Porte Photos: May 4th, 2022

May the 4th be with you today and everyday.

It was a rainy day yesterday with torrents of water falling from the sky. Our internet was out for most of the afternoon and evening, so we did the typical Canadian thing and went to Canadian Tire to see what’s on sale. When we got home this drenched Blue Jay was sitting on the telescope just out our back door. He looked almost black just sitting there under the gazebo.

Porte Photos: May 3, 2022

Today’s picture is of a pigeon at Zephyr Park. A little ordinary and found everywhere.

Florida is just a memory now as we’ve returned to Ontario and I’m open for business. I have a newborn gift certificate that was purchased.

I look forward to my new grandson due in late June 2022. Babies are so beautiful.

The road trip home was thankfully uneventful. Georgia was very slow traffic through Atlanta. I followed the Google instructions and drove the HOV lanes, but it was still very slow going. The only time I’ve ever gone through Atlanta without issues was a Sunday morning at 4 AM. We did see a truck on fire headed south and the traffic was backed up for miles. It looked like everyone was safe.

Rickie and I have resumed morning walks with my sister and her dog Maddie.

Porte Photos: April 23, 2022

The drake wood duck always looks like a wooden decoy to me. Too bright and too beautiful to be real. Gliding effortlessly on the water. Posing for anyone that wants to take its photo.

Zephyr Park is a perfect place for these birds to make their nests in the large Live Oak trees. An ideal location for the young ducklings to grow into adults.

Porte Photos: April 20, 2022

Todays photo is a Roseate Spoonbill. Birds at Busch Gardens are all safely stored away as the wild birds migrate to prevent the spread of bird flu. This one was seen through the screens of the bird house. I’m not certain if it’s daring us to come in or trying to look pretty. Roseate Spoonbills are native to Florida. Maybe this one just wants out to fly free again.

Speaking of flying free, today is 420 Day. A day supporting the use of marijuana. Maybe if more of the world leaders would take a daily puff they would also want peace not war.

Did someone want to send some to Russia? The continued bombing of Ukraine and pictures of civilians left homeless or tortured and dead flood the news.

Daily Quote: April 16, 2022

You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; in just the same way, you learn to love by loving.

~ Anatole France
French – Novelist / April 16, 1844 – October 12, 1924

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Penguins are one of my favorite animals at Busch Gardens. They love to pose for the camera, play and hug each other. Viewed through the glass they were one of the few birds permitted to be outside during migration times and to keep avian flu from spreading. The tropical vegetation surrounding the Penguin display reflects in the glass and makes the penguins seem to have exotic patterns.

Today is Holy Saturday for Christians, a time between the death of their Savior and the resurrection. The body had been placed in the tomb, but because it was the Sabbath they were not permitted to preserve the body. Fasting and prayers continue for Muslims on the 15th Day of Ramadan; while Jews celebrate the 2nd Day of Passover.

Today is also World Semicolon Day; an important day for suicide prevention; pause and carry on living; write the rest of your life story. 😉

If you haven’t had breakfast yet, try some Eggs Benedict on National Eggs Benedict Day. If you’ve already had breakfast; why not have Eggs Benedict for lunch? 😉

Daily Quote: April 8, 2022

You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.

~ Mary Pickford
Canadian – Actress / April 8, 1892 – May 29, 1979

Holidays and Celebration:

Porte Musings:

Religious fasting and prays continue for Christians celebrating the 38th day of Lent and Muslims celebrating the 7th day of Ramadan.

For all the aspiring artists today is Draw a Picture of a Bird Day.

For all the aspiring artists today is Draw a Picture of a Bird Day.
I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the tutorials #jesserobertson.
My version of Cherry Blossom Bluebird.

Let’s all eat Empanadas to celebrate National Empanada Day. 😉

Daily Quote: April 7, 2022

A real friend is one who walks in when
the rest of the world walks out.

~ Walter Winchell
American – Journalist / April 7, 1897 – February 20, 1972

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Prayer and fasting continues for Muslims celebrating the 6th day of Ramadan.

Today is World Health Day, eat well, exercise and take your vitamins. Be certain to get your 2nd booster as soon as you are eligible.

The garbage may need to be taken out, the floors swept or the dishes washed, but you have a good reason to let it be and read a good book. Today is National No Housework Day.

By contrast, today is my own private holiday that I always booked off of work as International Window Washing Day. A task to help me see the world more clearly but, can be interrupted by friends and family at any moment, bringing gifts and well wishes. As I turn 65 this year, my bridge pension payment is stopped and my life insurance begins to decline. I start the Old Age Pension and remember all of my friends and family that never had the blessing of growing old. My parents, who died at the ages of 43 and 63; my nursery roommate who has now missed 2 birthdays on earth; my favorite Aunts and Uncles; and even my Paternal Grandmother who died at 93. I’ll have a drink to celebrate one more journey around the sun.

Be certain to keep some coffee cade ready on National Coffee Cake Day just in case window washing is interrupted. 😉