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 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 8, 2020

If I have made an appointment with you,
I owe you punctuality,
I have no right to throw away your time,
if I do my own.

~ Richard Cecil (English – Clergyman / November 8, 1748 – August 15, 1810)

Holidays and Celebrations:

  • The weather continues to be amazingly summer like on this Sunday with a high of 21C and sunshine in the forecast. I’m looking forward to having Family over for Sunday Dinner of Chili and Tea Biscuits.
  • I’m suffering from COVID fatigue. Over 1,000 cases a day are being reported in Ontario. Please wear a mask and keep your distance.

Daily Quote: November 5, 2020

What amazes me is that you can have
10 different photographers in the same room,
and you see 10 different rooms.

You realize how much of it is the person’s perspective
rather than the situation itself.

~ Rick Smolan (American – Photographer / Born: November 5, 1949

Holidays and Celebrations:

Happy Birthday Rick Smolan, photographer and co-creator of “A Day in the Life” books.

Daily Quote: November 4, 2020

I see things like they’ve never been seen before.
Art is an accurate statement of
the time in which it is made.

~ Robert Mapplethorpe (American – Photographer / November 4, 1946 – March 9, 1989)

Holidays and Celebrations:

Daily Quote: November 3, 2020

Whether he is an artist or not,
the photographer is a joyous sensualist,
for the simple reason that
the eye traffics in feelings, not in thoughts.

~ Walker Evans (American – Photographer /November 3, 1903 – April 10, 1975)

Holidays and Celebrations:

For all my American friends. Please vote today. This is the last day you can determine your leader for the next 4 years.

Daily Quote: October 31, 2020

It’s that I don’t like white paper backgrounds. A woman does not live in front of white paper. She lives on the street, in a motor car, in a hotel room.

~ Helmut Newton (German – Photographer / October 31, 1920 – January 23, 2004)

Holidays and Celebrations:


World Cities Day


Studio pictures aren’t my style either. I prefer outdoors without any special lighting. My grandneice ran up to the top of a hill and for a brief moment was on top of the world as the “Queen of the Hill”. Candid shots of people being people are my very favorite types of portraits.

As communities prepare to celebrate Halloween COVID-19 style there have been many suggestions on how to maintain social distancing while Trick or Treating.

For me, and many other Canadian Snow birds, it means we’re home for Halloween instead of traveling to our winter season in the southern USA. Unfortunately our Southern friends and neighbours won’t have the economic benefit of the Northern Visitors. Many of the usual travelers are stuck with no winter home and scrambling to find an appropriate winter nesting ground. Seasonal Trailer Campgrounds aren’t permitted to have people be there year round so these retired people need to find somewhere else to go for 2-6 months. Some have petitioned for an exception this year, but the petitions seem to be falling on deaf ears.

The American election is quickly approaching. For all my American Friends I encourage you to get out and vote.

Daily Quote: October 27, 2020

Speak softly and carry a big stick;
you will go far.

~ Theodore Roosevelt (American – President / October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919 )

Holidays and Celebrations:

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

Black Cat Awareness Day (UK)

National American Beer Day (USA)

My grandnephew was at my sister’s farm. He was absolutely fascinated by the old mare and she seemed to be equally in awe of him. So on opposite sides of a wire fence they stood on a perfect autumn day in a moment of mutual admiration.

Daily Quote: October 24, 2020

It is right to be contented with what we have,
never with what we are.

~ James Mackintosh (Scottish – Judge October 24, 1765 – May 30, 1832)

Holidays and Celebrations:

United Nations Day

World Development Information Day

What a wonderful day my sister and I had at Point Pelee National Park. When we came upon this piece of driftwood she insisted on taking this picture of me with her cell phone. I’ve always said the camera doesn’t matter as much as the content and composition of a photo.

I’m so lucky to have 3 wonderful sisters. We’ve gone through some very tough times together and I am looking forward to many years of quality time to take walks together.

Daily Quote: October 22, 2020

If your pictures aren’t good enough,
you aren’t close enough.

~ Robert Capa (American-Hungarian Photographer / October 22, 1913 – May 25, 1954)

Holidays and Celebrations:

National Nut Day


During the COVID-19 Pandemic, playgrounds were closed and children weren’t allowed on the monkey bars, swings and slides. Once the playgrounds were re-opened social distancing still had to be maintained. So children could climb, swing and slide again.

But they weren’t permitted to get too close or make new friends playing tag. My heart broke to watch children with social circles excluding others as if they had the plague. Only children faced exclusion even though they had been self-isolating for months before hoping to join the other children on the playground.

After playing hand sanitizer was used just in case someone using the playground equipment had left virus particles behind. During play the washrooms were closed, so many children had a temporary disappearance into the woods for a quick pee, before returning to play again.