Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: December 27, 2022

When I approach a child,
he inspires in me two sentiments;
tenderness for what he is,
and respect for what he may become.

~ Louis Pasteur
French – Scientist December 27, 1822 – September 28, 1895

Porte Ponderings:

Babies are such a joy, but they grow so fast. Elijah, my youngest grandson is already 6 months and almost 18 pounds. He laughs with his entire body and never sits still. Never again will he be the babe in swadling clothes. For just a moment they are so small.

Today is our packing day as we prepare to journey south and away from the winter weather. Our granddaughter made such a fuss about us leaving, but when return they will have all grown another 3 months. All of my sons have turned into loving, caring, hard working fathers.

Old age is coming gracefully. I tell my middle grandson that I’m going to live to be 120 (but only if I can maintain my independance). I certainly am enjoying being retired, almost as much as childhood. ❤

Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: November 19, 2022

I have had many troubles in my life,
but the worst of them never came.

~ James A. Garfield
American – President November 19, 1831 – September 19, 1881

Porte Ponderings:

Well, I sent e-mails to the 3 Seniors’ facilities in my home town to offer Christmas Photo Booths and give the residents a 4×6″ photo each. My Christmas Backdrop would be perfect for sharing with them, or I could use their Christmas Decorations. We’ll see if any respond or show interest in my gift.

Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: November 17, 2022

I’ll tell you one thing,
it’s a cruel, cruel world.

~ Danny DeVito
American – Actor Born: November 17, 1944

Porte Ponderings:

Happy Birthday Danny DeVito.

You’ve made us laugh so many times and taught us how to laugh at ourselves.

It may be a cruel, cruel world, but like a rose in the first snowfall there is beauty in everything.

Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: November 16, 2022

I don’t want to achieve immortality by being inducted into the Hall of Fame.
I want to achieve immortality by not dying.

~ William De Morgan
British – Artist November 16, 1839 – January 15, 1917

Porte Ponderings:

Bookings for Christmas Minis are starting to fill in. Surprisingly December 3rd is the most popular date. I though people would want them earlier. But with modern technology I guess Christmas Cards are becoming a thing of the past.

Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: November 15, 2022

Nothing is more responsible
for the good old days
than a bad memory.

~ Franklin Pierce Adams
American – Writer November 15, 1881 – March 23, 1960

Porte Ponderings:

A fresh snowfall of the season inspires Christmas shopping, decorating and getting those cards ready to mail.

I’m hoping it also inspires people to contact me to have their Christmas minis taken to include their family photos with their cards. 😉

Daily Quote: January 29, 2022

Surprise is the greatest gift
which life can grant us.

~ Boris Pasternak (Russian – Novelist / January 29, 1890 – May 30, 1960)

Holidays and Celebrations:


Porte Musings:

Looking out my kitchen window yesterday the sparrows looked more like hummingbirds as they flew motionless around the bird feeder looking for an open space to land and eat. Fresh fluffy snow layered everything with it’s bright white and glitter. The maintenance man at the library was using a leaf blower to clear the sidewalks. I played outside for almost 2 hours blowing and shoveling the snow. Luckily the big tractor and blade of the contractor who was clearing the snow at the business beside me agreed to clear the end of my driveway where the snow plow had pushed the road snow in. I made sure to give him a small monetary tip and told him to enjoy a coffee on me.

When Boris Pasternak won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1958, he was forced to not accept it because the Russian Government had banned one of his most famous books: Doctor Zhivago1957 Censorship was aimed at keeping this away from the Russian people was fought during the Cold War as the USA tried to get as many of these books as possible into the hands of the Russian people.

Free Thinkers Day in the USA isn’t about Boris Pasternak, but celebrates the life and works of Thomas Paine (February 9, 1737-June 8, 1809). “Thomas Paine was a freethinker whose works inspired people to fight for social, political, and economic advancement.”

Bah Humbug. Why not celebrate Curmudgeons Day? Are they not a type of Free Thinker as well? or are they the opposite? So to all those cantankerous, difficult, and bad-tempered persons, who are usually also old men; here’s a day just for you. Made famous by the vaudeville star and actor W.C. Fields (January 29, 1880 – December 25, 1946).

So in the depths of winter if we aren’t curling up with a good book, dreaming about lofty ideas or just trying to mimic our favourite curmudgeon, we could always celebrate Puzzle Day. Get out one of those 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzles and putter around the table piecing together a complicated scene, only to take it a part a few days later and return it to its box.

Unlike a year ago, the vaccines have been readily available and new mandates require proof of vaccination to enter Canada or the USA. The truckers and other essential workers were exempt until recently. So, they made a convey and headed to Ottawa to protest. What a waste of gas. Get your vaccines and provide proof like the rest of us. Let’s get over this pandemic and get back to some type of normal.

Daily Quote: January 7, 2022

Wear the old coat
and buy the new book.

~ Austin Phelps
American – Clergyman / January 7, 1820 – October 13, 1890

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Merry Orthodox Christmas. The day after the Epiphany.

Enjoy National Bobblehead Day. Who doesn’t love those little caricatures?

Eat fried foods on National Tempura Day. Fried Fish on Friday in tempura. 😉

Daily Quote: November 27, 2021

Miracles sometimes occur,
but one has to work terribly hard for them.

~ Chaim Weizmann
Israeli – Leader / November 27, 1874 – November 9, 1952

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Happy 4th Birthday to my youngest grandson today.

Just pausing to say that Autism has a huge spectrum.

Born prematurely and overcoming major obstacles with the shear love and determination of his mother. Adam is learning fast and wears his heart on his sleeve. He’s bright and the most important thing to him about school is he is making lots of friends. Enthusiasm is his middle name as everything he does is dramatic. One of his favorite phases: Are you excited? We are so proud to have him added to our family.