Sunrise yesterday morning with our rigs parked up at Chihuahua, Mexico.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? In our way to Basaseachic Falls, Chihuahua, Mexico.

Where are they going next? Basaseachic Falls, Chihuahua, Mexico.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Absolutely no regrets

Yesterday, while I was outside cutting the grass here at Ruth's father's house, I was reminded that I do not for a minute miss owing a house and all the associated work and expense. Some people find it enjoyable... every time Ruth and I see a property with a big lawn, we say "they must really like cutting grass!"

And while it is good exercise... I would rather be out hiking somewhere!

Ruth's parents really loved their garden. But because of that, they did very little traveling, despite saying for years that they were going to. They were tied to the house and the upkeep of it.

In September 2003.
It was gorgeous, but it was a lot of work.

Today.

We do not miss owning a house, and have absolutely no regrets selling ours in 2007.

And it's not only the work, it's the money. This place hasn't had much done to it in the last ten years and it's starting to pile up. It probably needs $50,000 worth of work to bring it back to good condition. If things don't get done every year, a house starts to deteriorate.

A house always needs something, and if it's not general repair and maintenance it's redecorating.

Nope, no ambition to ever own a house again.

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13 comments:

  1. Totally agree, I spent my weekends in the summer weeding, mowing and doing outside work and in the winter it was shoveling snow, cleaning inside and basically felt like a slave to the money pit that I called home. MUCH better renting (for now) and fixing up the Motorhome to eventually live in. And although people often tell me that my motorhome depreciates and isn't worth it, it also doesn't cost me a monthly expense and real estate is fickle for pricing. Lots of folks I know bought their homes high and were forced to sell low, taking a hit on the marketplace fluctuations (they live in Calgary when the oil dropped). Owing a home, paying it off and being "stuck" seems to be something most people are looking at differently now and deciding to travel and explore instead.

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    1. I remember doing much the same and at the time I did enjoy it but there always seemed to be something that had to be done and not as much leisure time to do things that we really loved to do like hiking and exploring. We understand that not everyone is like us or like you and they really need a home and that is great for them to have one, we just know that it isn't for us anymore at least not currently for us. Who knows what will happen down the road but we can guarantee you it won't be a home, maybe a small apartment.

      I hope that you will get your motorhome fixed up and that you can jump in it once again and hit the road. :-)

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    2. Well lots going on over here, getting some of the starter issues out of the way today, new alternator, new brakes and calipers, new master cylinder for the brakes and a laundry list of other things to do (inside) but it's fun to paint and decorate and really make it "mine". Thinking about home bases now when I retire, maybe Saskatchewan!

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    3. Sounds like you are having some fun with it, other than having to get the mechanical stuff done to it but then it should be ready to go for when you retire. How much longer before you retire?

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  2. It is definitely more fun traveling.

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  3. I bought my bungalow years ago and don't regret it one bit. The yard is desert landscape and desert hardy trees, cactus for plants. I don't need to mow. I do have to pull weeds in spring after rains and occasionally rake after a wind storm but that's it. I've only replaced windows and door once with double pane energy efficient windows and doors. A new roof once with high rated roofing material to last 50 years...today it still looks new. The exterior will be painted this fall. My son put in new disposal, faucets and re-chalked bath tub, sinks and such. The a/c gets checked every year and that's about it. I have concrete floors...just needs mopping about twice a month. I do plant flowers in pots and they generally last a while. I do travel when I want and I do sometimes move for summer up north to my sister's place and back down to valley in winter. Up north no fuss landscaping but sister did plant fruit trees. She has lots of patios and decks to enjoy 365 degree unobstructed views. Her nearest neighbor is five miles away...love it.

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    1. P.S. the palo verde trees bloom year around and the cacti bloom twice a year. Hummers visit in spring and fall....they are currently migrating south so have put out my feeders and I get at least 10 hummers a day. My utility company (SRP) gave me free trees and help plan where they should be planted to give the best shade in summer. My doublewide driveway has three trees on each side to keep the driveway cool. Trees planted west and NW of house to give shade.

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    2. We are glad that you have no regrets. As I have mentioned, traveling full time in an RV or just traveling is not for everyone. Which is a good thing, because it would make it hard trying to find places to stay overnight.

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  4. Sadly, for family reasons, we had to give up full timing and by another house. We got one as small as we could with a tiny yard just for the reasons you've said. But we've kept our MH so we can escape once and a while and remember the good old days. :c)

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    1. Sorry that you had to give up the full time RVing but it sounds like you are keeping things simple. Nobody knows what lies ahead and although I doubt that we will ever own a house again, we may end up in an apartment sometime down the road. We are glad that you kept the motorhome and that you can still go out and enjoy the RVing life in short stints. :-)

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  5. I wouldn't want to be held hostage to my own home for sure. However sometimes it's good to play at being "normal" to make you further appreciate the lifestyle we all have.

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    1. That sounds just like us! It is nice to actually live a "normal" life every now and then but so far it isn't one that we ever want to go back to, at least not yet. :-)

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