Let's talk about contentment.
We didn't do much of the work in any of those examples.
My brother. Assorted contractors. People with Knowledge of Power Tools. Those folks created our improved living situations and added to our equity and in general it was something like watching HGTV, only with dust.
But ultimately this past eight months at the farmhouse looks like an exercise in joy amidst the dust, contentment despite the carpet.
It might take us a long time to create the storybook cottage of my dreams but we can have the life of our dreams without waiting, without contractor help and certainly without spending a dime.
I think that's called contentment and joy. So glad I found it here in a ramshackle house.