Porte Photo’s Daily Quote: September 22, 2022

Dreams are the seeds of change.
Nothing ever grows without a seed
and nothing ever changes without a dream.

~ Debby Boone
American Singer / Born: September 22, 1956

Porte Musings:

The first official Day of Fall and the weather is going to accentuate the statement with a high of only 12C and a low tonight of 4C (frost is possible).

As I’ve seen in memes on Facebook, the trees are preparing to show us how beautiful it can be to give up.

Last night’s Strathroy-Caradoc Horticultural Meeting was a wonderful slide show presentation by Valerie. She showed us a wonderful International Topiary exhibit held in Montreal several years ago. Some of the displays were over 10 stories high. She also showed us flowers from her garden.

Fall is a busy time for gardeners as they bring in tender bulbs and plants, prepare the beds for winter, then get busy planting new bulbs for next spring. It’s a wonderful time to plant trees and shrubs as they can establish new roots during the winter and then sprout new branches in the spring.

Then gardeners prepare to cocoon during the winter with seed catalogues or travel to warmer places where they can tend gardens in the winter or look for new gardening ideas.

Daily Quote: March 29, 2022

Kindness is always fashionable,
and always welcome.

~ Amelia Barr
American – Novelist /March 29, 1831 – March 10, 1919

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

My youngest son insisted on getting a piano. He took lessons and enjoyed playing every day. Then he grew up and started to play golf. Today is Piano Day. Enjoy the sounds while you can.

In the 1970’s young men dodged the draft and came to Canada from the USA. We watched and had slogans of peace not war. The Vietnam war ended and the veterans came back in shame. I saved all the newspaper clippings for a History Project. It took a long time before they were called heroes. Young men that would never be the same. Disowned by their own country men. Many never returned. Those that did would never be the same. So honour the veterans on National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

On a lighter note today is also National Lemon Chiffon Cake. Enjoy some drizzled with a bit of icing. 😉

Daily Quote: March 23, 2022

Love is a fire.
But whether it is going
to warm your hearth
or burn down your house,
you can never tell.

~ Joan Crawford
American – Actress / March 23, 1905 – May 10, 1977

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

We always talk about it and it’s always changing so let’s celebrate it today. World Meteorological Day or as most of us would call it Weather Day.

We all love them. Puppies. All types of Puppies. They’re so cute. Today is National Puppy Day. So get one if you can afford one. The prices of puppies escalated during the pandemic and no indication that they will ever go down. I prefer “free to a good home” or one of those dogs on the euthanasia list because no one wants them. Rickie came from the Tampa Shelter. My 20 dollar dog. On sale because the local radio station sponsored a sale rather than see the dogs euthanized. Only 5 1/2 years old, dirty, and sick he stole our hearts. Now 8 years later, still healthy he steals the hearts of everyone he meets in the park on vacation in Florida.

Rickie our 20 dollar dog.

One thing every dog loves is chips. I have no idea how they can hear the bag open. But they don’t want to miss a treat. So celebrate National Chip and Dip Day as quietly as you can. 😉

Daily Quote: March 15, 2022

One’s happiness depends less on what he knows than on what he feels.

~ Liberty Hyde Bailey
American – Scientist / March 15, 1858 – December 25, 1954

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Beware the Ides of March. Remembering the date that Julius Caesar was assassinated about 60 BC after this infamous warning.

Luckily during my working career I always received equal pay, but not all are so lucky. Today is Equal Pay Day. A simple concept that people doing the same work should be paid the same regardless of sex, sexual orientation or race.

I’ve never tried Pears Helene, but today is National Pears Helene Day, so it looks like a good time to try them. 😉

Daily Quote: March 13, 2022

Without hope we are lost.

~ Mahmoud Darwish
Palestinian – Poet / March 13, 1941 – August 9, 2008

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Celebrating the 2nd Sunday in Lent.

I’ve had to reduce the amount of time spent watching the news. One image of the “War” in the Ukraine continues to haunt me. A little boy in a brown snow suit, alone but in a crowd, crying and running from the bombing. The little boy, an innocent, reminding me of my grandsons. Obviously well cared for and loved, suddenly his whole world literally being shot to hell and spiraling out of control. These atrocities affecting 40 Million people, a number I’m having a hard time comprehending. What does bombing these people accomplish? They aren’t decision makers. They are just people, who until the bombing started were living there peaceful lives with minor day to day challenges. Women, children, babies living comfortable lives. I pray the bombing and death instruments stop so there is no more “collateral damage”.

We remembered Barbie Day just a short while ago, so today is for Kenneth Carson as we celebrate Ken Day. Ken was introduced in 1961, 2 years after Barbie. Famous for being Barbie’s boyfriend, without any genetalia, tanned, well muscled and blonde.

Today is the Beginning of Day Light Savings Time for most of North America. For those of you who forgot to set your clocks ahead, you’re now an hour late for church. But you will get to enjoy an extra hour of sunshine tonight.

Food is always an inspiration I like to end with. So enjoy National Coconut Torte Day and pray for those without food in the Ukraine today.

Daily Quote: March 7, 2022

Little deeds are like little seeds,
they grow to flowers or to weeds.

~ Daniel D. Palmer
Canadian – Celebrity / March 7, 1845 – October 20, 1913

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Do you know what your name means? Today is Fun Facts About Names Day. My name Deborah means the bee. It was a very popular name when I was young there were 5 Debbies in my grade 7 class. It was a popular name from the bible. I guess their parents didn’t know that Deborah was a prophetess and leader who ensured her prophecy came true by sleeping with the enemy and driving a tent peg through his head as he slept. Just like a gentle little honey bee with a stinger that will be used if necessary.

Today is also Plant Power Day. Not a plant like the nuclear power plants. But the plants that cover the ground or reach for the sky converting CO2 to oxygen that we need to breathe. Or just ornamental plants that provide colour in a dreary landscape. Or that grow tall and provide shade from the blistering sun. So plant some seeds or buy some flowers to celebrate the day.

National Cereal Day should be celebrated with a large bowl of cereal. Either for breakfast or as a bedtime snack. 😉

Betty White Quotes: 100 +49 Days

Why retire from something
if you’re loving it so much and enjoying it so much,
and you’re blessed with another group of people
to work with like the gang on ‘Hot in Cleveland?’
Why would I think of retiring?
What would I do with myself?

~ Betty White
American – Actress / January 17, 1922 – December 31, 2021

Daily Quote: March 4th, 2022

Spring is God’s way of saying,
‘One more time!’

~ Robert Orben
American – Entertainer / Born: March 4, 1927

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Today must be army day as we celebrate March Forth.

Show how much you appreciated your employees on Employee Appreciation Day.

The first Friday in March is World Day of Prayer. If ever the world was in need of prayer it is now as Russia continues to bomb Ukraine.

The first Friday of Lent is a good time to celebrate Friday Fish Fry Day. 😉

Daily Quote: January 25, 2022

Money is like a sixth sense without
which you cannot make
a complete use of the other five.

~ W. Somerset Maugham
British – Playwright January 25, 1874 – December 16, 1965

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Robbie Burns Night is a time to remember the Scottish Poet. Haggis and parties. Beer!

National Opposite Day is set aside to celebrate all those extremes and everything in between.

And I’ll drink to National Irish Coffee Day. 😉