Daily Quote: November 29, 2020

Beauty is power; a smile is its sword.

~ John Ray (English – EnvironmentalistNovember 29, 1627 – January 17, 1705)

Holidays and Celebrations:

Daily Quote: November 28, 2020

It is a peculiar part of the good photographer’s adventure to know where luck is most likely to lie in the stream, to hook it, and to bring it in without unfair play and without too much subduing it.

~ James Agee (American – Novelist / November 27, 1909 – May 16, 1955)

Holidays and Celebrations:

*Today is my newest grandson’s 3rd birthday party, but due to pandemic restrictions we choose not to attend today, but to take a present over last night and spend some time with him without the crowds (and to help keep the gathering to 10 in total for the party). It was an excellent decision. We had him and his parents all to ourselves and had a wonderful visit. As we were leaving he was getting ready for bed and putting on the spiderman pajamas we gave him. I hope they brought him good dreams.

Daily Quote: November 27, 2020

God moves in a mysterious way,
His wonders to perform.
He plants his footsteps in the sea,
and rides upon the storm.

~William Cowper (English – Poet / November 26, 1731 – April 25, 1800)

Holidays and Celebrations:

*The day after the American Thanksgiving is filled with contradictions. Black Friday heralded the best sales of the year is the day that was chosen to protest the commercialism of our current world and to celebrate Buy Nothing Day. Even when there is a pandemic many Americans chose to go home for Thanksgiving, an unofficial 4 day weekend. With less than a month to go before Christmas celebrations the Thanksgiving get togethers could mean less people around the table for Christmas.

Daily Quote: November 26, 2020

My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim,
no meaning, and yet I’m happy.
I can’t figure it out.
What am I doing right?

~Charles M. Schulz (American – Cartoonist / November 26, 1922 – February 12, 2000)

Holidays and Celebrations:

*So much to do and so little time. Saturday is my newest Grandson’s 3rd birthday. We’re honoured to be in the circle of 10 so I bought his present yesterday. I need to practice my flute for at least 15 minutes every day as I prepare to perform for my youngest son’s wedding on December 12th. I’ll be taking pictures for him as the groom, father of the groom and groomsmen get their haircuts the day before the wedding. The groom’s party will be held that night in our heated garage where they can smoke cigars. The groom and my grandson will be staying over night at our house. Then the next day I will be taking pictures of the groom and his party getting dressed. Then 2 weeks after the wedding is Christmas Eve.

Daily Quote: November 25, 2020

With a few flowers in my garden,
half a dozen pictures and some books,
I live without envy.

~Lope de Vega (Spanish – Playwright / November 25, 1562 – August 27, 1635)

Holidays and Celebrations:

*I finished buying my outfit for my son’s wedding. I bought shoes at Ovation Shoes Premium Outlet in Strathroy ON. Buying local really makes a difference. Although the salesperson didn’t have any 6 DD dress shoes, she was able to find the perfect shoes for me, put a liner in them and they fit wonderfully. So I also asked her about boots, and she found the perfect little red boots for me. In and out in less than 1/2 hour.

Daily Quote: November 24, 2020

If you want the present to be different from the past,
study the past.

~ Baruch Spinoza (Dutch – Philosopher /November 24, 1632 – February 21, 1677)

Holidays and Celebrations:

*While some areas are in lock down, I went shopping with my sister to find a dress for my youngest son’s upcoming wedding. In London Ontario there are still many places you can try on clothes. The staff very carefully clean the dressing areas after each customer. David’s Bridal Store is one of them. I was treated almost royally and even with my modest budget was able to find a beautiful blue formal dress on sale for under $150. We’re hoping the restrictions don’t become more stringent in our area and that the December 12th wedding still goes ahead in the chosen venue.

*I really enjoyed shopping yesterday, something I haven’t really done since we’ve been home from Texas in March. There were very little people in the malls and the sales staff was very welcoming. I couldn’t get over all the “Black Friday Sales”. I actually found jeans at Reitman’s for only $29; slippers at Suzy Shier’s for only $10 and fancy earrings for only $6. Unfortunately I didn’t find dress shoes that fit my size 6 DD feet. I’ll have to check out the Ovation Shoes Premium Outlet in Strathroy ON to see if they have any.

Daily Quote: November 23, 2020

You know, as photographers, we do pictures, and people either like them or they hate them.

~ Peter Lindbergh (German – Photographer / November 23, 1944 – September 3, 2019

Holidays and Celebrations:

Daily Quote: November 22, 2020

Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence.

~Abigail Adams (American – First Lady / November 22, 1744 – October 28, 1818)

Holidays and Celebrations:

*Growing up Sundays were family adventure days. We would all load up into the car and either go to visit someone or go for a picnic. During the Pandemic we won’t be going to visit anyone, but the idea of going for a drive still means adventure.

Daily Quote: November 21, 2020

Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.

~Voltaire (French – Writer / November 21, 1694 – May 30, 1778)

Holidays and Celebrations:

* Only 1 month from the darkest day of the year, the winter solstice, and for some it is already the darkest day. COVID-19 numbers continue to rise during this second wave filling emergency rooms to capacity. The Canadian/USA Boarder remains closed for at least another 30 days. Parts of Ontario (Toronto and Peel) will be entering a lock down and only essentials will be available. Christmas is already being labelled as different this year because we’ll probably be sitting alone, zooming our family, and waiting for this pandemic to end. Hope is around in the New Year as a vaccine is being developed and distribution is anticipated.


LocationTotal casesNew cases (1 day*)New cases (last 60 days)Cases per 1 million peopleDeaths
Worldwide55,624,562No data60-day trend chart7,1541,338,100
United States12,000,041198,53760-day trend chart36,413254,320
Source: Wikipedia
LocationTotal casesNew cases (1 day*)New cases (last 60 days)Cases per 1 million peopleDeaths
Worldwide55,624,562No data60-day trend chart7,1541,338,100
Canada320,7194,96260-day trend chart8,44511,334
Quebec129,6991,25960-day trend chart15,7896,774
Ontario104,3071,44060-day trend chart7,6703,501
Source: Wikipedia

Daily Quote: November 20, 2020

Admitting Error clears the Score,
And proves you Wiser than before.

~ Arthur Guiterman (American – Comedian / November 20, 1871 – January 11, 1943)

Holidays and Celebrations:

Checking on Ancestry.ca there was an update for my Paternal Grandmother, her marriage certificate for her first marriage, Unfortunately it didn’t include the annulment or any information concerning the fact that her first husband was a bigamist and had another family less than 50 miles away. Shortly after their daughter was born he was arrested, charged and served time for this crime. Two families that he had been supporting, very well, were left without support and his life was forever ruined. Cases like this make me wonder about our justice system. How did incarceration help anyone or resolve the problem, by leaving everyone in poverty? It probably would have been better if he had been forced to “Pay for his crime” by providing child support and alimony for the mothers.