Civic Holiday – August 4th, 2013

Small bonfire
Perfect weather for a bonfire

We pretty much have one long weekend a month now I think. New Year, Family Day in February, Easter in March or Early April – Victoria Day in May, Canada Day-July 1st, Labour Day in September, Thanksgiving in October – personally I think November 11th Remembrance Day should be one too, and then Christmas in December.  Does not really matter which faith, or non faith you practice, it is nice to take a break and celebrate what matters most to you.

Wikipedia says in Ontario, the holiday was renamed Simcoe Day in Toronto effective 1969 in honour of the first Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada and the promulgator of the Act Against Slavery,[4][5][6] but a motion at the Ontario Municipal Association to extend the name change province-wide failed.[6][7]According to a 2005 proclamation this name continues to apply in the present amalgamated city of Toronto.[8] Civic Holiday is now known by one of a number of local appellations such as Colonel By Day in OttawaGeorge Hamilton Day in HamiltonJoseph Brant Day in BurlingtonFounders’ Dayin BrantfordMcLaughlin Day in OshawaAlexander Mackenzie Day in SarniaJames Cockburn Day in CobourgPeter Robinson Day inPeterborough, and John Galt Day in Guelph, as well as numerous other names in smaller municipalities.[citation needed] When not given a local name, it is often referred to as ‘Civic Holiday’[9]. Although a work holiday is given to employees of the federal and many municipal governments,[1] the Government of Ontario has not defined this day as a statutory holiday and it is not mentioned in either Ontario’s Employment Standards Act or Retail Business Holidays Act.[10][11] The Scotiabank Caribbean Cultural Festival, formerly known as Caribana, is held this holiday weekend in Toronto, coinciding with Emancipation Day.

I bet you skipped all that.  So today, after a leisurely breakfast of a steak omelet made by the man of the house, we hopped in the Miata with the top down and headed south down Rama Road, then East across the Switch Road then North on 169 to Brooks Side Road, to Fairgrounds Road, to Coopers Falls Road, to Barkway Road, to Germania Road -circle there we were looking for someone, then East again I think -maybe I need a map  on Doe Lake Road to Gravenhurst for a Muskoka Mocha and Bear Claw ice cream cone – compliments of Taste Buds and Kawartha Lakes Dairy.  Muskoka Mocha is a new flavour and it is yummmmmy! 65 miles.  Lovely, tunes, wind in our hair..

It was a beautiful day for doing anything outdoors, even sitting and listening to the new birds in the nest outside – Juncos.  I ventured in the whirl pool to do some exercises and I do believe the day is winding down.  No packing today.

The day lilies on the other side of the deck are going to bloom now – there are four of them.  I tried to take a decent picture of the other three – with my Blackberry Bold 9900, 🙂 but I couldn’t get it to look the way I wanted it, maybe tomorrow will be better.

I did read the writing challenge for the day – what did I want to be when I grew Up?  Physiotherapist, or Psychologist.  Uh uh, totally did not happen – not even close.

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