A Good Home, Cold winter, Ontario winter, Snow, Winter

Fifty Words For Snow

It’s said that Inuit people have between 20 and 50 words for snow. 

Some say there are even 100.

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Well, we in the rest of Canada have 50 words for snow and cold right now.

But they’re not printable.

Don's Studio - Photo by D. Corbett
Photo by D. Corbett

How many kinds of cold can there possibly be?

My friend from Manitoba says theirs is “a dry cold” whereas our Ontario cold is damp because we have so many large lakes – and the damp cold goes ‘straight to the bone’.

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Huh?  On a day like today, there could be 50 kinds of cold and it would make no difference to me.

Cold is COLD in Canada.


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The saddest story to come out of the extreme cold weather this winter is about a 3-year old Toronto boy – Elijah — who wandered out into the cold at night and froze to death yesterday morning.

The very thought hurts.

We pray for his family.


"Snow Cones" on Spruce Branch - Photo by Hamlin Grange
“Snow Cones” – Photo by Hamlin Grange

Two strangers, in two different places, said the same thing this morning as we parted: “Stay warm”.

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I don’t know if this has become a winter greeting — or if we’re all thinking of that sweet-faced little boy — but it struck a chord with me each time.

Canadian Wool Blanket
Canadian Wool Blanket

Stay warm.


A Good Home, Cold weather dreams of gardening, Dreaming of spring and summer, Red bee balm flowers

Flowers for Dale

For my friend Dale, some red flowers to melt the ice this winter:

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These flowers are to remind you that spring follows winter and summer follows spring, and you’ll be able to stroll in the garden and smell the flowers.

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I hope.

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Dale – like many other Canadians this February – is bravely but unhappily bearing up under the brutal cold and snow.

Blog Photo - Garden - Red fernleaf peony

“Yup…. snowed under.

Frozen as the brass balls on the proverbial monkey — effing February.  

I did take time from shoveling, freezing and ranting to note that you didn’t make it here this month.  Not surprised.  There’s a reason bears hibernate.  

It all makes me want to eat donuts and I don’t even like donuts! ”

Cheer up, Dale!

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These red Bee Balm are meant to be a balm for your winter-weary spirit.

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But I think Dale may have already lost her sense of humour over this winter weather:

“Today the sun is shining but ‘extreme cold warning’….

I wish those people on the radio would piss off…. we know it’s cold… enuf already.  

Remind me:  why did you leave Jamaica??” 

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Dale, thanks for making me smile. I hope these flowers do the same for you. Deo Volente, better days are ahead!

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Dedicated to Dale and everyone who is trying to get through this cold weather.