By the time you read this, I will have finally finished decorating the house for Christmas. Very little has gone according to plan, but I am nothing if not stubborn. I have persevered! Yes, I will be posting photos, but keep in mind that it is "Christmas Lite" at Casa Kittling. Some trees have vanished. So have some decorations. There are still plenty of old standbys as well as some new things to be seen. It will be interesting to get your feedback.
In the mean time, I've realized that I have two addictions: books and yarn. I know. You realized this much sooner than I did. What brought it home to me was the recent trip I made to Michael's. I went in specifically for one type of yarn in one color so that I could make a scarf for a friend. I found what I needed almost immediately, but did I stop looking? Heavens no! I kept wandering up and down the aisles, fondling all sorts of yarn in a rainbow of colors.
As you can see in the photo, I didn't stop until I had a big bag full! All the new yarn has made me think of at least a half dozen new projects that I'll need more yarn for.
It's just as bad as being addicted to books!
Before you try to send me to a rehab center, I'd better head off to the corral and get those links saddled up!
Head 'em up! Moooooove 'em out!
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- This hidden Facebook page has all sorts of weird info on you.
- Parnassus Books is doing so well it's planning an expansion.
- How social media has changed the way we read books.
- Obituaries show that sexism follows women to the grave.
- At this time of year, Amazon's mega-warehouse isn't popular with some New Jersey towns.
- The trailer for the second season of Outlander is available.
- This Alabama bookstore only sells signed copies.
- Amazon has released video showcasing their unmanned delivery drones.
- The BBC is under fire for an inappropriate adaptation of War and Peace. That ought to boost ratings.
- How do you stay in touch with your favorite author?
- In Brazil, books can be used to ride the subway for free.
- Loneliness may warp our genes-- and our immune systems.
- Are you a Benedict Cumberbatch fan? Here's the new Sherlock teaser and posters to get us ready to meet The Abominable Bride.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- 7-million-year-old fossils show how the giraffe got its long neck.
- I'm glad this isn't in our neighborhood: a black hole has been observed devouring a star.
- An 8-year-old "young Indiana Jones" has discovered an ancient artifact near Jerusalem.
- An intern saved a museum by finding a Revolutionary War treasure in the attic.
- An ancient Nessie? Long-necked dinosaurs once prowled a Scottish lagoon.
- What was found (and still edible) inside a 150-year-old sunken steamboat. (Out of all the items that were recovered, I think my favorites are the buttons!)
- Modern science has detected disease in 400-year-old embalmed hearts.
- Colombia says it has found the Spanish treasure galleon San Jose.
- No one's quite sure what to do with the wreck of the SS Richard Montgomery.
- A museum finds a rich harvest in the soil of the Carolinas.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- You won't believe how long it took a photographer to take this brilliant photo of a kingfisher!
- 35 baby animals that push the limits of cute.
- Swifts and jackdaws in Russia are being credited with preserving historic documents.
- One of my heroes, Sir David Attenborough, has had a new species of butterfly named after him. Then I did some more checking and learned that it's not the only creature to be given this honor.
- After major success with the wildlife project on State Route 260 in the White Mountains of Arizona, a similar project is being built on State Route 77 in the Sonoran Desert. Signs show that it's going to be a success, too!
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- Back at the turn of the twentieth century, August Engelhardt proved that an obsession with coconuts could prove deadly.
- Paul Nilsen, an exceptional elementary school principal.
- Molly Crabapple and her life in a Parisian bookstore.
- Seventy years later, the late Master Sergeant and World War II veteran Roddie Edmonds is the first soldier to be honored for saving Jews.
- 15-year-old Kenneth Shinozuka came up with a smart invention to help his grandfather cope with Alzheimer's.
- I think the men of UCLA's Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity are the best!
►I ♥ Lists◄
That's all for this week! 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 great weekend and read something fabulous!