Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: January 16, 2023

We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
American – Leader January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968 

Porte Ponderings:

Although yesterday was Martin Luther King Jr,’s birthday, today is a Holiday Monday to celebrate and remember this great man.

Every City in Florida has a MLK road/street.

Everyone in Florida celebrates the wisdom of MLK.

Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: January 14, 2023

Be daring, be different, be impractical,
be anything that will assert
integrity of purpose and imaginative vision
against the play-it-safers,
the creatures of the commonplace,
the slaves of the ordinary.

~ Cecil Beaton
English – Photographer January 14, 1904 – January 18, 1980

Porte Ponderings:

Staying so close to a small airport you often look up and see unique airplanes flying overhead. This small plane looks like a toy in the picture, but I can assure you it was a full sized plane overhead. 😉

Gliders are often towed up and let go to find their way back to the airport.

On my 60th birthday I took a ride in an ultra-light and loved every moment of it.

Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: January 12, 2023

Life is not a matter of holding good cards,
but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.

~ Jack London
American – Novelist January 12, 1876 – November 22, 1916

Porte Ponderings:

I started my Hiking Spree with an easy hike at Morrisbridge Park. Only 7 more hikes to complete before entering the contest. I’m aiming for 1 per week.

Hike #1 – Morrisbridge Park – Bald Cypress Hike – January 11, 2023

Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: January 10, 2023

I know from experience that you should never give up
on yourself or others, no matter what.

~ George Foreman
American – Boxer Born: January 10, 1949

Porte Ponderings:

Boat-tailed grackles are interesting mimics. They like to mimic sirens, bells and whistles. Often seen in huge groups swooping around open spaces or individuals calling to each other. I think these birds were probably the inspiration for Alfred Hitchock’s famous movie “The Birds”.

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 4, 2023

Dogs laugh,
but they laugh with their tails.

~ Max Eastman
American – Author January 4, 1883 – March 25, 1969

Porte Ponderings:

Rickie does like to smile for the camera. At almost 15 he keeps smiling and loves to go for walks. He seems to be missing Maddie, but he is enjoying reaqainting with his Florida friends.

Monday I joined the exercise group here at Sleepy Hollow. It was a lot more than I thought it would be, I ended up sitting for an hour afterward trying to re-couperate.

Tuesday I joined the local TOPS group and attended the meeting. It was good to re-new aquaintances and see everyone at the meeting.

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.