Daily Quote: April 11, 2022

When we lose the right to be different,
we lose the privilege to be free.

~ Charles Evans Hughes
American – Judge / April 11, 1862 – August 27, 1948

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Israel is on high security alert as we enter Holy Monday, 6 days before Easter Sunday. Prayers and fasting continues on the 10th day of Ramadan and the 41st day of Lent, approaching the Jewish celebration of Passover.

Hug your pets as we celebrate National Pet Day, unless your pet is a python or a spider.

A very Canadian type of holiday to celebrate National Poutine Day. French Fries with cheese curds covered with hot gravy. Heart attack in a take-out container. Mmmm….. 😉

April 11th was my Father’s Birthday. He was born in St. Joseph’s Hospital during the great flood of London Ontario. A difficult birth using forceps, his mother’s pelvic bone was broken and he suffered lifelong with learning disabilities. But he did learn to read the comics, do word searches, play cards and become a high pressure welder. He was very handsome, stubborn and opinionated. He provided for and raised 4 daughters. He had a good life, cut short by small cell cancer. And I miss him everyday.

George and Sue (Beatrice) Porte

Daily Quote: April 4, 2022

At 50, I began to know who I was.
It was like waking up to myself.

~ Maya Angelou
American – Poet / April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Fasting and prayer continues on the 3rd day of Ramadan.

I remember Princess Diana supporting the removal of mines in war torn countries. She travelled to the fields and showed us the hidden dangers. Speaking for the children who were being dismembered by the left over hidden mines. So remember International Mine Awareness Day.

Eat your carrots. Even if it’s in the form of a carrot cake. It’s easy to celebrate International Carrot Day.

I agree with Maya. At 50 you start to learn your true self. I celebrated the year by learning to ride a motorcycle. I enjoyed working as a Project Officer, designing and building new buildings, changing old buildings into useful buildings. Since I’ve retired I’ve become more in touch with my creative side. Walking, kayaking, biking, taking pictures, painting, playing my flute, days of leisure, watching my grandchildren grow. Growing old is a pleasure denied by many. Today I’m going to a baseball game with friends from Sleepy Hollow. I’m planning an adventure of a guided kayak trip. And I’m knitting a blanket for my expected new grandson.

Daily Quote: April 3, 2022

Living well is the best revenge.

~ George Herbert
British – Poet / April 3, 1593 – March 1, 1633

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

5th Sunday of Lent

Fasting and prayer continues for Muslims on the 2nd day of Ramadan.

Remember to do random good deeds on Good Deed Day.

For Doctor Who fans today is Fish Sticks and Custard Day. This meal was on the first show of the series aired on April 3, 2010. A perfect meal for a Sunday. Be certain to take a picture of your fish sticks and custard and post it #fishsticksand custard

Yes the best revenge is to live a prosperous, happy, long life. My step mother once told me the worst thing you can do is deny someone their inheritance. After my father died he left everything to her. When she died she shared among her children and left nothing to my sisters and I. As I’ve told others, her children were all in need, they needed our inheritance more than we did. And we continue to live a blessed life. I forgive her for being so jealous of my father that she wouldn’t even let him be buried beside his first wife and she insisted on being buried beside him instead of her first husband,(even though there are plots for each beside their deceased spouses). I forgive her for not understanding a person can love more than one person. A man can love as a husband, a father, a brother, a friend and a son. Our revenge for her selfishness is to live prosperous lives. After all, she was declared an unfit mother in court after she abandoned her children when they were little, so it’s only fair that she actually showed them some “love” when she died. I was lucky enough to know love by my parents, who never deserted me and my sisters. My parents always made sure we were loved, well fed, clothed and housed. No better inheritance can a parent give to their children than a good childhood filled with love. The past can’t be denied.

Daily Quote: March 29, 2022

Kindness is always fashionable,
and always welcome.

~ Amelia Barr
American – Novelist /March 29, 1831 – March 10, 1919

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

My youngest son insisted on getting a piano. He took lessons and enjoyed playing every day. Then he grew up and started to play golf. Today is Piano Day. Enjoy the sounds while you can.

In the 1970’s young men dodged the draft and came to Canada from the USA. We watched and had slogans of peace not war. The Vietnam war ended and the veterans came back in shame. I saved all the newspaper clippings for a History Project. It took a long time before they were called heroes. Young men that would never be the same. Disowned by their own country men. Many never returned. Those that did would never be the same. So honour the veterans on National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

On a lighter note today is also National Lemon Chiffon Cake. Enjoy some drizzled with a bit of icing. 😉

Daily Quote: March 28, 2022

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:

Missing my cats as they are at home living a life of luxury with my sons taking care of them. But remember Respect Your Cat Day. They may be very independent, but once one falls in love with you, you become part of their world.

Pull them out, toss them or just let them grow wild today is Weed Appreciation Day. Growing between the pavement cracks, in the vegetable garden and the open fields. You really need to acknowledge them and their tenuousness.

If you are close to your little ones, grab a picture book and celebrate Children’s Picture Book Day.

One of my favorite cakes is Black Forest. Layers of chocolate soaked in rum and covered in sweet cherries. I’ll be celebrating National Black Forest Cake Day with a big slice. Mmmm….. 😉

Walking on the boardwalk at Wilderness Park I met some fellow birders from Maine and Washington that had come to Hillsborough County to celebrate their Mother’s 90th birthday. They told me about the Limpkins that they saw by the boat launch. I was afraid the Limpkins would be gone by the time I got to the boat launch, but the pair of Limpkins were still there foraging. Dotted birds about the size of a small fawn they blended into the foliage. So I ventured to another spot and was able to shoot the one I used in today’s quote. What took me by surprise was how loudly they shrieked and how gracefully they were able to fly. Thank goodness Birders are so willing to share.