Cold Winter Days #1: I Think Punxsutawney Phil is a Genious!

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Blog entry by mot posted 03-01-2009 06:12 PM 7999 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My family awoke, early last week, to -30C with a -40C windchill. I was choked. Somebody told me that The groundhog, aka Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Prognosticator of all Prognosticators, didn’t see his shadow. I thought, “This groundhog is nuts!” We should be prepping the boat and getting ready for a great spring. But noooo, now our backyard rink is covered with drifting snow, and the garage doors are frozen to the ground.

I quickly headed over to Phil's Official Site, and realized that Phil did indeed see his shadow. 6 more weeks of winter. Bleh. I shoveled off the backyard rink and got ready for some pond hockey, but then the wind really whipped up. It was just too cold to get the kids outside. Sunny, but bone numbing cold.

Well, I have to think of something to keep me and my kids from going shack wackey ! So a little shop time for all is in order.

Yesterday afternoon, we headed over to the local box store and picked up an 8 foot x 16” laminated pine shelf. While the kids watched Madagascar 2 I took some time and knocked down some pieces for some birdhouses.

Not fine woodworking, but certainly fun woodworking!

It’s been a long time since I blogged something, so I thought I’d shoot everyone a line!

We’ll see where the kids get with assembly and finishing!



-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#2 posted 03-01-2009 06:17 PM

I just sent you a message thanking you for the weather, when indeed it was Phil that sent it, not my two fine Alberta LJ friends. Where is that pesky rodent when the shoveling must commence.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#3 posted 03-01-2009 06:20 PM

We are scheduled to get 6-8” and the flowers bulbs are about 8” tall and with buds. The tulips are about 6” tall. So I guess they will be hiding for a while or we will have flowers through the snow.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 03-01-2009 07:01 PM

I don’t think the weather has really changed much from when I was a kid.
They used to shut the rink down if it was minus 10 °F.
We would put our skates on in the dark, climb over the boards and play until our toes froze.
Somtimes we had to scrape the rink and shovel it over the boards but we still played.
It was a 6 block walk to the rink and I often had to carry my little sister part of the way plus skates and sticks.
We had fun.
Dad didnt help . He had 2 jobs.
I miss spittin on the hot stove at the rink though.

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#5 posted 03-01-2009 07:42 PM

BRRRRRRRRRRRrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrd houses.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#6 posted 03-01-2009 07:44 PM

I think it might be the 1000 people thats the first thing Phil the groundhog sees that makes him go back in his den.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#7 posted 03-01-2009 08:26 PM

you need to blog more! :)

so we’ll be seeing this finished creations as a project soon?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#8 posted 03-01-2009 09:26 PM

Never did figure out this ground hog thing. He sees his shadow- 6 more weeks of winter. He doesn’t see his shadow- a month and a half till it warms up. ??? Go figure.

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#9 posted 03-01-2009 10:11 PM

Now that is a great backyard hockey rink! You are blessed to have such a nice one in such a big backyard.

Glad to hear your surviving a real winter, Mot.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#10 posted 03-01-2009 10:23 PM

you got it right, Tim. Unfortunately they all saw their shadows so it is 6 more weeks of winter. Oh if only spring was just 6 weeks away… sigh

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#11 posted 03-02-2009 01:19 AM

Hey guys…yep, Buurrrrrrrrd Houses!

Tom, we have room for a bigger rink on that pond, but that seems to be about the threshold that I feel like shoveling. It’s a pretty tricky calculation. I start with my snowblower in about the middle of the width. Then I go in a counterclockwise rectangle for 30 minutes with the blower going in 6th gear. That’s the size of rink you get.

Thanks for the comments, and yes Debbie, the finished houses will be in part 2!


-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#12 posted 03-02-2009 04:22 AM

And here I was, complaining that we haven’t had a real winter this year, it has snowed only once and it didn’t even stuck. Spring is almost here and there are still 5 weeks more to go to the sakura, the cherry blossoming.

Go figure.

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#13 posted 03-02-2009 06:07 AM

Friday -37 with a -52 windchill…I had to zip up the parka. If it gets any colder than that I’ll have to look for my hat and gloves ;-) LOL!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#14 posted 03-02-2009 01:40 PM

Mark.. that’s funny

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#15 posted 03-02-2009 04:53 PM

Hi Tom;

That’s quite a back yard!

My son would kill for a rink like that!

Glad to see you remember where the light switch to the shop is.

Looks like a fun project.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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