Monday, August 3, 2009

Mellow Yellow Monday

It's Mellow Yellow Monday and in Ontario it should really be a Mellow Monday. It's actually a civic holiday, much of the government buildings and liquor stores are closed not sure what else. The weather is A OK and it's a great gardening day. I'd love to go somewhere with my men, but they are both working and my husband is putting together a presentation on his favorite subject ( which I shall not mention, because it is a whole "nother post). So it's just me, you know I'll get distracted from cleaning and do other things. Anyway, my little yellow photo is a badge I use to have a roll of for when my boys were feeling a little out of sorts. I think Daniel needs that today. It seems every time he has my husband's car something drastic happens that is just not his fault. Yesterday he was just moving the car out of the way so I could pull the weeds growing in the interlocking driveway, and the windshield cracked. We expected "old yeller" to be very loud, but I think "old yeller" knew it was like that and didn't freak out. So today's award goes to DANIEL "you are a great kid".

Origins Of Simcoe Day
Monday August 3, 2009 Staff

For many people the holiday Monday in August is just that. A welcome day off in the middle of the summer, no more questions asked.

But how much do people know about the man we're supposed to be celebrating today, John Graves Simcoe? For most the answer is probably "not much."

Still, he's who Simcoe Day is named for, and he was most notably the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada, putting Toronto on the map. Perhaps that's why although not everyone in the province celebrates the August holiday as Simcoe Day, Toronto citizens do.

Simcoe made his name during the American Revolution, was appointed Lieutenant Governor in 1791 and arrived in Upper Canada a year later. He had initially established the capital city in what is now Niagara-on-the-Lake, but as the threat of American attack increased he sought a more secure location. That location is where Toronto now exists.

Today he has both a street and a lake named after him in Ontario.

And though Toronto recognizes Simcoe Day, this August break is more widely known as simply Civic Holiday in many parts of Canada.

However it goes by a variety of names both across the country and in other areas of Ontario. For example, it's British Columbia Day in B.C., New Brunswick Day in New Brunswick, and Saskatchewan Day in, where else, Saskatchewan.

In Ottawa it's known as Colonel By Day, in Burlington it's Joseph Brant Day, and in Guelph it's John Galt Day.

photo of a sticker I own.


Annie said...

That was all very interesting..thank you! And thanks also for your visit to my MY World post on my home city in Australia. Good to have you visit!

Love the postcard below!

Brian Miller said...

i am sure the sticker put a smile on his face. hope you enjoyed the holiday.

National Pet Day...

This is our pet cat, he lived with us for 18 years, adopted from a shelter, best cat ever. RIP Keahan