Happy First Saturday of November, dear reader, from the Upper West Side of Manhattan, where I live, and where extra preparations are still under way for the New York City Marathon, an annual world-famous event which takes place the first Sunday of November. It is an exciting time for many; however, it is a bittersweet time for Lucifer, my rhinestone frog, who is the little creature featured in the image posted above todays blog entry.
Lucifer "lives" in my succulent garden (that I have atop an armoire in my kitchen, something that you may recall from previous posts which you may refer to by clicking here as well as here and here). In fact, dear reader, you may recognize Lucifer, because he had the role of the "poster boy" for my mini-mini movie which served as an announcement that I had moved to Vimeo all of the movies (including garden related ones, memorials, and vow renewals; as well as slide presentations) which I have made for clients; and now call all of the aforementioned, Virtual Stories. If you'd like to refer to my blog post regarding this, please click here.
Unfortunately, Lucifer only stays here between the second Sunday in March up until the early morning of the first Sunday in November (which is tomorrow). This means Lucifer spends the entire period of day-light savings time (DLS) here, but since DLS ends at two o'clock tomorrow morning, he will be leaving soon for his annual hiatus. This is why today is bittersweet for him, and even though he is wrapped up with his own feelings about this circumstance, he wanted me to remind my readers who live in areas that are "ruled" by DLS to set all the clocks in their homes, as well as their watches and electronic devices, one hour back. "Time is fun when you are having flies," Lucifer conceded when asked about how he felt that it would soon be time for his annual leave of absence. Lucifer often says this but it is a quote that he "borrowed" from his comrade, the famous Kermit the Frog.
In fact, Lucifer recently mentioned this quote to me (in mid October) when I was concerned about the identity of an insect which had landed on one of the leaves of my Rubus calycinoides's (Ornamental Raspberry). I had thought it was a beetle, but it turned out to be a "common horsefly", and, you may recall, I even posted my concern on nybg's (New York Botanical Gardens) tumblr as well as a previous post on this blog.If you'd like to refer to those posts, you may do so by clicking here and here respectively; however you will need to scroll a bit to read about the fly in the latter post.
Soon after the appearance of the "common horsefly" on my Rubus calycinoides's leaves, another variety of the aforementioned insect made itself comfotable on one of the shrubs of roses which I have in my terrace garden. This is evidenced in the photograph which is posted below:
It was this particular fly that prompted Lucifer to say,"Time is fun when you are having flies". He is quite a character, and, moreover, because of his rhinestones, he has an affinity for The Rhinestone Cowboy, and on occasion he has gone on the Internet to watch Glenn Cambell performing a song of the same name.
I concede that this song is a bit corny; moreover, I probably have a lot of nerve drawing attention to it, given what I said about the song My Favorite Things in a couple of previous blog entries that you may refer to by clicking here and here.
However, Lucifer likes the song, The Rhinestone Cowboy, and I hear him humming the song all the time, resulting in my coping with "ohrwurms", a condition which I discussed in the latter of the two aforementioned blog posts. I think that Lucifer's favorite lyric line from The Rhinestone Cowboy is "But I'm gonna be where the lights are shining on me", because indeed, the lights are shining on Lucifer where he lives in my succulent garden. For, as you may recall, dear reader, this garden is located underneath a vast lighting system that stays on for at least twelve hours a day.
A partial view of the lighting system may be seen reflected in my "make-shift" window which has been hung behind some of my succulents and one of my Halloween figurines (who you may recognize from a prior post) as evidenced in the image posted below:
The image and details regarding my lighting system and figurines have been included in today's blog entry in the event that you, or someone near and dear to you, has a desire to create a small succulent garden indoors. In the photo above, Lucifer is off camera, as are many of my unusual succulents and Halloween figurines, including a couple of ones which may be seen in the following images:
I will be removing these Halloween figurines this afternoon since Halloween has passed and replacing them with figurines for Thanksgiving, and I want to do this before Lucifer leaves so he can see them. He knows that I change the surroundings of my succulent garden for the various seasons and holidays, and he has always enjoyed the company of the figurines whenever he is here; however, he mostly enjoyed the presence of the bathing beauty figurine (seen below),