Porte Photo’s Daily Quote: October 2, 2022

I intend to live forever,
or die trying.

~ Groucho Marx
American – Comedian October 2, 1890 – August 19, 1977

Porte Musings:

Groucho Marx, a comedian who was known to play a curmudgeon old man with a unique outlook on the world. But I agree with this philosophy. I’ve already told my grandchildren I’m living to be 120. Now that I’ve lived longer than both of my parents it seems like I could make it come true.

Luckily group activities have resumed. 3 weeks of Zumba on Fridays and 5 more to go. Put a smile on your face, do what you can and most importantly have fun.

Daily walks with my sister at least 3-4 times a week.

Kayaking at least 1 a week.

Motorcycling with CMC 021 now also added to my list of things to do.

Church on Sundays, with Junior Church (or Sunday School) starting again today.

Yes, I might just live to be 120 or die trying. ❤

Porte Photos Daily Quote: September 13, 2022

Be what you are.
This is the first step toward
becoming better than you are.

~ Julius Charles Hare
English – ClergymanSeptember 13, 1795 – January 3, 1855

Porte Musings:

This week is full of birthdays in our family, today my niece, born 1 day after my grandson in the same hospital, celebrates her 11th birthday. I think we just wanted an excuse to eat cake everyday the first week of September. 😉

Familial Cholesterolemia type II runs in our family as well. Although diet does play a small part in high cholesterol levels, our DNA is a much bigger contributor. My mother had her first cardiac arrest at 38 and died with her second at 43. Her Cholesterol and triglycerides were high, but there were very few options to reduce it. Her father died with his first cardiac arrest at 36 after a short walk to his brother’s house (with no previous indications that he had a cholesterol problem). My younger sister had a DNA test to confirm she has the gene, so at 57 after taking cholesterol medications, she was prescribed Repatha, an injectable to help lower her LDL numbers. Since I have a significant family history; high levels even with 40 Mg Crestor and 10 mg Ezetimibe; and I have a confirmed immediate family member; I will also be starting Repatha. Hopefully my LDL will go below 0.5 and I can reduce the other 2 medications. I hate needles, but today and every other week I’ll be taking this shot to help reduce the effects of high cholesterol.

Porte Photos Daily Quote: September 5, 2022

You can’t fake listening.
It shows.

~ Raquel Welch
American – Actress Born: September 5, 1940

Porte Musings:

My grandson and I spent a wonderful day kayaking. We did my normal route backwards to ensure he saw my favorite spot at the turnaround point of my normal route. Muddy entry with a dock too high for easy entry and exit. He started out with the paddles upside down. Then remembered on his own: writing towards you so you can read it and he turned them around. This picture was before he remembered.

I hope everyone is enjoying their last Monday of summer holidays. Tuesday the teachers will be in school preparing for Wednesday and the students returning.

Porte Photos Daily Quote: September 4, 2022

If everything was perfect,
you would never learn
and you would never grow.

~ Beyonce Knowles
American – Musician Born: September 4, 1981

Porte Musings:

The unofficial last Sunday of the summer. Although technically summer doesn’t end until September 21st, the return to school signals the beginning of Fall.

This week is already looking to be busy. Wednesday I’m going to make a trip to Point Pelee National Park to see if the Monarch Migration has started. My sister and I will be taking the kayaks to journey through the marshes. The trip itself is a 2 1/2 hour drive, so it will be a full day trip.

Thursday, another sister and I are going to Port Stanley for live theatre to jointly celebrate our birthdays. Lunch out and theatre, such a treat.

I have volunteered to take pictures at the 150th Anniversary of the Strathroy-Caradoc Horticultural Breakfast, Saturday September 24th. The same day is the Annual Meeting of the Heritage Club, so supper out with Posties that worked at Canada Post for 25 years or more. Another fully booked day. 🙂

Porte Musings: Kayaking Season 2022

Provincial Parks are open and back to almost normal use. Kayaking season is well underway. The Ontario Government was kind enough to extend my Provincial Park Pass until the end of the summer 2022. I aim to go Kayaking at least once a week to make sure I get the most out of my 2021 Provincial Park Pass. At least this year all the washrooms are available (you don’t have to pee in the woods). I’ve learned to get out of the kayak at the far end of the Old Ausable Channel at the Pinery and use the facilities before heading back downstream.

I also bought a 2nd kayak so I can take friends with me. My husband rigged my trailer to accommodate the 2 kayaks. My first outing with the new setup was with my Sister. We counted 159 painted turtles and 2 snappers. I’m certain there were more turtles, but I kept loosing count and need to buy a manual clicking counter. We also were lucky enough to see 2 muskrats, turkey vultures, Blue Heron, King Fishers and King Birds. The slide show below includes photos from my last 2 trips on the Old Ausable Channel. I loved seeing the Juvenile Bald Eagle. The new to me kayak is a fishing kayak and is a bit more stable for taking photos.

Daily Quote: October 11, 2021

A woman is like a tea bag
– you can’t tell how strong she is
until you put her in hot water.

~ Eleanor Roosevelt
American – First Lady / October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Today is Thanksgiving Day or Turkey Day in Canada. I’ve already had my fill and will be enjoying left overs today. Thanks to COVID we have started a new tradition for Thanksgiving. No big gatherings so we get to go to 4 different small gatherings. On Saturday we go to my Grand-daughter’s house, where her mother does a fantastic traditional turkey dinner with all the fixings. On Sunday we go to my Grand-sons’ place for a turkey roll with amazing vegetables. On Monday we eat left overs that have been sent home. The next weekend we do it all over again with the other 2 sons.

Today is also the Day of the Girl. To celebrate girl power and strength. Remembering famous women like Eleanor Roosevelt who quietly used their positions to give women strength.

Once upon a time…..It’s also the Kraken Day or also known as Myths and Legends Day. So get out a good book and read about some myths or legends.

Daily Quote: September 27, 2021

There is no respect for others
without humility in one’s self.

~ Henri Frederic Amiel
Swiss – Philosopher / September 27, 1821 – May 11, 1881

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Celebrating World Tourism Day during a Pandemic is difficult, but as borders slowly open we dream about trips and do our research so we’re ready just as soon as we can travel.

In the meantime we’ll celebrate Family Day and gather with our families, thankful that we can see them and aren’t under total lockdown.

We’ll also get out the most recent Ancestry.ca layouts and go over the stories of our roots.

Daily Quote: September 20, 2021

Just do what you do best.

~ Red Auerbach
American – Coach / September 20, 1917 – October 28, 2006

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Here we are, Federal Election Day in Canada. So for all my Canadian friends, get out there and vote. How appropriate that it is also National Gibberish Day. All the words have been said during the campaign period. Now just to see if there is any realy change or it’s all been just words.

Oh well, we can always celebrate National Pepperoini Pizza Day.

Daily Quote: September 18, 2021

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.

~ Samuel Johnson
English – WriterSeptember 18, 1709 – December 13, 1784

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Saturday is usually cleaning day for those who work all week. So let’s add National Clean UP Day and World Clean UP Day to our list of chores for todday.

Once we’ve worked on those tasks let’s celebrate National Cheeseburger Day with an all dressed cheeseburger from the BBQ.