Daily Quote: December 24, 2021

If you want to be happy for life, love what you do.

~ Mary Higgins Clark
American – Author / December 24, 1927 – January 31, 2020

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Christmas Eve is finally here. This is the day I gather my family for a nice evening meal and we exchange gifts. I never thought I’d see the day where they were all going to have COVID rapid tests before entering my house. Our gathering is small, only 8 adults and 4 children, but with OMICRON variant abounding my children think it’s the responsible thing to do. Be certain to leave a mask our for Santa in case he forgot his.

Today is usually my favorite day to go shopping: Last-Minute Shopper’s Day. But this year I did most of my shopping via Amazon so everything was delivered and wrapped early this year.

A glass of Egg Nog for the Evening meal to celebrate National Egg Nog Day, with our without rum. 😉

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

Daily Quote: August 30, 2021

What terrified me will terrify others;
and I need only describe the spectre
which had haunted my midnight pillow.

~ Mary Shelley
English – Author / August 30, 1797 – February 1, 1851

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

August 30th, Mary Shelley’s Birthday is a day to remember Frankenstein Day and nightmares. May all your villagers be welcoming instead of waiting outside your door to execute you. Why not get some popcorn and watch an old Frankenstein movie or better still read the book.

Of all the nightmares of the world, on our TV screens are images of Afghan’s wanting to flee Afghanistan as the Taliban are overrunning the country. Today is also a day set aside as International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. A day to remember all the kidnapped victims and those taken hostage.

Along the same vein of horrors today is also set aside as National Grief Awareness Day. Take time to heal and grieve.

Part of the healing process might include a long walk on one of the many beautiful beaches, sand, wind and waves as you celebrate National Beach Day.

Daily Quote: August 6, 2021

Patience is the art of hoping.

~ Luc de Clapiers
(French – WriterAugust 6, 1715 – May 28, 1747)

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

The first Friday of August is International Beer Day. So raise a glass or a mug to celebrate.

Today is also National Root Beer Float Day, so if you don’t drink beer, this is the one for you.

After a good drink either a beer or a root beer, celebrate wiggle your toes day, preferably in some warm beach sand.

Daily Quote: May 1, 2020

I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries,
and very frankly give them fruit for their songs.
~ Joseph Addison (English – Writer / May 1, 1672 – June 17, 1719)


May Day

Doctor’s Day; Ontario; Canada Cares


The European Starlings have discovered the suet at the end of the bird feeder outside my dining room window.  Chipping sparrows, Blue Jays and Cardinals also visit regularly.  Chipmunks and squirrels have figured out how to get around the barriers and join in the feast.

I have a ground hog who lives behind my fence, on the Railroad property.  She has been there now for more than 3 years.  The first year I planted pumpkins behind the fence to help keep the weeds down and she thoroughly enjoyed eating them.  Last year I didn’t plant the pumpkins so she decided it was an invitation to help herself to my garden.  She ate the swisschard as quickly as it grew and she also enjoyed all of my zuchini.  She would venture in the garden at dawn and again at dusk, when my son was sitting in the yard having his first and last smoke for the day.

This year, my son is living in his own home, but she still comes to visit at dawn and at dusk.  She has also discovered that the birds tend to throw a lot of food on the ground, so she has been venturing to the bird feeders outside my dining room window.  It is there that I have had a close-up view of the large scar behind her head where she has lost a huge patch of fur and a scar on her side where it looks like someone shot her with a pellet gun.  She is a survivor.  I will plant pumpkins for her and her children to enjoy again behind the fence and will try to keep her on her own side.  But, I would never hurt her or let my dog out to chase her without first making enough noise so she can slip quickly under the whole in the the fence.