Porte Photos Daily Quote: September 15, 2022

Never do anything yourself
that others can do for you.

~ Agatha Christie
English – WriterSeptember 15, 1890 – January 12, 1976

Porte Musings:

Yes, free up time so you can do the important things in life and give them your full attention.

Well there are some things I enjoy doing that others can do for me, but there have been times in my life when I was able to delegate or hire others to do for me. The one thing I always hated doing was housework. I was so lucky to be able to hire a cleaner while I was working so I didn’t have the weekly arguments with my family about chores.

I always like birds to present the quote. I call them “birds of wisdom”. Blue Herons always look wise.

Porte Photos Daily Quote: September 14, 2022

Forgiveness is important in families,
especially when there are so many
secrets that need to be healed
– for the most part,
every family’s got them.

~ Tyler Perry
American – ActorSeptember 14, 1969

Porte Musings:

Family dynamics are always complicated. But when disagreements lead to estrangement, it is heart breaking.

Please take a moment today for forgiveness. Forgive the child with the temper who ruined the wedding, or the sister that you think cheated you before, or the parent who didn’t express as much love as you needed, or the wicked step-mother, or the brother who’s an asshole. Life is too short to burn bridges while you can still let them know you love them. Forgiving doesn’t mean they were right. It means no longer have to carry the burden of hating and you can start the journey of healing.

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 12, 2022

The thing generally raised on city land is taxes.

~ Charles Dudley Warner
American – JournalistSeptember 12, 1829 – October 20, 1900

Porte Musings:

Happy Birthday to my first Grandson, turning 11 today going on 40. Enjoy all the adventures life has to give you. ❤

While we were kayaking on the Old Ausable Channel the Cormorant in todays pictures swam beside my grandson and then climbed onto this branch to pose for us.

In the summer of 2020 the Ontario Government introduced hunting seasons for the Cormorants. Not based on science or the preservation of birds in Ontario, but because of a general fear that cormorants fish. I’m not against hunting for food but this is just killing for sport. Contact your local MPP and demand they stop this slaughter. There is no scientific proof that Cormorants are dangerous to the environment and no justification for the daily numbers of kill permitted. See this article for further information: https://euc.yorku.ca/research-spotlight/ontarios-cormorant-hunt-and-what-it-means-for-its-future/

Porte Photos Daily Quote: September 11, 2022

God sleeps in the minerals,
awakens in plants,
walks in animals,
and thinks in man.

~ Arthur Young
English – Writer September 11, 1741 – April 12, 1820

Porte Musings:

Today is my oldest son’s birthday. Just a little more than a week after my greatest sorrow of loosing my mother, my greatest joy was born. He brought us hope and a reminder of the circle of life. He has always enjoyed living on the edge and doing the unexpected. He has grown into a hard working man, a father and husband.

Porte Photos Daily Quote: September 9, 2022

If you want to be happy,
be.

~ Leo Tolstoy
Russian – Novelist September 9, 1828 – November 20, 1910

Porte Musings:

Yesterday I went to the Port Stanley Festival Theatre with my sister to watch “Sisters”. It was very well done, but we had to wear our masks and I thought this whole mask-wearing COVID requirement was done.

We spent some time on the beach and had supper at one of the beach side restaurants, then walked out on the pier. The water was nice and calm. The pier has been upgraded since our childhood so the danger of falling off was greatly reduced.

Porte Photos Daily Quote: September 8, 2022

I know my strong points:
I work hard,
I have talent,
I’m funny,
and I’m a good person.

~ Pink
American – Musician Born: September 8, 1979

Porte Musings:

Daily affirmations should include the same ones as Pink.

Yesterday’s adventure was a trip to Point Pelee National Park, Leamington Ontario with my sister and my kayaks. The launch there is beautiful, easy to access and easy to use. You can do a short 1 hour kayak along the boardwalk or branch out into the adjoining “lakes”. But be careful, once you get out into one of the smaller lakes, everything can start to look the same with tall reeds all around you. We had a small panic moment, but found our way out and back to the boardwalk for lunch after an almost 4 hour kayak.

Our adventure started with a guided tour along the boardwalk by a beautiful pair of Mute Swans. In the larger Lake Pond we were shown their 4 babies, now adolescents.

The kayaking was wonderful so we thought we would go on the tram to the point. However, we didn’t bring long pants and the flies were biting, so we cut the trip short.

Porte Photos Daily Quote: September 6, 2022

You may be a redneck if…
you have spent more
on your pickup truck
than on your education.

~ Jeff Foxworthy
American – Comedian Born: September 6, 1958

Porte Musings:

First day of school, or usually. For most of the students in our area it’s a PD Day as the teachers are learning a new computer system.

Busy week ahead. Everything is scheduled to start. It’s like a New Year with new things everywhere. Zumba is even going to start again. Looking forward to the fall activities.

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. 🙂