Friday, February 05, 2016

An Off the Grid Weekly Link Round-Up

Several of you know that Denis and I usually spend a week down in the Bisbee area at the end of January to relax and to celebrate my birthday/our anniversary. This year, it was a bit different. The place where we normally stay has been leased for a year, so our friends who own it asked their neighbors across the canyon to put us up in the house they have for sale. I called this house The Aerie because of one room.

The main living space has a panoramic view of the canyon, the mountains, and the busy Highway 80 that runs through. I could sit in that room during the day, read, and watch a pair of red-tailed hawks as they searched for a meal. I also watched other raptors swoop up to land on the roof-- the perfect place to survey the territory. In the evening, we could watch gorgeous sunsets, and when it became dark, Denis and I would watch DVDs. I would knit, watch headlights travel up and down the highway and make up little stories about their destinations. Later on, I would watch a full moon rise over the mountains.

Why "off the grid"? The place had no phone (landline or cell service), no internet, no television. None. While we were in the house, we subsisted on old movies, books, and conversation. It was nice. Very nice. Almost idyllic.

But now those links are threatening to break out of the corral. Head 'em up! Moooove 'em out!

►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄

►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄

►The Happy Wanderer◄

►Book Candy◄

►Fascinating Folk◄
  • Nellie Bly's record-breaking trip around the world was, to her surprise, a race. 
  • Herman Wouk says he's a "happy gent" at age 100.

►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!



  1. What a lovely place you stayed in, Cathy! Beautiful, beautiful view! No wonder you called it The Aerie. Thanks, as ever, for these links. So many that intrigue me, too. I think I'll read about that sunken ship first, and then perhaps a look at those scenic train rides.

    1. Denis and I have talked about taking one of those scenic train trips.

  2. That room is gorgeous! Truly. What a lovely time you guys must have had. Glad you got to experience The Aerie!

    1. So am I, even though I can see why the house hasn't sold.

  3. What a lovely room!! I wouldn't have wanted to leave. So glad you and Denis enjoyed yourselves.

    1. We were out and about for the entire week, but that room always drew me like a magnet when we came back!

  4. That is a beautiful view. I can see why you would want to return to that room.

    A question: How did you watch movies if no TV or Internet? Did you have a way of plugging in a computer or a TV?

    I could hide out in that house, too, but I'd need a computer with email and blogs to read -- and, of course, mysteries.

    1. We did have a TV and DVD player. We borrowed DVDs from our friends across the canyon, and Denis raided the bargain bin at Target.


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