Daily Quote: January 29, 2022

Surprise is the greatest gift
which life can grant us.

~ Boris Pasternak (Russian – Novelist / January 29, 1890 – May 30, 1960)

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Looking out my kitchen window yesterday the sparrows looked more like hummingbirds as they flew motionless around the bird feeder looking for an open space to land and eat. Fresh fluffy snow layered everything with it’s bright white and glitter. The maintenance man at the library was using a leaf blower to clear the sidewalks. I played outside for almost 2 hours blowing and shoveling the snow. Luckily the big tractor and blade of the contractor who was clearing the snow at the business beside me agreed to clear the end of my driveway where the snow plow had pushed the road snow in. I made sure to give him a small monetary tip and told him to enjoy a coffee on me.

When Boris Pasternak won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1958, he was forced to not accept it because the Russian Government had banned one of his most famous books: Doctor Zhivago1957 Censorship was aimed at keeping this away from the Russian people was fought during the Cold War as the USA tried to get as many of these books as possible into the hands of the Russian people.

Free Thinkers Day in the USA isn’t about Boris Pasternak, but celebrates the life and works of Thomas Paine (February 9, 1737-June 8, 1809). “Thomas Paine was a freethinker whose works inspired people to fight for social, political, and economic advancement.”

Bah Humbug. Why not celebrate Curmudgeons Day? Are they not a type of Free Thinker as well? or are they the opposite? So to all those cantankerous, difficult, and bad-tempered persons, who are usually also old men; here’s a day just for you. Made famous by the vaudeville star and actor W.C. Fields (January 29, 1880 – December 25, 1946).

So in the depths of winter if we aren’t curling up with a good book, dreaming about lofty ideas or just trying to mimic our favourite curmudgeon, we could always celebrate Puzzle Day. Get out one of those 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzles and putter around the table piecing together a complicated scene, only to take it a part a few days later and return it to its box.

Unlike a year ago, the vaccines have been readily available and new mandates require proof of vaccination to enter Canada or the USA. The truckers and other essential workers were exempt until recently. So, they made a convey and headed to Ottawa to protest. What a waste of gas. Get your vaccines and provide proof like the rest of us. Let’s get over this pandemic and get back to some type of normal.

Daily Quote: May 10, 2021

I have made mistakes
but I have never made the mistake
of claiming that I have never made one.

~ James Gordon Bennett (American – Editor Lived: May 10, 1841 – May 14, 1918)

Holidays and Celebrations:

*** National Denim Day ***

*** National Women’s Check-Up Day ***

*** Trust Your Intuition Day ***

Porte Musings:

Wear would we be without National Denim Day? Yes, I used the correct wear, W, E, A, R. Denim is one of the most favorite fashion fabrics. Especially now that we have stretch denim. What could be more comfortable than stretch denim jeans?

Today is also National Women’s Check-Up Day. So for all of my women followers, schedule that check-up appointment, do that self breast exam, get that mammogram and spread them wide for that pap smear. Pay attention to your health there are people depending on you.

Along with that, trust your intuition on Trust Your Intuition Day. If something feels off it probably is. You may not be able to put your finger on it, but your intuition knows.

Daily Quote: April 23, 2021

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

~ William Shakespeare (English – Playwright / April 23, 1564 – April 23, 1616)

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

The day after Earth Day is World Book Day. So grab a book and celebrate.

You could read about Saint George slaying the dragon and celebrate Saint George’s Day at the same time. Often celebrated at a local pub with a good pint of ale we’ll just have to improvise during COVID-19 restrictions.

You could celebrate William’s birthday or Talk Like Shakespeare Day. Or you could just watch a good a Shakespearean Play.

Cease the day. Slay your dragons. And read a good book. ❤

Daily Quote: January 30, 2021

Study is the bane of childhood,
the oil of youth,
the indulgence of adulthood,
and a restorative in old age.

~ Walter Savage Landor (English – Poet / January 30, 1775 – September 17, 1864)

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

We may have some problems celebrating National Escape Day today while we’re still under lockdown. Almost 1 year into the pandemic and the airlines have finally decided to cancel all vacation flights from Canada to tropical destinations (including Florida). But I’m looking forward to taking my Grandson to the high school to play on the hill in the snow. I’ll be doing childcare (which is permitted) while his new brother, who has autism, will be accessed by a team of experts to determine the best ways to help him learn and develop to his best possible self.

I’ll be on line this morning celebrating National Seed Swap day and looking for people to share my seeds with. Although there are many commercial sites to buy seeds, nothing can compare to the joy of trading treasures with others for their treasures. Heritage and organic seeds collected and shared by true devotes of the religion of gardening, are amazing treasures and ensure that there is a large variety of cultivars still available. This is another tradition I’m missing where the Strathroy-Caradoc Horticultural Society meets monthly to share our gardening passions, exchange plants & seeds, and learn from our guest speaker. A big “Good Job” to our leaders who have kept some elements still going on line during the pandemic.

I might make a trip to Tim Horton’s this morning to celebrate National Croissant Day. I haven’t had a croissant in so long I can almost taste the buttery treat just thinking about one. An egg salad sandwich with lettuce on a croissant sounds like a wonderful lunch.

I just finished a free 12 week Indigenous Studies Course from the University of Alberta. It was an excellent course and I strongly recommend it to all Canadians. It helps to understand the history and current world views of our Indigenous peoples and neighbours as well as a bit of insight into the history of my husband’s heritage and that which we’ve passed down to our sons.

Learning at any age is so important. I’m glad I’ve picked up a paint brush and started to paint on line lessons.

Daily Quote: August 4, 2020

You cannot fly like an eagle with the wings of a wren.
~ William Henry Hudson (British – AuthorAugust 4, 1841 – August 18 1922)

Hooray For Kid’s Day

Obama Day – United States

You may not be able to fly like an eagle with the wings of a wren, but you can fly and do your best every day.  You can grow in your abilities and learn a new song to sing high in a tree.