Thursday, September 29, 2011

A Milestone Weekly Link Round-Up

It's not exactly a milestone for the Weekly Link Round-Up, it's more of a personal milestone. Wednesday, Denis and I went to the Gilbert Riparian Institute-- known as the Water Ranch to locals. Using reclaimed water, the 110-acre preserve contains several ponds and natural desert riparian trees and plants. Just think of it as an oasis. It has become a prime winter feeding ground for countless species of migratory birds, and Denis and I love to go there to see what sort of wildlife is out and about for us to photograph.

We saw some old favorites, and as far as dragonflies go, love was definitely in the air, but for once this visit to the Water Ranch wasn't really about the critters; it was about me. The last time we went there, I was a few months away from my cancer diagnosis. I had to keep my eyes peeled for the next bench on the path up ahead so I could sit down and rest. I got some wonderful photos, but it was exhausting.

This time, I gave almost all the benches a miss, and the times I did sit down, it was more to take advantage of the shade than it was to rest. Denis and I even managed to get lost and walk much, much further than intended. Not only did I keep pace with him, I even kept ahead of him a time or two. That made me very happy indeed! If you're diagnosed with cancer, please don't let fear paralyze you. Don't wait. Get the facts and get rid of the bastard! (Sorry for the language, but that's exactly what cancer is.) Do what it takes and get back to being you!

Thus endeth the harangue. Now-- to the links!

Bookish News & Other Fun Stuff

Christmas Shopping

It's never too early to start shopping... or start making your list and checking it twice!

Lists, Lists, Lists

Never Enough Bookshelves

eBooks & eReaders

Social Media & Blogging Tips

New to My Google Reader

Whew, what a list! Hopefully there are one or two in there that piqued your interest. Don't forget to stop by next weekend when I'll have a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure!


  1. Cathy, I say hear, hear!! I totally agree with you concerning the cancer diagnosis advice. And...good for you! Isn't it nice to feel good and be able to actually move quickly without discomfort? Wonderful!!

  2. That's the best news I've heard in a coon's age. I think your attitude was one of the things that made your outcome so great. And then there's Denis' support too, and maybe a little bit your blogger friends good wishes. :D I'm so happy for you.

  3. How wonderful that you feel so much better and have good health now!

    I'm off to check the lists - I can tell I'm going to be busy for a while. :)

  4. Kathy-- Thanks! I have to admit that I did feel like letting out a cheer as I climbed into the Jeep to come home.

    Kay-- We humans take entirely too much for granted!

    Barbara-- Attitude, loved ones, friends, acquaintances... each is a part of a wonderful whole. I am blessed to have you all in my life.

  5. Alyce-- Thanks! (And I hope all my lists and links didn't take up too much of your time!)


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