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: June 2, 2021

Time changes everything
except something within us
which is always surprised by change.

Thomas Hardy (English – Novelist. Born: June 2nd, 1840. Lived until: January 11th, 1928)

Holidays and Celebrations….

*** Global Running Day ***

*** American Indian Citizenship Day ***

*** National Leave the Office Early Day ***

Porte Musings…

Wednesday, June 2nd is Global Running Day. I try not to make a habit of running, but in my youth I liked to run long distances. I ran cross country and enjoyed the 4 mile per day habit. Now if you see me running you know something is wrong.

On June 2nd, 1924 congress enacted the Indian Citizenship Act and declared all Indians born in the USA American Citizens. However, because voting privileges were under state control the right to vote was denied in many states until 1957. So much for democracy. At least we’re continuing in the right direction towards equality for all. In Canada there is probably no one who hasn’t heard of the unmarked mass grave of 215 children at the residential school in Kamloops. Many women married off the reserves to ensure that they could keep their children from the nightmares of residential schools and out of the children’s welfare arms. The enfranchisement of these women saved their children, but came at the cost of loosing their heritage, community and family ties. Finally the government has passed laws recognizing the matriarchal societies where clans were established through their mothers granting status to their children.

Today is also National Leave the Office Early Day. So be certain to get out there and enjoy the last days of spring.

We finally saw the Colon Cancer Specialist yesterday only to learn that my husband’s surgery can’t be done in our local hospital, but will need to be done in London because of the possible Kidney issues. Because he only has one kidney and is having high potassium issues they will need a dialysis machine nearby, just in case. So now we’re back into the waiting mode, while the surgeon in London is preparing for the treatment plan. The good news is that my husband won’t need a bag even during recovery. He will also be getting a stomach reduction to remove the small amount of cancer that has effected his stomach. Chemo will be required, but not the type that will make him loose his hair. Survival rates are high, but it is important to have surgery soon. Now we just wait………..

Daily Quote: June 1, 2021

We are all of us stars,
and we deserve to twinkle.

Marilyn Monroe (American – Actress. Born: June 1, 1926. Lived until: August 5, 1962)

Holidays and Celebrations…

*** Global Day of Parents ***

*** International Children’s Day ***

*** Oscar The Grouch Day ***

*** National Go Barefoot Day ***

Porte Musings…

Interesting that June 1st is not only Global Day of Parents, but also International Children’s Day. So families need to celebrate National Go Barefoot Day and walk in the warm sand on a beach or lay in the grass in their own yard as Ontario is still under lock down rules.

I often admire Oscar the Grouch and the way he just doesn’t care about what others think as he lives in his garbage can. So, I will celebrate Oscar the Grouch Day.

Today is the day we’ve been waiting for. We see the Colon Cancer Specialist to find out the treatment plan. And I pray that the cardiologist was right, that the type of cancer my husband has is operable and treatable, with the mild inconvenience of a bag while he heals.

Daily Quote: May 31, 2021

I believe a leaf of grass
is no less than the journey-work of the stars.

~ Walt Whitman (American – Poet Born: May 31, 1819. Lived until: March 26, 1892)

Holidays and Celebrations…

*** World No Tobacco Day ***

*** US Memorial Day ***

*** National Meditation Day ***

Porte Musings…

Years too late for many, we are giving up smoking on World No Tobacco Day. I quit more than 23 years ago. My husband quit 5 years ago. Other friends and family have quit as well. Unfortunately for many it was too late as the cancerous substance had already invaded our lungs and bodies. Not only by choice as a smoker, but also as 2nd and 3rd hand smoke. Even though sin taxes have made the evil smoke unaffordable, the black/grey market thrives.

The US is celebrating Memorial Day today. I think I’ll wait until the American Memorial Day before I plant my seedlings next year. Last weekend we had a killing frost after having 2 weeks of above normal temperatures.

Now here’s something to think about: National Meditation Day.

The baby blue jays are growing fast and are almost as big as their parents. But they don’t quite have all the beautiful feathers yet and are enjoying being fed by their parent. As we sat in the sunshine to warm ourselves my husband and I watched the baby blue jays stretch and push each other. We were afraid they might actually push each other out of the nest. But they were surprisingly agile and one landed on top of the light momentarily then quickly got back into the nest.

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 29, 2021

You know you’re getting old
when the candles cost more than the cake.

~Bob Hope (American – Comedian Born: May 29, 1903. Lived until: July 27, 2003)

Holidays and Celebrations…

*** National Hamburger Day ***

Porte Musings…

It’s been such a busy week I haven’t even been able to publish my blog every day.

My husband’s birthday was yesterday. His oldest son bought fish and onion rings for us from our favorite Fish & Chips joint. No more fries for my husband as we’re trying to lower his potassium levels before he goes for cancer surgery. We’re learning a whole new list of foods that are high and low in potassium. Meanwhile we’re waiting for the treatment plan for the colon cancer. And his kidney is having problems getting rid of potassium.

Birthday wishes came in from everywhere.

I danced in the living room with my grandchildren.

A little bit of joy in a crazy world with trouble looming over and around us.

Daily Quote: May 24, 2021

Every failure is a step to success.

William Whewell (English – Philosopher Born: May 24, 1794 Lived until March 6, 1866)

*** Holidays and Celebrations…

*** Victoria Day ***

*** National Brother Day – United States ***

*** Asparagus Day ***

*** Porte Musings…..

Victoria Day is actually on the Monday of the Victoria Day long weekend. This doesn’t happen very often. Fireworks are supposed to be limited to tonight, but they’ve been let off every night so far this weekend. Ontario is still under stay at home orders, so many people who usually go camping have been limited to their own yards. Promises of re-opening next weekend were made. Our trailer park is open to accommodate all of the year long residents, so we were able to have a sleep-over last night.

In USA today is National Brother Day. A day set aside to celebrate the special relationship with Brothers. I don’t have any brothers, so I’ll just wish y’all a happy Brothers Day.

My husband’s kidney function is lower than it should be, so in preparations for Colon surgery, the potassium levels need to be lower. So, we need to learn new lists of foods that can be eaten (lower potassium levels) and those that should be avoided. Luckily, asparagus is on the low list, so we can indulge on Asparagus Day. A serving of 6 spears is under 200 mg of potassium. The bad news is he’ll have to cut back on the coffee. Only 3 cups a day is deemed as safe. We’re still in waiting mode for the biopsy results. Hopefully, we’ll know the plan of attack this week.