Porte Musings: Kayaking Season 2022

Provincial Parks are open and back to almost normal use. Kayaking season is well underway. The Ontario Government was kind enough to extend my Provincial Park Pass until the end of the summer 2022. I aim to go Kayaking at least once a week to make sure I get the most out of my 2021 Provincial Park Pass. At least this year all the washrooms are available (you don’t have to pee in the woods). I’ve learned to get out of the kayak at the far end of the Old Ausable Channel at the Pinery and use the facilities before heading back downstream.

I also bought a 2nd kayak so I can take friends with me. My husband rigged my trailer to accommodate the 2 kayaks. My first outing with the new setup was with my Sister. We counted 159 painted turtles and 2 snappers. I’m certain there were more turtles, but I kept loosing count and need to buy a manual clicking counter. We also were lucky enough to see 2 muskrats, turkey vultures, Blue Heron, King Fishers and King Birds. The slide show below includes photos from my last 2 trips on the Old Ausable Channel. I loved seeing the Juvenile Bald Eagle. The new to me kayak is a fishing kayak and is a bit more stable for taking photos.

Daily Quote: February 1, 2022

Things are worth what they will fetch at a sale.

~ Edward Coke
English – Businessman February 1, 1552 – September 3, 1634

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Happy New Year! Always ready for a party today is the Chinese New Year.

For all of you spunky old broads, today is Spunky Old Broads Day.

Be certain to enjoy some Baked Alaska for Baked Alaska Day.

We spent the Saturday and Sunday driving to Florida. Monday I tried to pack and organize. The change in temperature from -22C to 18C caught up with me and I spent the late afternoon throwing up and sleeping. Today I was able to go for a walk around the local “lake” and going to my first “Fun Club” meeting for the Corn hole toss tournament. At home you can’t go anywhere without a mask. Restaurants are closed and gatherings are limited. Once we showed our proof of vaccinations and crossed over the boarder to the USA it was like we had stepped into a different world. Masks are optional for fully vaccinated people, restaurants are open and they suggest you maintain 6′ distance. So glad to be able to go to Florida.

Daily Quote: January 10, 2022

I spent ninety percent of my money
on wine, women and song
and just wasted the other ten percent.

~ Ronnie Hawkins
American – Musician Born: January 10, 1935

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

What do you think is a waste of your money? Living certainly isn’t. So although it is necessary to have a good financial plan it is also important to invest wisely in your vices and passions. Happy Birthday Ronnie Hawkins. Sing on!

It’s important to set aside one day as National Clean Off Your Desk Day. I’ve always been more of a keep items handy that you’re working on type of person. So I guess one day a year it should be cleaned.

Dark chocolate, eat Dark chocolate on National Bittersweet Chocolate Day. 😉

Although the Eagles have rebounded in the last few years it’s still important to recognize them on Save the Eagles Day. So here’s to all the eagles.

Daily Quote: October 11, 2021

A woman is like a tea bag
– you can’t tell how strong she is
until you put her in hot water.

~ Eleanor Roosevelt
American – First Lady / October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Today is Thanksgiving Day or Turkey Day in Canada. I’ve already had my fill and will be enjoying left overs today. Thanks to COVID we have started a new tradition for Thanksgiving. No big gatherings so we get to go to 4 different small gatherings. On Saturday we go to my Grand-daughter’s house, where her mother does a fantastic traditional turkey dinner with all the fixings. On Sunday we go to my Grand-sons’ place for a turkey roll with amazing vegetables. On Monday we eat left overs that have been sent home. The next weekend we do it all over again with the other 2 sons.

Today is also the Day of the Girl. To celebrate girl power and strength. Remembering famous women like Eleanor Roosevelt who quietly used their positions to give women strength.

Once upon a time…..It’s also the Kraken Day or also known as Myths and Legends Day. So get out a good book and read about some myths or legends.

Daily Quote:

A bird in hand is a certainty. But a bird in the bush may sing.

~ Bret Harte
(American – AuthorAugust 25, 1836 – May 5, 1902)

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Through a lot of good luck, fate and faith my husband and I are celebrating our 42nd Wedding Anniversary. How convenient that it is also Kiss and Make Up Day as we’ve certainly done our share of both over the years.

Today is also Willing-to-Lend-A-Hand Wednesday. So look for ways to help your loved ones today.

Those who live in Spain are celebrating the annual Tomato Throwing Festival at the height of the season. Seems like a waste of good food to me, but I know I do enjoy throwing the over ripe or partially eaten ones over the fence towards the railroad.

Happy Anniversary to my handsome husband.

Daily Quote: December 30, 2020

Photography is a small voice, at best,
but sometimes one photograph, or a group of them,
can lure our sense of awareness.

~ W. Eugene Smith (American – PhotographerDecember 30, 1918 – 1978)

Holidays and Celebrations:


Porte Musings:

Only 2 more days left of 2020. Perhaps by celebrating Enormous Changes at the Last Minute the year 2020 can be saved. Or by re-phasing the events of the year we can give it a new spin.

Here are some better ways to remember 2020:

  • 2020 was the year that a vaccine was developed for COVID-19 in record time and a world-wide pandemic was brought to a screeching halt.
  • 2020 was the year we got to spend time with our loved ones.
  • 2020 was the year that air pollution levels dramatically decreased.
  • 2020 was the year companies switch production to hand sanitizer and PPE.
  • 2020 was the year volunteers made PPE for front line workers.
  • 2020 was the year that neighbours celebrated by dancing in the streets (separately but together).
  • 2020 was the year the Canadian Government paid people to stay home.
  • 2020 was the year Churches broadcast their services.
  • 2020 was the year that everyone started gardening, all the local stores sold out of seeds.
  • 2020 was the year so many people started baking that we ran out of yeast and flour in many of the stores.
  • 2020 was the year people learned new at home hobbies.
  • 2020 was the year that on-line learning was made available to everyone.
  • 2020 was they year all the animal shelters were emptied as people decided to adopt pets.
  • 2020 was the year we went to Texas (before we were told to come home).
  • 2020 was the year everyone got out walking.
  • 2020 was the year that the Provincial Parks had to close because too many people went there.
  • 2020 was the beginning of on-line access to Doctors in Ontario
  • 2020 was the year AMAZON really became popular.
  • 2020 was the year we all wore masks into banks and stores.
  • 2020 was they year stores started curb-side pick-up.
  • 2020 was the year of shields, plexiglass shields.
  • 2020 was the year we learned to keep our distance.
  • 2020 was the year when cash almost became obsolete.
  • 2020 was the year my youngest son got married.
  • 2020 was the year I posted daily quotes.
  • 2020 was the year…….

Daily Quote: January 6, 2020

If you love somebody, let them go,
for if they return, they were always yours.
And if they don’t, they never were.
~ Khalil Gibran (January 6, 1883 – April 10, 1931)


Three Kings Day


Today my stepson and niece celebrate their birthdays.  They were born in the same hospital only moments apart, leading to a lifelong friendship.