Casa Kittling was built in 1952, and with the exception of three, all the windows are original to the house. Having recently finalized a reverse mortgage (what a bloomin' headache!), Denis and I decided that there were two main things that we wanted to do. Replacing the rest of the windows was first on the list.
As I write this, the weather prognosticators are trying to tell me that it won't even reach 100°F. this weekend. Toward the end of June? In the Sonoran Desert? I'll believe that when I see it!
Time to mosey on out to the link corral. They got quiet all of a sudden, and now I'm suspicious... Head 'em up! Moooove 'em out!
►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- Poet Willie Perdomo on the value of writing letters in a digital world.
- Are there any subjects too dark for crime fiction?
- Watched plots-- Hilary Mantel and the writers under pressure from fans.
- HGTV invites the Brady Bunch cast members to restore the real-life Brady home interior to the original set design.
- Counting down the greatest crime films of all-time: #54, The Fugitive (1993).
- Thomas Harris introduced the world to Hannibal Lecter, and pop culture would never be the same.
- Readers can't get enough World War II fiction, and authors are happy to keep the books coming.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- Letters Anne Frank wrote to her grandmother will be published for the first time.
- John Lennon's handwritten nonsense poems to be auctioned at Bonhams.
- The Mona Lisa comes to life in a computer-generated "living portrait."
- These photo albums offer a rare glimpse of 19th-century Boston's black community.
- Ireland's mysterious Newgrange tomb which is older than the Great Pyramids.
- The Khufu ship mystery continues 65 years after its discovery under the Great Pyramid.
- Queen Elizabeth's favorite tiara started as a smuggled Romanov jewel.
- A 2,000-year-old marble head of the god Dionysus has been discovered under Rome.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- Twice as many fishing vessels are chasing fewer fish on the world's oceans. (Maybe we should be learning how to eat and digest plastic?)
- For the first time, an albino panda is photographed in the wild.
- An elderly porcupine with only one remaining tooth samples a variety of fruits to determine his favorite.
- K9 Cinemas: a pet-friendly movie theater in Texas that shows dog-themed films and serves free wine.
- Traffic waits as pedestrians help a flock of hundreds of ducks waddle across a busy Bangladesh road.
- Malaysia's last male Sumatran rhinoceros has died.
- Green monkeys borrow their cousins' eagle warning call when drones are near.
- If you're ever in the Phoenix area, here are the nine best places to see the Salt River wild horses.
- Here's what really happens when you let go of a balloon.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- How do you move a 320-year-old house across an ocean?
- The Scottish garden that inspired Peter Pan's Neverland opens for visitors.
- See the real Deadwood.
- France's Senate requires that Notre-Dame's iconic spire be rebuilt "exactly as it was."
- An incredible visualization of the explosive growth on the island of Manhattan over the course of 400 years.
- The most expensive home for sale in Paris is a massive $280 million mansion right next to the Eiffel Tower, and it's owned by two mysterious sisters of "a rich French dynasty."
- Sara Paretsky writes what's on her mind.
►I ♥ Lists & Quizzes◄
- Eight books that explore the world's most awe-inspiring jungle.
- Top ten books about Sudan.
- The top ten teenage friendships in fiction-- from Dickens to Ferrante.
- Twelve noir crime books that will have you reaching for your trench coat.
- Merriam-Webster wants to know: How strong is your vocabulary?
- The many mysteries of Oxford, a university town that inspired a booming crime fiction scene.
- The New York Public Library wants to know: How well do you know foodie kidlit?
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!