My experiences with technology might be a tad mixed from time to time, but-- on the whole-- I do like it. Especially when someone invents something that gets me out of doing some housework. I've always considered housework to be a waste of time. My grandmother, who caught the dust before it had a chance to land on her furniture, would spin in her grave if she could hear me now. Unless you live alone, chances are that you can spend a lot of time and elbow grease shining something to a fare-thee-well only to have someone come in less than five minutes later and dirty it up again.
I quickly learned that when I turn Gracie on, she means business. I was trying to cook and was walking from the refrigerator to the sink when Gracie came in from the dining room. It didn't take me long to realize that Gracie will win if we're ever in a foot race. I guess I need some track shoes.
And I laughed when I received a text from Gracie telling me that she was stuck at the edge of a cliff and needed my help. (You have to step down into the craft room from the dining room, but I'd never called it a cliff before.) Denis and I have been very pleased with the work that Gracie does, but when Denis smiled at me and said, "Alexa, tell Gracie to start cleaning," the first thought in my mind was... am I ever going to get a word in edgewise with all these gizmos in the house?
I'm tired of doing the two-step around Gracie, so I'm heading out to the corral. Head 'em up! Moooooooooooove 'em out!
►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- This 60-year-old novel about sexual harassment was ahead of its time.
- Who is your favorite fictional librarian?
- Reading Raymond Chandler in the age of #MeToo.
- The harsh reality of food for "Little House" pioneers.
- Behind the counter at America's smallest indie bookstores.
- What knitting can teach you about math.
- How Finland rebranded itself as a literary country.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- An earthquake revealed a 12th-century temple hidden within an Aztec pyramid.
- The original Winnie-the-Pooh map sets a world record at auction.
- Two men have been charged with stealing more than $8 million in rare books from a Pittsburgh Carnegie Library.
- Jamestown mystery: Whose bones have been uncovered?
- A noblewoman who was buried in her jewelry 1,800 years ago was found recently in Greece.
- A 1,000-year-old handprint from "Europe's Lost People" has been discovered in Scotland.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- This spectacular Canadian wildlife reserve is so remote, you can only get there five weeks a year.
- The unexpected afterlife of ill-gotten wildlife goods.
- New research suggests Dr. Seuss modeled the Lorax on this real-life monkey.
- Indigenous peoples manage one-quarter of the globe, which is good news for conservation.
- A woman found a mountain lion napping in her living room. (I bet she doesn't leave her doors open anymore!)
- Why a female duck was spotted with a huge brood of 76 ducklings.
►I ♥ Lists◄
- The best tennis books.
- Ten Agatha Christie quotes to enlighten you.
- Fiction's top five twisted housekeepers and nannies.
- Top ten books about gangsters.
- Ten essential Donna Leon books.
- Nine novels that challenge us to see the humanity in everyone.
- Twenty very funny novels by women.
- Ten books to help you escape and unwind.
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!