Friday, December 01, 2017

A They Kept to Themselves Weekly Link Round-Up

For those of you who celebrate it, I hope your Thanksgiving weekend was everything you hoped it would be. Denis and I spent a very quiet and very enjoyable day in each other's company. Early on, Denis brought in the Christmas decorations from the shed, and I told him which pile each box belonged in.

And so it begins for another year...
It came home to me this year that I created my own monster. If I had my way, I'd just stop putting up decorations-- at least until my mobility issues are settled one way or the other. When almost every move you make hurts, putting up tons of decorations loses every bit of its fun factor. Especially the ladder climbing parts. But I have so many people that look forward to my decorating that I feel guilty when I don't do it. I can't complain because-- like I said-- I created my own monster.

What I'd really like to know is how Denis and I became the neighborhood leaders when we basically keep ourselves to ourselves. ("Gee, I don't know what happened. They were nice people. Quiet. They basically kept to themselves."-- I just now realized that we sound like serial killers!) Within two days of our marathon shrub trimming and creating a trash heap out in the street in front of our house, suddenly everyone else at our end of the 'hood started working out in their yards and creating their own piles. And when our Christmas lights go up, so will everyone else's. The only thing I can figure is that, as long as everyone else's house/yard doesn't look as bad as ours, they let things slide. Then when we clean up, they feel obligated to do the same.  (Good gravy, does this mean we're the Joneses?)

Before I start opening all these boxes, I'm going to mosey out to the link corral. Perhaps I'll get some momentum built up. Head 'em up! Mooooooooooove 'em out!

►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄

►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
  • Faroe Islanders had a unique way of mapping their land for Google Street View.
  • Scientists trained sheep to recognize the faces of Emma Watson and Barack Obama.
  • Australian pigeons have a specially evolved feather with which to better annoy the heck out of you. 
  • Kato, an Arizona K-9, is being featured in a national calendar as six Maricopa County Sheriff's Office dogs get body armor.
  • The hero rats of Africa sniff out landmines and TB infections.

►The Happy Wanderer◄

►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. I can see the headlines now about you and Denis, Cathy! ;-) I don't envy you trying to balance what you'd like to accomplish with what you reasonably can when it comes to mobility. I hope that's all sorted out soon. In the meantime, did I hear someone say something about an Egyptian tomb????

    1. I knew I wouldn't be able to keep you out of that tomb! ;-)

  2. I loved how you spent Thanksgiving, I think it's beautiful to share such an important date in the way you did. I did something similar, I was at home watching movies like Live by Night with Ben Affleck, it's those little details that make life beautiful. I love your blog, I hope to read soon how you celebrated Christmas this year!

    1. Thank you! I finally finished what little decorating I did. Now all I have to do is take photos!


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