It’s only Thursday but a special weekend approaches

Well it is a kind of lolling around weekend here in Canada.  The neighbourhood is quiet and most folk who have not headed out to cottages or camping are puttering at this and that. Much improved over the last couple of years – post covid and all that.

May 24 to the young adults means 24 (the number of bottles of beer in a case, that is packed up for a trip, with sleeping bags, snacks and little else.) At least it used to be that way.but the holiday celebrates the reign of Queen Victoria who ruled the United Kingdom from 1837 until 1901.

Victoria at 18 coronation

That lady would have seen a lot of changes in all those decades and today her style is defined by her name: Victorian; architecture, clothes, morals (although the morals have long since changed drastically). And as per my blog two days ago, even the sincerity of the holiday and the opinion of the personage has changed.

But there remains an optimism associated with May Two Four. Spring, freedom (from winter, boots, coats, scarves and mittens) not to mention the freedom to be outside and move around.

It’s an energizing time. And it feels good.

Unlike years ago I have no special plans except Monday my good friend, The Road Warrior, you know her as Moonwatcher51, from her blog at Scatter Kindness, is due to pass this way. She lives in her home in Mexico through the winter, and then returns like the birds to her northern home in Winnipeg for the summer. We like to joke that it is really Winterpeg and that certainly bore out this year when she had to leave her camper van, that she traditionally uses to traverse Canada in the summer, buried under snow, in May to travel east. So she drove her car. She and her wee doggie, Rizzo (named after the Pink Ladies).

One summer she travels west to British Columbia to visit her oldest and his family, and the next she travels to the east coast to visit a dear friend By the Bay in Nova Scotia, then progressively makes stops on her travels west. And I am one of those stops!! This year is the 25th anniversary of our friendship. And it has been two years since I have seen her. Great excitement here.

This Road Warrior is a camper, but this year it has been hotel stops (you know because the camper is uh snowed in in Winterpeg). So I am making sure her 3 day stay has all the comforts of home. Home made meals every night by moi, (the menu is complete), I bought an air conditioner for her bedroom in case it gets blistering hot (not likely, but I like to be prepared, and social engagements to take place here – old friends gathering for a luncheon, ** which may not happen exactly as planned as one participant has just tested positive for you know what. Fortunately we are all triple vaxxed and some of us quadrupled but such an event does limit our exposure to each other.

I remain optimistic in keeping with the season here at North of 43, and wish all of you the loveliest weekend where ever you are.

Chris G May 19th ’22

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One is about 43 degrees latitude N. and longitude 80 W, The other almost equidistant south latitude and longitude 174 E. Two women, two minds, different personalities and experiences, choosing a life of meaning, continual growth and learning, at the same time negating ageist opinions of exactly what ‘an old lady’ should be.

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