Comment: we've always enjoyed being self-reliant, too--

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we've always enjoyed being self-reliant, too--

but right now we can't afford not to be--

and that puts us in an awkward position with regards to our friends (mostly people at church) who would never even consider gathering wood to heat their homes and doing the work, people who can just turn up the heat and not worry about it.

It has been fine and FUN until recently when health problems (we're not getting younger) have pressed in.

But you are right; we are grateful to have this measure of independence, even though right now it would be nice to be able to 'rest' a little more--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--