oh man.. good luck with the health issues. I hate to hear that, myself the reason I am doing all this work is due to being disabled about 18 yrs ago, and trying to survive on a small ss disability check.. i had an undiagnosed illness spring up.. it lasted 7 yrs, vomiting several times a day. pain between the shoulder blades and my neck area.. long story short. at 109 lbs and with my skin feeling like crepe paper i was finally to see a surgeon that my cousin was dating. he ran all the usual tests and was about to dismiss me. i had been to dozens of other specialists thru the years only to get hiv and drug tests ran.. no one was listening to me. I was about to be dismissed by this latest surgeon when i told him that i felt the autopsy would tell the tale and i begged him to cut me open and look around.. to look again at my tests and if he found even the most remotest thing out of the ordinary. he spent 20 minutes looking thru paperwork and finally looked up and said that my gallbladder was hyper reactive that it dumped 98 to 100 percent of its bile no matter if i ate a piece of bread or if i ate a greasy burger. he sent me home to keep a food diary, so far all i could eat for 7 yrs was tilapia white fish, white rice, wheat cereal with rice milk and not a bite of anything else. or i threw up.. anyways i had the gallbladder removed it was infected with e coli , turns out my well water had an underground river somewhere flowing into it from all the farms around.. i had a 49 acre farm with a mortgage, and had a well drilled several years earlier.. removing the gb saved me, yet i had a surgery several years prior to prevent vomiting and reflux called a nissen fundoplication..it had made things worse, but at the time i would have let them cut off my right arm if i knew it would make me stop vomiting. .. instead it left me dry heaving on the bathroom floor several times a day for the next two years..you're not able to vomit after the surgery.. just a lil scraping away of the stomach from the liver and spleen moving the organ into the chest cavity and twisting it around the esophagus.. the side effects were greatly downplayed and i am now left with terrible IBS.. surviving on my SS disability has been difficult, i look very able bodied til you consider i have an uncontrollable illness.. that working on a schedule is impossible. the move to the new lil house has been so i can rent out my current house, which is not paid for, but i can rent it out for nearly three times the mortgage.. my new lil house is paid for, and i have a teensy budget.. like 8 grand to buy materials, so far its come in pretty good under budget.. i will run out at some point and should have a teensy bit of credit card debt.. but hopefully we will get good renters and will be able to make some investment funds maybe find a lil flip house or get a couple of lil crack houses and become slum lords.. (sigh) i gotta quit saying crack houses.. my mama says to call them cottages.. but i look at the slums of kingsport tn.. where houses can be had for 15 grand and a solid 550.00 a month made with a few upgrades and paint.. I wish you the best, determination is what keeps us going. the grandmother's house sounds exciting, having a project can really make a difference in our lives. I get frustrated not being able to leave the house for about 5 hours after i wake up.. i'm in my office (bathroom) up until noon. somedays i get so tired i think i can't do another thing but once i get up to the lil house i am right back to where i was when we first bought it. ready and raring to go.. it's been seven months but im almost to the point of demoing the exterior walls and rewiring and insulating. with all the window openings in the house there won't be too much sheetrock to finish.. will have to post some photos of your house once you get going on it.. did i mention that i have been trying to fool the building inspector just didnt want him to know we ripped out so much of the structure.. otherwise i would have had to get a building permit and brought the whole house up to code.. (sigh).. sooo what i did was to take some distilled white vinegar, boil it, then wash some steel wool rinse and cut it up in the boiling vinegar. add a tiny bit of baking soda.. makes a mini volcano but once it settles down it makes a nice rust stain, after adding a bit of soot from the chimney, i was able to age and stain up every piece of new wood we added to the house, it looks exactly like the old wood that has been there.. looks like some work was maybe done in the 60's you cannot tell i did a thing.. and it has aged up like the rest of the 100 year old wood.. thus far everyone that has seen it thinks it will work they cannot tell i have replaced a single joist. even the nails rusted from the vinegar and the joist hangers kinda patined up.. i have managed to re use most of the wood i took up, the pieces that were not in bad condition.. some of this wood was so stiff you couldn't hardly saw thru it.. this old hard wood was amazing.. ok i will quit telling you my life story now.. will keep posting and look forward to seeing your posts as well and seeing how your doing. keep on keeping on my friend you will get thru these health problems eventually.. sometimes getting into these old houses is just the medicine we need.