Daily Quote: October 13, 2021

I’m not afraid of problem-solving.
There is always a way.

~ Hanneli Mustaparta
Norwegian – Photographer / Born: October 13, 1982

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

The focus today is on Women’s Breasts: No Bra Day and Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day. So set those ladies free and be certain to book your Mamograms!

And don’t forget National Bring Your Teddy Bears to Work and School Day.

The News is good today. The USA has announced it will permit non-essential travel to the USA in November. The Canadian Snowbirds are packing and revving their engines as our Seasonal Campgrounds close the end of October.

Is it a sign that the Pandemic is lessening it’s grip or that we are just going to learn to live with it? Some of us are being a bit more cautious and still holding off on our travel south.

Daily Quote: May 10, 2021

I have made mistakes
but I have never made the mistake
of claiming that I have never made one.

~ James Gordon Bennett (American – Editor Lived: May 10, 1841 – May 14, 1918)

Holidays and Celebrations:

*** National Denim Day ***

*** National Women’s Check-Up Day ***

*** Trust Your Intuition Day ***

Porte Musings:

Wear would we be without National Denim Day? Yes, I used the correct wear, W, E, A, R. Denim is one of the most favorite fashion fabrics. Especially now that we have stretch denim. What could be more comfortable than stretch denim jeans?

Today is also National Women’s Check-Up Day. So for all of my women followers, schedule that check-up appointment, do that self breast exam, get that mammogram and spread them wide for that pap smear. Pay attention to your health there are people depending on you.

Along with that, trust your intuition on Trust Your Intuition Day. If something feels off it probably is. You may not be able to put your finger on it, but your intuition knows.

Daily Quote: January 4, 2021

Snow brings a special quality with it
—the power to stop life as you know it dead in its tracks

~ Nancy Hatch Woodward (American Writer / Born: September 11, 1954)

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Sometimes the weather is just perfect such that when it snows the snow clings to everything in sight and for just a magical moment it waits there for the sun to melt it. Yesterday morning was one of those rare moments. A Sunday morning during lockdown when the wet snow fell slowly and built up on every surface it could find. A white blanket over everything and no one was in a hurry to move it. It was warm enough that you didn’t have to wear gloves, but cold enough to keep the snow in place until noon. Families were out walking along the trails in the Conservation Area and children playing on the hills with their winter toys. Yet the snow adds a layer of quiet that muffles all the sound of traffic and attenuates all the other sounds. Peace, quiet and beauty.

Daily Quote: December 30, 2020

Photography is a small voice, at best,
but sometimes one photograph, or a group of them,
can lure our sense of awareness.

~ W. Eugene Smith (American – PhotographerDecember 30, 1918 – 1978)

Holidays and Celebrations:


Porte Musings:

Only 2 more days left of 2020. Perhaps by celebrating Enormous Changes at the Last Minute the year 2020 can be saved. Or by re-phasing the events of the year we can give it a new spin.

Here are some better ways to remember 2020:

  • 2020 was the year that a vaccine was developed for COVID-19 in record time and a world-wide pandemic was brought to a screeching halt.
  • 2020 was the year we got to spend time with our loved ones.
  • 2020 was the year that air pollution levels dramatically decreased.
  • 2020 was the year companies switch production to hand sanitizer and PPE.
  • 2020 was the year volunteers made PPE for front line workers.
  • 2020 was the year that neighbours celebrated by dancing in the streets (separately but together).
  • 2020 was the year the Canadian Government paid people to stay home.
  • 2020 was the year Churches broadcast their services.
  • 2020 was the year that everyone started gardening, all the local stores sold out of seeds.
  • 2020 was the year so many people started baking that we ran out of yeast and flour in many of the stores.
  • 2020 was the year people learned new at home hobbies.
  • 2020 was the year that on-line learning was made available to everyone.
  • 2020 was they year all the animal shelters were emptied as people decided to adopt pets.
  • 2020 was the year we went to Texas (before we were told to come home).
  • 2020 was the year everyone got out walking.
  • 2020 was the year that the Provincial Parks had to close because too many people went there.
  • 2020 was the beginning of on-line access to Doctors in Ontario
  • 2020 was the year AMAZON really became popular.
  • 2020 was the year we all wore masks into banks and stores.
  • 2020 was they year stores started curb-side pick-up.
  • 2020 was the year of shields, plexiglass shields.
  • 2020 was the year we learned to keep our distance.
  • 2020 was the year when cash almost became obsolete.
  • 2020 was the year my youngest son got married.
  • 2020 was the year I posted daily quotes.
  • 2020 was the year…….

Daily Quote: December 29, 2020

Good laws make it easier to do right and harder to do wrong.

~ William E. Gladstone (British – Leader / December 29, 1809 – May 19, 1898)

Holidays and Celebrations:


*As the end of 2020 is getting closer it’s time to review the year and finish our 2020 goals. Since I’ve been retired I’ve made a habit of not making any goals for the next year, but I think I’ll review that habit and try to make some goals for 2021. Some should be the SMART ones (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time) and some should be just general or yet to be defined. My financial one always is to have less debt than the year before. I’ve managed to achieve that one this year due to travel being restricted by COVID-19. I’ve stayed in my budget for gift giving and paid all my bills on time. Now to continue my financial goals for 2021. I always ensure that I go into the new year without any bills outstanding or due. It’s my own superstition that if I start the year not owing, I’ll end the year not owing. It’s a SMART goal and a self-fulfilling prophecy that I hope to continue every year.

Daily Quote: December 26, 2020

To the gifted and experienced musician, music is a language…..

~ Leopold Mannes (photographer, musician, patent inventor / December 26, 1899 – August 11, 1964)

Holidays and Celebrations:


*The Ontario Province wide lock down began this morning at 00:01. Only essential services will be open for business. All none essential services are to remain closed. Gatherings are limited to immediate household members only. Hopefully in combination with the COVID-19 vaccine these extreme measures will curb the rise in the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Vaccinations have begun with Health Care Professionals and the most vulnerable.

Boxing Day sales on line only or only in “essential” stores. So my daughter-in-law and I aren’t able to do our annual shopping at Whiteoaks in London ON.

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Daily Quote: September 25, 2020

Some things you’ll never know,
and some things you’ll wish you never knew.

~ Eric Williams (1st Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago-Historian / September 25, 1911 – March 29, 1981)

Holidays and Celebrations:

Native American Day – USA

Save the Koala Day

Comic Book Day


Usually between Labour Day and the first day of Fall we have a killing frost. Walking with my sister and our dogs we saw this turkey running through the grass. Turkeys are usually in groups, but this one was by herself and must have been separated from her flock on this frosty early morning.

Daily Quote: September 5, 2020

For whatever a man has,
is in reality only a gift.

Christoph Martin Wieland

Celebrations: September 5

International Day of Charity

National Cheese Pizza Day

Bacon Day

World Beard Day


With all the inflated numbers and predictions I thought it was time to revisit the real numbers as per Google News:

LocationTotal casesNew cases (last 60 days)Cases per 1 million peopleRecoveredDeaths
Worldwide26,622,7063,42417,717,911874,708
United States6,218,90018,8713,391,087187,698
https://news.google.com/covid19/map?hl=en-CA&gl=CA&ceid=CA%3Aen
LocationTotal casesNew cases (last 60 days)Cases per 1 million peopleRecoveredDeaths
Worldwide26,622,7063,42417,717,911874,708
Canada131,1243,453115,9269,141
Quebec63,1177,68355,7245,767
Ontario42,8343,15038,7412,811
https://news.google.com/covid19/map?hl=en-CA&gl=CA&ceid=CA%3Aen&mid=%2Fm%2F0d060g

Predictions for the USA include numbers as high as over 400,000 deaths by the end of 2020 from COVID-19.

We’ve been so lucky in Ontario. In London-Middlesex we’ve seen days without new cases. But fear of Corona Virus has mandated the use of facial masks and still has limits on the number of people permitted to gather. Churches still remain closed and School openings have been delayed.

I went to the playground with my grandson yesterday. Although the equipment hasn’t changed it’s very sad to see the loneliness in my grandson’s eyes as he is no longer permitted to mingle with the other children and must keep his distance. The public washrooms aren’t open, so small children duck behind trees to pee.

My heart breaks for all the children that are learning not to trust others, keep their distance and constantly wash their hands.