Daily Quote: April 1, 2022

Before I got married I had six theories
about bringing up children;
now I have six children,
and no theories.

~ John Wilmot
English – Writer / April 1, 1647 – July 26, 1680

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

The beginning of the fiscal year for many businesses is also April Fools Day. So beware the jokesters this morning and don’t fall for their practical jokes. 😉

All children love to jump in muddy puddles. So if you have a chance celebrate National Jump in Muddy Puddles Day. Or you can read a Peppa Pig book with someone young enough to enjoy jumping in muddy puddles.

Sourdough is delicious. So have a slice and celebrate National Sourdough Bread Day.

Daily Quote: March 31, 2022

You are never strong enough
that you don’t need help.

~ César Chávez
American – Activist / March 31, 1927 – April 23, 1993

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

One of the earliest protests I remember is the “don’t buy California Grapes protest“. Where everyone was encouraged to not buy grapes until the workers were treated more fairly. I didn’t know at the time that César Chávez, a farm worker, was the American Latino behind the peaceful demonstration. Please remember that there are peaceful ways to achieve a goal on César Chávez Day. Like White Pelicans fishing in a pond, when we unite we can feed each other.

As the fiscal year comes to an end for many businesses, it’s time to Back-up your data and celebrate World Back-up Day.

My husband will tell you his favorite vegetable is potatoes. So grab a spud and celebrate National Tater Day. 😉

Daily Quote: March 28, 2022

For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God.

~ Saint Teresa of Avila
Spanish – Saint / March 28, 1515 – October 4, 1582

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Missing my cats as they are at home living a life of luxury with my sons taking care of them. But remember Respect Your Cat Day. They may be very independent, but once one falls in love with you, you become part of their world.

Pull them out, toss them or just let them grow wild today is Weed Appreciation Day. Growing between the pavement cracks, in the vegetable garden and the open fields. You really need to acknowledge them and their tenuousness.

If you are close to your little ones, grab a picture book and celebrate Children’s Picture Book Day.

One of my favorite cakes is Black Forest. Layers of chocolate soaked in rum and covered in sweet cherries. I’ll be celebrating National Black Forest Cake Day with a big slice. Mmmm….. 😉

Walking on the boardwalk at Wilderness Park I met some fellow birders from Maine and Washington that had come to Hillsborough County to celebrate their Mother’s 90th birthday. They told me about the Limpkins that they saw by the boat launch. I was afraid the Limpkins would be gone by the time I got to the boat launch, but the pair of Limpkins were still there foraging. Dotted birds about the size of a small fawn they blended into the foliage. So I ventured to another spot and was able to shoot the one I used in today’s quote. What took me by surprise was how loudly they shrieked and how gracefully they were able to fly. Thank goodness Birders are so willing to share.

Daily Quote: March 26, 2022

In prosperity, our friends know us;
in adversity, we know our friends.

~ John Churton Collins
 – Critic / March 26, 1848 – September 25, 1908

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Happy Purple Day, or also known as International Epilepsy Day. One of the oldest afflictions known to man where people loose themselves into a seizure either large or just an absent seizure for a moment. Those moments can be disastrous and extremely horrifying for the person and those who love them. Medicines can help in most cases, but the side effects can be equally difficult. Living independently is a dream for most of the afflicted. Just driving a car is outside their reach. Wait times for testing in Canada can be up to a year or more for children. We’ve already lived through the testing and had confirmation with my oldest grandson. You’d think testing for progress would be shorter, but it seems to be just as long or longer due to COVID backlogs. Please give generously to find a cure.

It seems strange to celebrate Earth Hour, while bombs are disseminating the Ukraine and the threat of nuclear or chemical war has never seemed more imminent. But continue to due your part and turn your lights out for 1 hour tonight.

Be certain to eat your spinach today as we celebrate National Spinach Day. After all if it made Popeye stronger, it can make us all stronger.

Daily Quote: March 25, 2022

As we grow older,
our bodies get shorter
and our anecdotes longer.

~ Robert Quillen
American – Journalist / March 25, 1887 – December 9, 1948

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

When talking about intergenerational harm you need look no further than the African Blacks and the effects of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Ripped from their homes and shipped across the ocean to a cold cruel land. Treated as livestock rather than people. Today is the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Today is also Tolkien Reading Day. So grab a book and read about the hobbits adventures and trials.

My favorite nut is the Pecan. Although there may be disagreements on how to pronounce it, whether it be pe-can or pec-an, they are so good to eat. My holiday in Florida included a new cereal, cinnamon and pecan. Wonderful for breakfast. I’m not certain if it was a limited time flavour or just too popular, but I can’t find it in the local stores again. 😉

Daily Quote: March 24, 2022

I am a great admirer of mystery and magic.
Look at this life – all mystery and magic.

~ Harry Houdini
Hungarian – Entertainer / March 24, 1874 – October 31, 1926

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

The title says it all: International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims . Remembering also the bombing of Ukraine by Russia. What greater act of terrorism in today’s world.

I’ll drink to that. Today is National Cocktail Day.

Or maybe I’ll just have some chocolate covered raisins and celebrate National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day. 😉

Daily Quote: March 20, 2022

A failure is not always a mistake,
it may simply be the best one can do
under the circumstances.
The real mistake is to stop trying.

~ B. F. Skinner
American – Psychologist / March 20, 1904 – August 18, 1990

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings;

The Spring Equinox has arrived. We can celebrate the Beginning of Spring, my favorite season. To me the new year should start at the same time. Daylight hours continue to grow longer and everything starts to grow anew. No wonder today is also the International Day of Happiness.

For some fun filled pockets of pasta, today is National Ravioli Day. So have a bowl of the delicious pasta and smother it in sauce. 😉

Daily Quote: March 17, 2022

Vision looks upward and becomes faith.

~ Stephen Samuel Wise
American – Clergyman / March 17, 1874 – April 19, 1949

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Harder than ever with all the mal-practice suits, we remember Doctor-Patient Trust Day. Having trust in your Doctor is so important for good health. That being said I think Doctors over prescribe and at the end of the day you are responsible for your health and well being. So be certain to eat your apple a day to keep the Doctor away.

Today everyone is a wee bit Irish as we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. He is remembered for driving the snakes out of Ireland, green beer and everything green. Also known as Corned Beef and Cabbage Day. So put on some green; drink some green beer; have some corned beef and cabbage; and celebrate on the green rivers. 😉

Daily Quote: March 12, 2022

Limit to courage? There is no limit to courage.

~ Gabriele D’Annunzio
Italian – Poet / March 12, 1863 – March 1, 1938

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Today is set aside to remember your roots. Genealogy Day celebrates all the skeletons on our closets as we map our our forefathers. DNA has added an extra layer to this story. But be careful. Like my husband you might discover your father isn’t who you thought he was.

Just like a Hitchcock movie the plots and twists could take you to a land never known before. Although it doesn’t celebrate his birthdate or death, today is National Alfred Hitchcock Day.

So what will 2022 bring. Flowers. And how do I know that? Because I’m planting flowers. Join me in the celebration of National Plant a Flower Day.

Scallops aren’t my favorite food, but the abductor muscle of bihalves or two shelled mollusks are celebrated today as National Baked Scallops Day. Baked or cooked your favorite way, I guess if you put enough garlic butter on them they would be edible. 😉

Daily Quote: March 11, 2022

Any time not spent on love is wasted.

~ Torquato Tasso
Italian – Poet / March 11, 1544 – April 25, 1595

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Important enough in American Folklore to have 2 days: March 11th and September 26th Johnny Appleseed Day remembers one man’s dream to ensure that apple trees grew everywhere across America.

Today is also Dream Day. So follow your dreams and see where they will take you. They are limited only by your imagination.

I’ve never tried one but today is Oatmeal Nut Waffles Day. Maybe today is the day to try one. 😉