You can trudge through snow, but ice can stop you dead in your tracks. The slightest incline can be impossible to negotiate if its covered with a light coating of ice. A few years ago a friend turned me on to Yaktrax, and they're the best thing for walking when there's ice. The design is ingenious, a stretchy rubber 'skeleton' with metal spring-like coils that's quick and easy to put onto your shoes or boots.
If you have a house in the country, you need these in your winter 'kit'. If you have friends with a house in the country, a pair or two of Yaktrax would make a perfect holiday gift.
I've blogged about Yaktrax a couple of times before, but like cell boosters, there are some things that are so grea for couintry living that it's worth blogging about again.