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When your dream becomes a money pit.....
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WallSal55    Posted 04-07-2002 at 15:39:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm trying to hang in here. But the well sprang
leaks, many this week with the thaw. This will
be our third $1,000 on well problems in 12 yrs.
of country living. I told myself we will prevail. However, the ceiling leaked onto the mattress while we went for lunch. (the
leaks have been many over the 12 years, too. Flat roofs we've had coated with the new hi tech stuff.) I had no idea we were buying a money pit, but it happened. When I expressed how I was feeling to discover the leaks, husband just decided to go for a drive in his truck. Did that mean he didn't care or that it bothered him, too? (Say, fellas, women cannot read your minds either!)
We have a beautiful 3 acres, taxes we can afford. But the house has been a money pit.
Adult children are not moving out any time soon.
We really feel stuck. Outside it's gorgeous;
inside it's yuck! Any insights welcome, even
humorous ones!
You're a great, friendly bunch! Anyone no
where I can buy a rabbit's foot? Twelve years
of rotten luck with a house, I need one!


magpie    Posted 04-08-2002 at 11:11:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
If the proprety you own is desirable to you, is the right size, and in the right area, you will be fine. Houses, buildings, water systems, can all be fixed, or replaced. I would look into putting up some sort of peaked roof, try to avoid valleys and hips.


Sammie    Posted 04-08-2002 at 07:06:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
In reading your post, it reminded me of a rental I lived in for 4 years. Flat roof, landlord wouldn't do more than just patch it and by the time I moved out, all I owned was 26 rain buckets and couldn't sit on the toilet without getting wet!!! I'm surprized the thieves didn't steal the buckets and toilet too!!

Well, I figure it this way, at least if my roof leaks, it's MY roof to leak and MINE to fix instead of having to wait on someone else who just won't do it. Since I just moved here last Oct. and there is SO much cleaning that needs to be done on this one little acre as well as repairs and remodeling the house, I count my blessings every day that it's mine to clean and keep the way I want it. One day at a time, one thing at a time. No, it never ends but it does get better and it isn't walking away when I'm not looking!!!!

so:

Have a morning cup of coffee out on the porch, watch the sun and the country critters wake up while thinking about all of the reasons you moved there in the first place and all of the reasons why you have stayed. Change of outlook doesn't change the problem, just changes your attitude about it. If you look at the whole list of things that need to be fixed, it can really be overwhelming so quit looking for a bit!!!


breadbakerkathy    Posted 04-07-2002 at 20:03:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi! I am fairly new here. I will share a piece of wisdom with you.

When I got sick of the problems of our first house (age around 50 yrs), I longed for a brand new house. I knew life was not perfect so I asked for a house with DIFFERENT PROBLEMS, knowing that all houses have their special problems. We did build a new house, and yes, I still had problems, but I had the house and yard I wanted. If you have what you want, deal with the fixes one at a time. Maybe a new roof will solve your problem. It's much cheaper than moving! Take a good look at what you really have as though you are looking at it for the first time. The same problems will be in any house, so appreciate what you do have and as they say---welcome to home ownership!! *G* Keep your chin up. Keep smiling. It beats the heck out of renting.


DJ    Posted 04-07-2002 at 20:01:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Have a hot cup of camomile tea with lemon and honey just before you go to bed, when you wake up everything will seem better.

A new day and new resolve.


Fred Tx    Posted 04-07-2002 at 19:39:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey guys, it rains on the just and the unjust. The sun will shine again.


Mark Hendershot    Posted 04-07-2002 at 19:38:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
It is not a money pit. It just needs some TLC done to it. Problems happen with new houses too along with big payments. I find when problems happen a nice drive for thinking is OK. Just jump in a fix them one at a time and you will get them done. You know the saying no pain no gain, your being tested and that is part of life. Just fix the roof and spring and spend a few more years enjoying the country. Mark H.


Dennis and Toni    Posted 04-07-2002 at 19:30:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We look at the people who don't do their DREAM because of one reason or another and I am grateful to God that we are one's who are doing ours. And yes, we have many setbacks, and this we knew would happen, so we named our place "ONE DAY AT A TIME ACRES". The the others have setbacks also, but they don't wake up to a rooster crowing, clean air, low crime etc. They have to put up with all the crap and still the setbacks.
I can only say that it takes work, willingness and toughness to live the dream.
As already said, fix one thing at a time and before long the setbacks will be far and few in between.
We will pray for you.


PCC-AL    Posted 04-07-2002 at 17:38:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi W.S.55,
Personally, I would swap a penthouse in Trump Towers for a pup tent in the woods. My wife is just the opposite, but we try to compromise. It's not always a happy situation, but so far, we have made it 20 years.
Problems-flat roofs need to go. Depending on how particular you are about looks, you can put a fairly inexpensive sloped roof over the old flat one and leave out a lot of the extras.
Adult children - I think I will skip this topic. I have some of my own that I'm not too happy with.
Husband goes for drive in truck - heck, go with him. He may stop in the moonlight by a lake. I think I remember something like that, but my mind fades.
Anyway, you have it better than the folks in the city. Stay with it and live the best of what is left. Good luck.


Hogman    Posted 04-07-2002 at 19:31:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
PCC Al is right on about tha flat roof,out on tha "LEFT" Coast They are common and every durn one is a gross problem!Expect it would be cheapest in tha long run just to put a gable over it. What happens with flat roofs is in heavy rain the water cannot sheet off fast enough,tha build up causes tha roof ta sag under tha weight so stead of a water sheddin roof You have a duck pond thats garunteed ta leak,and leak,and

Re Husband,sometimes a Feller jest has ta escape fer a while'n cool off,collect His wits so ta speak. Becomes a problem if it's only an escape without a return ta face tha problem.

Re tha well, You havenot said what the problem or symptoms are. More info may bring possiable solutions.
Anyway, good luck'n keep smilin iff'n Ya can.


Scott (TN)    Posted 04-07-2002 at 16:30:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Have been there. Only way to fix it is one problem at a time. May need to just patch the others as they come up. But still FIX one problem at a time.
Ask some one once when I would be done workin' on this old farm house. He just looked at me kinda funny and said "you don't ever get done"


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