Daily Quote: June 4, 2021

I believe that true art is universal in its appeal.

John McCormack (Irish – Musician. Born: June 4, 1884. Lived until: September 16, 1945)

Holidays and Celebrations…

Daily Quote: June 1, 2021

We are all of us stars,
and we deserve to twinkle.

Marilyn Monroe (American – Actress. Born: June 1, 1926. Lived until: August 5, 1962)

Holidays and Celebrations…

*** Global Day of Parents ***

*** International Children’s Day ***

*** Oscar The Grouch Day ***

*** National Go Barefoot Day ***

Porte Musings…

Interesting that June 1st is not only Global Day of Parents, but also International Children’s Day. So families need to celebrate National Go Barefoot Day and walk in the warm sand on a beach or lay in the grass in their own yard as Ontario is still under lock down rules.

I often admire Oscar the Grouch and the way he just doesn’t care about what others think as he lives in his garbage can. So, I will celebrate Oscar the Grouch Day.

Today is the day we’ve been waiting for. We see the Colon Cancer Specialist to find out the treatment plan. And I pray that the cardiologist was right, that the type of cancer my husband has is operable and treatable, with the mild inconvenience of a bag while he heals.

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 30, 2021

The glory of gardening:
hands in the dirt,
head in the sun,
heart with nature.

To nurture a garden is to feed
not just on the body, but the soul.

Alfred Austin (English – Poet Born: May 30, 1835. Lived until June 2, 1913)


Holidays and Celebrations…

*** Water a Flower Day ***

*** Neighbor Day ***

*** World MS Day ***

Porte Musings…

Yesterday was our Annual Horticultural Society Plant Sale. Such a wonderful tradition to share our bounty with our neighbours and friends. Everyone brings their surplus plants to sell to raise funds for the Strathroy-Caradoc Horticultural Society. I donated all of my tomato plants that were surplus, Including Black Krim, Sicilian, Rugers, Cherry and some eggplants. Volunteers price the plants and group them according to price. Then the fun begins as people come to purchase great bargains. I got 2 fern leaf peonies, a fern, a large peony and a small ornamental for only $10.

2021 Annual plant sale.

How fitting that today is Water a Flower Day. I’m hoping all the threats of frost are finally done for the season and I can plant the remainder of my garden today.

Today is also Neighbour Day. So whoever your neighbours are, whether across the street or around the world, wish them well and maybe share some of your garden treasures with them. ❤

We also are remembering that we need to continue research and raise funds to find a cure for MS on MS Day. Disguising as many different symptoms and difficult to diagnose this disease has so many different forms and ruins so many lives. Ride for a Cure has gone from a 5 Kilometer bike ride where everyone was gathered at one time to a 5 K ride anywhere to raise funds. Please support our riders this year and help find a cure.

Second shots for the COVID-19 Vaccine are now available for Indigenous people in Ontario, so my husband got his yesterday. It is being forecast that all people in Ontario that want to be vaccinated will be completed by the end of August.

Daily Quote: May 24, 2021

Every failure is a step to success.

William Whewell (English – Philosopher Born: May 24, 1794 Lived until March 6, 1866)

*** Holidays and Celebrations…

*** Victoria Day ***

*** National Brother Day – United States ***

*** Asparagus Day ***

*** Porte Musings…..

Victoria Day is actually on the Monday of the Victoria Day long weekend. This doesn’t happen very often. Fireworks are supposed to be limited to tonight, but they’ve been let off every night so far this weekend. Ontario is still under stay at home orders, so many people who usually go camping have been limited to their own yards. Promises of re-opening next weekend were made. Our trailer park is open to accommodate all of the year long residents, so we were able to have a sleep-over last night.

In USA today is National Brother Day. A day set aside to celebrate the special relationship with Brothers. I don’t have any brothers, so I’ll just wish y’all a happy Brothers Day.

My husband’s kidney function is lower than it should be, so in preparations for Colon surgery, the potassium levels need to be lower. So, we need to learn new lists of foods that can be eaten (lower potassium levels) and those that should be avoided. Luckily, asparagus is on the low list, so we can indulge on Asparagus Day. A serving of 6 spears is under 200 mg of potassium. The bad news is he’ll have to cut back on the coffee. Only 3 cups a day is deemed as safe. We’re still in waiting mode for the biopsy results. Hopefully, we’ll know the plan of attack this week.

Daily Quote: May 23, 2021

If a tree dies,
plant another in its place.

Carolus Linnaeus (Swedish – Scientist Born: May 23, 1707 Lived until January 10, 1778)

May 23rd Holidays and Celebrations…

*** Pentecost ***

*** World Turtle Day ***

*** International Day to End Obstetric Fistula ***

Porte Musings…

For Christians around the world today is Pentecost Sunday. A day of celebration for when the Holy Spirit was sent to be with the disciples.

Today is also World Turtle Day. Turtle are my favorite animals. Counting turtles on the Ausable Channel in my Kayak is my favorite activity. The most I’ve counted on one day was 148 painted turtles sunning themselves.

Painted Turtles

Daily Quote: May 22, 2021

Every flower is a soul
blossoming in nature.

Gerard De Nerval (French – Novelist  Born: May 22, 1808 Lived until: January 26, 1855)

*** Holidays and Celebrations:

*** International Day for Biological Diversity ***

*** National Buy a Musical Instrument Day ***

*** World Fiddle Day ***

*** Porte Musings…

The twenty fourth of May
is the Queen’s Birthday,
if you don’t give us a holiday,
we’ll all run away.

With the Provincial Lockdown still in place, we’re all on a Stay Vacation. Usually this long weekend is the unofficial summer kick-off as people go to the beaches and camping. Well, not this year. Nothing is opening until next weekend to avoid crowding in public areas. Then we’ll be opening up in phases based on “safety”. Golf courses will be opening this weekend. I’m so tired of being forced to stay home even if it is for my own good. I’ve had my first vaccine and am anxious to get out there doing things with friends and family.

Today is International Day for Biological Diversity, a day I would love to celebrate by kayaking, but still haven’t managed to get my veggies and flower gardens planted yet.

So instead I might actually celebrate National Buy a Musical Instrument Day and World Fiddle Day. Seems I can’t even catch my breath to practice my flute for my nephew’s wedding this summer.

Oh well, its off to work I go, hi ho, hi ho, hi ho…
to make some do, some do, some dough.

Daily Quote: May 21, 2021

What beauty is, I know not,
though it adheres to many things.

Albrecht Durer (German – Artist. Borne: May 21, 1471 Lived until: April 6, 1528)

*** Holidays and Celebrations for May 21st…

*** Bike To Work Day ***

*** National Pizza Party Day ***

*** National Strawberries and Cream Day ***

*** Porte Musings…

The Friday before our long weekend and our Ontario Provincial Lockdown is going to start to loosen a bit by categories. Outdoors: Golf, Tennis and Skateparks will be able to open tomorrow. Can’t wait for all the restrictions to be lifted and life can get back to a new normal. The proposed schedule lets people finally have hair cuts July 4th.

I’d celebrate Bike to Work Day, but I’m still working from home.

So I’ll have to celebrate National Pizza Party Day with my immediate bubble and maybe even celebrate National Strawberries and Cream Day afterwards.

Getting the garden started this weekend is high on my list. Temperatures are forecast to be warm and the plants will love getting their feet in the ground.

Daily Quote: May 20, 2021

It is a serious job being a portrait photographer,
which is how I saw myself.

~ Astrid Kirchherr (German – Photographer Born: May 20, 1938. Lived until May 12, 2020)

Holidays and Celebrations….

*** World Bee Day ***

*** Flower Day ***

*** National Rescue Dog Day ***

Porte Musings…

May is just flying by, or should I say Buzzing by as we celebrate World Bee Day. The humble bumble and sweet honey bees flying from flower to flower, gathering sweet nectar and being covered in yellow pollen. Leave those dandelions in your yard. The bees love to visit them and wear the pollen on their legs and bodies.

And just in time too. It’s Flower Day. Every and any flower gives reason to celebrate and meaning for events. Beauty in each and everyone.

My snowball bush is just starting to open up.

…And last but not least today is National Rescue Dog Day. My favorite rescue dog from the Tampa shelter continues to fill my heart with sunshine. Rickie showing off his new hair cut and ready for summer. He smiles all the time.

Just picture Rickie, smiling on the back deck. May 2021