Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: November 10, 2022

Even if I knew that tomorrow
the world would go to pieces,
I would still plant my apple tree.

~ Martin Luther
German – Leader November 10, 1483 – February 18, 1546

Porte Ponderings:

Yes, I would continue to plant things as well.

Yesterday, I painted two more Christmas Cards.

Today, I’m going to have my left eye lasered to clear off the back of my replacement lens. There was a terrible mix-up with the referral from my Optometrist, but once the referral was received the appointment was set up quickly. It’s a very quick procedure, I had it done 4 years ago on my left eye.

Tomorrow is Remembrance Day, so Zumba is cancelled and we’ll all be at the Cenotaph to pay our respects.

November is almost 1/2 over and I’m looking forward to going to Cuba at the end of the month. Christmas is already trying to make it into the discussions as I’ve booked our Family Christmas Eve get together. I’m having a house-sitter while we go to Florida, so I’ve invited her to stay while we go to Cuba. So much to do. So little time. ❤

Porte Photos: May 3, 2022

Today’s picture is of a pigeon at Zephyr Park. A little ordinary and found everywhere.

Florida is just a memory now as we’ve returned to Ontario and I’m open for business. I have a newborn gift certificate that was purchased.

I look forward to my new grandson due in late June 2022. Babies are so beautiful.

The road trip home was thankfully uneventful. Georgia was very slow traffic through Atlanta. I followed the Google instructions and drove the HOV lanes, but it was still very slow going. The only time I’ve ever gone through Atlanta without issues was a Sunday morning at 4 AM. We did see a truck on fire headed south and the traffic was backed up for miles. It looked like everyone was safe.

Rickie and I have resumed morning walks with my sister and her dog Maddie.

Porte Photos: April 24, 2022

People net fishing in Zephyr Park never cease to amaze me. They gather up there nets and toss them into the air then gather back whatever is caught, check their catch, then do it again. Often the birds gather to watch, just in case something is of value to them when the fisherman walks away. I love how the camera stops the nets mid-air or splashing on the surface of the water.

Today is Saint George’s Day. I’m certain my son is one of the Saint Georges. 😉

Porte Photos: April 23, 2022

The drake wood duck always looks like a wooden decoy to me. Too bright and too beautiful to be real. Gliding effortlessly on the water. Posing for anyone that wants to take its photo.

Zephyr Park is a perfect place for these birds to make their nests in the large Live Oak trees. An ideal location for the young ducklings to grow into adults.

Daily Quote: April 10, 2022

Memory is often less about the truth
than about what we want it to be.

~ David Halberstam
American – Journalist / April 10, 1934 – April 23, 2007

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

During this Holy Time we are remembering the 9th Day of Ramadan for Muslims and the 40th Day of Lent for Christians. The 40th Day of Lent is also Palm Sunday for Christians to remember when Jesus entered the City as a King, loved by all, on an Ass, the same way his Mother Mary had arrived to Bethlehem for his birth.

Palm Sunday

Today is also National Siblings Day. I’m lucky enough to get along with all of my younger sisters, but wish they would set aside their differences and enjoy being together again.

Only a memory of being together as sisters on Sibling Day.

Might as well have a Cinnamon Crescent and a coffee on National Cinnamon Crescent Day.

Actually, I think I’ll go kayaking at Kings Landing in Florida. A 2 hour guided tour with all equipment supplied through the crystal clear waters and wilderness of the Florida interior.

Daily Quote: April 8, 2022

You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.

~ Mary Pickford
Canadian – Actress / April 8, 1892 – May 29, 1979

Holidays and Celebration:

Porte Musings:

Religious fasting and prays continue for Christians celebrating the 38th day of Lent and Muslims celebrating the 7th day of Ramadan.

For all the aspiring artists today is Draw a Picture of a Bird Day.

For all the aspiring artists today is Draw a Picture of a Bird Day.
I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the tutorials #jesserobertson.
My version of Cherry Blossom Bluebird.

Let’s all eat Empanadas to celebrate National Empanada Day. 😉

Daily Quote: April 7, 2022

A real friend is one who walks in when
the rest of the world walks out.

~ Walter Winchell
American – Journalist / April 7, 1897 – February 20, 1972

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Prayer and fasting continues for Muslims celebrating the 6th day of Ramadan.

Today is World Health Day, eat well, exercise and take your vitamins. Be certain to get your 2nd booster as soon as you are eligible.

The garbage may need to be taken out, the floors swept or the dishes washed, but you have a good reason to let it be and read a good book. Today is National No Housework Day.

By contrast, today is my own private holiday that I always booked off of work as International Window Washing Day. A task to help me see the world more clearly but, can be interrupted by friends and family at any moment, bringing gifts and well wishes. As I turn 65 this year, my bridge pension payment is stopped and my life insurance begins to decline. I start the Old Age Pension and remember all of my friends and family that never had the blessing of growing old. My parents, who died at the ages of 43 and 63; my nursery roommate who has now missed 2 birthdays on earth; my favorite Aunts and Uncles; and even my Paternal Grandmother who died at 93. I’ll have a drink to celebrate one more journey around the sun.

Be certain to keep some coffee cade ready on National Coffee Cake Day just in case window washing is interrupted. 😉

Daily Quote: April 1, 2022

Before I got married I had six theories
about bringing up children;
now I have six children,
and no theories.

~ John Wilmot
English – Writer / April 1, 1647 – July 26, 1680

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

The beginning of the fiscal year for many businesses is also April Fools Day. So beware the jokesters this morning and don’t fall for their practical jokes. 😉

All children love to jump in muddy puddles. So if you have a chance celebrate National Jump in Muddy Puddles Day. Or you can read a Peppa Pig book with someone young enough to enjoy jumping in muddy puddles.

Sourdough is delicious. So have a slice and celebrate National Sourdough Bread Day.

Daily Quote: March 31, 2022

You are never strong enough
that you don’t need help.

~ César Chávez
American – Activist / March 31, 1927 – April 23, 1993

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

One of the earliest protests I remember is the “don’t buy California Grapes protest“. Where everyone was encouraged to not buy grapes until the workers were treated more fairly. I didn’t know at the time that César Chávez, a farm worker, was the American Latino behind the peaceful demonstration. Please remember that there are peaceful ways to achieve a goal on César Chávez Day. Like White Pelicans fishing in a pond, when we unite we can feed each other.

As the fiscal year comes to an end for many businesses, it’s time to Back-up your data and celebrate World Back-up Day.

My husband will tell you his favorite vegetable is potatoes. So grab a spud and celebrate National Tater Day. 😉

Daily Quote: March 30, 2022

Give a man a fish
and you feed him for a day;
teach a man to fish
and you feed him for a lifetime.

~ Maimonides

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Florida is well known for it’s beaches, birds, fish and manatee. Today is Manatee Appreciation Day. So if you’re in Florida or other Manatee sites, take some time to appreciate the beautiful water mammals.

One of my favorite things to do is walk through a park. Celebrate Take a Walk in the Park Day and go for a hike.

I’m uncertain why today is Turkey Neck Soup Day. Maybe it’s time to clean out the freezer and use up those turkey necks you saved for one day. 😉

On this day in 1867 Alaska was bought by the USA from Russia. I wonder if Russia also wants to reclaim it?