Thursday, November 17, 2016

#Throwback & #Throwforward Thursday: SEVEN DAYS UNTIL THE PARADE!


The day before yesterday, I reported here on Blogger that there were nine days to go until The Macy's Thanksgiving Parade marches down the streets of New York City. Now there's seven. But Macy's isn't the only one marching, TIME IS MARCHING ON, and, it's really the hour to except the results of the 2016 Presidential Election, rather than waste another second in woulda-shoulda-coulda — at least it is for me, who doesn't have any time to waste in negative thoughts. And the more I indulge in them, I forget about my priorities, one of which is tending to my beautiful urban garden that is on a rooftop, a view of my place in its most current state can be seen in the following pictures.



Both photographs were taken (yesterday) by Juan V, who came here to help me plant my tulip bulbs, as has been our annual mid-November ritual.

We've planted tulips in this manner for a number of years now and I usually take photographs of how the bulbs look in the containers before being covered with soil. However, I did not know how much soil I was going to need this time around, and decided to wait until he arrived before buying some. A store that sells it is close and I knew he could do other tasks while I was gone. However, we both were caught up in our own problems and concerns, so we didn't think about my taking pictures of the bulbs until they were already covered in soil!

Another thing that I forgot as a result of my preoccupation with news, was to get tags so that I could identify the exact tulip variety (we planted nine types) when they begin to come up for the season.

For those of you who may not know about my practice of using name tags, every container in my garden has a name tag that identifies what is growing there. A few examples of my tags, albeit not with tulips, can be seen in the photos below.






Name tags not only help my flora when they are social networking with each other, it helps the birds that visit my garden in identifying what's growing here; for one of the main hobbies birds pursue is flora-ing, which is the term birds use when they are observing flora!





The use of name-tags by birds is one of the many topics that Cam, my visiting cardinal, discusses in Words In Our Beak Volume One, a book which I helped her co-author.


Be that as it may, I did not have blank name tags when Juan V was here on Wednesday, so I improvised with a standard index card  which we taped to left-over plastic utensils. That is what the white arrow is pointing to in the second image by Juan V (the third image above this entry).

A close-up of one of our work-arounds re tags can be seen below.


To water -proof them, I used a laminated type of sleeve to put over the index cards as I await  a chance to get the copper-style ones I normally use! In any event, all the types of flora that I grow here, as well as the name-tags used to identify the varieties of them, is one of many topics which Cam covers in both her iBook and ePub (Kindle) versions of her book.

However, in the latter format of Words In Our Beak, Volume One, Cam has a "bonus" story which covers a number of facts re The Macy's Parade. The parade has quite an affect on the avian community, and it is also a NYC event for which Cam is most knowledgeable; as I've mentioned in two of my recent Blogger posts (that you may refer to by clicking here and here).

Now that are only seven days until the Macy's Parade will take place in NYC, I want to remind readers, that the ePub format of Words In Our Beak, Volume One,  makes a great gift for flora and/or fauna enthusiasts, who might also happen to enjoy the parade.

Last year was Scrat Chasing Acorn's first time in the parade, which can be seen in the pictures below.



I'm sharing these balloon photos here on Cam's behalf, as it's #Throwback Thursday, and this ballon appeared in the parade on a Thursday (of course); but I'm also including it on her behalf as today is also #Throwforward Thursaday, as next Thursday will be Thanksgiving! You might consider giving  Words In Our Beak to a loved one in honor of this special day!

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