Seniors Situation Room by Dawn Ford – Happy Hanukkah & Snow!

DECEMBER 11, 2023 – Snow. Snow. Where did you go? The young’ns are wondering!

The little ones get all excited that soon they would be skating and some of them playing hockey on outdoor rinks. Tobogganing would be on the scene too and now even skate boarding.

We woke up on Monday December 4th to a wonderland of snow covered trees. So beautiful. Well, we have snow now, so the kids will be out there throwing snowballs at each other I bet. If it is packy, maybe even a snowman.

Reminds me of the old days walking to school in all that snow. No school buses at that time. We came home for lunch also so it was a four time trek each day. A classmate told me that she had to walk 4+ blocks to elementary school and in later years another 2+ for high school. It was a cold walk she said especially if there was any wind .

Mom would make sure we were all bundled up with hats, scarves, warm coats, leggings, mittens and goulashes over our shoes. Warm as we could be in frosty weather.

If it was a blustery stormy day and we stayed home, it was ok with us. We could play Chinese Checkers or Monopoly with our siblings, read comic books or other books and maybe even get outside to make a snowman. When the weather dictated it we could toboggan behind St. Columbine’s Catholic Church on Fourth Street. Big hill behind the church but the bottom of it is a parking lot now. No more tobogganing there.

If the outdoor rinks weren’t ready we could walk to the Water Street Arena and skate indoors. Lots of fun. those were the days.

Our Jewish friends are celebrating Hanukkah starting on December 3rd for eight days. Happy Hanukkah.

Beautiful menorah.

Limericks are always fun. Here’s one:

” At times I’m so mad that I’m hopping.

My angriness sets my veins popping.

I yell and I curse

With some swear words diverse

but my wife does much worse: she goes shopping. “

Police Services have issued some informative and helpful pamphlets. I received three: Safety For Seniors, Identity Theft and Other forms of Fraud, and Elder Abuse. If you are interested in obtaining them please call 613-933-5000 or email at :

I saw a beautiful sign at St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre. It reads: Always Be Kind.

This Blue Jay seems to have grasped a shelled peanut and looks quite pleased with himself. On a big day of snow I saw one on a very heavily covered tree branch. He seemed to stay there for awhile which was a surprise and then flew away. So beautiful.

This photo was taken by my friend, the late Stewart Thompson one snowy day. Gorgeous.

Some humours lines from a friend:

Here are some important facts to remember as we grow older:

1) Life is sexually transmitted.

2) Men have two motivations: hunger and sex and they can’t tell them apart. If you see a gleam in his eye, make him a sandwich.

3) Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach a person to use the internet and they won’t bother you for weeks.

4) All of us can learn a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.

5) In the 60’s people took LSD to make the world weird. Now they take Prozac to make it normal.

6) Life is like a jar of jalapeno peppers. What you do today may be a burning issue tomorrow.

Have a good week, Dawn