Daily Quote: April 6, 2021

The most wasted day of all
is that on which we have not laughed.

~ Nicolas Chamfort (French – Writer / April 6, 1741 – April 13, 1794)

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Porte Musings:

Tuesday April 6th is now known as Tartan Day. The Scots of the world can wear their tartans again with pride. There was a time in USA history. Originally Tartan Day was celebrated on July 1, 1982. A day declared by the Mayor of New York to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the end of Proscription (August 12, 1747) when it was illegal to wear your tartan. The celebration was moved to April 6th to remember the Declaration of Arbroath, the declaration of Scottish Independence (1320).

Today is also known as Teflon Day. A day to celebrate the invention of teflon and it’s not stick qualities. Originally developed for space suits, it is more widely known for it’s ability in a frying pan so that we can cook eggs without sticking and fry foods without having a messy clean-up. But be careful, fumes from burnt teflon can kill your favorite pet bird. So be certain to cook on low heat and don’t leave it unattended.

Remember the writing exercise where you wrote your own epitaph? Well today is Plan Your Epitaph Day. So get out your pen and paper and plan your epitaph. It gives you an opportunity to take another view of your life and evaluate the direction you are going.

I really like today’s quote by Nicholas Chamfort: The most wasted day of all is that on which we have not laughed. I think it would make a wonderful epitaph, only I might want to change laugh to love. The picture I used is of a recent “walk” in the woods with my grandson. He has finally learned to ride his bike without training wheels and is thoroughly enjoying the challenge. Next time though I need to ride my bike. Rickie and I could hardly keep up on the trails as my grandson rode a head and actually had to wait for us. ❤

Daily Quote: March 30, 2021

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

~ Maimonides (Spanish – Philosopher / March 30, 1135 – December 12, 1204)

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Porte Musings:

The Tuesday of Holy Week for Christians, Holy Tuesday, when we remember the story of the Widow’s Gift. When she gave only a small amount, but it was all she had, so it was a far bigger sacrifice than the huge amount of gold given by another who had only given a small percentage of what his treasure.

During the Pandemic we’ve all been dreaming of travelling again. The craze is to have a virtual vacation so there’s a day for that: Virtual Vacation Day. Preview places you would like to go with the click of a mouse and see places you dream about. Fly high above the clouds or dive deep below the oceans, wherever you might even be too afraid to go.

If you’re tired of all the screen time, grab a leash and celebrate: Take a Walk in the Park Day. Get outside and enjoy some fresh spring air. Our COVID-19 restrictions have gone back to RED, so the belts have been tightened again as we are in a 3rd wave. But we can still enjoy the park and watch scenes like a flock of geese landing on a local pond, the first sight of skunk cabbage in the marsh or pussy willows in bloom.

Daily Quote: March 28, 2021

For prayer is nothing else than
being on terms of friendship with God.

~ Saint Teresa of Avila (Spanish – Saint / March 28, 1515 – October 4, 1582)

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Porte Musings:

Palm Sunday is celebrated by Christians as the day that Christ rode into Jerusalem on a donkey and praises were sung to him by everyone. Palm branches were placed on the path to make the ride easier and songs of Hosannas were sung loudly by the crowds of worshippers. The celebrations would be short lived and within the week Christ would be crucified, only to rise from the dead to finish teaching his disciples before his final ascension to heaven, leaving with a promise that he would return.

The teachings of “love your neighbour as yourself” would linger on as today is also Neighbour Day. A kind gesture or word to celebrate the wonderful neighbours we have.

In a world where everything is in its place and a there is place for everything, weeds remind us of the uncontrollable and wild treasures. After all weeds are just plants growing somewhere we don’t want them to. So celebrate the determination of weeds on Weed Appreciation Day as you clear the garden for the approaching new growing season.

Daily Quote: March 21, 2021

Do not wait for extraordinary
circumstances to do good action;
try to use ordinary situations.

~ Jean Paul (German – Author / March 21, 1763 – November 14, 1825)

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Sunday March 21st of 2021 and we’re celebrating World Poetry Day. Read some poetry or recite one of your favorites. You can even celebrate it at the same time that you remember International Day of Forests.

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

~ Joyce Kilmer ( see more at: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/12744/trees)

Today is also the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. During the past year we’ve seen all types of violence and demonstrations regarding racial issues. If only colour or race didn’t matter…….

We’re also going to celebrate the plus one group today. As we remember and support World Down Syndrome Day. So wear an odd sock and celebrate all the differences in the world. 🙂

Daily Quote: March 6, 2021

I am still learning.

~ Michelangelo (Italian – Artist / March 6, 1475 – February 18, 1564)

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Porte Musings:

Spring is coming! I can’t wait. I’ve planted my seed order and am looking forward to opening up the greenhouse and watching the seeds grow into plants. But in the meantime the temperatures are still below zero and the puddles are solid ice covered with a scattering of snow. I went for a walk with my grandchildren and sister yesterday only to discover how hard the ice is. Slip and falls are the scariest of accidents for people over 40 because you’re bones won’t heal as fast and you can be immobilized for more than a year. Luckily, like my grandmother used to say, I’m a little round so I bounce, I don’t break. Just a little bruised hip to remind me I’m human.

Today is the European Day of the Righteous, a day when they commemorate all the heroes that have stood up against the crimes of inhumanity and followed their own moral compass. While in the USA it’s Alamo Day, the day that Americans stood against all odds at the Alamo and fought ’til the last one died. Davey Crockett, who was only 49, died at this battle.

So grab some Oreos and a glass of milk celebrate National Oreo Cookie Day and watch one of the Alamo movies. I remember watching the 1960 version on a Saturday in our local community centre where the admission was $0.25 and chips were only $.05. I still haven’t watched the 2003 version or any of the others yet.

Daily Quote: March 3, 2021

Photography, as we all know, is not real at all.
It is an illusion of reality
with which we create our own private world.

~ Arnold Newman (American – Photographer / March 3, 1918 – June 6, 2006)

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Porte Musings:

Photos abstract, portraits or landscape might mirror our observances, but they lock a moment in time and force us to look at the subject as directed through the lens of the photographer. Light bouncing off a frozen river with trees casting shadows for just a moment in time before the sun starts to melt all the snow and the ice moves down the river.

Celebrate the abundant and diverse wildlife today as you celebrate World Wildlife Day. From Aardvarks to Zebras; Ants to Zebra butterflies; microscopic to gigantic all wildlife is celebrated today.

If you’re happy and you know it sing a little smile. Today is also National I Want You to be Happy Day. So share your smiles, songs and happy thoughts as you go about your daily routine. An excellent way to may others happy is to share soup at lunch time as you also celebrate National Soup it Forward Day. I might even find a box of tissues and dig out one of my Chicken Soup for the Soul books to read a collection of heart warming stories.

Daily Quote: February 28, 2021

My life has been full of terrible misfortunes
most of which never happened.

~ Michel de Montaigne (French – Philosopher / February 28, 1533 – September 13, 1592)

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Porte Musings:

The last day in February is the day that we remember Rare Disease Day. On a leap year this would be February 29th. But like people who are born February 29th, this day is remembered as Rare Disease Day on February 28th when we aren’t in a leap year.

Today is also National Science Day. One time science was called witchcraft, now we honour it as truth and advances in mankind. Cures for disease and new worlds are being discovered by Science. Now if we could only rid the world of the rare diseases.

Sometimes you’re just so tired you could sleep anywhere. Today it’s OK to sleep in public as we celebrate National Public Sleeping Day. Although I personally don’t like to sleep in public because you are so vulnerable when you sleep. Sweet Dreams ❤


Almost forgot today is the Second Sunday in Lent. Easter is getting closer and so is spring.

Daily Quote: February 26, 2021

There is nothing like a dream
to create the future.

~ Victor Hugo (French – Author / February 26, 1802 – May 22, 1885)

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Porte Musings:

February 26th is the Jewish celebration of Purim. The day they remember being saved from death in the Persian Empire by the influence of Queen Esther (Esther was a Jewish maid who became Queen.) The day is celebrated with a number of obligations or mitzvot. Some of the obligations include: sharing food and drink; giving food or money equivalent to food for 2 people; and reading the scroll of Esther.

Totally unconnected to Purim, today is a good day to remember and Tell a Fairy Tale, Fairy tales date back almost 6,500 years to the bronze age. They usually begin with “Once upon a time” and have been handed down through generations. Little Red Riding Hood; Cinderella; and Jack & the Bean Stock are probably the most familiar. So if you’re lucky enough cuddle up with your grandchildren and Tell a Fair Tale.

For Pete’s Sake Day we can all wonder who is Pete and why do we do things for his sake?

Daily Quote: February 21, 2021

Fear not that thy life shall come to an end,
but rather that it shall never have a beginning.

~ John Henry Newman (British – Clergyman / February 21, 1801 – August 11, 1890)

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Porte Musings:

I woke up with an insatiable itch on the bottom of my left foot. I rubbed it briskly over my right foot to no avail. Finally I broke down and put some moisturizer on it, only to find even though it brought some relief it didn’t satisfy the itch. So I went on-line to see what superstitions were associated with this omen. Of course the obvious was that it indicated travel, the right foot would be a planned voyage, the left foot meaning an unforeseen voyage or bump on the road. As always interpretations aren’t necessarily literal, and they could either mean change either planned or unplanned.

So on the First Sunday of Lent we are looking forward to change.

We should probably start by celebrating Single Tasking Day. Do one thing at a time. Turn of the games on the phone while waiting and just live in the moment.

We could do that by getting out all the old greeting cards we’ve received over the years and read them, taking time just to remember the people we’ve received them from and celebrate Card Reading Day.

There is no way to read old cards and greetings without celebrating Language Day. Remember all the various languages throughout the world. An interesting fact on the radio this morning was that Cree is the most spoken Indigenous Language in Canada with more than 92,000 people speaking Cree.

Daily Quote: February 17, 2021

I’ve been working with the land for most of my life;
walking it and photographing it.
And I love it to bits.

~ Fay Godwin (British – Photographer February 17, 1931 – May 27, 2005)

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Porte Musings:

Today is Ash Wednesday. The beginning of Lent on the Christian Calendar. It is also Random Acts of Kindness Day. Perhaps for Lent this year instead of giving something up we should be committing to doing random Acts of Kindness and help others celebrate the good things in the world.

Then there is the question posed by Who Should I Be Day. I’ve found throughout my life so far the answer changes. As a child the answer is a Doctor, a Lawyer, or a Fireman. As you get older it morphs into a Postal Clerk, a Sister, a Wife, a Mother, an Aunt. Then when you retire, if you’re lucky enough perhaps a Grandmother, a Friend, an artist. But the most important thing is to keep working to become your best person. One step at a time and flexible enough to keep walking.

Yesterday was a snow day. We woke up to lots of fluffy snow. The plows were working overtime but still hadn’t gotten all of the main roads cleared. The school buses were canceled and Day Care was closed. So I got to spend the day with my grandchildren and they got to spend the day playing in the snow in Grandma’s backyard. We forgot about Pancake Tuesday and instead had pizza and salad for supper.