Daily Quote: February 20, 2021

We are only tenants,
and shortly the great Landlord
will give us notice that our lease has expired.

~ Joseph Jefferson (American – Artist / February 20, 1829 – April 23, 1905)

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

With the snow drifts taller than Rickie, we made paths through the backyard and played on the snowy day. Rickie just peaks his head above and smiles. Enjoying every moment that we are tenants of this world we are visiting.

It’s easy to observe Love Your Pet Day. This is something we do everyday. Starting with the morning trip outside, breakfast, a walk and cuddle time before bed. If you don’t own a pet, may I suggest a donation to any of the local animal shelters or rescue groups.

I’m certain I don’t need an excuse to spend the day with my book shelves, but just in case today is the day set aside for Clean Out Your Bookcase Day, And if you’re like me once you start this task, you’ll probably get stuck and start reading one of the books.

World Social Justice Day is more difficult to celebrate but it is a reminder that not everyone is equal yet and we need to keep striving for equality and Justice.

Daily Quote: November 10, 2020

If I am not allowed to laugh in heaven,
I don’t want to go there.

~ Martin Luther (German – Leader November 10, 1483 – February 18, 1546)

Holidays and Celebrations:

The prediction for today is sunny and a high of 22C. (more of the same) It’s so hard to believe that November 2020 is so beautiful. I went walking with my sister in the morning and we stopped while the dogs frolicked in the leaves behind the skate park. Rickie ran circles in the leaves while Maddie chased him in bigger circles. In the afternoon I took my kayak and went to Pinery Provincial Park. The Old Ausabile Channel was clear and flat. Water lilies had been replaced with oak leaves floating on top of the water. I saw 10 turtles catching the last moments of sunshine.

Daily Quote: November 9, 2020

I’ve found a formula for avoiding
these exaggerated fears of age;
you take care of every day
– let the calendar take care of the years.

~ Ed Wynn (American – Entertainer / November 9, 1886 – June 19, 1966)

Holidays and Celebrations:

The weather continues to be an anomaly for November. I’m hoping to go kayaking either today or tomorrow as both days are predicted to be over 21C and little chance of rain. I still have delayed putting away the summer yard ornaments and furniture. Yesterday was such a perfect Sunday. My grandson stopped by to visit. Then I had my granddaughter over for chili. She helped me make tea biscuits. It’s so amazing to have a 2 year old count the cups of flour and put it into a bowl for you.

Daily Quote: May 7, 2020

The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk.
~ Joseph Joubert (French – WriterMay 7, 1754 – May 4, 1824)

Day of Vesak

Also called Buddha’s Birthday or Buddha Day
Observed by Buddhists and some Hindus in South and Southeast Asia and in East Asia (as Buddha’s Birthday)
Type Religious
Significance The birth, enlightenment and death (parinirvana) of Gautama Buddha
Observances Meditation, observing the Eight Precepts, partaking of vegetarian food, giving to charity, “bathing” the Buddha
Date Full moon of the month of Vesākha, usually in April (first), May or June (last)

This year’s celebrations are canceled due to COVID-19.  Budda’s Birthday Celebrations Canceled

Daily Quote: April 22, 2020

The more I see of men the more I like dogs.
~ Madame de Stael (French – WriterApril 22, 1766 – July 14, 1817)

Earth Day

Today is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day.

Celebrate by staying home and turning the lights out.  The only good thing about the COVID-19 Pandemic is that less people are using planes, trains, cars etc so there have been improvements seen in the air quality.  Hopefully after the social distancing measures are no longer required we will remember the environmental benefits of using less gas/oil and reduce our non-essential travel.

Daily Quote: April 14, 2020

The marvels of daily life are exciting;
no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street.
~ Robert Doisneau (French – Photographer April 14, 1912 – April 1, 1994)

National Gardening Day

Pathologists Assistant Day

I resumed my daily walking routine on Sunday.  Camera in hand and Rickie at my side it took almost 2 1/2 hours to complete my normal route through the St. Clair Conservation Area, almost 7 kilometers in total.  The paths weren’t too muddy, but there were a couple of sections I almost got stuck in.  Rickie loves the boardwalks and the excitement all around.  We found bloodroot in bloom, but the other flowers are just starting to sprout their leaves.  Many of the birds are returning from the long trip south, but I didn’t see the bald eagle yet nor have I seen any redwing blackbirds.

Today the Premier of Ontario announced that emergency measures will remain in effect for an additional 28 days.  So the self isolation will continue for another month.  My step son has recovered and will be returning to work tomorrow.

The COVID-19 numbers are still climbing.



Cases per 1 million people



1,905,935 245.11 446,336 118,623
United States
580,097 1,760.24 43,130 23,068
25,599 674.03 7,681 778

These numbers (from Wikipedia) only include the number of confirmed cases by test and are probably much lower than the actual numbers.

The USA is still the winner with more than 1/4 of the world’s total cases and the highest number of deaths for one country.

Although Canada has only 1/10 the population of the USA, our numbers are almost 1/3 the number of cases per Million.  The USA death rate is at about 4% of total cases and the Canadian Death Rate is at about 3%.