THE OLD ARGUMENT

It's an old old argument.  Should you buy or should you rent.

Buying always won out.  And yes, there are lots of good things about buying.  Mostly its so you won't feel like you are 'throwing' your money away.

  But think about what you are getting by renting.  You are getting an insecure roof over your head, true, but not one thing in that place is your problem or cost to fix.  No property tax, no insurance (building), lots of times no utilities, better chance of no barking dog right next door (apartment) etc.... There is a certain freedom in renting that you simply don't have by owning.  There are times when a home you own feels like a ball and chain.

I have rented places so many times I'm not sure I can count them.  Just a minute, I am going to try....as near as I can remember since leaving home at 18 I have rented eleven times.  In all of those places I have NOT had to fix a furnace, washer, fridge, broken window, a flooded condo.  I have not had to pay for wallpaper, paint or a new rug.  And I didn't have to rent money...called a mortgage.

When I bought this place I was aware that it isn't 'young'.  It was built in the seventies I do believe.  Around the forty year mark things start to go.  (Kind of like us...hahaha!  shovel list). You have to start replacing and fixing things.  I am aware of that of course.  But this place had all new guts, which is really the most important thing.

But a while ago the stove crapped out.  And at a lovely cost the appliance guy told me there was no return for the critter.  It had cooked its last meal.  I hadn't thought about the age of the appliances.  No landlord to call...just a trip to the Brick for a new one.  And guess what...that brand new whole stove just completely quit last night.  Yup!!  Bastard!!!!

On that stove was a pot of boiling veggies, a cast iron full of half cooked chicken, a wok with a delicious herbed roux ready for a gravy and a heating oven waiting for biscuits.  Suddenly nothing was sizzling, thickening or browning.  

But here's the thing.  The stove breaker had thrown.  Monte switched it back on and guess what...didn't work.  Dead stove.  Now I ain't no genius but that tells me that its probably the socket in the back.  This means the stove, which is under warranty, is just fine but the electrical socket back there, which isn't under warranty needs an expensive electrician.  (steam shovel list). And now renting is looking a tad better.  And in this town electricians are impossible to find.  And Samsung told me it would be a couple of weeks before they can check it out.

Jennifer is coming for a long weekend this weekend.  I was going to make her fave rib dinner like always but now that won't be happening.  Electric frying pan its going to be for the next while.  Speaking of which, I have cooked potatoes, carrots, and onion from last night.  Time to fry up a hash!  TTYL

LOOK AT THESE GORGEOUS BEAUTIES PETER BROUGHT HOME FOR US TO ENJOY AND STARE AT ENDLESSLY.  I LOVE FLOWERS AND HE ALWAYS MANAGES TO FIND JUST THE RIGHT COLOUR FOR THE ROOM.  I LOVE THEM!!!  THANKS PETE...YOU'RE THE BEST!



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