It snowed! It looks beautiful around here. We woke up to our first snow at the farm Sunday morning. I got out the sleds for the kids, they went down the hill at least 50 times. I had some time between cooking breakfast and lunch to work on my little house while the girls played. When they were about froze, they would come in my little house (I need a name for my little house.. Office? Studio? I’m not sure yet) and we would make hot chocolate and hang out until they were warm enough to go play again.
Dave, his dad, and grandpa, all had different winter prep projects going on. Winterizing equipment and putting up snow fence were some. The main one was redoing the electric in the barn. It had electric when we moved in, but there were some exposed wires and corroded conduit so we tryed to never turn the breaker on. I hear on the news every once and a while about someones barn burning down- almost always an electrical fire. It’s heartbreaking to see these owners lose animals, equipment, and the beautiful historic barns. I’m thankful they are redoing the electric so we don’t have to worry about It as much. Also, it means I will have lights in the barn which will make chores easier with the daylight being shorter.
With snow and cold brings new challenges. Of course, the obvious ones, it’s cold, and there’s snow.. But, some other ones, like, we have large animals in the barn that drink a lot of water and I can’t run a hose anymore to fill the waterers. Sooo this means, I haul water from our bathtub to the barn. Lots of water. Every day. I will be very strong soon haha! We don’t have water running to the barn, so hauling buckets of water will be an everyday chore in the colder months. I don’t mind it now. It’s good exercise and I have no other choice. They need water, so I might as well enjoy the process, eh? :)
The next challenge is the water freezing. I would go out every couple hours and break the ice on the top of the waterers for the chickens and horse & donkey. But now that the guys put in some outlets, this morning I was thankful to be able to plug in the electric water bowl for the chickens and a heater for the horse tank. No more breaking ice, yay!
We didn’t have to plow the driveway yet… That will be a bigger deal than I am used to. I’m a bit nervous about keeping up with the snow if it’s going to be as bad as they say. I’m the plower of the family. We have two nice snowblowers and now we have a plow on our four wheeler to play with. Plowing our large driveway and in between the buildings is going to be a huge job! I hope the snow goes easy on me for my first year!!
What snow challenges do you have to handle?