The long weekend snuck up on me this year. I didn’t even realize it was a holiday until I was setting up our daycare schedule and realized I had an extra day with M. We had house guests all last week, which might explain why it already kind of felt like vacation! But Matt had to work all weekend, and there was that pesky snow thing, so it turned into a holiday weekend that was mostly spent in sweatpants watching movies with a toddler.
May Long (or May 2-4, which I refuse to call it this year because it wasn’t anywhere near the 24th of the month) is supposed to be the time when Canadians go open their cottages, drink beer, and set off fireworks, something-something-Queen’s-birthday. For whatever reason, probably the risk of snow, there are no fireworks here. It is the opening of fishing season, but there was no way I was gonna haul a little one out to a lake somewhere with bait and sharp objects all by myself.
But let me back up — back to the house guests! My mom and her boyfriend visited the week prior to the long weekend, as I mentioned. Naturally, it snowed (as I also mentioned… repeatedly). We still had a good time, though, and got a bit of outdoor adventuring in. They left on Friday, and Matt went back to work, which is why M and I were alone all weekend.
Saturday was nice. It was our one deliciously sunny day and M and I went outside, where she literally covered herself head to toe in garden dirt. We dug out some of the creeping thyme that I’ve decided to give up on, and then she went in for a nap. I did a bit of housework but ultimately ditched it to sit outside knowing what was coming for the rest of the weekend…
The next day it rained FOREVER. Seriously, torrential downpours. It was not nice. There was a tiny break of sun first thing in the morning but we missed it in lieu of breakfast. Every time I tried to get M out the door to the grocery store and bank it started raining harder. We had to get groceries, though, so we eventually just braved the wet. It wasn’t very fun.
Then the next day, yesterday, we woke up to snow that continued falling all day long, because what’s a northern Ontario long weekend without every single type of weather possible?
Note how all of the bad weather photos were snapped from the comfort of inside the house. Yesterday M kept wanting to go out and blow bubbles and play in the dirt, which obviously did not happen.
Today we’re back to normal — it’s Matt’s last shift, M is presently in daycare, and the sun has come out to melt all the snow. I really, sincerely hope that was the last of it, because the weather apps are telling me that we’re in for sun, or at least rain, for the next 14 days.
So, we didn’t get fireworks, but we got a lot of weather excitement! How was your weekend?