Don’t you just love spring time? It is a wonderful time of year filled with a plethora of stimulants for all the senses. The aroma of fresh blossoms on the trees, the colour palette of new buds bursting through the ground, the sounds of birds chirping outside your window…all of these herald a fresh start from Mother Nature.
Here in Canada we have just completed the first of our warmer weather long weekends. It was Victoria Day. The origins of Victoria Day are fairly simple. Queen Victoria was born on May 24, 1819. She became Queen of the United Kingdom on June 20, 1837, and was until she died on January 22, 1901. She is still the longest-reigning monarch of the United Kingdom on record. When we were little we sang a little ditty…
The 24th of May
The Queens Birthday
If we don’t get a holiday
We’ll all run away!
Take a look at this woman would you not have wanted to run away, too?
She scared the you-know-what out of me!
These days Victoria Day is usually held on whatever Monday lies before or on the 24th of May. Sometimes referred to by the nickname “May Two Four ” weekend…often confused with this kind of “Two Four” weekend.
There is a movement afoot to change the name but, I keep looking at that woman and the only thing scarier would be her haunting me for changing the name.
No matter what you call it, it is the first clear sign of summer for Canadians. Some take advantage of the long weekend to open their cottages, some use the the extra day and head to the US to do some shopping and some stay home to get their yard, decks and gardens in order.
I stayed home for the long weekend but there were lots of things that reminded me that this was the beginning of summer. “What were those things?” you ask. I have a list.
MICHELLE’S SURE SIGNS THAT IT IS SUMMER
#1 Dandelions and Weeds
They are everywhere!
#2 Bees and Hornets
Not the really cute ones like this little ceramic bee or even the annoyingly cute ones like the Jerry Seinfeld bees. Last night after He-Who went to bed, as I sat in the dark watching TV, I saw this thing crawling across the dark brown wooden floor. My first thought was that it was a big ugly spider (I had chased down three of them earlier). It wasn’t a spider. What could it bee? I turned on the light and there, crawling (I honestly beelieve it was too big and heavy to buzz around) on the floor was the biggest bee I had ever seen. After alerting He-Who to the fact that I might need an epi-pen or a trip to the ER I wrestled it to oblivion and eventually flushed it.
#3 No See-Ums
At least that is what we call them where I am from. Why? Because you can’t see them! They go up your nose and in your mouth. They cling to your clothing. They make you look like a raving lunatic as you walk down the street swatting at these invisible creatures.
#4 I can no longer get to the other side.
Apparently I live in a popular spot. I have been walking down to the water since I moved here, walking up one side of the road until I reach the water and then crossing over and walking back home on the opposite side. There are some quaint shops on both sides and I like to look in the windows. Switching sides makes the walk go easier. This time, not only could I not see in the windows for all the people in the way, but when I turned around at the water and came up the other side I couldn’t cross back over to my side of the street because there was so much traffic!
Who doesn’t love some fireworks? I’m all for the “ooooooohs” and “aaaaaws” of a good pyrotechnics display but there were a few hours on Sunday night that I would have sworn we were under attack. I have sat through 50+ years of fireworks displays and have never had the windows vibrate and things fall off the shelves like we did that night. I haven’t figured out why the noise was so bad inside our house but as soon as either one of us can hear enough to stop shouting at the top of our lungs we will be looking into it.
HE-WHO’S ONE SURE SIGN THAT IT IS SUMMER
The Chip Wagon at the Beach is open. That is all.
For all of my American friends, I understand that your first long weekend of the summer will be this weekend. Good luck with that.