Friday, January 09, 2015

Shiver Me Timbers, A Weekly Link Round-Up!

I've entitled this week's link round-up "shiver me timbers" because Canada or Siberia or someplace I would never choose to live decided to bring in the new year by sharing its snow and cold. Children on the outskirts of the Phoenix metropolitan area made snowmen, and the mountains and cacti had rare mantles of the white stuff. 

Here at Casa Kittling, we merely got extremely cold rain. Perfect weather for curling up next to a fire with a good book-- except these frigid days (okay, I know, frigid for here) were declared No Burn days, which meant no one was supposed to touch match to log. Never fear! Those afghans my mother knitted for me are just the ticket for iceberg days! The Englishman I imported thirteen years ago has finally acclimated, and the only thing that's kept me from complaining about the cold is listening to him gripe about it!

In the mean time, I have some links that need to be shared before they freeze to the ground. Head 'em up! Move 'em out!

Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits

Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones
  • Bones recently found on a Canadian beach may be from people on board a ship fleeing the 1840s Potato Famine in Ireland.
  • I think I'll rent a metal detector the next time I'm in the UK. Amateurs have found a £1 million hoard of 1,000-year-old Anglo Saxon coins.
  • Archaeologists in Egypt have found an unknown queen's tomb
  • A World War I soldier's bedroom has remained frozen in time for almost a century.
  • A man discovered the passage to Egypt's Great Pyramid under his house.  
  • I know I've included links about this before, but scientists keep figuring out more and more about the Antikythera Mechanism (and including photos, too). 
  • How researchers uncovered a 2,500-year-old mystery behind some ancient Greek coins.
  • This study suggest that the history of Rapa Nui on Easter Island is far more complex than originally thought.

The Happy Wanderer

I  ♥  Lists
  • 9 famous authors' favorite workday snacks.
  • The top ten winters in literature. (May I throw in Laura Ingalls Wilder's The Long Winter? It may not be "literature," but the depiction of winter in that book has certainly stayed with me!)
  • Ten unique and funky literary magazines to check out in 2015. 
  • 23 words for book lovers that really should exist.

Book Candy

That's all for now. Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.

Have a wonderful weekend!


  1. I found your links fascinating. Thanks

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed them, Mystica!

  2. The Long Winter is definitely one of the best 'snowy winter' books I've ever read.

    1. The depiction of winter in that book really sticks with you, doesn't it? Brrrrrrrrr.....

  3. I didn't realize that you guys had some "snowy" weather lately. Bet it was fun for kids there. We supposedly might get some white stuff today or tomorrow or it might be ice (yuck) or freezing rain or nothing. Our forecasters here get all excited when the possibility exists for weather events. Otherwise, think it's kind of dull. But, I'm not loving the wind with cold. That can stop, thank you very much! Have a good weekend, Cathy!

    1. I well remember one trip back to central Illinois when the temperature was -24°F, but when the wind was factored in, it actually felt like -68°F. Unfortunately, I had to get out in that, and that's something you just don't forget! (In fact my ears are shrinking in remembrance as I type! LOL)

  4. Cathy - I love actual weather! The cold snap has been great in my opinion. And as you say, it's the perfect time for curling up with a book. Thanks for the links. Now I want to dig around where I live and see if I can find a secret passage!

    1. The cold weather has its benefits, but I have to admit that it's not tops on my list of enjoyable experiences. One reason why I moved down here-- I seldom have to deal with it!

      And as for digging for that secret passage... it's tempting until I remember the last time I tried to dig a hole here.... ;-)

  5. Loved the 18 Libraries post. I was so surprised that I've been to two of them (Boston and Seattle). Have a great week

    1. Yes, whenever I come across one of those links to "XX of the most beautiful __________ in the world", and I find that I've actually seen one or two of them, I'm always tickled!


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