This week started off with great news: a dear friend of ours will be visiting in March. He's one of the rarest of guests: someone whom you wish would never leave. When Mike emailed me his flight info, I did a little happy dance. Mentally I'm still dancing around. Can't wait to get him here!
Other than that, it's been quiet here at Casa Kittling. I'm planning strategies for cleaning and for menus, and I've been stitching, reading, and working on my Pinterest boards. Snoresville, eh?
Do any of you have those ugly, utilitarian metal bookends? I do, and I decided to do something about them. I designed a removable cover for mine, and it works. I'll have to show you proof in a future round-up. As I had the cover lying on my work table, it gave me another idea. I wouldn't be at all surprised if I devised a needlepoint cover for my Nook. We shall see!
I've finally finished my required reading. I mentioned in the recent past that I am a member of a judging panel for a literary award. We're just about in the final decision-making stages, and it's been an experience. More about that when it's all done and dusted!
Pinterest has proven to be addictive, probably because it appeals to very visual people, as I am. What irritates me is that I'll find something I would normally bookmark for sharing here in my link round-up, and I pin it and completely forget to bookmark it. Argh!
No, I haven't forgotten the links... And I'll prove it to you!
Bookish News & Other Interesting Stuff
- After more than 1,000 collars, Lola retires, bless 'er.
- Did you know that there are Downton Abbey paper dolls? (What's even more amazing is the fact that Denis watched a couple of episodes-- probably due to the fact that I told this "Coronation Street" addict that "Downton Abbey" was really a soap opera in fancy clothing....)
- Do blurbs matter?
- This couple needs a new home for the 30,000-volume Rocky Mountain Land Library.
- The Wonderful and Terrible Habit of Buying Too Many Books.
- J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults will be published by Little, Brown and Company.
- A woman stole 2,000 library books to sell on the Internet.
- Reading a book really is better the second time around-- and can even offer mental health benefits. (Those benefits are going to have to be doozies to get me to start rereading books more than I do now.)
- A Utah judge orders some defendants to hit the books. (Les Miserables, anyone?)
- I loved this one: A few suggestions on where women don't belong.
I ♥ Lists
- 8 Oscar-winning book adaptations.
- 10 potential titles for J.K. Rowling's upcoming "adult" book.
- 20 beautiful private and personal libraries.
- Top 10 first person narratives.
- 5 recipes inspired by your favorite novels.
- Police sketches of famous literary criminals.
- Someone has finally stumbled upon one of my all-time favorite books in my personal library, The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue. (Swear words and slang in early 19th century England.)
- A bookshelf made out of books.
- The wives of Henry VIII charm bracelet.
- Dewey Decimal jewelry.
- The Traliccio invisible bookshelf.
Social Media Tips
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That's it for this week! I hope you found an item or two that tickled your fancy. Don't forget to stop by next weekend when I'll have a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure!