The more you read,
~ James Patterson
the better you get at it.
American – Author Born: March 22, 1947
On our return trip from St Cloud we stopped at Kissimmee FL to see the Monument of States. A stone collection from a traveler turned into a huge monument. Many people collect stones from places they visit, but this is the largest collection I’ve seen.
There is nothing in the dark
~ Rod Serling
that isn’t there when the lights are on.
American – Writer December 25, 1924 – June 28, 1975
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.
~ Samuel Smiles
is the companion of power,
and the mother of success;
for who so hopes has within him
the gift of miracles.
Scottish – Author December 23, 1812 – April 16, 1904
Only 2 days until Christmas. We’re in the middle of a predicted winter storm. Winds could reach up to 120 KM per hour. Temperatures changed overnight to minus and rain from freezing rain to snow. Flash freezing has left the roads slippery as an ice rink. Normal Canadian weather.
I gave Christmas presents to my family in London ON ahead of time just in case they can’t make it to tomorrow night’s dinner event.
My husband’s oldest son can’t attend as his intended has COVID. Having survived a double transplant she is now on an experimental drug administered by IV drip, has 3 more days of treatment to go and 10 days isolation after thath. Wishing them the gift of health this year.
So it will be a small group getting together before we head to Florida next week.
Keep safe and have a Merry Christmas.
I like talking.
~ Diane Sawyer
I didn’t know at the time
I would have to worry
so much about my hair.
American – Journalist Born: December 22, 1945
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.
Age is just a number.
~ Cicely Tyson
Life and aging are the greatest gifts
that we could possibly ever have.
American – Actress / December 19, 1924 – January 28, 2021
Mimosas in the morning, not the type you drink, but the tiny fairy like flowers blooming in the grass in the Cuban mornings. Leaves that fold up when touched holding the small bits of dew against the early morning sun.
Another day older but no wiser. 2022 is rapidly ending and people are starting their lists of what happened this year.
Unfortunately, 2022 may be remembered as the year of the gun. The Canadian government trying so hard to eliminate guns, while farmers and hunters are trying to keep their rifles. Still another 6 lives are gone this weekend as violence broke out in a Vaughn neighbourhood just north of Toronto. And the aged old question: is it guns that cause violence or violence that uses guns when emotions are too raw to do anything else? Homelessness, fear of homlessness, drugs, alchohol, despair, poverty, inflation, love or lack of love, abuse, interest rates, inflation, investment loss as bitcoin sinks…..
You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers.
~ Naguib Mahfouz
You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
Egyptian – Novelist December 11, 1911 – August 30, 2006
In preparation for seasonal closure, I’m finishing 2022 Christmas Minis. Yesterday was very rewarding as my nephew and his girlfriend came for their appointment. We laughed and got some very good shots. Post processing went very well and the results were excellent. I was able to upload the jpg’s and give them some prints before they left his mother’s house. This morning was even more rewarding as I had 2 new reviews on my facebook page recommending Porte Photos. Such a wonderful surprise. ❤ This feeling is why I like doing small custom photographic work.
Recently I was approached to do a bigger project. It would have been quite a challenge to provide team and individual pictures for a local Hockey Association. Unfortunately the timing didn’t work and I had to decline the honour. Hopefully more opportunities will present themselves. My sadness from having to decline the opportunity was that these teams have a real need to have the photographs done and I don’t know anyone locally that can help. These young players deserve to have their memories preserved and treasured.
Next year I’m hoping to help with a Church Directory Project. Pictures in a Church Directory can help new members learn the names of others in the Church and can help established members learn who the new members are. It also provides an opportunity for people to have current photos of themselves.
So although one door has closed, I’m looking forward to the challenges and opportunities of the next door.
~ David Carradine
I’ve never actually really believed
that death is inevitable.
I just think it’s a rumor.
American – Actor December 8, 1936 – June 3, 2009
Try new things.
Talk with strangers.
If we are to preserve culture
~ Johan Huizinga
we must continue to create it.
Dutch – Historian December 7, 1872 – February 1, 1945
Beat the ceremonial drums.
Play the time tested games.
Practise the traditional arts.
Dance the traditional dances.
Worship in the traditional ways.
Rebuild and restore the buildings.
Celebrate the traditional ceremonies.
Tell our children the stories of our elders.
Repeat our history lessons so we don’t repeat history.
Ghosts, like ladies,
~ Richard Harris Barham
never speak till spoke to.
English – Comedian December 6, 1788 – June 17, 1845
…But cannons explode whenever lit…
Amazing December weather as we continue to bask in above normal temperatures.
Time to get all the Christmas Shopping done before the snow flies.