Saturday, 31 July 2010

Black Eyes and Bellini's

I discovered this clump of  black-eyed Susan's in the garden today. Skip must have transplanted them from somewhere else earlier this year. They sure are enjoying their new, sunny spot.

This weekend is a long weekend for many Canadians except those living in Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec and Yukon Territory. I call it the Civic Holiday weekend but many communities give it a regionally significant name, for example, it's called Simcoe Day in Toronto, McLaughlin Day in Oshawa, Alexander Mackenzie Day in Sarnia, etc. Strangely, it is a statutory holiday in some places, a municipal holiday in others, and not observed at all by some in the private sector. However between Victoria Day and Labour Day there was no official long weekend (Canada Day isn't always tied to a weekend) so this one was created - sort of - in 1990.

Long weekends don't mean much to Skip and me any more, being retirees. And the Civic Holiday always fell in the middle of our summer vacation when we were teaching. It is nice, however, to hear friends and acquaintances talk excitedly about their plans for this weekend. It's a great time of the year to get some good R & R away from work.

Nancy and I were chatting on Facebook earlier this evening - neither of us having made big weekend plans, and we spontaneously decided to go to see "The Kids Are All Right" at the 8pm show. It was an interesting tale about two kids' search for their lesbian mothers' sperm donor. In the last two movies I've seen, Julianne Moore has played a lesbian. Quirky! Of course, we went to Milestones for Bellini's afterwards. So, what we both thought was going to be a run-of-the-mill Friday night turned into a fun outing after all!

1 comment:

  1. Ah, retirement. I am working slowly towards an early version of it. Can't. Wait. and Bellini's rock too