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And just where does Dad plan to sleep? I think the boys room is well packed already and I doubt you need another body in your bedroom.
He has to sleep in Spouse's TV room/ office.

Either on the ground, or camping cot.

The horror means that we have extra cleaning.
 

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Arrow pointing to my garden fence.

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It is beautiful there. I am getting too old to want to deal with such deep snow. When I first moved to Va (early 1980's) we had 2 snowstorms back to back in 3 days, over 30 + inches....secondary (back) roads were closed for several days. I road the horse from the house out to the big pole barn out back to do chores because I could barely walk the first 2 days. Luckily she loved the snow and would come to call and I had ridden her from a young age with just a halter.... and I was ALOT more supple and thinner back then.
Then we had another winter of snow and it snowed every weekend from the weekend before Christmas for the next 10 weeks.... never saw bare ground until mid March.... and we would take the 2 wd tractor with a roll of hay, down the road with me in the bale bed 4wd truck with 2 rolls of hay on it so that we could feed 3 rolls out to the cows.... you couldn't get down the roads with a truck..... It was a job but we still had fun in some ways. Not surre I am up to it anymore. Maybe if the knees get fixed and I don't hurt.....

I do prefer the snow to the cold rain we get many times; snow is easier on the cows.
 

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I do prefer the snow to the cold rain we get many times; snow is easier on the cows.
That is very true! I only worried about the horses in nasty wet sleating mess. They were great in cold.

Up here we have never had much, just a few horses, then a few goats.... so in summer they were in pasture, but in winter they would be in the little barn paddock. So, as long as you could crawl your way to the barn, you just had to toss the hay down from the loft.

Of course... water was more of a chore... but not too bad.

With the horses once a week I would toss out hose (I think it was 3 hoses, connected, each a hundred feet long) from the second story window. Kid would grab it, coil it up... then start to trudge to the barn... get it into the trough and holler.

I would turn the tap it was screwed into on hot....

When the trough was filled... Kid had to haul it to the house... I had to haul it back up through the window and coil it into the shower stall.

Goats don't drink as much... couldn’t use the huge horse trough.... so kids just hauled those big 6 gallon water jugs.

Our 4-wheelers can't make it from the house to the barn .... too much snow.
 

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that is a crazy weather shift.

As to the roo... I must say, best personality by far. This breed has been excellent. ZERO human aggression and very good with various sized chicks. Very low aggression with other chickens etc.

OK..snow pictures. ..don't think we got 20th feet this year.... but more than enough I say.

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Just in case you didn't know, that's a moose :lol:. Love these pictures thanks for posting them, made my evening.

I was almost an Alaskan, notice I said "I" because my wife wasn't having nothing to do with that.
 
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Just in case you didn't know, that's a moose :lol:. Love these pictures thanks for posting them, made my evening.

I was almost an Alaskan, notice I said "I" because my wife wasn't having nothing to do with that.
Ok... I took that as an ask...

So here are some more moose photos (from years past, not today)

December 2019

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July 2019
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April 3rd,2019. (Yes, APRIL, and yes, THAT much snow left)

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Huh...no wildlife photos in 2020??? :idunno
 
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