Happy birthday, Liam! My west-coast nephew turns eight today (see picture of him with his best birthday present ever, his first pet, Charlie) and I owe a huge debt to all Americans for helping me remember the date…because I have a notorious memory for birthdays. I hope nobody comments on this blog post today because it tells me you’re all enjoying an amazing Independence Day.
I loved reading Rula’s post yesterday—so much emotion surrounding this date on the calendar. I’m not sure if my fellow Heartwarming Canadians would agree with me, but it seems as if you guys blow us out of the water when it comes to celebrating nationalism. At least in my neighbourhood, Victoria Day weekend in May, which launches cottage and gardening season, feels like a bigger party than Canada Day (which Wikipedia sedately refers to as the anniversary of the “enactment of the British North America Act, 1867, which united three colonies into a single country called Canada within the British Empire”…what?). It’s probably just my neck of the woods.
As far as nationalistic Canada Day songs, on Tuesday I should’ve been playing Monty Python’s Lumberjack Song or The Blackfly Song by Wade Hemsworth, which I’m not sure Jen Snow can appreciate in Edmonton, but maybe Kate James has tattooed on her heart (forget it! Kate doesn’t live far enough north):
And the black flies, the little black flies
Always the black fly, no matter where you go
I'll die with the black fly a-picking my bones
In north on-tar-i-o-i-o, in north on-tar-i-o
During the sporadic fireworks on Tuesday, I worried that my new back deck cat (Will Feral, see picture) might lose his/her mind, but he/she is still enjoying two meals a day Chez Curran. I’ve lost track of the cat count….
And in keeping with a day of celebration, I’d like to express my gratitude to authors Dana Mentink, Leigh Riker, Tara Randel and Flo Fitzpatrick for their important contributions to Heartwarming with their July 2014 books. With Return to Pelican Inn, Dana, who is also a Love Inspired author, wrote a story that made me laugh out loud one moment and break down sobbing the next (having cared for a father with Pick’s Disease, she absolutely nailed the portrayal of early stages Alzheimer’s, pow). Leigh’s military hero in her poignant story If I Loved You inherits a very young baby and is one of those guys women everywhere will want to elbow out of the way as he tries to navigate a tiny little diaper with those great big soldier’s hands! Tara Randel’s second book in her Business of Weddings miniseries takes us back to Florida for another emotional read (and doesn’t she get fantastic covers???); while Flo Fitzpatrick, who also writes cozy mysteries, weaves a thread of mystery into her first Heartwarming romance, Legacy of Silence (no spoiler alerts, you’ll have to read it for yourself!).
Be safe, read books and have a fabulous Fourth of July!