Sunday, May 18, 2008

All hail Queen Victoria...

Thanks to her, we have a long weekend here in Canada. Victoria Day is traditionally celebrated among Canadians as (among other things):

  • the weekend when cottagers head north to open up the cottage & see what damage the mice & squirrels have wrought over the winter;
  • the kickoff to gardening season (assuming you've actually had some frost-free overnights);
  • a good excuse to party & drink beer (Victoria Day was traditionally on the Queen's actual birthday, May 24th -- hence the nickname "May 2-4");
  • a good excuse to set off fireworks in your yard & scare the cr@p out of your neighbours, who fear having a Roman candle come whizzing through their front door (this is not as funny or unrealistic as it might sound, particularly in suburbia, where the frontage of most lots is about 30-50 feet max). This is, I think, something peculiar to Ontario (at any rate, it's not something I recall being a big deal, growing up in small towns on the Prairies). Ontarians seem to set off as many if not more fireworks on the Victoria Day weekend as they do on Canada Day.

I'm listening to the fireworks exploding outside as I type. It's actually stopped raining long enough for people to set them off. It has been mostly cold, wet & miserable so far this weekend, although things might improve somewhat tomorrow (we hope). Despite a round of amoxicillin (not to mention Monistat), I've had a bit of a relapse of my sore throat/plugged up ear. Grrr. I could feel it coming on Friday morning, but couldn't get in to see my dr until Tuesday. I've held it at bay with some Tylenol, decongestant & good old-fashioned saltwater gargles. Sometimes the old ways really are the best. Unfortunately, I couldn't hold off AF. Sometimes it doesn't just rain but it pours. Sigh.

For dh & me, this May long weekend marks 18 years since we moved into our house. We thought we'd be here maybe five years tops, then move onto something larger to accommodate our expanding family. Well, it's still just the two of us, and we're still here (although at least the mortgage isn't, yay us!). With the weather being so lousy & me not feeling 100%, we put off doing any yard work (plus I wouldn't go near a garden centre this weekend if you paid me...!), & have stuck to doing what we know & love best: sleeping in, & visiting two different local Chapters bookstores, lol.

Last night we went to FIL's. StepBIL & his pg wife were there, & SIL & I were handed our invitations to the shower, which is June 29th. There is no way that I can get out of going, so I will just have to bite the bullet & visit Babies R Us one of these weekends (soon, before the registry gets too picked over).

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Yesterday's Globe & Mail had an interview with Cherie Blair, the wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and an excerpt from her new memoir. The passage describes how Blair discovered -- at age 47, the age I am now -- that she was once again pregnant, only to learn at an ultrasound that the baby had no heartbeat.

With four other children, including Leo, born when she was already in her 40s, this woman obviously had no fertility problems. But it's still heartbreaking to read about her loss -- & especially how her husband & his advisors, without consulting her, decided to announce it to the world for political reasons. Thank God most of us have never had that particular angle to worry about in the middle of grieving a lost baby.

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  1. I'm a huge fan of fireworks. They were setting them off for some random reason last night here. Maybe sympathetic celebration of Victoria Day? :-)

  2. Hope you have a good long weekend and feel better soon. I'm putting my garden in tomorrow - it's been nice enough to plant most seeds for a while here, but I've just been lazy.

  3. I hope you get to feeling better soon - doesn't sound like it was a very fun weekend. :0(

    I didn't realized Tony Blair's wife was in her late 40's when she lost her baby. I assumed she was a bit younger than that. They really should have consulted her first - or at the very least let her know ahead of time they were going to advertise her grief.

    Wishes for a quick recovery!

    A Pink rose Award for you my dear!

  5. I was hoping to see a post from you this weekend (listening to fireworks as I type). Sorry to hear you are under the weather - I hope you feel better soon. Have you tried nasal sprays or (if you are really brave) nasal washes? I find they help make the mucous more liquid so it is easier to get rid of, and less likely to cause an ear infection. (or maybe it's placebo effect, LOL).

    I hope you are feeling better soon!

  6. 1) stick with the beer portion of the weekend. Maybe with birthday cake, too.

    2) BRU has a website. (I'm soo into denial, me.)

    3) Those stories kill me about having to grieve in such a public manner. It's so hard to grieve in a neighborhood and with family I can't imagine doing it in front of the world -- remember the Japanese Princess who had a miscarriage (or two)? I felt for her so much. To have so much more riding on the pregnancy than just your own stuff. Brave ladies, indeed.