Steve, thanks for the good memories of my early rural life. I think it affected me in many of the same ways. I had chickens, hogs, sheep, rabbits and dogs over the years, and recall going out in the freezing cold to feed, gather eggs, check and fuel in kerosene water tank heaters, and heat lamps for automatic waterers. Then after school gathering eggs, going to the feed mill and carrying 100# bags of feed to a second story chicken house. I used to get 700 day-old chicks in the early spring each year, raise them outside, then move them into the barn and chicken houses for the winters.
I appreciate that those days of my rural background and being raised by good parents were preparing me for the awareness of the need to planning, preparation, and reliability.
As an aside here, if you folks out there, as I do, keep pets, especially dogs, please keep them warm in the winter. I've read many times that a dog is the most loving and trusting and faithful creature in your life. Don't make them suffer outdoors in the cold weather. if you can't keep them inside and warm, please take them to a shelter. My Golden Lupe is right now snoozing at my feet, just wanting to be close. Dogs especially need to be touched and do so love the human contact.
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
- L. DaVinci