Friday, July 26, 2019

The I Hope There's No Payback Weekly Link Round-Up

I have to admit that I don't get out much at this time of year. Let's face it, it's hotter than the hind hinges of Hell (as someone I grew up with used to say), and you can work up a sweat doing nothing more strenuous than toweling off after your shower. I know-- I am very lucky that I have the choice to be a homebody. I well remember when I didn't. But now I can save myself for trips out into the blast furnace to head to The Poisoned Pen and spend my afternoons sitting in the shade in my pool reading one good book after another.

Denis doesn't pay much attention to my blog, so if I'm lucky, he won't see this photo and seek revenge. The first five years we were married, it wasn't unusual for us to spend afternoons in the pool together. Denis would get in his floating chaise (complete with umbrella) and read while I would sit in my favorite spot and do the same.

But my husband is a fair English rose of a man, and when the dermatologist started hacking pre-cancerous chunks out of his skin, he decided that his pool time would be limited to when the sun went down. I miss those afternoons we spent together, but I also don't want any more chunks taken out of the man I love. Like someone else I knew once said, you just have to cope and adjust. I'm thankful that I don't have the same problem. I will say that I do like getting in the pool at night. For one thing, I can watch a bat or two swoop over the pool feasting on mosquitoes before the blighters can feast on me.

How many of you noticed that Denis reads crime fiction, too? He told me that he'd gotten away from reading for several years, but there must be something about living with a woman who reads 200 books a year that makes you want to start up again...

It's almost time for me to hoist the umbrella and finish reading a book. Will I take another book out there with me in case I do finish the one I'm reading? What a silly question!

Head 'em up! Moooove 'em out!

►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄

►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄

►Fascinating Folk◄
  • The grand cultural influence of Octavia Butler.
  • Wrestling with the legacy of an American icon: On John Wayne, Cancel Culture, and the Art of Problematic Artists.
  • Good for her! After bold moves with Steph Curry shoes, an Arizona girl, Riley Morrison, was honored by the Phoenix Mercury.

►The Happy Wanderer◄
  • This Norwegian island wants to become the world's first time-free zone.
  • The Bara Imambara, a magnificent 18th-century hall in Lucknow, India, consists of a maze of nearly a thousand interconnected passages. (Do they provide balls of twine or bread crumbs for entrants?) 
  • Poster House in New York City is the first poster museum in the U.S.
  • As the Woodbury Fire burns, crews fight to save the ancient Medusa Mother Tree in the Superstition Mountain Wilderness.
  • The annual burning of Zozobra rids Santa Fe of doom and gloom for another year.

►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 like that 'photo of Denis - he looks so comfortable. Like him, I have to be careful in the sun, so I totally understand not being able to read by the poolside during the afternoon. It can limit me a bit, but, as you say, it sure beats the alternative. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to check out the City of the Monkey Gods. Wonder if I ought to bring my sunscreen...

    1. After reading Douglas Preston's The Lost City of the Monkey God, I think you should bring a semi filled with bug repellent!


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