Well, old man winter has made a reappearance as expected. Wouldn't you know as soon as I switch Koolio's blanket to a lighter one the temperature drops close to 30 degrees in about 8 hours. Yesterday when I rode it was +8 (46F) and when I went out to feed this morning it was -17 (1F). Luckily the stable is pretty close by and I am always up for another trip to check in on Koolio, spoil him and change his blanket.
Hunter and FarmPony - I love the stone on your fireplaces. I'd like to replace the tile on mine with stone as well, but that is a job for another day.
FarmPony - can you get an extension chord to your water tanks? What about a floating tank heater to keep the water open. It would save you a ton of headache and you could easily pull them out when the wearer warms. We used those for years, all winter long. Now our heaters are mounted in the bottom of the tanks, but I still keep 2 floaters on hand just in case.
Jennywren - welcome!! We look forward to getting to know you better. It's a great group of people around here!
DH just left for Vancouver on business for a few days so I am flying solo (with the kids). That means it's time to wash up and repair all the horse blankets and then get the washing machine cleaned up really well before he comes home. He hates it when I wash horse stuff at home, but I can't stand spending $20 a load and three hours of my day at the laundromat. My machine is a super duty, so it works just fine. It just needs to be cleaned and disinfected afterwards. I am sure I have saved hundreds of dollars washing and repairing horse blankets myself.
I hope everyone has a great day!