Daily Quote: Octobeer 29, 2021

There is nothing worth the wear of winning,
but laughter and the love of friends.

~ James Boswell
Scottish – Lawyer / October 29, 1740 – May 19, 1795

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

My new Engineered Hardwood floors arrived yesterday and are sitting in a pile on my den Floor. Tomorrow they are being installed. Then we have to finish the preparations for the vinyl floors.

All the while my cats are so interested in what’s happening. They won’t leave my side. I think they remember going to Florida and Texas and they think we’re getting ready to leave for the season as it’s getting cold outside. So on National Cat Day, I’ll pet them and assure them I wouldn’t leave without them.

Today we remember World Psoriasis Day. What seems like a minor rash (major disfiguration for some) and irritation can have severe long term effects. If not treated the ongoing inflammation leads to Psoriatic Arthritis. Get treatment for your Psoriasis and avoid the secondary issues.

Feed your stomach and soul on these cold mornings with a nice bowl of steaming Oatmeal. Celebrate National Oatmeal Day with a little bit of brown sugar.

Daily Quote: October 15, 2021

The goldenrod is yellow,
The corn is turning brown,
The trees in apple orchards
With fruit are bending down.

~ Helen Hunt Jackson
American – Writer / October 15, 1830 – August 12, 1885

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Over the last 2 years we’ve learned how important it is to wash your hands. Today we celebrate Global Handwashing Day.

In keeping with Women’s History Month, today we celebrate the International Day of Rural Women. A special tribute to all the female farmers who keep the farms running smoothly.

And we also celebrate Boss’s Day. Although I’ve been retired for 9 years from Canada Post, I still appreciate all of the bosses that I’ve had: mentors, leaders and inspiration to work. This year with my temporary jobs, it has again shown me that a good boss keeps things running smoothly with good communication skills and vision.

Daily Quote: September 29, 2021

I do wish I could tell you my age but it’s impossible.
It keeps changing all the time.

~ Greer Garson
English – Actress / September 29, 1908 – April 6, 1996

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Let’s start the day with a good cup of coffee and celebrate National Coffee Day.

Then if you’re Catholic attend mass to celebrate Michaelmas. Named after the greatest Archangel in Revelations that defeats Satan. Michael is also the protector against Darkness. The day itself is the celebration of the Autumn Solstace. In Britian and Ireland it was known as one of the Quarter Days. At the end of the harvest Servants were hired, leases were signed and rent was due. Geese was the currency used the most, so today is also known as Goose Day.

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.