Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: December 13, 2022

No matter what happens in life,
be good to people.
Being good to people is a
wonderful legacy to leave behind.

~ Taylor Swift

Porte Ponderings:

We’ve reached the mid-point in December until Christmas.

I finally put up my Christmas Tree yesterday and within minutes Archie already found his favorite spot for the Christmas Season.

Daily Quote: January 4, 2022

A smile is the universal welcome.

~ Max Eastman
American – Author / January 4, 1883 – March 25, 1969

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Although a smile may be a universal welcome, my cat, Archie thinks it’s better to put you on guard with a scowl.

Tom Thumb Day is the Birthday of Charles Stratton. General Stratton was one of the first shows for P.T.Barnum’s Circus. Tom Thumb probably had a pituitary gland problem and although he was 9 lbs. 8 oz. at birth he never grew taller than 3’4″. If you have a chance watch the 2017 movie The Greatest Showman.

Today is also the day to remember blind reading: World Braille Day. The invention of Braille permitted blind people the joys of writing and reading.

We’re tired of Christmas and New Year’s indulgences and leftovers. Today is National Spaghetti Day.

On the 11th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:

11 pipers piping
Ten lords a-leaping
Nine ladies dancing
Eight maids a-milking
Seven swans a-swimming
Six geese a-laying
Five golden rings (five golden rings)
Four calling birds
Three French hens
Two turtle-doves
And a partridge in a pear tree

Daily Quote: August 8, 2021

I have no riches but my thoughts. Yet these are wealth enough for me.

~ Sara Teasdale
(American – AuthorAugust 8, 1884 – January 29, 1933)

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

International Cat Day is ruled by those who sit on top of fences, chase mice and clean themselves at the kitchen table. A day just to love our cats and all the cats of the world.

Mid-summer it is said: if you don’t have zucchini, you don’t have any friends. The bountiful producer is out pacing most who have a garden so they give their produce to their neighbours and friends. Celebrate National Zucchini Day by eating zucchini fried, grilled or in a bread.

Today is also Gay Uncles Day. To increase exposure of the LGBT+ in their communities their members are encouraged to post pictures with their nieces and nephews to show their role in families.

Daily Quote: April 19, 2021

All that non-fiction can do is answer questions.
It’s fiction’s business to ask them.

~ Richard Hughes (British – Writer / April 19, 1900 – April 28, 1976)

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Monday, April 19th, in Ontario students are back from spring break, back to the computers to do their on-line lessons as there will be no in person learning in either public or private schools probable for the remainder of the school year.

In Latin America it is Indigenous Day. A day to remember the indigenous people of Latin America.

When looking up the holidays and celebrations for today I saw that it was Bicycle Day. I thought oh I can relate to that. Then I read further and discovered it was the first day a clinical trial for LSD was done by Albert Hofmann in Switzerland in 1943. The scientist rode his bicycle home with the help of an assistant. The drug of enlightenment in the 60’s that has since lost favor due to the number of people that used it and then jumped off buildings while they were taking their trip.

National Hanging Out Day is a celebration more my style. It’s a day dedicated to hanging out your laundry. Nothing smells as fresh as sheets hung out in the April Sunshine. Here’s a holiday I can support whole heartily.

Paint Night Tutorial with Jesse Robertson: Morning Butterflies.

Daily Quote: April 18, 2021

When I photograph, what I’m really doing is seeking answers to things.

~ Wynn Bullock (American – Photographer / April 18, 1902 – November 16, 1975)

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

After severe backlash not only from the public, but also from the various Police groups, the provincial government changed it’s mind and the Police won’t be doing random “stop and check” on people on the street. Playgrounds will also be re-opened, but golf courses will remain closed. During the 3rd wave of the Pandemic we’re all at a loss as to why the spread is really occurring and if the vaccines will help as variants are being found everywhere.

So the best thing to do today is celebrate Go Fly a Kite Day. Do something physical and enjoy the moment. Let the wind lift you up. ❤

I think my cat does a much better job of sitting on the fence than our Provincial Government does at controlling the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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.