Monday, May 18, 2009

We Were Warned

Today in Canada we celebrate Queen Victoria's birthday, always on the third Monday of May.  This is our traditional first Long Weekend of the summer, comparable to the Memorial Day Weekend in the U.S.  

At the Garden Centre, this is also traditionally the highest sales day of the season.  We did pretty well on Saturday, coming within $250. of our highest sales day ever.  Of course, both Saturday and Sunday we enjoyed beautiful summery weather.  

Today is a different story.  This is the scene that greeted me this morning.
This unseasonal weather had been
predicted as long ago as last Thursday.  Too bad for the campers out to enjoy the first long weekend of the summer, and too bad for garden centers who look forward to selling lots of stock today.

We did have two customers already this morning.  And actually, it's nice for them.  There are no crowds here; they get lots of help and attention, and we're happy to see them.

Because it's such wintry weather, I loaded up the little crockpot with the following layers: bay leaf, cubed beef, cubed potatoes, chopped celery, onions and carrots, peas and corn.  In four hours that should be a nicely blended stew, appropriate to the scene outdoors.  But I'd rather be serving a summer dish, something from the barbecue!

Now I just need to decide: do I want to sew, knit or read today.

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