Welcome to the Forums @MontanaLife
, always nice to see another Sistah here !!
My 2 cents (which will turn into 20-30 $$'s )
Get ahead on firewood NOW! 2- 3 years is ideal.
Get the biggest firebox you can, you won't regret it.
I, too, started this journey when my daughter was grown, so I hear you.
Go girl for cutting your own! Think about a splitter, and insulate that house as best as you can. When I was on the balls of my A$$, I lucked into fleece throws @ Big Lots after Xmas for $2 a piece, and turned them into curtains. Temps in the house went up 5 degrees
Again, welcome to the Forums !