All the snow and cold recently have remined me of one of our most memorable Christmases. It was 2008, and we had about the same amount of snow that we have now. Our daughters from the Lower 48 had come up to spend the holiday, so we had a real houseful of people--2 daughters and their husbands and 4 grandkids at the time as well as wife and I and two sons still at home. The temperature dropped to -40 and stayed there for two weeks, so nobody could be outside for a prolonged period and all the kids were stuck inside. Speaking of kids, we had travelled during the summer and had a house sitter. Said house sitter left a gate open and the buck goats got in with the does and she couldn't figure out how to separate them so she just left them. That led to a bunch of pregnancies and 22 newborn goat kids in the garage, thus evicting the car. Some of them were bottle-fed, but my wife wanted them paired with their dams, so the kids were carried back and forth to the barn several times a day until the weather broke. Sons-in-law and our 4 Alaska sons shoveled off the roof and constructed a sled ramp so everybody could climb the ice stairs to the top of the roof and sled sown the ramp and onto the lake. It occupied the house-bound energy. It was the first winter with my tractor, and I hadn't gotten the hang of operating diesel engines at such cold temperatures, so, despite a lot of attempts to heat the thing and get it going, nothing worked and all snow clearing had to be done with shovels. We live through it now and it is just a fond memory...thank goodness. The temperature warmed to near zero after everyone left, and it felt like we had moved to the tropics.