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A great dinner out, and my brother's new house

March 28th, 2014 at 03:06 pm

Last night the board that I serve on held an informal dinner event at a Greek restaurant downtown. I spent more than I usually do -- I guess I just decided to have fun and not worry for a change. The entire bill for drinks and dinner was $37 -- well, that's not really so bad, is it? Now that I look at it in black and white it doesn't seem like so much of a splurge.

And I really did have fun! It was a great group of people, lots of lively conversation, and the servers outdid themselves.

As it turned out, the restaurant was pretty close to the station, so I didn't have to get a taxi. I did have a bit of a walk in the rain, but I had company, which made it easier. I guess I pushed myself a little too hard, though, because in the night the pain in my leg was really bad.

I don't know if I've mentioned this before, but my brother's wife recently sold a business she started about 10 years ago. It was pretty successful, and I knew they were going to get a nice chunk of change. However, I just looked at pictures of the new house they're buying, and I'm taken aback! 3,800 square feet, situated on a lake with docking privileges, a pool in back, glass walls looking onto the lake -- it's pretty spectacular. I can tell my brother is kind of taken aback, too, but he says he is not going to stand in the way of his wife enjoying the fruits of her hard labor.

I'm not exactly envious -- well, I guess I am, a little. I wouldn't want so much responsibility, but I wouldn't mind having a little more of the good life. It just seems so odd that the siblings all live so differently. My sister throwing money away at every turn and living pretty much in squalor, my brother living in splendor, and me in a little walkup hanging on by my fingernails.

Oh well, it will be a nice place to visit!

10 Responses to “A great dinner out, and my brother's new house”

  1. ceejay74 Says:

    I understand how odd it is to have family members doing so differently. Before my WV sister and her husband inherited his parents' house, they lived in a trailer on the parents' land for years and years. Meanwhile my brother lived in a massive, decorated to the teeth house in Maryland with another home in Texas. My other three sisters and I are at various points on the spectrum between those extremes.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    That is what I was thinking...a very nice place to visit!

  3. My English Castle Says:

    Not much of a splurge at all, especially without a taxi bill. House envy is my one deadly sin, yet I have a lovely house. Imagine yourself on a deckchair at your brother's with a drink in hand. And someone else paying the property tax bill.

  4. snafu Says:

    I think nice people, lively conversation, dinner drinks with servers who out did themselves provided a terrific event in a Greek restaurant for a very modest cost. Best wishes to brother and SIL to enjoy their new home which sounds like a wonderful place I hope you will visit and enjoy regularly. Are you now disappointed with the charming condo you bought? It was unfortunate that DS & family subsequently moved to Fl.

    Do you really see yourself as 'hanging on by your fingernail?' Perhaps you're taking a negative view because your leg is causing pain. I see you making short term contractions to give yourself a more secure retirement... very visible on your side bar. I wonder if DS plans to stay in Fl long term? With real estate moving in the right direction, would you consider selling up and retiring in Fl which is so popular with seniors who are fed up with icy winters? We want you to be happy!

  5. Buendia Says:

    I totally understand - my brother and his wife are both drs. and they bought a 3.5 million house last year. Their lifestyle is pretty different from mine even without the house. I don't want a 3.5 million house. Even if I had that kind of money, I'd spend it on travel rather than a fancy house. But still... it's just kind of weird.

  6. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    That's interesting about the different levels of living among your siblings. I guess we are truly individuals from the very beginning and then we meet varying circumstances and environments that further prune, shape, steer, and kick us-- some of it within our control, some of it not.

  7. CB in the City Says:

    Oh, I'm happy in my condo! I guess I was just being facetious when I said I was hanging on by my fingernails. In comparison to my brother, it seems that way.Smile
    I do still have a DS (with wife and two sons) who is just a block away, so I wouldn't consider selling unless they left, too! And I think that's unlikely.

    I'm one of those people who is not crazy about Florida. It's too hot and sticky, with not a lot of culture to offer, and their grass is weird! That said, it IS nice to walk outside without a coat in winter. But ordinarily I don't mind winter. I just minded this year's mega-winter.

  8. wisewoman Says:

    congrats to your brother and his wife. if you can afford the lifestyle, it 's meant to be enjoyed.

    florida has HUGE bugs. Just saying Smile

  9. Bluebird Says:

    I agree with Buendia...I love my small (by today's standards), old house and would prefer to travel. As MEC mentioned, property taxes, maintenance, etc. can be huge costs, and I wouldn't want to clean a house that large or pay someone else to do it!

  10. TashaC. Says:

    Enjoy visiting the house. Enjoy not paying property taxes, insurance and landscapers. I would be envious too though.

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