Friday, October 18, 2019

A Queen Cathy Weekly Link Round-Up

Last week, I told you in Miz Kittling Knits that my grandmother had made my prom dress. I was tempted then to show you old photographs of the dress but didn't. Since nothing much has been going on lately, I thought I could show you now and then cut straight to the links. Let's go for it!

My grandmother let me choose the pattern, fabrics, and trim.

Was I prom queen?

Heavens, no! But as you can see by the sash, flowers, and tiara, I was Queen of my hometown's big Fourth of July celebration. Never thought anything like that would ever happen to me in a billion years!

Now, let's get to those links!

►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄

►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
  • There is a flower with petals that look like hummingbirds.
  • A parasite that's spread by house cats is killing California's sea otters.
  • The wildlife trade conference imposes a near-total ban on sending wild African elephants to zoos. 
  • The world's only pure blue lizard, the blue anole, lives exclusively on Gorgona Island.
  • A wildlife summit has voted down a plan to allow the sale of a huge ivory stockpile.
  • The last fourteen loa water frogs had to be rescued from their natural habitat. 
  • Half a billion bees have died as Brazil approves hundreds more pesticides. (I am convinced the world has gone crazy.)
  • A $58,000 reward was offered after more than forty wild burros were found shot dead in the Mojave Desert.

►Fascinating Folk◄
  • Remembering the Gilded Age's long-lost, real-life lady detectives.
  • Althea Gibson, who smashed through racial barriers in tennis, has been honored with a statue at the U.S. Open. 
  • Author Ann Cleeves on a sense of place, character development, and success after fifty.
  • Some of the deadliest samurai were women, but history forgot.

►The Happy Wanderer◄

►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 great 'photos, Cathy! And that dress is lovely - it looks fabulous on you, too. That must have been such a great experience. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have ancient murder mystery to solve...

  2. I love your pictures and you were the 4th of July Queen? Wow! My Mom used to make a lot of my clothes too. She made all my formal dresses. Some were better than others. She even made my wedding dress and veil (the dress was better than the veil...ha!). I don't sew at all. At all. My husband sews on buttons or whatnot.

    Enjoyed the article about Ann Cleeves!

  3. Lovely dress and you look very nice in it. Lucky to have a grandmother who could sew. I can sew simple hems, buttons, rips on seams -- all my mother taught me. Nothing more.
    My sister amazingly got a sewing machine in high school and made herself beautiful dresses and a dotted swiss bathrobe with lace cuffs and collar and pearlized buttons. How that happened in my family of nonsewers is beyond me. But she looked great.

    Now on to read about these women you write about and new books. My literary sister -- who I'd like to be -- is V.I. Warshawski -- independent, smart, bold, courageous, feisty -- and funny. And she gives as good as she gets.

    1. You do more than I can do. I can sew on buttons, and that's it.

  4. I always love the links! Beautiful dress! It used to be less expensive to make clothes, but now with so much cheap clothing available, and the price of patterns and good fabric--not so much.

    1. A sad state of affairs, although the homemade clothing would last much longer.

  5. I just learned to put elastic into pants' waistbands. Did two on Sunday. Thought of how to do it, and then watched a demonstration online. I am so proud! Never thought I could do something like this. And I saved $60 by doing it myself, not go to a tailor's. And I have one to go.
    Enjoying the links. Have to take notes on some of the books.

    1. There are so many wonderful demo videos online. I've found several that have helped me with my knitting.


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