Thursday, December 14, 2017

A Blue Pre-Christmas


For the past five years I've had a Christmas tree in my urban garden. I've always decorated my Christmas tree with lights and have hung ornaments that are bird feeders filled with suet which I replenish on a frequent basis.

My standard has been to put up a Christmas tree anytime between December twelfth and December seventeenth, then leave it standing until mid February. This way the array of wild birds who visit my garden will have a place to keep warm during the coldest winter month as they nosh. The Christmas tree seen in the picture atop this entry is the one I had last year.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

What It Could Mean When You See a Cardinal (Wednesday's Wisdom)



The first photograph atop today's blog entry features a male cardinal that I came upon when I took a walk in nearby Central Park the other day. This image may look to familiar to those of you who follow the Facebook Page for The Last Leaf Gardener, as I featured this picture (along with other shots of the male cardinal) in Monday's FB entry. In the aforementioned post, I also included a poem by Mary Oliver with an interesting meditation (written by LoraKim Joyner), and if you'd like to refer to that entry, please click here.

Meanwhile, the second picture atop this entry features a female cardinal that I also saw on that same day. She is featured in Tuesday's FB entry, which you may refer to by clicking here.

In any event, yesterday I had planned to return to Central Park in the hopes of seeing cardinals again, but the weather conditions were not good for a camera. However, as fate would have it, I didn't have to go to the park to see this bird type, because both the male and female cardinal paid a visit to my rooftop garden.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Tuesday's Truths for Week No. Seventy-Two: Our Lady of Guadalupe is celebrated today. Chanukah 2017 begins this evening.


Here are Tuesday's Truths for week seventy-two. Today, December the twelfth, is the annual feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Her statue can be seen in the image directly above (it's the fourth one from the left).

This evening of December the 12th, marks the first night of Chanukah for 2017. I've posted the video directly below in their honor of the occasion.



Monday, December 11, 2017

My Monday Musings



Yesterday I went for a walk in Central Park with my next store neighbor. We sat on a bench that had a good view of The Bow Bridge, as well as of the lake, and noticed that groups of ducks were swimming in circles.

When I came home I googled "ducks-swimming-in-circles behavior" and discovered the You Tube video that is posted atop this entry. What can be seen in it, is exactly what I saw the ducks doing in Central Park.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Oh, Avellana corylus! Oh, Avellana corylus! How lovely are your branches!


Seeing the leaves of my Avellana corylus AKA Contorted Hazel Nut (a shrub which grows in my rooftop garden) all covered with snow (as evidenced in the photo atop this entry) and clinging to their branches, caused me to think of the song, On Top of Spaghetti, which is associated with a nursery rhyme.

But, fortunately, unlike the doomed meatball in that nursery rhyme, I didn't lose any my shrub's leaves that were covered in snow, because NOBODY sneezed!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

It's Christmas Card Day!


I recently came across the Peanuts comic strip (posted above) in my TLLG FB newsfeed. Evidently it was originally published on December 2, 1972. Since today, December 9th is Christmas Card Day, I think it's a good time to share Woodstock's wisdom, as well as Snoopy's skepticism with his lesson learned.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Follow-Up Friday: Remembering John Lennon (October 9th 1940-December 8th 1980)


If John Lennon had not been shot and killed on this day in 1980, he would be seventy-seven years old. When Lennon lived in NYC, he and his wife frequented a number of places on the UWS, including Cafe´La Fortuna, whose storefront can be seen in the image top this post. I lived above Cafe´La Fortuna, on the top floor in an apartment where the toilet was in my clothes closet (as seen in the photo below).


This image was featured within one of my very first entries here on Blogger back in 2010. In any event, the studio that I lived in above Cafe´La Fortuna, had no window, except for a small skylight that did not completely open.

I was very fortunate to move to a place where the toilet is in the bathroom and where I have three windows, one of those being a window on the backdoor that leads to my rooftop garden.

The following image features one of my last aerial views of it. which was taken this past October by Juan V and featured in an entry here on Blogger at that time.


But getting back to John Lennon, I have featured him within a few posts on Blogger in bygone years, and in honor of this anniversary of his death, I invite you to read them by clicking here.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Thursday's Tale: My Wednesday in the Park (with Lola, Parker, and Elliot)



Lola, the dog featured in the images atop this entry is someone you might recognize, dear reader, if you follow one of my PY Facebook Page. I featured pictures of her in an entry which I posted this past July.

I've seen her on a number of occasions since that time, and yesterday, I was honored to  be invited to spend part of my afternoon with her, as well as her good friend, Parker.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

WW*: "The Enviable NYC Garbagemen" (*Wednesday's Wisdom)


The essay posted atop this entry was published on this day of December 6th in 1930. Anyone who lives in NYC, will surely appreciate E.B. White's wisdom re our garbagemen.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Here's Tuesday's Truth for Week Seventy-One! "Dreary Days and Mondays..."


As of now, Verizon has fixed the Internet snafus that have been occurring, so, I'm back to my posting here on Blogger, and I'm just in time for week seventy-one of my Tuesday's Truths series. I come to it with this thought: a well known pop song, Rainy Days and Mondays, which was sung by the late Karen Carpenter is on my mind, because yesterday was a very dreary Monday in NYC.

Part of the lyrics in Carpenter's song state, "... Hangin' around Nothin' to do but frown. Rainy days and Mondays always get me down..."

While it wasn't rainy in NYC yesterday, it certainly was dreary (and still is today), but I couldn't afford to let dreary days and Mondays get me down, or let any day get me down for that matter; and that is this  truth for my seventy-first posting in this series!

Fortunately for me, yesterday there was much more to do than frown, even though I identified with the other lyrics in the song that proclaim, "Talkin' to myself and feelin' old. Sometimes I'd like to quit. Nothin' ever seems to fit..."

However, instead of "talkin' to myself and feelin' old," and giving into feelings that I'd like to quit, because "Nothin' ever seems to fit...," I went to a neighbor's home to take aerial views of how my rooftop garden looks now that Juan V and I winterized it this past Thursday.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

UPDATE re The Phone Company AND Caring! (Ernestine nailed it!)


Folks of a certain age, might remember Lily's Tomlin's role of Ernestine, a character on a television variety show known as Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. The image atop this entry features Tomlin portraying Ernestine in one of their episodes.

I included this picture in a prior entry here on Blogger this past September, when I wrote about Emma Nutt, the first female telephone operator.

In any event, on Laugh-In, Tomlin's Ernestine had a reoccurring line which was,"We're the phone company, we don't have to care...," that she reiterated with a snort.

That line has been playing over and over again in my head as I have been dealing with my phone carrier, Verizon, who also is my Internet provider.

This past week, for the third time in one month, my Internet service was down due to "a power outage related to Verizon." 

Because I work from my home and depend on the Internet to meet my goals, this was disruptive.

However, I must admit the phone company was very timely on one matter: my bill arrived on schedule in spite of the fact that my services were still interrupted.

I've only just now begun to get back to the necessary task so of ending out press releases over the web, as well as to the routine of writing posts for my blog.

Provided there are no more snafus, I expect to continue with my daily posts beginning on Tuesday, December 6th 2017, when I post an entry for my Tuesday's Truths series.