Friday, July 12, 2013
Well on my post yesterday in talking about the work on our house I had comments about the house owning the person. Well our house has been our friend and it does not own us. It has been good to us. I wanted a big fine house with all the bling....but Hubby and I were totally broke when we married. We rented a little place when we got married and then a friend asked us to look at a place that was not in the best condition, but that we could buy. We looked I cringed at it, but we went and talked about it. The people were walking off and turning it back to the mortgage company. At that time you could assume a mortgage. We talked about it and decided that there was no way we could rent o=for the payment. We talked with an attorney and got the house. We both worked everyday and every evening worked on the house. I was a total wreck but the bones were good. We ripped out nasty carpet to fine wooden floors. We has to stripe the paint from the exterior as it was such a mess. The owners had opened the back door and pile the trash by the back steps until it was a mountain and then did the same out the front door. We shoved the rash for two weeks to get it all up and to the road for pick up.
We refinished the wood floors.....put new vinyl in the kitchen.....cleaned and painted the interio and then the exterior. We were living from hand to mouth with the rental and making the mortgage payment, 2 sets of utility bills and two separate phones. We ate beans to keep up. We finally were able to move in and the rent and double utilities were a relief. It is small, but does have character and even has it's ghost. We have lived here since. We were set to purchase another large home and were going to take most of our saving when Hubby's company told them they were closing. This was our retirement plans. We stayed in our little place making the last payment when he drew his last paycheck.
During the meantime I was able to quit work an go to college, get my degree with no debt. We have been free and clear on it since 2000. We have put house payments in savings. We have 45 acres where we will retire and have saved enough for our retirement home. We do have to pamper the house, but it does not own us, but has given us a good life. I did not get the mansion I wanted, but my little bungelow is a mini mansion and very comfortable. I have been very happy accepting what we have and give it a lot of love.
I have been happy here and told Hubby I may not want to retire....but alas he does and we do not want to live in this city in our latter years