Sunday, July 19, 2015

Washing Away in Wickenburg (and ongoing Oregon trip re-cap)

Wow... crazy stuff going on here! Yesterday, close to 4 inches of rain fell here in town. As a result, multiple roads were washed out and many homes and businesses were flooded. 

We lucked out in more ways than one. One, our rental property is right on the Hassayampa River and the river went crazy yesterday.
I think this is near the Hassaympa - RVs and Trailors washed out.
Ariel view of Hassayampa and where the 60 and 93 split from the first Roundabout
Luckily, the water didn't encroach near the house. Here is an ariel image of the rental in reference to the river. This image wasn't taken during the flood, but it does give an idea of how close we are to the river. We could hear it running fast behind us, however. We're at the pink star. (Well, for the next few days anyway!)
Google map satellite image of the river behind the rental property...there's always a little big of running water in that part of the river too, even when there isn't flooding.
Two, Chris and I were not even home, but the kids were home! Chris and I had to go to multiple stores yesterday to acquire items for the house such as hardware for the bathrooms like towel rings, hooks, mirrors, etc.  We had to hit three different Lowes, because of items that were in stock at one location and not another, etc. And Lowes wasn't the only place we needed to go. You know what isn't fun on a Saturday? Costco. Yeah, baby. At least it wasn't Snowbird season. And the sun was blocked out by the storm clouds. So there was that. Yes, horrible storms and floods were happening unbeknownst to us. But down in Phoenix (and Peoria and Surprise...loads of fun...), it was two-digit temperatures, a little bit of rain here and there and no sun due to beautiful puffy gray clouds. I'll take that perk of these summers any day! (except for what people went through up here in Wickenburg, that is... and the poor motorist on the 60 who was almost hit by a falling power line...)

Because the kids were home alone, thank goodness none of the flooding happened at home.  The crazy rain and storm did, but the worst of what happened with them at home alone was the power went out.

Our power was back up before midnight, but there were plenty of others south of us that were still without power this morning due to multiple power lines that went down between Wittman and into Morristown.

Power lines down in Morristown
Also, the new house is okay as well. It's located on the west end of Wickenburg. There were some dirty drainage mud in the road approaching our place, but nothing like the damage in the center and southeast of town.

As a result of so many people who were flooded out and affected by this, our church services were only an hour today and then many of the "flock" went to help those dig out from the flood. It wasn't unusual for a big part of our ward (congregation) to be dressed in jeans and grubby street clothes today because of the need to go help those who were impacted by the flooding. Chris, Mikelle and Christian went to work. I went home with Alexander because nothing could be accomplished if Alexander was there and it would be dangerous for him.
This place is known to be very helpful and friendly...if I ever need storage, I'd use them!

I think this is at Chaparral Ice Cream Parlor, but I could be wrong...

The Oregon Trip Saga Continues...June 24th and June 25th
Waldport and Newport
Switching gears, here is the continuation of the trip saga. I left off when we arrived in Oregon on Fathers Day (June 23rd). The next morning, I took advantage of a run back and forth on the Alsea Bay Bridge. It was a perfect overcast morning in the low 60s. Maybe it was still in the 50s. Either way, for a summer day, it was perfect.
 It's really hard to keep running, by the way, when there are a plethora of pictures to stop and take!  And check out the seagull nest. The first time I came by, the Mama wasn't too happy about that. However, the next time I came by, she was okay with my presence.  Then a bike rider came by and she flew off, but returned quickly. 
The pictures with only a few sea lions was on the west side of the bridge. The east side had a lot more sea lions. I loved how they would look up at me.

Later that day, we all caravanned a few miles up the road to Newport to enjoy the family tradition of eating at Mo's. If you're ever on the Oregon coast, eat at Mo's! There's also one in Cannon Beach and Florence. I've also eaten at the one in Florence.
Mo's in Newport

There were fifteen of us, so we had to sit at two different tables. My poor niece Maren was stuck at our table and she and her family (her brothers and Mom, Chris's sister) had to endure our spoon antics. I think Mikelle was at the other table and she was spared the embarrassment of her weird family.
I know the pictures of the three boys (Christian, Chris and Alexander) look practically identical, but the slight variation of the facial expressions are hilarious. Especially Alexander's!
Maren couldn't get the spoon to stay on her nose. Haha

After Mo's, everyone was heading to the movie Inside Out. However, Chris and I were not going to subject ourselves with Alexander in a theater. Plus, he and I had to arrange for prints to be made of the family tree. Therefore, everyone went to the movie and Chris and I took Alexander for that errand.  We didn't plan it, but Alexander fell asleep in the car. Because of that luck, the three of us went back to the beach house and had a nice nap before everyone came back. That was one of the true "relaxation" parts of the vacation.  

The next part of the trip recap will include Christian's flight home and Mikelle, Chris, Alexander and I beginning our trip home that included Crater Lake. 

We should be moving into the new house this week! Let's make it happen! 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Fathers Day Road Woes and Flooring Update

Friday July 10, 2015
I'm having a hard time being productive today. Maybe it's the heat. Maybe it's because it's Friday. Tonight we do hope to move a few things into a downstairs bedroom in the new house because that's the only room in the house that won't have flooring in it. It has everything else and it's done. It'll be an office/hobby room, so we'll move some things in there to hopefully accomplish more. 

As for the flooring in the rest of the house, more has been done and we also got downstairs pictures this time. 

HOWEVER, before I post more house pictures, in an effort to not go off the bend like the previous post, here is the next leg of our Oregon trip. 

Crescent City, California to Waldport, Oregon

We woke up on Fathers Day, June 21st in Crescent City (just south of the Oregon/California border). It was refreshing to finally be on that leg of the trip. It would be a beautiful coastal drive all the way up and we knew we wouldn't arrive late at night. We wouldn't even arrive in the evening. This would be an afternoon arrival! 

Mikelle was already in Waldport of course and she was also wanting us to arrive as it had been three days since we put her on the plane to Oregon.

But every action has an equal and opposite reaction. In this case, this easier and shorter drive would mean the two boys would go total bat-crap crazy in their fighting and issues that seem to escalate from spending so much time in the car. That would complicate the "easy" drive and lengthen it. Instead of an early afternoon arrival it would be a later afternoon arrival.

I'm not sure what happened first - the boys and their fighting or the traffic ticket Chris was gifted in Bandon. Either way, it played out something like this: Alexander would annoy Christian. Christian was overly frustrated with Alexander. Then Christian would micromanage and overreact to every infraction Alexander was guilty of committing. Christian also would get angrier and angrier. Alexander would add to it by continuing to bother Christian.

Mikelle kept texting us asking us to hurry up. Between the ticket and the boys' crap, we had to slow it down. I would text her back our location and she would ask where that was. Frustrated, I told her to please look it up. Look, I'm not expecting her to have my same interest and aptitude for maps and geography. But I would at least like for her to use Geography. 

In the midst of all that, apparently at a stop at a convenience store along the way in some town, Chris said a guy in line behind him was laughing at me outside as I appeared very frustrated with the boys. Laughing, the guy said, "Someone has been on the road for awhile...!"  I walked inside the store and the guy greeted me in line as if he was a friend for life. At least I could laugh and vent. He was glad to hear that after three days on the road, we were "almost there".

As we creeped up the coast, I looked up a park in Florence (which was coming up) so Alexander could run around and play. However, before we got to Florence, we saw the Honeyman State Park. Even better! We stopped off there for some walking around and appreciating nature. We saw a bunch of people swimming. Being from Arizona, Chris and I laughed. It seemed like it would be too cold to swim! But there on the coast, it's probably as warm as it gets. Man, I wish I could live there! Grrrrrr! 

I'm not that impressed with the whole sand dune region of the central coast (maybe because I live in AZ and I've seen the sands of Tatooine, I mean, Yuma, a million times and I associate it with sun and heat), but this state park is an exception to that. So gorgeous! 

Honeyman State Park Photos:
Let's stretch our legs! Okay, sit there. We'll stretch our legs...
Cute wildlife on the trail...
More wildlife spotted on the trail...
Lush, shady, green trail!
Pink, in bloom, cool air... Love!

So gorgeous! Can that be my backyard please? Imagine a wedding or something here...
The dunes across the water...
Christian wasn't too happy to be walking around. Alexander even had a negative opinion about it. :sigh: (that's just a little idea of what I deal with on a daily basis and how nothing is good enough...unless it's a tech museum...) 

However, it was better than what was going on in the car.

Our next stop that I can remember was a late lunch in Yachats. We wanted to wait for dinner with the family, but we skipped lunch. Our late lunch at the Blue Whale didn't go very smooth either, but at least we were fed. Plus, we were practically at our destination. I have a picture below of Christian there when he and I went on our solo trip to Oregon in 2009!
This is NOT Alexander! This is Christian at the Blue Whale in June 2009!
Anyway, we finally arrived in Waldport. I think it was before 5pm. We were now in a spot we wouldn't have to pack up and move from for 3 days! 

The next posting will contain more Oregon Family Reunion pictures. Now for the house update...

Saturday July 11, 2015
After the sun went down last night, things became more productive. Yesterday was probably the coolest day for awhile at only 100 degrees. Isn't that sad? A 100 degree day is the coolest? Well, it is since it's going to be 110 by this time next week. Therefore, we loaded more boxes and took them to the garage of the new house. And because one bedroom downstairs won't have flooring, we already put the office shelves in there. 

Here are some photos from the flooring from this week that also contains downstairs photos. It was tough to get downstairs photos last time due the flooring in progress.
Master Bath
Looing into Master Bath. I messed up though with the vanity counter. More details on that later....
Downstairs Kids/Guest Bath
Downstairs Great Room

Downstairs Great Room

Until next time...

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

You're what the French call, "Les Incompétents..."

Monday 7/6/15:
I'm trying to keep up with the blog posts so all the vacation (I mean family trip) photos and re-caps can be posted and we can move on. If only "moving on" can be MOVING into the new house. Ugh. 

My serious irritation (because I don't want to write, 'rage') is with the flooring guy that involves incompetence that makes me want to stab a fork in my eye. For the most part, this building process has gone well, but the flooring guy is on my crap list. 

For instance, he was supposed to start over two weeks ago. But he didn't start until last Thursday. And in all that time, only the shower walls have been done (and not finished). Nothing on any floors. Plumbing in the bathrooms can't be done until those floors are done. 

So we're waiting on that.

It would be one thing if we were living okay in our rental house and all was well in the world and we were preparing to move and when the house was ready, we take ourselves over there and move in. 

But we are busting at the seams just as we were a year ago when we moved in. 

I have had tears of frustration, depression, anxiety, and it's not even all about the stupid new house. These are probably the best way to describe it all:
Yeah, so there it is.  

But there's little nuggets of joy. For example, despite working out on Friday evening hoping it would help with the stress, anxiety, etc etc, I was still in a funk.  We were sitting at the gas station and Chris went inside. I was sitting there in the car in just a 'melancholy :sigh:' kind of mood and this pulls up next to us:

After the initial first glance and thinking, "What the...?" as I looked over, my mood perked right up. Apparently his name is Raja. He's a baby T-Rex. Or she's a baby T-Rex? I didn't ask. 

It would be great if we could have him come over for Alexander's birthday, but that's at Christmastime, and especially this year, I am rather sure we won't be able to afford that. Still, I have all the contact information.

Thank you Raja for showing up to put a smile on my face.

Wednesday 7/8/15:
Well, it looks like a fire was lit under someone's butt. This was the progress yesterday:

Yes, it's a relief. Although, overdue.  

And the flooring guy this morning called Chris and is asking about the "transition" spots for the accent pieces and where they are to be. First of all, we already told Mr. Flooring Guy where those areas are to be. Months ago.  With a copy of the floor plan. With spots marked.

Two, at that same time, months ago, I chose a beautiful accent piece (it was very unique and perfect!) that the guy carried in his flooring shop when we thought that everything was finalized. Well, a few weeks ago he said that accent piece was unavailable. Gee, then why do you have it in your shop, genius? The same thing happened with the style of tile he had in his shop that I chose for the half-bath. He said "he couldn't get it". Again, why do you have it in your shop?

Back to the accent piece, so I chose something else that didn't even come close to that beautiful first choice.  But that's not what is causing me to see more red this time.  This morning, after Mr. Flooring Guy asked Chris about those particular spots, Chris called me to verify where those transition spots were to be. 

I said we told the guy already. Twice. 

Chris said, "Yes, I know, but he's realizing he missed some spots -"  

I said, "I know! I can tell from one of the pictures that he missed a transition spot." But you know what? I didn't care. 

Is this how it's supposed to be? You have something you originally want and you're stressed and worn down to the point that eventually you just don't care anymore?

I said, "Tell him that if he doesn't remember from the other two times, we're not telling him again. He can figure it out for himself.

Yeah, that's the Mom AND Teacher in me, but it applies here.

Of course, Chris was going to be less abrasive and relay the information to the guy of where those spots were to be (again). 

You know, when it comes to things like this and people in this sort of business, is there some kind of incompetence lobe in the brain that just activates with some people?!

Well, I've completely killed the mood with this post and I didn't even get to sharing the beautiful photos and the rest of the Oregon portion of our trip. 

I'll have to re-group and add it to the next post. I need another caged Dinosaur to just randomly show up and move me out of this funk. 

Until next time.