Warning: unbridled bitterness ahead .....
This is what my house looked like this AM.
To those of you who have wisely divested yourselves of your particular money pits, I commend you.
Why am I so bitter? This is the simply the latest occurence in a long line of such instances when homeownership has prevented me from traveling.
And not only are the costs out of proportion to any satisfaction one might receive from owning, but I keep fixing things that don't stay fixed. For example, I just had the stone porch repaired and now it is in much disrepair once again, as you can see. In 11 years, I've had to redo the porch 3 times. The same porch, I might add, that gives me absolutely no pleasure.
For me the oft-touted "financial advantages of home ownership" do not in any way compensate for the missed opportunities. I now think the entire notion is a complete scam perpetuated by the following: landscapers, pest controllers, revenuers, and insurance companies. I know there are many others to add to that list.
My long-awaited trip is postponed indefinitely now. The one I planned and saved for over the last 14 months. I'll have to see if there is enough a) time or b) money to salvage any part of it when this is all over. To say I am disappointed doesn't really cover it.
I am way behind in following your blogs. It may be some time before I get back to them. I'll be honest with you - at this point it is just too painful.