Jan 29 2009

No garage, and no shoveling

This morning I caught myself grumbling about the wintry weather and thought about how nice it would be to live in a house with an attached garage instead of an apartment with a parking lot.

I then reminded myself that complaining won’t melt the snow and ice on our car, and I might as well look on the bright side.

Sure, our car lives out in the elements. But, if we had a house, we’d be responsible for shoveling our driveway and sidewalk. In our apartment, we don’t have to do any shoveling or sanding or salting.

Also, our apartment just has one external wall. We get ambient heat from other units, which no doubt translates into a lower electric bill than we’d have with a similar-sized house standing alone.

For now, I might as well remain a contented renter, since we’ll be renters for quite some time.



4 Responses to “No garage, and no shoveling”

  1. Ah, contentment. A great reminder to look on the bright side and do what can be done in your situation. When I think I’d like to add a second car to our establishment, I consider the additional costs for insurance, repairs, interest on a loan, etc. And then I am content that we have only one car.

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  2. I know how you feel, but don’t get discouraged! Rent and save save save! Don’t do what we did. We got impatient with renting for only a year and bought a house with very tiny down payment. We bought a fixer upper. We told ourselves over and over how easy everything can be upgraded. Here we are five years later with a 1960’s kitchen still waiting to get remodeled!

    I regret not saving a little more and staying in our rental a little longer. We could have afforded a much bigger house with less need for remodling. Living in a fixer upper is soooo not worth it. If I could turn back the clock that is the one big thing I would have done differently.

    But I feel your pain. I remember living in our rental and watching HGTV shows and just dying to be one of those happy couples buying their first home. Just be patient and SAVE!

    donna’s last blog post..Another quick and yummy snack!

  3. We do have a house, but a DEtached garage, so I have to go into the cold to get my car AND shovel my way out of the driveway (or, in the case of yesterday, shovel my way INTO the driveway) Renting’s not all bad, from a variety of angles. Way to be content!

  4. No need to grumble about cold weather untill you’ve sustained weeks below -40 and even with your car plugged in and in a garage it still has to fight to start. Gah that sucks.

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