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Rain, rain go away, on this no-work holiday...

Monday, May 22, 2006

Today is Victoria Day, a holiday in Canada, the day we all celebrate the Queen's birthday and revere the Monarchy. (Well, in all honesty, most Canadians only know this as the May 2-4 weekend, which means campgrounds have opened and we can spend our hard-earned Canadian dollars (which, of course, sport the Queen's image) on beer and charcoal briquettes.)

But today means absolutely nothing to those who have to keep on working... Many Canadians use this as a day to do yard work. Some go to extremes (for example, my neighbour is building a wharf). I am spending mine at home with the family, attempting to work on the garden (if the rain ever decides to remain at sea).

The rock garden at the side of my house. One of these days, I will glue your head on dear, for now just lean on my shoulder. Hmmm...

Mixy Flabble Rabbit

"Why do you call him that?" Mr. C asks. My blog friends collectively named him, is my reply. To which, he rightfully rolls his eyes. My son misunderstood what I said and thought he heard "Mister Happy Rabbit", so that is what he is more frequently referred to. But because of him, I don't have a single solitary tulip in the garden. Bad Mixy.

My son is having a fit of "I'm bored"...so I'm off to go and play with him. The babe is trying to walk, even though his feet are barely long enough to support his body. He is a kamakaze wobbling fright. He puts David Blain's stunts to shame. My heart has stopped at least ten times today alone. We are going out this afternoon to my parents for dinner and then to the Bookstore for magazines and fancy coffee drinks from Starbucks. What shall tomorrow bring...

  1. Blogger Steve Awesome said:

    sounds like a fun day. I want a day off for the Queens Birthday. Either of them Im not fussy

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Funny how we celebrate your Queen's birthday :) It is so nice to have a family day. I think every weekend should be a three day weekend. Perhaps the Queen could do something about this...

  1. Blogger missy said:

    I want an excuse to drink beer and have a BBQ! But the weather has been miserable lately and I don't really want to attend to veggie burgers while under a brolly.

    This coming weekend is a 3-day weekend... hurrah!

  1. Blogger DayByDay4-2Day said:

    Everyday is holiday for me right now!!

  1. Blogger Devil Mood said:

    Ah there's the Queen...Cathy, I believed you, you didn't have to show me the bills ;)
    Lucky you - I was working like a dog today, my eyes hurt from looking at the computer screen. To be fair, I usually don't enjoy holidays very much but it's nicer than putting up with my boss...

  1. Blogger Heidi said:

    Today was the first day without rain in 10 days! ..But it feels like fall, very cool...Crazy weather.

    Have fun tonight.

  1. Blogger for_the_lonely said:

    I love your "pet" rabbit, but it's a shame to hear that he's eating all the tulips ( which are my fav flower!)! The gnome family is a hoot, too! I hope that you enjoyed your day off! :)

    Hugs to you,

  1. Blogger Chloe said:

    so, did you get Canadian Living?
    that's a good meme -for the brave- favourite magazines.
    see you tomorrow xxxxx

  1. Blogger vani said:

    beautiful pics as usual. :) hope you enjoyed your day.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    No excuse needed; you can be an honorary Canadian, and then drink all the beer and have all the bbqs you like...

    Sounds good to me!

    Devil Mood;
    Oh, but I wanted to show you :) Sorry to hear about the boss. I hope tomorrow is a good work day for you.

    It has been cold here as well. I agree; crazy weather. But it gives us Canadians something to talk about, eh.

    I love tulips as well...I intend to plant more bulbs this fall and cross my fingers...

    I didn't get a single thing other than my Vanilla latte. We were rushed because we were running late for my parents...but my mother gave me a stack of magazines, including better homes and gardens :0)

    Thank you: I hope yours was good as well.

  1. Blogger Michelle said:

    Sounds like a heavenly way to spend the day :o)

    I'd like a caramel latte, a foreign policy magazine, a philosophy magazine, and one on fancy homes by the sea :)
    thanks xx

  1. Blogger Meow said:

    I always think that when it rains on a public holiday, it is the perfect opportunity to really do NOTHING !!
    I hope you enjoy your day, and that the rain did stop, so you and the kids could go outside to play.
    Take care, Meow

  1. Blogger blackcrag said:

    I love your rock garden. I'd like one myself, but I am having trouble finding the seeds to grow good rocks.

    Is Mixy Flabble Rabbit that tame or is that a zoom shot?

  1. Blogger Connie and Rob said:

    Your rock garden is beautiful!

    Sounds like you are going to make the best of the day even if it is raining. Good for you. Hope you have fun drinking coffee and looking at all the new books.


  1. Blogger Stephanie said:

    I sometimes like the rainy holidays or weekend days because it's an excuse to take a break and stay indoors without feeling guilty. You have the kids, so I can't imagine it's the same sort of peace and quiet for you though :)

    We could use a little break from the rain here, so I'm hoping for a sunny 3 day weekend for us. The ground's so over-saturated that trees are just tipping over.

  1. Blogger Stephanie said:

    I should have been drinking beer and having a BBQ on Monday but I was at work instead. Poop! I am hoping to do something nice for Canada Day, however. We will be drinking Moosehead all weeeknd! :)

    On an unrelated note, I want to thank you for your kind words about writing scientific papers. I feel really good about having submitted my manuscript and it has spurred me on to apply for a research prize and write up my remaining analyses for my thesis. None of this comes naturally to me, but it's reassuring to know that everyone feels that way at first. Thanks again.

  1. Blogger erikku said:

    Happy Victoria Day!!

    I'm sure a lot of Americans would support a monarchy to get an extra few days off.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    I wish you were a lot closer, and I'd gladly share my my magazines with you and buy you a Starbucks latte :)

    The rain did stop but it was COLD outside; we didn't do too much outdoors but that was o.k.

    We have plenty of rocks here; Nova Scotians could seel them to Albertans and make a mint :0)
    I zoomed in on Mixy thought the window from my desk; but he was still relatively close...

    Thank You :)
    I didn't end up getting anything for myself; all the boys got a new book; but that's o.k.; I have plenty.

    I hope your weather starts to improve soon and that your long weekend is sunny and warm...not too much to ask for, eh?!

    UK Stephanie;
    You are so welcome, and what I said was absolutely true; I found writing so so difficult; even up until last year really. I found that after tenure and the pressure being off, I was more relaxed and things flowed better; I also got into my research groove and love love what I do. Even if you don't find your writing groove and you end up at a teaching University and don't publish a lot, that's o.k. too. Are you planning on staying in research or teaching or both?

    Maybe in the next election, you could vote to become members of the Commonwealth :)

  1. Blogger Maddy said:

    i need you to help me
    with my garden - and i love the
    rain...it is lovely.

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