Things are going well here at Casa Kittling. We're having the spring weather that tens of thousands of people come here for every year. There's spring training for baseball fans, car racing for Nascar fans... just about something for everyone, and I get to see things like this outside my windows:
Things are going well for me, too. The dietary changes I've made in conjunction with the various exercises and other things that are done to me at the lymphedema clinic are having a very positive effect. I've graduated to the next stage of getting my lymphatic system functioning properly: compression leg "garments."
These garments are made to be tightened up as the swelling in the leg(s) reduces. My leg gets skinnier, take off the velcro bits, trim off the excess fabric, and reattach the velcro. Voilá! How did they come up with this design? By studying giraffes!
If gravity had the same effect on giraffes as it does everyone and everything else, they'd have great big legs to go along with their big bodies, but they don't. Want to know why? Because the skin on a giraffe's legs does not stretch, so the legs simply cannot get bigger. These garments are made to mimic that, and they work. I got them fitted Tuesday, and when I went back twenty-four hours later for my next therapy session, the garments already needed to be cut down again. Even though I am sick and tired of having my legs wrapped up 24/7 except for the length of a shower, my eye is on the prize, and I will soldier on (and I'm enjoying my new diet).
But first, I'd better mosey out to the corral to turn this week's links loose. Head 'em up! Moooove 'em out!
►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- Harrison Ford spills the beans about Indiana Jone 5.
- A Victorian magazine asked spinsters why they were single, and the answers were incredibly savage (and many hold true to this day).
- Can reading make you happier?
- Why bright girls struggle: when ability doesn't lead to confidence.
- Raise your needles: In defense of public knitting.
- People are shocked to discover that not everyone has an inner monologue. (I do. Do you?)
- Local bookstores have a new weapon in the fight with Amazon.
- New research has revealed that the Dr. Crippen murder case was solved by a group of women.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- A lost ancient kingdom has been uncovered in Turkey after a farmer finds a stone with strange inscriptions.
- The Amphitheatre of Italica.
- Ancient Native American remains were found during a father and son bike ride.
- Did archaeologists in Rome uncover proof of Romulus? Here's what Smithsonian Magazine had to say about it.
- Pompeii's House of Lovers reopens to the public after forty years.
- A son found a medieval sword in his father's garage and then sells it for a huge price.
- A Viking ring found in a Polish stronghold is actually a rare Christian artifact.
- An enormous Mayan palace in great shape has been discovered deep in the jungle.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- They're a scientific marvel: the world's first in vitro cheetah cubs have been born at the Columbus Zoo.
- Colombians are grappling with a big problem: wandering hippos. While in South Africa, hippos like to wander into a petrol (gas) station.
- A rare sighting in Yosemite: a trial camera captures an adorable and elusive fisher.
- How one man and his dog rowed more than 700 kākāpōs to safety.
- A frozen bird found in Siberia is 46,000 years old.
- Here's a first: gorillas have been seen dismantling poachers' traps in the wild.
- Beavers cut flooding and pollution and boost wildlife populations.
- These city crows have built their nest from coat hangers.
- Irena Sendler: the woman who saved the lives of 2,500 Jewish children during the Holocaust.
- Twenty women inventors you should know.
- The life and work of C.W. Grafton: crime novelist, lawyer, and father to a mystery icon.
- Sybil Ludington was the female version of Paul Revere and was only sixteen.
- Fusako Aizawa, the grandmother whose stunning craftwork went viral.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- An underwater library and other hotel amenities for determined bookworms.
►I ♥ Lists◄
- Twenty-one romantic thriller movies to get your blood pumping.
- Seventeen pulse-pounding thrillers streaming on Amazon Prime you can watch tonight.
- The cozy mysteries of the Pacific Northwest.
- Ten random encounters in literature.
- The best books to make you feel less alone.
- Thirty-eight Americanisms the British can't bloody stand.
- Ten female artists who should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (and five who might come next).
- Ten time-twisting novels to leap into this year.
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!