Friday, October 04, 2019

The Gift that Keeps on Giving Weekly Link Round-Up

This has happened to all of you before, and undoubtedly multiple times, too. You're out and about, or at work, minding your own business when some Typhoid Mary has to come along and give you whatever disease they've been incubating. And it hits you. Hard.

That's what happened to Denis, who works at the airport and has the opportunity to come in contact with hundreds of Typhoid Marys on any given day. He wound up with an upper respiratory infection and acute pharyngitis (a horrible sore throat), and being the kind and giving sort of man he is, he shared it with me, bless 'im.

I tell you, there should be a law against anything that turns your entire head into a-- pardon me for being blunt-- snot sponge. And the blasted disease just lingers on and on.

Denis has been to Urgent Care (twice) and his doctor, has missed almost two weeks of work, and although he's been told that he is getting much better and "these things take time," we're both more than ready for this show hit the road, Jack.

Although I didn't get pharyngitis, I seem to have received the little added extra of major hearing loss. I tend to have acute hearing-- to the point where Denis calls me "Bat Ears"-- so any time something affects my hearing, it drives me crazy. Let me tell you-- between these new windows and having my bat ears forcibly turned off-- I feel as though I'm living in a bubble (and I won't tell you what the bubble is made of because you can only mention the S word so many times). We've had a series of tropical storms move through Phoenix, one bringing us a toadchoker, and I would never have known how hard it was raining if I hadn't been sitting in the family room looking out the patio door. I certainly couldn't hear it!

But enough bellyaching. The two of us are well on the road to recovery, and with these lower temperatures, I'm feeling the urge to fire up my camera and head out to see some flowers and critters and such. But before I do that, I'd better check out that corral. You never know what those links get up to... Head 'em up! Moooove 'em out!

►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄

►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
  • Service dogs in training attended a private performance of Billy Elliot to learn proper theater behavior.
  • How the turtle got its shell, with apologies to Æsop. 
  • Could goats help solve Portugal's wildfire crisis?
  • An emotional support dog is the only thing that chills out a cheetah.
  • California will build the largest wildlife crossing in the world. 
  • An adorable beagle demonstrates a wide array of vocalizations for which his breed is known. 
  • John Steinbeck's epic ocean voyage rewrote the rules of ecology.
  • Eggs have been successfully collected from the last two northern white rhinos. And now they've been fertilized.

►Fascinating Folk◄
  • Virginia Hall, a "Limping Lady" with a prosthetic leg, was the most dangerous Allied spy of World War II.
  • Seven facts about Thomas Lefroy, the real-life inspiration for Pride and Prejudice's Mr. Darcy. 
  • Dr. Gerty Cori, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize in medicine, was paid one-tenth the salary of her research partner.
  • Susie King Taylor-- from a secret school to becoming the first black army nurse of the Civil War.
  • You can thank chemist Stephanie Kwolek for bulletproof vests and yoga pants.

►The Happy Wanderer◄
  • The nostalgic romance of Route 66.
  • From Nazi prisons to cat sanctuaries, explore the many lives of these Russian palaces
  • Local legend in Cambridge, England says that Isaac Newton built the "Mathematical Bridge" without any screws, bolts, or nails.

►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. So sorry you guys have been sick, Cathy. I hate it when we're actually sick and don't have things like allergies. So much worse. Hope both you and Denis will be able to get out soon and take some wonderful 'fall' pictures. And I want to be a 'book curator' - I think I could do that very well!

    1. Denis and I are planning to be out and about next week, so we'd better be shut of this bug!

      I think both of us would make excellent book curators, Kay.

  2. Oh, I'm so sorry to hear you've been sick, Cathy. And it sounds like quite a case, too! I'm glad Denis is a bit better, and I hope you will be soon. Now it's time for me to check out that Viking drinking hall, I think...

    1. Maybe Denis and I should get good and snockered to kick the rest of this bug?

  3. I know the feeling. This happens to me after a long haul flight and I'm really knocked out.
    Those links are fabulously intriguing. I'm saving them up to read leisurely

    1. I've managed to avoid getting really sick on one long-haul flight. Practically every time I touched something on that plane, I used anti-bacterial wipes to clean my hands and I kept drinking water. Perhaps I was just lucky, but I hadn't done either of those things on any of the other long flights and I'd always gotten sick, so I think they helped. Who knows?


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