Daily Quote: October 5, 2021

It is difficult to say what is impossible,
for the dream of yesterday
is the hope of today
and the reality of tomorrow.

~ Robert H. Goddard
American – Scientist / October 5, 1882 – August 10, 1945

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

On World Teacher’s Day it’s easy to celebrate Do Something Nice Day and National Fruit at Work Day. Just bring a polished apple to your favorite teacher.

The weather was kind to the married couple yesterday. It was a warm overcast day in London Ontario, with puddles laying about. I took less than 1,000 pictures in 2 hours. Now to edit and delete duplicates. Such a beautiful couple.

Daily Quote: October 1, 2021

To me in my childhood,
elves and fairies of all sorts
were very real things,
and my dolls were as really children
as I was myself a child.

~ Annie Besant
English – Philosopher / October 1, 1847 – September 20, 1933

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

After a solemn day of Truth and Reconciliation yesterday, we greet the First of October and celebrate World Smile Day. Be certain to celebrate by sharing your smile with your family, friends and neighbours.

Coffee seems to make the work go around, as today is also National Coffee Day. (Didn’t we just celbrate coffee day in September?) So make time to share a coffee with someone on your coffee break.

If you can, have a coffee with a Senior and you can celebrate National Seniors Day as well. It’s hard to believe that I’m now considered to be a Senior.

I’ve been retired from my job at Canada Post for almost 9 years. Even though I hated having the Superanuation (Retirement Fund) deductions off of my paycheck, I love the cheques that come in monthly now. I have the freedom to explore other options. This year while being under lockdown, I’ve been busy with my Photography and have worked the Census & Federal Election. I’m also very lucky that I have good health and can enjoy these “Golden Years”. I’ve had time to spend with my husband when he was ill and with my grandchildren as they are growing so quickly.

At any rate, I’ll also accept those Senior Discounts at my favorite stores. 😉

Welcome October 2021!!

My version of Swirley Pumpkins: https://jesserobertson.com/virtualtutorials/

Daily Quote: September 22, 2021

Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well.

~ Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
British – Statesman / September 22, 1694 – March 24, 1773

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Good-bye summer 2021. Hello Fall 2021. There are some people who actually love Fall. They like warm fires on cool nights, hot chocolate, pumpkin spice everything….. To me it is just an approach to the end of the year. So enjoy it while you can, the colours are short lived as we head towards winter.

For those who are young at heart and in love today is Proposal Day!

For those who are unlucky at love, today is National Ice Cream Cone Day.

Daily Quote: August 29, 2021

Where we love is home
– home that our feet may leave,
but not our hearts.

~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
American – Writer / August 29, 1809 – October 7, 1894

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Photos

I have an engagement photo session this morning and am looking forward to meeting the happy couple. I always enjoy seeing couples before they get married. We’re meeting in Rayner Park in London ON. A favourite “walk in the Park” site for photographers. Their wedding is scheduled for early October. So the engagement shots will contrast well with the autumn colours wedding. A small wedding at the courthouse. Unfortunately due to ongoing COVID restrictions the photographer won’t be permitted at the ceremony. So I’ll take pictures outside the courthouse and in the nearby park for them to remember their special day of commitment.

Daily Quote: August 27, 2021

I photograph the things that I do not wish to paint,
the things which already have an existence.

~ Man Ray
American – Photographer / August 27, 1890 – November 18, 1976

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings

Finally Friday and ready for the weekend.

So start with a clean slate and celebrate Forgive Your Foe Friday. Forgive so you can move on and no longer let them have power over your thoughts.

Settle your arguments by playing a game and celebrate World Rock Paper Scissors Day. What better way to no longer disagree. Wait, best 2 out of 3?

Remember your first Kiss to celebrate Kiss Me Day. Or you could just re-enact the moment with your true love.

Daily Quote: August 8, 2021

I have no riches but my thoughts. Yet these are wealth enough for me.

~ Sara Teasdale
(American – AuthorAugust 8, 1884 – January 29, 1933)

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

International Cat Day is ruled by those who sit on top of fences, chase mice and clean themselves at the kitchen table. A day just to love our cats and all the cats of the world.

Mid-summer it is said: if you don’t have zucchini, you don’t have any friends. The bountiful producer is out pacing most who have a garden so they give their produce to their neighbours and friends. Celebrate National Zucchini Day by eating zucchini fried, grilled or in a bread.

Today is also Gay Uncles Day. To increase exposure of the LGBT+ in their communities their members are encouraged to post pictures with their nieces and nephews to show their role in families.

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: 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 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 16, 2021

Cancer is a very sad thing,
but you can always take
something from every experience.

Pierce Brosnan (Irish – Actor Born: May 16, 1953


*** Holidays and Celebrations ***

*** International Day of Light ***

*** International Day of Living Together in Peace ***

*** Stepmother’s Day ***

*** Porte Musings ***

Happy Birthday Pierce. I agree, Cancer sucks. I’m so tired of family and friends dying from this dam disease and/or its treatments.

So instead I choose to celebrate the International Day of Light. Turn on every light. Sit in the sunshine. Raise a glass in a toast of cheer. Light lets us read in the dark months and work instead of sleeping. It keeps us safe while keeping the darkness away.

Today is also the International Day of Living Together in Peace. The news is filled with the bombings in Palestine. My heart breaks to see the streaks of smoke rising from tall apartment buildings where people lived without being politically involved. Stop racial discrimination. Stop fighting. Stop Wars. Just all live together in Peace.

Instead go buy your stepmother a flower or gift as you remember Stepmother’s Day, celebrated on the Sunday after Mother’s Day. Wicked or not she has helped shape your destiny and who you’ve become.