We reached the point where we honestly *had* to do something. This old tin box is very literally falling apart. The electrical systems have been failing for years and getting worse all the time, the structural issues are getting beyond fixing.
We had a couple choices. We could move out and gut the place and rebuild on the frame. That was a thought until we started pricing the process. We thought maybe we could find another used tin box and move it in but that brought another set of site set-up problems we couldn't get past. I really tried hard for that as I have HUGE issues about leaving here. Huge ones.
Anyway, the last option was to try to find a house that would cost less than either of other options which would take an absolute miracle. It would have been easy if we were ready to move to town. Local towns have some pretty incredible places for seriously cheap. I saw a lot of places I would give my eye teeth to air lift to the country. LOL!!! Nope, I still need to be in the country and have privacy, I'm not a "neighborhood" type of person at all so the next criteria was not having people too close or too many. I don't like wandering around and around on a postage stamp either so needed a few acres and an outbuilding or two was preferred because I also have a colony of feral cats I take care of that I can't abandon. Of course I also have my geese and I need a place for some chickens, etc. I was hoping for a somewhat larger house so I have space for spinning and a couple looms and lots of bookshelves and a sewing area and room for my caged birds and of course studio space for the glass and metalwork and-and-and. LOL!!! I know at my age most people are downsizing but we've been crowded for so long that we both really want some elbow room. A nice garage, attic and basement would be perfect....
So, those were the things I was wishing for on a sugar-shack budget. LOL!!!
We spent the better part of 2015 looking. That was pretty much ALL we did all year... look for a house we could afford. It was a very strange year and since me heart wasn't in much of anything else nothing got done around here.
We had a few "almosts" that didn't work out. I took those SUPER hard. . . harder than I can describe without sounding like a fruitcake. A few good friends and family pulled me out but the disappointments hit me hard. Of course they kept saying it happened because "the right one is still out there waiting to find you". I got to the point where I really didn't believe that and knew I would just have to settle for something because we HAVE to get out of here.
Well, that's just a little background. . . chapter two will be along in awhile.