With great respect to the Beatles...
Winter was rough. With the amount of precipitation we had, our front porch more or less blew apart. As well, our fence has suffered the slings and arrows of outrageous weather. Please do not sneeze in the backyard. I am not sure that what remains of our fence will withstand the violence.
And so we are having stuff fixed. Despite the expense, I do not mind. In fact, I am sort of enjoying it. The repairs will be long-term. We knew that they were coming at some point, but we will do them once, knowing that we will not have to worry about either one for another 25 years or so.
Note to all: when you fix your house, do it right. If you must do it on a budget, consider that your budget will not like having to make the same repair twice.