We have made many decisions concerning our ranch in the past week. Refinancing our home and flirting with the idea of selling has been a stressful journey to say the least.
After reading what many folks wrote in response to my post We are not Immune, I did a bit of research about city condo living. What I discovered is staying here is most definitely in our best interest. But, not without a few changes!
We like our old house, even though it needs
some a lot of updating. We like to think it has character, and I’m actually relieved to live here without the constant concern of it’s resale appeal. If it’s good enough for us, it’s good enough for somebody else. right?
An updated kitchen with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances is something we don’t have, and so what. Everything works, the house itself is structurally sound, and in excellent condition inside and out. Someday we may decide to sell, and if fancy updates are what a buyer wants, they should buy a brand new condo in the city, not an old ranch property! ha ha.
The biggest problem around here is the work, and that’s something I can remedy. Simplify, that’s the key to freedom, and that’s exactly what I’ve been up to the last two days. How?
The horses are now all together in a large turn-out, that eliminates the dreaded chore of stall cleaning twice a day. I dismantled two of three chicken areas, there is now only one, where a small flock of free range hens will reside.
These few minor changes are a huge help, but there’s more! My husband is willing to pitch in with chores three days a week. Also, I hired a landscaper! I’m not killing myself in this heat trying to maintain all these trees and grass anymore. By Wednesday the temperature is supposed to reach 116, that’s all I need to validate paying a groundskeeper. How on earth do they do it? However, over time, I will be replacing all our high maintenance foliage with desert friendly cactus that require nothing but to be admired.
We may not be thrilled with our property appraisal, but at least it forced us to address and manage the obstacles that made us want to sell.
About those home updates… hubby said ok for both bathrooms! I wonder if he thinks that will get him off the hook on a kitchen… well, maybe for now. ha ha!
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