I still need to take it easy with this leg. It's back to where it was before it started going haywire on Christmas Day, but I don't want to take any chances. I'm seeing folks at the wound clinic and keeping compression on it. This may be something that doesn't ever go away again, but I am determined to hold it at bay and not let it run my life.
Since I'm taking it easy, that means that I do not spend extended periods of time sitting here at the desk. It makes blogging interesting, but I'm not worried about it. What I'm focusing on is getting out and about to places other than medical ones!
I've got some good reading waiting for me, and the sun is shining across my bed. Rough life, eh?
But I do want to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you all the best in the coming year. Above all-- Good Health, Good Friends, Good Times, and Good Books.
Here's to 2020. May it be filled with wonderful things for us all!
►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- Oprah's Book Club changed the game-- and created a new world for black readers.
- The Hall-Mills Murders: How the salacious double murder of a minister and a choir member in 1922 inspired one of the earliest legal thrillers.
- Sunlight-tracking polymer, inspired by sunflowers, could maximize solar power.
- Why do we still care about Ted Bundy?
- Translations pay off for Amazon.
- For the first time in history, girls won all five top prizes at the Broadcom Masters STEM competition.
- Which is greener, books or eBooks? Neither.
- The best thing you can do to support a new book.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- A supernatural discovery? London's largest Bronze Age hoard mystifies scientists.
- The incredible Roman sarcophagus found in bustling central London.
- Archaeologists unearthed a hollowed-out whale vertebra containing a human jawbone and the remains of newborn lambs.
- A vase bought at a charity shop for £1 ($1.32) could sell for £80,000 ($105, 375). You won't believe what it finally sold for.
- Archaeologists have found prehistoric mammoth traps outside of Mexico City.
- Denmark and Iceland clash over priceless medieval manuscripts.
- The glittery legacy of lead at a historic Native American site.
- The Dutch Golden Age's female painters finally receive a show of their own.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- A photographer captured the unlikely friendship between a grey wolf and a brown bear.
- The story of Dyngo, a war dog brought home from combat.
- Birds sniff each other's bacteria to help choose a mate.
- Scientists thought this fanged, cat-sized deer was gone for good-- now it's been found again in Vietnam.
- A woman has discovered that her pet chameleon will hold anything she hands her.
- From ancient seeds to scraps of clothing, rats' nests are full of treasures.
- Three cows swept away by Hurricane Dorian were found alive.
- The Tasmanian tiger is thought to have gone extinct in 1936, but mysterious sightings suggest the creature might still be out there.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- The world's most luxurious murder mystery vacation.
- A Victorian property featured in an iconic Norman Rockwell painting was listed for sale.
- Alexander Pushkin's St. Petersburg home went on sale for $860,000.
- Author Sulari Gentill got to visit the Grand Canyon on her American book tour: On Cowboys and American Dreams.
- China is developing a new national parks system, inspired by Yellowstone and Yosemite.
- Emma Rowena Gatewood, the 87-year-old who became the first woman to solo hike the entire Appalachian Trail.
- Four women who forever changed the Gilded Age mystery genre.
- Dr. Patricia Bath, the trailblazing doctor who saved the sight of millions.
- Nine heroic women of World War I you should know.
►I ♥ Lists & Quizzes◄
- The best books about nannies.
- The BBC has unveiled 100 novels that shaped our world.
- Five great cookbooks to give your friends (so they'll invite you to dinner).
- Top ten Golden Age detective novels.
- Ten stunning Scottish literary locations from famous novels.
- Can you guess the Harry Potter book from a single line?
- Top ten books about vegetarians.
- The ten best history books of 2019.
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!
Happy New Year!