We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I got so sick and tired of renting the Rug Doctor machine from the supermarket, on weekends, for our carpets that we finally tried Stanley Steemer.
Great guys, very pleasant, professional, hard-working, quick, and cost-effective. Turns out they clean and wax floors too, clean tile floors and walls, clean grout and re-grout tile - and even install tile as needed. They did the carpets, cleaned and waxed the wood floors, cleaned all the tile and re-grouted as needed. They use powerful machines.
How handy is that? I am not afraid of work, but I do have a day job, after all, so I can't do everything.
We told them we need them to come once a month. That's a load off my mind, and one more hassle removed from my otherwise beautiful life.
In a short while, every room on ye olde farm will be ready for royal guests at short notice. A home should not be otherwise.
My thoughts exactly...what price do you put on your time, what skills do you value and develop? What tools will you buy and only use once or twice? These evaluations are always in the mind of someone who owns a house. Or a dog.