“Count the garden by the flowers, never by the leaves that fall. Count your life with smiles and not the tears that roll.” ~ Anonymous
Colors down near by boy’s school. Pano below.
Vermont’s a place where barns come painted
Red as a strong man’s heart
Where stout carts and stout boys in freckles
Are highest forms of art.”
~ Robert Tristram Coffin
Though hampered by the overcast sky, I was still able to capture a little of the beauty of this Vermont home.
“Home is not where you live, but where they understand you” ~ Christian Morganstern (1871 – 1914) German poet
My grandad had a Dutch Colonial style house – see the barn-like roof profile? Lots of room in the attic. I’d love to own a 5000 sq foot dutch colonial :D.
“How strange this fear of death is! We are never frightened at a sunset.” ~ George MacDonald, Scottish author, poet and Christian minister (1824 – 1905), particularly for his poignant fairy tales and fantasy novels
Just another sunset outside my front door – wish I had a direct view of the western hills, but no, I see houses. Sigh. Next home, maybe.
“Water is life’s mater and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water.” ~Albert Szent-Gyorgyi (Hungarian Biochemist, 1937 Nobel Prize for Medicine, 1893-1986)
This water house is at a small local farm reservoir, pumping water through the culverts used to water the local orchard (see yesterday’s photo).
Many a man who pays rent all his life owns his own home; and many a family has successfully saved for a home only to find itself at last with nothing but a house. ~ Bruce Barton
Two of my neighbors have to move because their landlords are being foreclosed on. The guy across the street is very angry that he has to move, and feels that his landlord cheated him by collecting rent by not paying the mortgage with the rent money.
Of course, this doesn’t make a lick of sense. First, as a tenant, he got what he paid for – a place to live. So in a sense, he got what he contracted for. I’m not sure if a lease includes the guarantee that the house will be available for the duration of the lease – if so, perhaps he *would* have a reason to be angry about breach of contract.
We lost our homes, including a rental home, to foreclosure, and I guess our former tenants could be mad at us for the same reason. However, it was not an easy or fun decision to lose all that money I had invested.
Interestingly, this morning on NPR I heard Why Some Homeowners Hope For Foreclosure. Seems that more homeowners are no longer looking at foreclosure as an ethical dilemma (which it was for us), but purely as a numbers game.
I mean, if you owe $400K and your home is now worth $200K, it’s probably better for your finances to
Wish I had done that now. I’m still working through the huge debts that foreclosure foisted on me, and may have to lose all my assets through Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in order to start fresh rather than be saddled with hundreds of thousands to pay off. Crazy world we live in, and lots of professionals I know are in the same boat.