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Daily Quote: May 14, 2021

Tears may be dried up,
but the heart – never.

Quoted from Margaret of Valois (French – Royalty Lived: May 14, 1553 to March 27, 1615)

Holidays and Celebrations:

*** International Dylan Thomas Day ***

*** Shades Day ***

*** Dance Like a Chicken Day ***

Porte Musings:

Today is Dylan Thomas Day. So get out some Dylan Thomas works and read or listen. “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night”.

Hopefully the sun is shining and we can celebrate Shades Day. Wearing shades for fashion and protection from the sun. They also help shield your eyes from other objects and pollutants.

If nothing else get out there and celebrate Dance Like a Chicken Day. Or do the Chicken Dance.

Some days just hit you like a brick. My husband’s colonoscopy yesterday was not good news. They discovered a large mass on his transverse large intestine. So the big “C” has hit again. It isn’t related to the Kidney Cancer he beat with early detection. Next week he will go for a Cat Scan. It takes 2 weeks for the biopsy results and then we will talk about options. The doctor said this one is very slow growing and has probably been there for 4 to 5 years. The hardest part is always the waiting. I’ve quit my contract job by am uncertain about the end date. Realistically the next 2 weeks are just waiting, so I might be best to work until the end of May.

Daily Quote: May 13, 2021

I’m not playing a role.
I’m being myself,
whatever the hell that is.

Bea Arthur (American – Actress Born: May 13, 1923. Died: April 25, 2009)

Holidays and Celebrations:

*** Ascension ***

*** Eid al-Fitr ***

*** Tulip Day ***

Porte Musings:

Happy Birthday Bea Arthur (born Bernice Phyllis Frankel). I’m so glad I grew up with you as a role model in your many roles. From Vera Charles in Mame, to Maude Findlay, to her leading role in the Golden Girls. The strong large woman figure not afraid to speak her mind and human enough to be frustrated.

Today two major religious holidays are celebrated. The 14th day of Easter is the celebration of the Ascension of Christ as he rose to heaven after his earthly return from the dead. Today is also Eid al-Fitr for all my Muslum friends and family their time of prayer and fasting has come to an end.

Today is also Tulip Day. During the Ontario wide lockdown the Tulip festival in Ottawa is being held on-line for the second time. I’m so tired of being locked down.

The numbers for the 3rd wave are finally decreasing and already the experts are predicting a 4th wave. I’m really at a loss about this prediction as vaccination is now at 50% of Ontario for the first shot. Are the experts already saying that the vaccine won’t be effective? or are they trying to scare the anti-vaccers into getting vaccinated? I pray that once we’re vaccinated we’ll be able to get back to normal, whatever the new normal may be. Surrounded by blood clot problems, 3 deaths and confusion the Astra Zeneca vaccine has been stopped in Ontario and will no longer be offered as the first shot. Luckily my husband and I got the Pfizer vaccine first. His second shot was moved up as all natives now qualify for the second shot.

Today my husband is going for an emergency colonoscopy and endoscope. All routine colonoscopies in Ontario have been cancelled/rescheduled or limited during the third wave of the pandemic. We’ve had quite a ride the last couple of weeks as he has been loosing blood internally and had to have a transfusion to increase his red blood cell count. The new blood has helped with many of the issues he’s been having lately, including sudden leg buckling and falls. After his day of purging and liquids only, they will probe him from both ends. I’m uncertain if I want them to find an issue or not. I just want him to get better so he can himself again.

Daily Quote: May 12, 2021

There was an old man with a beard,
who said: ‘It is just as I feared!
Two owls and a hen,
four larks and a wren
have all built their nests in my beard.

~ Edward Lear (English – Artist, Born:May 12, 1812, Lived until January 29, 1888)

* Holidays and Celebrations:

*** Limerick Day ***

*** National Third Shift Workers Day ***

*** National Odometer Day ***

* Porte Musings:

The twelfth of May the calendars say
is Edward Lear’s Birthday,
Laugh, sing, play a tune,
Dance in the light of the moon.
Write limericks and celebrate Limerick Day.

The second Wednesday of May is National Third Shift Workers Day or mid-night shift remembrance. The night owls working this shift are strange birds. When I worked midnight shift at London Mail Processing Plant I never really knew if unique people worked this odd cruel shift or if working this shift may people unique. Many mothers ended up working this shift so they could be with their children during the day. Sleep deprived they made it through their children’s formative years then were unable to work any other shift due to established patterns.

Today is also Odometer Day. We celebrate the instrument that keeps track of our total mileage. Don’t turn it back, keep on traveling ahead and own the miles that you’ve accumulated.

Daily Quote: May 11, 2021

Life is 10 percent what you make it,
and 90 percent how you take it.

~ Irving Berlin (American – Musician  Lived: May 11, 1888 to September 22, 1989)

Holidays and Celebrations:

*** Eat What You Want Day ***

*** Sex Differences in Health Awareness Day ***

*** National Twilight Zone Day ***

Porte Musings:

May 11th is National Twilight Zone Day. A day with no known association to the TV series narrated and written by (92 of 120 shows) Rod Sterling. A day we could just zone out and watch some of the amazing black and white what if shows.

I can hear the theme music and introduction. Just what I need on my journey to loose 10 pounds: Eat What You Want Day. A short break from the diet and weight watching to just not track it and eat what you want. Although maybe what you want to eat is that nice big fresh salad…

Remember Sex Differences in Health Awareness Day. Finally a day that recognizes that women and men have different bodies and different issues as well as different biological reactions to medications. Heart attack symptoms can be so much different for women than for men. Most men feel a crushing pain in their chest, while women often report a general unwell feeling. I’m going to copy and paste the Warning signs from the American Heart association:

Catch the signs early

Don’t wait to get help if you experience any of these heart attack warning signs. Some heart attacks are sudden and intense. But most start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Pay attention to your body and call 911 if you experience:

  • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes – or it may go away and then return. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath. This can occur with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs. Other possible signs include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
Common  Heart Attack warning signs infographic

Daily Quote: May 10, 2021

I have made mistakes
but I have never made the mistake
of claiming that I have never made one.

~ James Gordon Bennett (American – Editor Lived: May 10, 1841 – May 14, 1918)

Holidays and Celebrations:

*** National Denim Day ***

*** National Women’s Check-Up Day ***

*** Trust Your Intuition Day ***

Porte Musings:

Wear would we be without National Denim Day? Yes, I used the correct wear, W, E, A, R. Denim is one of the most favorite fashion fabrics. Especially now that we have stretch denim. What could be more comfortable than stretch denim jeans?

Today is also National Women’s Check-Up Day. So for all of my women followers, schedule that check-up appointment, do that self breast exam, get that mammogram and spread them wide for that pap smear. Pay attention to your health there are people depending on you.

Along with that, trust your intuition on Trust Your Intuition Day. If something feels off it probably is. You may not be able to put your finger on it, but your intuition knows.

Daily Quote: May 9, 2021

God gave us memory so that
we might have roses in December.

~ James M. Barrie (British – Playwright; Lived May 9, 1860 to June 19, 1937)

Holidays and Celebrations:

*** Lailatul Qadr ***

*** Lost Sock Memorial Day ***

*** Mother’s Day ***

Porte Musings:

When I first read today’s quote, I thought it said, “God gave us money that we may have roses in winter”. But the meaning is so much different when read correctly, “God gave us memory that we may have roses in winter”. Thank God for our memories that let us have roses in winter, smell childhood scents, and let us talk with our long gone loved ones.

For my Muslim family and friends tonight is the night of power as they celebrate Lailatul Qadr. On this night of the Ramadan Celebration the Quran was sent down from heaven to the Earth. If you stay up all night worshiping God all your sins will be forgiven.

In North America today is also the Lost Sock Memorial Day. A day we set aside to remember all the lost socks. Appropriately Lost Sock Memorial Day is the day after go Barefoot Day. If you can’t find the sock’s mate, just put on 2 socks all of my grandchildren do that. It seems to be a fashion statement these days as we remember all those who are a little different and practice inclusion.

Last but, not least, we celebrate Mother’s Day today. Here’s a special salute to all the Mothers past and present. Enjoy Mother’s Day with your loved ones, even during the Pandemic Lockdown when we’ve been ordered to stay home by the Government (the leaders of which are probably spending the day with their Mothers, children and grandchildren.)

Thank God memories are also captured in photographs. One of my favorite early pictures of myself is a 1957 picture of my Mother holding me my on first Christmas.

Celebrate Life and Enjoy Mother’s Day. ❤

Daily Quote: May 8, 2021

I have found the best way to give advice to your children
is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.


~ Harry S Truman (American – President  May 8, 1884 – December 26, 1972)

Holidays and Celebrations:

***World Migratory Bird Day***

***Native American Day, USA***

***No Socks Day***

Porte Musings:

Here we are at the second Saturday in May. Today is celebrated as World Migratory Bird Day. As many birds are heading to their summer homes the Canadian Geese are already out swimming with their newly hatched goslings. Seven goslings in my first sighting of the season were swimming with their parents in a sheltered area.

In the USA it is Native American Day. A day set aside to celebrate Native American culture and contributions. To bad they didn’t remember that when all natives were forced to leave their lands and re-locate west of the Mississippi. Or just get out and move. The Munsee Delaware Nation relocation started in the 1700’s. From southern New York, northern New Jersey, and Pennsylvania to the Reserve in Muncy Ontario. My husband is a member of this band but much of his heritage was lost as females were “enfranchised” when they married off the Reserve loosing their family connections and Indian Status. Recent changes in Canadian Law have enabled their children, grand children and great grand children to reclaim their status, but the community, extended family connections and traditions are forever lost.

So let’s also celebrate No Socks Day. Take your socks off and walk in the damp grass or find some sunshine warmed sand to sink your toes into. I can’t wait until the tomatoes are planted and ready to pick. Nothing tastes better than fresh tomatoes you have picked from you garden in bare feet.

I’ve been trying to re-vamp the format of Porte Photos blog so it can be changed into a daily Podcast. Try listening to the podcast and let me know what you think of these early podcast days.

Daily Quote: May 7, 2021

You will find poetry nowhere
unless you bring some of it with you.

~ Joseph Joubert (French – Writer / May 7, 1754 – May 4, 1824)

Holidays and Celebrations:


Porte Musings:

It is so true, that to find something someplace you often have to bring it yourself, whether it be poetry, love or in the case of going to space your own oxygen and water. The first Friday in May is International Space Day. Where people wouldn’t survive without ensuring they bring everything they need with them.

Here on earth we are celebrating National Public Gardens Day. This is always celebrated the Friday before Mother’s Day. Ensuring that the gardens are clean and ready to go for the big plant marketing day of Mother’s Day. This Mother’s Day we’re still under Lock Down as the 3rd wave of COVID-19 is finally starting a downward trend. I wonder how many will actually not go to see their Mother’s or send them a gift because we’ve been ordered by the Government and Health officials to stay home? Absence doesn’t always increase fondness, sometimes without constant contact love withers and dies. Out of sight and out of mind. I’m glad that my step-son has been living with us during the lockdown. I’m also glad I’ve been a childcare provider so I can see some of my Grandchildren on a regular basis.

Another important celebration today is Military Spouse Appreciation Day. A day to remember all the loved ones at home who are waiting for the safe return of their military spouses.

Daily Quote: May 5, 2021

Flowers are restful to look at.
They have neither emotions nor conflicts.

~ Sigmund Freud (Austrian – Psychologist / May 6, 1856 – September 23, 1939)

Holidays and Celebrations:


Porte Musings:

The first Thursday in May is No Homework Day. I think it was named this to support National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. A very important issue during the Pandemic as children are being forced to stay home and not permitted to go to school where they can learn from their peers and socialize. So don’t give them any homework today. Get outside to the local playground and laugh.

Today is also National Day of Prayer. So let’s all engage in a National Prayer that the vaccines permit us to get over this great pandemic and learn to be stronger on the other side of COVID-19.

Daily Quote: May 5, 2021

Life can only be understood backwards;
but it must be lived forwards.

~ Soren Kierkegaard (Danish – Philosopher / May 5, 1813 – November 11, 1855)

Holidays and Celebrations:


Porte Musings:

Happy Cinco de Mayo. When I was in the Portuguese Holy Spirit Marching Band, this was one of the celebrations we enjoyed playing at in the London Portuguese club. The dancers were dressed in their folk costume and probably gave their best performance of the year.

I haven’t been able to figure out why today is World Math Day. Maybe it’s because math likes patterns so the fifth day of the fifth month was the day to choose?

I do understand the Great American Grump Out. Making comedy from tragedy helps release stress and during the 3rd lockdown in Ontario we need a stress reliever. So Grump Out, get it out and get on living with less stress.