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.

Daily Quote: May 4, 2021

May the 4th be with you!

Happy Star Wars Day!

Holidays and Celebrations:


Porte Musings:

Today is Star Wars Day. One of our biggest cultural modern fairy tales. Once upon a time…in a galaxy far, far away,… Everyone in North America has heard of Luke Skywalker, R2D2, C3P0, and Darth Vader.

Today is also Teacher Appreciation Day. Especially during the pandemic these heroes have soldiered on online and in spirit guiding the young students to be their best. Thank you!

Inspiring young people with conservation in 1894 Bird Day was started by Charles Amanzo Babcock, superintendent of schools in Oil City, Pennsylvania. The idea quickly caught on and became one of the first Conservationist days of celebration and remembrance. Luckily, feathers lost favor in the fashion world and birds stopped being killed for their feathers. Too late for some birds, as we all know the fate of the Dodo. Passenger Pigeon populations were also severely diminished by fashion. So let’s keep the birds where they belong, don’t raid their nests to rob their eggs and don’t kill them for their feathers. Let’s refill the bird feeders and watch them as they go about their routines of living. ❤

Daily Quote: May 3, 2021

The more I live,
the more I think that
humor is the saving sense.

~ Jacob Riis (Danish – Journalist / May 3, 1849 – May 26, 1914)

Holidays and Celebrations:


Porte Musings:

May 3rd is Saint Philip Day. The apostle Philip is the patron saint of hat makers and pastry chefs. A working artist man’s saint.

Nestled in the middle of the Great Lakes we often take for granted our abundance of fresh water. Today is set aside to celebrate Great Lakes Awareness Day. One of the item on my bucket list is to do the circle tour of Lake Superior. I have completed the tour of Lake Huron several times, but have never done a circle tour of the other great lakes.

Anxiously awaiting the May long weekend when we are finally able to plant our tender annuals, I might just celebrate Garden Meditation Day by preparing the gardens and completing some weeding. I need a good pair of tough gloves though. My front flower bed has a mysterious patch of stinging nettle that popped up this spring. I’ve already been bitten once by the plant that some say have magical powers of healing. So now I’m torn between harvesting it or just killing it with round-up. I was actually kicked off of one gardening site for suggesting round-up on this noxious weed.

Stinging Nettle surrounded by grass and Dead Nettle in my front flower bed.