Friday, February 06, 2015

A Basket Case of a Weekly Link Round-Up

Last week the Phoenix metro area had the Phoenix Open and the Super Bowl going on simultaneously. We had three days of nice, gentle, soaking rain which probably didn't please many of the folks who traveled here for the events and festivities, but I had to smile when I thought of the effect that perfectly timed storm will have on the desert wildflowers in a few weeks. It's all about perspective, isn't it?


Now y'all are probably wondering what basket case I'm talking about. Have I flipped my lid? Gone around the bend? Been swinging on the chandelier? Nope. I'm beginning to think that I'm related to Miss Marple. I've been sitting watching mysteries on television while I knit on my afghan (or "ashcan" as my grandfather called them) in the evenings. I just thought I'd show you a progress report. As you can see, the photo on the left shows a little bit of knitting and packages of yarn. The photo to the right shows a smooshed-in-there afghan and no packages of yarn. I'm not all that far away from finishing it! 

What's funny is that I'm learning what an aid to deduction knitting is. There's something about the yarn gliding through my fingers, the hushed click of the needles, and watching something warm and pretty slowly taking shape under my guidance that sharpens my ears to nuance in the dialogue on those crime shows. My whodunnit success rate is skyrocketing!

Oops... I'd best use this yarn to lasso those links I've been saving. Head 'em up! Move 'em out!

Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits
  • What's wrong with only reading half a book?
  • The Electric Lit team has created an infographic to help people try to answer this question: Am I a famous writer yet
  • Colleen McCullough, Australia's  most famous author, died last week. For all her accomplishments, what did the newspaper use to lead her obituary? A description of her appearance. Shame on them. The Guardian had a perfect reaction.
  • A man from my little hometown in central Illinois was one of the farriers for the Budweiser Clydesdales. I've seen those magnificent creatures, and I've loved their commercials since the very first one.
  • One company is developing a new dual screen eReader
  • Boy howdy-- there's a sequel to Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird coming in July!

Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones

The Happy Wanderer

Book Candy

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 wonderful weekend-- and read something fabulous!


  1. Do you watch Vera, the series with Brenda Blethyn, based on Anne Cleeves' books? They are divine and without a lot of gruesomeness and violence. As her assistant says, "she's the brains, I'm the legwork." As it should be.'

    Then there's Hinterland, based in Wales, a semi-lone brooding gorgeous detective.

    Smith and Bailey, two British police women work together.

    Miss Phryne Fisher's Murder Mysteries -- here you can see beautiful costumes while solving a mystery.

  2. We've had quite a bit of rain this winter as well. I'm looking forward to the bluebonnets and other wildflowers that will come in late March and early April. Sigh. Lovely.

    1. You and I are both thinking of flowers, Kay. I like that. :-)

  3. Cathy - I can't think of a better way to spend a rainy period than watching good TV mysteries and knitting. Well, I don't knit, but you get the idea... Your work is beautiful, too!! Now, off to read about murals and coins.... :-)

  4. Well, if there was anything I could do about it, I'd start a campaign to get the BBC to make a series starring Ruth Galloway. How much fun that would be, casting her, Harry Nelson and her druid friend and other friends, and showing the gorgeous Eastern Cost of England. I hope someone over there gets the idea and carries it out.

    1. I seem to remember hearing something about that being in the works, but I can't find any evidence online.


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