Daily Quote: May 10, 2021

I have made mistakes
but I have never made the mistake
of claiming that I have never made one.

~ James Gordon Bennett (American – Editor Lived: May 10, 1841 – May 14, 1918)

Holidays and Celebrations:

*** National Denim Day ***

*** National Women’s Check-Up Day ***

*** Trust Your Intuition Day ***

Porte Musings:

Wear would we be without National Denim Day? Yes, I used the correct wear, W, E, A, R. Denim is one of the most favorite fashion fabrics. Especially now that we have stretch denim. What could be more comfortable than stretch denim jeans?

Today is also National Women’s Check-Up Day. So for all of my women followers, schedule that check-up appointment, do that self breast exam, get that mammogram and spread them wide for that pap smear. Pay attention to your health there are people depending on you.

Along with that, trust your intuition on Trust Your Intuition Day. If something feels off it probably is. You may not be able to put your finger on it, but your intuition knows.

Daily Quote: May 9, 2021

God gave us memory so that
we might have roses in December.

~ James M. Barrie (British – Playwright; Lived May 9, 1860 to June 19, 1937)

Holidays and Celebrations:

*** Lailatul Qadr ***

*** Lost Sock Memorial Day ***

*** Mother’s Day ***

Porte Musings:

When I first read today’s quote, I thought it said, “God gave us money that we may have roses in winter”. But the meaning is so much different when read correctly, “God gave us memory that we may have roses in winter”. Thank God for our memories that let us have roses in winter, smell childhood scents, and let us talk with our long gone loved ones.

For my Muslim family and friends tonight is the night of power as they celebrate Lailatul Qadr. On this night of the Ramadan Celebration the Quran was sent down from heaven to the Earth. If you stay up all night worshiping God all your sins will be forgiven.

In North America today is also the Lost Sock Memorial Day. A day we set aside to remember all the lost socks. Appropriately Lost Sock Memorial Day is the day after go Barefoot Day. If you can’t find the sock’s mate, just put on 2 socks all of my grandchildren do that. It seems to be a fashion statement these days as we remember all those who are a little different and practice inclusion.

Last but, not least, we celebrate Mother’s Day today. Here’s a special salute to all the Mothers past and present. Enjoy Mother’s Day with your loved ones, even during the Pandemic Lockdown when we’ve been ordered to stay home by the Government (the leaders of which are probably spending the day with their Mothers, children and grandchildren.)

Thank God memories are also captured in photographs. One of my favorite early pictures of myself is a 1957 picture of my Mother holding me my on first Christmas.

Celebrate Life and Enjoy Mother’s Day. ❤

Daily Quote: May 8, 2021

I have found the best way to give advice to your children
is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.


~ Harry S Truman (American – President  May 8, 1884 – December 26, 1972)

Holidays and Celebrations:

***World Migratory Bird Day***

***Native American Day, USA***

***No Socks Day***

Porte Musings:

Here we are at the second Saturday in May. Today is celebrated as World Migratory Bird Day. As many birds are heading to their summer homes the Canadian Geese are already out swimming with their newly hatched goslings. Seven goslings in my first sighting of the season were swimming with their parents in a sheltered area.

In the USA it is Native American Day. A day set aside to celebrate Native American culture and contributions. To bad they didn’t remember that when all natives were forced to leave their lands and re-locate west of the Mississippi. Or just get out and move. The Munsee Delaware Nation relocation started in the 1700’s. From southern New York, northern New Jersey, and Pennsylvania to the Reserve in Muncy Ontario. My husband is a member of this band but much of his heritage was lost as females were “enfranchised” when they married off the Reserve loosing their family connections and Indian Status. Recent changes in Canadian Law have enabled their children, grand children and great grand children to reclaim their status, but the community, extended family connections and traditions are forever lost.

So let’s also celebrate No Socks Day. Take your socks off and walk in the damp grass or find some sunshine warmed sand to sink your toes into. I can’t wait until the tomatoes are planted and ready to pick. Nothing tastes better than fresh tomatoes you have picked from you garden in bare feet.

I’ve been trying to re-vamp the format of Porte Photos blog so it can be changed into a daily Podcast. Try listening to the podcast and let me know what you think of these early podcast days.

Daily Quote: May 5, 2021

Flowers are restful to look at.
They have neither emotions nor conflicts.

~ Sigmund Freud (Austrian – Psychologist / May 6, 1856 – September 23, 1939)

Holidays and Celebrations:


Porte Musings:

The first Thursday in May is No Homework Day. I think it was named this to support National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. A very important issue during the Pandemic as children are being forced to stay home and not permitted to go to school where they can learn from their peers and socialize. So don’t give them any homework today. Get outside to the local playground and laugh.

Today is also National Day of Prayer. So let’s all engage in a National Prayer that the vaccines permit us to get over this great pandemic and learn to be stronger on the other side of COVID-19.

Daily Quote: May 4, 2021

May the 4th be with you!

Happy Star Wars Day!

Holidays and Celebrations:


Porte Musings:

Today is Star Wars Day. One of our biggest cultural modern fairy tales. Once upon a time…in a galaxy far, far away,… Everyone in North America has heard of Luke Skywalker, R2D2, C3P0, and Darth Vader.

Today is also Teacher Appreciation Day. Especially during the pandemic these heroes have soldiered on online and in spirit guiding the young students to be their best. Thank you!

Inspiring young people with conservation in 1894 Bird Day was started by Charles Amanzo Babcock, superintendent of schools in Oil City, Pennsylvania. The idea quickly caught on and became one of the first Conservationist days of celebration and remembrance. Luckily, feathers lost favor in the fashion world and birds stopped being killed for their feathers. Too late for some birds, as we all know the fate of the Dodo. Passenger Pigeon populations were also severely diminished by fashion. So let’s keep the birds where they belong, don’t raid their nests to rob their eggs and don’t kill them for their feathers. Let’s refill the bird feeders and watch them as they go about their routines of living. ❤

Daily Quote: April 30, 2021

Forty is the old age of youth,
fifty is the youth of old age.

~ Hosea Ballou (American – Clergyman April 30, 1771 – June 7, 1852)

Holidays and Celebrations:


Porte Musings:

For all the Jazz Lovers, today is International Jazz Day. So get out the Jazz records, have a glass of wine and just mellow out with some mellow jazz or zip it up with some jarring jazz.

The last Friday in April is National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day. At the beginning of the Pandemic everyone thought they would get a puppy. Now many of those puppies are ending up in shelters. Give one of these no longer loved pets a permanent home. My own dog is from the shelter in Tampa Florida. The shelter was going to euthanize all of the dogs due to overcrowding. A local radio station heard of their plight and offered to supplement the adoption fees. Dogs were on sale for $20. So we went to take one home and Rickie stole our hearts. Now 7 years later it’s hard to remember when he wasn’t part of our family.

Talking about animals, on April 30th, 1938 the Happy Rabbit made his debut in a Warner Brothers short cartoon titled “Porky’s Hare Hunt.” Maturing gracefully, we all know the Happy Rabbit as Bugs Bunny. So this last day of April is remembered as Bugs Bunny Day.

Daily Quote:

Nature is a dictionary;
one draws words from it.

~ Eugene Delacroix (French – Artist / April 26, 1798 – August 13, 1863)

Holidays and Celebrations:


Porte Musings:

The last Monday of April. Today remember 1986 and International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day. The nuclear disaster that took many lives directly but left the world forever scarred. Estimates of loss of life range from 4,000-27,000 by scientists to as high as 200,000 by Greenpeace.

Alien Day celebrates the Alien movie series. With creatures that need human bodies to incubate and grow.

Where would wildlife lovers be without the amazing observances by John James Audubon? His artwork and observances still remain captivating. The Audubon Society has branches throughout the USA that continue in the spirit of John James Audubon. So celebrate Audubon Day.

Daily Quote: April 25, 2021

Not only strike while the iron is hot, but make it hot by striking.

~ Oliver Cromwell (English – General / April 25, 1599 – September 3, 1658)

Holidays and Celebrations:


Porte Musings:

Today is already the last Sunday in April. May is approaching rapidly. I pray that the Lock Down orders come to an end before Mother’s Day.

Today is the remembrance of Anzac Day. Today is the anniversary of the first attack on Gallipoli (Italy) 1915, which was Australia and New Zealand’s first major military battle fought during World War I. On this day we remember all the people who have died in Military Actions around the world.

DNA Day celebrates the discovery of DNA. The building block of all creatures, and tests now available through Ancestry.ca be careful if you choose to take one. At the age of 68, my husband discovered through DNA that his biological father was someone other than the man that raised him, while my husband’s son’s test confirmed that they are father and son.

The last Sunday in April is celebrated as World Pinhole Photography Day. At it’s beginnings photography, painting with light was done with a mere pinhole. So let’s celebrate the beginning of photography. We may not use pinhole cameras, but we could try some long shot photos today with it’s blurred images or some quick speed photography freezing a moment in time.

One of my favorite animals is celebrated today with Penguin Day. Although I’ve never traveled to the Southern Hemisphere to see penguins in their natural habitat, I have watched them playing at Busch Gardens. They are so cute.

Remember Penguins I’ve seen at Busch Gardens 2015

Daily Quote: April 22, 2021

Respect is what we owe;
love, what we give.

~ Philip James Bailey (English – Poet April 22, 1816 – September 6, 1902)

Holidays and Celebrations:


Porte Musings:

April 22nd is Earth Day. With my grandson doing his on-line learning at my house, I’ve heard about Earth Day for the past week. Today is the big day. He’s learned about the 3 R’s: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle (no longer Reading, Writing and Rithmatic). Posters will be shared in the class today for Earth Day.

I think International Girls in ICT should have a day of it’s own rather than share with Earth Day. Earth Day over-shines the importance of Girls in ICT (information and communication technology). According to studies 65% of school children will go into jobs that don’t even exist yet. The field of information and communication technology is expanding.

Today is also April Showers Day. With the change in the weather and temperatures dipping below freezing, I’m afraid the only showers we’re getting will be snow showers. The tulips and early blooming spring flowers were weighed down with snow yesterday morning. Luckily most of the snow melted during the day and the flowers sprung back up to their original beauty.

Daily Quote: April 21, 2021

A dog is the only thing on earth
that loves you more than you love yourself.

~ Josh Billings (American – Comedian / April 21, 1818 – October 14, 1885)

Holidays and Celebrations:


Porte Musings:

Wednesday, April 21st is Administrative Professionals Day. It used to be called Secretaries Day, but the word and idea of Secretary is now considered to be gauche, so instead we’ll call them Administrative Professionals. The true organizers of the office that keep the offices in order and on time, running everything from behind the scenes.

Get out the popcorn and celebrate National Canadian Film Day. Created by Reel Canada in 2014, it is a time to celebrate Canadian films, art and actors. Is it a coincidence that National Canadian Film Day falls on World Creativity and Innovation Day? I think not. Let’s all be creative today and look for new, innovative ways to get things done.