*Look, snow! Thank you WordPress, could you make it snow here at the farm now?
We may be getting cheated out of snow around here but it’s been excellent for prepping the ground for the ice arena. I realize, when I stop pouting long enough, that it wouldn’t have been good for it to start dumping snow on us here, what with the ground not even being frozen yet. You see, our November temps were unseasonably ground freezing free. I have to remind myself that the strange November weather did help with the crop harvest – trade offs. Trade offs I keep telling myself.
This is the ice arena that Jake and Todd set up last year. It was dubbed Glenview Arena probably due to the permanent lighting system they’ve got rigged up which isn’t shown in this picture.
Every day for about three months, after Jake got off the bus (this was a late February or weekend picture I’m sure – Look at the light!) he’d dump his back pack in the garage, pull on his skates, grab his gloves and stick and “run” through the woods to the ice. I say “run” because, really, how easy is it to run through snow with skates on? Blade guards or not? The arena got a lot of use before it began to melt in March. We even had the hockey team over one late afternoon for a skate party, needless to say they had a pretty good time.
However, last year when they started the ice arena, they lost an awful lot of water due to a pesky slant when they had started to fill it. So this past spring they added dirt.
A lot of dirt.
And with a borrowed bulldozer, got it all smoothed out with a much friendlier slant. Grade? Pitch? What’s the word I’m looking for here?
Anyway, in October of this year those two ‘boys’ got me involved in painting the back boards for the rink white. I tried reasoning with them. I tried feigning serious disinterest. It didn’t work. The boards got painted and a good lot of it by Jake himself. But, two coats were applied instead of the one that was originally agreed on. I have no say around here. I’m constantly out voted! Someone send a referee, I so need one.
November saw them increasing the length of the arena by thirty feet. “We need a longer rink”. I think I heard thirty feet, it might as well be three hundred feet. They pounded in re-bar and secured the side boards…Two by eight’s?…Two by ten’s or was it twelve’s? I knew at one point. Then I conveniently forgot. Ask me if I care. They’re boards. That’s what I do know. So once the liner gets here it’ll drape over these boards and they will start filling it with water. The side boards will also be a wall of sorts to not only contain the water but so they aren’t chasing the puck more than they are playing hockey. I kinda figured that’s what hockey was…chasing the puck.
A thought just occurred to me…When do the pretty white back boards go up? I don’t know. Before or after the liner? Such thought provoking questions that need answers. Yah.
The past three mornings I’ve woken to the sound of a four-wheeler.
He tells me he’s “driving in the frost” or he might have said “I’m driving the frost into the ground and this is how it’s done.” He learned this last year from one of the other hockey dads. Such a wealth of info that group is.
I didn’t even bother to ask him why. So…“Why does he need to drive in the frost?” Does it somehow make a better ice rink? I’m thinking ‘yes’ it probably does. But I wasn’t gonna get in a discussion about it because he might then decide I need to be out there at dawn, in twelve degree weather, driving around in circles too.
He made many, many laps. So many that I began to think, “Any minute now he’s gonna start doing figure eights and then dock and fan the sucker and then maybe do a “Victory Lap” at a full on gallop. I wonder now what he was thinking. Was he hearing old tunes in his head…“Here Comes The King, Here Comes The Big Number One”…dada da da. (Oh no, now that song is stuck in my head).
Naw, he was probably day dreaming about how he was gonna be scoring on his son, who happens to be one year older and quite a few goalie lessons wiser than last time they squared off on Glenview ice.
Bring on the liner UPS! I just know it’s gonna start dumping snow any minute and we gotta get with the ice making around here!