The American dream (one of them) is, owning your own home. We have always WANTED to own, so when we got the chance we bought. WE paid extra on the principal every chance we got. Many folk are able to accept the house payment as normal and it doesn’t bear on their minds. We on the other hand let debts bother us. We have done without the extras many times to remain debt free. That has been our policy since our 40s.
There are people who pay their house off, and then are shocked at the amount in taxes and insurance they must plan on. Some never took into account their loan payment handled that head ache for them for 20-30 years, now it is theirs.
I cannot imagine paying for home repairs, since I usually did them. BUT as I age I am going to learn and that is why many of us as we age go into assisted living, lease or rent. I can understand that.
This all came up because when we came home Monday noon, I was hit with a problem I never expected, our water heater had developed a leak at the drain cock and our basement was flooded. The repair was actually pretty simple, parts were less than $15 and it was repaired in a couple hours..
My play house in the basement is carpeted. So I have spent Monday and Tuesday trying to dry the carpet. Using my Wet/VAC I picked up 20+ gallons.
Then when setting up the coach here, I ran into an electrical problem getting power back into the coach. And YEP, the grass needed cutting.
Sherry worries about me working, but I actually enjoy being able to FIX-IT. Probably just showing off but as long as a repair can be done, most of the time I can take it in stride.
WAIT… a Surprise. Neighbor Michelle comes out to welcome us in. We talked for a minute she said, “Guess what I learned from Stormy D?”
“She came to the door and talked to me, (She is like Rick she talks to animals). She convinced me she needed help, so I followed her…… To SEVEN healthy kitties (She and I had only seen one), Stormy needed some help. I have been carrying extra food over to Jim’s back porch!”
No wonder Stormy was getting smaller and smaller. She was glad to see me. The kittens are several colors, with 3 black. I will try to get pictures if I can.