Daily Quote: April 22, 2021

Respect is what we owe;
love, what we give.

~ Philip James Bailey (English – Poet April 22, 1816 – September 6, 1902)

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Porte Musings:

April 22nd is Earth Day. With my grandson doing his on-line learning at my house, I’ve heard about Earth Day for the past week. Today is the big day. He’s learned about the 3 R’s: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle (no longer Reading, Writing and Rithmatic). Posters will be shared in the class today for Earth Day.

I think International Girls in ICT should have a day of it’s own rather than share with Earth Day. Earth Day over-shines the importance of Girls in ICT (information and communication technology). According to studies 65% of school children will go into jobs that don’t even exist yet. The field of information and communication technology is expanding.

Today is also April Showers Day. With the change in the weather and temperatures dipping below freezing, I’m afraid the only showers we’re getting will be snow showers. The tulips and early blooming spring flowers were weighed down with snow yesterday morning. Luckily most of the snow melted during the day and the flowers sprung back up to their original beauty.

Daily Quote: March 9, 2021

You never know what you can do till you try.

~ William Cobbett (English – Politician / March 9, 1763 – June 18, 1835)

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Barbie Day is the day that Barbie was first introduced in 1959 and the world was changed. Barbie was the perfect female teenager. She had younger sisters (5 actually including Skipper), a boyfriend (Ken), a ginger best friend (Midge), a close black friend (Christie), a car, a house and an amazing wardrobe. I remember having a case that she and all her accessories fit into, while my friend had a double case and we dragged those cases out at least once a day wishing we were like her. We pierced her ears and had her wear jewels. We learned to make clothes for her and dreamed about being the idea age of 16. It wasn’t until much latter that I discovered she was anatomically impossible being so thin and having such large breasts.

Such timing, today is Organize your Home Office Day. I’m just started a new seasonal job and my home office will be very important during COVID-19 restrictions, as most of my work will be done from home. Training started yesterday online with my peers as we learned to navigate the computer programs and figured out how to input our payroll information. I’m so looking forward to working and earning some “fun money” that isn’t earmarked for bills and household commitments.

The other two celebrations I’d like to highlight today must be done in the right order. The first is Panic Day. So run around, panic, scream and get it out of your system. Then celebrate Get Over It Day. Purposefully choose something you’ve been having a hard time getting over, and just get over it. Maybe write it on a piece of paper and burn it or tear it up into little pieces. Move on with your life never looking back at that thing.

Daily Quote: March 6, 2021

I am still learning.

~ Michelangelo (Italian – Artist / March 6, 1475 – February 18, 1564)

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Porte Musings:

Spring is coming! I can’t wait. I’ve planted my seed order and am looking forward to opening up the greenhouse and watching the seeds grow into plants. But in the meantime the temperatures are still below zero and the puddles are solid ice covered with a scattering of snow. I went for a walk with my grandchildren and sister yesterday only to discover how hard the ice is. Slip and falls are the scariest of accidents for people over 40 because you’re bones won’t heal as fast and you can be immobilized for more than a year. Luckily, like my grandmother used to say, I’m a little round so I bounce, I don’t break. Just a little bruised hip to remind me I’m human.

Today is the European Day of the Righteous, a day when they commemorate all the heroes that have stood up against the crimes of inhumanity and followed their own moral compass. While in the USA it’s Alamo Day, the day that Americans stood against all odds at the Alamo and fought ’til the last one died. Davey Crockett, who was only 49, died at this battle.

So grab some Oreos and a glass of milk celebrate National Oreo Cookie Day and watch one of the Alamo movies. I remember watching the 1960 version on a Saturday in our local community centre where the admission was $0.25 and chips were only $.05. I still haven’t watched the 2003 version or any of the others yet.

Daily Quote: March 3, 2021

Photography, as we all know, is not real at all.
It is an illusion of reality
with which we create our own private world.

~ Arnold Newman (American – Photographer / March 3, 1918 – June 6, 2006)

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Photos abstract, portraits or landscape might mirror our observances, but they lock a moment in time and force us to look at the subject as directed through the lens of the photographer. Light bouncing off a frozen river with trees casting shadows for just a moment in time before the sun starts to melt all the snow and the ice moves down the river.

Celebrate the abundant and diverse wildlife today as you celebrate World Wildlife Day. From Aardvarks to Zebras; Ants to Zebra butterflies; microscopic to gigantic all wildlife is celebrated today.

If you’re happy and you know it sing a little smile. Today is also National I Want You to be Happy Day. So share your smiles, songs and happy thoughts as you go about your daily routine. An excellent way to may others happy is to share soup at lunch time as you also celebrate National Soup it Forward Day. I might even find a box of tissues and dig out one of my Chicken Soup for the Soul books to read a collection of heart warming stories.

Daily Quote: March 2, 2021

There is only you and your camera.
The limitations in your photography are in yourself,
for what we see is what we are.

~ Ernst Haas (Austrian – Photographer / March 2, 1921 – September 12, 1986)

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I do not like Green Eggs and Ham….Read a book on Dr. Seuss Day as we celebrate Read Across America Day. Although I’m certain this is only a designated celebration in the USA, I’m also certain Dr. Seuss would be happy if we made it read around the world day.

Unlike the Cat in the Hat, real cats need support. So today is International Rescue Cat Day. A day to remember all the stray and feral cats that have been rescued or still need to be rescued. Don’t just feed them, make sure they are spayed/neutered and give them a good home with love.

After all those of us who celebrate Old Stuff Day, probably have at least one cat to keep the mice away from our old stuff.

I’m so glad COVID-19 restrictions have been changed to ORANGE in London-Middlesex and that we can go to the second hand shops again. There’s nothing I like better than looking through old stuff and finding a bargain or two. ❤

Daily Quote: February 26, 2021

There is nothing like a dream
to create the future.

~ Victor Hugo (French – Author / February 26, 1802 – May 22, 1885)

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February 26th is the Jewish celebration of Purim. The day they remember being saved from death in the Persian Empire by the influence of Queen Esther (Esther was a Jewish maid who became Queen.) The day is celebrated with a number of obligations or mitzvot. Some of the obligations include: sharing food and drink; giving food or money equivalent to food for 2 people; and reading the scroll of Esther.

Totally unconnected to Purim, today is a good day to remember and Tell a Fairy Tale, Fairy tales date back almost 6,500 years to the bronze age. They usually begin with “Once upon a time” and have been handed down through generations. Little Red Riding Hood; Cinderella; and Jack & the Bean Stock are probably the most familiar. So if you’re lucky enough cuddle up with your grandchildren and Tell a Fair Tale.

For Pete’s Sake Day we can all wonder who is Pete and why do we do things for his sake?

Daily Quote: February 25, 2021

The measure of success is not
whether you have a tough problem to deal with,
but whether it is the same problem
you had last year.

~ John Foster Dulles (American – Public Servant / February 25, 1888 – May 24, 1959)

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In the age of growing claims of equality today is set aside as Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. It’s so important for Girl Power that we let them know they can be anything, even a well paid Engineer. I worked in the Engineering profession as a technician and never knew how much Engineers made before I had started working with them. Using Math and Science to solve problems and find new, more efficient ways of doing things with reasoning and proven methodology. As one of my sons’ friends said: Oh, saving money for the corporation. I like to add: while improving the work conditions and safety of employees.

Nutritionists not only have to deal with the science of food but the appeal. So let’s recognize our nutritionists and dieticians by celebrating Let’s all East Right Day. What better way to celebrate than by eating Chili as today is also National Chili Day. I think the UK have gotten it right by going a step further by pairing National Chili Day with National Toast Day. So eat right today by having chili and toast either for lunch or supper. ❤

Daily Quote: February 22, 2021

All of my work comes out of a deep concern
for human expansion into the landscape.

~ Edward Burtynsky (Canadian – Photographer Born: February 22, 1955

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I’m celebrating World Thinking Day by wondering about urban sprawl. The picture for today’s quote is an open field covered in snow. This privately owned field is part of the Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc’s development plan. Within a few years this open field adjacent to the St. Clair Conservation Area will be filled with roads and about 200 houses for a new subdivision. The animals that pass through here will probably continue to do so, but people will be offended that the animals dare to trespass on their yards. I’ve seen deer, turkeys, killdeer, ducks, pileated woodpeckers, geese, squirrels, red-tailed hawks, and many other animals in the area adjacent to this field (deer and turkeys in the field & signs of coyote). So I will be taking pictures over the next while to document what the field looks like before, during and after “development”.

Ironically today is also World Wildlife Day. A day set aside to take note about endangered species throughout the world. Often we think of these issues being somewhere far away and not in our own backyards. I know that we need more affordable housing, but what is the cost of using up all the open fields in the name of progress? Should we be creating a green-belt in Strathroy-Caradoc?

I guess the best way for me to celebrate Walking the Dog Day, is to take Rickie for a walk along the open field portion of the trails and enjoy the open field while we still can.

Celebrating National Margarita Day sounds like an excellent way to end a Monday. A little lime and tequila with salt is always good.

Daily Quote: February 21, 2021

Fear not that thy life shall come to an end,
but rather that it shall never have a beginning.

~ John Henry Newman (British – Clergyman / February 21, 1801 – August 11, 1890)

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Porte Musings:

I woke up with an insatiable itch on the bottom of my left foot. I rubbed it briskly over my right foot to no avail. Finally I broke down and put some moisturizer on it, only to find even though it brought some relief it didn’t satisfy the itch. So I went on-line to see what superstitions were associated with this omen. Of course the obvious was that it indicated travel, the right foot would be a planned voyage, the left foot meaning an unforeseen voyage or bump on the road. As always interpretations aren’t necessarily literal, and they could either mean change either planned or unplanned.

So on the First Sunday of Lent we are looking forward to change.

We should probably start by celebrating Single Tasking Day. Do one thing at a time. Turn of the games on the phone while waiting and just live in the moment.

We could do that by getting out all the old greeting cards we’ve received over the years and read them, taking time just to remember the people we’ve received them from and celebrate Card Reading Day.

There is no way to read old cards and greetings without celebrating Language Day. Remember all the various languages throughout the world. An interesting fact on the radio this morning was that Cree is the most spoken Indigenous Language in Canada with more than 92,000 people speaking Cree.

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)

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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.