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.

Daily Quote: November 24, 2020

If you want the present to be different from the past,
study the past.

~ Baruch Spinoza (Dutch – Philosopher /November 24, 1632 – February 21, 1677)

Holidays and Celebrations:


*While some areas are in lock down, I went shopping with my sister to find a dress for my youngest son’s upcoming wedding. In London Ontario there are still many places you can try on clothes. The staff very carefully clean the dressing areas after each customer. David’s Bridal Store is one of them. I was treated almost royally and even with my modest budget was able to find a beautiful blue formal dress on sale for under $150. We’re hoping the restrictions don’t become more stringent in our area and that the December 12th wedding still goes ahead in the chosen venue.

*I really enjoyed shopping yesterday, something I haven’t really done since we’ve been home from Texas in March. There were very little people in the malls and the sales staff was very welcoming. I couldn’t get over all the “Black Friday Sales”. I actually found jeans at Reitman’s for only $29; slippers at Suzy Shier’s for only $10 and fancy earrings for only $6. Unfortunately I didn’t find dress shoes that fit my size 6 DD feet. I’ll have to check out the Ovation Shoes Premium Outlet in Strathroy ON to see if they have any.

Daily Quote: November 18, 2020

A liar begins with making falsehood appear like truth,
and ends with making truth itself appear like falsehood.

~ William Shenstone (English – Poet / November 18, 1714 – February 11, 1763)

Holidays and Celebrations:

  • GIS Day (Geographic Information Systems Day)
  • MICKEY MOUSE BIRTHDAY

  • Only 10 turtles sitting on logs last week, with the change in the weather now there are none. Snow gently covers our yards and spreads its arms around the ponds.
  • Every time I read about a person being fired for speaking the truth I am afraid for my Southern friends and Democracy. It’s very strange to think that the head of Homeland Security can be fired because he says that there is no evidence of election conspiracy. Even stranger that a President in his Lame Duck phase can continue to make these decisions then tells the world that he almost started WWIII this past week. Perhaps Homeland Security should fire him?

Daily Quote: November 5, 2020

What amazes me is that you can have
10 different photographers in the same room,
and you see 10 different rooms.

You realize how much of it is the person’s perspective
rather than the situation itself.

~ Rick Smolan (American – Photographer / Born: November 5, 1949

Holidays and Celebrations:


Happy Birthday Rick Smolan, photographer and co-creator of “A Day in the Life” books.

Daily Quote: October 25, 2020

Find out what your gift is and nurture it.

~Katy Perry (American – Musician Born: October 25, 1984)

Holidays and Celebrations:

National Art Day – USA

Vijayadashami – Hindu Festival

World Pasta Day


Finding your gift can be a life long journey for some. For others they know very early what their gift is and they are driven to nurture it.

When asked what they want to be when they grow up they have definite plans and professions. Others like John Lennon, just want to be happy (and when told they didn’t understand the question they reply that the questioner didn’t understand life).

So with the triumph of good over evil we celebrate life. Keep looking for your gift if you haven’t found it yet.

Daily Quote: September 7, 2020

I paint from the top down.
From the sky, then the mountains, then the hills,
then the houses, then the cattle, and then the people.
~ Grandma Moses (American – ArtistSeptember 7, 1860 – December 13, 1961)

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Holidays and Special Occassions: September 7, 2020

Grandma Moses Day

Labour Day

National Beer Lovers Day

 

Daily Quote: June 2, 2020

One feels the excitement of hearing an untold story.
~ John Hope (American – EducatorJune 2, 1868 – February 22, 1936)


Decoration Day

(Canada)

National Gun Violence Awareness Day


Finally COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted enough to permit the use of Provincial Parks including vault toilets.  I purchased my Season’s pass and went Kayaking.  I had just set my kayak on the shore of the Old Ausauble Channel and turned around to see this raccoon trying to get into my kayak.  She was looking for food and had seen me put my cooler on the dock.  She left the kayak and went over to search through the nearby garbage can.  When I got into the kayak and started to launch of the shore she followed me and almost jumped into the water.

It was such a beautiful day to kayak.  I saw 3 baby muskrats playing in the water at the far end of my route and a pileated woodpecker on the way back to the dock.  Kingfishers were playing along the banks.  A dozen Canadian Geese, red wing black birds, and 3 muskrats swimming across the Chanel. I only saw 13 turtles today, far below my lifetime record last year of 149.

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Daily Quote: March 19, 2020

Some folks are wise and some are otherwise.
~ Tobias Smollett (Scottish – Writer March 19, 1721 – September 17, 1771)


Absolutely Incredible Kid Day


After the Prime Minister advising all Canadians to return home, we packed up and made our journey home from the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.  The streets in most of the major cities were very quiet.  Restaurants were take out only. And some of the states, like Ohio,  we tried to avoid because there were no Hotels open.  I managed to have food poisoning for a day while we were on the road, so my husband had to drive most of the last day.

It feels so good to be home again in Canada.  With the Coronavirus Pandemic issues we will be in quarantine for 2 weeks, but we are lucky enough to have family that can pick-up our groceries for us.