Friday, June 03, 2011

Cathy to the Rescue for a Weekly Link Round-Up

It's been a relatively calm week here at Casa Kittling. It won't be long until Denis and I head out for Bisbee, and I've already chosen the books I'm going to pack. The only bit of real excitement I've had occurred Sunday.

For some reason, I got the wild hair to take my book and iced tea outside earlier, and I'm glad I did. I'd been sitting there for a while, immersed in the wild and wacky world of Jasper Fforde, when I heard skittering noises, a tiny squawk, and saw movement from the corner of my eye. I looked up in time to see one of the local pain-in-the-butt stray cats-- my "favorite" yellow one that likes to sleep on our front steps-- disappear around the waterfall and down the alley. Floundering in the pool was a recently fledged mockingbird. The parents  were dividing their time in an effort to chase the cat and protect their baby.

It was Cathy to the rescue. I got the terrified baby out of the pool and put it someplace safe to dry out. It was strange, but the second I got up to rescue the young mocker, its parents quieted down. I suppose by now they know what a soft touch I am. I knew the baby wouldn't get over its terror with me hovering and that its parents would stay away, so I went back to my chair and back to Jasper Fforde. I got the idea that my efforts were appreciated, for the next hour, Daddy Mocker serenaded me with his rendition of "La Cucaracha". Just another day at Casa Kittling's wildlife center.

You may think that I've forgotten all about those links, but you're wrong. Here they are!

Bookish News & Other Fun Stuff

Book Blogger Appreciation Week

Social Media, Blogging & Writing Tips


Around the Water Cooler in the Book Blogosphere

Stop by next weekend when I'll have a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure!


  1. We have been having a particularly crap/busy week at work so today myself and two colleagues decided we needed a cheer up at lunch time. Pub? No. Library? yep - we all toddled off to the city branch of our public library where we borrowed a mixture of books, audio books, DVDs and magazines for ourselves, our partners, our kids and then we picked over their sale of books no longer in circulation and a good time was had by all without spending $5 between us. The place was full of people and light and warm comfyness (it's winter here) and I loved it. Which is why hearing about those library closures or thinking about a country without libraries makes me so angry. GRRRRR.

    Thanks for the shout out by the way :)

  2. Yay for your heroic actions!

    And thanks, as always, for the links. I'm behind in my online reading so I'm happy for the highlights.

  3. Cathy - You deserve a superhero cape :-). What a "rescue" moment! And thanks, as ever, for those wonderful links!

  4. Thanks for your informative links

  5. I love Bisbee - and what a great idea - it's so much cooler there!

  6. Thanks for the link to Betty Webb's blog about her writing space. Her desk and surroundings look like mine! Glad you saved the little mockingbird and then knew enough to leave it alone. Here in PA the rescue people are flooded with fawns because people keep thinking their mothers have abandoned them. I can imagine all the does wandering around trying to find their offspring.

  7. I don't comment often, but since I clicked on quite a few links this time around, I just wanted to stop in an say THANKS for putting these posts together. They are my favorite!

  8. Bernadette-- You're welcome. Just the phrase "Country without libraries" makes my blood boil.

    Beth-- Glad to be of service!

    Margot-- You're welcome.

    Nayab-- You're welcome. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

    Jill-- It certainly is! Most of Phoenix seems to head north for the Rim or west to San Diego when it gets hot. Denis and I prefer Bisbee!

    Barbara-- I grew up with animals, and Grampa and Thornton Burgess were the ones who told me to leave little critters alone because their parents were probably in the area having heart palpitations because I'd seen their babies.

    Melissa-- I'm glad you like them. Thanks for leaving a comment!

  9. Though I came for your links, I am happy that you took the time to rescue the poor victim!

  10. Dorte-- Victim? Must be all the police procedurals that we read! ;)

  11. I'm glad you enjoyed our Best of Blogging links! I felt like you actually when I was putting it together - compiling a links post is a lot more time consuming than the results appear! Thanks as always for collecting the helpful links that you do for us all the time.

  12. So many great links here that I've been checking them out off and on throughout the day.

    I loved the one about not being able to hear while reading. That used to happen to me all the time in junior high while waiting for (and then missing) the bus.

  13. Molly-- You're welcome... and you're right. It's a lot more time intensive than most people realize!

    Alyce-- That was one of my favorites, too!


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