When Mom was on her deathbed, she wanted her kids to ensure the household in the mountains was kept in the family.
She wasn’t so sad about anything else which surprised us.
But she was adamant that we shouldn’t sell the place once she was gone. Honestly, I don’t think that either my brother or I had any such intentions. Some of the best memories we had of Mom was of her chasing us towards the wooden cabin during vacation. Sometimes it wasn’t even the residential Heating and cooling in the condo that attracted us. There were a few times Mom would pick us up from school and take us for a long weekend at the cabin. So while that home is worth a decent amount of money, we will never have the thought of selling it. Besides, both our kids loved it just like we did up there on that property. And who wouldn’t with all that magnificent nature, a swamp and miles of silence and zero disturbance from people. While we didn’t entertain the thought of selling the cabin, we planned to update it a bit. And one of the major projects was having some other source of heating up there in the winter. The wood stove isn’t doing much of the heating any more. In fact, you had to get the fire going first. It would therefore be tricky and unsustainable to continue with it as is. This resulted in us not getting up there as much in the winter. So we had a series of ductless heat pumps installed to supply additional heating. Additionally, having that Heating and A/C for cooling in the dead of summer’s heat isn’t too bad either.