Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Galeux d’Eysines, Bumpy Gourds, & The Muscovy Duck, what's bumps got to do with it? (Tuesday's Truths WK 95)

In yesterday's blog post, I mentioned that while on my way to a greenmarket and the green-flea (on the UWS) this past Sunday, I noticed (as did many others, including the police) that a raccoon was looking down (from the tree tops near some scaffolding) on all who passed by. I also mentioned that I was at the market longer than I anticipated, so I never did find out what happened to the creature; for when I returned all evidence of the incident, including on-lookers and policemen were gone.

One of the reasons for my tarrying at the greenmarket was that I spotted a pair bumpy looking pumpkins (pictured above) at Gaia's Breath Farm's "vending" stand and took the time to ask about them. I learned from a kind woman working there that these are a variety known as a peanut pumpkins, a term which I immediately googled after putting the one I got atop the urban hedge in my rooftop garden.

According to a gardening-related web-page, "the peanut pumpkin (Cucurbita maxima ‘Galeux d’Eysine’) is an heirloom pumpkin varietal notable for its distinctive peanut-like growths peppering the exterior of its pink hued rind. Certainly unique looking, some might say unattractive, the 'peanuts' are actually a buildup of excess sugar in the flesh of the pumpkin."

I was not surprised to learn that some say the Galeux d’Eysine was "unattractive" because of having peanut-like growths. However, it is the peanut-like growths that drew my attention, because they reminded me of my own lumps and bumps (that I deplore so much that I rarely alllow my picture to be taken, but for purposes of this entry, one is included towards the end) which I have as a result of being born with the medical (neurological) condition, Neurofibromatosis Type-One.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Monday's Musings: It's not just for the birds, raccoons also do people-ing.

Yesterday I reported on TLLG's Facebook Page, the following: when I was walking up Columbus Avenue, heading towards the greenmarket and green-flea on the UWS, there was a large raccoon who was doing some people-ing from a treetop near to some scaffolding; as evidenced in the picture atop this entry, where the creature can be seen seen "spying" on all who happened to pass by.

Sunday, September 23, 2018


... for 2018 took place this past Friday, September 21.

The United States’ National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed across the nation on the third Friday of September each year. Many Americans take the time to remember those who were prisoners of war (POW) and those who are missing in action (MIA), as well as their families.

I've honored this solemn holiday in by gone years, but was not able to post on 2018's official day for remembering POWS and those who are MIA.

But if truth be told, one should think of those in these situations more than during a once a year date and I hope my belated posting will bring solace to have loved ones that have been categorized as "prisoners of war" or "missing in action."

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Linus's Reminder For Autumn's First Day 2018

We are far too early for the "leaves in a pile situation" since it's only the first day of Autumn, but Linus's advice is something to keep in mind as we enter the fall season.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

The 1st time I met a Cairina moschata... (Throwback Thursday)

It's September 20th 2018 and last year on this day, I took a walk to the 79th Street Boat Basin and encountered a Muscovy duck (AKA Cairina moschata), a bird type whom I'd never seen before and whose picture can be seen atop this posting.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Wednesday's Wisdom: Celebrate Pirates

For this Wednesday's Wisdom, I'm reminding you (with the help of Sandra Boynton, whose image is atop this entry) that today, September 19th, is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, so it's time to use your "pirate-speak."

Holiday Insights reminds readers that "it is not a requirement to dress like a pirate today. Just talk like one." 

And if you'd like to read more about this holiday, please refer to my September 19, 2016 posting here on Blogger.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

My NYSEC Booking: Tuesday's Truths WK 94

As of this posting, I am scheduled to give a talk/presentation at a prominent institution on NYC's UWS, known as NYSEC (New York Society for Ethical Culture) that is related to issues raised in my Words In Our Beak book series (hence the image atop this ninety-fourth entry of my Tuesday's Truths series).

Friday, September 14, 2018

Friday's Follow-up to my 9-12-2017 Post

Atop this blog entry is an image that I saw on an FB Page of someone that I knew (and haven't  seen since) in high school. The photograph instantly made me think of a recent entry that I made on TLLG's FB Page regarding NYC's Tribute In Light, which pays homage to the victims of the September 11th terrorists attacks on the World Trade  Center.

Last year in an entry here on Blogger, I wrote about the danger this tribute poses to migrating birds.

At this time, I'm so grateful to learn that NYC Audubon has made great progress in their efforts to minimize — if not eliminate — the danger this solemn, well-intended, tribute causes migrating birds.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Throw Back Thursday: #NationalPeanutDay

Today is National Peanut Day (hence the web-image atop this post). It is a holiday that I discussed in a prior post (published in 2016) making it "eligible" for a Throw Back Thursday entry. You may reference that posting by clicking here, and as I stated there, and reiterate today, #NationalPeanutDay is for the birds for they celebrate no matter what the day or the weather!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The Seventeenth Anniversary of 9-11 (Tuesday's Truths WK 93)

The truth for segment ninety-three of my series, is that this day marks the seventeenth anniversary of the September Eleventh terrorists attacks. Please click here to see what I've posted about them in bygone years.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Monday's Memory stems from PEANUTS...

.... this strip was published on this day of September 10th in 1982. But Charlie Brown is wrong, Summer is never over on September 10th! The official ending of the season for summer in my hemisphere takes place around September 22nd — twelve days after the tenth, CB!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Thursday's Testimony: 9/6 is Read a Book Day

According to a number of sources, September 6th is Read a Book Day, a web-page has this to say re the holiday:

"Break out your reading glasses and favorite mug of hot coffee, because it’s National Read a Book Day! Some people just can’t stop reading, but most of us tend to put reading on the back burner with other 'maybe later' activities like hitting the gym or cleaning the oven. Life can definitely get in the way of our reading time, but National Read a Book Day is the perfect opportunity to make some time in your life to read. Whether you’re a sci-fi fanatic, a non-fiction buff, or a not-so-often reader, there is a book out there just for you. This holiday literately reminds us that entertainment isn’t limited to what you can watch on a screen or hear through your speakers. Books can bring whole new worlds to life, not to mention shed light on world events and share perspectives on the human experience in a way that other mediums just can’t. In a world of increasing technology and screen-based communication, National Read a Book Day encourages us to switch off and turn the pages for a while."

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Tuesday's Truths, the Ninety-Second Week: "Vous pouvez porter blanc toute l' année!"

CoCo Chanel's quote, "Vous pouvez porter blanc toute l' année," that's within the title of today's post may sound familiar to you, dear reader, as it was included in the title of a blog post that I published here on the Tuesday after Labor Day in 2011 (although at that time I was not running my Tuesday's Truths series).

Btw, the picture atop this entry was also featured in the aforementioned entry. When I wrote that entry, I referred to the white flowers which were growing in my rooftop garden including a variety of Echinacea, such as the one seen in the photos directly below....

...  as well as the flowers growing on my Autumn Clematis.

I'm not sure why I didn't mention (in the blog post which I've been referencing) the white flowers produced by my Tree Peony — AKA Paeonia suffruiticosa — whose flowers are featured in the images below...

... perhaps I failed to do so because by the Tuesday after Labor Day in 2011 this particular shrub was long past its thriving days (which always occur in April through early May).

Monday, September 3, 2018

Labor Day 2018

Honoring Labor Day with a copy of the Mutts comic strip posted atop this entry, but I'm not doing any of the activities Earl mentions for my holiday.

As for Cam, pictured below...

.... she is catching up on her much needed zzzz's for this holiday After all, she's put many long hours into volume three of her Words In Our Beak book series, which will hopefully be out in the early days of fall (as I mentioned in a previous blog post).

Friday, August 31, 2018

Friday's Fact: An Update re Words In Our Beak

You may have already heard the news (posted by Chris Deatherage) on TLLG's Facebook Page: It seems Cam (seen in the picture above which features the image that's on her new book jacket) is about ready to publish the third and final volume of her Words In Our Beak book series.

If you haven't had the chance to read volumes one and/or volume two of her series (pictured below)...

... this might be the perfect time to do so in order to up to speed when she references them in what she plans to be her last volume. Stay tuned for details re its release! Meanwhile, here's the purchase info for volumes one and two:

Volume One: ISBN: 9780996378529:
Book Seller Info: http://bit.ly/2AFZDCz
Barnes & Noble On-Line: http://bit.ly/2AAnB26
book culture On Columbus (a bookstore on the UWS in NYC): http://bit.ly/2FsC1Uf

Volume Two: ISBN: 9780996378536
Book Seller Info: http://bit.ly/2q75g8e
Barnes & Noble On-Line: http://bit.ly/2G65m6H

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Remembering Mary Shelley ETC

Today is August 30th, 2018, which means the official end of summer will not occur in my hemisphere for a few weeks (on Saturday, September 22, 2018 EST); and yet, many stores in NYC are already filled with Halloween merchandise. 

While I make it a habit to decorate my home for the holiday by using figurines clad in Halloween costumes, such as the ones seen in the image atop this entry. The photograph was taken in bygone years and included in prior entries within this blog, such as one which you may reference by clicking here.

As you can see in the picture above, and perhaps even more so in the photos directly below (because two of them have squares and circles affixed to them...

... some of the figurines (and seen even more clearly in the close-ups below) ....

are dressed in costumes related to Frankenstein, the character created  by author, Mary Shelley, who was born on this day of August 30th (in 1797). The anniversary of her birth is probably why I find myself thinking of Frankenstein on this hot August day.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Insects wanted to BEE a part of it, NY, NY (Wednesday's Wisdom)

I guess these insects may share something with many humans... when it comes to NYC, they want to BEE a part of it! In any event, as it happens, I was only a couple of blocks away from this incident when it occurred; although I didn't learn about the event until I returned home.

When it comes to bees, as readers of volume one of my Words In Our Beak book series (pictured below) most likely know, I have had the pleasure of observing their antics in my rooftop garden and have included my findings in my first book and in entries here on Blogger. I must confess that if this many bees came to my place, as they did to the hotdog stand in Time Square, I might be a bit unnerved.

Here's the purchase info for volumes one and two of Words In Our Beak:
Volume One: ISBN: 9780996378529:
Book Seller Info: http://bit.ly/2AFZDCz
Barnes & Noble On-Line: http://bit.ly/2AAnB26
book culture On Columbus (a bookstore on the UWS in NYC): http://bit.ly/2FsC1Uf

Volume Two: ISBN: 9780996378536
Book Seller Info: http://bit.ly/2q75g8e
Barnes & Noble On-Line: http://bit.ly/2G65m6H

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Another View From The Bridge (Oak Bridge): Tuesday's Truths Wk 91

Welcome to the ninety-first segment of my Tuesday's Truths series! As you can see, I'm featuring a picture of a raccoon atop this entry. I came across this creature when I was crossing Oak Bridge (a bridge that I've featured in a prior post here on Blogger), which is located in NYC's magnificent Central Park.  A web-page has this to say re Oak Bridge:

"Back in 1860 when Calvert Vaux and Frederic Law Olmstead gave the world Central Park, one key element at the northern end of the Lake was Oak Bridge, a span constructed of white oak and cast iron leading into the Ramble. That bridge has since been replaced twice, first with another fancy one in the 1870s (when it was renamed the Bank Rock Bridge), and then again in the lean years of the Great Depression by a utilitarian model in tubular steel with a wood plank floor. Now the original Vaux design, re-imagined by Jan Herd Pokorny Associates, is being reconstructed. Again we get carved white oak and cast iron, but now it all sits atop a very substantial base that should last for generations..."

I've also read (in a variety of of newspapers and on the web) that "if you're lucky you might catch a glimpse of the baby raccoons or the giant snapping turtle."

So, I guess you could say I was lucky in encountering this raccoon, who was one among many swimming amongst turtles (one can be seen in the image directly below where he/she is taking a swim near the lower right of a raccoon) in this body of water.

And although some might consider me lucky to come upon these raccoons, these creatures have not been so lucky in this summer of 2018.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

The Eve of August 24th

This evening marks my New Year's Eve, dear reader!
Will you still be sending me a valentine, Birthday greetings, bottle of wine? (I like dry white and rosé...)