I love Christmas Movies too. And pretty much watch either Hallmark channel (we have two) most of the time. But I'm lucky if I ever get to see the whole movie in one sitting! Usually it takes quite a few viewings and then I'm not sure I've seen the whole thing!
Waconda is northwest from me about hour / hour and a half depending on traffic. Can't say I've been there. I live a mile north of the Thornton Quarry which is on I-80 (biggest limestone quarry) about 3 miles from Indiana border. Small cape cod house (800 sf) with too much stuff crammed in over 30 years, 2 kids and one grandchild later. I really need to clean and purge but am just lazy right now. It'll all get done someday.
Wow, a house for cash. Maybe she got big bucks for her old house. RNs do make a lot and they whine they have too much work. That's what you get paid for. Anyway, I'm lucky I can afford my $60K house. Last payment so it'll free up a few dollars in the month to pay down some other bills and loans. I've been living paycheck to paycheck for so long I wouldn't know how to live any other way. AC is a given for you. Maybe next year if I can save up enough or get a good deal on zero financing. Right now, new roof, floors and basement drain. And that's the beginning of the list.
Live in south suburbs of Chicago near the Indiana border all my life. The area is not like it used to be. But traveling an hour downtown every day (drive to train, train ride and walk to office), I'm not ready to move too much farther. Unfortunately, retirement is a long way off if at all. When we bought our house 30 years ago (just made last payment - woo hoo!), it didn't come with AC. Never had enough extra to get one. It's only a few days that really get unbearable. I've never been able to tolerate the heat and the older I get the worse it gets. Maybe if I lost my polar bear blubber it would help. Working on that but not as hard as I should. Just not motivated. Even with Disney in a couple of months. 2 days ago