And we aren't finished yet. We are looking to upgrade the trailer to one that I can manage all on my own and one that is easier to winterproof and is more secure safety-wise. That's going to cost as much as I've already spent, plus more.
We've discussed how to manage all this spending; it's going to take a little buckling down on "going out to eat," managing how much we spend at the Rainforest (online, people, think), cutting down on groceries a bit, cutting down on the kid's acquisition of gaming paraphernalia. I really need to sell the books in the garage and dispose of the dead (and dying) appliances.
And (of course) I can think of more ways to spend!
- new sofa and recliner (almost getting to the "necessary" stage)
- new drop-in stove (ditto)
- new back-splash in kitchen (the old one is getting "swollen" with repeated dousings of water from the sink -- I thought it was supposed to "splash it back" not absorb it!)
- repair woodpecker holes in siding when the babies grow up. (Thank you Woody!)
- remove yucky wallpaper in half bath and replace with something more durable.
- cat door in laundry room wall to outside. (We have 7 cats -- need I say more?)
- carpet the stairs and hall; maybe our bedroom. (15 year old builder grade carpet -- it's getting really bad; there's actually a couple of holes.)
- new handles on kitchen cabinets
- new faucet in kitchen
- new faucet in 1/2 bath
- remove wallpaper in kitchen and paint
- new countertops in kitchen
- new microwave to match new fridge and new stove
- new dishwasher (ditto)
- new outside deck (actually, almost to the "necessary" stage)
- new shrubs outside
- desktop computer with huge monitor