Porte Photos: May 4th, 2022

May the 4th be with you today and everyday.

It was a rainy day yesterday with torrents of water falling from the sky. Our internet was out for most of the afternoon and evening, so we did the typical Canadian thing and went to Canadian Tire to see what’s on sale. When we got home this drenched Blue Jay was sitting on the telescope just out our back door. He looked almost black just sitting there under the gazebo.

Daily Quote: September 2, 2021

The first casualty when war comes is truth.

~ Hiram Johnson
American – Politician /September 2, 1866 – August 6, 1945

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Calendar Adjustment Day seems like an appropriate date for today. 40 years ago my world changed. My Mother went for a simple bicycle ride and died of a sudden cardiac arrest. A little more than a week before her first grandchild was born. At 9 months pregnant it was a terrible shock to me. I will never forget the terrible feeling of loss.

To counter the feeling of loss was the joy of my son’s arrival.

But I still miss my Mom every day.

Daily Quote: May 31, 2021

I believe a leaf of grass
is no less than the journey-work of the stars.

~ Walt Whitman (American – Poet Born: May 31, 1819. Lived until: March 26, 1892)

Holidays and Celebrations…

*** World No Tobacco Day ***

*** US Memorial Day ***

*** National Meditation Day ***

Porte Musings…

Years too late for many, we are giving up smoking on World No Tobacco Day. I quit more than 23 years ago. My husband quit 5 years ago. Other friends and family have quit as well. Unfortunately for many it was too late as the cancerous substance had already invaded our lungs and bodies. Not only by choice as a smoker, but also as 2nd and 3rd hand smoke. Even though sin taxes have made the evil smoke unaffordable, the black/grey market thrives.

The US is celebrating Memorial Day today. I think I’ll wait until the American Memorial Day before I plant my seedlings next year. Last weekend we had a killing frost after having 2 weeks of above normal temperatures.

Now here’s something to think about: National Meditation Day.

The baby blue jays are growing fast and are almost as big as their parents. But they don’t quite have all the beautiful feathers yet and are enjoying being fed by their parent. As we sat in the sunshine to warm ourselves my husband and I watched the baby blue jays stretch and push each other. We were afraid they might actually push each other out of the nest. But they were surprisingly agile and one landed on top of the light momentarily then quickly got back into the nest.

Daily Quote: May 29, 2021

You know you’re getting old
when the candles cost more than the cake.

~Bob Hope (American – Comedian Born: May 29, 1903. Lived until: July 27, 2003)

Holidays and Celebrations…

*** National Hamburger Day ***

Porte Musings…

It’s been such a busy week I haven’t even been able to publish my blog every day.

My husband’s birthday was yesterday. His oldest son bought fish and onion rings for us from our favorite Fish & Chips joint. No more fries for my husband as we’re trying to lower his potassium levels before he goes for cancer surgery. We’re learning a whole new list of foods that are high and low in potassium. Meanwhile we’re waiting for the treatment plan for the colon cancer. And his kidney is having problems getting rid of potassium.

Birthday wishes came in from everywhere.

I danced in the living room with my grandchildren.

A little bit of joy in a crazy world with trouble looming over and around us.

Daily Quote: May 20, 2021

It is a serious job being a portrait photographer,
which is how I saw myself.

~ Astrid Kirchherr (German – Photographer Born: May 20, 1938. Lived until May 12, 2020)

Holidays and Celebrations….

*** World Bee Day ***

*** Flower Day ***

*** National Rescue Dog Day ***

Porte Musings…

May is just flying by, or should I say Buzzing by as we celebrate World Bee Day. The humble bumble and sweet honey bees flying from flower to flower, gathering sweet nectar and being covered in yellow pollen. Leave those dandelions in your yard. The bees love to visit them and wear the pollen on their legs and bodies.

And just in time too. It’s Flower Day. Every and any flower gives reason to celebrate and meaning for events. Beauty in each and everyone.

My snowball bush is just starting to open up.

…And last but not least today is National Rescue Dog Day. My favorite rescue dog from the Tampa shelter continues to fill my heart with sunshine. Rickie showing off his new hair cut and ready for summer. He smiles all the time.

Just picture Rickie, smiling on the back deck. May 2021

Daily Quote: May 5, 2021

Life can only be understood backwards;
but it must be lived forwards.

~ Soren Kierkegaard (Danish – Philosopher / May 5, 1813 – November 11, 1855)

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Happy Cinco de Mayo. When I was in the Portuguese Holy Spirit Marching Band, this was one of the celebrations we enjoyed playing at in the London Portuguese club. The dancers were dressed in their folk costume and probably gave their best performance of the year.

I haven’t been able to figure out why today is World Math Day. Maybe it’s because math likes patterns so the fifth day of the fifth month was the day to choose?

I do understand the Great American Grump Out. Making comedy from tragedy helps release stress and during the 3rd lockdown in Ontario we need a stress reliever. So Grump Out, get it out and get on living with less stress.