Daily Quote: May 31, 2021

I believe a leaf of grass
is no less than the journey-work of the stars.

~ Walt Whitman (American – Poet Born: May 31, 1819. Lived until: March 26, 1892)

Holidays and Celebrations…

*** World No Tobacco Day ***

*** US Memorial Day ***

*** National Meditation Day ***

Porte Musings…

Years too late for many, we are giving up smoking on World No Tobacco Day. I quit more than 23 years ago. My husband quit 5 years ago. Other friends and family have quit as well. Unfortunately for many it was too late as the cancerous substance had already invaded our lungs and bodies. Not only by choice as a smoker, but also as 2nd and 3rd hand smoke. Even though sin taxes have made the evil smoke unaffordable, the black/grey market thrives.

The US is celebrating Memorial Day today. I think I’ll wait until the American Memorial Day before I plant my seedlings next year. Last weekend we had a killing frost after having 2 weeks of above normal temperatures.

Now here’s something to think about: National Meditation Day.

The baby blue jays are growing fast and are almost as big as their parents. But they don’t quite have all the beautiful feathers yet and are enjoying being fed by their parent. As we sat in the sunshine to warm ourselves my husband and I watched the baby blue jays stretch and push each other. We were afraid they might actually push each other out of the nest. But they were surprisingly agile and one landed on top of the light momentarily then quickly got back into the nest.

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 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 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: April 25, 2021

Not only strike while the iron is hot, but make it hot by striking.

~ Oliver Cromwell (English – General / April 25, 1599 – September 3, 1658)

Holidays and Celebrations:


Porte Musings:

Today is already the last Sunday in April. May is approaching rapidly. I pray that the Lock Down orders come to an end before Mother’s Day.

Today is the remembrance of Anzac Day. Today is the anniversary of the first attack on Gallipoli (Italy) 1915, which was Australia and New Zealand’s first major military battle fought during World War I. On this day we remember all the people who have died in Military Actions around the world.

DNA Day celebrates the discovery of DNA. The building block of all creatures, and tests now available through Ancestry.ca be careful if you choose to take one. At the age of 68, my husband discovered through DNA that his biological father was someone other than the man that raised him, while my husband’s son’s test confirmed that they are father and son.

The last Sunday in April is celebrated as World Pinhole Photography Day. At it’s beginnings photography, painting with light was done with a mere pinhole. So let’s celebrate the beginning of photography. We may not use pinhole cameras, but we could try some long shot photos today with it’s blurred images or some quick speed photography freezing a moment in time.

One of my favorite animals is celebrated today with Penguin Day. Although I’ve never traveled to the Southern Hemisphere to see penguins in their natural habitat, I have watched them playing at Busch Gardens. They are so cute.

Remember Penguins I’ve seen at Busch Gardens 2015

Daily Quote: April 23, 2021

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

~ William Shakespeare (English – Playwright / April 23, 1564 – April 23, 1616)

Holidays and Celebrations:


Porte Musings:

The day after Earth Day is World Book Day. So grab a book and celebrate.

You could read about Saint George slaying the dragon and celebrate Saint George’s Day at the same time. Often celebrated at a local pub with a good pint of ale we’ll just have to improvise during COVID-19 restrictions.

You could celebrate William’s birthday or Talk Like Shakespeare Day. Or you could just watch a good a Shakespearean Play.

Cease the day. Slay your dragons. And read a good book. ❤

Daily Quote: April 4, 2021

Pleasures take to themselves wings and fly away; true knowledge remains forever.

~ Dorothea Dix (American – Activist / April 4, 1802 – July 17, 1887)

Holidays and Celebrations:


Porte Musings:

April 4th, the 4th day of the 4th month is chosen as 404 Day. 404 Error is the computer error we get when an internet site has been moved or changed. Free speech advocates are vocal on this day to promote free speech. Under the guise of censorship we get the 4 oh 4 message: information is unable to be accessed not because of 404 messages, but because of censorship;

in particular, the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires schools and libraries to restrict access to certain websites—those with obscene and pornographic images—in order for them to receive federal funding. In the process, many other sites are blocked, such as those with educational information, health information about breast cancer and sexual health, LGBTQ information, information about non-mainstream religions, and art museum websites. These are constitutionally protected websites, and their censorship is seen as violating the First Amendment.

Today is also International Mine Awareness Day. Mines and explosives remain in war torn countries causing massive damage, casualties and death to civilians. In 2005 the United Nations declared April 4th as a day to remember the victims of these “forgotten” mines and to work towards eliminated them without harm to civilians.

And last, but not least today is the holiest of days in the Christian Calendar, the celebration of Easter. When Mary went to the tomb and Jesus wasn’t there. She was comforted by an angel outside the tomb. Christ had risen. Enjoy your Easter Celebrations today.