I have to admit that I've never been crazy about growing flowers, landscaping...all that jazz. My grandmother's genius for that totally passed me by. However, I do love seeing and experiencing the results of someone else's hard work. Any time I've done stuff here at Casa Kittling, I've gone at it from the standpoint that I want native plants that take care of themselves. No fertilizer every few months. No deadheading when the plants are in bloom. No daily watering. (This is the desert, for crying out loud!)
Well, the City of Phoenix's quarterly curbside trash pickup is about to start, so I donned my heavy-duty gloves, picked up the loppers, and started hacking away. When Denis's days off rolled around, he joined in, and we wrestled everything back into shape (as you can see from the pile Denis hauled out to the curb). I had to laugh when a neighbor came home that evening, saw something was different about the front of our house, liberally applied the brakes, and drove past very very slowly to soak up every last detail.
Now that I've got some deep bougainvillea scratches that need to heal, I'm going to mosey on out to the corral. Links never mistreat me like landscaping does. Head 'em up! Moooooooove 'em out!
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- The history of mincemeat pies, from the Crusades to Christmas.
- Stephen King's books are all connected to each other, and it's terrifying.
- It took Megan Lapp six months to design a dragon pattern, and I love what she's done. Take a look!
- Behind the scenes with a Penguin Random House book cover designer.
- Take a seat on this book throne.
- Here's the pitch publishers rejected when J.K. Rowling was trying to get Harry Potter published.
- Amazon and Warner Brothers are in talks for a series adaptation of Lord of the Rings.
- How Winnie-the-Pooh became a household name.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- A secret, ghostly portrait of Mary, Queen of Scots has been discovered beneath a sixteenth-century painting.
- Experts have uncovered remains at the first permanent English colony-- but whose bones are they?
- Other experts have discovered that a Roman glass theory has been wrong for centuries. Better late than never, eh?
- Rock art discovered in deep dark caves are revealing early human civilization on Puerto Rico's uninhabited Mona Island.
- This tiny detail revealed a painting was looted by the Nazis.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- Are Viking squirrels to blame for infecting England with leprosy? (I refuse to share the mental image "Viking squirrels" brought to mind!)
- A flying creature the size of a plane that could eat baby dinosaurs has been discovered in Mongolia's Gobi Desert.
- A stunned farmer finds a flock of sheep in her home thanks to an overzealous sheepdog puppy.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- Haunting images of America's best-preserved ghost town. (I enjoyed our visit there so much that I want to go back!)
- Inside one of the world's most colorful cemeteries.
- The same people who have lovingly restored the former Harvey House hotel in Winslow, Arizona-- La Posada-- are going to do the same thing with La Castañeda in Las Vegas, New Mexico.
- Archaeology at Salem says we're thinking about witches and witch hunts all wrong.
- Istanbul's libraries: a refuge in uncertain times.
- Linda Nochlin, the pioneering feminist art historian, has died.
- These badass women-- a group calling themselves the Black Mambas-- are taking on poachers in South Africa... and winning.
- Hermann Rorschach's artistic obsession led to his famous test.
►I ♥ Lists & Quizzes◄
- Do you know which book came out first?
- The homes of eighteen legendary writers.
- Eight novels to read now that explore immigration.
- Ten beloved fictional dogs.
- Eight illuminating history books to read right now.
- Reading in the bath just got easier, thanks to these eleven genius products.
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!