It's looking up
For lack of better phraseology, we had a "come to Jesus" meeting with our landlady today. After nearly scaring our landlady to death with our requests, we've started to see things the same way. We're meeting tomorrow to lay out the details and nail down a timeline, but she has agreed to buy some new stuff for us, make some repairs, etc.. And we're also going to make some purchases and fix some stuff in exchange for her lowering our rent. Cross your fingers things go in our favor. We can deep clean the place ourselves and do a little shopping to make this place feel more like a home.. I just want to pay less!