I'm sitting here watching HGTV and drooling over the homes they are showing. So far this afternoon I have seen "bargain" lakefront cabins ($230,000 was the bargain price of the cheapest one) and am now watching the log cabin show. These poor people could not find anything they liked in their $900,000 budget, so they upped it to $1,300, 000. Finally they are finding something that is up to their standards. Granted, it is in Vail, CO but still.
We would both love to be able to live in some of these homes with their breath taking views, gourmet kitchens and even saunas in the bathroom (ok, me more than him when it comes to the sauna). Living on a lake is our dream. Who would not enjoy having a separate media room with reclining chairs, your own boat dock and/or having your own swimming pool? Then reality smacks us in the face. You would have to furnish these places, clean them and my goodness, can you imagine the mortgage payments on those million dollar and up homes?
My cozy little home would never make the HGTV cut. My furniture is a mix of great sales, gifts from family, thrift store and garage sale finds. We do have 3 bedrooms and 1 3/4 bathrooms. We have a hot tub that we really enjoy that is surrounded by a nice enclosed structure that my hubby built. Our yard is a mix of food producing areas and room for the dog and grandkids to play. Our mortgage payment is low and allowed me to stay home and homeschool our children for many years. My handy hubby has remodeled our home and made it so much nicer. This has been our home for almost 22 years now. We raised our children here, welcomed our DIL's into our family here and our grandchildren enjoy spending the night with Grammie and G-Pa here. This is our home and to be perfectly honest, I love it!