Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: December 23, 2022

is the companion of power,
and the mother of success;
for who so hopes has within him
the gift of miracles.

~ Samuel Smiles
Scottish – Author December 23, 1812 – April 16, 1904

Porte Ponderings:

Only 2 days until Christmas. We’re in the middle of a predicted winter storm. Winds could reach up to 120 KM per hour. Temperatures changed overnight to minus and rain from freezing rain to snow. Flash freezing has left the roads slippery as an ice rink. Normal Canadian weather.

I gave Christmas presents to my family in London ON ahead of time just in case they can’t make it to tomorrow night’s dinner event.

My husband’s oldest son can’t attend as his intended has COVID. Having survived a double transplant she is now on an experimental drug administered by IV drip, has 3 more days of treatment to go and 10 days isolation after thath. Wishing them the gift of health this year.

So it will be a small group getting together before we head to Florida next week.

Keep safe and have a Merry Christmas.

Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: October 18, 2022

You know,
I looked at my face in the mirror this morning,
and I like being old.
My face has more content and when I train in the gym now,
I am not training to be strong or handsome
– just better than I was yesterday.
These days the race is just against myself.

~ Jean-Claude Van Damme
Belgian – Actor Born: October 18, 1960

Porte Musings:

Yes, the colours were at their peak this weekend at our local conservation area. I was able to photos for people on Sunday. The weather was beautiful, although I wish it had been a bit cloudier. Bright sunshine and shadows can turn a great pose into a terrible picture that needs to be edited.

Just like Jean-Claude, aging doesn’t seem so bad to me. My features have rounded out more and a few smile lines haven’t hurt much. 😉 All this free time (LOL). So much to do.

Now that Canadian Thanksgiving is over it’s time to get ready for Hallowe’en.

My version of Bedsheet Ghost #JesseRoberston

Porte Photo’s Daily Quote: September 25, 2022

When you create art,
the world has to wait.

~ Will Smith
American – Actor / Born: September 25, 1968 

Porte Musings:

Yesterday was busy.

I have pictures to edit for the Strathroy-Caradoc Horticultural Society’s 150th Anniversary. I’ve never seen a group of volunteers swoop in decorate and set-up for a party so fast and with such attention to detail. By the time I was done setting up the photo booth the facility was changed from an empty room to an amazing space to celebrate. 30 of the 80 participants had their pictures taken at the photo booth. So now to edit and e-mail the pictures to the correct participants. Only 1 person didn’t want their photos shared on social media.

Similarly the Canada Post Heritage Club Annual Dinner was also amazing. Seeing co-workers again after so many years was wonderful. As always there were enough door prizes for everyone. The Magician was amazing. I have no idea how he got Ursula’s $20 bill inside the lemon and neither does she. Bob looked amazing at 83; Wayne’s sense of humour still brings a laugh; Sherry’s laugh is still just as wonderful; and it’s hard to believe that youthful Theresa has retired.

Many of the COVID restrictions are no longer in place but the varied rules are confusing to all of us. Some of the participants for the 150th celebration couldn’t understand why they have to wear masks when they leave their rooms in their local nursing homes, but could attend our event without masks. I’m just hoping the hospital doesn’t have another outbreak before my husband’s surgery on Wednesday.

You can’t solve the world’s problems, but you can paint. To me the acrylic colours on the paintings seem to get more vibrant with age. The Autumn Fox I used for today’s quote is now up and hanging in the Den. The colours are more vibrant and the layering of colours seems to have more texture than last year.

Porte Photos Daily Quote: September 6, 2022

You may be a redneck if…
you have spent more
on your pickup truck
than on your education.

~ Jeff Foxworthy
American – Comedian Born: September 6, 1958

Porte Musings:

First day of school, or usually. For most of the students in our area it’s a PD Day as the teachers are learning a new computer system.

Busy week ahead. Everything is scheduled to start. It’s like a New Year with new things everywhere. Zumba is even going to start again. Looking forward to the fall activities.

Porte Photos Daily Quote: September 1, 2022

My favourite poem is the one that starts
‘Thirty days hath September’
because it actually tells you something.

~ Groucho Marx

Porte Musings:

I’ve missed working on the daily Quotes and Porte Musings, so for the month of September I will be publishing Porte Photos Daily Quote.

To celebrate the arrival of September I will be offering 10% off all portrait sessions booked this week.
(does not include Real Estate Photos).

I’ve recently upgraded my editing software and have I’ve been working on editing techniques & changing backgrounds:

Daily Quote: April 8, 2022

You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.

~ Mary Pickford
Canadian – Actress / April 8, 1892 – May 29, 1979

Holidays and Celebration:

Porte Musings:

Religious fasting and prays continue for Christians celebrating the 38th day of Lent and Muslims celebrating the 7th day of Ramadan.

For all the aspiring artists today is Draw a Picture of a Bird Day.

For all the aspiring artists today is Draw a Picture of a Bird Day.
I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the tutorials #jesserobertson.
My version of Cherry Blossom Bluebird.

Let’s all eat Empanadas to celebrate National Empanada Day. 😉

Daily Quote: April 2, 2022

Just living is not enough…
one must have sunshine,
freedom, and a little flower.

~ Hans Christian Andersen
Danish – AuthorApril 2, 1805 – August 4, 1875

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Yes, it’s not enough to live, you must have all the extras including love, sunshine, art, dance, flowers and good food.

Not everyone sees things the same way. My youngest grandson has autism but is fully functional. When he loves, he loves unconditionally. So celebrate Autism Awareness Day with a piece of the puzzle.

For my Palestinian daughter-in-law and Muslims around the world today is the 1st Day of Ramadan.

Ann Landers proclaimed today as Reconciliation Day. A day to forgive past digressions and get back together with loved ones. I pray my sisters will do this before it’s too late. Quit being petty and let those feelings of betrayal go. Get back to being family and friends.

Have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich today to celebrate National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day. 😉

Daily Quote: March 22, 2022

The value of art
is in the observer.

~ Agnes Martin
Canadian – Artist / March 22, 1912 – December 16, 2004

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

I live nestled in the middle of the Great Lakes with fresh water everywhere. Something I often take for granted. Many other places in the world lack fresh water. So today as you sip the simple pleasures of water remember World Water Day.

Sing, dance, paint, laugh, play games, let your inner child out to celebrate As Young as You Feel Day. Why not try something new? Your never too old for someday to be today. 😉

Daily Quote: February 9, 2022

Music is the medicine of the mind.

~ John A. Logan
American – Soldier /February 9, 1826 – December 26, 1886

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Turn it off….today is National Cut the Cord Day. Celebrate by turning off your electronic devices, after you finish reading my blog. 😉

Take some time today to indulge and celebrate Read in the Bathtub Day. For those of you who don’t have a bathtub, make yourself a foot bath and soak those tired dogs while you read a book.

Easiest to celebrate is Pizza Pie Day. I haven’t had pizza for a couple of weeks, so Papa John’s sounds like a good choice to celebrate this holiday with.

I’ve set up my temporary studio in a closet sized room and continued on the Cloud Challenge #jesseroberston

Cloud Challenge #6

Daily Quote: October 12, 2021

Never chase a lie.
Let it alone,
and it will run itself to death.

~ Lyman Beecher
American – Clergyman / October 12, 1775 – January 10, 1863

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Celebrating women in STEM today is remembered as Ada Lovelace Day. Ada Lovelace is often referred to as the first computer programmer. She is an important example of women who were successful in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Freethought Day is celebrated on what is thought to be the last day of the Salem Witch Trials. It is a day to remember the differences between people. “By putting a stop to the executions, reason and logic won out over superstition.”

Today’s food celebrated is Pulled Pork Day. A perfect reason to have Pulled Pork on a fresh Portuguese crusty bun.