker for Congressman Sam Johnson that conveniently covered up some other dings on the back bumper.  No telling who Rick scrambled with back there.  Or what.

But aside from all of that (and did I mention the strawberry milkshake stain down the wall of the front door?) I decided to ask for more.  I thought $5000 was a nice number.  I didn't expect to get it ... but I thought I'd try.  I could always come down a tad if I had to.  Heck, I could plummet all the way to $1000 if I needed.  Rick was okay with that.

So, on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, I listed our dear old GOLD Toyota Highlander on Craig's List.

Here she is ...

Barely five minutes had passed when my phone BLEW UP.  I had never seen nor heard so many calls come through at once.

I.  Am.  Not.  Kidding.

I couldn't even turn my phone off because the next call was on its way in.  The phone was fighting with itself to stay calm.

And all of this happened while I was at work.


Needless to say, we did not sell the car for $5,000.  We took the highest bidder over the price.  And I was so intimidated that I had my daughter come outside to help field the bidders.  In fact, I washed my hands of all of the bidders and just let her have a go at it.

Good ol' Liz.
Good ol' Toyota.
Good ol' money.

Wanna know where our old GOLD Toyota Highlander lives now?  In Cambodia.  Yep, she has moved to Cambodia to become a taxicab.

Who'd of thunk it.

And, it turns out, they only take GOLD or WHITE SUVS.  Yep, our little gold car fit the bill.

I'm heading to Hawaii now.  Why not?  I'm rich!


Monday, November 21, 2016

not big on this stuff ...

... but just sorta felt like doing one today. I think it's been that kind of a week. Just humor me for a bit; I do have a plan here. And a direction. And a plan for a direction. Directing a plan? Oh, just go with it.

1. Do you like Blue cheese dressing? yup
2. Have you ever smoked cigarettes? pleading the 5th
3. Do you own a gun? nope
4. What flavor Kool-Aid was your favorite? good ol' cherry
5. Do you get nervous before dr appts? finally, no; had many a nervous moment before, though.

6. What do you think of hot dogs? Well, have you ever had a puka dog? They're the best! Found only on Oahu in Hawaii and I'd give anything if they were here on the "mainland". That's hula talk for the rest of the United States. Know what else? Once I had to have a hot dog and I jumped in the car and drove to my favorite hot dog stand ... that was suddenly out of business. I then drove AN HOUR to another stand that I knew about. ALSO OUT OF BUSINESS. I drove home defeated ... and refused to go to a gas station or store to get one ... all because I didn't want to get out of my car. Dork.
7. Favorite Christmas movie? Well, it's NOT "White Christmas". Rick always makes me watch that and I hate it. My favorite Christmas movie is called, "In The Good Ol' Summertime." No, seriously. Stupid movie takes place at Christmas time!
8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? chocolate milk ............ because I'm five?
9. Can you do push-ups? the girly-kind, yes. I can do about 15. Remind me to take those up again.
10. What's your favorite piece of jewelry? my mother's diamond ring .... Sorry Rick.
11. Favorite hobby? games on my computer. I really need to get a life.
12. Do you have A.D.D.? my daughter would say yes. I'd say no ... but can we go shopping now?
13. Do you wear glasses? yep and I've just realized that I've been wearing them full-time now. Ugh.
14. Who was your childhood idol? David Cassidy. Have you seen him lately? Good think I didn't marry him. I'd still marry Donny Osmond, though. He's aged pretty well. Seriously. I wonder if he'd divorce his wife for me. Sorry again, Rick.
15. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment? Wishing 4:00 would hurry so I could go home and start my Thanksgiving week off. Wishing I could go back to Idaho. I really like my new condo. AND ... I Love Lucy is playing on my computer. Wishing I could be sitting in front of my TV watching it instead of just listening to it.

16. Name 2 or 3 drinks you regularly drink? diet coke, water (FINALLY I'VE DISCOVERED WATER!!) and chocolate milk.
17. Current worry? same ol' worry ... money.
18. Current hate right now. how blind the world is; they may not like the new president but they aren't making it any better standing out there protesting.
19. Favorite place to be? Two places - H O M E and I D A H O!! Who knew that one day I'd call Idaho a favorite place to be... OR THAT I'D EVER EVEN GO TO IDAHO!!
20. How did you bring in the New Years? last year? Yikes, I think we were both sick. New Year's Resolution ... DON'T BE SICK ON New Year's Eve!!
21. Where would you like to go? hawaii. ALWAYS the place I'd like to go to.
22. Who will respond to this? Um ... I don't have any friends ...
23. Do you own slippers? yep, 'cuz I'm old.
24. What color shirt are you wearing? white, 'cuz I'm boring.
25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? no ma'am. Get 'em off!

26. Can you whistle? yep. I don't take no prizes, though.
27. Where are you now? at work. workin' away. SHUT UP.
28. Would you be a pirate? only in a play. and only if people would respect me like ol' Johnny Depp.
29. What songs do you sing in the shower? ooh, I haven't done that in awhile. Note to self: take up singing again ... even in the shower.
30. Favorite Girl's Name? used to be Katy, used to be Elaine, used to be Nancy. Currently it's HOLLAND.

31. Favorite boy's name? it has ALWAYS been Christopher. Elizabeth would've been named Matthew, though, because Rick wouldn't let me have a namesake ... like my name was Christopher ... jeesh. Probably because she was a girl, too. Just sayin'...
32. What's in your pocket right now? probably a bobby pin. I'm always finding those in there. 'cuz I'm old.
33. Last thing that made you laugh? a cat drawing a turkey around its paw. Still makes me smile.
34. What vehicle do you drive? a car. Okay, a Nissan Rogue. But I also drive a Toyota Rav4 ... when my husband's not looking.
35. Worst injury you've ever had? BACK PAIN. I've injured a few things before but none have ever hurt as much as my stupid back when I've done something stupid ... like cough.

36. How many TVs do you have in your house? only five ... and that's pretty darn good for us!

Okay, I'm done. You can all go back to work now.



Sunday, November 20, 2016

my little buddy

I really did get to hold and play with Harold ...

... even though he didn't allow me much foot room.  I didn't allow him much foot room, either.  Or body room.  Actually both of us were pretty cramped.  I was crampeder, though.

... or maybe that's why he turned to look/growl/snarl at me.  I smiled back.  He just looked at me like, "Who the heck are you, Lady, and what did you do with my body space."

Or he bit me.

Take your pick.

Gromet can fly on his own next time.


Friday, November 18, 2016

know what else ?

Know what else happened while I was in Idaho?

We done got ourselves a new president.  That we did.

I won't tell you who I voted for ... but I did vote.

I will tell you, though, that I am living in a house divided.  So actually, my vote didn't count.  Neither did Rick's.

I did post this on Facebook, though:

"My only political post (you won't need to unfriend me):  I'm living in a house divided but no one is out protesting.  We have separate healthcare plans but neither one is worried.  My voice has been heard by him; his voice was heard by me.  One of us works, the other doesn't; again, neither is worried.  We like different TV shows; we like different pizzas.  But we both ultimately know Who is in charge ... and we worship the King, not the president ... whichever party's candidate happened to win.  GOD BLESS AMERICA.  We are SO blessed."

Take that for what it is ... and please pass the Kleenex.  This bronchitis/pertussis/whooping cough/pneumonia/cold is getting old.


Thursday, November 17, 2016

waiting to move in ...

I was all set to "move into" my new little condo in Idaho ... when what to my wondering eyes should appear ... but a snotty little nose and some ears that weren't clear.

Yep, stress #2 was just that ... stressful.  Gromet-Harold had nothing on me.  He caused me only a tiny bit of stress compared to what was actually in store for me.  A cold.  Nope, not a cold ... a death-grip of a tornado of a virus/sickness/hurricane/bronchial/death-defying/pneumoniatic illness of some sort.  Pretty sure there was some Pertussis/Whooping Cough thrown into the mix, too.

I was sick.   Sicksicksicksick.

Wheezewheezewheeze is what I specialized in.  A few hacks here and there, too.

BUT ... I didn't let that stop me.  I made sure that I got out there and infected the entire state of Idaho.  And I'm sure I did a good job of it, too.

And after all was said and done ... here are the condo results:

The front entry to the Promenade Loop Condos.

A housewarming gift from sister Jeana.

I did just that ... I relaxed, refreshed and renewed while she worked her tail off to get the place ready.

Kitchen sink.  In Paris.  Or maybe it just wishes it were in Paris.  I know I'm secretly wishing I were back in Idaho ...

The kitchen overall.  Sister Jeana decorated the cabinet tops.  Five months pregnant and she climbed up there and got 'er done.  And I let her.  Cuz I'm nice like that ...

Master bedroom.  The master will sleep here.

The guest bedroom.  Guests will sleep here.  I guess-ed.

In the guest bedroom ... you could dine here, too, if you were so inclined.

God IS good, y'all.  He really is.

Back to the kitchen.  Jeana picked out this cannister.  Jeana filled it up, too.  

I watched.

Jeana's coffee pot.  My mug.  Seemed fair.

Mom Janette's couch.  Janette got a new couch.  I begged for the old couch.  And I'm so glad that I did.  It's a comfy one!

Idaho is cold.  Cold, cold, cold.  Heat is warm.  Warm, warm, warm.  But Idaho is colder.

Looking out from our tiny little patio.  Rick hates the view.  Kris loves the view.  Kris sees sunshine.  Kris loves to be warm.

Warm, warm, warm.

And speaking of warm, this chair of Janette's comes with a blanket.  Yea for warm!

Don't forget to sign in!

And there you have it folks.  The Idaho Getaway.  Kahle Kondo.  Kasa de Kahle ...

Well, I'm still working on a title.

And I'm open to suggestions.  I'm open for business, too.

Our first vacationer arrives tomorrow.  And, no, I'm not nervous at all!

And yes, I'm lying.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

a week of transition ...

It has been an interesting week.  A looong, interesting week.  A looong, interesting, stressful week.  I think I survived it, though.  Yep, pretty sure I did.  I didn't die, anyway, although I sure tried to.

I headed to Idaho to complete the signing off on the new condo I bought ... and to get it ready to rent out to vacationers.  I'd seen the place once before so I knew what I was getting myself into ... and I liked the little place.  I really did.  And do.

But prior to heading to Idaho ... I got word that I needed to take a little someone with me.  A little dog named Harold was headed to Idaho and needed to hitch a ride with me.  And in true 'Kris' form, I said yes ... knowing that I'd never, ever traveled with a dog on a plane before.

Stress #1:  Harold.

Even though he is cute, he was stressful.  I worried about him for the entire plane trip, constantly checking to make sure he was okay.

Even though he was stress, he sure was cute.  And a perfect gentleman.  And he slept the entire way.  I fell in love with Harold.

And then his new family changed his name to Gromet.  I'm not in love with Gromet yet.  I don't even know what a Gromet is.  I barely know what a Harold is.

But I want one.  Yes, I now want a Harold-Gromet of my own.


Thursday, November 10, 2016