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 Igloo2017-09-12T19:31:13-04:00

Multi-Colored Igloo: A Little Winter Magic

In the middle of maknig the igloo.It all started with a Facebook post.  My friend Amy (who we once went dog sledding with) saw that a family in Canada had made an igloo out of ice blocks.  She posted it on my page and suggested I do it.

500 Cartons Freezing Outside. 500 Cartons Freezing Outside.

Sold.  I started collecting half gallon, cardboard containers.  My clients dragged bags of them to classes, Stew Leonard’s in Newington gave me a ton.  Friends and family collected them.  I even went dumpster diving in my neighborhood on trash night in hopes of collecting enough.  And then Amy saved the day.  She drove 150 cartons from Fairfield, but it all came too late.  It was mid-March by the time we had over 500 cartons and it was too warm outside.

The cartons spent a year in my garage and a hallway upstairs.  Luckily they didn’t smell that bad.  I, perhaps, was the only person hoping 2015 would be another cold, snowy winter.  Got my wish.  So I started filling the cartons with water and food coloring and […]

Multi-Colored Igloo: A Little Winter Magic2017-09-12T19:31:13-04:00

Stay Healthy in Winter

Here are just some tips on how stay healthy when it’s friggin’ freezing:

For exercise
·         Swim in an indoor heated pool

·         Take an indoor exercise class

For Food
·         Make a hearty soup with lots of veggies

Stay Healthy in Winter2017-09-12T19:34:29-04:00

Stay Healthy This Winter

I like winter because it’s a good time to curl up with a good book and hibernate a bit.  Falling asleep at 9pm doesn’t seem so bad when it’s already been dark for five hours.  But winter can also make it harder to get up and work out and easier to eat warm, greasy comfort foods.  Here are some tips for staying active and healthy this winter:

·         Take up a winter sport.  I recently discovered and love cross country skiing.

·         Make soup.  It’s warm, and good, and easy to incorporate veggies.

·Stay Healthy This Winter2014-08-04T18:02:18-04:00

The Grinch That Stole Halloween: Winter Storm Alfred

I have to admit I didn’t have it as bad as some in this recent freak October snowstorm that made half of Connecticut look like a war zone. I got my power back Wednesday. I had a woodstove to keep us warm. We have gas so we could cook on the stove and didn’t lose our hot water. It was a huge inconvenience and pretending I was on Little House on the Prairie got old by about day three, but there were some pluses. Here is how I’m making lemonade out of lemons with Alfred:

· Instead of emailing people for a quick question I called them (when I could)
· I enjoyed many a night by the fireside (something I always wish to have time for)
· I came to appreciate how nice it is when the toilet seat isn’t 50-degrees
· I had time to complete some home projects that were on my list […]

The Grinch That Stole Halloween: Winter Storm Alfred2017-09-12T19:31:40-04:00