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Thursday, December 14, 2017

I'm having a BLUE Pre-Christmas Season.

THE STORIES ARE SET IN MY GARDEN

For the past five years I've had a Christmas tree in my rooftop 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 months as they nosh. The Christmas tree seen in the picture atop this entry is the one I had last year.
I'm sad to say that I will not be able to have one this year but when Juan V was here on the last day of November to winterize my garden, he left a cord (for Christmas lights) in the spot where I normally put a Christmas tree, as he did not believe that I wouldn't be putting up a tree for my visiting birds' enjoyment.

The truth is I cannot afford a Christmas tree at this time as putting together all the versions of Cam's book, Words In Our Beak Volume One...

SEE PRESS RELEASE

SOFTCOVER VERSION

DIGITAL VERSIONS

...  creating it has wiped me out financially and I have not received promised reimbursement for my expenses.

Moreover, I endured medical expenses when I had an accident. I have also had tremendous medical expenses related to my teeth and my foot. At this point, I can barely keep my home; and am feeling very low during this supposed, "most wonderful time of the year."

So these are the reasons that I will not be doing a tree this year, which is not only disappointing to me, it is disappointing to my visiting birds who probably have been anticipating it, as evidenced by a sweet house sparrow who perched on the unused power cord that 's intended for Christmas tree lights (as evidenced below).

HOUSE SPARROWS ARE FEATURED IN MY BOOKS

HOUSE SPARROWS ARE FEATURED IN MY BOOKS
HOUSE SPARROWS ARE FEATURED IN MY BOOKS
HOUSE SPARROWS ARE FEATURED IN MY BOOKS

I do realize that with so many troubles going on in the world, my circumstances are hardly any reason to feel blue. Hopefully, I'll be in a better frame of mind in my next blog post. Meanwhile, I'm not the only one who is blue around here, take a look at the guy (pictured below) enjoying dining from my wreath-style feeder.

BLUE JAYS ARE FEATURED IN MY BOOKS
BLUE JAYS ARE FEATURED IN MY BOOKS
BLUE JAYS ARE FEATURED IN MY BOOKS
BLUE JAYS ARE FEATURED IN MY BOOKS
BLUE JAYS ARE FEATURED IN MY BOOKS

ADDENDUM FALL 2018: 

The digital versions of volume one within the Words In Our Beak book series that are mentioned in this entry may only remain available for a limited time, but hardcover versions of volume one, two and three can now be found wherever books are sold.

MY BOOK SERIES

Please click here to go to my blog post that provides details as to where you can get these books. Additionally, I have rendered some images from these books into other formats and they are available via Fine Art America (FAA). Some of my other photographs (Black & White CollectionKaleidoscopic Images and the famous Mandarin duck who visited NYC) can also be found on my FAA pages.

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