Friday, June 21, 2019

A Some Things Take Time Weekly Link Round-Up

If you're not blessed with patience, you may not want to grow some native cactus species. For example, a saguaro is usually at least fifty years old before it starts putting out its first arm. When we had our property desert landscaped, we were told that it took two years before plants like saguaros or ocotillos decided that they wanted to live where they'd been transplanted.

As part of that desert landscaping about thirteen years ago, we had a golden barrel cactus planted. Jimmy the barrel cactus had a very rough start to life here at Casa Kittling. A former neighbor next-door received an air rifle for his birthday. Not content with shooting holes in our windows and our Jeep, the lovely child shot Jimmy several times. I don't know about you, but if I were shot several times, I'd probably turn up my toes and die, but Jimmy hung on.

Years passed, and Jimmy grew very slowly, but as you can see in the photo, he's decided it's time to throw caution to the wind and enjoy life. Not only is he flowering, but he's grown a sizable schnoz, and this year, he's even growing an ear. I know. I know. You're all probably wondering why I named a barrel cactus to begin with-- and why did I name it Jimmy? Because of his schnoz, that's why. Anyone want to guess what Jimmy's surname is? I think I'll hum a little "inka dinka dink" on the way out to the corral...

Head 'em up! Moooove 'em out!

►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄

►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
  • A raft of otters performs an unintentionally synchronized swimming routine across an inlet.
  • Australia has several new dragon lizard species-- and one may already be extinct.
  • Two captive Beluga whales are heading to a first-of-its-kind sanctuary in Iceland.
  • Ortolans, songbirds enjoyed as a French delicacy, are being eaten into extinction.
  • Chimpanzees have been seen cracking open tortoise shells, which is a first. 
  • Five things to know about Botswana's decision to lift its ban on hunting elephants.
  • A street singer was being ignored by everyone...until four kittens showed up.

►Fascinating Folk◄

►The Happy Wanderer◄
  • There's no wrong way to set a mystery novel in Ireland.
  • Step inside "Leninka," Russia's largest and oldest library.

►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. I'm very happy to hear that Jimmy is doing well, Cathy! And, um, can we just mention a child who feels that it's ok to use an air rifle on other people's windows, cars, etc.??? At any rate, I'm so excited to see that Baroque library. Who can resist a book collection?

    1. I know I can't! As for that former next-door neighbor... I wouldn't be at all surprised if he's in prison now-- and I'm being completely serious. :-(

  2. Love your cactus. Terrible kid with the air rifle. Assume that finally came to an end.

    1. Yes, his father finally took it away from him when he caught his son aiming it at our house. However, the reign of terror from those children didn't end until they were evicted-- and they set the house on fire the day they left. Not only that, the fire spread to the trees on our property. I've never been so glad to get rid of neighbors in my life!

  3. I’m sitting here shivering (it’s 5c) and blog hopping, instead of writing reviews as I should, so that study might be on to something

    1. Well, it's 39°C here and I'm checking Facebook and responding to comments instead of writing blog posts, so perhaps we don't do well at either end of the spectrum?

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    1. A word guaranteed to perk up the ears of a mystery writer. I wrote about it in this Link Round-Up, Pepper. Good to see you!

    2. Oh my. Someone screwed up, didn't they. Argh! Yeah, these things always seem to pop up when you're scheduled to be somewhere else.

      I once almost witnessed an accident (heard the screeching tires ahead of me and looked up after the collision). The officer who arrived decided I could be a witness, and when the guy who hit the other car decided to fight the ticket, I received a notice that I was to appear in court on, you guessed it, the day we were to leave for a trip. Fortunately, the guy saw me sitting at the back of the courtroom and decided he wasn't going to get away with fighting the ticket, and pled guilty, freeing me to go on the trip.

      Still, I don't know that they would have viewed, "Well, your honor, I heard tires screech and the sound of a collision, and looked up to see the one guy had hit the lady's car," as evidence of who was at fault. Sheesh!

    3. My mother witnessed two bank robbers switching cars in a parking lot. She'd heard about the robbery while she was at work, and when she saw the switch taking place across the street, she joked about it. Come to find out, it wasn't a joke!


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