This post is sponsored by Troy-Bilt.
We have a lot of questions come in from readers. Mostly about home stuff and projects, which is expected. But Jules and I have also noticed a growing interest in our lives as Idahoans. That’s also understandable, since Idaho is a bit of a mystery state; only passively remembered when you pick up your bag of potatoes from the grocery.
Honestly, that’s one of the things we love most about where we live. It’s this hidden treasure that most people would never see as an actual destination, but it’s beautiful beyond words with extreme versions of every season, though not in equal measures.
The truth is, we have snow on the ground 5 out of 12 months a year. At least a jacket is required at some point during the day for another 3 months, and even summer nights may require a light zip-up. And even though those 4 glorious months of summer are more than enough for us to gladly keep our roots planted deep into this Idaho soil, Winters are brutal.
Having the a-frame to a point where it’s comfortable and useable has been nice as a getaway when we all get a little cabin fever. But day after day, the sky drops another layer of snow and we put on another layer of clothing.
For all of the work we put into our home, and you all put into yours, the change in seasons can be harsh and destructive and making sure you take care of them year-round ensures you can enjoy them at their best. We’ve been working with Troy-Bilt for awhile now, and last winter they sent us an Arctic Storm 30in Snowblower. Now in its second winter (which has been a doozy, let me tell you), this thing still runs like a total champ and handles all the snow Idaho throws at it.
I’ve been able to keep our driveways, walkways and deck all cleared, which reduces the impact of intense seasonal changes (in the case of our sidewalks and driveway) and lessens the chance of structural damage due to excessive weight (in the case of our deck). And no matter what level of snow you get, Troy-Bilt has a snowblower that’ll work just how you need it to.
So even though the winters can be long and rough, they’re still an important stage of the life of your home, and taking proper are during those months will really make the other months shine. So even when I’m out in the above, I’ll be dreaming of this:
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