Daily Quote: July 31, 2020

Mountain hikes instilled in me a life-long urge
to get to the top of any inviting summit or peak.
~ Paul D. Boyer (American – ScientistJuly 31, 1918-June 2, 2018)

Eid al-Adha

(Muslim – Feast of Sacrifice)

National Mutt Day

World Ranger Day

Hiking, walking, biking, kayaking, swimming…

I believe the longer you keep active the longer you can keep doing things.  My A1C’s are unfortunately staying at 6.8 for a year, so I’m now officially a diabetic.  Although 6.8 for a diabetic on medication is an excellent number, for me it’s too high.  I know the quick answer is to loose 20-30 pounds, but as you get older this is so much harder to do and I enjoy eating.  As one lady I know (who has lost her sight and is unable to do the wonderful things she used to do) said: Eating remains a true pleasure when all else fails.

So having a label doesn’t really change anything except that I need to keep active and watch my diet.  I don’t want to start taking the medications so I should start to work seriously on loosing weight.

Daily Quote: July 29, 2020

When the past no longer illuminates the future,
the spirit walks in darkness.
~ Alexis de Tocqueville (French – Historian July 29, 1805 – April 16, 1859)

International Tiger Day

National Chicken Wing Day

Busch Gardens will always remain one of my favorite places.  Where else could people get so close to tigers.  This picture was taken in February 2018 when my niece and her family were visiting Florida.  With the USA/Canada border remaining closed Florida can only be a memory for Canadians.


Daily Quote: July 28, 2020

Thank goodness I was never sent to school;
it would have rubbed off some of the originality.
~ Beatrix Potter (English – Author July 28, 1866 – December 22, 1943)

World Nature Conservation Day
Day of Commemoration of the Great Upheaval


Children and formal schooling have been severely impacted by COVID-19.  Schools have been closed since the beginning of March Break and are expected to open in September as schedules are being developed.  My grandsons don’t want to go back to school.  They’ve enjoyed being at home too much.

I’m uncertain if I were a parent if I would want them to go back either.  They’ve been learning about life, exploring their environments and spending their days in play.  School has been available on-line.  Maybe the days of the formal classroom are numbered.

Daily Quote: July 27, 2020

I’m not particular. I don’t have favourite pictures.
~ William Eggleston (American – Photographer Born: July 27, 1939)

National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day

(United States)

Take your Pants for a Walk Day

Aunties Day

Although I love to take pictures of everything, unlike William Eggleston I do have favorite pictures.  Pictures of people, places and things that make me smile.  This tunnel picture reminds me of walking with my sister and our dogs along the river to the St Clair Conservation Area in Strathroy ON.  The graffiti was put there the night before our walk and we couldn’t help but wonder how when everything was still shut down (due to COVID-19) someone could manage to sneak out and accomplish the task.

Daily Quote: July 26, 2020

I’ll always be an amateur photographer.
~ Elliott Erwitt (French – Photographer / Born: July 26, 1928)

National Parents’ Day

National Aunt and Uncle Day

A toast to all the amateur photographers in the world:
not taking assembly line portraits for minimum wage;
experimenting with different settings and angles;
striving for something unique and inspiring;
framing, shooting, editing and developing;
continuing to learn about their art;
taking photos due to passion;

Daily Quote: July 25, 2020

The big artist keeps an eye on nature and steals her tools.
~ Thomas Eakins (American – ArtistJuly 25, 1844 – June 25, 1916)

Feast of Saint James

International Red Shoe Day

Health and Happiness with Hypnosis Day

“International Red Shoe Day remembers and celebrates all those who have passed away from Lyme disease and other “invisible diseases” such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. ”

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues it is important to remember all of the other diseases that continue to plague the world.

According to Google News :

Countries Sorted by Confirmed in descending order
New cases (last 60 days)
Cases per 1 million people

15,746,452 2,025 9,054,474 639,900

United States
4,186,329 12,703 1,256,407 147,650
Sorted by Confirmed in descending order
New cases (last 60 days)
Cases per 1 million people

15,746,452 2,025 9,054,474 639,900

115,115 3,031 100,504 8,923
58,243 7,090 50,615 5,663
38,405 2,824 34,100 2,758

Daily Quote: July 24, 2020

Judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.
~ Simon Bolivar (Venezuelan – RevolutionaryJuly 24, 1783 – December 17, 1830)

National Drive-Thru Day

National Cousins Day

Daily Quote: July 22, 2020

My own curiosity and interest are insatiable.
~ Emma Lazarus (American – Poet  / July 22, 1849 – November 19, 1887)

Ratcatcher’s Day

National Hot Dog Day

(Canada and USA)

Ratcatcher’s Day celebrates the Pied Piper.

My cat Archie probably wouldn’t catch any rats, his attempts to catch a butterfly still haven’t been successful.  However, his curiosity is like that of all cats and he loves his supervised visits to the outside world.