Friday, August 18, 2017

A Zapping Good Weekly Link Round-Up

As most of you know, I do most of my summer reading sitting in the shady end of my swimming pool. I'm cool and comfortable. I'm outside and can observe any wildlife that passes through-- and I'm enjoying some wonderful storytelling. However, there are a few things that can have an adverse effect on my reading experience. Neighborhood children who bang away on their drum sets or turn on the karaoke machine and begin to yodel and screech. Daylong parties with lots of loud music. A nearby dog who gets a prolonged case of yap-itis. Normally I can do a pretty good job of tuning that stuff out. I won't throw a fit about what the neighbors do just because they're not as quiet as I am. In fact, this summer has been very quiet, and I'm not sure why. I am enjoying it, though!

No, the things that can really get my knickers in a twist are from the natural world. Namely, BUGS. Since we've gone back to a salt cell to generate chlorine, I'm not constantly on the lookout for wasps and bees that have taken a swan dive into the pool and paddle frantically until they see me. They clamber aboard the SS Cathy and then have a tendency to sting me. Not a good way to treat your savior! That's why I have to be on the lookout with my flyswatter so I can bail them out before they get a chance to climb aboard. 

The two worst drive-Cathy-nuts bugs are flies and ants (and sometimes mosquitoes). In fact, I wore out the small red flyswatter I had and needed a replacement. I can still use it to bail critters out of the pool, but now I have an electric swatter. (Cue evil laugh.) Yesterday was my first day out in the pool with it, and I have to admit that I was getting altogether too much pleasure from zapping flies and hearing the satisfyingly loud POP! 

I know. Shame on me.

As penance, I'm going to put my zapper down and head on out to the corral. These links sure 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◄
  • Watch some extremely rare footage of wild tigers in Bhutan. 
  • The crew aboard one of Sri Lanka's ships was confused by a large mass in the water. The minute they recognize it, they all jump overboard.

►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. I'm a kindred spirit when it comes to bugs, Cathy. It doesn't help that I have really sensitive skin, so the least little nibble and I'm using hydrocortisone for days. Hope there aren't a lot of bugs at that 'Little Pompeii' site; that's where I'm headed...

  2. Ah, the racket zapper! I had one of those...

    I came out as quotation marks, and knew most of the proper usages, but some of them I was guilty of getting wrong.

    The would-you-rathers were rather nightmarish...

  3. No bugs. Ugh. I'm in a big city and still get mosquito bites. They do get in this apartment, although I keep windows whut and the a/c on in the summer.

    I still remember at the age of 5, while we were in North Carolina, getting bitten by a bee behind my knee while I rode a tricycle. Wow, did that hurt. Luckily, not been stung like that since then.

    Interesting quiz. I'm a semicolon, but on some categories, nothing applied to me, so I just put down something to answer. I'll try it again.

    I have to listen to Lehane, McDermid and Child when I have time. I love Val McDermid but feel like I need subtitles to understand her wonderful brogue.

    1. I really enjoyed listening to/watching McDermid, Child and Lehane.


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