Friday, August 09, 2019

My Reading Spot Weekly Link Round-Up

I thought it was time, once again, to show you my favorite reading spot since its appearance changes over the years. If I ever win the lottery, it will be my favorite year-round reading spot, but right now, I can only bask in it when the water is within the right temperature range. (It's hard to turn the pages when you have icicles on the tips of your fingers.)

You'll probably notice a thing or two that looks different. Two umbrellas instead of one, for instance. Denis shortened the pole on the big umbrella so it provides more shade and allows me to operate the crank from where I sit in the pool, but even with the umbrella tilted, it doesn't shade me from the sun coming in from the side, and that's the reason for the second umbrella.

There's a "black blob" off to the left that holds the mosquito coils that I burn while I'm out there. I know everything on this planet has a rhyme and reason for being here, but I've never quite figured out the rhyme or reason for mosquitos. I loathe the little beasts.

If you feel like looking closely enough, you'll see a big insulated drink cup and my book, but the other thing that undoubtedly caught your eye was the fact that the big pink umbrella isn't opened up all the way. (And while we're on the pink? That's what the Arizona sun does to deep red in a short period of time.) There's a reason why that umbrella isn't opened all the way, and it doesn't have anything to do with it being defective. (1) I don't get into the pool until 2PM or later, so the sun isn't directly overhead which is when I would need the maximum amount of shade. (2) July and August are the months for Arizona's monsoons. Monsoon storms usually build in the afternoons, and the storm will first announce itself with wind gusts. I've learned the hard way that umbrellas opened all the way will blow over easily in strong winds, and it's difficult to juggle a book and an umbrella at the same time. The umbrella before this one was on its last legs and wouldn't open all the way, and when Denis was shortening this replacement, it dawned on me that the partially opened version didn't blow over in strong wind gusts. Live and learn, eh?

With all this talk about sitting in the pool with storms brewing, strong winds, and toppling umbrellas, you're probably wondering if I stay in the pool during these storms. The answer is short and sweet: No!

And now it's time for the links! 

►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄

►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
  • The noise made by wild hippos can be deafening. 
  • A little squirrel sits on top of his human's gasoline can guitar while the human plays a tune. 
  • The St. Kilda Pier penguin colony.
  • California eagles defy the odds by taking in a baby hawk. 
  • Coral grows at about the same rate as human hair.

►The Happy Wanderer◄

►Fascinating Folk◄
  • The real "Charlotte Gray": Pearl Witherington, the French Resistance leader with a million-franc bounty on her head.
  • How a Pennsylvania kid went west, became the Sundance Kid and joined Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch.

►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. What a great spot for reading, Cathy! And I like the idea of getting as much shade as you can from that umbrella; that was a good idea to have Denis shorten the pole. As for mosquitoes? I don't see the point of them, either, although I agree there probably is one. I really do not like them at all! Now, off to check out those mosaic tiles...

    1. Denis does come up with his share of fantastic ideas.

  2. At last I had time to read several of the links. How relaxing that is. And I'm sure to read under those umbrellas.

    Great engineer is Denis. Now you have the perfect shaded spot. Never would have thought of that mosquito prevention method. Very good idea.

    On to summer reading.

    1. Yes, it keeps the mosquitoes away and smells good, too.


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