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Severe Winter Storm in the Northeast USA from our Vantage point in Ajijic, Lake Chapala

There has been a crippling, historic blizzard over the last few days in the northeast USA from New York to the south.

Dire predictions about the coming storm being the worst in decades flooded the airwaves and up to 25 inches of snow were recorded in some areas.  Well schools, offices, roads and services were shut down, thousands of people were without electricity, trains were derailed because of ice and people were stranded in their cars or on buses for hours Newfoundland called it Wednesday.

Don’t get me wrong I am not downplaying the severity of this storm or the ordeals many people have endured I guess we are just a little better equipped at handling storms of this magnitude which are not that rare or historic in Canada.

During the winter months we watch the terrible weather up north and give thanks again that we live in paradise here in Ajijic, Lake Chapala.  I did spend over 40 years in Toronto.  I was born there and I thought I would die there but my husband had different plans for us and here we are in arguably the best climate in the world.

At the time I did not think much about the weather which was grey and cold for a major portion of the year because it was what I was used to.

Being here in Ajijic I appreciate our amazing weather every single day and have enjoyed every day that we have been here.  Sunshine is good for the soul and coming from the frozen north we do not take it for granted and know how lucky we are to live here.

I do worry about our relatives still up north but like us they are used to it and although they may not love it they are used to it.

Our relatives in North Carolina took advantage of the rare heavy snowfall and went tobogganing as a family with the dogs and had a fabulous time.  I bet it had been many years since that had enjoyed that particular activity and certainly not since they lived in Canada.

If you are looking for a reason to move to or retire to Ajijic, Lake Chapala may I suggest that our climate which is 75 degrees and sunny 90% of the year is a very strong motivator.  Also in the latest list of the 15 best places in the world to retire or move to Ajijic, Lake Chapala is #1.

Come on down. The weather is fine! As we are fond of saying “Come for the weather, stay for the wonderfully warm-hearted Mexican people.”

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