My husband and I have been discussing moving.  We are getting older and we are concerned because we aren’t sure if we are going to be able to continue taking care of a four bedroom home and ten acres of property.  We knew there was a problem because my husband was beginning to have serious problems with his back, and I had systemic arthritis. We talked about moving south, where we wouldn’t have to worry so much about the weather.  We even talked about moving off the mountain, but it wasn’t in our hearts. We knew that we couldn’t leave our home. Now we are wondering if there isn’t an easier way to deal with managing our home. Now my husband is looking at alternative heating methods.  We have a fireplace, but because of cleaning the chimney and the need to cut wood every summer, it is no longer feasible for us to continue using the fireplace. We also have an oil furnace. The problem with the oil furnace is that the cost of heating is constantly rising.  It is rising at a much faster pace than what we are getting raises in our retirement. We can’t afford to take more out of our retirement fund because then we won’t have enough to last us for the rest of our lives. I know we will figure something out, but we aren’t sure what it will be yet.  I like the idea of getting rid of the fireplace because of the work that it entails. On the other hand, I hate getting rid of the fireplace because of the comfort it gives. I also like knowing that if the power goes out, we will still have a heating system to keep us warm.

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