Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: January 9, 2023

Treat your friends as you do your pictures,
and place them in their best light.

~ Lady Randolph Churchill
American – Celebrity January 9, 1854 – June 29, 1921

Porte Ponderings:

Collages of family pictures always look wonderful on a wall.

Why not update your family pictures and book an appointment with Porte Photos for this spring?

Now booking appointments for April-December 2023.

Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: January 7, 2023

Tell me what you feel in your room
when the full moon is shining in upon you
and your lamp is dying out,
and I will tell you how old you are,
and I shall know if you are happy.

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

Porte Ponderings:

The first Full mOOn of 2023, the Wolf Moon rose up on the Epiphany (6th of January, the celebration of the baptism of Jesus)

Full moons with all of their wonder, tales and tides. Tales of creatures only appearing on full moons, or only seen during a full moon. Tides at their highest and majical happenings. Seasons changing and wolves howling. Full moons mark the passage of time.

Art imitates life was seen as being so true this week as on the Epiphany in Tarpon Springs, Florida, young Greek Orthodox men gather to dive into the waters to retreive a sacred cross for blessings for the next year. In Nora Roberts trilogy Dragon Heart Legacy, young people dive into the waters to retrieve a sacred sword and become the leader (taoiseich). I’m certain these parallels were drawn on by the author as age old mythology relies on the finding of a sacred object in the waters.

Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: January 6, 2023

I am not afraid…
I was born to do this.

~ Joan of Arc
French – Saint January 6, 1412 – May 30, 1431

Porte Ponderings:

Just like birds are born to fly, people are born to follow their own paths. Joan of Arc was burned at the stake for following hers’, but she wouldn’t deny her faith.

Today is my step-son’s birthday. As he edges closer to 50, it makes me feel older as well. Always full of energy, able to make us smile, almost on command, he is enjoying driving truck and living in West Lorne. Although I think he will never be completely satisfied and will always looking for that one thing better. Always striving for that extra bit. A quality driving him forward.

Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: January 1, 2023

I’ve a great fancy to see my own funeral afore I die.

~ Maria Edgeworth
Irish – Novelist January 1, 1767 – May 22, 1849

Porte Ponderings:

Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
the last of life, for which the first was made.
Our times are in his hand who saith,
‘A whole I planned, youth shows but half;
Trust God: See all, nor be afraid!

~ Robert Browning

Happy New Year. ❤

Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: December 27, 2022

When I approach a child,
he inspires in me two sentiments;
tenderness for what he is,
and respect for what he may become.

~ Louis Pasteur
French – Scientist December 27, 1822 – September 28, 1895

Porte Ponderings:

Babies are such a joy, but they grow so fast. Elijah, my youngest grandson is already 6 months and almost 18 pounds. He laughs with his entire body and never sits still. Never again will he be the babe in swadling clothes. For just a moment they are so small.

Today is our packing day as we prepare to journey south and away from the winter weather. Our granddaughter made such a fuss about us leaving, but when return they will have all grown another 3 months. All of my sons have turned into loving, caring, hard working fathers.

Old age is coming gracefully. I tell my middle grandson that I’m going to live to be 120 (but only if I can maintain my independance). I certainly am enjoying being retired, almost as much as childhood. ❤

Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: December 26, 2022

Youth smiles without any reason.
It is one of its chiefest charms.

~ Thomas Gray
English – Poet December 26, 1716 – July 30, 1771

Porte Ponderings:

Boxing Day. The big meals are done for my Christmas season. We managed to see most of our family, but were glad those from out-of-town stayed safe at home. 4/5 grandchildren came to have supper with us and the 5th opened his presents via facebook messenger.

So earlier than usual I’m boxing up the tree and putting the Christmas Decorations away.

The snow plows have been out working, so most roads are passable. By the end of this week temperatures here will have gone from -12C to +8C. The snow will be melting and the Christmas Eve accidents will be a nightmare. Although the Walmart in Chatham welcomed their overnight guests, I’m certain no one wants a repeat next year 😉

I’m glad we have a house-sitter this year to keep the cats company.

My daughter-in-law put together a wonderful collage of pictures (mainly taken by me) of Christmas over the last few years. It’s amazing how quickly children grow. ❤ Such a pleasure to be able to take pictures on Christmas morning of this family. I’m hoping it’s a tradition we can continue for many years to come. ❤

Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: December 25, 2022

There is nothing in the dark
that isn’t there when the lights are on.

~ Rod Serling
American – Writer December 25, 1924 – June 28, 1975

Porte Ponderings:

I disagree with Rod Serling. There are creatures that come out in the night that hide during the daylight hours.

Santa Claus is one example. Bats, Owls and other nocturnal animals.

So with that being said, Merry Christmas from Porte Photos.

Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: December 24, 2022

Children aren’t just our future.
They’re our present.

~ Ricky Martin
American – Musician Born: December 24, 1971

Porte Ponderings:

Christmas Eve Morning and we’re all getting ready for our seasonal celebrations.

Presents are wrapped and under the tree. Baking is done and the cooking of the celebratory meal is underway.

We spend Christmas Eve with our children and grandchildren. Even though some might not be able to make it through the storm or are fighting COVID we still feel their love and are so glad they are safe. ❤

Yesterday the storm had some terrible results. 402 had a 100 car pile up. And 401 had a 50 car pile up. All roads were closed. It is a miracle that only 1 person needed to go to hospital and there were no fatalities. Our local Arena was set-up as a warming centre to help those stranded while they waited for tow trucks and to be picked up by someone.

Not so luckily a car with 5 teens flipped over on Thursday on Amiens Road, the day before the storm. 2 were pronounced dead on the scene and 3 went to hospital. My heart breaks for the parents who will have an empty place at their table or are spending hours at the hospital praying for their families.

Best wishes to everyone for a safe and happy holiday. ❤

Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: December 12, 2022

I like talking.
I didn’t know at the time
I would have to worry
so much about my hair.

~ Diane Sawyer
American – Journalist Born: December 22, 1945

Porte Ponderings:

I fu****g hate Windows 11.

I spent hours yesterday working on my daily quote in Fotor then my changes that wouldn’t save and when I tried to save my work the whole application closed and everything was lost.

Then today I thought I’d print a simple 4×6″ picture for my grandson. Well, the entire look and feel of File explorer is different. I couldn’t even find my files on my hard drive. And I couldn’t copy a file off of the cloud.

I was so frustrated I decided to restore Windows 10 and I won’t be going back to Windows 11 without a fight.

And my Windows 10 is now working better than ever.