Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: October 20, 2022

Hitting the ball was easy.
Running around the bases
was the tough part.

~ Mickey Mantle
American – Baseball Player October 20, 1931 – August 13, 1995

Porte Ponderings:

Cold and wet. The last couple of days is how I remember my University Novembers. I had never seen so much rain as when I had to walk around campus in October. My roommate had a slicker from Nova Scotia, so she was ready for the terrible rains.

I’m never ready for the October rain. The last couple of days have made me housebound as I avoid my daily walks. It’s so dark in the morning it’s hard to have the ambition to get out of bed. Then it’s been so cold, with the weatherman threatening snow. Hopefully I can get back on track and out for a walk soon.

Porte Photos Daily Quote: September 5, 2022

You can’t fake listening.
It shows.

~ Raquel Welch
American – Actress Born: September 5, 1940

Porte Musings:

My grandson and I spent a wonderful day kayaking. We did my normal route backwards to ensure he saw my favorite spot at the turnaround point of my normal route. Muddy entry with a dock too high for easy entry and exit. He started out with the paddles upside down. Then remembered on his own: writing towards you so you can read it and he turned them around. This picture was before he remembered.

I hope everyone is enjoying their last Monday of summer holidays. Tuesday the teachers will be in school preparing for Wednesday and the students returning.

Porte Photos: April 19, 2022

I’ve been publishing a Daily Quote for a couple of years now, where I match a quote from someone famous born on the day to one of my photos. Today I couldn’t find any quotes that I wanted to use and I’m not getting any additional business by posting the Daily Quote. I’ve managed to attract 160 faithful followers on my website. l’ve decided I need to re-evaluate why I’m doing a website and get back to my core business of capturing moments in time, turning moments into memories.

Today I’m going to start publishing one of my favorite photos to display my art. My pictures without someone else’s quote. Perhaps my gamble will promote my business, or at least inspire controversy every day. Copies of my photos are available for sale by contacting me at my e-mail or phone number as published on the About Tab.

Today’s photo was taken at Busch Gardens. The Orangutans are one of my favorite primates. They look so intelligent and always come close to the plexiglass to welcome and observe the guests. Today’s photo shows an orangutan and the human guests, each on their own side of the window observing the other. Which one is observing/interacting with the other?

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: March 29, 2022

Kindness is always fashionable,
and always welcome.

~ Amelia Barr
American – Novelist /March 29, 1831 – March 10, 1919

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

My youngest son insisted on getting a piano. He took lessons and enjoyed playing every day. Then he grew up and started to play golf. Today is Piano Day. Enjoy the sounds while you can.

In the 1970’s young men dodged the draft and came to Canada from the USA. We watched and had slogans of peace not war. The Vietnam war ended and the veterans came back in shame. I saved all the newspaper clippings for a History Project. It took a long time before they were called heroes. Young men that would never be the same. Disowned by their own country men. Many never returned. Those that did would never be the same. So honour the veterans on National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

On a lighter note today is also National Lemon Chiffon Cake. Enjoy some drizzled with a bit of icing. 😉

Daily Quote: August 24, 2021

Reading makes immigrants of us all.
It takes us away from home,
but more important,
it finds homes for us everywhere.

~ Jean Rhys
(English – NovelistAugust 24, 1894 – May 14, 1979)

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Today is a remembrance of one of the lesser celebrated apostles, Bartholomew (Bart).

Today is also National Waffle Day, so be certain to enjoy a waffle or two.

For some people every day is Weather Complaint Day. Here we are approaching the end of August and still a major heat warning is in effect for most of Ontario. Today the high will be 32C and feeling like 44C. So keep cool, and drink plenty of fluids. It looks like we could have thunderstorms this afternoon and throughout the night, but no relief for the heat and humidity is in the forecast.

Daily Quote: February 10, 2021

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:

My Grandmother wore thick glasses and seldom remembered to clean them. I remember my Aunt walking into Grandma’s place, gently taking Grandma’s glasses and cleaning then replacing them. The world must have seemed better whenever my Aunt did this small task for my Grandmother. So, clean your glasses and look again. Maybe the world isn’t so grey and blotchy.

When we were allowed to travel, before the Pandemic, we went for a 2 week vacation to Dominican Republic. One of my favorite memories is of the Umbrella lined street in Sosua. I thought there would be no better way to celebrate Umbrella Day than with the memory of Sosua and the colourful umbrella lined street where people were walking slowly and a dog was laying lazily.

On the forth day of Valentine’s week we celebrate Teddy Day. A day set aside for lover’s to give each other teddy bears, but don’t limit it to just lovers. Anyone can participate. Give teddys to your favorite child or friend. I’m certain it will brighten their day.

Now if you really want to know what your capacities are try using a load line like you see on the ships. Introduced by Samuel Plimsoll, load lines were only a small part of the Safety measures and regulations he supported for sailors. Workers’ safety wasn’t considered when so many were forced to work in “coffin” ships. When load lines were introduced they helped officials easily gauge how much was in the ships and if they could safely handle more or had to have some of the load removed. The red line was not to be sunk or else the ship might also sink under the load. So let’s celebrate Plimsoll Day and a simple red line that saved thousands.