In the Joy of Keto Skunkworks, urgent research and development assignments often take well into the night. The two elderly skunkworkers often need a bit of a distraction from the demanding and sometimes odious tasks of recipe design, product testing (and tasting!) and number crunching.
On those occasions, the Skunkworks Express with Brian Hinton at the wheel trundles over to the Lakeview Gluten-Free Bakery on 90th Avene in Calgary and the two skunkworkers get to work — in a different fashion. Late into the night. With lots of groans and laughter to punctuate their efforts.
They decorate the Bakery store for important occasions. You may have seen the banners for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.
Now it’s Canada Day.
Like oversized elves, they climb ladders and hang bunting… arrange flowers, put up banners, display the goodies in festive arrangements… the whole nine yards.
One of the Skunkworkers hasn’t lived in Canada for very long, so she had to update her ideas on what there was to celebrate. In Australia, as in this country, many Indigenous people find little to celebrate when Canada Day rolls around. There is much to feel sorry about. Much that still urgently needs our attention. A long history of repression and neglect.
It’s not a simple matter. Not by any means.
Much to celebrate for a local bakery
However, for a local bakery, there is still much to celebrate on Canada Day.
Canada Day 101: Just as a reminder
On July 1, 1867, the nation was officially born when the Constitution Act joined three provinces into one country: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Canada province, which then split into Ontario and Quebec. However, Canada was not completely independent of England until 1982. The holiday called Dominion Day was officially established in 1879, but it wasn’t observed by many Canadians, who considered themselves to be British citizens. Dominion Day started to catch on when the 50th anniversary of the confederation rolled around in 1917. In 1946, a bill was put forth to rename Dominion Day, but arguments in the House of Commons over what to call the holiday stalled the bill.
The 100th anniversary in 1967 saw the growth of the spirit of Canadian patriotism and Dominion Day celebrations began to take off. Although quite a few Canadians already called the holiday Canada Day (Fête du Canada), the new name wasn’t formally adopted until October of 1982.
Canada Day in Calgary
In Calgary, there’s much to choose from: a parade, picnics, fireworks… the whole gamut. Skunkworkers traditionally adore parades. So we’ll be off to the City of Calgary Canada Day Parade from 10 am to noon:
To check out these events to be held on July 1st, just go to:
Typically, this is a national holiday to celebrate Confederation in 1967. And a chance to reflect on the many joys and blessings we enjoy as residents and citizens of Canada. The expatriate Skunkworker often reflects when the fireworks start, how they are a thing of joy and excitement to her. But she does not live in her ancestral home on the western border of Syria. There anything that sounds like fireworks is a terrifying experience for local people — far from being a celebration.
Back to the Skunkworkers
At Joy of Keto, however, we have much to celebrate. We’ve been dreaming and doing Joy of Keto for only a few months now. And already there is great enthusiasm: new customers are coming into the store and emaling us; the cash register in the Lakeview Gluten-Free Bakery is ringing brightly…
The whole of Calgary, it seems, wants to eat a healthy and delicious diet. One Skunkworker has lost 5 kilos and claims not to have had a second’s feeling of hunger in about two months. (The other one is “carbing-up”, trying to GAIN weight!)
How about trying something completely new for Canada Day?
Like a Joy of Keto cupcake?
Or a full Joy of Keto sugar-free cake?
Or some of our mouth-watering chocolate brownies….
Or … chocolate chunk cookies…?
Please do come in and visit us in the refurbished Lakeview Gluten-Free Bakery. You can meet Lucia, our hummingbird, fill out a feedback form (for a free pastry) and browse the hudnreds of fresh and packaged gluten-free items.
You can talk to our friendly staff about our products. (The two Skunkworkers will probably not be around. This work requires a lot of naps.)
And together we can celebrate Canada Day!