When I bought it the old cabin next to the river it was in need of lots of repair. The roof leaked, the mice had turned the interior into a vacation villa, and a tree was growing up through the roof of the outhouse. I debated about just tearing the whole place down and starting over, but the cabin, built of hand-hewn logs, was structurally sound so the first summer was spent replacing the roof, evicting the mice, and replacing the outhouse. When fall came the cabin was structurally sound and weather tight. During the winter I spent my weekends working on the interior and when spring came I was ready to do some fishing.