We have chickens, so we had to reinforce their coop from the wind and cold.
During this project, I wore fingerless gloves to aid in ease of movement.
Consider fingerless gloves in below freezing weather. It, um, hurts.
Someday I shall have a character who has to undergo the pain of recovering fingers. Write what you know, you know?
"'If Gandalf would go before us with a bright flame, he might melt a path for you,' said Legolas. The storm had troubled him little, and he alone of the Company remained still light of heart.Everyone surviving the cold so far? Just a couple more days...
"'If Elves could fly over mountains, they might fetch the Sun to save us,' answered Gandalf. 'But I must have something to work on. I cannot burn snow.'" - The Fellowship of the Ring, by J. R. R. Tolkein