I pay close attention to the weather and the sun since I spend so much time out in the pool during the summer. I can usually look up from my book, glance at the shadows being cast in one or two spots and come within fifteen minutes (normally less) of telling you the correct time. The week that I was mudded out of the pool made a difference. One of the things I noticed when I first moved here many years ago was that there is no lingering dusk or twilight; we're too far south for that. I also noticed that there didn't seem to be smooth, gradual transitions from one season to the next. One minute it's spring, the next it's summer. When I got back in the pool after that one week, I could see that the sun had begun its annual migration in the sky to get ready for fall. The days are getting shorter, and the pool water is starting to cool off. Many people would sing and dance in the streets at that news, but not me.
To take my mind off the waning of my favorite season, I'm working more on our upcoming road trip. Routes, places to stay, how long we'll be gone. I like to travel, so this is a good way to keep me from brooding over something I can't change. (Which is something I seldom do anyway.)
What's on the agenda? Death Valley, Yosemite, King's Canyon, Sequoia, Bodie, and Lake Tahoe. Denis wants to see more of his adopted country, and I'm all for it. Of the places on that list, I've been to King's Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, and Lake Tahoe-- but I was only ten years old. I'm looking forward to seeing them again, and seeing the other places for the first time.
You came here for some links? Well, of course you did! Follow me out to the corral....
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- The Connecticut State Library has revealed plans for an improved eBook program.
- Whether you want to hear it or not, "normal" in our society means male, and oftentimes women are written out of the story.
- How about taking a look at some bedroom libraries?
- An author and her editors talk about the editing process.
- How the Great Depression changed U.S. diets.
- The last movie palaces of yesteryear. (The one I loved as a child used to be a vaudeville theater.)
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- Rare silver coins that were found in a field in Derbyshire, England have been declared treasure.
- The strange reason this 300-year-old shoe was hidden in a wall at St. John's College at Cambridge.
- Ancient (1,500-year-old) bling: exquisite jewelry was discovered in the tomb of a Chinese woman named Farong.
- Paleontologists have just found a 2,500-pound T. Rex skull in Montana.
- Sixteenth-century shipwrecks have been found amid rocket debris off the coast of Florida.
- Scientists have just discovered a secret American manuscript that was hidden under paint for five hundred years.
- Explorers have found the second-oldest confirmed shipwreck in the Great Lakes.
- Unearthing the tomb of Suleiman the Magnificent in Hungary.
- Archaeologists fear for the seventeenth-century shipwreck The London.
- An ancient Egyptian tool has been found in a wardrobe in Derbyshire, England.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- Thanks once more to television series like Game of Thrones and Outlander, Castle Leoch in Scotland has been granted funds for restoration.
- Some British newspaper journalists spent a week driving around Arizona.
- This is something Denis and I have been thinking about trying out: the most scenic train rides in the U.S.
- If I had a dollar for every road sign I've driven past that said WATCH FOR FALLING ROCKS, I would be on my around-the-world cruise. When I was a child, I'd always try to find a rock that was falling. Well...see what happened on this stretch of a national park road!
- Martin Couney ran a carnival attraction that saved thousands of premature babies.
- Doris Bohrer, an American spy in World War II and the Cold War, has died at the age of 93.
►I ♥ Lists & Quizzes◄
- Do you actually remember the most iconic American authors? Take this quiz and find out.
- Misunderstood Moms of literature.
- 100 must-read books about the national parks.
- Pen names and their many uses.
- Nineteen magical bookshops every book lover must visit. I've been to three of them, and seeing the rest made me want to hop a plane to the UK to visit the rest!
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!