Thursday, January 8, 2009

If You Can't Beat 'Em...

Winter is an unpleasant reality in these parts. Winter that lasts from Halloween 'til after the long weekend in May. If I had my way, we'd all hibernate for five or six months (with the exception of December, of course) and wake from our slumber when the sun comes out to play. I have five darling children and a husband, though, who think snow and ice are (ahem) thrilling.

I think we have found a solution that makes everyone happy. Dad, kids, and dog can play out there all they want. Mom can observe from the cozy warmth of the kitchen window.

In this picture, everyone's in their boots. But many-a-day you will find a couple of them out there attempting to slide around on boots fitted with skinny and dangerous blades, whilst praying that their ankles don't bend in unnatural positions and snap in two ice-skating.

As you can see, our backyard rink has been outfitted with all the latest in flood lighting technology (being that it is dark before dinner is even on the table, and after the many hours and gallons of water, it was necessary to ensure that the rink got the most use possible).

Even the wee ones, neighbours, and puppies like to get in on the action.

In case you're wondering...
Yes, we do anticipate a large mass of dead grass in the backyard this spring.
Yes, the concept of cementing the entire backyard has been broached (and vetoed).
Yes, we have sat around the fire pit in the garage when it's raining.
Yes, we have - in the past - used a washing machine drum as a fire pit.
Mmmm-hmmmm. You might be a redneck if....

One more, because he's so dang cute!


  1. ok Tyler...
    Pat clearly needs to have a talk with Guy pronto!!!(lol)
    Mr. procrastinator has said he would make a rink for the kids..for 2 years now?..still no rink...we have skates but no ice...does Pat want Guy's number?..clearly my man needs some manly "re-enforcements"

  2. Apparently my email still hates you. LOL! I just saw your comment on my blog. I would be happy to do a button. Just let me know what you need. contactdoodlebug AT comcast DOT net or you can send to ledfords1 AT comcast DOT net.

  3. Love the rink! Come stay with us, I was in shorts and tank top yesterday!


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