Ice Wreath

The dog-days of winter–or perhaps that should be the polar bear days!  Whenever Cecily asks me what my favorite and least favorite months are (and, being a parent, YOU know just how important it is to have favorite and least favorite months, so I do not need to belabor this point), I always respond June and February.  June, because it the first month of summer and there is the promise of 3 glorious months of gardening, vacation, swimming, and playing.  And then there’s February.  Apparently I am not alone in my hatred of February because the calendar fairies made it the shortest month of the year.  Thank you!  February–where I live that means blizzard month, snow, ice, frigid temps, thaw (just to get your hopes up before you get whammed with more snow), and then more ice.  We are literally bouncing off the walls at our house from cabin fever.  We still go out and play but not the 2-5 hours of outdoor time that we get the rest of the year.  So, what to do?  Well, one thing we did the other day was make an ice wreath.  It is delightfully simple and is a tangible way for children to comprehend a concept like “freezing point” because they can watch the wreath get smaller and smaller as the temperatures rise.  On a nature walk I took along my kitchen shears (beware!) and snipped off holly and fir clippings.  Then, you place them in a bundt pan, add water, and freeze overnight.  Tie a thick ribbon onto wreath and hang.  (If you’re looking for something else to do with bundt-pan molded ice, today in desperation I pulled out a block I had intended for another wreath, squirted a light layer of shaving cream on in, added some Playmobil people, and, voila! … instant ice rink.  You can even “zamboni” it by adding more shaving cream and smoothing it out with a spatula or spoon.)  So, here’s to hoping the frozen days of February are short … Blessings and peace!


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. hakea
    Feb 06, 2011 @ 05:22:20

    Wow! Your ice wreath would have lasted about five seconds in the Heat we (in Australia) have been enduring for the past few weeks, with almost every day over 40 degrees celsius and high humidity.

    Best Wishes for the end of your icy days.


  2. Allison
    Feb 06, 2011 @ 09:20:06

    I have a friend who recently moved to New Zealand from the U.S. and she says the hardest thing about it has been adjusting to the switch of seasons. Feel free to send some of that heat and humidity my way (I’m originally from the southern U.S. but am currently located in the northern part and I miss humidity and heat quite a lot!). Blessings and best wishes!


  3. Allison
    Feb 06, 2011 @ 09:22:58

    Actually the temps here have been unusually warm for winter–mid to upper 30s so the picture above is where our ice wreath was in the process of melting. There was even one day where it was warm in the morning and below freezing by the afternoon, so it even had it’s own set of icicles hanging down. I wish I had taken a picture!


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