HOMESTEADING AND PHYSICAL DISABILITIES

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Especially in snow country. I'd love to create such a lift at our front door. The landing is 4' x 7'. Technically, not even enough room to bring in a wheel chair and turn it. So, there's very little room to work with. Thankfully, we made the steps going up to the main level 4' wide. I expect that if we remain in this house until the end, we will eventually need to make adjustments with some sort of mechanical assist to negotiate those 6 steps. There are 3 steps outside the front door.
 

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The wife's issues have me thinking hard about where we land next, from the size of the dwelling, to the floor plan, to just how much outside work I will have time to do. She won't be able to do much for right now.

The son really wants the gardens and critters. Lol.
 

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@FarmerJamie - I sure hope you find the perfect (or almost perfect) solution. Maybe you can get a moderate sized, ONE STORY home with a little room for garden and critters for your son. The caveat being that your DS is the main care taker for the garden and critters. That could potentially free you up to spend time helping your wife. Just an idea - but I know you will make the decision that suits your family the best. Hoping for the best for ya'll. :hugs
 

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@FarmerJamie - I sure hope you find the perfect (or almost perfect) solution. Maybe you can get a moderate sized, ONE STORY home with a little room for garden and critters for your son. The caveat being that your DS is the main care taker for the garden and critters. That could potentially free you up to spend time helping your wife. Just an idea - but I know you will make the decision that suits your family the best. Hoping for the best for ya'll. :hugs
Thanks. Her issue is a genetic immunology issue making her susceptible to respiratory infections. The treatment protocol was very effective prior to the heart attack. However, going forward, we need to decide if resuming treatment is now worth the new cardiac risks. She has been sick since the first week in October.

So the respiratory problem will limit her outdoor stuff with dust and pollen (not as bad as in Mississippi). If we buy a place we are looking at now, all of the spruce up will fall on me alone.

My project manager mind is mapping out all sorts of options and risks/benefits. And of course, I worry about the long term for her.

This feeds the depression. We still have tons of stuff to sort through from combining multiple households. We have missed the community yard sale 4 straight years. We have 3 full size Christmas trees. Lol
 

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Sounds like y’all need to sort through things and join that garage sale. We got rid of tons of stuff when we downsized and moved. We still have too much! I feel your pain.

Your wife’s health will be an important factor. Don’t forget to consider your own health as well.
 

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Sounds like y’all need to sort through things and join that garage sale. We got rid of tons of stuff when we downsized and moved. We still have too much! I feel your pain.

Your wife’s health will be an important factor. Don’t forget to consider your own health as well.
Well, I started some sorting today. Got through 2 totes, only seems like 100 to go. Have yard sale box(es) started. Didn't feel the greatest, but progress is progress.
 

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One foot in front of the other, one day at a time. Keep plugging, and the positive effects of it will snow ball. So sorry your wife is still having issues. I suggest that you take everything slow and easy. Now's not the time to be biting off huge hunks of homesteading.
 
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