Daily Quote: April 6, 2021

The most wasted day of all
is that on which we have not laughed.

~ Nicolas Chamfort (French – Writer / April 6, 1741 – April 13, 1794)

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Porte Musings:

Tuesday April 6th is now known as Tartan Day. The Scots of the world can wear their tartans again with pride. There was a time in USA history. Originally Tartan Day was celebrated on July 1, 1982. A day declared by the Mayor of New York to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the end of Proscription (August 12, 1747) when it was illegal to wear your tartan. The celebration was moved to April 6th to remember the Declaration of Arbroath, the declaration of Scottish Independence (1320).

Today is also known as Teflon Day. A day to celebrate the invention of teflon and it’s not stick qualities. Originally developed for space suits, it is more widely known for it’s ability in a frying pan so that we can cook eggs without sticking and fry foods without having a messy clean-up. But be careful, fumes from burnt teflon can kill your favorite pet bird. So be certain to cook on low heat and don’t leave it unattended.

Remember the writing exercise where you wrote your own epitaph? Well today is Plan Your Epitaph Day. So get out your pen and paper and plan your epitaph. It gives you an opportunity to take another view of your life and evaluate the direction you are going.

I really like today’s quote by Nicholas Chamfort: The most wasted day of all is that on which we have not laughed. I think it would make a wonderful epitaph, only I might want to change laugh to love. The picture I used is of a recent “walk” in the woods with my grandson. He has finally learned to ride his bike without training wheels and is thoroughly enjoying the challenge. Next time though I need to ride my bike. Rickie and I could hardly keep up on the trails as my grandson rode a head and actually had to wait for us. ❤

Daily Quote: April 4, 2021

Pleasures take to themselves wings and fly away; true knowledge remains forever.

~ Dorothea Dix (American – Activist / April 4, 1802 – July 17, 1887)

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April 4th, the 4th day of the 4th month is chosen as 404 Day. 404 Error is the computer error we get when an internet site has been moved or changed. Free speech advocates are vocal on this day to promote free speech. Under the guise of censorship we get the 4 oh 4 message: information is unable to be accessed not because of 404 messages, but because of censorship;

in particular, the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires schools and libraries to restrict access to certain websites—those with obscene and pornographic images—in order for them to receive federal funding. In the process, many other sites are blocked, such as those with educational information, health information about breast cancer and sexual health, LGBTQ information, information about non-mainstream religions, and art museum websites. These are constitutionally protected websites, and their censorship is seen as violating the First Amendment.

Today is also International Mine Awareness Day. Mines and explosives remain in war torn countries causing massive damage, casualties and death to civilians. In 2005 the United Nations declared April 4th as a day to remember the victims of these “forgotten” mines and to work towards eliminated them without harm to civilians.

And last, but not least today is the holiest of days in the Christian Calendar, the celebration of Easter. When Mary went to the tomb and Jesus wasn’t there. She was comforted by an angel outside the tomb. Christ had risen. Enjoy your Easter Celebrations today.

Daily Quote: March 30, 2021

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

~ Maimonides (Spanish – Philosopher / March 30, 1135 – December 12, 1204)

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The Tuesday of Holy Week for Christians, Holy Tuesday, when we remember the story of the Widow’s Gift. When she gave only a small amount, but it was all she had, so it was a far bigger sacrifice than the huge amount of gold given by another who had only given a small percentage of what his treasure.

During the Pandemic we’ve all been dreaming of travelling again. The craze is to have a virtual vacation so there’s a day for that: Virtual Vacation Day. Preview places you would like to go with the click of a mouse and see places you dream about. Fly high above the clouds or dive deep below the oceans, wherever you might even be too afraid to go.

If you’re tired of all the screen time, grab a leash and celebrate: Take a Walk in the Park Day. Get outside and enjoy some fresh spring air. Our COVID-19 restrictions have gone back to RED, so the belts have been tightened again as we are in a 3rd wave. But we can still enjoy the park and watch scenes like a flock of geese landing on a local pond, the first sight of skunk cabbage in the marsh or pussy willows in bloom.

Daily Quote: March 28, 2021

For prayer is nothing else than
being on terms of friendship with God.

~ Saint Teresa of Avila (Spanish – Saint / March 28, 1515 – October 4, 1582)

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Palm Sunday is celebrated by Christians as the day that Christ rode into Jerusalem on a donkey and praises were sung to him by everyone. Palm branches were placed on the path to make the ride easier and songs of Hosannas were sung loudly by the crowds of worshippers. The celebrations would be short lived and within the week Christ would be crucified, only to rise from the dead to finish teaching his disciples before his final ascension to heaven, leaving with a promise that he would return.

The teachings of “love your neighbour as yourself” would linger on as today is also Neighbour Day. A kind gesture or word to celebrate the wonderful neighbours we have.

In a world where everything is in its place and a there is place for everything, weeds remind us of the uncontrollable and wild treasures. After all weeds are just plants growing somewhere we don’t want them to. So celebrate the determination of weeds on Weed Appreciation Day as you clear the garden for the approaching new growing season.

Daily Quote: March 26, 2021

Two roads diverged in a wood and I
– I took the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference
.

~ Robert Frost (American – Poet / March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963)

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Happy Birthday Robert Frost (RIP). One of the most quoted and familiar American poets. The reason we dare to be different and take the path less travelled.

Today is also Purple Day, or International Epilepsy Day. A day we stop to recognize the challenges that people with Epilepsy maneuver on a daily basis, never knowing when the next crisis or seizure will occur. Courageously exploring the future. Medications and treatments have come a long way, but the side effects carry their own problems and hazards. My oldest grandson is struggling with excess weight, but his wonderful, cheerful personality shines through as he grows and explores the world.

So just like Popeye, eat your spinach and celebrate National Spinach Day. Popeye was an ordinary guy just trying to do his best, pushed to the limits he eats spinach and fights back. Winning back the peace and happiness he wanted to enjoy in the first place.

If that isn’t enough for you to celebrate today why not celebrate National Make Up Your Own Holiday. My personal favorite made up Holiday is April 7th, International Window Washing Day. But I might end up celebrating early this year if the weather continues to be so amazing.

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 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 28, 2021

My life has been full of terrible misfortunes
most of which never happened.

~ Michel de Montaigne (French – Philosopher / February 28, 1533 – September 13, 1592)

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The last day in February is the day that we remember Rare Disease Day. On a leap year this would be February 29th. But like people who are born February 29th, this day is remembered as Rare Disease Day on February 28th when we aren’t in a leap year.

Today is also National Science Day. One time science was called witchcraft, now we honour it as truth and advances in mankind. Cures for disease and new worlds are being discovered by Science. Now if we could only rid the world of the rare diseases.

Sometimes you’re just so tired you could sleep anywhere. Today it’s OK to sleep in public as we celebrate National Public Sleeping Day. Although I personally don’t like to sleep in public because you are so vulnerable when you sleep. Sweet Dreams ❤


Almost forgot today is the Second Sunday in Lent. Easter is getting closer and so is spring.

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?