Hello. Welcome to week sixteenth of Tuesday's Truths, which happens to coincide with the day after Halloween. For those of you who follow me here on Blogger, Facebook, tumblr or hometalk, you know that I've discussed I use Halloween decor in my rooftop garden. And you know that I've also created many story-lines re the whimsical characters who have visited both my indoor succulent garden and main living area during the time of Halloween prep; the Halloween holiday itself; and Halloween aftermath. Today's Blogger post content touches on Halloween aftermath among other subjects. The photograph atop this blog features a partial view of what hangs above my kitchen stove.
In my picture you can see a character still dressed in her Halloween costume. Her name is Polka-Dottie-Boo, she first came to my home a couple of years ago and has made it her annual ritual to visit my place at Halloween, however, I think Polka-Dottie-Boo may stick around much longer this year, I am stating this because she has made herself at home in area above a photograph that features my rooftop garden in bygone years, and this photo is in a permanent (as well as prominent) position within my apartment.
The image (which can be seen more clearly below) was taken by my late friend, Donna De Solis, whom I've discussed here on Blogger as well as in a 10-24-16 entry on Facebook in honor of what would've been her birthday.
Donna's picture features a SODAS sign that I had in my garden for over ten years. It can be seen in an aerial view of my garden (which is an image taken by Juan V) that was taken a number of years ago a little before Halloween.
Donna was a frequent visitor to my garden and she adored my SODAS sign. She was very disappointed that I took it down in May of 2011 in order to make room for my kiwi vines (seen on the right hand side of this picture) to wrap around the railing which surrounds my garden. However, while Donna was unhappy with me for taking down my SODAS sign, a member of my kiwi vine couple was glad as it gave him more room to grow.
Still, Donna always wanted me to put the sign back up, and I thought about her opinion on my decision last night because it was Halloween; and she was often spent time with me and other friends in order to celebrate. She always carried a mask on a stick which is what Ms. Polka-Dottie-Boo is doing (a larger view of this may be seen in the following picture).
And on most of the Halloweens that we celebrated we would head out to an annual NYC Halloween event, on the UWS, an event where three blocks of a tree-lined street are closed to traffic, and where most of the brownstones there are decorated in Halloween themes. A number of examples of this can be seen below.
As I said these are only "examples" of a way in which brownstones sported Halloween decor, there was much. much more. The attention decorators gave in details is evident in the images posted above, and the following pictures provide a closer look to just some of the intricacies.
Decorators also include tree tops and tree pits in their Halloween "installations"! Here are a few examples:
Moreover, I'm have been devoting all my attention to completing the soft-cover version of Cam's book, Words In Our Beak, Volume One (which is currently available in digital format via iBooks or ePub).
A meditation re Saint Veronica at the Sixth Station of the Cross, goes something like this, "a faithful friend is a sturdy shelter; he who finds one, finds a treasure; a faithful friend is a life saving remedy...no sum can balance his worth..."
Please click here to go to my blog post that provides details as to where you can get these books.