Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: December 4, 2022

Stop saying these negative things about yourself.
Look in the mirror and find something
about yourself that’s positive and celebrate that!

~ Tyra Banks
American – Model Born: December 4, 1973

Porte Ponderings:

Cuba has cats and dogs everywhere. Although a little shy of strangers they seem to live in harmony with those around them. Nobody is worried about who’s pet it is as none have a collar or license. They just are. Although there was one dog I saw that was dressed up to make extra pesos for pictures.

Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: December 3, 2022

The first and worst of all frauds
is to cheat oneself.

~ Gamaliel Bailey
American – Journalist December 3, 1807 – June 5, 1859

Porte Ponderings:

Just back from a Cuba Vacation and busy with Christmas Minis today.

I have one customer inquiry to answer, but my ears have been giving me a rough time since landing. For some reason they didn’t pop when the plane landed. So I tried the home remedies on the internet starting with plugging my nose and gently blowing, warm compresses, then oil in the ears. The oil seems to have done the trick (or time) and luckily I’m feeling much better today.

There are so many statues in Old Havana like the one in today’s quote. A life-sized Chopin sitting on a bench just waiting for someone to come along and share a good conversation. My friend was more than willing to sit for a moment.

The Havana Walking Tour is a trip I’ve done before, but my friend had never seen Havana and I was eager to go again. The history on the tour is amazing. The Cuban People are so Friendly, but are also asking for tips so remember to take lots of American $1’s or Cuban Peso’s. This lady embodied the Cuban Spirit. So I was certain to give her 50 Pesos to take her picture. I’ve used her picture as a temporary profile picture on Facebook. I just think she is so amazing. The black and white version adds a type of timelessness while the colour version brings depth to the shades of brown and gold.

Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: November 29, 2022

The love of gardening is a seed
once sown that never dies.

~ Gertrude Jekyll
British – Celebrity / November 29, 1843 – December 8, 1932

Porte Ponderings:

Fairy like flowers blooming in the early morning dew. Touched their leaves fold up to protect themselves. Mimosas or sensitive plants grow in the grass between my back door and the quite swimmng pool at the Memories Resort in Cuba.

Our problems started with delayed flights. Arriving in the dark we had a very difficult time finding our rooms. The numbers on the buildings are unlit and you can’t see them in the dark. Then my husband and our friend got lost for 3.5 hours looking for the snack bar. The next morning my husband discovered he had forgotten his charger for his scooter in his truck in Windsor ON. Cuba has no such thing available as a replacement. The phones have broken down many times and the internet has been down more than up. Such are the frustrations of visiting a 3rd world country.

Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: November 21, 2022

If you lose wonder,
you’ve lost everything.

~ Goldie Hawn
American – Actress Born: November 21, 1945

Porte Ponderings:

My youngest sister had her Annual Christmas Tea on the weekend. She collects and displays Dicken’s figures. This year she arranged them according to location in London England. Complete with the Queen’s coffin at one end and the working train at the other. Her collection grows every year as she scours sales on line and in person. Buying a whole lot just to get one building or character, then selling duplicates. So much so she’s become familiar with the local post office staff and invited them to come see her extensive collection. She now has 120 buildings on display.

This sense of wonder and excitement continues and brings joy to her to include others in her annual tea.

Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: November 19, 2022

I have had many troubles in my life,
but the worst of them never came.

~ James A. Garfield
American – President November 19, 1831 – September 19, 1881

Porte Ponderings:

Well, I sent e-mails to the 3 Seniors’ facilities in my home town to offer Christmas Photo Booths and give the residents a 4×6″ photo each. My Christmas Backdrop would be perfect for sharing with them, or I could use their Christmas Decorations. We’ll see if any respond or show interest in my gift.

Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: November 17, 2022

I’ll tell you one thing,
it’s a cruel, cruel world.

~ Danny DeVito
American – Actor Born: November 17, 1944

Porte Ponderings:

Happy Birthday Danny DeVito.

You’ve made us laugh so many times and taught us how to laugh at ourselves.

It may be a cruel, cruel world, but like a rose in the first snowfall there is beauty in everything.