Daily Quote: February 11, 2021

The reason a lot of people
do not recognize opportunity is because
it usually goes around wearing overalls
looking like hard work.

~ Thomas A. Edison (American – Inventor / February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931)

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

One of my favorite stories is of a young Thomas Edison bringing home a note from school addressed to his mother. When he asked her what it said, she told him it said he was too smart to go to school and she would have to continue his education at home. Years later after his mother had passed he found the note. It actually said your child is an imbecile and can not longer attend school. Unfortunately it is just a story of a mother’s love and devotion to her child. Thomas Edison did have hearing problems and didn’t do well at school, so like many children his age he was home schooled by his mother. He grew up to become one of the most well known inventors with over 1,000 patents registered to him (including those he partnered with).

I find it interesting that Edison’s Birthday is the day chosen to celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science. But hard work is always good inspiration for others. Encouragement of girls to study the sciences is so important. To break the stereotypes of girls just excelling at arts and home economics. I think everyone should be encouraged to build on their individual strengths whatever they may be.

Today is also Fat Thursday. The Thursday before Ash Wednesday in the Christian Calendar. As if we needed another reason to eat rich foods during the lockdown.

Grandmother Achievement Day is also on the calendar for February 11th. To me it’s just amazing that I’ve lived long enough to see and spend time with my grandchildren. I can’t wait ’till the lock down is over and I can visit with my grandchildren again. I haven’t been able to see my oldest grandson since before Christmas and he is growing up too fast.

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:

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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.

Daily Quote: February 9, 2021

A sword, a spade, and a thought
should never be allowed to rust.

~ James Stephens

Holidays and Clebrations:

Porte Musings:

Stephen Covey (1932-2012) used the metaphor of sharpening an axe to explain that we need to keep our tools in good repair to achieve what we need to accomplish. It takes less time to sharpen the axe to chop down a tree than to just pick up the axe and start swinging. Likewise today’s quote reminds us to care for and constantly use our tools and thoughts. If you don’t care for and use things they rust, dry up and become useless.

To mark Safer Internet Day (US) be certain to check on your passwords and delete those cookies. Google nicely reminded me of SID as soon as I turned my computer on this morning. Sometimes the intrusion by Google is very annoying as we question whether we should even use their services. Recently their system was breached, so my passwords were shared with some unknown entity in Russia and I’ve had to change all of my passwords to ensure my banking and identity were safe. Each time Google offers a password that is so difficult the only way to remember it is to use their system. My password was safe until their system was corrupted, so I have very little confidence in their system.

It’ll be easy to celebrate Read in the Bathtub Day. When I used to work, every other morning I would look forward to reading a couple of chapters in the Bathtub. (The other days were spent showering.) It is still my favorite place to read totally undisturbed.

Looks like we’ll be ordering Pizza tonight to celebrate National Pizza Day. My husband and I love a deluxe pizza with all the exotic toppings. Whenever my grandchildren are with us they only want pepperoni. So as a compromise I have to order 2 pizzas. How I miss sharing pizza with my grandsons during this pandemic. Hopefully next week the lock-down order in Ontario is lifted so we can indulge again.

Daily Quote: February 8, 2021

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing,
wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating;
there is really no such thing as bad weather,
only different kinds of good weather.

~ John Ruskin (English – Writer / February 8, 1819 – January 20, 1900)

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The Second Day of Valentines week is celebrated as Propose Day in India. If you’ve been waiting for the right time to propose to your loved one this is it. ❤

Monday the day after the American Super Bowl has been labeled National Football Hangover Day. What surprises me is that this label was only officially celebrated since 2019. I’m certain many workplaces have seen it for much longer.

Be certain to celebrate Laugh and get Rich Day. Laughing has many health benefits. Not to mention that everyone likes working with happy people and laughing is contagious. We really need to celebrate Laughing today as we’ve been under lockdown for too long. So share a good joke, have a good laugh and get ready to see people in person again.

The day after Super Bowl Sunday and the second day of Valentine’s Week is also the week that we pause to remember International Epilepsy Day. Epilepsy effects people in different ways. The major seizure (or what used to be called Grand Mal) that everybody knows is a direct cause of epilepsy. How this type of seizure is treated has thankfully changed. Make the person comfortable keep them away from objects that could harm them (heaters, fires…..) and just wait. Talking calmly to them when they regain control on their thoughts and movements. The other type of seizure is often unseen or hidden. A moment when a person looses consciousness but may actually continue moving or appear to be deep in thought, as my grandson used to call them glitches. Only to return slightly disoriented or perhaps loosing control of their bladder (more embarrassing than the actual seizure). Luckily medications and treatments often can significantly improve the quality of life and lessen the occurrence of seizures. Sometimes surgery eliminates the seizures in some severe cases. Just remember that the person has epilepsy and isn’t defined by it.

Daily Quote: February 7, 2021

There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.

~ Charles Dickens (English – Novelist / February 7, 1812 – June 9, 1870)

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The first Sunday in February and I’m one step closer to getting my new heater installed in my garage. Once done I’ll be able to ride my exercise bike and an least get some exercise during the coldest week so far in 2021.

Rose Day is celebrated one week before Valentine’s Day. That way we can enjoy the roses for an entire week. Be certain to buy scented roses for a special treat during the week. Most roses at florists are unscented, so you’ll have to ask, or better still buy a pot of mini roses that can be planted out in the spring and continue to bloom all summer. I’ve only ever known 1 person who was allergic to roses, my Grandmother. She said her husband bought her a beautiful bouquet so she took a big smell and fainted immediately.

In preparation for Valentine’s Day get out the stationary and quills to Send a Card to a Friend. This may be very important to do during the final days of the lock down in Ontario. Cards of hope telling them how much you miss them and cherish their friendship.

If you’ve been waiting for the right time, do it now before you buy them chocolates or get Valentine’s Day gifts from them: Dump Your Significant Jerk Day.

All of the men living at my house will be sitting in front of the TV tonight with munchies as they celebrate the Super Bowl Game. None of their teams have made it this far, but they still have to watch the big game.

As I saw someone else post: the craft room is opening at 2:30PM for all of those that don’t follow football. Today my sister and I will be following a free “Paint Night” tutorial learning how to paint a couple of otters swimming on their backs together.

Have a blessed Sunday. ❤

Daily Quote: February 6, 2021

The most terrifying words in the English language are:
I’m from the government and I’m here to help.

~ Ronald Reagan (American – President  / February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004)

Holidays and celebrations:

Porte Musings:

A sober reminder is that today is International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation. Self explanatory, but unbelievable that this practice is still ongoing behind closed curtains.

An actor as a President of the USA? Yes, we all remember Ronald Reagan Day. From small town Illinois to the big screen (more than 50 films), unable to serve during WW2 he starred in training films; then on to the Governor of California and finally the 40th President of the the USA. An embodiment of the American Dream. After such a wonderful and varied working career he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 83 and lived for another 10 years at home with his devoted wife Nancy.

Today remember to Pay a Compliment. Such a small thing that can mean so much to the recipient. According to https://modernmrsdarcy.com/womanly-skill-how-to-pay-a-compliment/:

  1. Consider the context
  2. Be sincere.
  3. Be specific.
  4. Focus on essence, not appearance.
  5. Be generous.

We all wish we could celebrate Take Your Child to the Library Day, but under the province wide Lock-down we’ll have to remain content, at home, and take a book off the shelf to read to our children and grandchildren via Skype, Messenger or Zoom.

Daily Quote: February 5, 2021

A man’s house is his castle.

~ James Otis (American – Lawyer / February 5, 1725 – May 23, 1783)

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What a coincidence. We’re having a seasonal snow day with cold weather, blowing snow and school buses canceled. This is how everyone should celebrate National Weatherperson’s Day. With the Ontario province wide lockdown, we weren’t planning to go anywhere so this little blast of winter really won’t change anything for most people.

Although not quite a Disaster, this is also Disaster Day. A day set aside to remember all of the world’s most famous disasters ranging from the sinking of the Titanic, to terrorist attacks, floods, hurricanes and tornadoes. I’ve been lucky enough not to be in any of these.

This first Friday of February is National Wear Red Day, to remind us of Heart Health. In keeping with the monthly theme of Heart Health Month. Friday’s are always wear Red Days for most legions. So be certain to wear red today. If you’re lucky enough be certain to go to a Legion and have a beer with those fish and chips.

Daily Quote: February 4, 2021

Life is like a landscape.
You live in the midst of it but can describe it only from the vantage point of distance.

~ Charles Lindbergh (American – Aviator / February 4, 1902 – August 26, 1974)

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Remembering World Cancer Day, none of us has been left untouched by Cancer. My husband was lucky enough to survive Kidney Cancer. Cancer has stolen the lives of my Father (small cell cancer), my Aunt (breast cancer), my Uncle (bone cancer), my brother-in-law (throat cancer), my Grandson’s other Grandfather, my Niece (Brain Cancer), my Nursery Room Mate… So give generously to the Cancer Society to find a cure for cancer.

Rosa Parks Day is also celebrated today. She refused to move to the back of the bus on December 1, 1955. Laws that were created to keep “Blacks” in their place and supported the idea of segregation have been eroded ever since the defiant act of one person. As part of Black History Month it’s important to remember people like Rosa Parks and why they fought for equality. Don’t re-write history, remember so we don’t repeat.

Less than a week to go with the current Ontario Lock-down and we’re all chomping at the bit to get out of the house and praying that the COVID-19 numbers have come down enough to allow businesses to re-open. More importantly that we can have diner again with extended family members.

During the lockdown Canada Post Workers at the office I worked in in Mississauga have experienced first hand one of the biggest outbreaks in Ontario. Almost 300 people tested positive and all 4,500 employees at the facility were told to get tested, one person has died. Postal workers have remained on the job throughout the Pandemic. Delivering parcels at record volumes and our connection to the outside world as we remained “Safe at Home”. So remember to Thank Your Mailman today.

During this time of lock down we’ve all become more home and food centered. So, today it will be easy to celebrate National Homemade Soup Day. A nice bowl of homemade soup and dumplings is one of those comfort foods that warms our souls as well as our bodies.

Daily Quote: February 3, 2021

Common sense is very uncommon.

~ Horace Greeley (American – Editor February 3, 1811 – November 29, 1872)

Holidays and Celebrations:

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Remembered as the Day the Music Died. Wikipedia: On February 3, 1959, American rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and “The Big Bopper” J. P. Richardson were killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, together with pilot Roger Peterson. So put on some old tunes and remember these 3 young artists that died far too young.

Also remember all the missing persons this day has been designated as : National Missing Persons Day. May they be found safe or at least found to bring closure to their family and friends.

Two other important reasons to celebrate February 3rd can be combined. Take a good book on Doggy Date Night so you can Read Out Loud with your dog. Recent news articles have promoted reading to dogs because they are an attentive, non-judgmental audience.

Daily Quote: February 2, 2021

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

~ James Joyce (Irish – Novelist / February 2, 1882 – January 13, 1941 )

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

February 2nd has a strange range of Celebrations. The first is to celebrate World Wetlands Day. Wetlands are the filters of the world. Composed of marshes, ponds, lakes, fens, rivers, floodplains, and swamps. Life thrives there before water leaves streams and rivers to go to larger bodies of water. These shallow bodies of flooded lands play an important role in sustaining life on earth.

Originating in Germany and still celebrated in North America the most associated holiday with February 2nd is Ground Hog Day. We all gather around to see if our favorite ground hog sees his shadow. If he see’s his shadow spring will arrive in 6 weeks. If he doesn’t see his shadow we’ll have an early spring (in about 6 weeks). Then of course there’s my Father’s favorite movie, Ground Hog Day, where Phil, played by Bill Murray wakes up everyday to find he is locked in a loop and must correct his misteak to move forward.

I find it a little strange that Christians celebrate Ground Hog Day on the same day as Candlemas. Celebrated as a National Holiday in Liechtenstein ,Candlemas is the day that is celebrated for the presentation of the Infant Jesus to the temple in Jerusalem. At 40 days after the birth of the Savior, Mary is done her time of purification. Traditionally this is the day that the Manger scenes are put away. Let the light in and light all the candles in your house today.