Doris Day inspires home renovation

Sometimes old movies are inspiring. I'm considering the purchase of a fixer-upper- a house that needs renovation. I thought of the work and wondered how to do it all, and whether it is more trouble than it is worth. In remembering a classic Doris Day movie, there seems to be an example of the motto from financial adviser Dave Ramsey - "Live like no one else, so that you can live like no one else,"

In PLEASE DON'T EAT THE DAISES (1960), the six McKays have lived in a cramped, city apartment for ten years saving money for a house in the country.

When the children look at this ramshackle affair in the country, one of them asks, "Why is it so big?" The mother says, "Because we couldn't afford anything smaller."

It's a fixer-upper where, over weeks and months, they are living in chaos and half painted walls.

Until finally, it is finished.

The movie is not really about the house. However, how the McKays decide to wait until they can purchase a home in cash, and are willing to fix as they go, is inspirational.

(Pictures from Hooked on Houses…/doris-day-please-dont-eat-the…/)


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