Friday, March 20, 2015

The Danger of Spring Cleaning Weekly Link Round-Up

Spring cleaning should come with a warning label. Honestly! The whole house could've come down around my ears, but I finally came to my senses and stopped. I was tempted to go one step further and hide in the closet.

Thought you were going to see spring cleaning?
It all began with me innocently thinking that I was going to be scrubbing floors. The rugs had to be rounded up and washed, so I started doing that. One of the rugs was partially under a small bookcase, so I moved the bookcase, picked up the rug... and saw a large amount of crud that had gathered behind the bookcase.

When I plugged in the vacuum cleaner to suck up the crud, I tripped the outlet to the freezer. No matter what I did, I couldn't get the freezer going, so I had to empty its contents into the freezer compartment of the refrigerator. Thus began an unscheduled defrosting of the freezer. Thank goodness, I was planning to do this so there was a lot less food in there!

After rounding up the rest of the rugs, I decided to turn on the fan and sit down for a minute to reorganize my work list. The fan stopped oscillating. A trip out to the laundry room found me almost breaking the light fixture. Let's see... sweeping, dusting... then I dropped the freezer drip pan full of water all over the craft room floor and had to deal with that. At this point I was beginning to lose my resolve, so I went into the family room to sit, knit, watch a few minutes of TV, and contemplate life. In two rows, I dropped four stitches.

I'm now skipping through some things, including a graceful stunt that drew blood. 

I'd decided to put an end to a horrendous evening. Standing at the bathroom sink, gargling away, some mouthwash went down the wrong pipe. I started to choke and spewed mouthwash all over the mirror. That had to be cleaned up.

Yup. Spring cleaning should come with a warning label. Rounding up links is much safer!

Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits
  • RIP Terry Pratchett. You were one of a kind. 
  • Don't judge a book by its cover until you see how long it takes to design.
  • Five stories you didn't know about The Sound of Music
  • The fate of footnotes in a digital world.
  • What made me laugh most about The Worst Irish Accents Hollywood Has to Offer were the Liam Neeson Approval Ratings! 
  • Now someone has filed a complaint of elder abuse involving Harper Lee.

Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones
  • Jupiter's moon Ganymede has a salty ocean with more water than Earth.
  • A painting bought for 50¢ at a yard sale may bring thousands at auction.
  • Historians are pondering the future of a Revolutionary War relic
  • An ancient receipt proves Egyptian taxes were worse than yours. 
  • The lost remains of the author of Don Quixote have been found in a convent in Madrid.
  • Researchers have learned that the oldest Roman fort in Italy was used to protect the soldiers from pirates. 

The Happy Wanderer
  • I'm glad I didn't have to narrow a list down to just 30 images of Scotland!
  • 38 (tongue-in-cheek) reasons you should never visit Scotland.
  • If you were beginning to get the idea that I have Scotland on the brain, I'll seal the deal. Here are 19 epic road trips through Scotland. Denis and I have taken some of them, and we're in the midst of planning our next trip to the Highlands.
  • 10 haunting, abandoned lighthouses with strange histories.

I  ♥  Lists

Book Candy

That's all for now. (I wish spring cleaning were finished!) 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. Most definitely, Cathy, spring cleaning needs to be approached with lots of caution!; Glad that you're OK and that nothing truly disastrous happened. And now to read about Cervantes' bones....

    1. Cervantes' Bones....sounds like a good book title to me! :-)

  2. I haven't even read the links yet, but the spring cleaning got me exhausted.
    Be careful. There is no earthly reason to overdo this at all. Some things
    can keep.

    1. Well, Kathy, it's a combination of (1) visitors, and (2) it's been "kept" much too long. Things have been going smoother even though I did spray myself in the face with furniture polish yesterday. (My skin has that dewy, youthful glow with just a trace of lemon....)


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