Daily Quote: May 12, 2021

There was an old man with a beard,
who said: ‘It is just as I feared!
Two owls and a hen,
four larks and a wren
have all built their nests in my beard.

~ Edward Lear (English – Artist, Born:May 12, 1812, Lived until January 29, 1888)

* Holidays and Celebrations:

*** Limerick Day ***

*** National Third Shift Workers Day ***

*** National Odometer Day ***

* Porte Musings:

The twelfth of May the calendars say
is Edward Lear’s Birthday,
Laugh, sing, play a tune,
Dance in the light of the moon.
Write limericks and celebrate Limerick Day.

The second Wednesday of May is National Third Shift Workers Day or mid-night shift remembrance. The night owls working this shift are strange birds. When I worked midnight shift at London Mail Processing Plant I never really knew if unique people worked this odd cruel shift or if working this shift may people unique. Many mothers ended up working this shift so they could be with their children during the day. Sleep deprived they made it through their children’s formative years then were unable to work any other shift due to established patterns.

Today is also Odometer Day. We celebrate the instrument that keeps track of our total mileage. Don’t turn it back, keep on traveling ahead and own the miles that you’ve accumulated.

Daily Quote: May 11, 2021

Life is 10 percent what you make it,
and 90 percent how you take it.

~ Irving Berlin (American – Musician  Lived: May 11, 1888 to September 22, 1989)

Holidays and Celebrations:

*** Eat What You Want Day ***

*** Sex Differences in Health Awareness Day ***

*** National Twilight Zone Day ***

Porte Musings:

May 11th is National Twilight Zone Day. A day with no known association to the TV series narrated and written by (92 of 120 shows) Rod Sterling. A day we could just zone out and watch some of the amazing black and white what if shows.

I can hear the theme music and introduction. Just what I need on my journey to loose 10 pounds: Eat What You Want Day. A short break from the diet and weight watching to just not track it and eat what you want. Although maybe what you want to eat is that nice big fresh salad…

Remember Sex Differences in Health Awareness Day. Finally a day that recognizes that women and men have different bodies and different issues as well as different biological reactions to medications. Heart attack symptoms can be so much different for women than for men. Most men feel a crushing pain in their chest, while women often report a general unwell feeling. I’m going to copy and paste the Warning signs from the American Heart association:

Catch the signs early

Don’t wait to get help if you experience any of these heart attack warning signs. Some heart attacks are sudden and intense. But most start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Pay attention to your body and call 911 if you experience:

  • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes – or it may go away and then return. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath. This can occur with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs. Other possible signs include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
Common  Heart Attack warning signs infographic

Daily Quote: May 8, 2021

I have found the best way to give advice to your children
is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.


~ Harry S Truman (American – President  May 8, 1884 – December 26, 1972)

Holidays and Celebrations:

***World Migratory Bird Day***

***Native American Day, USA***

***No Socks Day***

Porte Musings:

Here we are at the second Saturday in May. Today is celebrated as World Migratory Bird Day. As many birds are heading to their summer homes the Canadian Geese are already out swimming with their newly hatched goslings. Seven goslings in my first sighting of the season were swimming with their parents in a sheltered area.

In the USA it is Native American Day. A day set aside to celebrate Native American culture and contributions. To bad they didn’t remember that when all natives were forced to leave their lands and re-locate west of the Mississippi. Or just get out and move. The Munsee Delaware Nation relocation started in the 1700’s. From southern New York, northern New Jersey, and Pennsylvania to the Reserve in Muncy Ontario. My husband is a member of this band but much of his heritage was lost as females were “enfranchised” when they married off the Reserve loosing their family connections and Indian Status. Recent changes in Canadian Law have enabled their children, grand children and great grand children to reclaim their status, but the community, extended family connections and traditions are forever lost.

So let’s also celebrate No Socks Day. Take your socks off and walk in the damp grass or find some sunshine warmed sand to sink your toes into. I can’t wait until the tomatoes are planted and ready to pick. Nothing tastes better than fresh tomatoes you have picked from you garden in bare feet.

I’ve been trying to re-vamp the format of Porte Photos blog so it can be changed into a daily Podcast. Try listening to the podcast and let me know what you think of these early podcast days.

Daily Quote: April 17, 2021

Tears are the natural penalties of pleasure.
It is a law that we should pay for all that we enjoy.

~ William Gilmore Simms (American – Novelist / April 17, 1806 – June 11, 1870)

Holidays and Celebrations:


Porte Musings:

Today is a sad day in the history of Ontario. The premier has given the police authority to stop anyone demand their name and why they are not at home. Our Charter of Freedoms and Rights is being eroded in the name of public health as the COVID-19 numbers are increasing and our Hospital ICU’s are being stretched beyond capacity.

I fear for the bat, on Bat Appreciation Day, as many people are blaming a bat for being the first one to have and pass on this terrible virus. The tiny, shy, winged, nocturnal mammal is often the victim of horror stories and viciously maligned. In Ontario the little brown bat is already in danger of becoming extinct thanks to the spread of viruses by spelunkers who have brought diseases to Canada and infected the bat homes. On one of my favorite night-time guided hikes at Pinery Provincial Park we used sonar detectors to hear the bats approaching. Each type of bat uses a specific frequency that they can be identified by. Please, appreciate bats and their unique lifestyle. These nocturnal creatures come out at night and devour mosquitoes and other insects.

At the other end of the spectrum it is Nothing Like a Dame Day. We celebrate the uniqueness of the Dames in the world and of the Theatre. Enjoy!!!

The whole world is a circus, so celebrate World Circus Day. The Circus is dying. Trained animals are being set free and lions and tigers and elephants are all being returned to the wild. The last vestige of the Circus, the clown, intended to make people laugh has been turned into an object of disgust by horror movies. So before it’s too late bring in the clowns and laugh.

Family trees are often filled with skeletons and clowns or dames. When tracing North American Family trees almost everyone has a colonial who came here through Elis Island. So today is Ellis Island Family History Day. A day that we celebrate our founding fathers who travelled from Europe to seeking religious and political freedom. The records are online for access to help with Genealogical research.

And last but not least today is Husband Appreciation Day. A thank you and recognition for all of the husbands in the world. ❤

Daily Quote: April 4, 2021

Pleasures take to themselves wings and fly away; true knowledge remains forever.

~ Dorothea Dix (American – Activist / April 4, 1802 – July 17, 1887)

Holidays and Celebrations:


Porte Musings:

April 4th, the 4th day of the 4th month is chosen as 404 Day. 404 Error is the computer error we get when an internet site has been moved or changed. Free speech advocates are vocal on this day to promote free speech. Under the guise of censorship we get the 4 oh 4 message: information is unable to be accessed not because of 404 messages, but because of censorship;

in particular, the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires schools and libraries to restrict access to certain websites—those with obscene and pornographic images—in order for them to receive federal funding. In the process, many other sites are blocked, such as those with educational information, health information about breast cancer and sexual health, LGBTQ information, information about non-mainstream religions, and art museum websites. These are constitutionally protected websites, and their censorship is seen as violating the First Amendment.

Today is also International Mine Awareness Day. Mines and explosives remain in war torn countries causing massive damage, casualties and death to civilians. In 2005 the United Nations declared April 4th as a day to remember the victims of these “forgotten” mines and to work towards eliminated them without harm to civilians.

And last, but not least today is the holiest of days in the Christian Calendar, the celebration of Easter. When Mary went to the tomb and Jesus wasn’t there. She was comforted by an angel outside the tomb. Christ had risen. Enjoy your Easter Celebrations today.

Daily Quote: April 2, 2021

Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.

~ Hans Christian Andersen (Danish – Author / April 2, 1805 – August 4, 1875)

Holidays and Celebrations:


Porte Musings:

April the 2nd is International Children’s Book Day. Celebrated annually on Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday to remember the joy of his life, writing and reading for children. So be certain to pick up a book and read a children’s story if not to a child on your lap (due to COVID-19 Pandemic restrictions) then make a video of you reading and send it to someone.

One of my grandchildren has been diagnosed with Autism. We love the routines he has established. He loves to say hello with our greeting routine and it is such a joy as he asks for the nth time how we are doing today. The good-bye routines are also heartwarming, as he insists on a big hug and a kiss (even on the 3rd time as his parents are trying to get out the door). So today we hope to shine some light on Autism Awareness Day and choose to post rainbows of hope. Another joy is the reading of a book to him. He has learned who all the Thomas the Train characters are and he loves Peppa Pig. As we head into 28 days of Provincial lock down for the 3rd time, I’m so glad that he will be able to continue his Day Care Program as they help him learn social skills and basic life skills.

This first Friday of April is also Good Friday in the Christian Calendar. We remember how Jesus was forced to carry his own cross most of the way to the hill; hung on the cross with thieves on either side of him; and his last words: Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.

Daily Quote: March 30, 2021

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

~ Maimonides (Spanish – Philosopher / March 30, 1135 – December 12, 1204)

Holidays and Celebrations:


Porte Musings:

The Tuesday of Holy Week for Christians, Holy Tuesday, when we remember the story of the Widow’s Gift. When she gave only a small amount, but it was all she had, so it was a far bigger sacrifice than the huge amount of gold given by another who had only given a small percentage of what his treasure.

During the Pandemic we’ve all been dreaming of travelling again. The craze is to have a virtual vacation so there’s a day for that: Virtual Vacation Day. Preview places you would like to go with the click of a mouse and see places you dream about. Fly high above the clouds or dive deep below the oceans, wherever you might even be too afraid to go.

If you’re tired of all the screen time, grab a leash and celebrate: Take a Walk in the Park Day. Get outside and enjoy some fresh spring air. Our COVID-19 restrictions have gone back to RED, so the belts have been tightened again as we are in a 3rd wave. But we can still enjoy the park and watch scenes like a flock of geese landing on a local pond, the first sight of skunk cabbage in the marsh or pussy willows in bloom.

Daily Quote: March 25, 2021

Change is not made without inconvenience,
even from worse to better.

~Richard Hooker (British – Theologian / March 25, 1554 – November 3, 1600)

Holidays and Celebrations:


Porte Musings:

Change is the only constant or so I’ve heard. Having worked in Project Management and Change Control I know first hand that to make a big change you need to break it down into smaller steps, prioritize and set a schedule. Then step by step you can bridge the difference between current and future desired states. The pair of Geese I encountered on the bridge seem to understand the steps they must take to get to the other side as pedestrians.

March 25th is set aside as International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The Slave Trade took people and often whole families from their homes to strange places via crowded ships, where often many of them died in the unsanitary conditions. It was on such a ship that one Captain, John Newton wrote the words for Amazing Grace during a stormy trip, when he converted to Christianity. It wasn’t until much later that he spoke out against the treatment of slaves (1788). The song, Amazing Grace, later became a well known anthem for the civil rights movement and is probably American’s best known hymn.

From slavery to the political independence of Greece, March 25th is celebrated as Greek Independence Day. Personal freedom to political independence is the theme for March 25th.

Any excuse to read, today is also Tolkien Reading Day. The Tolkien Society chose March 25th because it is the date of the downfall of Sauron (The Lord of the Rings). So grab one of the tales written by R.J.Tolkien and enjoy. ❤

Daily Quote: March 22, 2021

I wasn’t kissing her,
I was whispering in her mouth.

~ Chico Marx (American – Actor / March 22, 1887 – October 11, 1961)

Holidays and Celebrations:


Porte Musings:

Living nestled among the Great Lakes Ontario is enough to have plenty of fresh water. So let’s raise a glass of the clear stuff and celebrate World Water Day.

The search for the fountain of youth continues but just for today we’ll set that aside and celebrate As Young as You Feel Day. And since we’re celebrating fantasy we might as well do it in style and celebrate National Goof-off Day. On that note, I think I’ll just go back to bed. LOL

Daily Quote: March 16, 2021

Philosophy is common sense with big words.

~ James Madison (American – President / March 16, 1751 – June 28, 1836)

Holidays and Celebrations:


Porte Musings:

March 16th is a quiet day. The day before the Irish St. Patrick’s Day is the Finish St. Urho’s Day. Originally celebrated on March 24th, it was moved to March 16th, probably to ensure it came before St. Patrick’s Day. St. Urho allegedly save the grape crops in Finland by eliminating all the frogs (or maybe it was grasshoppers) from Finland. You can celebrate the day by eating grapes and drinking a grasshopper. Wear royal purple and lime green.

Probably more importantly today is Lip Appreciation Day. So don’t just give it lip service, but treat your lips to some moisturizer and sunscreen as we celebrate one of the most sensitive parts of our body.