89-Year-Old Grandma Crawls Inside Igloo

My Grandma turned 89 in February.  A couple months ago we went shopping for a new pair of slippers.  She balanced on one foot while untying her shoe, slid her foot out of her shoe and into the slipper.  She may have held my hand through the process, but her balance was impeccable.  And this is a woman who had polio as a child. Her legs are two different lengths.  There was a point in her life when all her leg muscles had atrophied after spending months strapped to a wooden board, immobilized.

 

Ruth at 89 outside the Igloo Ruth at 89 outside the Igloo

Still, it came as no surprise when she announced that for her 89th birthday she wanted to see the igloo we had built, and she even wanted to go inside. You had to crawl to get in.  My mom suggested we could lay down a tarp and pull her in if Ruth inside the igloo! Ruth inside the igloo!

she couldn’t get in on her own.  I’m not sure when something turns from fun game with Grandma to elder […]

89-Year-Old Grandma Crawls Inside Igloo2017-10-25T15:59:36+00:00

Twenty Steps to Make A Rainbow Igloo

This project was so much fun.  I’m so glad I did it.  That being said, I doubt I’d ever do it again.  But it’s totally worth it.  Here is how we did it and what we learned along the way:

  1. Collect over 500 half gallon, cardboard containers. If you get about 520 to 530 that should be more than enough with some room for error.

Notes:  Fake stuff smells the worst.  Year old soy products, coconut milk and lactaid milk smells even worse than year old egg nog.  You’ve been warned.  Also, most people don’t use half gallons, so get as many people collecting for you as possible.  If you think that on trash night you can go recycling bin-to-recycling bin and find half gallons, don’t waste your time.  People just don’t use them.  Find your friends, family and local businesses that do and ask them to collect them for you.

2. Rinse them out and open the tops.

Notes: I didn’t rinse all of them, which I came to regret.  And the ones I opened froze faster and were easier to fill and carry.  It’s more work in the beginning, but will pay off in the end.

3. Fill with water and a little […]

Twenty Steps to Make A Rainbow Igloo2017-09-12T19:31:13+00:00