First, thanks to everyone for your comments. I'm doing a bit better.
Still tire easily so this will be short.
Tuesday we took a road trip to St. Johns, MI., to pick up a part for our tractor. The part could have been shipped but Sweetie wanted to compare it to the old part just to be sure. And, we needed a break. I've been cooped up long enough and not being able to do much didn't help. He's been next door in the pole barn for hours on end for three weeks and he could do no more on his tractor without a new PTO shaft.
After getting the part we drove on to a very small village I lived in 30 years ago. It was great to visit friends and see all the changes in the area. Despite massive new construction in a nearby town, the foreclosure mess has really swamped the village. Of roughly 200 homes, 45 are in foreclosure. I suspect my friends' place will be added to the list soon.
Everyone in their family was out of work and many had already lost their homes and were doubling up with relatives. One of their daughters - who has a husband and five kids - moved in with an aunt who has two sons. All of them are in a three bedroom house. Only the aunt has a job.
Sweetie really liked the area, especially the farms and tractors everywhere he looked. I had told him on the way there that if anything happened to him and I didn't return to the Upper Peninsula, I would return to this small village. Later that day he said, "If you want to move to this area and we can find 10 acres and a house, I'd do it in a minute." So time will tell.
On the way home we took a different but more direct route. Saw lots of real estate signs and one huge sign at the end of a driveway. It had a phone number followed by this plea: "Will work for cash. Will do anything."
After an hour, we stopped at a gas station and I asked the clerk if they had any real estate flyers or magazines. She said, "Yes, we do but if you drive down any street here about every other house is for sale." I told her we would only look at rural property. she said, "Oh, well a few places either east, west, north or south are for sale. Take your pick. In fact, come back next month and there'll be a lot more."
Signs of the times, for sure.