Wow! We had a surprise snowstorm that dumped 14 inches of really wet, very HEAVY snow on our area this week! We had not electricity or phone for 48 hours. Fortunately, we have a fireplace and it wasn't below freezing, so we kept warm enough. The second day our water tank ran out, so that was another problem...trees down EVERYWHERE! We are on a mostly wooded 10 acre piece. Our scenery has changed drastically. In the road in front of our property there were SEVERAL trees down! ALL you can hear are chain saws! Of course, the heat lamp was out, so back into the house came the 2 babies! They really got sick of being in the tub by the third night! When the lights came on last night, the FIRST thing we did was truck them right on out to the kidding stall. They were sooo happy! And so was I! We are definitely getting a generator! Almost lost all the meat in my freezer! It took me three hours to clear all the snow off the outdoor chicken coops, dig out the duck house, shovel out the gates and doors to barns, pens and coops. That snow is HEAVY! It came down so fat, fluffy and fast that it didn't go through the chicken wire on the garden fences and chicken coops. Instead it clogged up and made huge piles and took down the garden fences, broke a couple of coop sides, and now I have no enclosure for the ducks or the four roosters that were in the garden! Thankfully, my son says he will fix the fences today! Blessings, Jillis! PS---you southerners crack me up when you say it is getting cold or chilly! To us, it is cold when you step outdoors and instantly all the hairs in your nostrils straight to your brain freeze up and crackle!