Take a Deep Breath -- and Some Pictures
Yes, with some work and a little luck, you may be able to get out of that dump and into the home of your dreams, or at least into a house where all the toilets work. Take some pictures before you do a major cleanup, though. Life's passages can be so contrary. Just when your kids are getting ready to move out for good, you'll think back on the old house, with its clutter, tiny windows and flimsy doors, and wish you'd kept a few pictures to remind you of what those unpredictable, implausible, frustrating and totally extraordinary early years were all about.
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