Chinese Water Torture

October 30, 2011


I forgot to mention in my tea frenzy this morning the noise that we’ve been hearing in our house.

We turned the heat on yesterday during a rain storm, so I did not think anything of the plonks of drip I hear a few times in the basement.

Later that evening I could still hear them. Water on metal. A big, fat drop. Regular intervals. No splashing noise. They intervals also coincided with the heat cycling on – they would get a bit faster then and taper off as the heat cycled back off.

Last night, I hear 2 more versions coming right up from the vents in our master bedroom. They started at 2am and kept me awake for an hour worrying that we were getting water damage in our brand new house. I slept restlessly until 8 on and off as the heat cycled. I debated turning it off altogether, but it was COLD so I just turned it down to 60*.

This morning we decided to call a heating company to just be safe. There are no signs of water, and it sounds like just a tiny drop – like rain plonks outside – but the master bedroom episode was enough to scare me.

The heating guy on call I spoke with was super nice. He confirmed that our gas furnace should not have water in it. He suggested we call a plumber? But I shared with him that the drops go away when the heat is off. He was puzzled. Asked also if it could just be the air moving. I’m pretty sure it’s water!?

The moral of the story is that we’re having someone come out to service our furnace this week and he/she will check on the plonks at the same time. I am determined to be a more proactive homeowner this time around!


Every Sunday, Matt and I say we’re going to do two things:

1) Roll around and be lazy on the couch all day

2) Go on a hike

Obviously you can’t do both! And thus, every Sunday we just barely make it on a last minute hike.

We left for Walnut Creek Park, which we have never been to, around 12:30 hoping we wouldn’t get too starving for lunch while we were out. The park was awesome – so scenic!


Although this was a little too close to snake comfort for me!


Shallow water terrifies me. I prefer deep water!


I am also scared of crossing streams! Matt just hops right over while I take my time to consider my strategy. Personality test?


We discussed lots of bakery things. I think in this moment Matt was mentioning liabilities and chart of accounts ; )


We hiked for about an hour, just barely getting lost.


And then made our way back for lunch!


A very late lunch. We both had snacked on a slice of bread before we left.

Apples + cheese + pretzels are such a great combo!


Greens for feel good food


Carrot + nut butter


And a slice of bread with fig jam. Just love the Trader Joe’s Fig Butter!


It’s almost too cold for cold drinks..



Going to visit Karen in the hospital and take her some things from her house. She’s doing OK – but isn’t ready to go home yet : (

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1 Hillary October 30, 2011 at 3:16 pm

I’ve been planning entire meals around that TJ’s Fig Butter. Man, I wish I was kidding.

Hope Karen feels better ASAP!


2 Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious October 31, 2011 at 8:50 am

I have also been making a lot with the T.J. Fig Butter.

I love it mixed with balsamic and olive oil and a little sea salt as a dressing. I call it my Black Balsamic Fig Vinaigrette. I have even cooked the dressing down as a glaze. I am going to T.J. to stock up on it before it is gone for the season!!!!


3 Sana October 30, 2011 at 3:17 pm

hike +business meeting? That is a good way to sort things out!


4 Kelly October 30, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Great day and hope Karen is feeling better SOON!


5 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) October 30, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Oh, I hope Karen feels better soon! Looks like a fun Sunday for you two. We are doing the lazy thing today, which is much deserved. It’s funny, we feel guilty not working today…the curse of owning your own business.


6 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) October 30, 2011 at 3:26 pm

I hope everything is ok with your furnace! Home ownership has it’s downsides, huh? Hopefully it’s no big deal. :)

I like your tasting plate. Yum.

Hope Karen feels better soon!!!


7 faith October 30, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Karen’s not home yet?! I hope she’s feeling better!


8 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife October 30, 2011 at 3:40 pm

I love carrots and nut butter-gREAT combo!!

Feel better soon Karen :)


9 katie @KatieDid October 30, 2011 at 3:40 pm

gorgeous fall day for a hike, I wish I could have done the same but studying calls. Hoping Karen is doing well!


10 Lisa (bakebikeblog) October 30, 2011 at 3:46 pm

hiking + snack plate = bliss!!


11 kathleen @ the daily crumb October 30, 2011 at 3:48 pm

what a beautiful hike! lunch looks delicious. the apple/cheese combo is one of my favorites.


12 Kate October 30, 2011 at 3:58 pm

This is totally random, but have you seen this? Oh my word! I saw it and thought of you!


13 KathEats October 30, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Yeah, I eat it all the time!! Had some for breakfast on my pancakes :)


14 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries October 30, 2011 at 4:12 pm

What a beautiful hike! It’s giving me inspiration to get outside and go for some sort of walk/hike since it’s such a beautiful day here.


15 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats October 30, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Haha I would have just hopped over that plank! and I’m sorry to hear Karen is still in the hospital, I hope she feels better soon, and I hope your “plonk” noise gets fixed too!


16 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 30, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Love the outdoorsy shots and the streams and leaves…it’s 80F in San Diego today (a hot snap, even for us) so the weather there is so fall-like and not what I’ve got going on today.

Good luck with the home repairs. With a house, there’s always something, isn’t there. Hope you guys get to the bottom of it soon and with not much $$ or time spent!


17 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth October 30, 2011 at 4:50 pm

So glad we don’t have to worry about snakes in England. Liking the sound of that fig butter. I wonder if I can find any here or a recipe to make some myself …..


18 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes October 30, 2011 at 4:53 pm

I need fig butter in my life…I’ve never tried it!!


19 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More October 30, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Send Karen well wishes!

What a gorgeous hike!


20 Irina October 30, 2011 at 4:56 pm

such lovely scenery! And how comforting to have a lovely meal after a walk in a crisp fall air.
best wishes to Karen!


21 Linda October 30, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Quite the opposite in New Jersey! We had a snowstorm yesterday! A power line came down in front of our house yesterday and we were told to evacuate. That was at 3:00 in the afternoon and we are still not back in our house! Luckily our in-laws live across the street, and we are staying there. It’s a scary feeling having to leave your home! What to take???It’s a wake up call in a way; we really should have all of our important papers, etc. or at least copies of them in a brief case or tote, to grab in cases like this. Our very thoughtful neighbor just sent down the most delicious lentil soup for us for supper. Yum! Hopefully the power company will be here soon! I hope everyone else is keeping warm!


22 [email protected] October 30, 2011 at 5:33 pm

oh wowww glad you guys are still ok! TAke care and that is very sweet of your neighbor.


23 Linda October 30, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Thanks! :) I have the best neighbors!!!


24 KathEats October 30, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Yikes so sorry to hear this. Hope you are back in your house now


25 Linda October 31, 2011 at 11:02 am

Still waiting! We are just hoping they’ll fix it before the trick-or-treaters come by or we’ll be passing out treats by the barricade!! Maybe we should dress up as a gas & electric man! LOL!


26 [email protected] October 30, 2011 at 5:32 pm

that’s a gorgeous place Kath~~!woww it really MUST be cold there! I can’t fathom it, b/c it’s so warm here. High 80’s 0_0 haha


27 Mel October 30, 2011 at 5:42 pm

I’m sorry you’re having house issues. And that your mom-in-law is in the hospital. Great that you were both able to get out for some fresh air, exercise, conversation, and a healthy lunch. All of those are helpful.

If life is getting stressful, don’t feel obligated to post so frequently. Seriously. Your followers aren’t going to go away. It might make them like you even more. They’ll know you’re human. Just like them. Not trying to tell you what to do; but if it would be less stressful to just concentrate on your business, your MIL’s health, your own health and your house, you should just do that and not worry about your readership during these times.


28 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 30, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Looks like a perfect day for a hike! We had gorgeous weather today here too, but I didn’t get a chance to take advantage of it because of studying. 😛

I hope Karen feels better soon!


29 J @ Ess and Jae V2.0 October 30, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Good thinking on the pro-active plan. Those kinds of problems never get better when you ignore them. They just get worse. Tempting tho it may be…….

Looks like a nice day for a hike where you are.


30 Katie October 30, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Don’t know if this is helpful. But I often video something, usually on my phone, if I’m concerned about it. For example, a noise in the car or of my boys strange cough (they NEVER cough in the doctor’s office). It really helps when explaining a sound to a professional to have it on audio/video. Good luck with the water torture!


31 KathEats October 30, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Great advice!!


32 Tina October 30, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Do you have central air? We have a clicking/pinging sound when the heat goes on, and it turns out that the coolant in the a/c expands in the copper pipes and causes the clicking sound. It’s very annoying, but after the heat has been on for a couple of nights, we get used to it again.


33 KathEats October 30, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Does yours do it continuously? Ours is sort of intermittent, but it’s more than just one plonk when the heat turns on. We do have central air. I wonder what it is!?


34 Tina October 31, 2011 at 8:18 am

Ours does it shortly after the heat pump cycles on, and then does maybe 5-10 pings, maybe every second or so.


35 KathEats October 31, 2011 at 8:24 am

That’s really interesting. We’re getting it service today for maintenance so I will ask him!


36 Lauren October 30, 2011 at 6:59 pm

We do the same thing every Sunday! I always make plans to be unproductive but Sunday’s usually end up being my most productive day of them all. Glad you got out for a beautiful hike…the days are numbered for gorgeous fall hiking weather.


37 Eileen October 30, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Do you have a central humidification system attached to your furnace? We do and that could be the source of the water dripping…


38 KathEats October 30, 2011 at 8:47 pm

I don’t think so..


39 Dave October 30, 2011 at 7:05 pm

I love going on hikes, especially with my three kids, ages 6, 4, and 2. The other day we saw at five deer in a corn field by our house!


40 Health Bee October 30, 2011 at 7:05 pm

The lunch looks real delicious. Love the closeup photo of the apple.


41 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings October 30, 2011 at 7:29 pm

We are all about the hikes as well — looks like you found a great spot! For us, it’s the hike first (we usually go fairly early) then when we get home, it’s roll around on the couch and be lazy all afternoon — best of both worlds :) Where there’s a will…


42 Melissa @ Journey to Marvelous October 30, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Looks like a great hike…and I hope Karen is better soon!


43 Savannah @ Sweet and Savvy October 30, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Beautiful pictures of the hike! Sending Karen my best wishes!


44 Angel7 October 30, 2011 at 8:46 pm

I am terrified of snakes!!! You would not see me by shallow water, or deep water, for that matter!

I cannot believe the people who go out in shallow waters and snake hunt for anacondas and such–talk about putting your life on the line!

I hope Karen is feeling better soon!


45 Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel October 30, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Ha, I was almost afraid to see what this post was about when I read the title…eek!

That’s great that you & Matt have a plan every Sunday to hike. Get your nature on before it gets too cold! Also, I’m just like you when it comes to crossing streams. I take at least a full minute to stare it down & figure out my strategy for crossing without getting wet…which, btw, almost never works.


46 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl October 30, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Nice hike! Thx for sharing the gorgeous pics!


47 Elisabeth October 30, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Best wishes to Karen – hoping she feels better very soon!


48 Khushboo October 31, 2011 at 12:39 am

Combining business activities and leisure…I like your style 😀


49 Anja October 31, 2011 at 1:35 am

The single-drop-on-metal-sound seems to come from air in the heaters. I had several times as well.
I hope Karen will get better soon! Best wishes to her.
It is wonderful that you have such beautiful nature close to your house. I am always excited when I go to a park but natural “parks” I prefer.


50 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope October 31, 2011 at 7:07 am

I hope Karen feels better soon and that she comes home quickly! That first picture is so beautiful! You should frame it! :)


51 Cait's Plate October 31, 2011 at 8:00 am

Yay! I’m so glad you guys got a hike in :) Sometimes a fun outdoor activity can be even better than a lazy day on the couch (SOMETIMES 😉 )

Thoughts and prayers and well-wishes to Karen!!


52 Danielle October 31, 2011 at 8:14 am

Carrots and nut butter! I’m not the only one in the world who loves this combo!
Whenever I have this as a snack and people are around, I get weird looks. So delicious.


53 Silvia @ skinny jeans food October 31, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Haunted house ? 😉


54 JenATX November 2, 2011 at 10:17 pm

just curious- what did you do with the greens at lunch? make a little stack of apple, cheese, green…pretzel, green, cheese? i often bring greens as part of my lunch to class but they just end up sitting there…


55 KathEats November 3, 2011 at 6:01 am

I just ate em! With a fork. The olive oil helped with flavor


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