Friday, May 17, 2019

It's Heating Up on this Weekly Link Round-Up

We had some rain again last week, and it's beginning to make me think that Mother Nature is on some pretty strong meds. Of course, this area has been in a drought for so long (twenty years) that I've forgotten what "normal" is, so maybe it did rain regularly in March, April, and May in the dim past.

It is finally beginning to heat up here in Phoenix, which means that the pool water will soon be perfect for my reading and lounging requirements. I still wish my fairy godmother would install the necessaries for a heated pool, but I don't think she's changed the batteries in her hearing aids for quite some time.

But with the temperatures rising, I find that my reading speed is increasing. (Told you I don't do very well in the cold-- even in what passes for cold here in the Sonoran Desert.) I've taken a look at my reading calendar, in which I list all the advance reading copies I've committed myself to, and it looks like I've finally done something I've wanted to do for a long time: have plenty of free time to read whatever I want to read. If you're lucky, I won't do what I feel like doing right now-- scheduling a long list of working dog mysteries-- because too much of a good thing isn't really all that good, and I don't want to offend any of my cat-loving readers. I'll try to mix it up, but one thing for sure, I'm really looking forward to this!

Before I get too slaphappy with planning my upcoming reading, I'd better head on out to the corral. Those links always need tending. Head 'em up! Moooove 'em out!

►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄

►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄

►Fascinating Folk◄
  • The amazing story of how the adventurous Kolb brothers helped inspire the creation of Grand Canyon National Park. 
  • Jeopardy star James Holzhauer on his children's book strategy. 
  • Molly Ringwald's surprising career path: novel translator.

►The Happy Wanderer◄
  • The Corryvreckan Whirlpool-- legend says a witch conjured the world's third largest whirlpool to protect Scotland from a nasty pirate.
  • How a candy craze almost wiped out the barrel cactus.
  • All it took to clean up this beach was a fish sculpture named Goby.
  • Sesame Street is now a real place.  
  • Rivers of flowers burst into bloom in Holland.

►I ♥ Lists◄

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 so great, isn't it, Cathy, when you finally have the time you want to do exactly the reading you want. I'm happy for you, and I hope you'll enjoy your pool lounging/reading. And now...hmm....that shipwreck? That Iron Age burial? Such rich choices!

    1. Lately it seems to be feast or famine with the archaeological links. Enjoy!

  2. We're still a little on the 'cool' side for this time of year. Not sure we've topped 90 more than a once or twice. However, May is always storm and rain and storm season for us. All the rain has certainly caused the desert to bloom extra, right? Loved the article about the Poisoned Pen. Hey, don't you want to go to San Diego next spring for Left Coast? Just saying....ahem.

    1. After I wrote that, the temps went back into the 80s. Go figure. I wanted to go to Left Coast Crime when it was in Carson City, and I wouldn't mind San Diego either, but Denis has to monitor his vacation hours accrued closely because it's about time for a Daisy Visit.

  3. I'm glad your calendar has freed up for some chosen reads! I get that feeling at times from the library. It seems all the good ones arrive at once, and then some can't be renewed if they are on a long waiting list. I try to read those first, but often, a different book will pull me to it!

    1. The trials and travails of bookaholics, eh? ;-)

  4. So glad to read that pooltime is coming. That means more great reviews and bird photos. Just love to watch those birds enjoying the bird baths and waterfalls and feeding their young 'uns.

    Lots to check out here.


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