From the photographic tweets the Desert Botanical Garden has made, Denis and I should make another trip there soon because the bloom season for the cacti has begun. We definitely don't want to miss that!
I've set up a mental cleaning schedule that will hopefully let me have the house ready for Daisy and allow me time to read. That can be tricky, and you'd understand if you could see the "protective coating" on most things here in the house.
But butterflies aren't the only things clamoring for my attention. There are hummingbirds trying to drain all the feeders dry to feed their chicks. They like to see how close to my head they can get when they buzz by. There are Abert's towhees playing on the inflatable rings in the swimming pool. There is so much cheeping going on all around me that I know our back garden will be filled with fuzzy-feathered youngsters soon, demanding to be fed and trying to avoid the lessons their parents are trying to teach them.
Isn't spring glorious? If only it wasn't throwing a monkey wrench into my plans. I have reading I must get done! Oh... and I've got these links that want to get out of the corral. Head 'em up! Mooooooooove 'em out!
►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- I've loved Brad Parks' stories about the writing life at his local Hardee's. I'm glad they finally paid him the recognition he deserves.
- Sylvia Plath, Nella Larsen, and Charlotte Brontë finally get obituaries in the New York Times.
- The original ladies of crime who paved the way for Agatha Christie.
- A group here in Arizona is seeking to overturn new rules restricting who can send books to specific inmates.
- Tom Gauld's cartoon on the archaeology of the book tower.
- Take a look at the Libro Verticale bookcase.
- Your book may be infested with bedbugs, and here's how to tell.
- There's a new book coming from Book Thief author Markus Zusak.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- Pointy-headed medieval skulls in Germany may have been Bulgarian "treaty brides."
- Turin, Italy's Museo Egizio (Egyptian Museum) displays the parity of women in ancient Egypt.
- They found seven baseball cards worth a fortune in a crumpled bag. Then they found this.
- A medieval "pot o' gold" was discovered by workers in Holland.
- Explorers have found the 119-year-old shipwreck of the Margaret Olwill at the bottom of Lake Erie.
- Artifacts stolen in a massive archaeological theft have been recovered in Canterbury, England.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- A study has found that dogs obey women more, and the reason may give you a genuine "Aha!" moment.
- Watch as a couple captures on video two mountain lions playing on their patio.
- Foxes and coyotes are natural enemies...or are they?
- What hummingbirds want.
►I ♥ Lists◄
- Seven great author cameos in movies and television.
- Nine irrational fears we can blame on books.
- Eleven cozy mystery books set in bookstores.
- Ten fictional homes we want to live in.
- One hundred must-read medieval historical fiction novels.
- What your book storage habits say about you.
- I joined two other book bloggers on Jungle Red Writers recently, and we all talked about the new mysteries in 2018 that we were looking forward to the most.
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!