Garner up pleasant thoughts in your mind,
for pleasant thoughts make pleasant lives.
~ John Wilkins (January 1, 1614 – November 19, 1672)
New Year’s Day
Porte Photos celebrates 5 years as a registered business on January 15th.
Celebrations will begin with discounts of 20% for events booked between January 1st and January 15th for June-November 2020.
One year completed and now starting a second year of Daily Quotes paired with Original Photos by Porte Photos that can be viewed at PortePhotos.com.
Beware of your habits.
The better they are the more surely they will be your undoing.
~ Holbrook Jackson (December 31, 1874 – June 16, 1948)
New Year’s Eve
A solemn time to stop and evaluate the past year.
Write down your thoughts
Plan your new goals
Make your New Year’s Resolutions
- Strive to be better.
- Lose weight.
- Exercise more.
- Eat healthier.
- Drink more water.
- Worship, pray and meditate daily.
- Spend more time with loved ones.
- Walk the dog daily.
- Tend your garden.
- De-clutter your home.
- Learn a new skill.
- Love more.
- Stress less.
- Go somewhere new.
- Feel the sunshine/rain/wind.
- Knit gifts.
- Make memories.
- Take pictures.
- Live to the best you can.
- Start a new Project.
- Finish an old Project.
I am a great believer in luck,
and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.
~ Stephen Leacock (December 30, 1869 – March 28, 1944)
Nature uses as little as possible of anything.
~ Johannes Kepler (December 27, 1571 – November 15, 1630)
Visit the Zoo Day
Youth smiles without any reason.
It is one of its chiefest charms.
~ Thomas Gray (December 26, 1716 – July 30, 1771)
Candy Cane Day
Thank-you Note Day
Now that Christmas is past Canada Celebrates with Boxing Day Sales. Before packing everything away for storage the Retail Stores offer Christmas decorations and supplies at greatly reduced prices. But you have to get there early for the best selection.
Candy Canes are no longer needed as tree decorations so you’re welcome to pluck them off the tree and eat them.
Take a moment to write those “Thank-you” notes for all the wonderful gifts and blessings you received.
If you want to be happy for life,
love what you do.
~Mary Higgins Clark (Born: December 24, 1927)
Christmas Eve is when I celebrate the season with my children and their growing families. Leaving Christmas morning for my children to celebrate with their families and Boxing Day for them to celebrate with their in-laws.
At the very beginning of Christmas holidays I make supper for them. This year we’re having ham, meatballs, cheesy potatoes, and creamed corn.
Gifts for the grandchildren of books to read during their holidays are opened. I’ve prepared a small gift of homemade jam and dish clothes for our children with a universal gift certificate of cash included. But the best gift of all is the one my husband and I receive of just being together with our family.
Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas filled with love and memories.
~ Deborah Porte
A place for everything,
and everything in its place.
~ Samuel Smiles (December 23, 1812 – April 16, 1904)
Human Light Celebration
Between the Winter Solstice and Christmas,
preparing for the New Year,
pause to re-evaluate priorities.
Look up to the heavens,
see umbrellas set in place
and the stars at night watching over you.
Look down to the ground,
set your roots firmly.
Look across the table,
see the ones you love.
Look around the neighbourhood,
see friends and strangers.
Look over your gifts,
see how you can distribute them.
~ Deborah Porte
Drink today, and drown all sorrow;
you shall perhaps not do tomorrow.
~ John Fletcher (December 20, 1579 – 1625)
The “Drink of the Day” on display at the resort was being tasted by one of the local birds.
Looking like a part of the garnishes perched on the rim of the glass tasting the fruity beverage.
International Human Solidarity Day
Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
Above all, ignore the audience.
~ Minnie Maddern Fiske (December 19, 1865 – February 15, 1932)
Dance as if no one is watching.
Do your best and leave the rest.
Be true unto yourself.
Fake it until you make it.
Success is 5% talent and 95% sweat.
Free Shipping Day
Every life is march
to virtue or vice.
~ Lyman Abbott (December 18, 1835 – October 22, 1922)
Answer the Telephone Like Buddy the Elf
International Migrants Day
Give a Wine Club Day
Just back from a vacation in Dominican Republic where I traveled with my Nikon D60 to “paint with light”. I was afraid to travel with my newer, bigger, faster more expensive cameras, so I brought the D60 with me for the trip. It is still a work horse and provides good, crisp, clear pictures with the DX55-200mm VR lens and circular UV filter.
Many tourist resorts in the Caribbean have a game called “steal the towel”. On arrival you are given a card that you can trade for a beach towel. Before check out you need to return a beach towel for your card. If you don’t have a card at check-out you loose $25. So anyone who has lost a towel is going to take someone else’s to avoid the $25 fee. If you want to avoid committing the sin of stealing, I would strongly advise that you take your own $5 towel with you and don’t bother with a resort towel.