Daily Quote: February 27, 2021

Each morning sees some task begun,
each evening sees it close;
Something attempted,
something done,
has earned a night’s repose.

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (American – Poet / February 27, 1807 – March 24, 1882)

Holidays and Celebrations:


Porte Musings:

Happy International Polar Bear Day, a day set aside to celebrate the Polar Bear. Climate change is negatively affecting the lives of Polar Bears as their territories shrink. Most of us will never have an opportunity to see live Polar Bears. There is a sanctuary in Cochrane Ontario that my sister travelled to 2 years ago. 4 polar bears live there that wouldn’t be able to survive in the wild. For more information go to: https://canadianpolarbearhabitat.com/

Don’t celebrate International Sword Swallowers Day and International Tongue Twister Contest Day at the same time or you may loose that vital body organ that allows you to taste and talk.

But do have a good bottle of wine available to celebrate Open That Bottle Night tonight. Taste a nice bottle of wine and savour it’s contents. Unless you’re a professional wine taster you don’t have to spit it out. ❤

Daily Quote: February 2, 2021

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

~ James Joyce (Irish – Novelist / February 2, 1882 – January 13, 1941 )

Holidays and Celebrations:


Porte Musings:

February 2nd has a strange range of Celebrations. The first is to celebrate World Wetlands Day. Wetlands are the filters of the world. Composed of marshes, ponds, lakes, fens, rivers, floodplains, and swamps. Life thrives there before water leaves streams and rivers to go to larger bodies of water. These shallow bodies of flooded lands play an important role in sustaining life on earth.

Originating in Germany and still celebrated in North America the most associated holiday with February 2nd is Ground Hog Day. We all gather around to see if our favorite ground hog sees his shadow. If he see’s his shadow spring will arrive in 6 weeks. If he doesn’t see his shadow we’ll have an early spring (in about 6 weeks). Then of course there’s my Father’s favorite movie, Ground Hog Day, where Phil, played by Bill Murray wakes up everyday to find he is locked in a loop and must correct his misteak to move forward.

I find it a little strange that Christians celebrate Ground Hog Day on the same day as Candlemas. Celebrated as a National Holiday in Liechtenstein ,Candlemas is the day that is celebrated for the presentation of the Infant Jesus to the temple in Jerusalem. At 40 days after the birth of the Savior, Mary is done her time of purification. Traditionally this is the day that the Manger scenes are put away. Let the light in and light all the candles in your house today.

Daily Quotes: December 16, 2020

I never expected that.
I didn’t aim for that.
All I wanted was to get some nice pictures of trains at night.

~ O. Winston Link (American – Photographer / December 16, 1914 – January 30, 2001)

Holidays and Celebrations:


*O. Winston Link is another example of people who followed their passions and became famous for doing so. His was night-time photos of trains. By following his desire to get “some good pictures of trains at night” he was a major pioneer of night time photography. And he is famous for his pictures of trains at night as the steam engines faded into history.

*Less than 10 days ’til Christmas. Did you buy everything to give to your loved ones? Have you made your list yet? Have you got your Christmas cards mailed. Time to getter done…….