I don't think I would have believed it if someone told me that there would come a time in our lives where we had too many properties. When we bought The Box House, we really did think we'd be able to sell the condo and Mom's house within a reasonable period. Alas, that has not been the case, and we've been working on the upkeep, maintenance, taxes, and general expenses on three different properties.
While our plans have not turned out as, well, planned, we still consider ourselves better off than many. The condo is rented out for the second time, and we're now in negotiations for a lease purchase option for the house. Cross your fingers and send your best wishes our way! Getting the house under contract would allow us all to breathe a little easier.
Sometimes I do think I'll collapse under all the housing-related stress, but there is one stress-reliever I enjoy that I want to pass along. It's a Web site called Cute Overload. Basically, it's a collection of photos and videos of cute little animals that will turn that frown of yours upside down. Go straight to the category marked "Interspecies Snorgeling"; you won't regret it. I go there every once in a while just to smile and go "awww" at all the cute little fuzzies. Check it out!