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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. As you may recall, dear reader, Juan V has been taking aerial views of my urban garden since 2010, but this past October, we agreed the rooftop of the building where I live was a little too rickety to be used as a platform from which to take photographs.

Therefore, I've sought out other means of capturing an aerial view of my place, and one such vantage point is from the secure rooftop of a high-end building near to me. The owners were very gracious about my doing this and today was the first time I took them up on their offer. One of my photographs  can be seen atop this blog entry.

Another one, which is quite similar, can be seen in the next image, where squares as well as arrows have been added to my picture. They indicating how Juan V winterized my garden.

If you have followed this blog with any regularity, then you may recall that once a year before the onset of winter, Juan V and I wrap each one of my containers in bubble wrap and place a layer of burlap over that before tying it with jute.

Our winterizing method has been featured in two of my garden-themed movies that can be found within my Vimeo channel. These include The Kiwi Speaks! Fifteen Minutes of Fame...almost as well as It's a Wrap! Bubble Wrap!

In any event this year we wrapped over thirty containers of flora and moved a number of them into a "huddle" near to the wall of the building where I live. This is indicated within the square at the top of my image. They can be seen in close-up format in the next two photographs.

Meanwhile, the arrow behind that square (in the second image of this entry) is referencing my Truths, Words In Our Beak, 'Tamukeyama' (AKA Japanese Maple). A tiny arrow to the left of the one I've just discussed is referencing the wrapped container housing my kiwi vines. The smaller arrow as you "turn the corner" from there is my H.F. Young Clematis.

An arrow to the left of my signature (mid-bottom of the image) is my shrub known by the name Avellana corylus (Contorted Hazelnut), while the arrow underneath my signature is referencing the now wrapped container that is home to my climbing roses. And the arrow to the right of my signature is referencing the container that my Coggygria (Smoke Bush) calls home.

This shrub in her wrapped container can also be seen in close-up format in righthand side of the image that is directly above. She can also be seen in the photo below.

In any event, getting back to the second image of this posting, the little square in the far right hand corner indicates the wrapped container of my Fagus sylvatica (Beech Tree).

In terms of this year's fall foliage, my Beech Tree was a late bloomer, and she is still sporting her fabulous colors as seen below.

The subject of my urban garden winterizing was touched on ever so briefly in all of the versions of Words In Our Beak Volume One.




However, in volume two, the process and benefits of garden winterizing will be more detailed. This second volume should be available in late February/early March. It has been written, but needs to be formatted by Chris Deatherage, who designed my elegant website, and who formatted volume one.

Stay tuned for details! And, meanwhile, dear reader, try not to let rainy (or dreary) days and Mondays (or any day) get you down...


The digital versions of volume one within the Words In Our Beak series is available for a limited time, but hardcover versions of volume one, two and three can be found wherever books are sold.


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.


When the third volume of the hard-cover version of Words In Our Beak was released, I withdrew from promoting my former versions of Words In Our Beak. 

The very first one is an iBook and went into Apple's book store in 2015.

This was followed by an ePub version...

... that is available on Amazon and was also published in 2015.

Subsequently, Words In Our Beak's digital versions were published as a soft-cover book (with slight variations) by MagCloud in 2017.

Its press release can be read by clicking here.  

Now with the release of BIRD TALES....

... I've been advised to make mention of my early versions of volume one of Words In Our Beak, they do vary ever so slightly in content from the hard-cover version of volume one.

As of this addendum, I do not intend to create digital or soft-cover versions of Words In Our Beak Volume Two or Words In Our Beak Volume Three.

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