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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

National House Plant Appreciation Day (Tuesday's Truths WK 161)


The official observance for  National Houseplant Appreciation Day has come and gone, but in my mind, house plants and indoor succulents can be celebrated at any time!

A reason the official holiday which is my (Tuesday's Truth for today) is celebrated annually on January tenth (according to National Today) is this:

"By mid-January, most of our various holiday decorations and Christmas trees have made their way out of our homes. National Houseplant Appreciation Day is on January 10 every year, and it reminds us that we don’t have to lose the freshness and vibrancy that plants bring to our homes just because the holidays have drawn to a close. If you have the post-holiday blues, this is the perfect chance for you to brighten up your house with a lovely plant that you can enjoy all year long."

My indoor garden is comprised of plants are a collection of succulents which thrive under grow lights but I have to take them outside or place them in a basin on a regular basis in order to give them water.

At this moment in time I will need to think of a work around for giving my succulents the water they need as I broke my greater tuberosity when I had an accident on January 18th.



I am sure I will come up with a way to water them as it's well worth the effort to do this for my array of succulents; for as National Today reminds their readers, "Houseplants convert carbon dioxide into oxygen for us to breathe, improving the air quality in your home.'

The succulents I have not only thrive under my grow light system and being watered, they seem to do well being in the company of various figurines whom I place there to enhance a given holiday season.

At the moment, because Valentine's Day is rapidly approaching, figurines in my succulent garden reflect the spirit and sweetness of the upcoming holiday. This is evidenced in the photograph which is atop my entry and was taken by my dear friend, CF.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Monday's Memo: 1/27/2020 is B.W.A.D.!




In 2012, on January 30th, everyone who was anyone was talking about Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, (or BWAD) and everyone is STILL talking about how they celebrated it! This year, 2020, BWAD is being celebrated today, January 27th, as it is the last Monday of the month.

In any event, no one appreciates bubble wrap more than the things that grow in my rooftop garden in New York City maintained by yours truly, with the help of my gardening comrade, JV.



You see, for a number of winters now I have used this currently being celebrated "poppin' wrap" to protect the eighty plus flora that I grow from winter's normally cold temperatures.

More details re the use of bubble wrap in garden winterizing can be found in volume two of my three volume book series, Words In Our Beak.

The books are great for anytime of year, but I must admit, they make a nice Valentine's  Day gift, and that holiday will be here in eighteen days!

MY BIRD BOOKS

Just a quick reminder, Valentine's Day is less than one month away, so if you would like to get these items for your true love, please act quickly to avoid delays caused by shipping.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Spouses Day 2020

Spouse's Day is celebrated on January 26, 2020 (today). It is a day to enjoy and appreciate your better half.

Northern cardinals (known as Mac and Cam) seem to show how much they care for their spouse by feeding each other. This can as seen in the image directly above which has been rendered on to a greeting card and is available via my shop that's located on Fine Art America's site.

Moreover, the Valentine's Day holiday will be here in nineteen days and that's another opportunity to show a spouse how much you are for them. One way you can extend your appreciation is by giving your special love this image rendered on to a greeting card or printed on an array of surfaces for wall art;  including acrylic...

Cardinal Love 2

...canvas...

Cardinal Love 2

...metal...

Cardinal Love 2

...special art paper...

Cardinal Love 2

...as well as wood...

Cardinal Love 2

... for varying sizes of wall art.

Moreover, Fine Art America (FAA) also offers framed images of my collection.

Cardinal Love 2

For more info, please visit my FAA shop.

Additionally, an array of photographs of this bird type along with informative narratives are featured within my book series, Words In Our Beak, where all the stories are told from the perspective of Cam, the female cardinal featured on the righthand side in all of these images.

MY BIRD BOOKS

These books also make a great gift for Valentine's Day (or any day for that matter).

Just a quick reminder, Valentine's Day is less than one month away, so if you would like to get these items for your true love, please act quickly to avoid delays caused by shipping.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

2020's Korean New Year Begins Today!




The photographs atop this entry feature a White-naped Crane (Antigone vipio) who I saw when I visited the zoo in Central Park on November 30, 2019.

I have discussed various avian creatures whom I met on that day in prior entries here on Blogger; such as one about a Blue 'n Yellow Macaw, published on 1-7-2020, as well as one featuring a Superb Starling — 12-30-2019 and another featuring a Taveta Golden Weaver —12-28-2019.

Other entries re birds I encountered on my 11-30-2019 visit to the zoo include my 12-27-2019 posting about the Red-crested cardinal and my 12-14-2019 post which discussed Black Swans, Green Parrots, Pied Avocets, Scarlet Ibises and a Victorian Crowned Pigeon.

Within my aforementioned entries about Central Park's zoo, I state,"I must confess I do not like to see birds or any animals within the confines of a zoo." 

I also mention that I subsequently "received some wisdom (from a Jane Goodall interview) about my feelings re animals and zoos, which I will discuss in my Saturday's Sequel post (12-14-2019)...,"

I held off on discussing White-napped cranes until today because this bird type has great significance to Korean people during this time. The reason being that  (1-25-2020 is the most important of the traditional Korean holidays as it is what Koreans consider to be the start of a new year.

The Korean New Year holidays "last three days. It is customary and may be required under collective bargaining agreements for South Korean businesses to close for the lunar new year."

The white-naped crane is a popular symbol of the Korean New Year celebration and commonly featured in art and folklore.

Cranes are the tallest of all flying birds and are found on every continent, except Antarctica and South America.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Beloved Albert Elmer Herman Louis Melahn (AKA G'pa to me) Died on 1-24 in the 1970's


My maternal grandfather, Albert Elmer Herman Louis Melahn, died on this day of January 24th  in the mid to late 1970's. He was sixty-nine years old. He can be seen in the photo directly above with my grandmother, Clara May Fitchie Melahn where they are standing in front of one of their favorite restraunts that was located in Crystal Lake Illinois.

This photograph was one of my dearly departed grandmother's favorites, perhaps because of the memories she had of enjoying meals with him at one of their favorite places. For years after his death she laid the framed photo facedown on an end-table. Evidently looking at the image made her miss him even more. I am their first grandchild and the loss to me was great as well which is probably how most people feel when their grandfather dies.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Maya Schaper — A Familar UWS Face

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In a recent entry here on Blogger, I announced that I had fallen in Central Park while in the process of attempting to get a better shot of a snow laden drinking fountain, I didn't see a curb and took quite a fall.

I've been in dire pain ever since and fear I might have injured my Rotator Cuff but I will find out when I see a doctor tomorrow.

Meanwhile, I've been working on an article about Maya Schaper, sole proprietor of Maya Schaper Cheese and Antiques. It is now live, you may also click here to read it.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Listen Up! (Wednesday's Wisdom)

With the Valentine's Day holiday approaching in twenty-three days, it's the perfect opportunity to begin (if you don't already) to keep in mind, "Understanding your partner requires the capacity to listen. Really listen. Couples are advised to hear each other’s complaints without feeling attacked, and as great as this sounds, it’s often unrealistic."

Experts on human behavior write articles about this truism all the time and in addition to what I've put in quotations, Kyle Benson had this to say in his article, The Strongest Couples Listen To Each Other Without Getting Defensive (And How You Can Too, (published July 2017).

"When something you said (or didn’t say) hurts your partner’s feelings, there’s a strong impulse to interrupt with, 'That wasn’t my intention. You’re misunderstanding me,”'even before your partner is done talking. Unfortunately, when the listener reacts to what the speaker is saying before the speaker gets the chance to fully explain themselves, both partners are left feeling misunderstood."

Benson goes on to state, "This is why the N in Dr. Gottman’s ATTUNE model stands for Non-defensive listening," and he also expounds on Gottman's ATTUNE model re listening and couples.

I doubt Northern cardinals have heard of the ATTUNE model but in the photograph above which has been rendered on to a card which makes for a perfect Valentine, for it clearly shows these love birds (named Cam and Mac) listening to each other.

As you can see, the colors of  the female (Cam) cardinal (left) are muted giving them a protective camouflage. Deep red coloring in the males of this bird (in this case Mac) type indicates they are healthy and might make good partners and fathers to their children.

Perhaps this is what is on the mind of Cam featured in my image (Cardinal Love1) during her conversation with Mac that took place from atop a railing which surrounds my rooftop garden.

Whatever the case may be in this scenario, Cardinal Love1 when rendered on to a card makes a perfect Valentine's Day salutation for the one near and dear to you.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Today is Squirrel Appreciation Day 2020 (Tuesday's Truths WK 160)


A little birdie, specifically a house sparrow is tweeting about the fact that today, January 21st is Squirrel Appreciation Day! Although I've written about this holiday in bygone years, had I not heard his tweet, I would've forgotten and missed a chance to give out a shout to the Black Squirrel who spends a lot of time (during all kinds of weather ) on the grounds alongside the Delacorte Theatre as seen in the next set of images.




House sparrows have been known to spend time near — very near — the Delacorte, where they warm themselves inside light-fixtures that are attached to the building's wall.



These little birds are seem to be ubiquitous and for a few months now, quite a number of them have been spending time in my rooftop garden, taking shelter under my 2019 Christmas Tree which I am delayed in taking down as a number of songbirds seek shelter within that tree as well as below it. The latter fact is evidenced by a lone mourning dove who took shelter under it (as seen in the next photograph) when NYC experienced her first snowfall of the decade.


My rooftop garden is the setting for my three volume book series, Words In Our Beak; which makes for a great Valentine's gift.

MY BIRD BOOKS

That holiday will be here in twenty-four days, so just a quick reminder, if you would like to get these books for your true love, please act quickly to avoid delays caused by shipping.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

The First 2020 Snowfall in NYC

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Late yesterday afternoon what started out as light snow, turned heavy and at times like this, Central Park is more magical than ever; so I was happy when Mike Mishkin contacted me to see if could do a last minute quick article (for iLovetheUpperWestside) because it motivated me to take photographs before all evidence of snow would be disappearing due to pouring rain.

Unfortunately in the process of attempting to get a better shot of a snow laden drinking fountain, I didn't see a curb and took quite a fall.

I've been in dire pain ever since and fear I may have broken my upper arm or shoulder. I can move it but not without extreme pain or helping the injured arm by the use of my "good" arm.

I'll be seeing a pharmacist today for a recommendation as to what to do.

Meanwhile my article re NYC 's first first snow fall of the year (and of the decade) is live, you may also click here to read it.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

"Dinner for Two": Mating House Finches's Image is a Perfect Valentine's Day Greeting (Saturday's Suggestion)

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The colors of  the female house finch are muted giving them a protective camouflage.

Deep red coloring in the males of this bird type indicates they are healthy and might make good partners and fathers to their children.

Perhaps this is what is on the mind of the female house finch featured in my image (Dinner for Two) during her dinner date.

Whatever the case may be in this scenario, Dinner for Two, when rendered on to a card makes a perfect Valentine's Day salutation for the one near and dear to you. A copy of my card featured is in the image directly above and it is available via Fine Art America (FAA).

Btw, FAA can also render the images on to an array of surfaces; including acrylic...

CHECK THIS OUT ON FINE ART AMERICA

...canvas...

CHECK THIS OUT ON FINE ART AMERICA

...metal...

CHECK THIS OUT ON FINE ART AMERICA

...special art paper...


...as well as wood...


... for varying sizes of wall art.

Moreover they also offer framed images of my collection.

CHECK THIS OUT ON FINE ART AMERICA

For more info, please visit me on FAA.

Additionally, an array of photographs of this bird type along with informative narratives are featured within my book series, Words In Our Beak...

MY BIRD BOOKS

...these books also make a great gift for Valentine's Day (or any day for that matter).

Just a quick reminder, Valentine's Day is less than one month away, so if you would like to get these items for your true love, please act quickly to avoid delays caused by shipping.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Friday's Fact: East Will Meet West...

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My latest iLovetheUpperWestside article, East Will Meet West … Because of the Long’s! (published by Mike Miskin), went live yesterday. You may also click here to read it.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Pics of Mourning Doves Make Great Valentine's Day Greetings (Thursday's Testimony)


The other day I noticed a Mourning Dove in my rooftop garden who was holding up his wing (as seen in the photograph atop this post) in such a manner that I suspect might've been as an act to attract a mate.

Upon my seeing this, I immediately remembered that in my research for volume one of my book series, Words In Our Beak...

MY BIRD BOOKS

I saw a BBC program on the life of birds, and there was an episode that reported that "male buff-breasted sandpipers show their armpits to try impress the female." 

When I saw that particular program I recalled my seeing a few bird types in my garden who were flaunting their arm pits which is a fact I include in this particular book.

I also confessed that when I do witness behavior, I cannot help but think of a Dial Soap slogan from bygone years: "Aren't you glad you use Dial? Don't you wish everybody did?”

All kidding aside, seeing Mourning Doves in my midst brings a sense of calm, for they are very loving creatures and loyal to their mates. Because of this undisputed fact of their faithfulness, images of Mourning Doves rendered on to cards make a perfect Valentine's Day card for the one near and dear to you.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

WW* Pics of Jays Make Great Valentine's Day Greetings (*Wednesday's Wisdom)

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CHECK THIS OUT ON FINE ART AMERICA

According to a number of sources, including one related to the symbolism and meaning of certain birds, "Jays mate for life, giving them the symbolism and meaning of faithfulness and accord."

Because of this undisputed fact of their faithfulness, images of Blue Jays rendered on to cards make a perfect Valentine's Day card for the one near and dear to you.

In one of my collections within Fine Art America (FAA), I offer such cards and copies of them are featured in the images atop this entry.

Btw, FAA can also render the images on to an array of surfaces; including acrylic...

CHECK THIS OUT ON FINE ART AMERICA

CHECK THIS OUT ON FINE ART AMERICA

...canvas...

CHECK THIS OUT ON FINE ART AMERICA

CHECK THIS OUT ON FINE ART AMERICA

...metal...

CHECK THIS OUT ON FINE ART AMERICA

CHECK THIS OUT ON FINE ART AMERICA

...special art paper...

CHECK THIS OUT ON FINE ART AMERICA

CHECK THIS OUT ON FINE ART AMERICA

...as well as wood...

CHECK THIS OUT ON FINE ART AMERICA
CHECK THIS OUT ON FINE ART AMERICA

... for varying sizes of wall art.

Moreover they also offer framed images of my collection.

CHECK THIS OUT ON FINE ART AMERICA

CHECK THIS OUT ON FINE ART AMERICA

For more info, please visit me on FAA.

Additionally, an array of photographs of this bird type along with informative narratives are featured within my book series, Words In Our Beak...

MY BIRD BOOKS

...these books also make a great gift for Valentine's Day (or any day for that matter).

Just a quick reminder, Valentine's Day is less than one month away, so if you would like to get these items for your true love, please act quickly to avoid delays caused by shipping.