Canada vs America: Long Weekend


Happy long weekends Canada (last weekend) and America (this weekend)! whoa, did I just use capitol letters?! …they just sort of just snuck in there.  I suppose if I was using firefox it would automatically correct things like that, but here on good ole internet explorer its functions are a little too simple for that, and we are left to our own selves to remember things like spelling, grammar, and capitol letters.  I would use firefox more often, but i always get ‘long running script’ errors and a) i don’t know what that means, and b) i don’t know how to fix it or keep it from happening.  So i just avoid the problem and hang out over here on Explorer with its lack of cool add-ons and fancy grammatical features and ‘long running scripts’ and whatnot.  I feel like explorer is the equivalent of a car with manual locks and windows… it gets the job done, but it’s just so much nicer to lock the entire car with the push of one remote button attached to my keychain.  Right?!

Anyways, the long weekend… what’s everyone up to!?  Camping?  (see last weeks post & picture about camping if that is what you did).  I was going to do a whole different thing this week and share some of the cool art you shared with me (thanks for sending!!) and also tell you the story of magic panda (per the requests) BUT here’s the thing: i actually have a picture about the May long weekend.  And it was just toooo relevant to pass up, so we are going to do it this week, and all that other shtuff NEXT week. 

This is what puffins and penguins do on their May long weekend.  The puffins are Canadian so they are celebrating Victoria Day.  A whole national holiday and paid day off of work to honor Queen Victoria’s birthday.  So what better way to celebrate the queen than with a day on the lake!  The penguins in the picture are American, and they are observing Memorial Day.  It’s is a day to honor those who have died while serving with the military.  And what better way to do that than a day on the lake!  So… same long weekend, different reasons, and yet we find ourselves together on a lake enjoying time with family and friends and NOT being at work on Monday.  Of course, many americans actually DO participate in ceremonies and memorials over this long weekend, but i don’t know if I remember in my entire time growing up in Canada, anyone ever “giving cheers to their queen” like the holiday’s traditional beginnings suggest.  We really do just set off fireworks or go to a lake or go camping or sit around and enjoy NOT being at work on Monday.  Oh well, whatever holiday you are observing, hopefully your May long weekend was filled with friends, family, food and of course lots of fun. 
PS – I’m not sure what type of large bird the feather from that feather kite came from… you’ll have to ask the Puffins.  They are very expensive kites, so I imagine it is from a rare species.    

The best things about summer (and the worst)

How is it that May is half over already? 11 days till June.  Where did the first half of the year go?  June, in my mind, has always marked the beginning of summer. And i love summer for so many reasons but my one problem with it is: I love tea also.  Tea is hot… summer is also hot… and herein lies the problem.  To expand on this: drinking tea makes me hot, which is great in the coldish winter/spring/fall, but in the summer it’s hot outside so the hotness of the tea i’m drinking and the hotness of the air gets compounded and then i get super hot and canadian’s aren’t built for heat and i can’t handle it i JUST can’t and then i have to stand in front of wind (fans) to cool down and then i have tea regret and then i think “tomorrow i should not brew tea” but then because brewing tea is such a habit and embedded into my lengthy morning routine, i do it anyways and the whole problem happens all over again. 

I say “lengthy morning routine” because for whatever reason, and on top of the things I actually need to accomplish every morning like getting dressed and packing a lunch, there are many things that are not urgent but that seem to carry much more importance right about when I have to leave for work in 5 minutes… ie: better water the avocado plant; better water the REST of the outdoor plants; better hang up those clothes that have been sitting on the spare bed for weeks; better clean the sink; better look for that hat that i don’t need to wear today but seem to have misplaced; better look through a photo album… better do other such irrelevant things.  And i keep setting my alarm to wake me up earlier and earlier but no matter how much time i give myself in the morning, i find a way to be rushing out the door in total chaos, forgetting the two travel mugs of tea i carefully prepared, then running back for it, and that’s just how things work monday through friday… my morning routine. 

Wait, what was i talking about before all that?  …TEA! Yes, of course: So for a few months of the year, the hot months, I often brew my tea out of habit and don’t actually even drink it, or sometimes i simply just boil the water and and then turn it off and not even get to the brewing phase because boiling water is just something i can’t seem to not do in the mornings. So this is the one downside to summer for me: tea complications.  But that’s beside the point…  we’re here to talk about things we like about summer.

Summer is a time for fun, friends, and food, which also are my THREE favourite things!  And where better to enjoy those things than sitting around outdoors away from home and tvs and phones and indoor plumbing and soft mattresses… yes, i am talking about CAMPING!! So in the spirit of almost-summer and the beginning of the camping season, this week’s picture is celebrating warm evenings, getting back in touch with nature, and enjoying the simpler things in life that summertime helps us re-connect with.  And of course smores.  What would life be without smores?  

Sorry this post is such a disaster… i just realized i spent the majority of it ranting about tea, which really has nothing to do with art (other than that i like to drink tea while drawing).  Not to make excuses, but here’s an excuse: I have had visitors in town for a while and it has left very little time for thinking about art.  “New posts every weekend”, she said… FAIL.  Let’s just add something to that statement: New posts every weekend, probably on sunday, and maybe sometimes on monday.  Next week I would like to explore not only my art, but art that I like by other artists.  And I would love for you to share some of your favourite artists with me, or just your favourite image or picture.  Or statue.  Or sculpture.  Or whatever.  I’m game for anything.  So if you have some art you’d like to share with me, comment below, or on Facebook, or email me [email protected]
Happy week, and hopefully next week the post will actually be done by the weekend.  What story/animal would you rather hear about? 
1) Scuba Certified Elephant
2) Captain Pelican
3) Magic Panda