I got to Cooperstown for a medical appointment and back without too much trouble. I like the health care I've been getting from Nurse Tanya and that's where she works out of. It's 45 minutes with no traffic and clear roads. Not quite that way this morning but I made it in time with the help of a doctor that was running a half hour behind. Home in time for a lovely, beautiful afternoon nap. The weather is getting really weird, with the sky turning dark and horizontal snow blown by a fierce wind that makes my big strong barn creak and shake around me. The sky will turn blue for a few minutes, then the wind and snow returns. We are still in the grip of a very challenging winter. I didn't fully appreciate what I was getting into when I moved here. I skied in all kinds of intense weather and thought I would be fine. Taking care of animals in these harsh conditions presents different challenges. Anyone can hunker down in a warm house and start their cars remotely. When you have to get out there and provide a barn full of animals with everything they need to survive the winter you have a tough job on your hands. It's not for sissies. You find out what you are made of when the well-being of your animals is more important than your comfort. I'm so thankful for my big strong barn. The sheep are two doors away. It's cold and we still haven't been able to keep a spigot from freezing, but the animals are out of the wind and I don't have to dig out to them. I'm longing for lambs and kids but truth be told, this is a good winter to take off. I would be beside myself worrying about lambsickles out there.