New COVID-friendly pastime: Make an igloo

Michelle Tsao adds block of snow to the igloo to start forming the dome roof. The blocks are fused together by spritzing them with water from a spray bottle.Michelle Tsao adds block of snow to the igloo to start forming the dome roof. The blocks are fused together by spritzing them with water from a spray bottle.
Usoff Tsao shows the height of the igloo in their backyard. While Clearwater hasn’t seen a lot of snow, he said his wife Michelle had the patience to shovel up snow from all over the yard to make the snow blocks. (Submitted photos)Usoff Tsao shows the height of the igloo in their backyard. While Clearwater hasn’t seen a lot of snow, he said his wife Michelle had the patience to shovel up snow from all over the yard to make the snow blocks. (Submitted photos)
Lucas, left, and Liam Tsao help with the early stages of their backyard igloo.Lucas, left, and Liam Tsao help with the early stages of their backyard igloo.
Home sweet igloo? Michelle Tsao hung some lighting and decorated the inside of their igloo with a few throw pillows. (Submitted photo)Home sweet igloo? Michelle Tsao hung some lighting and decorated the inside of their igloo with a few throw pillows. (Submitted photo)
After 40 days of shovelling snow and making bricks, the Tsao family’s backyard igloo looks pretty inviting.After 40 days of shovelling snow and making bricks, the Tsao family’s backyard igloo looks pretty inviting.

After 40 days of hard work and a lot of fun, an local igloo is almost ready to move into.

The Tsao family has been working away, building an igloo in their own backyard from the snow that has fallen in Clearwater over the season so far.

Armed with a spray bottle, Michelle Tsao started building the structure on Dec. 16 and, despite the issue of it melting in this season’s milder weather or gravity taking its toll, she, along with the help of her two boys, Liam and Lucas, and husband, Usoff, have managed to create a cute little ice space in their backyard.

While Clearwater hasn’t seen much snow this year, that didn’t deter Michelle, who, as Usoff said, “Had the patience to shovel snow from all over the yard to make the bricks,” in comment on a Facebook post to the Clearwater Info Board group. He added to another commenter he had mentioned there wasn’t enough snow for an igloo, but she just took it as a challenge — well, our hats are off to you, Michelle!

The igloo’s roof is almost complete and the space has been accented with a few lights, a welcome sign on the door and some throw pillows.

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