Friday, April 26, 2019

The Things You Do for Love Weekly Link Round-Up

It's odd how spring can turn my thoughts to reorganization. (Notice how I didn't say deep cleaning.) Things that have quite happily been the status quo for years suddenly need to be redone. Moved around. Made better. That's what happened to the kitchen countertops and some of the cupboards this past week.

I don't cook as much as I did in years past while Denis keeps upgrading his coffee machine-- to the point where all his coffee paraphernalia no longer fit the countertop to which I'd assigned it. A change was definitely in order.

The first thing we did was empty out the cupboards in the new area, throw out/recycle what was no longer needed, and move all his coffee makings down to the emptied and cleaned big corner cupboard. (We cleaned out two, but I commandeered the smaller one.) Then it was on to moving everything on the countertops, giving them a good clean, and turning the old coffee station into the new sandwich-making station and vice versa. Looks good, even if I do say so myself-- and it might help me in one regard.

Ever since I was a small child, the smell of percolating coffee has made me nauseous. Don't know why; it just does. But my mother loved her coffee, so I got used to being sick every morning. I did have a few years' respite, but what did I go and do? Marry another coffee lover-- an even bigger one than the first. Ah well. He's more than worth the daily queasy stomach-- even though I did manage to move his coffee station further away from where I sit in the family room...

I think it's time for sneaky little ole me to go out and check those links. Head 'em up! Mooooooooove 'em out!

►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄

►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
  • Meet Mini mum, Mini scule, and Mini ature, three new frog species among the world's smallest. 
  • The world's deadliest pathogen on record devastates more than 500 amphibian species-- and we don't know how to stop it.
  • A frisky little puppy acts as a personal seeing eye dog for his older canine brother.
  • Great white sharks thrive despite heavy metals coursing through their veins. 
  • Indonesia considers closing Komodo Island because poachers keep stealing the dragons.
  • Why did flamingos flock to Mumbai in record numbers this winter?
  • Yes, giant technicolor squirrels actually roam the forests of southern India.
  • A poacher hunting rhinos was trampled to death by an elephant and his body eaten by lions.

►The Happy Wanderer◄

►Fascinating Folk◄
  • Vincent van Gogh, a literary life and the writers who influenced him.
  • James McClure: A crime reader's guide to the classics. He wrote an unflinching series about an unlikely pair in apartheid South Africa.
  • Arthur Brand, the "Indiana Jones of the art world," found a Picasso stolen twenty years ago from a Saudi billionaire.
  • Norman Lloyd, at 104, the oldest actor in Hollywood.
  • Internet sleuths were on the case to name the women archaeologists in these excavation photos. 

►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. It's interesting, isn't it, Cathy, how different smells impact us in different ways. Now, me, I love the smell of coffee. But there are other smells that make me nauseous that other people love. So I know what you mean. Your kitchen cleanup sounds great, and at least you don't have to smell the coffee from your family room... Now, off to check out those Aztec relics.

    1. The sense of smell can be a wonderful thing. I still remember the smell of something cooking in Pleasant Hill, Kentucky when I visited in 1972! And on a walk home from work years ago, I smelled lilacs and used my nose to track them down. The poor woman who owned them came to her patio door thinking that the strange woman on the other side of her fence didn't look like the typical burglar! LOL

  2. I used to get the urge to reorganize in the spring, but now I lie down and let it pass.
    I do start planning to order things I need and began thinking about planting window boxes. I don't reorganize anymore.

    And today on my block I saw trees starting to bloom. It's getting greener, the life cyrcle regenerates. It brings life and hope, a lovely season.

    1. I'm happy to hear that spring is finally arriving in your neck of the woods.


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