The house that keeps on giving

Sometimes, I feel very depressed over the events of the past few years — the deaths in my family and the animosity between certain family members.  But, there are bright moments, too, when I count my blessings and realize how grateful I am for my marriage and my children and grandchildren.

I am especially grateful for my house, because it is a house that keeps on giving.  When we run low on cash, we can tap into the equity of our home or rent out our guest room.  In fact, when in the future David and I become too old to care for ourselves, we can hire a caregiver in return for free room and board and a monthly stipend.  That might be better than selling the house and moving to a nursing home.

Lately, it’s been so hot and humid that we shut the windows and run the air conditioning.  It’s so much better than going to the movies or to the stores to cool off.  Believe it or not, some people have to do that, because they can’t afford to install air conditioners in their home.

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It took three incomes to qualify for the mortgage on this house — David’s day job as an accountant and his night job as an accounting instructor as well as my day job as a legal assistant.

As I said, this house is a house that keeps on giving.  It’s the best purchase we have ever made in our lives.

9 Responses to “The house that keeps on giving”

  1. Christine Says:

    You are very well settled and comfortable, wishing you a continued good life Gigi.

  2. honoluluaunty91 Says:

    Such a great attitude, and great planning, too! Love the idea of having a potential rental unit with the house and perhaps using that as a future abode for a future caregiver in exchange for services that will be needed.

  3. dkzody Says:

    Any time I feel concerned about our house getting older and needing work, I have to remember that there are so many in our city without any house, they are homeless. We know those who lost their home due to the recession and over-refinancing, so we feel grateful to have a place, and a cool/warm place at that, to call home. And,it’s paid for.

  4. Linda Reeder Says:

    Hi, Gigi. I haven’t commented for a while, but I have been here all along. I know what you mean about home security, about feeling secure in owning a home that meets your needs. I had never thought of renting out a room to a care giver and thus being able to stay in your own home. It makes a lot of sense.

  5. Kay G. Says:

    I love your house too and are glad that you and David are so happy there.
    Now, if only I could sit down at that lovely table and have one of your great meals! 🙂

  6. DJan Says:

    You are indeed a fortunate person, and your home is lovely. Being grateful for what we have helps all of us to enjoy life. 🙂

  7. anonymousinthemainland!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Says:

    We could if we tried and saved up some cash fly to Hawaii but never could we afford a home there! Home ownership where you live is way way down, most people cannot afford anything at all..You must have planned for your life well and had the means to do so..Washington state is unaffordable in many areas, the jobs are not there and the amount one needs to put down on the house one could actually work 3 jobs and spouse 1 job to afford a house and then one could not enjoy the house because one would be working all the time..You are so very very lucky and blessed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Olga Says:

    Everyone looks happy in your home. You worked hard for what you have and now is the time to enjoy if fully.

  9. Beatrice Says:

    It’s so nice to read that you are so happy in your home, Gigi, and may that continue for many more years to come.

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