Friday, October 31, 2014

A Flutter of a Weekly Link Round-Up

It's that time of year when folks up north begin winding their way down here to southern Arizona to escape the snow and cold. It's gorgeous here, and I've been doing a bit of gardening with only occasional slaps at the few persistent mosquitoes that are left after all the rain we had in September.

The inspiration for my Butterfly Tree
Since it has cooled off, Denis and I took the opportunity Wednesday to spend the afternoon at the Desert Botanical Garden, where we wandered through the Monarch Butterfly Exhibit and the Offrendas portion of the Dia de los Muertos celebration. In between, we sat outside at the Patio Cafe and watched the wildlife go by. Denis and I are both convinced that the Patio Cafe alone is worth the price of membership. I wouldn't be at all surprised if I start taking a book or my laptop to sit out there. Better take my camera and extra batteries, too!

I often get asked where I come up with my inspiration for the various theme trees I decorate for Christmas. Well, the inspiration for my Butterfly Tree came from the butterfly exhibit at the Desert Botanical Garden. When I look up at a tree covered in living ornaments, I can't help but want to try to bring that image to life at home.

If any of you are wondering, I will be posting more Desert Botanical Garden photos on my Facebook page within the next few days, and I'll also share the Dia de los Muertos photos here on my blog this weekend. In the meantime, I have some links to round up!

Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits

Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones

The Happy Wanderer

I  ♥  Lists

That's all for now. Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll share a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure. Have a great weekend!


  1. What a lovely 'photo, Cathy! So glad you and Denis got in a visit to the gardens. And thanks as ever for these links. I'm not at all surprised that people are reading on their 'phones now. It's getting easier and easier. And now to find out about that first high-altitude settlement...

    1. The way nature adapts to everything, I won't be surprised when babies are born holding some sort of electronic device! How much of real world experience is lost when one spends so much time glued to a gizmo!

  2. Thank you for putting up that lovely photo. I look forward to more.
    I feel like I'm experiencing a vicarious trip to the Desert Garden when I
    see these pictures.

    And sitting in an apartment building in the Big Apple doesn't give much
    opportunity for viewing butterflies or the beautiful flora around them.

    A great idea for you to go more often with camera and book (and snacks)
    in hand.

    1. Glad you liked the photo, Kathy. I put the others up on my Facebook page yesterday, and friends have been enjoying them. I'm working on my Dia de los Muertos post so it will be ready tomorrow.

  3. Your photos are always wonderful Cathy. Keep them coming. Also the link to the discovered Arctic notebook on the Scott expedition is fascinating and right up my alley! thanks.


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