No, we don’t have any flowers here in western NY at the moment. At least not the outdoor kind. I do know of a few flowering cabbages around my neighborhood that aren’t dead yet, but they do fairly well in the cold.
What we also don’t have, though, is snow. Nothing. Zero. Nada. Zip. We don’t have any now and we haven’t had any. The weather folks say we’ve “officially” had 2 inches so far, but that’s a bit of an exaggeration. Maybe we did at the airport – where they measure such things – but I guarantee that it didn’t stick to the ground. The grass is still green, I’ve not seen a single snow plow, and people are still riding bikes and motorcycles. A few people, anyway.
Which makes this year a lot different than last year. By this time last year, we’d had 43 inches of the white stuff. The temperature rarely got over 30 in December, 2010 and snow plows were out night and day. Some days, they couldn’t keep up. There was no question that Christmas would be white. Skiers and snowmobilers were loving it. Their world was frozen.
But not today. Not so far this year. November was generally balmy and December has been a gift. Maybe we’ll get hammered in January. Who knows. But for now, I’ll take every snowless day I can get.