Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: October 23, 2022

Life begets life.
Energy creates energy.
It is by spending oneself
that one becomes rich.

~ Sarah Bernhardt
French – Actress / October 22, 1845 – March 26, 1923

Porte Ponderings:

Sunday in the Indian Summer. The temperatures today will be at about 21C (70F). The trees are still showing their colours and a killing frost has finally gotten rid of a lot of the allergens in the air.

This season is probably one of my favorites, but there is so much to do before winter steals her way into the shorter days. I still have plants from the Fall plant sale to put in the ground. The summer toys need to be put away. The garage needs to be cleaned to make room for my car before we head to Florida. But my heart wants one more kayak ride down the Old Ausable Channel. I have school photo retakes tomorrow morning, then I’m headed to the Pinery with my sister for one last adventure of the season.

Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: October 19, 2022

Colors are the smiles of nature.

~ Leigh Hunt
English – Poet October 19, 1784 – August 28, 1859

Porte Ponderings:

Our local conservation area is amazing this time of year. Someone who knew the beauty of trees in the fall lined the path with glorious maples that are fiery red in October. I was lucky enough to have customers/models on Sunday. I’ve included clauses regarding the use of photos for advertising and always respect when people don’t want their photos shared. My immediate family is used to me taking their pictures.

The weather was co-operative, a little too much so. It was a bright sunny day and proved to be challenging for shadows and glare. But I think this photo caught the fall magic.

Beautiful red arches towering over my favorite models ❤

Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: October 13, 2022

Don’t forget to tell yourself positive things daily!
You must love yourself internally to glow externally.

~ Hannah Bronfman
American – Businessman Born: October 26, 1987

Porte Musings:

Did you notice the turtle on the log in the picture? The wild rice has all turned golden and my latest kayak adventure on the Old Ausable Channel had the lowest turtle count yet. I only found 12 turtles sunbathing.

Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: October 8, 2022

Friends are the sunshine of life.

~ John Hay
American – Writer October 8, 1838 – July 1, 1905

Porte Musings:

Yep, painted turtles sunbathing in October. We saw almost 40 of them while kayaking this week on the Old Ausable Channel. Just trying to catch a few rays of the warm autumn days.

Thanksgiving weekend and the turkeys are thawing out for the big event. This year there are no “COVID Restrictions” . I’m so blessed, my whole family will be here. I bought 2 smaller turkeys so we can have 4 legs instead of 2.

Harold’s shoulder surgery went well and he’s using his right arm again. His follow-up is next week, then he starts therapy. I’m hoping we can book a vacation in Cuba. Sit on a beach and get some of those southern rays. 😉

Porte Photos Daily Quote: September 13, 2022

Be what you are.
This is the first step toward
becoming better than you are.

~ Julius Charles Hare
English – ClergymanSeptember 13, 1795 – January 3, 1855

Porte Musings:

This week is full of birthdays in our family, today my niece, born 1 day after my grandson in the same hospital, celebrates her 11th birthday. I think we just wanted an excuse to eat cake everyday the first week of September. 😉

Familial Cholesterolemia type II runs in our family as well. Although diet does play a small part in high cholesterol levels, our DNA is a much bigger contributor. My mother had her first cardiac arrest at 38 and died with her second at 43. Her Cholesterol and triglycerides were high, but there were very few options to reduce it. Her father died with his first cardiac arrest at 36 after a short walk to his brother’s house (with no previous indications that he had a cholesterol problem). My younger sister had a DNA test to confirm she has the gene, so at 57 after taking cholesterol medications, she was prescribed Repatha, an injectable to help lower her LDL numbers. Since I have a significant family history; high levels even with 40 Mg Crestor and 10 mg Ezetimibe; and I have a confirmed immediate family member; I will also be starting Repatha. Hopefully my LDL will go below 0.5 and I can reduce the other 2 medications. I hate needles, but today and every other week I’ll be taking this shot to help reduce the effects of high cholesterol.

Porte Photos Daily Quote: September 8, 2022

I know my strong points:
I work hard,
I have talent,
I’m funny,
and I’m a good person.

~ Pink
American – Musician Born: September 8, 1979

Porte Musings:

Daily affirmations should include the same ones as Pink.

Yesterday’s adventure was a trip to Point Pelee National Park, Leamington Ontario with my sister and my kayaks. The launch there is beautiful, easy to access and easy to use. You can do a short 1 hour kayak along the boardwalk or branch out into the adjoining “lakes”. But be careful, once you get out into one of the smaller lakes, everything can start to look the same with tall reeds all around you. We had a small panic moment, but found our way out and back to the boardwalk for lunch after an almost 4 hour kayak.

Our adventure started with a guided tour along the boardwalk by a beautiful pair of Mute Swans. In the larger Lake Pond we were shown their 4 babies, now adolescents.

The kayaking was wonderful so we thought we would go on the tram to the point. However, we didn’t bring long pants and the flies were biting, so we cut the trip short.

Daily Quote: November 22, 2021

It is never too late to be what you might have been.

~ George Eliot
British – Author / November 22, 1819 – December 22, 1880

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Always remember it is the journey and not the destination that is important. Celebrate Go For a Ride Day by going for a ride via bike, car, train, boat …..

In Canada it is National Housing Day. Thanks to the pandemic, real estate cost have doubled in the past 2 years. I really don’t know how young families can own a house when the average cost almost $500,000 in many of our local communities. Canada is facing an affordable housing crisis like never before. Rental units for seniors in my small community are $2,000 per month and there are zero vacancies. Geared to income housing has a 2 or more year waiting list. I’ve often thought of renting out one of my rooms to supplement our income.

As the American Thanks Giving approaches, today is Cranberry Relish Day. So make the Cranberry Relish for Turkey Day. 😉

Daily Quote: September 27, 2021

There is no respect for others
without humility in one’s self.

~ Henri Frederic Amiel
Swiss – Philosopher / September 27, 1821 – May 11, 1881

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Celebrating World Tourism Day during a Pandemic is difficult, but as borders slowly open we dream about trips and do our research so we’re ready just as soon as we can travel.

In the meantime we’ll celebrate Family Day and gather with our families, thankful that we can see them and aren’t under total lockdown.

We’ll also get out the most recent Ancestry.ca layouts and go over the stories of our roots.

Daily Quote: August 16, 2021

Life is short
and progress is slow.

~ Gabriel Lippmann
(ScientistAugust 16, 1845 – July 13, 1921)

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

So did you hear the one about…..

Celebrate National Tell a Joke Day and share your best jokes with your True Love. That way you are also celebrating True Love Forever Day. What better way to celebrate than by laughing with the one you love.