Porte Musings: Kayaking Season 2022

Provincial Parks are open and back to almost normal use. Kayaking season is well underway. The Ontario Government was kind enough to extend my Provincial Park Pass until the end of the summer 2022. I aim to go Kayaking at least once a week to make sure I get the most out of my 2021 Provincial Park Pass. At least this year all the washrooms are available (you don’t have to pee in the woods). I’ve learned to get out of the kayak at the far end of the Old Ausable Channel at the Pinery and use the facilities before heading back downstream.

I also bought a 2nd kayak so I can take friends with me. My husband rigged my trailer to accommodate the 2 kayaks. My first outing with the new setup was with my Sister. We counted 159 painted turtles and 2 snappers. I’m certain there were more turtles, but I kept loosing count and need to buy a manual clicking counter. We also were lucky enough to see 2 muskrats, turkey vultures, Blue Heron, King Fishers and King Birds. The slide show below includes photos from my last 2 trips on the Old Ausable Channel. I loved seeing the Juvenile Bald Eagle. The new to me kayak is a fishing kayak and is a bit more stable for taking photos.

Daily Quote: December 24, 2021

If you want to be happy for life, love what you do.

~ Mary Higgins Clark
American – Author / December 24, 1927 – January 31, 2020

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Christmas Eve is finally here. This is the day I gather my family for a nice evening meal and we exchange gifts. I never thought I’d see the day where they were all going to have COVID rapid tests before entering my house. Our gathering is small, only 8 adults and 4 children, but with OMICRON variant abounding my children think it’s the responsible thing to do. Be certain to leave a mask our for Santa in case he forgot his.

Today is usually my favorite day to go shopping: Last-Minute Shopper’s Day. But this year I did most of my shopping via Amazon so everything was delivered and wrapped early this year.

A glass of Egg Nog for the Evening meal to celebrate National Egg Nog Day, with our without rum. 😉

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

Daily Quote: May 19, 2021

I refuse to admit that I am more than fifty-two,
even if that does make my sons illegitimate.

~ Nancy Astor (British – Politician; Born: May 19th, 1879 Lived until May 2nd, 1964)

Holidays and Celebrations…

*** Day of Nature (Fête de la Nature) – France ***

*** May Ray Day ***

*** National Devil’s Food Cake Day ***

Porte Musings…

If I were to only say I was 52 my first son would have been born when I was only 8. So I own my age and claim it with pride. I’m 64 and who could want for more. I have 4 wonderful grandchildren and a wealth of experience that only comes with living a good life. I’ve already lived more than 20 years longer than my mother had the privilege of living and have past the life span of my father this year. I tell my grandchildren now that I’m this old I’m going to live until I’m 120 – and I intend to still live in my own house and kayak. ❤

So let’s eat Devil’s Food Cake and celebrate National Devil’s Food Cake Day. Any reason to eat cake, chocolate cake…..

We don’t need a special day to celebrate nature, but France made one. Fête de la Nature To celebrate Nature take a walk or just sit in the sunshine.

Then you would also be celebrating May Ray Day as you absorb some of the May sunshine and make some vitamin D.

Today I’ll be spending the morning in the Hospital Parking Lot, as my husband goes for a CT Scan to determine how large the cancerous mass is and help define a plan of treatment. He was right. For me I’m glad I’m continuing to work and keep busy. Sitting around and waiting is so hard for me. Just a few hours in the parking lot because I can’t go in with him will be horrible.

Daily Quote: March 21, 2021

Do not wait for extraordinary
circumstances to do good action;
try to use ordinary situations.

~ Jean Paul (German – Author / March 21, 1763 – November 14, 1825)

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Sunday March 21st of 2021 and we’re celebrating World Poetry Day. Read some poetry or recite one of your favorites. You can even celebrate it at the same time that you remember International Day of Forests.

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

~ Joyce Kilmer ( see more at: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/12744/trees)

Today is also the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. During the past year we’ve seen all types of violence and demonstrations regarding racial issues. If only colour or race didn’t matter…….

We’re also going to celebrate the plus one group today. As we remember and support World Down Syndrome Day. So wear an odd sock and celebrate all the differences in the world. 🙂