Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: May 22, 2023

Joy is not in things;
it is in us.

~ Richard Wagner
German – Composer May 22, 1813 – February 13, 1883

Porte Ponderings:

Walking home from Strathroy United Church yesterday I looking into the weeping pea on the corner of Albert and Maria. There sitting very still was this fledgling Robin. I’m certain he thinks I didn’t see him as he froze perfectly still and I was lucky enough to have my camera in hand to take this spring photo. I thanked him for the photo and continued home.

Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: April 17, 2023

They are all gone
into the world of light,
and I alone sit lingering here.

~ Henry Vaughan
Welsh – Poet April 17, 1622 – April 28, 1695

Porte Ponderings:

Last week we enjoyed July like temperatures. Everything sprung to life and this Robin found the best place in the yard to make her nest. Sheltered by the garage roof overhang and high enough that no one can bother her family.

She left the nest only for short periods of time and was very cautious when she returned to ensure no one saw her approaching. Her mate would cause a distraction when she returned.

Now we will be watching for the emergence of new life in her precious nest. ❤

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: 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. 🙂