Friday, February 12, 2016

February the 12th






The pictures posted atop today's entry, February the 12th of 2016 are in honor of Charles Schultz who lived on this earth between the years 11/26/1922—2/12/2000, but, to this day, lives on in the hearts and minds of countless people.
As you may know, in bygone years, I’ve written about Schultz and his characters here on Blogger. In any event, the characters that Schultz created in his comic strip “Peanuts” have brought such joy as well as tears to all who have encountered them through the comic strip itself, as well as television specials, and even at The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.  
The pictures included with this Blogger entry are of some details of a couple of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade  balloons that were inspired by Schultz’s characters. The images were shot in this manner to give you a sense, dear reader, of just how gigantic those balloons are!
In Cam’s ePub (on Amazon) version of her book, “Words In Our Beak Volume One,” Cam includes many details regarding the various Macy’s balloons. She even states the history behind a given balloon’s parade appearance in The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Cam became very interested in the Macy’s balloons when her avian friends got side-swiped by them as the balloons made their way along the parade’s route. The accidents of balloons running into tree tops were the motivating factor re Cam wanting to include them in the ePub version of her book.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

For A Prisoner of Love

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon

Ever since February 1st 2016, in honor of Valentine’s Day prep, I have been sharing the stories (here and on Blogger as well as Fb) of an array of whimsical characters who have come to visit me during this time period.
Since today is already February 10th and Valentine’s Day is only four days away, they will be leaving soon, and in anticipation of this, one of my whimsical characters has confided in me that he is a prisoner of love, and cannot seem to get the key to his girl’s heart. This character has apparently heard #Delilah on the radio as he knows she plays songs to help her callers to cope with their (mostly) love life situations.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

SHROVE TUESDAY, FOUR YEARS LATER


Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon.

First off I'm just checking in to see how your Chinese New Year's Day fared, dear reader! As I stated here on Blogger yesterday, this is The Year of the Monkey. 

My sister was born in The Year of The Monkey, which is one of the reasons I included a picture of the gals atop today's entry. They call themselves the Valentine sisters!

They are among a number of other whimsical types who are visiting me in honor of Valentines Day. As you may have noticed, I've been including different figurines in a given post (ever since last week), in preparation for Valentines Day.

For even though it's considered by a number of folks to be a retail-based holiday, Valentines Day, is always a good time to reach out to those you love; and it doesn't have to be a significant other.

Monday, February 8, 2016

The Year of The Monkey

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon.

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon.

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon.

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon.

Happy Chinese New Year to you and yours, dear reader. I guess you know that in their calendar, tis The Year of The Monkey.

Perhaps Julius The Sock Monkey is happy about this news, for any time  it’s the year of a given animal, folks begin to think more about that animal type.

However, Julius The Sock Monkey may not need The Year Of The Monkey as an excuse to endear others to him. After all, he has notoriety from being the fictional character created by cartoonist and fashion designer, Paul Frank. And he appears in a variety of media today, including The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which is where I captured him (photographically) soaring along the parade’s route.

Cam, my visiting cardinal and co-author of “Words In Our Beak Volume One,” so was impressed that Julius’s likeness was rendered into a Macy’s ballon that she included him in the Amazon version of “Words In our Beak Volume One.”

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon.


Yesterday, in addition to it being eight days before Valentines Day, and two days before the onset of The Year of The Monkey in this 2016 Chinese New Year, as well as one day before the Super Bowl (which I know NOTHING about); it is the birthdate of Bob Marley. (He was born in 1945 and died in 1981.)

Mr. Marley is known for many quotations and songs, but one that is fitting for me at this time is "Three Little Birds," which you can hear via Vimeo.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

"Perfect love sometimes does not come until after the first grandchild." REPRISED

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon.

Once upon a time, here on blogger, I pointed out that according to a Welsh proverb, "perfect love sometimes does not come until after the first grandchild."
And I stated that I "imagine perfect love probably comes with any grandchild, or child for that matter (although I have neither, and my maternal instincts are mainly exercised in the extreme care I offer in tending my terrace garden as well as tending to the needs of the birds that visit it). In any event, whether perfect love comes with the first grandchild or not, the fact that I am my maternal grandparents' first grandchild causes me to like to believe that the proverb is true! Not only am I my grandparents' first grandchild, but I was born on their wedding anniversary!"
In any event, my wonderful grandmother died a number of years ago, but before she passed, she said to me that I "should get back to writing,"  which I finally am.
And if she were alive today, I would certainly give her a copy of the book, "Words In Our Beak Volume One," which Cam, the cardinal  who visits my urban (NYC) garden, wrote with me.
If, dear reader, you are fourtunate enough to still have your grandmother, you might want to consider giving her the gift of Cam, which according to my "love birds" makes a wonderful Valentines gift!
Perhaps some of you are grandparents, and if so, you must know all about perfect love and grandchildren bringing it into your lives! Since children have also enjoyed Cam, you might want to consider expressing your love for your grandchildren by sharing Cam with them for Valentines Day.
The V day holiday is only eight days away so I'm just sayin....

Friday, February 5, 2016

Whimsical Characters Who Multi-Task!

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon.


Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon.

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon.


Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon.

I have some whimsical characters visiting me for the upcoming holiday of Valentine's Day, and the ones that are pictured here, happen to be multi-tasking!
They are here to remind me, as well as members of TLLG's Fb community, that Valentine's Day will be here in nine days; and if you want to get a gift for that special someone in your life, you might want to consider giving the gift of Cam!
Cam, as many of you know, is a beautiful as well as prolific cardinal who has been visiting my garden since 2012. You may even know that she and I have published a book together, a story told in her voice.
The book is called, "Words In Our Beak Volume One," and its goal is to open readers to a simple understanding of the winged world and their environment. Set in my rooftop urban garden in New York City, our story is told in the voice of Cam, a female cardinal, who visits it. "Words In Our Beak Volume One" is directed to children and adults who are curious about birds, and want to learn about them from a unique perspective.
The book includes hundreds of images of flora and fauna, links to movies, as well as to informative narratives that have been created by the author, and it makes a great as well as unusual Valentine's Day gift!
But, don't take just my word for it, check out what's been said about "Words In Our Beak Volume One" on Goodreads.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

News About SONIC!

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon.Sonic, the hedgehog can be seen here, in a photo from bygone years where she is racing along the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade route!
And to think I nearly forgot that February 2nd's holiday of ‪#‎GroundhogDay‬ was Sonic's day too! She shares this day with a groundhog because the animal type she represents was the first ever to be given the task of predicting the onset of spring!
I spoke about this on Fb earlier this week.

But Sonic has other things to celebrate besides the commonality of hedgehogs and groundhogs serving as predictors of the onset of spring! 
Sonic the Hedgehog's media presence occurred on February 2nd, albeit a number of years ago, and this ultimately led to her likeness being rendered into a Macy's balloon!
Cam was so impressed about Sonic's accomplishment, that she featured Sonic in the Amazon version of her book, "Words In Our Beak Volume One." 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Sending in the clowns...

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon.

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon.

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon.

Last week at this time, John Montone from 1010 WINS was calling out to Mayor De Blasio to "send in the plows," to areas of Queens that were still buried under snow from the ‪#‎blizzardjonasnyc‬. Readers of this blog may recall that yours truly was interviewed by John Montone regarding one of my art exhibitions. In any event, I'm not sure if De Blasio heeded the call to "send in the plows," but he did meet with ‪#‎StatenIslandChuck‬ this morning, in honor of #GroundhogDay to witness his prediction re the onset of spring for 2016.
And in spite of the fact that we had 28.5 inches of snow fall in parts of NYC on 1-23-16— Chuck "predicted" that spring will arrive early this year.

Maybe Chuck's a people pleaser, telling te crowds what they want to hear, as do some prophets. But as I said earlier today, in an entry on Facebook,"The groundhog is like most other prophets; it delivers its prediction and disappears."

In any event, rather spring will come early or not, remains to be seen, but one thing is certain, ‪#‎ValentinesDay‬ will come in twelve days, on February 14, 2016.
Therefore, I am sending in the clowns (that are already visiting me for this upcoming holiday), to my Fb community as a reminder that there are not too many days to get the ones you love something for Valentines Day.
And I'm following the advice of some lovebirds who visited me yesterday! They suggested that folks give the ones they love the gift of Cam (via her book, "Words In Our Beak Volume One," for #ValentinesDay! Info @https://www.facebook.com/TheLastLeafGardener/photos/a.355589574490422.73015.247917655257615/930275623688478/?type=3&theater

Monday, February 1, 2016

Meet Love Birds who Love Birds

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon


It's February! And this year there is an extra day in this month to celebrate because it's leap year!

And my twins (pictured here) are ready to take on the month as they are love birds AND they love birds!

Therefore, since February honors love birds with Valentine's Day, and it honors those who love birds, by being known as #NationalBirdFeeding month, my twins are most excited that the month of February has begun!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

A Sparrow Makes An Early Prediction!


Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon.
Ground Hog Day is not until  2-2-2016, but, I know someone & I'm not naming names who's tweeting about a prediction he made upon seeing his shadow (in my urban — NYC —  garden)!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

#TWTWTW

As I consider that it was only a week ago today on 1-23-16, that the ‪#‎jonasblizzardnyc‬ paid a visit to my garden, a visit that not deter wild birds from also visiting (as evidenced in the following images taken on that day), I recall a sitcom from bygone years ‪#‎ThatWasTheWeekThatWas‬ OR ‪#‎TWTWTW‬AKA That Was The Week That Was!

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon.


Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon.


Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon.


Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store AND it’s on Amazon.

Info on the aforementioned sitcom can be found on WIKI @ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/That_Was_the_Week_That_Was
And some my Fb posts re #jonasblizzardnyc can be found via the following links: