I'm glad I had a question about the three eye drop prescriptions I need for my upcoming cataract surgery. I phoned the pharmacy and just as I was about to end the call, the pharmacist asked me, "Did you know one of the prescriptions cost $300?" I told her I was glad I'd called while sitting down in the comfort of my own home (which made her laugh). I remembered Erin at the ophthalmologist's office telling me there was a coupon for one of the prescriptions in my packet of forms and info, so I immediately grabbed it and found the coupon. I'd only have to pay $60. Well, that sounds peachy, I thought. Until I read the fine print. The $60 price is for those folks who are on Medicare. I don't qualify. Yet. Ah well. And before you think I don't have the money, I do. I just don't like spending it on tiny bottles of liquid gold. But I want my surgery and recovery to go perfectly, so I'll stump up the money and use all those drops. But in other news...
Denis and I couldn't go to the Desesrt Botanical Garden to see their Dia de los Muertos offrendas exhibit due to its vastly truncated hours. Boo! Hiss! So... I made my own. I had so much stuff that I had to make two offrendas. (I didn't want to leave anyone out.) The one you see above is in remembrance of my two-legged family, and everything on there has meaning for someone in the photographs-- yes, even Donald Duck in the race car. Now I'll show you the second offrenda I made...
This is in remembrance of my four-legged family, complete with candy bones. I had more photos I could have used, but I didn't want things falling off the dining room table. The table runner I knit for Dia de los Muertos is there but very difficult to see.
And now that I'm done decorating, I'll just mosey on out to the corral to check on those links. You know how feisty they can be. Head 'em up! Moooooooooove 'em out!
►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- How the English failed to stamp out the Scots language.
- When American jails were a mom-and-pop business.
- Could offshore wind farms actually sap the rain from hurricanes?
- How to be a good man: what Harvey Weinstein learned from a month reading the feminist classics.
- Hannibal Lector creator Thomas Harris has announced his first book in thirteen years (and it doesn't feature Hannibal).
- Caitriona Lally is an author who also works as a janitor. She just won a prestigious literary prize from the university she cleans.
- We need more problematic women in crime fiction.
- The Weather Channel has set a premiere date for its first foray into true crime. I need to see if I can catch up with the episodes!
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- An eight-year-old girl found an Iron Age sword in a Swedish lake.
- Residue of opium poppy has been found in a Bronze Age juglet.
- Ancient proteins from unwashed dishes are revealing the diets of a lost civilization.
- The newly described elephant bird is the biggest one yet.
- A 1,700-year-old sock spins a yarn about ancient Egyptian fashion.
- Underwater archaeologists may have discovered the oldest shipwreck in Lake Erie.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- Moths love lamps... and sipping the salty tears of sleeping birds. Who knew?
- A golden retriever named Asha comforted a lost baby koala and kept it warm.
- This new cheetah mom earns high marks caring for her three new Smithsonian cubs.
- Sloths don't just live in slow-mo, they can put their metabolism on pause.
- If birds are acting erratically in Minnesota, blame it on the alcohol.
- This app is saving thousands of snakes (and humans) in India.
- These are the finalists of the 2018 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, and they're hilarious.
- Tracking small creatures is frustrating, delicate, fascinating work.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- Sultan the pit pony in Wales.
- I love this colorful "forest" in Mexico City, Mexico that's made entirely from three tons of recycled plastic waste.
- The Cărturești Carusel Bookstore in Bucharest, Romania.
- A new law puts Shetland on the map... and outside of a box.
- I hope you'll take a look at the short video on this one-- Satellite dishes have been converted into Native American art along Route 66 in Grants, New Mexico, and I think they're gorgeous!
►I ♥ Lists◄
- The women crime writers with the most film adaptations.
- Elmore Leonard's greatest opening lines.
- Eight essential science fiction and fantasy crossover thrillers.
- Twenty-seven of the best books to understand the costs of discrimination.
- Twelve cover artists every vintage crime lover should know.
- Top ten books about Old Shanghai.
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!