My husband and I decided to move to Galena, IL after many years in places like Hawaii, Florida, California and Virginia. We sort of knew what we were getting into; I was assigned to ND when I was in the service, and he had lived in Joliet and Denver. But the community was so damned nice and so beautiful. The first few years we lived here it wasn't a big deal (we've been here for almost 10 years), but the last few have been a bear. What I hate about the cold weather is the amount of time it takes just to get out the door. Neither of us are winter sports people (although we walk out there regularly), and we made a point of buying good quality winter gear when we first moved here. But, to me, the most irritating thing is the time it takes to just get dressed to walk out the door. That and the fact that the cold weather sucks so much moisture out of my skin that i could practically use vaseline as a moisturizer (Hubby has oily skin, so this isn't an issue for him). These are things that annoy me, but on the other hand, small-town midwesterners are the nicest people in the country (and I've pretty much lived everywhere in the country). I don't know if I'll be able to do it forever, but for now it is home.