Finally below 0 degrees. I will flood my backyard rink today.The weather this past January has been very mild here in Ottawa and my icemaking skills have been challenged. All the shoveling,scraping, and flooding is worth it. The kids laughter and the sight of their colorful jackets and hats are always the perfect reward. I love to be their goalie as they play hockey with such enthusiasm. A round of hot chocolate and the great feeling of being in the great outdoors. How lucky are we to live in Canada.