Blogger Patricia Youngquist is an author and a photographer. Her recent e-book, BIRD TALES, is interactive and includes the Blue jay featured above. Prior works include versions of WORDS IN OUR BEAK, where the stories are narrated by Cam, a female cardinal. Additionally, some of her photographs have been licensed by Fine Art America to reproduce as wall art and on to an array of surfaces for various products! Do view both side-bars for specific details on all of this.
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Thursday, April 25, 2013
"If you go to New York City, be sure to wear some flowers in your quills . . . "
Today is April 25th of 2013, which means it has been one month and five days since the "official (calendar date)" of the first day of spring for this year. It has certainly been a Bette Davis season so far; that is, it has been a "bumpy ride" with the weather; and the chaotic weather (mostly cold and dreary) has caused folks in New York City, where I live, to question the prudence of their most trusted meteorologist, Charles G. Hogg (Staten Island Chuck), the celebrity groundhog, whom I have referred to a number of times here on Blogger, including a post which you may refer to by clicking here.
Charles G. Hogg's credibility has been questioned over and over this 2013 spring, for he predicted an early one for the tri-state area, and in many ways folks are still waiting for spring to spring into action.
My friend, Quilly the Flower Child, pictured above, came to visit my thriving indoor succulent garden with her twin sister pictured below,
where she can be seen sniffing on my Pencil Cactus. Their visit to my succulent garden was prompted by a secret (as in unbeknownst to me) invitation from their cousin Hector (nicknamed Edgey and can be seen in the photograph below).
He is a hedgehog who received his nickname for the reason that he is always on edge about the fact that "back in the day," it was hedgehogs — and not groundhogs — who made predictions about spring's arrival time! Edgey's "story" about this fact was featured here on Blogger in 2012 within an entry that you may refer to by clicking here.
In any event, Edgey invited his cousins to the city to discuss why folks still turn to the groundhog as a predictor of spring, and to analyze methods for advocating a return to their role pre-groundhog intercession! And though he himself is not into fashion, he advised his cousins (to the tune of The Mamas and The Papas) that if they came to my succulent garden in New York City to be sure to wear some flowers in their quills, which is something I alluded to both here on Blogger and in TLLG's tumblr pages!
And ever since their arrival, they have done nothing but talk about the delayed 2013 spring, a spring that, according to all groundhog reporting (on Groundhog Day) was due to arrive early!
"If it had been anyone else but a groundhog, he would have been sued," the hedgehogs concurred.
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