Daily Quote: January 22, 2021

I think the camera is a wonderful machine, don’t you?
And not to take photographs in this century is crazy.

~ Peter Beard (American – Artist / January 22, 1938 – April 192020)

Holidays and Celebrations:


Porte Musings:

To answer Peter Beard’s question, yes I agree, the camera is a wonderful machine. I will take pictures here, I will take pictures there, I will take pictures everywhere. I love to take pictures of everything. My camera is always the last thing I pack so it’s always the first thing I can unpack or reach while I’m travelling. If it breaks I have to get it fixed and while it’s being fixed I have to have a replacement. That’s exactly what happened when I was in Texas last year. When my Nikon D750 had shutter issues and it went back to Nikon for 6 weeks, I had to get another camera so I could take pictures on my walks. The little Nikon CoolPix L340 may be listed as obsolete, but it got me through in a crunch and only cost me $20 used. It was so portable and took excellent pictures.

How can you enjoy Celebration of Life Day without taking pictures? Every celebration needs pictures. That’s why I love doing event photography. Nothing is better than someone’s candid show of joy or surprise at a party.

I’m not really certain you can Answer Your Cat’s Questions. They just keep changing and find more questions to ask. Like: are those your boots? Why do you need boots? Aren’t I cuter than those boots? When are you letting me outside? When are you letting me back in? When are you sitting down again, I need a lap to sit on? When are you going to feed me? Where are the treats?

It’s much easier to observe Bóndadagur. Do something nice for your husband today. Give him a hug. Give him a compliment. Cook some bacon. Let him skip a chore. Tell him how handsome he is. Give him some flowers. Buy him a book.

I find it interesting that Iceland celebrates husbands today while Poland skips that generation and celebrates Grandfather Day. During lockdown that’s a harder thing to celebrate as our grandchildren aren’t permitted by law to visit with us. I guess a video chat will have to do until we can hug our grandchildren in person again. I know that my husband has no greater joy than when one of the grandchildren run in the door with arms outstretched yelling “PAPA”.

Daily Quote: March 31, 2020

I think; therefore I am.
~ Rene Descartes
(French – Mathematician March 31, 1596 – February 11, 1650)


NATIONAL TATER DAY   

National Sunflower Day
(Día Nal. del Girasol) – Argentina


 

COVID-19 Pandemic continues.  We are now at Day 13 of Quarantine after travel.  My youngest son picked up bread and milk for us.  We are still waiting to hear how my stepson is on his trucking adventure home where he will get testing done to see if he has COVID-19.

5,655 cases including 61 deaths have been reported in Canada (overall case fatality rate of 1.1%)  The worst news was from a retirement home in  Bobcaygeon Ontario where 7 confirmed COVID-19 people have died of the 65 residents. (an additional 2 died from other natural causes and 10 staff are awaiting test results).

In comparison there are at least 155,252 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the US and at least 2,828 people have died in the US from COVID-19.  Just a reminder that Canada has only about 10% of the total population of the USA.

President Trump has extended the shut down in the USA until April 30th.  He stated that Easter was just a hopeful date.

Daily Quote: March 29, 2020

People see God every day,
they just don’t recognize him.
~ Pearl Bailey (American – Actress March 29, 1918 – August 17, 1990)


Good Deeds Day

Neighbour Day

Texas Love the Children Day

5th Sunday in Lent

5th Sunday in Lent


COVID-19 Day 11 in Quarantine after travel.  The countdown to freedom is on, but even after the quarantine period Ontario is still under a general shut down so, nothing is going back to normal this week.  Schools, churches, bars, restaurants, stores and non-esential services remain closed.  Social distancing remains a requirement.  People are still dying of COVID-19.  The USA is leading the way with the highest number of confirmed cases now over 100,000.

Prime Minister Trudeau announced yesterday that symptomatic people will be denied access to public transportation.  My question is: what part of “stay home” didn’t people with symptoms not understand?

Online options are popping up for everything.  Church Services, Garden Tours, Travel, etc……

Daily Quote: March 25, 2020

The poison of selfishness destroys the world.
~ Catherine of Siena (Theologian March 25, 1347 – April 29, 1380)


International Waffle Day


Walking through the trails, I thought I would look at a honey mesquite tree to see if scorpions were visible during the day.  At first I thought this spider feasting on a caterpillar might be a scorpion, but on closer inspection it turned out to be a spider.  Possibly a  Platycryptus undatus, a Tan Jumping Spider as suggested by SpiderID.  I had hoped to find a site for spiders like the one for birds and this site is amazing.  Spider enthusiasts are like bird enthusiasts, they like to share their knowledge with others to grow the understanding of creatures in the world.

COVID-19 Pandemic continues.  The news is flooded with updates and new restrictions.  The entire Provence of Ontario is no longer “Open for Business”.  Only essential services are permitted to remain open and everyone else is advised to “self isolate”.  This is Day 7 of my self isolation after returning home from Texas.  Some people decided to “shelter in place” and I wonder if that wasn’t the best decision.  There are still no confirmed cases in the Rio Grande Valley.  My friend who decided to stay in Mexico is also in self isolation, because she had a visitor from New York.  She says they have no shortages of anything and there is no hoarding occurring in Mexico.

Daily Quote: March 22, 2020

One knows less about one’s own destiny
than about anything else on earth.
~ Gabrielle Roy (Canadian – Author March 22, 1909 – July 13, 1983)


National Goof Off Day

4th Sunday in Lent4th Sunday in Lent


On the 4th Sunday in Lent 2020 all Canadian Churches are closed today.  At no other time in history have churches been closed, but to prevent the spread of COVID-19 everyone is distancing and self-quarantining.  Many of the Churches are having on line services to help provide their congregations with Worship.

The daily death toll in Italy rose to 793 on Friday.  Almost 1/3 of the reported cases are in Italy as the country finally grounds to a halt.  Italians over 80 are no longer able to access Health Care as available life saving care must be prioritized to those who are most likely to survive.  Prayers go out to Italy.

The USA has now closed all it’s boarders to non-essential travel and many Canadians are stranded abroad.

Meanwhile, my husband and I remain in self-quarantine.  We are so lucky.  I look out the window and my bird feeder has already started to attract birds within 24 hours of me filling the feeder.  A fat chipmunk was sitting on the fence under the maple tree and my cat was sitting in the window watching the live entertainment.  Rickie loves the freedom of being able to run out the back door into the fenced yard.  Yesterday afternoon Rickie refused to come back inside as he stretched out on the deck to enjoy the sunshine.  The temperature is much colder than in the Rio Grande Valley (21F vs 86F) but the same sun shines down on us.

 

Daily Quote: March 10, 2020

Throw Caution to the wind and just do it.
~ Carrie Underwood
(American – Musician Born: March 10, 1983)

Carrie Marie Underwood (born March 10, 1983) is an American singer, songwriter, fashion designer, and actress. She rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol in 2005.  Click to see more from wikipedia.


National Blueberry Popover Day

National Mario Day

National Pack Your Lunch Day

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Daily Quote: March 7, 2020

Art is the path to being spiritual.
~ Piet Mondrian
(Dutch – Artist March 7, 1872 – February 1, 1944)


It was very difficult to find any National or International Observances for March 7th, so in keeping with the current Novel Coronavirus pandemic, I’m going to declare the day as “self quarantine” day.