The spouse is waiting for his referral to The Surgeon. In the meantime, we are going to be busy turning our downstairs 'bedroom' back into ..... an actual bedroom. Out will go the office desks, exercise bikes and random clutter. In will come a new king sized bed. The spouse is going to be on bed rest anywhere from 3 to 6 months and I have already had family members ask if they can spend the night with us and I really don't have anywhere to put them because all the other bedrooms are occupied .... so, it's time for an accessible bedroom/guest room. Plus we have the holidays coming up and I already know that we will have guests. So, that's that.
The room will have to be painted, stripped and upgraded. That means new windows because the ones that are in there are old and leaky, letting in cold air in winter and hot in summer. The carpet is coming out too, being replaced with tile.
Mortgage update: we have paid almost $10,000 off in principal on this loan. That's a first. We have never paid $10,000 down on a home loan before. Mortgages are a good thing .... when one can afford them. Having been on both sides of that particular fence, I can say that our mortgage is very manageable, even if the spouse can no longer work. I have no plans to return to the work force. I will rent out rooms before I do that. Not being lazy. It's just that I have been down this road many times in the past, earning high incomes that were blown on bullshyte. My goal in life is to manage what I own and live strictly within my means, whatever those means turn out to be. I'm fine with it. The spouse is fine with it. We have a finite number of days left on this planet and that has never been more apparent than right NOW.
We are working on a basic will to be notarized ..... I see now why so many people die intestate. It's difficult, doing this stuff. But I'm sure we will be relieved when we are done with it. At the very least, there are instructions that we both know the other would want.
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