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)

Holidays and Celebrations:

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.

Daily Quote: February 2, 2021

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

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

Holidays and Celebrations:

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)

Holidays and Celebrations:

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)

Holidays and Celebrations:

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)

Holidays and Celebrations:

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)

Holidays and Celebrations:

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)

Holidays and Celebrations:

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…….

Daily Quote: December 22, 2020

You can’t win them all.

~ Connie Mack (American – Businessman /December 22, 1862 – February 8, 1956)

Holidays and Celebrations:

*It was officially announced yesterday that Ontario will be in lock-down starting on Boxing Day and extending for at least 28 days. The one “gathering” we had scheduled for boxing day will now occur today to ensure that my oldest grandson can maintain some level of normalcy. I understand we need to do this to stop the spread of COVID-19, but at the same time my circle has been small during the last 9 months and the further restrictions will be very difficult. My grandbabies won’t be going to their new pre-school to make new friends and learn new skills. My newest grandson has learning disabilities and needs this interaction to catch-up on verbal and motor skills. How many children have been hurt by loosing so many days of school? My heart is breaking on the second day of Yule, instead of celebrating the end of the long nights.

Daily Quote: December 19, 2020

Above all, ignore the audience.

~ Minnie Maddern Fiske (American – Actress / December 19, 1865 – February 15, 1932)

Holidays and Celebrations:

*The Saturday before Christmas and shopping is done,
I’m waiting for Amazon to deliver the final one.
Due to COVID-19 we’re limited to 5, more can’t be together,
So the schedule is set, dependent on weather,
for where we are going, how long and when.
School’s out and the Holidays extending,
I’m hoping there’s snow so we can go tobogganing
But not so much snow we can’t dig out.
No marshmallows for hot chocolate, they’re sold out.
Diet pop is in short supply, there’s none to be had
Wear a smile behind your mask, it’s not that bad.
The hospitals are full, the vaccines in sight,
with anti-vaxers saying it just isn’t right.
The security camera comes on
as a sleigh comes in sight:
Merry Christmas to all
And to all a good night.

Daily Quote: December 18, 2020

A line is a dot that went for a walk.

~ Paul Klee (Swiss – Artist / December 18, 1879 – June 29, 1940)

Holidays and Celebrations:

*Experimenting with my new free version of Corel Painter Essentials I used the charcoal effect to edit my new boots and cat picture. Although I prefer the actual photograph, this version fits in perfectly with the Daily Quote.

Only 1 week to go until Christmas. I have most of my shopping done, but still have to pick up a few items. I’ll pick-up my husband’s gift today and a couple of games. With gatherings limited to 5 people, Christmas will be different this year. I won’t be hosting the annual Timson Christmas Eve Celebration, so this will be the first year my family hasn’t been together on Christmas Eve. It’s a sad milestone that I thought would wait until I was much older. So instead we’ll attend 4 different smaller gatherings shifting from home to home and keeping the numbers down to 5. On the plus side it means I don’t have to cook for 4 days.

The bad news is regarding the number of people that haven’t sought medical advise for other ailments during the pandemic. I for one didn’t go to the dentist until I was in pain, which was too late. My tooth had to be extracted. A minor issue compared to my oldest sister-in-law.

My sister-in-law, put off going to the doctor when she had leg problems, until cancer had spread throughout her body. Her level of stress this year is inconceivable to me. Isolation, caring for her husband, loosing a sister to cancer, watching another struggling with cancer…… She is now waiting alone in hospital for test results so they can determine the best treatment (if any). Her husband, who has dementia, doesn’t understand why she hasn’t come home yet and keeps asking when they will bring her back. She has been his caregiver for more than 10 years (longer if you consider that they’ve married for more than 50 years). Their younger daughter is staying with him until the test results come back and my sister-in-law hopefully comes home. Their oldest daughter lives too far away to help. Their oldest son is staying at his younger sister’s home until she can return. Their youngest son is unable to be with his parents due to exposure to COVID-19 and 2 weeks of self-isolation. Prayers are all we can give, but it doesn’t seem like enough.