Daily Quote: March 13, 2021

Everybody else does work
– I have too much fun.

~ Bill Cunningham (American – Photographer / March 13, 1929 – June 25, 2016)

Holidays and Celebrations:


Porte Musings:

Like Bill Cunningham, photography isn’t work to me. It’s a passion that I like to indulge in on a regular basis. Walking with a camera in hand through a new to me area, attending family functions, walking in the park with a couple for engagement pictures, portraits in your back yard or taking real estate photos in a beautifully staged home…..

Just a few days after celebrating Barbie, we celebrate Ken Day. Ken the perfect boyfriend that goes with Barbie and her friends surfing, for a drive, on a date and always the perfect gentleman (without balls–lol). Luckily real life boyfriends also have real lives and do things beyond the limitations of their girlfriends. Male roles have been evolving since the 50’s as they now actively participate in child care and don’t have to “suck it up” when they feel like crying.

But, you can’t escape your history. Genealogy Day is a day to remember your roots. This has changed with the easy availability of DNA testing. Be careful if you decide to do one of the DNA testings. You may find you have more roots hidden than you want to know. My sisters and I confirmed we were sisters. While my husband found a 1/2 sister he didn’t know he had and now doesn’t know if he had a different biological father or if his father had more than the 8 children that grew up in my husband’s household.

Well, if you don’t want to celebrate either of those days you can always celebrate National Jewel Day. Go to your local Jewelry store and either just browse or buy yourself a pretty bauble. As I always say Jewelry will always fit.

Enjoy your weekend and indulge yourself. ❤

Daily Quote: March 12, 2021

Limit to courage?
There is no limit to courage.

~ Gabriele D’Annunzio (Italian – Poet / March 12, 1863 – March 1, 1938)

Holidays and Celebrations:


Porte Musings:

The tundra swan migration through Southwestern Ontario is one of the major signs of spring approaching. They travel almost 12,000 kilometers round trip with their migration south only to return to the cooler artic areas in the summer months. It’s impossible to know if individuals are just following the crowd or showing courage on the mass migrations but it is truly an amazing sight. Witnessing their gathering for rest in the fields is so much more than just sight. The wind that kept them grounded for the day swirls around the observer and the sound of the swans excitedly chatting is almost deafening.

This weekend we will turn the clocks ahead in an attempt to lengthen our “daylight hours”. Bedtime will be an hour earlier, and we’ll need to get up an hour earlier. It usually takes about a week to get used to the new schedule so the Friday before should be a day to celebrate World Sleep Day.

Be careful when you sleep because you never know where your dreams will take you. Today we’re also remembering Alfred Hitchcock Day. Anyone who has witnessed the huge flocks of grackles in Texas can understand the horror of The Birds. Although the story lines might not be original, the presentation was and no one will ever forget the shower scene in the 1960 movie Psycho. Alfred Hitchcock also was one of the first film makers to use subliminal imagery to add to the horror (although for some of us it seemed like a montage of weird scenes).

The best way to get away from nightmares is to spend time in the garden or the greenhouse just soaking up the sun and playing in the dirt. So celebrate National Plant a Flower Day and watch them grow. Remember it’s proven that talking to your plants makes them grow stronger, so just imagine what it does for children.

Daily Quote: March 11, 2021

I’m a photographer, period.
I love photography,
the immediacy of it.
I like the craft,
the idea of saying ‘I’m a photographer.’

~David LaChapelle (American – Photographer / Born: March 11, 1963)

Holidays and Celebrations:


Porte Musings:

Changes. Some are good, some are bad. Every time I sign into my blog site the “Basic Block Editor” changes, the look and feel of how I’m inputting my thoughts onto the computer screen changes by some unknown god that keeps modifying my fonts and how it works. I’m not certain I like these new fonts and changes.

Lailat al Miraj is the Muslim celebration of the ascension of the Prophet Muhammad to heaven where he is allowed to see God in person and leads all the other prophets in prayer (including Joseph, Adam, Abraham, Moses, Aaron, Jesus, and John the Baptist.) He returns to Mecca he describes things to the Quraish and proves that he was there.

Today is also World Kidney Day. when we celebrate the wonderous functions of our Kidney, the water filter system of our body. My husband, a kidney cancer survivor is thankful everyday that we are born with 2 kidneys and only need one. My future daughter-in-law, a kidney transplant recipient, is thankful for our advances in technology that helped with dialysis until a donor was available. Please remember to sign your donor cards so others can use the earthly parts when you don’t need them anymore.

Dream Day started in Costa Rica by author Robert Muller. On a bench known as the bench of dreams, visitors sit with 2 stones, one in each hand, put their hands together and dream of a better world. One stone is left behind in the nearby garden, the other is taken with the dreamer so that they can remember the dream. During COVID-19 restrictions we may not be able to go to Costa Rica, but we could make our own bench of dreams in our yards or communities.

Tundra Swans are flying north and gathering throughout our local area. I went to the Thedford Bogs (with many other people) to see this wonderous gathering of the Tundra Swans. Yesterday was very windy so the birds rested for the day on the open flooded fields and feasted on the left over corn. It is amazing to see the thousands of graceful travelers and hear them chatting.