Time alone is irreplaceable.
Waste it not.
~ Douglas Southall Freeman
(American – Historian / May 16, 1886 – June 13, 1953)
Starting out the Victoria Day weekend, we can only remember the freedom we enjoyed last spring, walking through the local Conservation Area with the pair of second cousins. They loved exploring everything together. Looking into the water without a care in the world. Running down the paths, laughing with joy, squealing with delight and getting dirty. Hopefully, once COVID-19 self distancing is relaxed further the 2 boys will be able again to share their special friendship.
A slow reduction of restrictions opens up the Provincial Parks this past week, but still no washrooms, beaches or camping. And you must maintain a safe distance of at least 6′. Looking forward to being able to take the kayak to my favorite fresh water channel and paddling along.
The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph
it is no longer a fact but an opinion.
~ Richard Avedon (American – Photographer / May 15, 1923 – October 1, 2004)
O. Henry Pun-Off Day
Endangered Species Day
COVID-19 strikes again as the O. Henry Pun-Off Day was postponed to October 17, 2020.
The Calgary Stampede, CNE and the Western Fair have been cancelled this year.
Even though we’re not permitted to gather in groups of 5 or more unrelated people, backyard fireworks can be set-off to celebrate Victoria Day on Monday, May 18, 2020. So let there be light works.
The 24 of May is the Queens’ Birthday,
if you don’t give us a holiday,
we’ll all run away.
It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the Spring,
who reaps a harvest in the Autumn.
~ B. C. Forbes (Scottish – Journalist / May 14, 1880 – May 6, 1954)
National Chicken Dance Day
National Buttermilk Biscuit Day
COVID-19 numbers in USA continue to grow. USA is the #1 country in the world for the number of confirmed cases and deaths.
I’ve heard the number of cases is comparable to the flu. However, the number of deaths attributed to the flu in the 2018-2019 season according to CDC for the USA:
CDC estimates that influenza was associated with more than 35.5 million illnesses, more than 16.5 million medical visits, 490,600 hospitalizations, and 34,200 deaths during the 2018–2019 influenza season.
Cases of COVID-19 as of May 13, 2020
Cases per 1 million people
Once an object has been incorporated in a picture it accepts a new destiny.
~ Georges Braque (French – Artist / May 13, 1882 – August 31, 1963)
Frog Jumping Day
National Apple Pie Day
A goose on top of a silo sitting in all it’s glory to me is one of the funniest sights I’ve seen in a while. But there wasn’t just one. There were 2 sitting on silos like adornments in the sky standing guard over the cows in the barn.
They dined on mince,
and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon.
~Edward Lear (English – Artist / May 12, 1812 – January 29, 1888)
There was an old man with a beard,
who said: ‘It is just as I feared!
Two owls and a hen,
four larks and a wren
have all built their nests in my beard.
~ Edward Lear
The example above written by Edward Lear is a Limerick. Limericks follow the rhyme pattern of AABBA, so although the Daily Quote was also written by Edward Lear, it isn’t an example of a Limerick.
The wise make proverbs, and fools repeat them.
~ Isaac D’Israeli (British – Writer / May 11, 1766 – January 19, 1848)
The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.
~ James Bryce (English – Diplomat / May 10, 1838 – January 22, 1922)
National Clean Your Room Day
Happy Mother’s Day 2020. As we continue to keep our distance celebrations this year will be slightly different from previous years as many will be doing lane way greetings from 6 feet (2 meters) away. I know many of us will break the rules and give our mothers a hug.
Porte Photos has bookings for Porch Photos, as some families are celebrating Mother’s Day with their families at home.
Usually, my family celebrates by going for breakfast at Melbourne Legion and all posing for a picture outside before we go our separate ways. With the “no more than 5 people” and distancing limits there is no breakfast at any of the local Legions or Restaurants.
A little good news, there were no new COVID-19 cases in Middlesex County or Deaths yesterday. It looks like we’re flattening the curve and on our way to recovery. Restrictions are slowly being lifted as everyone is being cautious and hoping to avoid a second wave. Many of the stores that are opening require customers to wear face masks.
Tomorrow most of the Provincial Parks will be open, free of charge day use for the remainder of the month with the rest of the Provincial Parks being opened on Friday. No bathrooms will be available and the beaches will remain closed. I can see there will be a lot of “squatting in the woods” as people hike or bike and keep their distance.
God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.
~ James M. Barrie (British – Playwright May 9, 1860 – June 19, 1937)
World Migratory Bird Day
National Babysitters Day
Letter Carrier’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Day
(USA – Postponed) Stamp Out Hunger
Snow in May. Yes it happens, but we are all in shock as the temperatures dipped below freezing. By next weekend the temperatures will return to seasonal temperatures. It’s as if Mother Nature wanted to remind us in Ontario that we shouldn’t plant our tender annuals until after May 24.
Tomorrow will be Mother’s Day and many will be blessed enough to have “Porch Visits” with their Mothers.
COVID-19 continues it’s global control by cancelling events and reminding us to continue social distancing. Although the regulations are loosening, in Ontario the social distancing remains in effect until after May 19, 2020. I’ve extended my “Porch Photos” promotion until May 19th.
No place is boring, if you’ve had a good night’s sleep
and have a pocket full of unexposed film.
~ Robert Adams (American – Photographer / Born: May 8, 1937)
The last supermoon of the year 2020 is caught in the trees as the full flower moon approaches moonset in the early morning hours of May 7th.
Robert Adams quote could be updated a bit: No place is boring, if you’ve had a good night’s sleep and have a camera in hand. The days of film are almost at an end with only the most devoted collectors using the media to take pictures. Even phone cameras are capable of taking amazing shots, but I still prefer the dedicated camera for taking pictures.
V-E day marking the 75 year anniversary of the liberation of Holland, the defeat of the Third Reitch of Nazi Germany and the suicide of Hitler.
COVID-19 world pandemic is still causing social distancing. The USA is lessening restrictions even though many scientists advise against loosening of the restrictions and predict a second wave that could be worse than the first.
Here in Ontario the great debate is ongoing whether cottage owners should be permitted to go to their properties during the social distancing measures. If I owned a cottage (paid taxes, utilities, insurance and upkeep) I wouldn’t hesitate to go to my cottage to ensure the property was secure and to do the annual maintenance tasks. I would also want to ensure that my property wasn’t being used by squatters or by others in my absence.
The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk.
~ Joseph Joubert (French – Writer / May 7, 1754 – May 4, 1824)
Day of Vesak
This year’s celebrations are canceled due to COVID-19. Budda’s Birthday Celebrations Canceled