Friday, February 16, 2018

The Messy Desk Weekly Link Round-Up

This past week has had Denis and me doing major desk clearing, and it's pointed out one of our rare differences. I lay no claim to being a fastidious housekeeper. In fact, you might say that I consider dust to be a protective coating in many cases. My aim has always been to keep things picked up: I figure if all the surfaces are uncluttered, visitors probably won't be led to whipping out their white gloves.

So...when it comes to our office, my desk is usually pretty tidy on top. The top of Denis's desk normally looks like a dumpster. As I said, we both spent a few hours cleaning up our desks, and now his looks really nice and mine looks like I haven't done anything. That's because my cleaning involved all my file cabinet drawers. In the photo to the left, you can see one of the best purchases I've made in quite some time: a collapsible canvas wagon. In the bottom left corner, you can also see a paper shredder that holds a 13-gallon kitchen trash bag. (I mean business when I shred!)

As you can see, that wagon is loaded. Those file cabinet drawers held receipts and manuals for things I hadn't owned or even used in almost a decade, old medical insurance policy descriptions... the list is endless. Three hanging file drawers were condensed into one-- I can't believe the space I have now. (And it would be nice if I didn't rush into filling it all back up again....)

Now that I've got all that tidied up, I'd better get to work on our income taxes. Oops! Some of those links heard me. I'd best mosey on out to the corral first.

Head 'em up! Mooooooooove 'em out!

►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
  • How a rare Roman mosaic was lifted from the ground.
  • Ancient Roman graves were uncovered by a Palestinian in his backyard after a heavy rainfall.
  • The Tudor manor house that was home to the Archbishop who helped Henry VIII become head of the Church of England has gone on the market for £1.3 million ($1.8 million). (Yes, it has a library.)
  • The gold treasure lost at sea in an 1857 shipwreck is now on display.
  • The discovery of a 10,000-year-old crayon points to a colorful Mesolithic life.

►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄

►I ♥ Lists◄
  • Nine places where you can still see wheel tracks from the Oregon Trail. (I walked along the Oregon Trail in Nebraska with my grandfather when I was ten. There are probably cookie-cutter houses on the spot now.)
  • I love this art! Vintage seaside posters capturing the golden age of travel in Britain and Australia sold for $510,000 at auction in New York City.
  • Nineteen of the best Western books of all time.
  • If you do 19/29 of these things, then you should own a library.
  • Twelve literary pick-up lines you should never use at a bookstore.
  • The ten nicest things to do for book lovers.

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 always feel better when I clear files and tidy file drawers. It's the crazy neatnik in me. Bet you felt good to get all that stuff out of there.

    1. You bet... although I still feel a bit light-headed! LOL

  2. I think it's a great idea to go through desks and file drawers, Cathy. I know I work better when things are tidy. And it's funny how 'stuff' piles up! Now, it's off to check out that Tudor house! And then those Roman graves...

    1. Oh, everything was tidy. I think that was part of the problem. Things were tidy, so I didn't bother going through them, and that's how all that old stuff piled up!


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