Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
A beautiful, warm Saturday afternoon allowed us a final skate on the old ice rink before it melted. A few of the girls off of Hannah's hockey team dropped by for a few hours to shoot some pucks around the rink.
2 days prior to this, it was cold enough during the night (-10c to -20c) that I was able to get two solid floodings in - which provided a pretty decent ice surface for Saturdays skate. Even though the temp Saturday was about +5C or so (the girls were taking off coats because they were too warm) the ice held up for about 3 hours. By the end of it though, it was pretty chewed up, and one end had become a wading pool.
In the end, goals were scored... saves were made, and smiles were had by all. I'm glad we were able to say goodbye to the rink in a more fitting fashion.
Last night we had a pretty good thunder shower, with temps well above freezing. Put a fork in it, we're done for the season.
Friday, March 16, 2007
I checked this morning, and the ice was actually skatable again. Yay!
Hopefully it stays that way until Saturday when we go to use it... I'm going to invite some of the girls over from Hannah's hockey team if they're around.
Monday, March 12, 2007
Part of my yard is under water... This would be the area right around my shed, and the far end of my rink. About a foot in some places, thanks to the warm temperatures the last 3 or 4 days.
It looks like it might get a bit cooler over the weekend - but I fear too much ice will be lost by then to salvage anything. I may be wrong, cross your fingers. Maybe I can get one more skate in Saturday afternoon...
Friday, March 9, 2007
Just before the first game, I promised her I'd pay her a dollar for every goal she scored.
She kept track, and daddy paid up.
In the next few days, it's going to be mostly above freezing... Forecast is as high as 11C next Tuesday. For me, that's shorts weather.
In preparation for this thaw, I shovelled off the rink yesterday. 2" of snow may not seem like much, but when it accumulates over the size of your rink... it adds up. My neighbour joined me near the end of my ice clearing to lend a hand, so that was nice.
Why am I shovelling? SHouldn't I just pack it in? Well, following the 11C day - the chinook will pass us and it looks like we'll be back in -10C for a few days after that. So I guess we'll just wait and see what Mother Nature brings us.
When the thaw does come, I've got a few things on my list to accomplish.
o Mark boards so I know where they go next year
o Paint back of boards with wood preservatives to prolong their life
o Repaint the front of the boards white - with a 10" strip of yellow along the bottom
o Finish the netting for the back boards
I'm not looking forward to the deconstruction and transportation of the rink/boards to my dads property, about 40 minutes east of town. But it beats storing the stuff in my yard. Besides, I have to make room to build our full size soccer net for Hannah! :)
Current Temp: -3C