"To have a small country place requires determination and faith in the future, and a cash income, small or large. You can't make a fabulous fortune raising things, whether it be mushrooms or muskrats.
Of course, if you buy an old house, you must be very strong minded, or it will eat up all the money you have as fast as you get it. An old house demands.
You may dream of living in it as it is, camping out, but just move in and you will be bending every effort to satisfy the little darling"
Gladys Taber - The Book of Stillmeadow