Daily Quote: May 24, 2021

Every failure is a step to success.

William Whewell (English – Philosopher Born: May 24, 1794 Lived until March 6, 1866)

*** Holidays and Celebrations…

*** Victoria Day ***

*** National Brother Day – United States ***

*** Asparagus Day ***

*** Porte Musings…..

Victoria Day is actually on the Monday of the Victoria Day long weekend. This doesn’t happen very often. Fireworks are supposed to be limited to tonight, but they’ve been let off every night so far this weekend. Ontario is still under stay at home orders, so many people who usually go camping have been limited to their own yards. Promises of re-opening next weekend were made. Our trailer park is open to accommodate all of the year long residents, so we were able to have a sleep-over last night.

In USA today is National Brother Day. A day set aside to celebrate the special relationship with Brothers. I don’t have any brothers, so I’ll just wish y’all a happy Brothers Day.

My husband’s kidney function is lower than it should be, so in preparations for Colon surgery, the potassium levels need to be lower. So, we need to learn new lists of foods that can be eaten (lower potassium levels) and those that should be avoided. Luckily, asparagus is on the low list, so we can indulge on Asparagus Day. A serving of 6 spears is under 200 mg of potassium. The bad news is he’ll have to cut back on the coffee. Only 3 cups a day is deemed as safe. We’re still in waiting mode for the biopsy results. Hopefully, we’ll know the plan of attack this week.

Daily Quote: May 18, 2021

Be happy for this moment.
This moment is your life.

~Omar Khayyam (Born: Poet May 18, 1048 Lived until December 4, 1131)

*** Holidays and Celebrations ***

*** International Museum Day ***

*** HIV Vaccine Awareness Day ***

*** I Love Reese’s Day ***

Porte Musings:

Sometimes it’s hard to be happy for the moment, but as Omar Khayyam said, this moment is your life. That’s why my byline is: Turning Moments into Memories. Moments caught in a photograph can last longer than a lifetime.

During this Pandemic I wish I could go to a museum to celebrate International Museum Day. So the good thing or should I say bad thing is most museums now have a virtual tour so you can visit from the comfort of your home. To me it isn’t even close. It’s like watching fishing on Television. Boring…. but in real life you hear the sounds around you, see the sights, feel the light breeze and thrill at a nibble on the line.

As with all other major illnesses there remains a lot of hope for an HIV vaccine. So as research continues we remember HIV Vaccine Day and continue to hope for an effective vaccine for this terrible disease. Identified in 1984 HIV remains a major devastating disease ending in AIDS and death. Progress on a vaccine for HIV has been much slower than first promised. Human trials are showing promise https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-02/sri-fct020321.php but none are yet readily available.

So, let’s all eat some chocolate and peanut butter cups to help forget our problems. Thank you to Reeses. It’s very easy to celebrate I love Reese’s Day. One of the first things I bought for my husband when we found out he had colon cancer was a package of 4 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I love them and so does he.

Daily Quote: May 16, 2021

Cancer is a very sad thing,
but you can always take
something from every experience.

Pierce Brosnan (Irish – Actor Born: May 16, 1953

*** Holidays and Celebrations ***

*** International Day of Light ***

*** International Day of Living Together in Peace ***

*** Stepmother’s Day ***

*** Porte Musings ***

Happy Birthday Pierce. I agree, Cancer sucks. I’m so tired of family and friends dying from this dam disease and/or its treatments.

So instead I choose to celebrate the International Day of Light. Turn on every light. Sit in the sunshine. Raise a glass in a toast of cheer. Light lets us read in the dark months and work instead of sleeping. It keeps us safe while keeping the darkness away.

Today is also the International Day of Living Together in Peace. The news is filled with the bombings in Palestine. My heart breaks to see the streaks of smoke rising from tall apartment buildings where people lived without being politically involved. Stop racial discrimination. Stop fighting. Stop Wars. Just all live together in Peace.

Instead go buy your stepmother a flower or gift as you remember Stepmother’s Day, celebrated on the Sunday after Mother’s Day. Wicked or not she has helped shape your destiny and who you’ve become.

Daily Quote: May 15, 2021

If each photograph steals a bit of the soul,
isn’t it possible that I give up pieces of
mine every time I take a picture?

Richard Avedon (American – Photographer / Born: May 15, 1923 Lived until: October 1, 2004)

*** Holidays and Celebrations:

*** International Day of Families ***

*** National Chocolate Chip Day ***

*** Bring Flowers to Someone Day ***

Porte Musings:

Celebrate International Day of Families. Even during our stay at home orders in Ontario it is important to celebrate our families. That nucleolus of our lives. The centre of our universes. The loves of our lives.

Probably the best way to celebrate is with a chocolate chip cookie and a glass of milk together at the kitchen table as we remember National Chocolate Chip Day. Eating together with family is the best way to bond. Chocolate chips, lasagna, BBQ, turkey dinner, ham and scalloped potatoes or just a pizza……

As the long weekend in May is quickly approaching the government is loudly telling us to stay home and get vaccinated. The long weekend in May is the major planting weekend for farmers and home gardeners. So although today may be Bring Flowers to Someone Day, I prefer to give out my tomato plants so all my family is able to enjoy their gardening in the next week. I’ve grown 4 types of tomato plants this year: Cherry, Rutgers, Sicilian and Black Heritage. The cherry tomatoes are for my grandchildren: Eat those tomatoes. Rutgers are ordinary tomatoes. Sicilian are giants allegedly big enough to fill a dinner plate. And the Black Heritage tomatoes are so dark when ripe they are supposed to be almost black. I’ve been carefully putting them outside each day and back into the greenhouse each night to keep them safe from the frost. Now that they are hardened off it’s time to give them away to their new owners. I keep some for myself and all of the left overs will be donated to the local Horticultural Society for their annual fundraising sale on May 29th.

Bad news never arrives alone. My husband’s niece called yesterday to let us know that not only will she be taking care of her mother due to cancer, but her father, my husband’s oldest brother, Bill has also been diagnosed with lung cancer. Bill, now over 80, has had dementia for several years, so the decision for him and his family is to let the disease run it’s eventual course.

With his own battle, my husband is now scheduled for a CT scan next Wednesday. I’ve decided to continue working and have differed the decision to quit until I hear the final diagnosis and plan in 2 weeks after the biopsy results are known. As my husband said, I love to work and to be busy. It does take my mind off the issues at hand and actually gives me strength to deal with things much better. He says he’s not worried because worrying won’t change things, but I’ve seen his tears leak out when he thinks no one is looking. He blames me for making him so emotional. And Nora Roberts for all the novels she’s written and he’s read.

Daily Quote: May 11, 2021

Life is 10 percent what you make it,
and 90 percent how you take it.

~ Irving Berlin (American – Musician  Lived: May 11, 1888 to September 22, 1989)

Holidays and Celebrations:

*** Eat What You Want Day ***

*** Sex Differences in Health Awareness Day ***

*** National Twilight Zone Day ***

Porte Musings:

May 11th is National Twilight Zone Day. A day with no known association to the TV series narrated and written by (92 of 120 shows) Rod Sterling. A day we could just zone out and watch some of the amazing black and white what if shows.

I can hear the theme music and introduction. Just what I need on my journey to loose 10 pounds: Eat What You Want Day. A short break from the diet and weight watching to just not track it and eat what you want. Although maybe what you want to eat is that nice big fresh salad…

Remember Sex Differences in Health Awareness Day. Finally a day that recognizes that women and men have different bodies and different issues as well as different biological reactions to medications. Heart attack symptoms can be so much different for women than for men. Most men feel a crushing pain in their chest, while women often report a general unwell feeling. I’m going to copy and paste the Warning signs from the American Heart association:

Catch the signs early

Don’t wait to get help if you experience any of these heart attack warning signs. Some heart attacks are sudden and intense. But most start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Pay attention to your body and call 911 if you experience:

  • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes – or it may go away and then return. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath. This can occur with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs. Other possible signs include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
Common  Heart Attack warning signs infographic

Daily Quote: April 21, 2021

A dog is the only thing on earth
that loves you more than you love yourself.

~ Josh Billings (American – Comedian / April 21, 1818 – October 14, 1885)

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Wednesday, April 21st is Administrative Professionals Day. It used to be called Secretaries Day, but the word and idea of Secretary is now considered to be gauche, so instead we’ll call them Administrative Professionals. The true organizers of the office that keep the offices in order and on time, running everything from behind the scenes.

Get out the popcorn and celebrate National Canadian Film Day. Created by Reel Canada in 2014, it is a time to celebrate Canadian films, art and actors. Is it a coincidence that National Canadian Film Day falls on World Creativity and Innovation Day? I think not. Let’s all be creative today and look for new, innovative ways to get things done.

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)

Holidays and Celebrations:

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)

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

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)

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

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)

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

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.