Wednesday, January 2, 2013

An Ice Rink In Our Back Yard

MyHero loves to putter
on the ice.
He has been making an 
for the kids most winters
since we have lived on
the bay.
It is quite a trek down
to the water edge so this year
he decided to flood part
of our backyard.
Isn't it beautiful?
Oh- Wait! That is
But...look at this...
Oh- Well, This is
NOT OUR RINK either.

Here is a little picture history of
New Year's Eve Day:
My Hero-plowing the area to
make the banks.


Well, it IS looking rink-shaped,
do you know what we do next?

The bigger picture
And let water run all night long.
New Year's Day...
Is it RINK Yet?
Do you see it?
There it is!
(In the far right corner)
Ummmm...I am thinking by 
the end of February
we can use these!
If not-just so you know-
There is FUDGE cooling
on the back porch
Help yourself!
More Ice Rink Adventures
to follow.

your photo name


Anonymous said...

My excuse is my ankles are weak, but I have no problem eating fudge!!!

A Vintage Fairy said...

Wow, that's neat! Now, give me a piece of that fudge!!
Have a great day!

suzyq said...

I'll take the tray of fudge ( a piece is not enough )

Japolina said...

What a great idea

Kim K. said...

Our husbands are kindred spirits with their ice rink construction projects. You have a bit more snow around your backyard ice rink.

Kim K. said...

Our husbands are kindred spirits with their ice rink construction projects. You have a bit more snow around your backyard ice rink.

Jettie said...

Give him a big bucket, he can dip water from the bay, after he chips ice away, of course.

Anonymous said...

I could send you some more snow to help that rink along, I have a bit extra here!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That is so much fun, Diana! I used to love ice skating when I was a teen. I can just see many happy moments with your family skating around your home made rink!

Susie said...

So funny Diana. Maybe hero needs a tarp , to help hold the water till it freezes. But I like that idea , rather than ever allowing the children near the lake. Fudge is a nasty word around here. LOL.xox,Susie

WeeFaerie said...

Love the idea of having your own ice rink! ...and fudge... love the idea of having fudge lol! Fudge on ice... with hot chocolate.

Jane, Naples, Florida said...

What a kindness from your hero! It is simply beautiful there!

Flora Doora

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Can't ice skate Diana but I sure would like a piece of your fudge:)

Debby said...

I never could ice skate. I couldn't stand up on the skates. But I do remember walking to the outdoor rinks. It was fun. I was outside so much when I was little.
I think there is a missing part to the rink.......
Yes, we are alike when it comes to family.....well and alot of other things. Hah.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

That is so cool that you can make a home made rink. I would kill myself trying to ice skate though.

Ron said...

Who knew? That is so awesome, Diana!!! Wish I could "steal" some of that fudge! Yum. xo

Cranberry Morning said...

So fun! We used to make a rink like that for our kids when they were young. They had a blast, especially watching the winter Olympics and then going out and skating on their own backyard rink. We could have started one a couple days ago when it was -14 degrees here.

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

My ONLY experience with ice skating was 8 years ago...concussion and trip to the ER. That was my first and my last :) Looking pretty though...not me, the ice rink

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

I have hung up my skates and taken up inner tubing!

I hope it works out for Your Hero and the kids!

How fun!

Ellie VanCaster said...

What a great idea-
the fudge of course-LOL

Amber said...

I love that!! I've never ice skated before but having my very own rink in my own backyard would be awesome! I'm thinking my boys on the other hand, taking the sled and shooting each other across the ice instead. ;)
p.s. I'll email you my address so you can send me some fudge... YUM! Sounds good with my hot cup of coffee right now!

NanaNor's said...

Hey girl, Great idea that your grands will love. It is cold enough to snow here but none in sight; I just want to stay inside.
Have a great day my friend.

Kim @ La Belle Époque said...

I'll take the fudge....I've only tried ice skating once and it wasn't pretty.

Debbie said...

Oh how sweet. What a very kind and generous husband you have! I'm excited to see what it looks like when it's all done. In the mean time, pass the fudge please!


Suzanne said...

Oh, this brings back memories of growing up...special memories! Thank you for that:) What a wonderful life you have...and well deserved. xoxo Suzanne
P.S. I don't need to remind you to smile. You might remind me though. haha

Donna said...

That is so sweet of your Hero to make an ice rink for the kids! I don't do ice, but I DO do fudge!!!

Busy Bee Suz said...

Your hero is a genius!!! I hope the kiddos can wait to skate until February. :)
SO funny. We are wearing shorts/sunscreen here and working in the yard. No ice or snow to be found. Only green and sunshine. Ughhhh. Do you hate me yet?

Pam said...

How fun! I expect to see photos of you doing a triple lutz (or in my case klutz) out on the ice soon. and I like your wider look to your blog. You're getting all fancy now! said...

I pushed a button and shoot I deleted what I wrote. Dang it.
Here I go all over again. I do this only because it is you Girl.

I will have a piece of that fudge. Thank you. You mean Sweet Cheeks is not around.

My birthday is January 8th so after that the end of the too many swwet roll for me. I have to get the rolls off where they dont belong. A wedding coming up I hear in July.

So I have time.

I already have started my dvd with Leslie Sanson burning 220 calories 32 minutes walk. walk,

I just took a shower. I decided to pump up the walking faster. Oh my. I was dripping wet everywhere.

I tell you the way I felt an hour ago. I would of crawled on that bit of ice to be cool.

What a good Hero you got.

I wish I could ship the snow we got to you. Would make a great skating rink for your hubby.

Happy New Year. Where is mY sweet Cheeks today?

How is your friend doing from the operation. Please update us.
The gal who needs her hands for all the work she does for her lively hood.

Ruth Kelly said...

My format was chosen from the simple category and then I customized it. I always enlarge the photos and text. Ice skating is for the younger generation.

Anita said...

Oh my goodness how cool is that!!! I love ice skating and I have not been in years:-( Love, love, love!!

Penny Phillips said...

You are going to have so much fun watching everyone enjoy your new "rink"....can't wait to see pictures! Hugs, Penny

Karen said...

The kids will have so much fun on the ice. I could certainly go for the fudge!!

Maureen Wyatt said...

You'll be skating figure 8's in no time! Think you'll get it frozen before the next thaw? lol

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

haha...good try!
Diana...head to the indoor rinks in GB, they are much smoother and they are heated too!
My daughter used to go to the GB competition, very nice rink.
Hugs friend,

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh how I would love an ice skating rink in my back yard! I enjoy seeing pictures of the snow at your house. I don't see it that often living here in sunny California, unless we go up to the mountains. This looks like a lot of work, and what a guy your husband is to make this special for the kids. Happy New Year, Diana.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

It's coming together but seems like it is going to take a lot of water!!!!

I'll just eat the fudge...if it's chocolate!! lol

Happy New Year!!

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Kadee @KadeeWillow said...

Now that is a true love story.... the husband who wants to create memories for his family and his wife who sees the beauty in his endeavor! Even if you do head back into the kitchen to make some fudge to take your mind of it this humongeous project. After all, a sugar haze makes everything seem possible!1 LOL Thanks for sharing your story!

Beth said...

That is really cool. And I think the fudge must be by now so I would like a piece please.

pollydove said...

OH MY GOODNESS! What an awesome thing to do!!! I have never known anyone to do that - you guys are the coolest! And that fudge?! I haven't had a piece of fudge ALL SEASON LONG! (Which you were next door.)

Anonymous said...

Well just so long as you don't all want to skate at
Happy New Year to you Diana, and to all of your family.

Connie said...

Give that man of yours a big huge from me . . . what a sweetheart! I know that it was a lot of work, but it will provide such a nice safe place for the neighborhood kids to skate. I'm sure that he is a hero to all the kids and their parents. He's a keeper :)
Happy New Year,
Your blogging sister, Connie :)

Karen said...

Oh, I could really go for that fudge. Your blog looks GREAT!!

Nellie said...

Here's hoping for temperatures cold enough to make that ice rink! I'll take a piece of fudge while I wait!:-)

xo Nellie

Simple Pleasures said...

Hi Di,
The house behind where I worked had a company come out and build an ice skating rink, it was interesting to watch. Such fun the kids will have!
Hope you holidays were wonderful!

Tete said...

I have never thought of doing that, but it looks like fun. There is no way we could run our water all night long. The bill would be in the hundreds! You need to get someone with a tank and have them haul it in, that would do it before Feb.
I'll take that pan of fudge, though.

pink*cherub*moon said...

We have a rink in our back yard! Well, it's actually a shallow area that fills with water when it rains and freezes during the winter. It kind of looks like a ring and I figure that the squirrels enjoy skating on it! LOL Good luck with yours! Hugs, Leena

Kay G. said...

We have an ice skating rink right here in Conyers, GA! And Honey Boo Boo just came to visit it. If you don't know who she is, just count yourself lucky! :-)

Dewena Callis said...

How enterprising! Our grandkids would love that, and the fudge. Be careful putting it out to cool. Our Beautiful Brown Eyes came home with a whole country ham in his mouth. Do you know how hard it is to go to your neighbors and ask if they're missing a country ham?

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

:) One year long long ago an uncle of mine got the bright idea to flood the frozen pond to make it refreeze smooth. He spent all day on Christmas day using their irrigation system to flood it. And just as he got it flooded the ice beneath cracked and rose up letting all the water go under the ice. Not such a great idea after all!

Life 101 said...

Wow! I occasionally gets cold in Alabama but usually a few days later it's warm enough to swim :)
My wife would love it there.

ImSoVintage said...

I'll be over to eat the fudge while sitting on the back porch watching the water freeze :)

Jo said...

My father would build us an ice skating rink in our backyard every winter. I always looked forward to breaking out the skates! Great fun with all the neighborhood children.

Just a suggestion ... my father would flood the yard {let the hose run} rather than use the sprinkler.

When it's ready can I come over? ;)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What an undertaking! The kids will love it! I better not try it though! lol Fudge? Oh my! Sounds good!

Little Miss Maggie said...

What a lot of work, Diana. So wonderful that your hero is so dedicated.

Karen Mary Butterfly said...

Well as a native girl from California I can honestly say I have never heard of such a thing! So cool though...if it works! I am dying to know what kind of fudge is hidden under the foil? More yummy peanut butter???

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

What great fun it will be. Don't you have to use some sort of scraper on it to rid it of any bumps of ice? It's going to be such great fun...take lots and lots of pictures!! :):)

Di Lewis said...

We had a rink every winter growing up in Buffalo...sigh..Love your pics, trying to guess that Lake..hmmm Michigan? Happy New Year , huggs, Dianna

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Every year when I lived in Minnesota my Dad made us a skating rink....Hum, I don't remember it taking long to fill!! I also remember sitting things outside to cool LOL!


Leslie said...

Okay;) so I can't wait to see you in those skates!! What a great idea and such a fun blog post! It's 26 degrees here.. we have lots of ice buy no snow.


Glenda Ryans said...

I can barely walk a straight line, never mind about ice-skating..LoL
You're plumb goofy, but that's what's so delightful about you.
I'm loving the new format for your blog...Happy New Year...
Oh, one thing more, did you say you live on a bay????

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Hi Diana! That is the neatest thing to do for all the kids! I'm interested in the fudge too:)
I'm wishing you a very happy New Year to you and your family!

lynn said...

oh, we used to do this in our yard--so much fun! and diet pills for me--i want that fudge:)

Hope Filled Living said...

Hi Diana!
I like the new look of your blog. Oh my goodness, this is such a cute post. Your hubby cracks me up. I love, love, love that you guys make a skating rink. I used to love to ice skate....back in the late 70's--twirling and going backward...dreaming of the Olympics! lol...warm mittens and fresh air.

Cristina Garay said...

Wow, that's a nice ice rink! My daughter would love to have one like that! Kudos to your hero!

Mariaelena said...

Oh my gosh Diana....I LOVE that ice rink and am sooooo super jealous...Not only would my kids (especially our little one) but I would love to have that in my back yard...How fun is that???!!!
xo, Mariaelena

Simply Debbie said...

AWESOME...I only roller skated but never ice...even to this day and I have had this dream as far back as I can remember...I'm skating across the ice and I can actually hear the skates painting swirls on the fresh ice and feel the little ice sprays on my face...
Does the fudge have pecans...I am a nut girl.....You are so caring, loving, and giving to your family
hugs and prayers

Naturegirl said...

Heh! I thought that we were off the carbs for this New year!
Just think of the calories we can burn when the rink is ready!
Here in my woods we have our own
"Wee Lake" that freezes!!
Now back to that fudge..should I or shouldn't I..

jessica said...

Haha!!! What an awesome idea- hopefully someday it will be usable?! Lol!
Thanks for reminding me there is a tin

jessica said...

Oops- Tin full of fudge in the fridge that is calling my name ;)