thanks for your comment on my blog. i am seriously heading down that road you suggest. and i am going to the county housing authourity this week to see if i qualify for help. i cannot afford to rent a place right now unless ulitiies are included in the rent. but, my own place that is just sitting there, i think a little money and some hard work to remove the molding wall in the bathroom and put some new siding on the outside and fix up the heat issues, would make it livable. that is another possibility for me. i am keeping all my options open and thanks again.