Friday, April 21, 2017

Hacking Our Way Through a Jungle of a Weekly Link Round-Up

It's been busy around here at Casa Kittling. Lots of things getting accomplished-- some of which should have been accomplished quite some time ago... although that would mean that we'd need to do them all over again by now. (One of the reasons why housecleaning, laundry, cooking, and gardening have never had much appeal for me; they never stay done.)

Casa Kittling's front garden?
One of the things we've been doing is rounding up a few things for a little trip we'll be making in the near future. I set myself the task of going through my closet to thin out the wardrobe. If I haven't worn something in the past year, it gets donated. One thing I've learned through this process is that Denis is much more sentimental about clothes than I am.

Probably the main thing we've done this past week is to hack our way through the shrubbery in our front garden. All the winter rain we received made our bougainvillea, Tombstone roses, yellow bells, fairy dusters (and more) go wild, and we've been too lazy to do anything about it. Somewhere deep down inside, we both found the intestinal fortitude to drag out our machetes and start hacking. We split the job equally-- almost. Unbeknownst to us, bees are building another hive under the shed, and when Denis began trimming the overgrown Tombstone roses, he was suddenly surrounded by hundreds of them. I think the only thing that saved him from getting stung was the fact that he hadn't really brought the trimmer down by the entrance to their (soon to be taken care of) home. My heart still wants to leap into my throat when I think of what could have happened!

Now we feel quite smug when we look at the fruits of our labors. It's nice to be able to have a clear view of the front of the house again! But I shouldn't rest on my laurels. Time to head on out to the corral. Those links are getting restless. Head 'em up! Mooooooooooove 'em out!

►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄

►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
  • Ten close-up shots of dragonflies. (I still think the first person to attempt making stained glass was inspired by dragonfly wings!)
  • Found: A new population of endangered tigers.
  • DNA technology and volcanic ash help pinpoint when the bison arrived in North America.
  • He should've known better than to use his drone to harass his neighbor's dog.

►The Happy Wanderer◄

►I ♥ Lists & Quizzes◄

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 great weekend, and read something fabulous!



  1. Gardening work can really be satisfying, Cathy. I think you have every right to feel smug! And I hope you'll have a great trip! As for me, I'm off to check out that chariot...

    1. I thought that chariot might appeal to you!

  2. Congratulations with getting your garden in shape. It sounds like fun -- except for the bees. Glad they were not in a stinging mood.

    Don't worry about the housework. My mother disdained it. I inherited that attitude.

    I took that quiz three times and it came out that I'm 26 years old -- because I'd write a mystery set in New York City with a conflicted detective. How many hundreds of mysteries have been set in this city with a detective with problems -- written by middle-aged people?

    The quiz didn't give many other options for cities or countries. Also, there was only one photo of a woman who's older than a young person and I had to click her picture. Middle-aged and older folks were not ev3en pictured -- and they write most mysteries. So, what's a woman of a certain age to do?

    The test was constructed for young people with few options in many categories.

    1. You're right-- probably because it seems as though young people have a lot more time to take these things and run their phone batteries down.

  3. Lol! The 'write a book and we'll guess your age' put me at 32, which is 23 years off for me, but just about the age Patty will be in the next book.

    1. I always like the sound of "the next book" when it comes to Patty!


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