It’s a holiday weekend where I live and since I have no children to help explore our wonderful province, I haven’t been a part of the camping exodus that occurred on Friday. I’m staying off the roads this afternoon as they will all be heading back to the city.
So since I’m home and on the computer, I started wondering why we have the day off. I did the ”Bing thing” and learned a few things. I’ve always known this was about Queen Vitoria and not Victoria’s Secret as I’d seen some question on a forum yesterday.
We know it as Victoria Day and it’s celebrated on the last Monday before May 25, in honour of Queen Victoria’s birthday. The holiday has been observed since 1845, years before Canada was formed in 1867.
The birthday celebration was originally held on the sovereign’s actual birthday, and continues to be celebrated in various fashions across the country but since her death it is now celebrated on this fixed date in May. Victoria Day has always been a distinctly Canadian observance. Victoria Day is Canada’s longest standing designated holidays.
Following the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, May 24 was made by law to be known as Victoria Day, a date to remember the late queen, who was deemed the “Mother of Confederation“, and, in 1904, the same date was by imperial decree made Empire Day throughout the British Empire.
In the modern age of the 21st century, Canadians still celebrate Victoria Day but is now is also a celebration of the current reigning Canadian sovereign’s, Queen Elizabeth’s, official birthday. But for many of us we also consider Victoria Day as marking the beginning of the summer season in Canada. Those that don’t head out for their first camping weekend of the summer are at home planting gardens and filling flower beds with blossoms. Gardeners are always optimistic that since it’s after Victoria Day that there will be no more frosts at night – but they aren’t guaranteed that. We have, in some years, experienced waking up to a world covered in snow, even in June.
Well, that’s your history, weather, and geography lesson all rolled into one.
Just a bit of trivia to start this week.
Happy Victoria Day to all my Canadian readers; Happy Empire Day to all in the British Empire. And my American friends – sorry – you have to wait for your first summer long weekend that’s happening next weekend.
I’ve always had a fascination with working with graphics, images, and pictures.
This probably start when I first went online and tried to create my first website. Just for the record, my house was wired for the world the week of Christmas in 1996 by way of dial up. I had 7 kids in the house at the time (5 teenagers) and since I worked from home at the time, including the business computer we had 3 computers. I calculated once that my dial up account had approximately 30 hours a day of internet service.
Back to graphics. I bought my first domain in January of 1997 and installed FrontPage. But to have a decent site that meant I had to create graphics and I was hooked. I’ve always had a version of Photoshop and it’s taken me a long time to figure it out so I haven’t updated it for years because there are so many changes I know it will be a major learning curve.
Two weeks ago in a Facebook group I was introduced to several inexpensive graphic programs. Last week I found a $7 deal for one of the graphics software programs. I bought it, tried it and within 15 minutes I had made my first graphic. I was so impressed I actually went back and bought another copy to install this graphics program on my laptop and my pc so I can make graphics regardless of what computer I am on or where I am at.
Since I’ve discovered how easy it is to make a graphic, I’ve decided to really implement them on this site as well as my StartingAfter50 Facebookpage. It so easy to create a graphics template so if I were to create a series of TIPS or daily QUOTES I can so easily create graphics for each series.
I can tell I’m going to love this. You probably will to. It’s so simple I know you can do it. And if you do have a problem feel free to contact me or message me on Facebook.
It might be too late to get the software at that amazing price I did but the regular price is around $30. Affordable graphics for your site or to use on Facebook. Here is where you can get your own copy of this easy to use graphics software. I’m also going to add the link to the side bar under my recommendations.
Let’s get started making some incredible graphics. We are only limited by our imagination.