Chris J Powell

New Beginnings (and no Rapture)

I guess the “profit” who proclaimed that yesterday would be the start of the “End of Days” was a bit of a quak as I would have to say that the Rapture was a bust yesterday at 6:00 PM.  The sky did not part and my life feels no more like Hell than it did at 5:59 PM!

Here in Canada, we don’t hold to the normal conventions that Summer starts on June 21 it starts Victoria Day Weekend. I figured I would give a bit of a history lesson and some personal insight into the holiday lovingly called May Two Four.

According to Heritage Canada “The Sovereign’s birthday has been celebrated in Canada since the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901).  May 24, Queen Victoria’s birthday, was declared a holiday by the Legislature of the Province of Canada in 1845.

After Confederation, the Queen’s birthday was celebrated every year on May 24 unless that date was a Sunday, in which case a proclamation was issued providing for the celebration on May 25.

After the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, an Act was passed by the Parliament of Canada establishing a legal holiday on May 24 in each year (or May 25 if May 24 fell on a Sunday) under the name Victoria Day.”

For me Victoria Day truly does mark the beginning of Summer and is “gardening weekend” when the line ups at every garden center are huge and the smell of freshly turned soil and cut grass abound.  For us, we will be doing container gardening this year as our new backyard is just a bit overgrown by ivy from the previous resident who saw fit to let the small back yard go WILD!

Another new beginning occurred yesterday as we welcomed a new family member into our home.  I was weak…oh so weak as I returned home from helping my father in law all day I was ambushed by the two lovely ladies in my life with sad faces and a need for something to cuddle at night.

Into the car we got and off to the pet store we went and welcome home to our new kitty “Oreo”.  Hopefully the fireworks tonight won’t scare her too bad.

Cheers and have a great weekend.

Chris J Powell

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