Daily Quote: July 17, 2020

I didn’t decide to be a photographer;
I just happened to fall into it.
~ Berenice Abbott
(American – PhotographerJuly 17, 1898 – December 9, 1991)

World Day for International Justice

World Emoji Day

People tend to “fall into” professions that they have a natural talent for, then they can either just do enough to get by or develop their natural talent into a passion.

Project Management was my first “career by accident”.  I loved Project Management.  Making a plan, breaking it into attainable pieces, tracking the progress and celebrating the finished goal.

Similarly Photography is a passion I fell into.  Taking pictures of people, places and things to capture them in the best light possible.  Going for a walk with camera in hand to see what I can discover today.

This little Hackberry Emperor Butterfly was sitting on the railing as I was finishing my walk on the Cedar Trail at Pinery Provincial Park.  She seemed to pose and smile for me.

Happy Emoji Day 🙂

Daily Quote: July 14, 2020

Zeal is very blind, or badly regulated,
when it encroaches upon the rights of others.
~ Pasquier Quesnel (French – TheologianJuly 14, 1634 – December 2, 1719)

International Non-Binary People’s Day

International Nude Day

Bastille Day

(France and French dependencies)

Freedom in the USA has become the mantra of Americans that refuse to wear a mask in public to help reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19.  Hoax is the other call of the Americans that refuse to believe the COVID-19 numbers as those testing positive are reaching daily records of over 15,000 in Florida alone and the Intensive Care units in hospitals reach capacity.  USA is still #1 for confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Ontario numbers are dropping and restrictions are being relaxed we are entering Stage  3 (groups of 100 are permitted outdoors and groups of 50 indoors).  Canadians are imploring the government to keep the Canada-USA border closed and to not permit the COVID-19 exposed/infected Americans into Canada.  One newspaper actually predicted that the boarder won’t be open for at least a year for tourists.

The numbers below are as reported by Google News

Countries Sorted by Confirmed in descending order
New cases (last 60 days)
Cases per 1 million people

13,070,097 1,681 7,226,990 572,411

United States
3,428,462 10,403 999,968 137,613
Canadian Provinces Sorted by Confirmed in descending order
New cases (last 60 days)
Cases per 1 million people

13,070,097 1,681 7,226,990 572,411

108,155 2,848 71,841 8,790
56,621 6,893 25,911 5,628
36,839 2,709 32,663 2,722

Daily Quote: July 13, 2020

Reading is a means of thinking with another person’s mind;
it forces you to stretch your own.
~ Charles Scribner, Jr. (PublisherJuly 13, 1921- Nov 13, 1995)

National French Fry Day


Sunday was a perfect July summer day.  The heat wave was temporarily suspended.  There was a light breeze and the Old Ausable Channel was flat.  The rain from the previous day had washed the algae blooms to the bottom and the water was left crystal clear.  Kayaking was the thing to do.  It took me 2 hours to paddle to the far bridge, as I dawdled looking at everything.  Luckily there weren’t too many other people who got up early.  I counted 41 painted turtles sunning themselves on the logs.  And I saw this little muskrat playing in the lilies.  He was unafraid and almost swam right up to the kayak.

Daily Quote: July 12, 2020

Do it now.
It is not safe to leave a generous feeling to the cooling influences of the world.
~ Thomas Guthrie (Scottish – ClergymanJuly 12, 1803 – January 24, 1873)

The Twelfth

also known as Orangemen’s Day
(Northern IrelandScotlandNewfoundland and Labrador)

National Simplicity Day


Daily Quote: July 11, 2020

An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.
~ James Whistler (American – ArtistJuly 11, 1834 – July 17, 1903)

World Population Day

Cheer Up the Lonely Day

Free Slurpee Day

(Participating stores of the 7-Eleven chain in North America)

Daily Quote: April 1, 2020

The greater the difficulty,
the more the glory in surmounting it.
~ Charles de Saint-Évremond
(French – Critic April 1, 1613 – September 29, 1703)

April Fools’ Day

Day 14 and unfortunately our self-isolation, quarantine after travel will be extended because my stepson is symptomatic and stopped in to see us on Friday March 20th.  Although my stepson is home he hasnt’ been tested yet.  Nor will he be tested even though he is symptomatic and diagnosed with pneumonia.  Tests in Ontario are only being given to Seniors and Health Care Professionals.

The number of confirmed cases in Ontario is being kept artificially low by not testing all persons that are symptomatic.

Schools in Ontario are now closed until the end of April.  More on-line tools are being developed and made available daily for students.

The number of COVID-19 total cases confirmed in Canada was 7,708 yesterday. Coronavirus Canada Link with a total of 89 deaths.  The Bogcaygen Nursing home now has 13 deaths and about 1/2 of the staff are now self-isolating with symptoms.

The number of confirmed cases in the USA are now over 176,518 with 3,431 deaths and 6,241 recovered.  USA Coronovirus according to Worldometers

Spring 2020 is progressing and birds have finally found my restocked feeders.  A little chipmunk stops by daily to fill his cheeks and the squirrels are finding ways around the barrier at the base of the bird feeder.  Marigolds and tomatoes have started to sprout in containers on my window ledge, almost ready for transplanting to bigger pots and move to the greenhouse.

March has finally come to an end.


Daily Quote: November 1


The dreadful burden of having nothing to do.
~ Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux (November 1, 1636 – March 13, 1711)

I’m bored…..is so much different from having nothing to do.

Is saying “I’m seeking new adventures” just another way of saying I’m bored.
So I seek out new things to try, new places to go, new people to talk to.

Who truly has nothing to do?  The idle rich?  The retired?  The homeless?  The lazy? 
We all have something to do, but the question is do we want to do it? 
How do we prioritize what to do?  How do we develop passion within our lives?
Once the biological needs are taken care of, where do our wants take us?

Lands of dreams and oceans of fantasies sweep us up in their allure with destinations only limited by imagination.

Reading, writing, blogging, creating, watching TV, playing games, exercising, re-creating ourselves, dieting, knitting, sewing, kayaking, biking, Motorcycling, walking,  visiting with friends, trying something new, going somewhere new………

All Saints Day

Native American Heritage Month

Changes in Canadian Laws now make more people eligible to become “Status Indians” and obtain their status cards (reclaim their maternal heritage denied by paternal societies that overtook the Native American Cultures).  But the process is very slow.  My children applied in December of 2018 (through their paternal grandmother), and probably won’t be receive their status cards for another year or two.

National Diabetes Awareness Month

Living with people effected by diabetes (Native American Heritage gives them a much higher possibility of becoming diabetic) has broken my heart.  I watched as my mother-in-law suffered from the effects.  Daily injections, constant monitoring, kidney failure, dialysis….

2 of my sister-in-laws have died from diabetic induced illnesses.

My husband was diagnosed as being diabetic almost 20 years ago.  Neuropathy causes constant pain and limits his mobility.  He can no longer walk long distances (more than 10 meters); he has had Kidney cancer (1 kidney now left); he can no longer dance……

My oldest son has now been diagnosed with diabetes.

Technology is improving treatments but there is still a very long way to go.

National Epilepsy Month

One of the oldest known illnesses and still unknown mysteries of the brain.