Daily Quote: April 4, 2022

At 50, I began to know who I was.
It was like waking up to myself.

~ Maya Angelou
American – Poet / April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Fasting and prayer continues on the 3rd day of Ramadan.

I remember Princess Diana supporting the removal of mines in war torn countries. She travelled to the fields and showed us the hidden dangers. Speaking for the children who were being dismembered by the left over hidden mines. So remember International Mine Awareness Day.

Eat your carrots. Even if it’s in the form of a carrot cake. It’s easy to celebrate International Carrot Day.

I agree with Maya. At 50 you start to learn your true self. I celebrated the year by learning to ride a motorcycle. I enjoyed working as a Project Officer, designing and building new buildings, changing old buildings into useful buildings. Since I’ve retired I’ve become more in touch with my creative side. Walking, kayaking, biking, taking pictures, painting, playing my flute, days of leisure, watching my grandchildren grow. Growing old is a pleasure denied by many. Today I’m going to a baseball game with friends from Sleepy Hollow. I’m planning an adventure of a guided kayak trip. And I’m knitting a blanket for my expected new grandson.

Daily Quote: April 4, 2020

If you don’t like something, change it.
If you can’t change it, change your attitude.
~ Maya Angelou (American – Poet / April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014)


Walk Around Things Day

Tell a Lie Day


Day 14 +2 of Quarantine completed.  I celebrated by having Take Out Fish and Chips last night.  Nothing else much will change as social distancing is being enforced.  I will be able to go the the grocery store for my own groceries and pick up my prescription.  I got a new scobby to make some Kombucha (fermented tea) and started a 12 cup batch.  I think I’ll try to make dandelion wine again this spring, once the yellow flowers start to bloom.

COVID-19 Pandemic worries increase as projected numbers are released by the USA and our own Provincial Government.  The USA is projecting 100,000 to 240,000 deaths.  I suspect the final number will actually be much higher.


COVID-19 in Canada  April 3, 2020, 11:00 a.m. EDT

Number of people tested 290,570

Confirmed cases 11,732

Probable cases 15

Deaths 152

With 10x the population of Canada USA is still being hit much harder.

COVID-19: U.S. at a Glance*†

Total cases: 239,279
Total deaths: 5,443


After the World Health Organization changed it’s position on the use of facemasks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, President Trump has decided that 3M will no longer be permitted to export face masks to Canada as they are needed by the USA.  So much for trade agreements during a pandemic.  3M a Canadian based company is protesting, but I don’t think they’ll be able to convince President Trump that the USA doesn’t need every face mask produced.

Ontario is projecting between 3,000 and 15,000 deaths.  To prevent the worse case scenario even more restrictions will be in place.  Construction will grind to a halt with only emergency construction or construction for health care being permitted to continue.  The pandemic is now forecast to continue for 18 – 24 months.  Many of the relationships between countries will be forever changed.  Premier Ford is saying “Never again” regarding the dependence on others as local manufacturing quickly changes gears to produce needed supplies in Ontario.