Oh. My. Goodness. We had such mild winters the last two years that I forgot what a snow storm was like. It was literally blue skies on Friday and then Saturday morning we awoke to over a foot of snow and no power. Our elevation is about 2,800 feet so this is fairly normal for us in the winter. I knew for a few days that it was supposed to snow, but every once in awhile, I forget what that means.
Snow, snow, snow. I don’t mind snow so much as I loathe ice. And inevitably, snow brings ice. Snowy days usually mean that I have to haul a bucket of hot water from the tub out to the Rabbitry and chicken coop to thaw the animal water. Thankfully, I have gotten a bit smarter in my old age and have thought of emptying out the chicken water just before nightfall. The chickens are already in for the night and that way it is just a matter of filling it up instead of thawing a block of frozen metal and water, thus saving me 20 minutes in the mornings. I still have to haul out hot water, but it does make it better. Even with the heat lamp on inside the rabbit shed, I still have frozen water bottles in the morning. But, I can’t very well empty their waters at dusk. Rabbits are much more finicky than chickens. I had to dig out the rabbit shed for the first time ever, by the way.
Last year I had some really crappy snow boots. They were perfectly waterproof and all that, but they hurt my arches and heals so badly! I even tried two different sizes, but it made no difference. I should have known better than to buy shoes of any sort at WalMart. Eww. Needless to say, I threw them right in the trash. I couldn’t see even donating them they were so horrible.
So now that we are already experiencing snow, I need some snow boot/all weather boot recommendations. It would be particularly helpful if you like a particular brand that stands up to mud, snow, “manure”, and rain. We have quite a bit of that third element around here.
On to the snow pictures!