Ever since I can remember I've heard the comment that there is "no difference" between Canadians and Americans. I respectfully beg to differ as there is a difference on so many levels! We have unique Canadian culture consisting of Canadianisms, a Canadian perspective on world events, Canadian cuisine as well as products and foods only available in Canada. This blog is dedicated to celebrating all things Canadian from "my perspective" as a Canadian. Please enjoy your visit and be sure to visit often.

Garden Gnome
Americans should never underestimate the constant pressure on Canada which the mere presence of the United States has produced. We're different people from you and we're different people because of you. Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is effected by every twitch and grunt. It should not therefore be expected that this kind of nation, this Canada, should project itself as a mirror image of the United States.
- Pierre Trudeau

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Great Snowstorm of 2011

swans and ducks on the water
Winter Life on the Water
January 30, 2011

We live on waterfront property on the Great Lakes waterway in beautiful Ontario.  Winters here are quite pretty!  The ice on the water never full freezes so there are pockets of open water that the various waterfowl take advantage of.  Pictured is the view from our kitchen a couple of days ago.

Today is Ground Hog Day.  Wiarton Willy's prediction this year is an early spring which I'm sure made a lot of people happy as they were digging out from last night's snowstorm.  It was the worst snowstorm of the season hitting southern Ontario rather hard last night with continuing snow, freezing rain and poor road conditions due to high winds causing drifting and low visibility.  The weather forecast for today is for at least another 10 cm of snow.  Watching our neighbours on both sides of us dig their long driveways out from a good 30 cm of snow I am glad we had the foresight to arrange ours to be plowed out!  There were a lot of cancellations but my husband decided to go into the office for the afternoon.  The great snowstorm of 2011 was not as bad as predicted here in our little corner of Canada.


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