|Our first big snowfall of the year.|
I thought I knew what winter in upstate NY was all about; after all, I spent 4 years here during college. Note to self: walking from a dorm to class and back is much different than driving 1 hour every day plus doing chores and taking care of livestock!
|The llamas don't mind the snow too much. As long as I lure them outside with hay!|
Now, as much as I hate to say it, I don't like winter nearly as much. I don't have time to play in it like I used to (I've only gone XC skiing twice this winter, and haven't gone downhill skiing at all!), and I'm just sick of it!
|XC skiing with Abby last winter.|
I'm slowly but surely figuring out some ways to make winter more bearable though, at least where the lamas are concerned. I no longer feel bad about locking them inside at night, because they stay warmer and I worry less. The two oldies also wear coats (with wool sweaters underneath) 24-7. I've added a "litter box" to the barn to make cleanup easier. And I've installed a plastic strip door (think walk-in freezer) to the barn door to keep the cold and wind out. I still hate dragging poop down to the garden through 12" of snow though!
|April in her coat.|
So, what are your thoughts on winter? Have they changed since you were a kid? ;)