Daily Quote: May 8, 2021

I have found the best way to give advice to your children
is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.


~ Harry S Truman (American – President  May 8, 1884 – December 26, 1972)

Holidays and Celebrations:

***World Migratory Bird Day***

***Native American Day, USA***

***No Socks Day***

Porte Musings:

Here we are at the second Saturday in May. Today is celebrated as World Migratory Bird Day. As many birds are heading to their summer homes the Canadian Geese are already out swimming with their newly hatched goslings. Seven goslings in my first sighting of the season were swimming with their parents in a sheltered area.

In the USA it is Native American Day. A day set aside to celebrate Native American culture and contributions. To bad they didn’t remember that when all natives were forced to leave their lands and re-locate west of the Mississippi. Or just get out and move. The Munsee Delaware Nation relocation started in the 1700’s. From southern New York, northern New Jersey, and Pennsylvania to the Reserve in Muncy Ontario. My husband is a member of this band but much of his heritage was lost as females were “enfranchised” when they married off the Reserve loosing their family connections and Indian Status. Recent changes in Canadian Law have enabled their children, grand children and great grand children to reclaim their status, but the community, extended family connections and traditions are forever lost.

So let’s also celebrate No Socks Day. Take your socks off and walk in the damp grass or find some sunshine warmed sand to sink your toes into. I can’t wait until the tomatoes are planted and ready to pick. Nothing tastes better than fresh tomatoes you have picked from you garden in bare feet.

I’ve been trying to re-vamp the format of Porte Photos blog so it can be changed into a daily Podcast. Try listening to the podcast and let me know what you think of these early podcast days.

Daily Quote: October 10, 2020

From your parents you learn love and laughter
and how to put one foot before the other.
But when books are opened you discover that you have wings.

~ Helen Hayes (American – Actress / October 10, 1900 – March 17, 1993)

Holidays and Celebrations:

World Mental Health Day

World Migratory Bird Day


What better way to celebrate World Mental Health and World Migratory Bird Day than a visit to Point Pelee National Park.

10.10.2020 is the date chosen by my nephew and his fiancée for their wedding. The COVID-19 pandemic second wave is producing higher numbers than seen in the first wave. The good thing is the death rate is much lower this time around.

Strict restrictions are being imposed by the Ontario Government as medical experts recommend we don’t spend Thanksgiving with anyone outside of our immediate household. Luckily the restrictions for weddings doesn’t come into effect until October 13, 2020. Weddings at organized facilities can occur. So their wedding service will have 150 people in a building designed for 500 occupants. The meal and reception will be limited to 50 people.

In preparation for the big day the Groom and his Groomsmen had a barber party where a private barber came to their house to trim beards and hair. Luckily they are in the same “inner circle of 10”. What an amazing idea. Add in a photographer and you get some amazing memories captured.

Daily Quote: May 9, 2020

God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.
~ James M. Barrie (British – Playwright May 9, 1860 – June 19, 1937)


World Migratory Bird Day

National Babysitters Day


Letter Carrier’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Day

(USA – Postponed)  Stamp Out Hunger


Snow in May.  Yes it happens, but we are all in shock as the temperatures dipped below freezing.  By next weekend the temperatures will return to seasonal temperatures.  It’s as if Mother Nature wanted to remind us in Ontario that we shouldn’t plant our tender annuals until after May 24.

Tomorrow will be Mother’s Day and many will be blessed enough to have “Porch Visits” with their Mothers.

COVID-19 continues it’s global control by cancelling events and reminding us to continue social distancing.  Although the regulations are loosening, in Ontario the social distancing remains in effect until after May 19, 2020.  I’ve extended my “Porch Photos” promotion until May 19th.