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Friday, October 16, 2020

Honoring Oscar Wilde


Oscar Wilde was born on this day of October 16th in the year 1854.

The quote featured within the text-based image atop this entry is attributed to him and is one I've referenced in prior blog posts where I've stated that were he alive today Wilde would likely change the quote and say, "It's very sad now days that there is so much useless information."

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Wednesday's Words: A Resilient Pigeon's (now named TAM) Update

THE WILD BIRD FUND

I’m offering this blog post as a follow-up re the status of an injured pigeon whom I initially discovered in my garden this past Saturday (10-10-2020) and whom I spoke about in Monday's (10-12-2020) entry here on Blogger.

The collage directly above gives a pictotial overview of the pigeon's fate, and below is a copy of what I baiscally said (italicized text) about it on Facebook:

As of this posting, my injured pigeon, now named TAM,* after the people who weighted in on what I should/could do and someone who helped me capture him (for transporting to The Wild Bird Fund (WBF).

[*TAM: “T” for Tina Pina, pigeon advocate and artisan, “A” for Amanda Remsberg, bird re-habber, and “M” for Martha, AKA MB, the woman who helped with my rescue.]  

MB can be seen in the next photograph (which was taken in 2016) where she is standing in my garden

We were working in my garden during a time, the now often full-time wearing of face-masks could never have been imagined. However, re-purposing plastic bags into rain gear was quite the norm

In any event, the weather, was very similar to the conditions taking place in March of 2016 and when an attempt was made to sweep/clean behind the container housing my Smoke Bush (which is a large dark-green box seen to MB’s right in the image, or to the lower left in photo view), a dead pigeon was discovered.

This is a photo of an unpleasant sight, a dead pigeon in my garden. He/she is laying on a white table top (that's in my garden).
AN UNFORTUNATE PIGEON

I began to weep, and MB, unaware of my recent experiences in discovering an injured pigeon, warned me to take it easy. As the work in the garden continued, a planter that is home to my fall blooming anemones which butts up against a large planter that is now housing my Sweet Autumn Clematis and toadlilies (seen in the following image)...

TOAD LILIES WITH OTHER FLORA

... was moved and in doing so, my injured visitor’s hiding place was discovered and she was able to pick him up and set him in my bathroom..

A SAFE PLACE FOR AN INJURED PIGEON

...until we could (within an hour’s time) take him to The WBF. 

Alas, I had no brown paper grocery bags on hand as I don’t buy many groceries and when I do, in the interest of recycling take a bag from any store as I carry a cloth bag. Therefore I lined a box with one of my bedsheets, placed the pigeon in it.

Then I put his box in a Christmas gift bag — the only bag I had on hand — for transporting.

TRANSPORT FOR AN INJURED PIGEON VIEW 1


MB drove me to The WBF...

THE WILD BIRD FUND

... where the intake person mentioned how remarkable it was that this creature survived the heavy rains of the past few days.

Out of an abundance of caution, convo exchanges between rescuers and rehabbers is extremely minimal and I neglected to ask how I might follow-up on his condition (they do not take phone calls).

Moreover, I “coulda” offered to release him in my garden, but the thought did not occur to me as I was focusing on helping him get the care he needed at the time.

On another note, my first experience in rescuing a pigeon and having him transported to The WBF is included in volume one...

This is a photo of the cover of volume one of my three volume book series, "Words In Our Beak." It features a female cardinal looking down from atop a white tabletop in my garden, which is the place the tory is set. Information re the books is another one of my blog posts @ http://bit.ly/2EdADpx  AND  the pres frelease for this volume is @ https://www.thelastleafgardener.com/p/press-release-volume-one.html
WORDS IN OUR BEAK VOLUME ONE

... of my three hardcover book series, Words In Our Beak.

This is a photo of my three volume book series, "Words In Our Beak." Information re the books is another one of my blog  posts @ http://bit.ly/2EdADpx
MY THREE VOLUME SERIES

I hope Tam will recover as one of my other rescuees (named Thursday) did under the care of The WBF, and if I'm able to find out Tam's prognosis, I'll be sure to post it on Facebook and on this blog.

Monday, October 12, 2020

An Injured But Resilient Pigeon

This is a photo of a laminated holy prayer card's front that contains full color depiction of St. Francis of Assisi.
SAINT FRANCIS IS FEATURED IN MANY OF MY BLOG POSTS

I need Saint Francis's (whose image is imprinted on a copy of a prayer card which is posted atop this entry) intercession on a situation with a pigeon who visited my garden this past weekend. He is known to be the patron saint of animals (especially birds, which is something I referenced in a recent FB post).

In any event, this past Saturday (10-10-2020) in the early evening, I noticed a pigeon in my outdoor space who did not seem to be doing very well. I had hoped to "capture" him in order to transport the creature to The Wild Bird Fund  (WBF) but since they were closed for the evening, my next best option was to "capture" him and make him comfortable for the night so I could take him to The WBF the next morning (which would be Sunday, 10-11-2020).

Years ago I learned about transporting injured or sick birds to The WBF so I knew this could be done but I was a little unsure of how I might keep this unfortunate pigeon comfortable over night so I phoned the Brooklyn based pigeon advocate (and artist extraordinaire), Tina Pina AKA Mother Pigeon (who graciously called me back with helpful tips) to seek her advice as I could not reach bird rehabber Amanda Remsberg  (AR) whom I usually contact when I have questions re birds in need.

But it turned dark outside very quickly and so it was impossible to see anything but I prepared my rescue and transport supplies to ensure I'd be ready for Sunday's mission.

I did not see my visitor in the morning but he was there in the afternoon and I was able to determine he could fly but was injured. Plus I could hear a thumping sound when he limped across my terrace.

However, in spite of my past successes with swooping up a bird in order to take him/her to The WBF, I could not grab this guy, but I could take pictures of him (seen in the next sequence of photos)...

An injured pigeon visiting my NYC garden. View One of Four. He appears to be very young, evidenced by his knobby pale beak. The placement of his feet doesn’t look like a broken leg, maybe just soft tissue damage.  ’Tis a hard life for a pigeon in the city. This bird type is featured in my book series, "Words In Our Beak."  Info re the books ttps://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2018/10/one-sheet-book-series-info.html
PIGEONS ARE FEATURED IN MY BOOK SERIES

An injured pigeon visiting my NYC garden. View Two of Four. He appears to be very young, evidenced by his knobby pale beak. The placement of his feet doesn’t look like a broken leg, maybe just soft tissue damage.  ’Tis a hard life for a pigeon in the city. This bird type is featured in my book series, "Words In Our Beak."  Info re the books ttps://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2018/10/one-sheet-book-series-info.html
PIGEONS ARE FEATURED IN MY BOOK SERIES

An injured pigeon visiting my NYC garden. View Three of Four. He appears to be very young, evidenced by his knobby pale beak. The placement of his feet doesn’t look like a broken leg, maybe just soft tissue damage.  ’Tis a hard life for a pigeon in the city. This bird type is featured in my book series, "Words In Our Beak."  Info re the books ttps://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2018/10/one-sheet-book-series-info.html
PIGEONS ARE FEATURED IN MY BOOK SERIES

An injured pigeon visiting my NYC garden. View Four of Four. He appears to be very young, evidenced by his knobby pale beak. The placement of his feet doesn’t look like a broken leg, maybe just soft tissue damage.  ’Tis a hard life for a pigeon in the city. This bird type is featured in my book series, "Words In Our Beak."  Info re the books ttps://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2018/10/one-sheet-book-series-info.html
PIGEONS ARE FEATURED IN MY BOOK SERIES

... and contact AR about this for a form of "tele-med" (via Facebook Messenger). The following is a copy of our correspondence that was based on the images posted above.

ME: Here is what my limping visitor looks like. I thought from the face he/she is a youngster BUT from what you said about the feet, I may be way off. I'm not confident I'll be able to "grab" te bird in order to transport him/her /to the WBF, but I can hear "thumping" (from a limp) when the bird moves  about. Thanks again for your time.

AR: Yea, he does look young with that knobby pale beak.  Such pretty colors.  I hope he will be ok.  The placement of his feet doesn’t look like a broken leg, maybe just soft tissue damage.  Tis a hard life for a pigeon in the city. 💕

ME: He's out there right now and I guess I should just let him alone because I can't capture him and he may be safer here?

AR: Hopefully.

ME: Hopefully indeed. It's hard to her him thumping about and not be able to provide relief.

UPSHOT: It is now Monday(10-12-2020) and a cold rain is falling heavily but I am keeping my eye out for the pigeon and ready to continue to take action in order to transport him to The WBF. I truly care about this pigeon's well being. 

As some of you may know, pigeons are featured within my three volume hardcover book series, Words In Our Beak which are available wherever book are sold get your copies now and please stay tuned for updates on the pigeon featured in today's post.

This is a photo of my three volume book series, "Words In Our Beak." Information re the books is another one of my blog  posts @ http://bit.ly/2EdADpx
MY BOOK SERIES

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Remembering What Would've Been John Lennon's 80th Birthday

This is a photograph of the "imagine" circle in Central Park. The #CentralParkConservatory describes it as "an elaborate mosaic bearing the word 'Imagine'—a nod to the songwriter’s anthem of peace—the memorial is surrounded by benches and shaded by stately American elms, making it a tranquil spot for reflection.” I included this image in an article about John Lennon that was published by iLovetheupperwestside @ https://bit.ly/3iSN9MC

John Lennon's song, "Imagine," was the class song chosen for your truly's graduating class.

AND the "Imagine" circle (seen in the image directly above) honoring John Lennon is very near to where I live. Moreover, I've written about him in a number of blog posts as well as in an article for I Love The Upper West Side. BUT it slipped my mind that a couple of days ago, October 9th 2020, would've been his 80th birthday, or more correctly, it slipped my mind that a couple of days ago was October 9th!

It is SO hard to keep track of what day it is during this cornavirus pandemic but it's not to late to pay belated birthday homage to the dearly departed John Lennon.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

An Inspiration from The Great Pumpkin

This is a screenshot of an image from a post (October 6 2020) on the FB Page for The Charles M  Schulz Museum (https://www.facebook.com/schulzmuseum/posts/10158900795653054. The songbook is orange and in the shape of a pumpkin. A listing of "pumpkin carols" is printed on it and below that list is a drawing of the PEANUTS gang (at the left Lucy, Schroeder and Charlie Brown are standing as they look on at Linus and Snoopy).
BOOK COVER FOR GREAT PUMPKIN CAROLS

According to a FB Pagefor the Charles M. Schultz Museum, "Following the success of the 1966 TV special 'It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!,' Hallmark published a whimsical booklet of Peanuts Pumpkin Carols." (A copy of the booklet cover is seen in the image to the left, or the first picture in time-line view).

"As declared by Linus, and according to the front cover, 'Halloween is becoming a forgotten holiday. We dedicated followers of the Great Pumpkin must do something to rekindle the Halloween spirit. Let us not rest until the universe resounds with pumpkin carols.'
"🎼 The booklet includes eight pumpkin carols, set to well-known Christmas tunes, of course. Carols include: Great Pumpkin is Coming to Town, Pumpkin Wonderland, I’m Dreaming of the Great Pumpkin, Pumpkin Bells, The Twelve Days of Halloween, I Heard the Bells on Halloween, and O Pumpkin Cards." (Image and text are taken from the aforementioned FB Page for Peanuts @).

Upon my seeing a copy of the 1966 booklet, "THE PEANUTS BOOK OF PUMPKIN CAROLS," I thought of one of my 2020 Halloween-themed products titled. "The Pumpkin Choir" (totes as well as a note-card). They can be seen in the next two images to the right (respectively).

This screen-shot features an orange tote/bag/pouch which has an image imprinted on it. The picture was taken on the Eastside of NYC in front of a brownstone which was decorated for when for Halloween. It shows an array of pumpkins that have faces painting on them they could be carolers if the season had been Christmas. The tote/bag/pouch is available in three sizes (13" by 13", 16" by 16" and 18" by 18") and can be purchased via Fine Art America @ https://fineartamerica.com/featured/the-pumpkin-choir-patricia-youngquist.html?product=tote-bag
THE PUMPKIN CHOIR TOTE

This image is a screen-shot of one of my Halloween-themed notecards which is titled “The Pumpkin Choir.” The picture was taken on the Eastside of NYC in front of a brownstone which was decorated for when for Halloween. It shows an array of pumpkins that have faces painting on them they could be carolers if the season had been Christmas. A copy of this image is featured in volume two of my book series, "Words In Our Beak." Info re this series can be found on my blog @ https://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2018/10/one-sheet-book-series-info.html AND info re this particular note-card is can be found on Fine Art America @ https://fineartamerica.com/featured/the-pumpkin-choir-patricia-youngquist.html?product=greeting-card
THE PUMPKIN CHOIR NOTE-CARD

For your information, my photo of pumpkins caroling or ("The Pumpkin Choir") is included in volume two of my book series...

This photo features the book-jacket cover for volume two of my book series, “Words In Our Beak.” A female cardinal, named Cam, is sitting on a table in my garden and looking straight at any viewer.  She is a bit “puffed-up” in appearance, which is something birds do to keep warm Her orange beak is one of her prominent features as it is for all members of this bird type’s gender. More information re all of this re birds is included in my books and details re each of  them are in another blog post @ https://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2018/10/one-sheet-book-series-info.html
BOOK JACKET (FRONT) WIOB V2

This photo features a couple of pages from volume two of my book series, “Words In Our Beak.”  The left portion of the image shows page 44. At the top of that page are three photos showing a partial view of NYC brownstones which are decorated for Halloween. Immediately below them and to the left are two more pictures of featuring this situation. At the bottom of the page are two rows of small photos. They all feature an array of pumpkins that have faces painting on them they could be carolers if the season had been Christmas. In this blog post I’ve been referring them  as “The Pumpkin Choir.”  Moving on to the righthand portion of this photo of two pages from “Words In Our Beak, “ there are two photos in the middle of the page (which is number 45). Both were taken in my garden. Both feature a smiling Jack-O-Lantern sitting on a white-table top. In the photo at the the “Jack” appears to be smiling at a male House finch (a bird type which is rosy red around the face and upper breast, with streaky brown back, belly and tail).   In the photo at the right, the Jack-O-Lantern appears to be smiling at a Tufted-titmouse. This bird variety is small and gray-colored. Tufted titmouses have large black eyes, small, round bill, rusty-colored flanks as well as a brushy crest.  Again, the photos seen here are from volume two of my book series, “Words In Our Beak.” The press release for this volume is on my blog @ https://www.thelastleafgardener.com/p/blog-page_10.html  Moreover, info re all three volumes of the series is on my blog @ https://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2018/10/one-sheet-book-series-info.html
PAGES 44 AND 45 WIOB V2

Words In Our Beakin a section that describes how Halloween decor impacts the lives of wild birds. Information re the entire series (jackets pictured below) can be found by clicking here.

his is a photo of my three volume book series, "Words In Our Beak." Information re the books is another one of my blog  posts @ http://bit.ly/2EdADpx
MY BOOK SERIES

I realize Halloween is twenty-one days from now and I don't like to rush the entrance of the holiday, but due to time needed for shipping (in the event you'd like to purchase items mentioned here), I thought it best to give a heads up now.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Thursday's Testimony: There are times when care taking is for the birds.

This image from the web features an elderly man in a hospital bed laying on his side. A pigeon is sitting on his blanket.  Supposedly “the nurse who took this photo said the following: ‘This elderly patient was admitted to the hospital 3 days ago and during those 3 days no family members came to visit or take care of him. The nurse who took this photo said that a pigeon 🕊 came 2 days ago and stayed in his bed for a long time ..’. Later it was learned that he always fed the pigeon when he was sitting on the bench in the park near the hospital …” This uncredited image is from the web @ https://www.facebook.com/143352986168049/photos/a.190298741473473/990599838110022/?type=3&theater
A CARETAKER

It's no secret that there is a lot (understatement) of negative content both on Twitter as well as Facebook. 

Moreover, there is a lot of negative content about pigeons. But every now and then (if not more than now and then) a heart-warming "story" is shared. 

Here is one of them:

As you can see from the image directly above an eldery man is in a hospital laying on his side in a bed and a pigeon is sitting on his blanket. Supposedly “the nurse who took this photo said the following: ‘This elderly patient was admitted to the hospital three days ago and during those three days no family members came to visit or take care of him. The nurse who took this photo said that a pigeon came two days ago and stayed in his bed for a long time ..’. Later it was learned that he always fed the pigeon when he was sitting on the bench in the park near the hospital …”

Not sure if any of this story is true, but I do know from my experience in assiting with rescuing a pigeon in my rooftop garden, as well as with my observing other pigeons who visit my place, they are very smart. 


As readers of this blog may know, pigeons are featured in my three volume hardcover series, Words In Our Beak.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Another New Yorker Wears My Face-Mask

This is an image that is a "play" on the famous "I HEART NY" logo and on the heart a face-mask is imprinted. Te image is associated with the Twitter account for NY state @ https://twitter.com/NYGov?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor
NEW YORK STATE LOGO

I love that NYC residents (for the most part) are wearing face-masks in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (the coronavirus). Hence in this post, I'm including (directly above) a copy of a modified I-HEART-NY image (that I saw uncredited on the web-page for the state of NY's Twitter account). I love it even more when they are wearing face-masks which I've designed. 

Therefore, this past Monday, I was thrilled, when by chance I happened to see my friend's (RF) partner (CM), who can be seen in the next image)...

This photo features a man standing on a street located in NYC’s UWS. He is wearing a face-mask that I designed for PPE during the COVID-19 pandemic. The mask he is wearing has a picture of a blue-colored dragonfly who I saw in Central Park at Turtle Pond. The background of the photo is green due to the foliage where the dragonfly was located. Information (both specifics re the materials used to make this mask as well as purchase info can be found through my website @ https://patriciayoungquist.com/Pages/store/FAAmasks.html).
MY DRAGONFLY-THEMED FACE-MASK

... at an outdoor space on the UWS, wearing my dragon-fly themed face-mask.

I knew RF had purchased my cardinal-themed mask back in June because she emailed me a picture of her wearing it (a copy of that particular image can be seen below and is one you might recognize as I've featured it in prior entries here on Blogger).

his photo features a woman “modeling” my cardinal-themed mask so the focus of the image is the mask which features a male and female cardinal sitting on a branch of a tree. The title of the mask is “Cardinal Love.”  Information (both specifics re the materials used to make this mask as well as purchase info can be found through my website @ https://patriciayoungquist.com/Pages/store/FAAmasks.htm
MY CARDINAL-THEMED FACE-MASK

If you'd like to see and or learn about my collection of face-masks (which include one with my kaleidoscopic image printed on it, as well as one that has my impressionistic black and white photo printed on it and of course the ones seen here), info can be found within a page on my websitepatriciayoungquist.com

Monday, October 5, 2020

Monday's Memo: 2020's Halloween Note-cards Are Now Available

This is a picture of a Halloween card which I designed. It features a Jack-O-Lantern sitting atop a table in my garden. This Jack is "smiling" at a male house finch. The card is available via Fine Art America. https://fineartamerica.com/featured/house-finches-trick-or-treating-patricia-youngquist.html
JACK-O-LANTERN BIRDWATCHING

This past Saturday here on Blogger, I published an entry re my Halloween-themed totes and discussed the fact that on 9-22-2020, re the COVID-19 pandemic (cornavirus) the CDC stated "for people who were planning to go trick-or-treating on Halloween this year: don't..."   

And I pointed out the CDC urged people to "Avoid activities that are higher risk for spread," and to "Consider fun alternatives that pose lower risk of spreading the virus that causes COVID-19." 

Within that entry I featured images of my new line of Halloween-themed totes and concluded with a promise that I would publish post on 10-5-2020 (which is today) to offer information re my selection of my 2020 Halloween cards. After all, sending cards is a perfect way to celebrate Halloween safely.

My Halloween cards are sized 5" by 7" and produced by Finr Art America (FAA). They use digital offset printers and 100 lb paper that has a UV protectant. The image is semi-gloss and the inside of the card is matte and blank so one can write a message, but if you prefer, FAA can customize any text or message that you want to include.

The card featured in the image atop this posting is from a few years ago but by popular demand it is also available this year. The ones which are directly below all have matching canvas bags/totes/pouches (that are available in three sizes which is described in the aforementioned post).

This screen-shot features a Halloween card that has an image which was taken in my garden when it was decorated for Halloween. It is a picture of a Jack-O-Lantern “standing” beside red flowers. It is available for purchasing via Fine Art America @ https://fineartamerica.com/featured/all-hallows-eve-patricia-youngquist.html?product=greeting-card
ALL HALLOWS EVE

This screen-shot features a Halloween card which has an image imprinted on it. The picture was taken in my garden when decorated for Halloween. It shows Halloween-themed outdoor lights hanging on a wooden trellis. It can be purchased via Fine Art America @ https://fineartamerica.com/featured/halloween-in-the-garden-patricia-youngquist.html?product=greeting-card
HALLOWEEN IN THE GARDEN

This screen-shot features a Halloween card which has an image imprinted on it. The picture was taken in my garden when decorated for Halloween. It shows eight little pumpkin outdoor lights amongst the flora. The actual card is sized 5" by 7" and  can be purchased via Fine Art America (AKA FAA).  They produce the cards on digital offset printers using 100 lb paper that has a UV protectant. The image is semi-gloss and the inside of the card is matte and blank so one can write a message, but if you prefer, FAA can customize any text or message that you want to include. Purchase info is @ https://fineartamerica.com/featured/halloween-in-the-garden-patricia-youngquist.html?product=greeting-card
EIGHT LITTLE PUMPKINS

This screen-shot features a Halloween card which has an image imprinted on it. The picture was taken in my garden when decorated for Halloween. It shows four little pumpkin outdoor lights amongst the flora. The actual card is sized 5" by 7" and  can be purchased via Fine Art America (AKA FAA). They produce the cards on digital offset printers using 100 lb paper that has a UV protectant. The image is semi-gloss and the inside of the card is matte and blank so one can write a message, but if you prefer, FAA can customize any text or message that you want to include. Purchase info is @ https://fineartamerica.com/featured/four-little-pumpkins-patricia-youngquist.html
FOUR LITTLE PUMPKINS


This screen-shot features a Halloween card which has an image imprinted on it. The picture was taken in my garden when decorated for Halloween. It shows Jack-O-Lantern themed outdoor lights hanging on a wooden trellis.The actual card is sized 5" by 7" and  can be purchased via Fine Art America (AKA FAA).  They produce the cards on digital offset printers using 100 lb paper that has a UV protectant. The image is semi-gloss and the inside of the card is matte and blank so one can write a message, but if you prefer, FAA can customize any text or message that you want to include. Purchase info is @ https://fineartamerica.com/featured/jackolanterns-sunbathing-patricia-youngquist.html?product=greeting-card
JACK-O-LANTERNS SUNBATHING

This screen-shot features a Halloween card which has an image imprinted on it. The picture was taken in my garden when decorated for Halloween. It shows Jack-O-Lantern themed outdoor lights hanging on a wooden trellis. The actual card is sized 5" by 7" and  can be purchased via Fine Art America (AKA FAA).  They produce the cards on digital offset printers using 100 lb paper that has a UV protectant. The image is semi-gloss and the inside of the card is matte and blank so one can write a message, but if you prefer, FAA can customize any text or message that you want to include. Purchase info is @ https://fineartamerica.com/featured/laughing-jackolanterns-patricia-youngquist.html?product=greeting-card
JACK-O-LANTERNS LAUGHING
This image is a screen-shot of my Halloween-themed notecards which is titled “The Pumpkin Choir.” The picture was taken on the Eastside of NYC in front of a brownstone which was decorated for when for Halloween. It shows an array of pumpkins that have faces painting on them they could be carolers if the season had been Christmas. A copy of this image is featured in volume two of my book series, "Words In Our Beak." Info re this series can be found on my blog @ https://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2018/10/one-sheet-book-series-info.html AND info re this particular note-card is can be found on Fine Art America @ https://fineartamerica.com/featured/the-pumpkin-choir-patricia-youngquist.html?product=greeting-card
THE PUMPKIN CHOIR


I realize Halloween is twenty-one days from now and I don't like to rush the entrance of the holiday, but due to time needed for shipping (in the event you'd like to purchase items mentioned here), I thought it best to give a heads up now.

Sunday, October 4, 2020

It's Saint Francis's Feast Day

This image features a copy of a poster for the annual blessing of animals which takes place October 4th, a day that coincides with the Feast Day of Saint Francis. The poster includes Poipe Francis in his vestments and blessing a guide dog.

 Today is the Feast Day of Saint Francis of Assisi. He is the patron saint of animals and environment and many web-sources concur, he could "be viewed as the original Earth Day advocate. Francis' devotion to God was expressed through his love for all of God's creation."

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Soon it Will Be Halloween (27 Days)

This photo features a woman wearing a panda bear full face mask  to celebrate 2019's Halloween. It is included within a post on my Facebook Page @  https://www.facebook.com/patricia.youngquist.5/posts/2536603943119374

In just a a little under one month's time, 2020's Halloween will be here. Last year on that holiday I was on the UES heading west when I encountered a woman wearing a panda bear mask. She can be seen in the image atop this entry.

Who could have known that less than one year's time, most every one throughout the United States and other parts of the world be (or should be) wearing face-masks to prevent the spread of a pandemic known as COVID-19 (the cornavirus).

Thursday, October 1, 2020

It's October!

A black and white photo of a Kindergarten class in 1959.
Happy October! As the bulletin board in the background of the photo atop this blog entry states, "LEAVES FALL IN OCTOBER," so enjoy the foliage while you can. 

Oktoberfests also occur in this month, which ends with Halloween

And speaking of Halloween, even though it will not be here until thirty days from today, if you are planning to send greeting cards in honor of the occasion, I have a selection of them available via Fine Art America (FAA). 

One of my FAA selections can be seen in the image directly below.

This is a picture of a Halloween card which I designed. It features a Jack-O-Lantern sitting atop a table in my garden. This Jack is "smiling" at a male house finch. The card is available via Fine Art America. https://fineartamerica.com/featured/house-finches-trick-or-treating-patricia-youngquist.html
CARD AVAILABLE VIA FINE ART AMERICA

It is sized 5" by 7" and FAA produces them on digital offset printers using 100 lb paper that has a UV protectant. The image is semi-gloss and the inside of the card is matte and blank so one can write a message, but if you prefer, FAA can customize any text or message that you want to include.

This is a picture of  the price listing for the Halloween card featured in the previous image. As I daid in that alt text, I designed. It features a Jack-O-Lantern sitting atop a table in my garden. This Jack is "smiling" at a male house finch. The card is available via Fine Art America. https://fineartamerica.com/featured/house-finches-trick-or-treating-patricia-youngquist.html
AVAILABLE VIA FINEART AMERICA

In the coming days, I'll tell you about my other Halloween card selections, for now, I'd like to turn your attention to the fact that today is the feast day of Saint Thérèse de Lisieux. I have written about this in a number of posts on my blog, including one on this day in 2019, where I featured the same video which is posted directly below.



I confess that I barely have even a fraction of the faith that she was known to possess.