July 14th Dispatch. Keep the Faith
I am so VERY sorry my podcasts, updates, and site maintenance have been so infrequent lately.
The reason, however, is solid. I don’t have internet access at my home while construction/renovation continues. What little I do have is on my iphone–hence, the typos and real lack of being able to do much.
But I’m living my dream…
Our vacation house has consumed ALL of our time and most of our money…and we love it. I believe in “Re-purposing Vacations”, a term I use to take your vacations and turn them into work time on your house/life/business/etc to increase value to your life.
Our vacation home is a better investment for us than an expensive resort we visit but keep nothing from. It’s like a time share for us, but we actually own it. We have sacrificed, scraped, and scrimped for our bugout/vacation house. We don’t drive expensive cars, we don’t take vacations (except for here where we work and build equity) and live modestly. We are positioning ourselves for our future. We see some of our friends enviously talk about our vacation home, but they spend all of their money on expensive toys, cars, homes, and vacations…and never work except at their 9 to 5. I tell them and I tell you: You can do it if you want to…but you’ve got to want to…” and most of them don’t want to.
Our bugout home takes all of our spare cash, which keeps us away from alcohol/bars, casinos, toys/hobbies, etc. It’s amazing that we’ve found the money to do the work, but it only comes with sacrifice. But the sacrifice, for us, is worth it.
I guess that is a long way of justifying the lack of time I’ve put into podcasts and the site this summer. That will continue for a few more weeks and then I’ll be back to the old routine. So hang in there with me and the podcast/site…I haven’t quit. In fact, I’ve never worked harder.
This week, we filled a 10 yard dumpster to overflowing with building materials, etc. I cleaned out the garage, nuked all the rest of the fence and hedges, painted like a fool, and visited a scrap metal dealer for some recycled gold. Now the cheaper, heaver materials we gave to Tom, a friend who has been helping with the yard. The money he earns from a trip to the recycling center is well-earned on his part. We pay him for the help, but the extra cash he’s earned from scrap metal is like a little tip/thank you to make him really feel appreciated.
We cleaned out our basement, aka “the Bomb Shelter” and actually have some space down there to work. I removed the 50s cabinets down there and replaced them with the 4 free ones we got from out new kitchen cabinet install. The company made some mistakes and we got to keep the. Even without doors, 4 sparkling white cabinets mounted on the walls in the washing area really put a smile on my wife’s face…I did it between midnight and 2 am one morning. Wow was she happy when she saw the results. Then…more painting, sanding, spackling, etc.
We’ve taken about 2 days off so far. One was to return a solid foam mattress to Costco on the other side of the city. It hurt my spine between my shoulder blades. They took it back no questions asked. Awesome customer service. That’s why we buy Everything we can there. They do care about their customers…we bought the mattress there last summer and thought it’d get better. It didn’t. No problems w/ Costco. Can I tell you how much I LOVE these guys?
Some people look at us funny for working so hard and preparing for our future. ”Is it worth it?” a family member asked. What a silly question. We’re building something. Together. And we’re not stopping until we have a real hold on our future financially, prepping-wise, everything. Maybe that sounds good to you. I’m 43, so I’m no spring chicken, but i want to work my TAIL off for the next 10-12 years so I have something and so does my family. If you want that, too, you know what to do…work harder, invest in your future and keep grinding. Never give up and never give in.
I wish you peace and happiness.