Open Window: Tales from an Innkeeper's Crypt

So you thought it was over? I mean about Kari

I haven't been around much lately cause I've been in Austin (Texas ) looking for a house. I've sold my bed and breakfast and my Victorian house in Louisville and will be moving to the southwest soon.My realtor took me to see 30 houses this week and, needless to say, I'm exhausted and haven't had the time nor the inclination to sit down and write hubs.

I wrote a comment on someone's hub a few weeks ago and decided to turn it into a hub. I thought some of you might enjoy it. Just a little something to add to the ongoing saga:

You remember Kari? Well, she almost fell out of the window today.....from the second floor. She decided that the Ivy on the outside of my building needed trimming from around the windows but she would trim it from the inside of the building, cause climbing up on a ladder or scaffolding would be too dangerous. Trusting soul that I am, I thought that if I kept an eye on her it would be okay.

Anyhow, she was in my bedroom. I watched her as she pulled up the windows, then the screens to get to the ivy. With garden shears in hand she started snipping all around the edges of the window. At one point, she stopped snipping, stuck her head out the window, and started yanking on vines that hung down from above. When she couldn't reach the vines any more, she went to the closet to get a coat hanger.

I was writing at the time and not watching her every move, like I usually do when she's doing something potentially dangerous. Next thing I knew, I looked up and her rear end was up in the air. She was scrambling to grab onto either side of the window frame. Oh my God, I screamed, as I dashed across the room, computer crashing to the floor. I got there just in time and sit on her derriere, while she gradually stabilized her knees and lifted her torso back to safety.

As I said, the saga continues....

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

Ohmygosh! Forevermore! What a fright! Must have scared the bejimmies out of you! Hope the computer is OK too!


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

The computer is fine...and so is Kari. She manages to survive every mishap she has. She must have a ton of angels watching over her. Thanks for comment.


ralwus 6 years ago

Scary stuff. You must have been reading Mewlhouse? Poor man. I was just having coffee on my patio with my good friend Curt and was telling him I fear getting on my ladder or roof anymore. Recently I put a fireman's pole in the tree house for the kiddies and I got dizzy. I think I need to stop that foolishness. Hope you get settled soon. Good to have you back. Much love Nancy. Charlie


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Good luck finding a house! I keep thinking though, what will your life be sans Kari? Keep us all posted and hope you end up with a house of your dreams.


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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder

So glad you saved her! Oh, that must have been scary.

I use to wash windows that way, until I realized my children were copying me, but didn't have enough sense to keep their feet on the floor.


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judydianne 6 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

30 houses? I hope you took pictures so you could remember what they all looked like! What will your life be without any drama? Keep us up to date as much as you can!


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Yeah, Charlie, you gotta be careful climbing up on those ladders. I don't do that myself anymore. I also get dizzy easily. The only way I can do it is to go up just a couple of rungs, then back down, taking at least ten minutes to do so: one......two.....maybe three.....two....one.....the floor, thank God! LOL


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

akirchner: I have actually narrowed it down to two houses, both are really nice. Going home today to sign the contract for the sale of my business, then will make an offer, if I can get the financing I want. I think my life will be just fine without Kari. In fact, probably more relaxed. Thanks for caring.


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Ivorwen, Pretty scary is right. Kari didn't seem to understand the danger. I have always been a risk take my whole life, but not those kinds of risks.


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

JD, didn't have to take pictures. All 30 were on-line, with extensive pictures and information. My realtor was super-organized, as am I...always, so it went well. We've narrowed it down to two, so when we decide on which one to make an offer, I'll take more pics to help me decide which furniture to take with me. .


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Green Lotus 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Never a dull moment it seems! That's good- And good luck with you house hunt. Look forward to your next adventure.


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

I think it'll be a lot more uneventful...but I'm fine with that :=) Thanks, GT


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Frieda Babbley 6 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

Oky doky. Whatever will happen to her once you finally move? I hope you're having luck with your house hunting though. It will be wonderful for you once you get all settled in and are able to move on with a more peaceful life. Though I must say I will miss the stories. You'll have to walk down memory lane for us.


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

I enjoy this series and like Frieda will also miss them. Glad you finally finalized the sale of your Inn. I wish Kari mucho luck!


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA

Interesting story as always. Sometimes people do the silliest things, as you know :).


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

@Frieda: I am really looking forward to being able to just write all the time and not worry about a business. Yes It will be a lot more peaceful and I will have more control over my life. I'm sure I will have more stories to tell since drama seems to follow me where ever I go.LOL

BTW, I've narrowed the house hunt down to two houses, which are both perfect for me and my belongings. I'm so excited. Will be making an offer soon.


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

@VS: You know, I think Kari will be just fine. I left her in charge of the Inn for the the week I was in Austin, and she did just fine. There were a few snags, but nothing serious.


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

@SP: Well, as long as those silly things don't result in something more serious, I'm okay with it.


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

What an adventurous life you seem to live! Thanks for sharing the further adventures of Kari. Hope you find a great house soon!

Love and peace

Tony


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Thanks, Tony. Appreciate it.


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Another good one. A move every so often is always good... rejuvenating really. A new place always brings new challenges and new things that need doing.

Look forward to hearing all about the new place.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Thanks, Zsuzsy, Thanks for the inspiring words; however, I will be posting a hub soon about how the deal fell through and that I wont be going now. That doesn't mean I wont be going ever.:=)


ralwus 6 years ago

How ya doin' down there gorgeous woman. Hot yit? Have fun now and enjoy your loved ones, rednecks and all!


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

"...enjoy your loved ones, rednecks and all!"

Well, there may be a lot of rednecks down there, but my loved ones aren't nary a one of them. We`are all died in the wool liberal collar workers. And, BTW, the deal to sell my house, fell through. I'll be writing a hub about it soon.

Had a good time in Austin though. My daughter is a one of a kind angel. She cooked dinner for me every night....all 7 of them.


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PegCole17 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

alekhouse - Just found your hub via comments on lmmartin's. Truly enjoyed your well written tale of Kari. Was about to congratulate you on selling your house in this market when I saw your last post. So sorry that didn't work out for you. Austin? Hmmmm. Good luck to you.


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Thanks, Peg. Doin' okay though, have a knack of just "goin' with the flow"


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

alek - what ever will you do without Kari? Life will seem so calm! Good luck in Austin!


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Guess you didn't see my hub explaining that the deal fell through. Kari and her husband couldn't come up with all the financing. I'm ok with it though, probably the best thing that could have happened, in light of the fact that she was so into breaking and ruining things and nonchalant about taking care of my beautiful historic home. I've put itup for sale again. I'm just going with the flow.:=)


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RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

Good luck with your house. Everything will work out for the best, I am sure.


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Thanks, RedElf, I feel that it will all work out too. I'm just going with the flow.

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