After Dad passed away, Mom used the life insurance money to buy herself a small house on a small piece of property.
I asked her why she didn’t get something bigger and better, she could certainly afford it now, but she told me that she wanted something that she could afford to make her own and that would be low maintenance in the long run.
In other words, Mom didn’t want a big house to keep clean or anyone asking to stay with her. So she bought this older one bedroom cottage style fixer upper and went about making it her own. I realized that this place was Mom’s project, something to keep her occupied now that Dad is gone, so I showed my interest to keep her motivated. Mom had a great time with her new house. She bought all new stainless steel appliances for the kitchen and new fixtures for the bathroom and then she went about having radiant heated floors installed. I had always thought radiant heated floors were a useless extravagance for rich, spoiled people who didn’t like their feet getting cold. I didn’t know heated flooring could actually be used to heat the home. You learn something new every day. And, Mom loves her radiant heated floors. She told me that she has wanted them for years but would have been too expensive to install in the house she shared with Dad, especially knowing that she would sell that house some day. So, I’m happy Mom got her radiant heated floors. Now she needs to consider air conditioning and she’s talking about maybe going solar next.
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