CK & GK Podcast

Save Your Money and Sanity with 9 Simple Household Maintenance Tasks

February 20, 2024 Jenny GK and Caitlin Kindred Season 3 Episode 104
Save Your Money and Sanity with 9 Simple Household Maintenance Tasks
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Save Your Money and Sanity with 9 Simple Household Maintenance Tasks
Feb 20, 2024 Season 3 Episode 104
Jenny GK and Caitlin Kindred

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Discover the surprising home maintenance tasks that could save you thousands in repairs! They aren’t what you think, and you probably haven’t been doing them—but beware—they might just motivate you to start them right now! Tune in for the game-changing home maintenance tips that homeowners everywhere are overlooking. Don't miss out!

Jenny GK has a passion for sharing practical tips on everything from A to Z. Her friendly and approachable demeanor, coupled with her expertise, makes her the perfect guest to guide us through the essential steps to help homeowners protect and preserve their homes from potential damages. Learn valuable insights from CK & GK to keep your property in top-notch condition without the stress.

In this episode, you’ll find key home maintenance tasks for preventing costly damages and keeping your property in top condition.

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Discover the surprising home maintenance tasks that could save you thousands in repairs! They aren’t what you think, and you probably haven’t been doing them—but beware—they might just motivate you to start them right now! Tune in for the game-changing home maintenance tips that homeowners everywhere are overlooking. Don't miss out!

Jenny GK has a passion for sharing practical tips on everything from A to Z. Her friendly and approachable demeanor, coupled with her expertise, makes her the perfect guest to guide us through the essential steps to help homeowners protect and preserve their homes from potential damages. Learn valuable insights from CK & GK to keep your property in top-notch condition without the stress.

In this episode, you’ll find key home maintenance tasks for preventing costly damages and keeping your property in top condition.

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View our website at . Find us on social media @ckandgkpodcast on
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00:00:01 - Jenny GK
Our guest, be our guest put our service to the test tie your napkin round your neck, cherie let Tuesday do the rest oh, my gosh.

00:00:14 - Caitlin Kindred
That was amazing. Thanks.

00:00:16 - Jenny GK
I really thought about that one.

00:00:19 - Caitlin Kindred
Well done.

00:00:21 - Jenny GK
It's Tuesday. Well done. Welcome to CK and GK. We're podcast for adults who might need to grown up, including ourselves, maybe.

00:00:31 - Caitlin Kindred
As we sing Disney jokes. We're so glad you're here. This week we're talking about, or rather, we're finding out how close my house is to actually falling apart and what I can do to prevent it. And that means that if I can do it, you can do it. So we're all going to learn how close our house is to falling apart.

00:00:55 - Jenny GK
Love it. Love it. But before we start, with me, as always, is Caitlin. And you know she's a brick house.

00:01:12 - Caitlin Kindred
I got two songs in one day.

00:01:14 - Jenny GK
It's a lucky day for you.

00:01:20 - Caitlin Kindred
Inside that. Inside that brick house is my gorgeous, simple house cat, Jenny. That's her over there. She's amazing. Tell me about all the things that are messed up inside my house. I want to know. I'm also terrified of this conversation.

00:01:40 - Jenny GK
Okay, so this whole idea started because my husband, John, has been following this guy on Insta. His name is Keishawn, and his handle is at weekly home check.

00:01:53 - Caitlin Kindred
Okay, go ahead.

00:01:54 - Jenny GK
Go follow. For sure. And he does little videos about how to do the home maintenance that you don't even know you're supposed to be doing.

00:02:03 - Caitlin Kindred
Oh, no.

00:02:04 - Jenny GK
And the guy is super approachable. He's, like, in his 20s, really cute, really kind, a little bit attractive. And he just walks through, like, hey, I don't know if you know this, but you should actually test your smoke detectors every month, and here's how to do it. So, we all know that you're supposed to clean out the dryer vent, right? Like, not just where the lint is, but you're supposed to actually vacuum out the hose and the vent outside your house periodically to prevent fires. I think we all know that. I don't know how many of us are actually doing it, but that needs to be done.

00:02:45 - Caitlin Kindred
Not me.

00:02:47 - Jenny GK
I don't think that we've done it in a couple of years. So this episode is inspiring me to go do that today or tomorrow, depending on the weather. I don't want to do the dryer vent outside if it's. So. Anyway, these conversations have been coming up for a little while now, because John will say, oh, you know, Keyshawn said this, so I did a little research. Like, what other things do I not know that we're supposed to be doing for our house. So first, from, I found this article called 51 things most homeowners aren't doing but need to. And it's by Nick Gerhardt. And so some of them were like, yeah, we know we're supposed to do that. Like, change your air filters. And if you're not changing your air filters, let me tell you why you do it. Yes, it also gives you pure air. Yes, it protects your vent system. But more than anything, if your air filter is too dirty, your air conditioning is going to freeze. So you change your filters so you don't have to spend ten grand on getting a new ac.

00:04:01 - Caitlin Kindred
Oh. Because the cold air can't get out because it's all blocked up with. I don't even know what makes it.

00:04:07 - Jenny GK
Happen, but the condensation builds up on the tubing on the outside unit, and it freezes, and it can damage it to the point of replacement.

00:04:18 - Caitlin Kindred
Well, I'm pretty good about that one. I wouldn't say I do it every month like you're supposed to, but I think I do it every max, every three. I'm pretty intense.

00:04:28 - Jenny GK
We give our dogs a monthly flea tick heartworm prevention, and we just, like, pair filter with.

00:04:36 - Caitlin Kindred
That's smart. That's a really smart way to do it, dogs.

00:04:39 - Jenny GK
But we probably won't remember the filter anyway. Okay, so, 51. I pared it down to just a few that I thought were really interesting, and I had no idea we're supposed to do. So the first one is to clean the aerators on your faucets. So this is that little screw cap at the end of the faucet that helps make the water come out nice and neat and even.

00:05:03 - Caitlin Kindred
Oh, I bet those get so much lime scale built up on them. Gross.

00:05:08 - Jenny GK
They should unscrew pretty easily. You soak it in just regular white vinegar, and then you brush it lightly with a toothbrush, rinse it off, throw it back in there. You should do this every six months, not just because of the lime scale, but also the chemicals that it's supposed to catch are being caught.

00:05:31 - Caitlin Kindred
Oh, yeah.

00:05:33 - Jenny GK
We don't live in an area where lead is a problem in our water, but if you do, you definitely want to clean this often.

00:05:41 - Caitlin Kindred
Yeah. Okay.

00:05:42 - Jenny GK
The next one is cleaning the garbage disposal splash card.

00:05:46 - Caitlin Kindred
Oh, yeah. I do this all the time. I have. Satisfying.

00:05:49 - Jenny GK
I've never done this, and I had never even thought about it. The deal is, if you have a smell in your sink, like, for me, automatically I'm like, oh, there's something gross in the garbage disposal. So I'll throw a lemon down there, or I'll get those plink little dots that you put in. Or they say you throw a couple of ice cubes in there to sharpen the blades. So I'll do that. Or I'll just run hot water and put some dish soap and watch it foam up and say, okay, it's clean. I never knew that. You're supposed to flip the rubber gasket up and brush in between the pleats. That's really where the smell is coming from.

00:06:34 - Caitlin Kindred
Yeah. And also mine is removable, so I can put a gloved hand down there and pull it up, and then I'll just turn it over and scrub it. But there's, like, a garbage disposal cleaning packet thing. I'll see if I can find it. And I use that, and I only flip the gasket over once I've done that because I don't want to touch. But it's like all of that slime mold, like pink mold, but slime mold is going to be there. And that's why I gagged. It was a real gag. It wasn't just me, like, screwing around. That was me, because it's.

00:07:14 - Jenny GK
Okay, so here's the thing. Here's the thing. Not only did I not know you're supposed to do this, I didn't know you're supposed to do it once a week.

00:07:23 - Caitlin Kindred
Yeah. Ew.

00:07:25 - Jenny GK
I have lived in this house for five years.

00:07:30 - Caitlin Kindred
In fairness to you, you're not allowed to do the dishes at your house because you do them wrong. So I think you can blame this on JK and not GK. That's good.

00:07:40 - Jenny GK
I'm going to tell him, like, hey, the reason our dishwasher or disposal stinks is because you haven't been cleaning this.

00:07:45 - Caitlin Kindred
Fast cart because you're not cleaning the sink, bruh. Okay, that's so gross. Okay, tell me more. I'm gross?

00:07:54 - Jenny GK
The next one is blowing out your soffit vents. Okay, so here's the thing. I know what a soffit is because I worked in real estate and construction.

00:08:04 - Caitlin Kindred
I don't know what this is.

00:08:06 - Jenny GK
Tell me right? If you're not into houses or construction, you might not even know what a soffit is, let alone what your soffit vent is and how to clean it. Okay. When you walk around your house and.

00:08:18 - Caitlin Kindred
You look up, so, like, if I go outside and you look up and.

00:08:22 - Jenny GK
You notice that the roof extends past the wall of your house, and there's somewhere between twelve and 18 inches of material sealing off that ledge of roof. That is the soffit. A lot of times it's wood.

00:08:38 - Caitlin Kindred
The gap.

00:08:39 - Jenny GK
Sometimes it's siding, but most of the time it's wood. You look up and you see that flat surface above you while the roof is sloping down over it. That's the soffit.

00:08:49 - Caitlin Kindred

00:08:49 - Jenny GK
And if you walk all the way around, you will notice in the soffit there are several probably rectangular air vents.

00:08:58 - Caitlin Kindred

00:08:59 - Jenny GK
These lead to your attic. Even if you don't have an attic per se, like for storage, you probably have a crawl space up there just to create some insulation.

00:09:11 - Caitlin Kindred
Home stuff. Yeah, exactly.

00:09:14 - Jenny GK
These soffit vents are to ventilate the attic. You should blow them out with compressed air every two years, because by getting all the gunk out of there, you're better ventilating your attic and you're going to reduce your heating and ac costs.

00:09:38 - Caitlin Kindred
Okay, here's a question. When people come over to inspect the roof, will they do that? No, they don't do that.

00:09:46 - Jenny GK
They will not do that.

00:09:48 - Caitlin Kindred
What about people who are like ac people?

00:09:50 - Jenny GK
No. You might be able to find someone who cleans gutters who will also do it for you, but my guess is no, because you really need the air.

00:10:01 - Caitlin Kindred

00:10:01 - Jenny GK
Like, you got to use leaf blower. Compressed air can. Or if you have, like, a staple gun and you can take the gun attachment off and you just have the compressed air from it.

00:10:15 - Caitlin Kindred
Oh, my God.

00:10:15 - Jenny GK
I didn't. Now, our staple gun is not electric. It's just like a hand pump.

00:10:22 - Caitlin Kindred

00:10:23 - Jenny GK
But you have an electric stapler.

00:10:26 - Caitlin Kindred

00:10:27 - Jenny GK
So anyway, the deal is, this is not something that people normally do, and it only takes about 20 minutes. No, what will take the longest is going up and down the ladder to each vent.

00:10:39 - Caitlin Kindred
Okay. All right. That's manageable then.

00:10:41 - Jenny GK
It's only every two years.

00:10:42 - Caitlin Kindred

00:10:43 - Jenny GK
But this article that I read from, I think, what was it called? Family handyman or whatever. Yes, family handyman. They said that it can save you like $10 a month.

00:10:55 - Caitlin Kindred
Wow. A month? Yeah. No, that's worth it. Wow. That's another coffee. That's $120 a year coffee. And that's multiple coffees.

00:11:06 - Jenny GK
This is Texas. If you are listening in an area.

00:11:09 - Caitlin Kindred
Where you use a lot of AC.

00:11:11 - Jenny GK
Or you use a lot of heat, my guess is maybe you could save even more.

00:11:16 - Caitlin Kindred
Might be more. Yeah. Okay. Yeah.

00:11:18 - Jenny GK
So the next one that comes from this article is cleaning the coils on your fridge.

00:11:23 - Caitlin Kindred

00:11:25 - Jenny GK
So I have never done this. I have done it exactly zero times. In my entire life, one time. Well, you beat me.

00:11:36 - Caitlin Kindred
I win. Okay.

00:11:38 - Jenny GK
So they say that you should do it once or twice a year, but if you have pets, like a german shedding, I mean, shepherd, you should probably.

00:11:45 - Caitlin Kindred
Clean it every four months. I have cats, and they like to throw things under the fridge.

00:11:54 - Jenny GK
The whole job should take 15 minutes. The hardest part is pulling the fridge out and figuring out where your coils are, because sometimes they're under the fridge. Sometimes they're behind it. Sometimes they're behind a case behind it. And so you pull your fridge out, and you're like, where are the coils? And then you notice, oh, there's this little latch that I have to open, and then there are the coils. You just vacuum it with your brush attachment.

00:12:22 - Caitlin Kindred
That's it. Okay, cool.

00:12:25 - Jenny GK
They don't need.

00:12:25 - Caitlin Kindred
All right. If they're underneath, you could probably get, again, like, that compressed air stuff and just blow it out. I bet it would all be disgusting, but you'd blow it out and it'd be. Yeah, okay. All right. Got it. Okay. All right.

00:12:39 - Jenny GK
And then the last one that I pulled from this article was lubricating your garage door. Tracks hinges and springs.

00:12:48 - Caitlin Kindred
I don't have a garage door. I'm off the hook on this.

00:12:51 - Jenny GK
I do have a garage door.

00:12:52 - Caitlin Kindred
I have a carport.

00:12:53 - Jenny GK
I do have a garage door. I had a garage door in my previous home. I grew up in high school in a house with a garage door. I, in junior high, had a house with a garage door. I lived in a house that didn't have a garage. I was in the fourth grade.

00:13:13 - Caitlin Kindred

00:13:14 - Jenny GK
I have never heard of lubricating your garage door.

00:13:19 - Caitlin Kindred
No. But it's like, if you have, like, a treadmill, you have to lubricate the belt. Otherwise it starts to squeak and stuff. This makes sense to me, but I'm seeing a note here that says, don't use WD 40, which is what I use. I use that to clean the wall. It gets crayon.

00:13:36 - Jenny GK
Normally on the show, we tell you, like, hey, here is the fact, or.

00:13:41 - Caitlin Kindred
Here is the idea.

00:13:42 - Jenny GK
That is fact.

00:13:42 - Caitlin Kindred
Adjacent. Right here.

00:13:44 - Jenny GK
I'm actually going to say, like, I am not a garage door professional, nor do I play one on tv. You have to do the research to find the right lubricant for your door materials. It is always wrong to use WD 40. It doesn't matter what type of garage door you have. That magic little liquid in a can is not okay for your garage door because it will attract dust and dirt, and it will actually do the opposite of what you're trying to do.

00:14:15 - Caitlin Kindred
Right. It'll get all that stuff stuck in there. Okay.

00:14:19 - Jenny GK
You need to look at what materials your garage door is made of, and that includes the wheels, the springs, the tracks, the hinges. And then most of this information is available online. But if you are genuinely concerned, you can also call a local garage door company in your town and tell them, this is what my stuff is made of. What lubricant do you recommend?

00:14:42 - Caitlin Kindred
Or if you're me, you throw money at the problem and you say, please come to my house and do this.

00:14:49 - Jenny GK
And if you do, call one of those garage door companies. They always have an option for just like a checkup to come and look, inspect, check on your. If you have a motorized opener, check on that. You should lubricate every six months.

00:15:05 - Caitlin Kindred

00:15:07 - Jenny GK
80 times behind.

00:15:08 - Caitlin Kindred
Right? Yeah, you are. I was going to say, one of the things you do is that when those people are at your house, ask them. You could set up a maintenance schedule, but then you also ask them, and then I bet you they're more willing to tell you if you purchase the products through them and just say, hey, you guys come once a year to check the motor, and I'll lubricate this thing every six months or something like that.

00:15:30 - Jenny GK
It totally makes sense that it needs to be done. It's a motor, it's metal rolling up against metal or it's plastic rolling up against metal. So it didn't blow me away that this needed to be done. It blew me away that I had never thought of it. Okay.

00:15:45 - Caitlin Kindred
Yeah, totally get that shout out to Keyshawn.

00:15:48 - Jenny GK
These are some tips I got from him. One is to replace your washer hoses. You should do that every five years. This totally makes sense. Totally makes sense. But you replace your garden hose, you replace the hoses in your car. Why would you not replace the hoses that keep your house from flooding?

00:16:09 - Caitlin Kindred

00:16:10 - Jenny GK
Replace your washer hoses. That totally makes sense.

00:16:13 - Caitlin Kindred

00:16:14 - Jenny GK
Every five years. And I don't know how to do it. Can I have someone do it for you? An appliance repair person will definitely do it for you, but it is a very easy job. Now, I will say that I have this weird ability to do plumbing projects. I can't plumb a house, but plumbing repairs. I am strangely good at the way that you're really good at foosball. I'm weirdly good at plumbing. Somehow it just comes to me, the only reason that I haven't replaced all the guts on our toilets is because they're in really weird corners. And it's easier to pay a plumber to crawl underneath it than for me.

00:16:51 - Caitlin Kindred
To do it myself.

00:16:52 - Jenny GK
But replacing the hoses is really just turning off the water. Unscrewing a hose. Caitlin cannot hold herself together. She is dying at me, saying that.

00:17:06 - Caitlin Kindred
I'm like, of all the things you could have chosen, I'm weirdly good at, I don't know, building websites. I'm weirdly good at design. I'm weirdly good at, I don't know, sarcastic remarks. And then you say, foosball, aren't you? And I have these stupid little. Yes, I am. I have these stupid little undereye foil silicone collagen things under my eyes, and they won't stay up because I'm laughing. Okay, it's morning and I'm a mess. Definition.

00:17:43 - Jenny GK
Anyhow, this is really easy. The main thing you need to do before you do this is turn off the water.

00:17:51 - Caitlin Kindred
Turn the water.

00:17:53 - Jenny GK
But that's easy, too, because the spigot is right there in the wall. Right. You're not like, turning it off at the house or anything weird like that. You are just turning it off at the wall. Like you would turn off your sink.

00:18:04 - Caitlin Kindred
Right. And it's like, right behind your washing machine. For me, if I'm looking directly at my washing machine, it's like, just above it, I can see where the.

00:18:14 - Jenny GK
You want a bucket or a towel handy, because those hoses are going to be full of water. So when you take them off, water is going to come out. The replacement washer hoses are easy to find. They sell them at the orange store and the blue store. And you literally unscrew it and screw a new one on. It is really easy. Super easy.

00:18:32 - Caitlin Kindred
Well, next time you come over, bring over some hose.

00:18:36 - Jenny GK
Okay. So the other one is for you to drain your water heater. He has a video.

00:18:42 - Caitlin Kindred
Yeah, that makes sense. He has a video on how to.

00:18:43 - Jenny GK
Do it on his insta. And you just do it once a year to prevent sediment buildup. It is pretty involved.

00:18:50 - Caitlin Kindred
Yeah, it seems like that's especially if you have, like a giant. They're big.

00:18:56 - Jenny GK
It is a major task, but it doesn't look hard. It just looks big.

00:19:02 - Caitlin Kindred
So again, this is something that I would have someone else come out and do. But what about mine is a tankless water?

00:19:11 - Jenny GK
That's not a problem. We are talking about the people like.

00:19:13 - Caitlin Kindred
Me who have the old school in.

00:19:14 - Jenny GK
The attic big tank. And basically you drain it, flush it out a few times, close it up, refill it.

00:19:23 - Caitlin Kindred
Can you actually see dirt coming out of it. Yeah.

00:19:28 - Jenny GK
You're going to connect your garden hose to a spigot in the hot water heater and then run that garden hose to a drain. So in our case, we would probably run it down the attic stairs and into the kids.

00:19:41 - Caitlin Kindred
Whoa. Okay. That is a lot of work. That sounds labor intensive. That might be something that you call a professional to do. Unless you are Jenny and weirdly good at plumbing. Like, don't.

00:19:52 - Jenny GK
Okay. And then the last one comes from Okay, so remember I said, remember I said you don't have to turn it off at the house or anything weird like that. You do need to turn off the water at your house once a year. I had never thought of this, but here's why. So the valve doesn't stick. He said, look, if you're having a flood, the last thing you want to do is either one, learn how to turn off the water, or two, get to your spigot and realize, oh, my gosh, the valve is stuck and I can't turn it off. So once a year, practice turning off the water to your house.

00:20:29 - Caitlin Kindred

00:20:30 - Jenny GK
It's at the street.

00:20:31 - Caitlin Kindred
All right.

00:20:33 - Jenny GK
You normally have a little box buried in your front yard.

00:20:36 - Caitlin Kindred
And you might have a couple because one of them is going to be for your gas and electric. There's going to be like a meter under there, or it might be attached to your house. And then I have three little boxes. One of them is for that. One of them is for actually the sprinkler system, which is a different box. And then the other one is the one to the house. And I believe, if I'm not mistaken, the one to your house is closer to the street than the one that is one for the sprinkler system, which would make sense because you. Now, here's the thing.

00:21:11 - Jenny GK
If you don't know how to do this, your city will come out and train you for free.

00:21:16 - Caitlin Kindred
Yeah, they have to. They're required to.

00:21:18 - Jenny GK
It's in their best interest because they want you to know how to turn off the water so that you don't call them and say, hey, my sink has been overflowing for the last 24 hours and I've used all this water.

00:21:32 - Caitlin Kindred
The bill that's gone and the wasted water.

00:21:34 - Jenny GK
Like, the city doesn't want that. So your water provider will come out to your house and show you how to turn the water on and off. I just thought that was so smart, like, oh, just practice doing it so your valve doesn't stick and you remember how. Okay, now I have a bonus.

00:21:50 - Caitlin Kindred
Yay. I love a good bonus stuff you.

00:21:54 - Jenny GK
Don'T need to do. This comes from Reader's Digest. The article is 15 home maintenance projects that are a waste of time.

00:22:05 - Caitlin Kindred
Okay. Yes. All right, ready?

00:22:07 - Jenny GK
The first one is sharpening your lawn mower blades. You don't need to do that.

00:22:13 - Caitlin Kindred
Who does that?

00:22:15 - Jenny GK
I guess if you're, like, a professional lawn mower, you probably need to do more maintenance on your machine than.

00:22:20 - Caitlin Kindred
I'm just, like, picturing someone turning over their lawn mower with a rock. Whatever those things are that you use to sharpen blades where they're just, like, slowly filing the blade down as the lawn mower is turned over. Like, what in the world? Okay. No, I'm sure that's not how you do it with them.

00:22:38 - Jenny GK
It actually involves taking the blade off. You do have to turn the mower upside down to get the blade, but you don't have to hold upside down mower in your lap or whatever you're envisioning.

00:22:50 - Caitlin Kindred
Like, if you're sharpening a sword. Okay. I haven't had Randy Jackson signed samurai blade. I use a rock, and I just sit there with the big thing on my lap, and I just.

00:23:15 - Jenny GK
Okay, the next one is regroting your tile.

00:23:18 - Caitlin Kindred
I'm shutting up. Who's that?

00:23:20 - Jenny GK
I don't know. No.

00:23:23 - Caitlin Kindred

00:23:24 - Jenny GK
And then the last one was really interesting to me. And this is going to involve consultation and finding a roofer that you really trust, because they say you don't need to replace the whole roof when a repair will be enough.

00:23:41 - Caitlin Kindred
So my understanding with roofing replacements is that typically, if you want to recover, a repair is one thing. Right. But if you need to relay the roofing, whatever tiles I guess they are, you get, like, three layers out of that. Yes, but I always think of shingles as, like, a hard item. Yes, but you know what I'm talking about anyway. But you get, like, three layers, and then they won't put another layer on top of that because stuff can get stuck and then make it yucky. So then they'll replace your entire roof. We just had our entire roof replaced two years ago. It was rough, but it was great that it happened. And I will say we've also had a couple of repairs done since then. You don't need to replace it unless you're at that limit. And I think you get, like, multiple years out of those. It's like a once every ten or 15 year kind of project. It's not a thing.

00:24:48 - Jenny GK
We had someone come and inspect our roof and he said, look, you do not need a new roof right now, but you do need new flashing around all of your vents. Well, that's an easy fixed, because are.

00:25:01 - Caitlin Kindred
You guys having leaking, too, or not? No, but it was. That's something that you should do. Okay.

00:25:06 - Jenny GK
Yeah. So, basically, thanks to Reader's Digest, I'm not going to be sharpening my lone marrow blades anymore, regrouting my tile or replacing my roof when I really could just fix it.

00:25:17 - Caitlin Kindred
I will say this. If you hate the way your grout looks, and it's nasty. A steam shot. It's like a bissell steam shot. That thing will do the work to clean your grout.

00:25:30 - Jenny GK
Okay. It's amazing. Take a break.

00:25:32 - Caitlin Kindred
Yeah, you can borrow it. We're back.

00:25:36 - Jenny GK
Okay, so here we go. Let's talk about what we're obsessed with. For me, those sumo oranges can't get enough, except they're two and a half dollars each.

00:25:47 - Caitlin Kindred
What's a sumo orange? What? I don't know what this is.

00:25:54 - Jenny GK
A big orange. It's like the size of a honey crisp apple, and it has a little nubbin on the top. Sorry, that word funny. I'm showing you the nubbin right now. It looks like the top of a pumpkin.

00:26:12 - Caitlin Kindred
Yeah, you are. Okay.

00:26:16 - Jenny GK
Comes right off. And they're super sweet and delicious.

00:26:19 - Caitlin Kindred
It looks wrinkly. It kind of looked like a ghost pepper in that. The way that you were holding it. Like, how wrinkly?

00:26:24 - Jenny GK
It's a little wrinkly.

00:26:25 - Caitlin Kindred

00:26:25 - Jenny GK
The sticker just calls them sumo citrus. Sumo

00:26:30 - Caitlin Kindred

00:26:31 - Jenny GK
They're good.

00:26:31 - Caitlin Kindred

00:26:32 - Jenny GK
The other thing is, we are currently in the season of Lent, and I normally practice by giving something up. And this year, I have given up two things. Both of them are extremely difficult for me. One is reading the comments on Facebook. I can't tell you how many times a day. I'm like, oh, wait, I'm not doing this. Come out or click on it and be like, oh, wait, I'm not reading comments. And the other one is procrastination. The rule is, if I can do it now, I have to.

00:27:08 - Caitlin Kindred
Oh, that's a good habit.

00:27:11 - Jenny GK
Yeah. I'm still allowed to prioritize tasks. I'm still allowed to say, like, okay, this can wait until next week. But the idea is, if I have the time and I can do it now, I need to do it now.

00:27:21 - Caitlin Kindred
I like it. All right. I like it. That's a good one. Okay, well, I'm going to tell you this. If you're concerned about looking on your phone. There is an app called OneSec that you can use that will basically prompt you to put your phone down. So if you would like to take a look at that. One sec. I have not yet set it up, but it's there and I need to set it up. I just love reading mine.

00:27:48 - Jenny GK
It's like one of my favorite pastimes.

00:27:51 - Caitlin Kindred
I don't know what's going on with me, but my toxic trait is Amazon. Putting things in my cart and then saving it for later. I cannot get enough of it. So I will be on, of all places, Facebook reels and looking at people where they're like, ten things from Amazon that I just had to share with you. And it's like, yes, I would like to see all of the things that you're sharing with me. There's a good chance that I have four of those things in my cart already. Okay. Mine is, this is such a lame little thing, but it makes me so happy. If you have an apple Watch, you can update your watch faces. And for whatever reason, Snoopy is a part of my life. I just really love Snoopy and the peanuts. And I even have, like, a little. I get, like, little Snoopy's for the holidays and I put them on my desk and they make me happy. And this is my valentine one. He's all covered in hearts and he's super cute. And it's been, like, a thing in my family for a long time. Like, my grandfather was really into the peanuts and my mom is also. But it's just recently become super cute for me where I can't. I'm following little snoopy hashtags where there's all these old drawings of Snoopy from very beginning of Charles Schultz peanuts. It's just all very cute. Anyway, on your apple watch, if you like Snoopy, there is a Snoopy watch face that is super cute. And I thought it was just, like, going to be Snoopy's head, right? Like, just. No, no. Every time you pick your arm up and the watch lights up, it's a different. So, like, he does something. So it's super cute. On Valentine's Day, I lifted my arm up and he was at his mailbox, and all of these valentines came tumbling out onto him.

00:29:46 - Jenny GK
On your left arm, you're going to have this giant bicep from bringing your hand closer to your face over and over again.

00:29:51 - Caitlin Kindred
Oh, my gosh, it's so cute. Now he's roller skating. It's just so cute. And it doesn't eat your watch battery up or anything. Like that because it's still lighting up every time you pick your arm up. But it was just really cute and it just makes me happy. That's awesome. All right. Okay. What's your gem?

00:30:16 - Jenny GK
Is we are a wildcrats house.

00:30:20 - Caitlin Kindred
Yes. I love wildcrats.

00:30:22 - Jenny GK
And as a biologist, I appreciate wildcrats.

00:30:28 - Caitlin Kindred
Yeah. So good.

00:30:29 - Jenny GK
So we have been watching wildcrats for several years, but we just discovered the time machine that is zabumafoo zo booma foo.

00:30:43 - Caitlin Kindred
That was like the og one in.

00:30:46 - Jenny GK
Their twenty s. I can't even pay attention to the show because I'm just.

00:30:51 - Caitlin Kindred
Like, these boys are so young. I know, it's like muppets meets crats. Like there's like puppets and it is.

00:31:02 - Jenny GK
Stuff, as the kids say, pretty cringey. Because there are times where I'm like, oh, jeez, if you guys were actually the producers of this show, you would have never done that. But they're cute. They're cute. And it's like going back in time and back to the future, like meeting your parents when they were teenagers. I have seen every episode of Wildcrats multiple times. And you watch the guy's age over the several seasons of that show. But to go back and see them this young and they're still like playful and friendly brothers.

00:31:40 - Caitlin Kindred
It's cute. It is cute. They also look the same. Do you know what I mean? Their mannerisms are the same. It's very clear that whatever they've been doing, they haven't really changed themselves throughout the course of these shows because it's a consistent silliness, happiness, attitude. It's very cute. I like that show, too. Okay. When I tell you that I am the definition of a mess, I'm not kidding. So here's what happened this week to me. My son's school, my son's class had a little Valentine party and parents were invited. And most of the time I don't wear much makeup and I just roll up to the school looking as moms do. Right? Like, you all get it. Anyway, I had a client facing meeting that morning, so I had like, put on makeup and I was like, you know what? I will put on hard pants. This phrase.

00:32:47 - Jenny GK
Okay, so let's back this up a little bit.

00:32:50 - Caitlin Kindred
You know what I'm talking about? Back this up a little bit because.

00:32:51 - Jenny GK
I got a text from you explaining this whole situation and all I could do was die over hard pants. I am telling every person in the room, I'm with like, oh my God, hard pants.

00:33:08 - Caitlin Kindred
But I work from home, so I wear soft pants all the time I need a zoom shirt, at most. I don't.

00:33:16 - Jenny GK
Hard, but pants.

00:33:17 - Caitlin Kindred
I will roll up to my meetings wearing, like, college t shirts. I don't care. So I don't wear hard pants very often. And by hard pants, I mean, like, anything that's not a soft pant. We know what I'm talking about. Typically, they're jeans.

00:33:31 - Jenny GK
It's one thing to have, like, stretchy pants or comfy pants, but the idea that the opposite of that is hard pants.

00:33:43 - Caitlin Kindred
That's what they are. They're sick. Put on jeans, and I have to pull them up higher over my guns.

00:33:49 - Jenny GK
The next day, and I was, like, putting on my hard pants?

00:33:54 - Caitlin Kindred
Yes. I hope this phrase takes off everyone.

00:34:00 - Jenny GK
Hard pants.

00:34:01 - Caitlin Kindred
Okay, in full disclosure, I was wearing that day. I have a lounge set that it's black, but it has red and pink hearts on it. So I was wearing the full lounge set in the morning, and then I changed into my hard pants to go up to Sam's school for the party. And because I had a client facing meeting, I had put on makeup. So I was, like, pulled together. My hair was washed and down and not just, like, in this pineapple bun that you see on top of my head right now. It was like I was pulled together and not hating the way that I look. Right. So I go to school, and three times I heard, oh, my God, I didn't even recognize you. Three times?

00:34:52 - Jenny GK

00:34:53 - Caitlin Kindred
One from a parent who I know and have known for the past two years, one from the school secretary, and another time in the classroom with four other moms talking to me. And two of them piled on at the same time like, oh, my God, it is you. Because I roll up to school looking such a mess that when I pull.

00:35:23 - Jenny GK
Myself together, they don't know who you are.

00:35:26 - Caitlin Kindred
Recognize me? Oh, my God. I didn't even recognize you. I remember you. You told me you had a podcast. Oh, my God. Yeah. This is your son. Your son doesn't like Taylor Swift and tells the whole class about it. Yeah, it's not. I'm the same person. I'm the same person we met yesterday.

00:35:46 - Jenny GK
And the day before.

00:35:47 - Caitlin Kindred
Right? We had an hour long conversation. I have your phone number in my phone because our kids have been on a playdate. I didn't even recognize you. Your hair. And then one of the women goes, oh, yeah. Last time I saw you, well, we weren't. Cool. Great. Awesome.

00:36:23 - Jenny GK
Okay, on that note, I am being paged. We have t ball practice. You do have fun when you are doing home maintenance that you didn't even know you needed to do. Make a choices it.

00:36:44 - Caitlin Kindred
And show up to school with your face on every once in a while. That way people will recognize you. Bye. Okay, bye.