Daily Quote: February 19, 2021

There hasn’t been any art yet.
Art is just beginning.

~ Constantin Brancusi (Romanian – Sculptor / February 19, 1876 – March 16, 1957)

Holidays and Special Occassions:


Porte Musings:

The third Friday of February and as we continue with the heart theme for February this is National Woman’s Heart Day. Early studies about Heart disease was primarily done on men. However, we’ve since learned that women’s heart disease often goes unnoticed because many of the symptoms aren’t as dramatic. More recent research has been devoted to women’s heart disease.

Today is also the first Friday of Lent. So what better way to celebrate than with Friday Fish Fry Day. Skip the dishes and order take-out. A nice order of Fish and Chips is exactly what the soul ordered.

To go along with Fish and Chips you have to have tartar sauce. So you’ll be celebrating National Tartar Sauce Day as well.

I miss going to the Moose Lodge in Zephyrhills, Florida on Friday nights for Fish and Chips. It was always a wonderful spot to gather with friends for a reasonably priced meal and a drink. Then my husband would stay for pool while I would go to the local park to take pictures. Hopefully, travel can continue for the 2021/22 Season. Until then I’ll have to make do taking pictures of icicles on the gazebo, ordering Fish & Chips from The Take-Out and enjoying a pint at home.

Daily Quote: February 16, 2021

A teacher affects eternity;
he can never tell where his influence stops.

~ Henry Adams (American – HistorianFebruary 16, 1838 – March 27, 1918)

Holidays and Celebrations:


Porte Musings:

The Tuesday before Ash Wednesday on the Christian Calendar and everyone loves to celebrate “Fat Tuesday”; Mardi Gras; National Pancake Day; Carnival or Shrove Tuesday or Paczki Day. Get out the leftover flour, sugar, or fats and indulge for tomorrow we enter the season of Lent. Do you find something to sacrifice for lent or do penance during the days proceeding Easter? Or do you resolve to do something positive during this Lenten Season? Prayer, gifts for the poor, exercise for the soul or the body? Whatever, join in the Fat Tuesday celebrations today.

Please remember your favorite grouch today and celebrate: Do a Grouch a Favor Day. Even if they tell you they don’t want any favours. ❤

Today we will be entering the Red in London-Middlesex Health Unit. Weddings and Funerals can be held again with limitations. Small businesses can re-open with capacity limits. We’re celebrating by going shopping at Walmart. My husband hasn’t gone shopping since before Christmas so he’s really lookin forward to an outing to pick out the best loaves of bread and look around. I’m so looking forward to seeing my Grandchildren (small indoor gatherings of 5 people will be permitted). They are growing too fast.

Daily Quote: February 15, 2021

The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it,
can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.

~ Galileo Galilei (Italian – Scientist February 15, 1564 – January 8, 1642)

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Porte Musings:

February 15th, the third Monday in February 2021 has so many reasons to celebrate. In Canada we had to have a break from winter and have a day off, but the Provinces couldn’t decide what to call this February holiday. 6 of the provinces decided to call it Family Day. Then this year, due to COVID-19 we can’t even visit with anyone outside the immediate household. Heritage Day, Islander Day and Louis Riel Day are also celebrated. Then for a bit of good measure we’ll also celebrate National Flag of Canada Day.

Our friends and neighbours to the south celebrate President’s Day or George Washington’s Birthday on the third Monday of February. Everyone gets a holiday. In Florida it should have been called Market Day. I swear everyone who had a holiday went to the market. I must be getting old. I used to love crowds, but I will pass on going to the Market on President’s Day.

Then with Easter fast approaching, today is also Shrove Monday or Merry Monday as Christians prepare for Lent starting on Ash Wednesday. So celebrate today as best you can, during the Pandemic, in preparation for self sacrifice and self discipline.

COVID-19 Restrictions:

Porte Photos is looking forward to the re-opening of Ontario.

Strathroy-Middlesex Health Unit is in the Orange-Control Zone.

Weddings can resume and I can start to book outdoor portraits again.

Please contact me as a photographer for your 2021 event or family portraits.
Text: 519-318-0412
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Events of more than 2 hours have a 20% discount if booked before APRIL 2021.

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Daily Quote: February 2, 2021

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

~ James Joyce (Irish – Novelist / February 2, 1882 – January 13, 1941 )

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Porte Musings:

February 2nd has a strange range of Celebrations. The first is to celebrate World Wetlands Day. Wetlands are the filters of the world. Composed of marshes, ponds, lakes, fens, rivers, floodplains, and swamps. Life thrives there before water leaves streams and rivers to go to larger bodies of water. These shallow bodies of flooded lands play an important role in sustaining life on earth.

Originating in Germany and still celebrated in North America the most associated holiday with February 2nd is Ground Hog Day. We all gather around to see if our favorite ground hog sees his shadow. If he see’s his shadow spring will arrive in 6 weeks. If he doesn’t see his shadow we’ll have an early spring (in about 6 weeks). Then of course there’s my Father’s favorite movie, Ground Hog Day, where Phil, played by Bill Murray wakes up everyday to find he is locked in a loop and must correct his misteak to move forward.

I find it a little strange that Christians celebrate Ground Hog Day on the same day as Candlemas. Celebrated as a National Holiday in Liechtenstein ,Candlemas is the day that is celebrated for the presentation of the Infant Jesus to the temple in Jerusalem. At 40 days after the birth of the Savior, Mary is done her time of purification. Traditionally this is the day that the Manger scenes are put away. Let the light in and light all the candles in your house today.

Daily Quote: January 26, 2021

We are not retreating
– we are advancing in another direction.

~ Douglas MacArthur (American – GeneralJanuary 26, 1880 – April 5, 1964)

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Porte Musings:

Different countries celebrate their independence and starts in different ways. Today Australia and India are both celebrating their most recent beginnings. I wonder if they will have fireworks and picnics. After all both places are now in the summer of their seasons and fireworks and picnics are always so much fun. I hope by the time we get to Canada Day, we’re able to have public gatherings again.

National Spouses Day is just a month and a day after Christmas. This special day can easily be celebrated during the continuing lock down. Snow is blanketing the ground around us today, so we’re not tempted to leave the house even if there wasn’t a lockdown.

Just a quick note about my Nursery Roommate. We were born in the same hospital on the same day and shared the same Nursery. We met up later at work and celebrated our beginnings, then became good friends. Cynthia always was kind to everyone she met. Her laughter always lit up the offices at 955 Highbury Ave. Although she would roll her eyes if she didn’t agree, I never heard her say a bad word about anyone or anything. Her love and devotion to her family were the centre of her life. Her courageous battle with cancer was lost, but her memories will live on.

Daily Quote: January 23, 2021

Born in Kansas City, Missouri,
and knowing nothing about Picasso,
I had the audacity to knock on his door,
became his friend, and took thousands of photographs,
of him, his studios, his life and his friends.

~ David Douglas Duncan (American – Photographer / January 23, 1916 -June 7, 2018)

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Porte Musings:

Today’s quote reminds us that people are just that people. No matter how talented, famous, rich or what position they hold: it comes down to the fact that they are people. Picasso opened the door for David Duncan and they became friends, as David enjoyed the company and inspiration. Then David photographed the artist, his friends and everything around him.

Recently in the political scene in Canada our Governor General, Julie Payette resigned her position when an independent study found she was the one responsible for a toxic working environment, verbally abusing her workers and bringing them to tears. She forgot to show respect for everyone whether they are your peers or employees. People deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. That being said, after her brief service Julie will receive an annual pension of $140,000 for the rest of her life.

You could say the writing was on the wall for Julie, which brings us to National Handwriting Day. My handwriting has always been terrible. In grade 6 when all of my classmates graduated from pencils to pens I was left behind. My teacher, Mrs. Wilcox was gentle enough and encouraging, but still I wasn’t permitted to write with a pen. In pencil, my imagination wrote and I produced the class play for the year, with super heroes saving a princess from the Mad Scientist. My “Mad Scientist” quit with stage fright just before the play started so I also had to play the dark role. So much for my writing in pencil career. To this day it is still a thrill to be able to write with a fountain pen as I address my cards to my friends and family.

Music is one of my passions. The radio plays in the background all the time and when a catchy tune comes on I often get up and do a little impromptu dance around my kitchen. So every chance I get I think we should celebrate National Musician Day with every country in the world. Today’s country celebrating is Argentina. I’ll have to ask Google to play some Argentinian music and dance.

While reminiscing I can’t help but remember my childhood friend Joan. Joan grew up to own a quilt shop, where she teaches and inspires the community to sew. If it wasn’t for the lock-down, I would be encouraging everybody to stop by and have a tea with Joan at Sew Creative, @sewcreativequilting, so we could celebrate Local Quilt Shop Day. But during lock down we’re limited to visiting on-line and through facebook. Don’t forget to shop Local.

Daily Quote: January 17, 2021

Green is the prime color of the world,
and that from which its loveliness arises.

~ Pedro Calderon de la Barca (Spanish – Dramatist / January 17, 1600 – May 25, 1681)

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Porte Musings:

Green may be the prime colour of the world, but it is also the colour of Florida. I took the picture for today’s quote in March 2016 in Lettuce Park, Tampa Florida. Florida has been said to be the state of a thousand shades of green. Quiet swamps with danger always present in the still waters. Luckily alligators tend to be sluggish in the winter months and don’t eat until the overnight temperatures reach 60F for about a week. But I still didn’t take Rickie with me for my walks, just in cast one of the alligators thought he was coming for lunch. I always took a walking stick to keep between me and the water. Apparently alligators are very near sighted and at Busch Gardens they said a walking stick is often enough to keep them away.

Benjamin Franklin Day is set aside to celebrate one of the Founding Fathers of the the USA. He was a very industrious person, printer, statesman, scientist and inventor. Coming from a family of modest means and being the embodiment of the American Dream: Anyone can be anything if they work hard enough. It’s amazing to see the new staff and high ranking positions being selected by President Elect, Joe Biden. Many of his introductions for the leading roles include determined people that have overcome overwhelming obstacles to achieve greatness supporting and promoting the American Dream.

The third Sunday of January is World Religion Day. So attend a worship of your choice on line. Don’t forget to support them with your donations during the Pandemic. Pray for peace and the end of this pandemic.

Today is also Popeye Day. So be sure to eat your spinach. Toot Toot.

COVID-19 has had a significant effect on the housing market in Canada. Prices continue to rise and people are paying over the asking price to secure new homes as the “STAY AT HOME” orders are still in effect. My stepson, anxious to have a new home for his new family, sold his 3 apartment live-in residence and hasn’t been able to find a new place prior to the closing date. So he has put his furniture into storage and will be living with us until they can find a suitable housing replacement. Being a trucker, he is only home about 2 days every other week, so the task of securing a new residence is even more complicated.

One of the things I hadn’t considered when he asked to live with us was his guns. I was surprised when he walked in with all of his huge guns (legally licensed in Ontario) and advised me that if the police or RCMP show up at the door I will have to give them access to see that the guns are properly stored. My father always had a gun for hunting in the house when I was growing up, but that was before gun control. I quickly asked that my stepson invest in a lock for his bedroom door to ensure the grandkids couldn’t accidently wander in and start playing with them. Even though the guns are all properly trigger locked, I will feel much better if the room is also locked. It also ensures that no one will be in his room when he isn’t home. Hopefully this is a temporary situation, but at the same time, without having to pay for a room he can save more money to put down on his new home.

Daily Quote: January 2, 2021

Anybody can be a great photographer
if they zoom in enough on what they love.

~ David Bailey (English – Photographer Born: January 2, 1938)

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Porte Musings:

If it’s true that what you do on the the first day of the year you will do for the rest of the year, I’ll have a good 2021 surrounded by Family. My son and his new wife and their boys came over for a coffee, stayed for supper and played cards. The sounds of the boys chasing each other around filled the house as they squealed with delight. And the older one asked to spend the night at grandma’s. ❤

Almost 100 sparrows come to feast at my bird feeders. 10 dark-eyed juncos have also become regulars and my pair of morning doves have returned (they didn’t seem to like the new metal roof on my shed).

Daily Quote: December 30, 2020

Photography is a small voice, at best,
but sometimes one photograph, or a group of them,
can lure our sense of awareness.

~ W. Eugene Smith (American – PhotographerDecember 30, 1918 – 1978)

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Porte Musings:

Only 2 more days left of 2020. Perhaps by celebrating Enormous Changes at the Last Minute the year 2020 can be saved. Or by re-phasing the events of the year we can give it a new spin.

Here are some better ways to remember 2020:

  • 2020 was the year that a vaccine was developed for COVID-19 in record time and a world-wide pandemic was brought to a screeching halt.
  • 2020 was the year we got to spend time with our loved ones.
  • 2020 was the year that air pollution levels dramatically decreased.
  • 2020 was the year companies switch production to hand sanitizer and PPE.
  • 2020 was the year volunteers made PPE for front line workers.
  • 2020 was the year that neighbours celebrated by dancing in the streets (separately but together).
  • 2020 was the year the Canadian Government paid people to stay home.
  • 2020 was the year Churches broadcast their services.
  • 2020 was the year that everyone started gardening, all the local stores sold out of seeds.
  • 2020 was the year so many people started baking that we ran out of yeast and flour in many of the stores.
  • 2020 was the year people learned new at home hobbies.
  • 2020 was the year that on-line learning was made available to everyone.
  • 2020 was they year all the animal shelters were emptied as people decided to adopt pets.
  • 2020 was the year we went to Texas (before we were told to come home).
  • 2020 was the year everyone got out walking.
  • 2020 was the year that the Provincial Parks had to close because too many people went there.
  • 2020 was the beginning of on-line access to Doctors in Ontario
  • 2020 was the year AMAZON really became popular.
  • 2020 was the year we all wore masks into banks and stores.
  • 2020 was they year stores started curb-side pick-up.
  • 2020 was the year of shields, plexiglass shields.
  • 2020 was the year we learned to keep our distance.
  • 2020 was the year when cash almost became obsolete.
  • 2020 was the year my youngest son got married.
  • 2020 was the year I posted daily quotes.
  • 2020 was the year…….