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Friday Snow and Flowers

Posted Dec 10 2010 7:46am

Recent weeks have been eventful and time is moving ahead quickly. At the hospital, many of my rehab patients hold on to the hope that they might be home for Christmas and we do our best to help them achieve their goal, even if they can just be with family for a day. In the midst of seasonal busyness, winter arrived in Ontario with a vengeance. Our daughter lives an hour west of us in London ON which is in the Lake Huron snow belt. While we received a couple of centimetres of snow, her city was dumped with 100-150 cm of snow over three days. A community 20 minutes north of her house received 176 cm (which is over five feet). She is a nurse, and while the rest of the city was shut down, hospital and emergency workers had to get to work. She said she worked, shovelled, slept and shovelled for four days. That storm system is gone but more bad weather is on the way. The biggest snowfall I have seen is 30 cm or one foot and that occurs rarely in our area.

I really miss the sun at this time of year with our short days and cloudy skies. In eleven days that will start to change with the arrival of winter solstice. My husband and I visited a local green house recently. It was the perfect antidote for a damp and dreary day.

Several adjoining greenhouses were filled with blooms of various shades and colours. Santa will surely be busy with deliveries!

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