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. 🙂

Daily Quote: April 9, 2022

A photograph is a moment
– when you press the button,
it will never come back.

~ Rene Burri
Swiss – Photographer / April 9, 1933 – October 20, 2014

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Fasting and prayer continues on the 39th day of Lent for Christians and the 8th day of Ramadan for Muslims.

For those that believe in fantasy and dreams today is National Unicorn Day. Remember the Irish Rovers and the Unicorn song? A good Irish ballad about why there are no more unicorns?

Some friends and I are going out for supper tonight to celebrate our birthdays. Hopefully it will include the celebration of National Chinese Almond Cookie Day as well.

Caught on camera at a baseball game in Lakeland the batter lost his bat mid-stroke and I caught it with my camera. Lucky shot for me. Bad luck for him.

Daily Quote: April 5, 2022

May you live to see the green grass
growing over your grave.

~ Frank Richard Stockton
American – Writer / April 5, 1834 – April 20, 1902

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Prayer and fasting continues for Muslims on the 4th day of Ramadan.

Released in 1996 the film  Star Trek: First Contact documented the forming of the Federation when Vulcans and Earthlings met on April 5th, 2063. For all the Trekie fans: Live Long and Prosper as you celebrate First Contact Day today.

I’ll be eating pizza this afternoon at Hungry Hollow Mobile Park but I’m not certain if it will be deep dish pizza. At any rate, I’ll be doing my best to celebrate Deep Dish Pizza Day. 😉

Daily Quote: February 10, 2022

Don’t call the world dirty
because you forgot to clean your glasses.

~ Aaron Hill
English – Poet / February 10, 1685 – February 8, 1750

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

When I first read World Pulses Day, I thought it said World Pluses Day. Then when I read further I learned that Pulses are part of the legume family, including chickpeas, lentils, and dry peas and beans. These crops are important for food security, feeding the world.

I remember my Father purchasing a cribbage board with the rules. He and my mother poured over the small sheet of paper and learned how to play cribbage on the long winter days that he was unemployed. Although my Father could only read at a grade 2 level, he quickly learned all the ways to add up to 15 and 31. He learned every hand combination of sets and runs and how to count points. He believed it was important to count other’s points that they missed, or they wouldn’t learn how to count properly. So celebrate International Cribbage Day with a game or two.

With the countdown continuing to Valentine’s Day, today is Giving Hearts Day. So be certain to give to your local charities or pledge not only money but time to be given throughout the next year. Raise money for your local charities.

Daily Quote: March 13, 2021

Everybody else does work
– I have too much fun.

~ Bill Cunningham (American – Photographer / March 13, 1929 – June 25, 2016)

Holidays and Celebrations:


Porte Musings:

Like Bill Cunningham, photography isn’t work to me. It’s a passion that I like to indulge in on a regular basis. Walking with a camera in hand through a new to me area, attending family functions, walking in the park with a couple for engagement pictures, portraits in your back yard or taking real estate photos in a beautifully staged home…..

Just a few days after celebrating Barbie, we celebrate Ken Day. Ken the perfect boyfriend that goes with Barbie and her friends surfing, for a drive, on a date and always the perfect gentleman (without balls–lol). Luckily real life boyfriends also have real lives and do things beyond the limitations of their girlfriends. Male roles have been evolving since the 50’s as they now actively participate in child care and don’t have to “suck it up” when they feel like crying.

But, you can’t escape your history. Genealogy Day is a day to remember your roots. This has changed with the easy availability of DNA testing. Be careful if you decide to do one of the DNA testings. You may find you have more roots hidden than you want to know. My sisters and I confirmed we were sisters. While my husband found a 1/2 sister he didn’t know he had and now doesn’t know if he had a different biological father or if his father had more than the 8 children that grew up in my husband’s household.

Well, if you don’t want to celebrate either of those days you can always celebrate National Jewel Day. Go to your local Jewelry store and either just browse or buy yourself a pretty bauble. As I always say Jewelry will always fit.

Enjoy your weekend and indulge yourself. ❤

Daily Quote: March 11, 2021

I’m a photographer, period.
I love photography,
the immediacy of it.
I like the craft,
the idea of saying ‘I’m a photographer.’

~David LaChapelle (American – Photographer / Born: March 11, 1963)

Holidays and Celebrations:


Porte Musings:

Changes. Some are good, some are bad. Every time I sign into my blog site the “Basic Block Editor” changes, the look and feel of how I’m inputting my thoughts onto the computer screen changes by some unknown god that keeps modifying my fonts and how it works. I’m not certain I like these new fonts and changes.

Lailat al Miraj is the Muslim celebration of the ascension of the Prophet Muhammad to heaven where he is allowed to see God in person and leads all the other prophets in prayer (including Joseph, Adam, Abraham, Moses, Aaron, Jesus, and John the Baptist.) He returns to Mecca he describes things to the Quraish and proves that he was there.

Today is also World Kidney Day. when we celebrate the wonderous functions of our Kidney, the water filter system of our body. My husband, a kidney cancer survivor is thankful everyday that we are born with 2 kidneys and only need one. My future daughter-in-law, a kidney transplant recipient, is thankful for our advances in technology that helped with dialysis until a donor was available. Please remember to sign your donor cards so others can use the earthly parts when you don’t need them anymore.

Dream Day started in Costa Rica by author Robert Muller. On a bench known as the bench of dreams, visitors sit with 2 stones, one in each hand, put their hands together and dream of a better world. One stone is left behind in the nearby garden, the other is taken with the dreamer so that they can remember the dream. During COVID-19 restrictions we may not be able to go to Costa Rica, but we could make our own bench of dreams in our yards or communities.

Tundra Swans are flying north and gathering throughout our local area. I went to the Thedford Bogs (with many other people) to see this wonderous gathering of the Tundra Swans. Yesterday was very windy so the birds rested for the day on the open flooded fields and feasted on the left over corn. It is amazing to see the thousands of graceful travelers and hear them chatting.

Daily Quote: February 22, 2021

All of my work comes out of a deep concern
for human expansion into the landscape.

~ Edward Burtynsky (Canadian – Photographer Born: February 22, 1955

Holidays and Celebrations:


Porte Musings:

I’m celebrating World Thinking Day by wondering about urban sprawl. The picture for today’s quote is an open field covered in snow. This privately owned field is part of the Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc’s development plan. Within a few years this open field adjacent to the St. Clair Conservation Area will be filled with roads and about 200 houses for a new subdivision. The animals that pass through here will probably continue to do so, but people will be offended that the animals dare to trespass on their yards. I’ve seen deer, turkeys, killdeer, ducks, pileated woodpeckers, geese, squirrels, red-tailed hawks, and many other animals in the area adjacent to this field (deer and turkeys in the field & signs of coyote). So I will be taking pictures over the next while to document what the field looks like before, during and after “development”.

Ironically today is also World Wildlife Day. A day set aside to take note about endangered species throughout the world. Often we think of these issues being somewhere far away and not in our own backyards. I know that we need more affordable housing, but what is the cost of using up all the open fields in the name of progress? Should we be creating a green-belt in Strathroy-Caradoc?

I guess the best way for me to celebrate Walking the Dog Day, is to take Rickie for a walk along the open field portion of the trails and enjoy the open field while we still can.

Celebrating National Margarita Day sounds like an excellent way to end a Monday. A little lime and tequila with salt is always good.

Daily Quote: February 16, 2021

A teacher affects eternity;
he can never tell where his influence stops.

~ Henry Adams (American – HistorianFebruary 16, 1838 – March 27, 1918)

Holidays and Celebrations:


Porte Musings:

The Tuesday before Ash Wednesday on the Christian Calendar and everyone loves to celebrate “Fat Tuesday”; Mardi Gras; National Pancake Day; Carnival or Shrove Tuesday or Paczki Day. Get out the leftover flour, sugar, or fats and indulge for tomorrow we enter the season of Lent. Do you find something to sacrifice for lent or do penance during the days proceeding Easter? Or do you resolve to do something positive during this Lenten Season? Prayer, gifts for the poor, exercise for the soul or the body? Whatever, join in the Fat Tuesday celebrations today.

Please remember your favorite grouch today and celebrate: Do a Grouch a Favor Day. Even if they tell you they don’t want any favours. ❤

Today we will be entering the Red in London-Middlesex Health Unit. Weddings and Funerals can be held again with limitations. Small businesses can re-open with capacity limits. We’re celebrating by going shopping at Walmart. My husband hasn’t gone shopping since before Christmas so he’s really lookin forward to an outing to pick out the best loaves of bread and look around. I’m so looking forward to seeing my Grandchildren (small indoor gatherings of 5 people will be permitted). They are growing too fast.

Daily Quote: January 21, 2021

We are now on the threshold of a newer movement, with a newer hope and a new inspiration.

~ James Larkin (Irish – Activist / January 21, 1875 – January 30, 1947)

Holidays and Celebrations:


Porte Musings:

The day after the Inauguration of the 46th President of the United States of America. The speeches and ceremonies viewed around the world were very inspiring. Now back to work.

I’d like to send a virtual hug to all of my family, friends and followers on National Hug Day. Be certain to hug the ones you live with everyday. I used to tell my sons that hugging their Mother daily was proven to make boys grow taller. Recently I’ve read that hugging releases the hormone oxytocin, the love hormone, also associated with growth and good heart health. For this hormone to be released you have to hug for at least 20 seconds.

Red Squirrel foraging at St Clair Conservation Area

Squirrel Appreciation Day was made for my middle son, who has always loved squirrels. Every year his wife gives him another squirrel Christmas Tree decoration. The local news highlighted how COVID-19 lockdowns are affecting the squirrels. With food sources being reduced the squirrels are becoming braver and approaching strangers for a hand-out. Please don’t feed them bread, it tends to ball up in their stomachs and not digest well. Instead get some unsalted peanuts to hand out to these little guys. Local wildlife rescue centres actually advise not to feed them, because we are making them dependent on these handouts, changing their natural behaviours and creating nuisance animals.