Monday was a holiday here in Ontario, Canada. It was … Family Day! That’s a made up holiday where we’re supposed to spend time with our families doing fun family stuff but where we inevitably either avoid our families at all cost or spend the day with them in our pajamas laying on the couch picking Doritos out of our molars.
So it is with great regret I have to let you know that because I dutifully worked on Monday (a dedicated and legal provincial holiday) that today’s post is being written with a certain amount of resentment. I should have taken Monday off but I didn’t for reasons that stem back to the week before when I *thought* it was Family Day. Family Day is one of those rotating holidays. And like I said, it’s really kind of a made up holiday that the Canadian government threw into the mix a few years ago to give Canadians a bit of a break in the midst of winter to lessen the possibility of one of us streaking through our local greenhouses with a pot of daffodils on our heads. It’s a well known fact that that happens.
Because it’s a rotating holiday, no one really knows when Family Day is going to pop up until people on the news start talking about things you could do for free on Family Day.
On Monday, February 13th, for whatever reason, a full week before the actual holiday, I spent the entire day by the fire in my pajamas reading and planning my community gardens fully convinced it was Family Day. I gave myself a facial mask. I even made sure my mother went to visit her 102 year old Aunt Jean that day. Because it was Family Day and all. She did. It wasn’t. I’m stupid.
So I worked this Monday, the actual Family Day, to make up for my erroneous day off the week before. I typed and photographed and returned emails all the while other families across the province were hiking hand in hand through local forests, singing from mountaintops and laughing about that time a few years ago when they snapped and streaked through a steamy greenhouse.
April 14th. That’s the next official holiday. It’s Good Friday before the Easter weekend. APRIL 14TH.
Before I go, I have a list of the winners of the Luffa Sponge giveaway!
DANNI – who is rebuilding her 5 raised beds in the spring
CARMEN – who couldn’t garden 2 years ago because of pregnancy nausea
RAYMONDE – who promises to share her resulting luffa seeds
DONNA F. – who grows 95 types of heirloom tomatoes
RON – who wants to grow luffa on the Eastern slopes of the Rockies
ART – who speaks a little Canadian
BETH – who is motivated by sibling rivalry
SUSANNE – who is hoping these seeds will bring her 17 year old son joy
EMMA – who stores her beautiful plants at a local greenhouse
MERRIE – of the retirement home fundraiser fame
ADRIENNE – Whose husband thinks he has the green thumb
TANYA – from the Yukon
MELANIE S – who was planning to grow some luffas this year!
CHARISSA – whose current shower luffa is well past its prime
MEL R – who got all hot and bothered when she read the original luffa post
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your seeds!
If you didn’t win the seed but want to grow them you can get great quality luffa seeds sold by Renee Seeds on Amazon. If you’re in Canada, William Dam is where I got my first Luffa seeds.