Friday, March 20, 2020

An "It Is What It Is, But..." Weekly Link Round-Up

Some of you may be under the mistaken impression that my middle name is Pollyanna, or that everyone calls me Little Miss Cathy Sunshine. Think again! I am no stranger to the dark side, I just think it has very little place here on my blog. After all, none of us has any problem coming in contact with the bad stuff, do we?

But I have to admit that I'm having a bit of trouble staying positive recently. I missed months of being out and about at the end of last year and the beginning of this due to my leg. I obeyed doctor's orders, and things began looking up. I actually did some non-chore and non-medical things. Then two of my three "free" days were taken up by therapy at the lymphedema clinic. I sucked it up, I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing, and now I have a month free and clear from clinic appointments. I should be galavanting all over the place and having a blast, right?

Now I'm being forced back inside due to COVID-19. Staying inside as much as possible to read, knit, and watch TV can be a great thing-- unless you've been doing it for months and are heartily sick of it. But, it is what it is. I'll be a good girl and mind my P's and Q's. I've come too far to stop now. And I do know that I'm not alone in this.

Please, everyone, stay safe and healthy. Practice your social distancing skills by curling up with good books. Now that I've whined a bit, I'll take a deep breath, feel better, and soldier on. Enjoy the links!

►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄

►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
  • Sea turtles might be eating old plastic because it smells like shrimp.
  • California bats thrive in forests recovering from wildfires.
  • A study has found that most dogs show anxiety-related behaviors.
  • Rocco, an African grey parrot, has fallen in love with Alexa and keeps ordering things from Amazon.
  • Swamp wallabies can get pregnant while they're pregnant. (I wonder what's worse: having a two-year-long gestation period like elephants, or getting pregnant when you're already pregnant?)
  • The largest insect that ever existed was a giant dragonfly.
  • The wildlife at Leopard Rocks is as impressive as the terrain.
  • A duck ensnared in plastic sparked a rescue mission in Central Park.

►Fascinating Folk◄

►The Happy Wanderer◄

►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 safeguard your health by staying at home with a good book!


  1. I don't blame you one bit, Cathy, for feeling down. You've had months of physical problems, and now this. It's a lot of stress, and I think we're all feeling at least a little anxious right now. You're right, though; it is what it is, and we need to 'flatten the curve,' stay safe, and take care of ourselves. That includes reading. Now, I'm off virtually to check out the HMS Erebus.

    1. At least you don't have to worry about something going wrong with your air tanks.

  2. Yes, it is too bad that this has hit right now for you, as you have gained some freedom! At least we are all reading together, although I feel bad about those sea turtles, off to read more!

    1. Thanks for letting me conduct a small pity party for myself. I'm all better now!

  3. I applaud you for doing what you're supposed to right now - even though I know it's really, really annoying just when you were able to do more. This too shall pass - eventually. Sigh. I laughed when I saw the 460+ British TV shows on Amazon Prime. I think I'll show that to my husband and see the color drain from his face. He likes the British shows, but not all the time. Ha!!!

  4. Well, I stay home a lot due to health problems, and when I read "we all have to hunker down," I wondered "do I curl up in a closet?' "Or inside a Brinks truck?' Someone else suggested "Or in a bank vault?"
    Sympathy to you for having to stay inside when you were finally released from house arrest. I'm sure you will do some great reading and this blog will be chock full of reviews.
    Meanwhile, I roared at reading about the grocery bill for Rocco's owner. That is hilarious. Not only the ordering, but the conversation between Rocco and Alexa and the parrot's owner coming home to romantic music -- no doubt requested by Rocco.
    I laughed so hard. I must bookmark that for "gray" days here.
    Lots of good links and books here.
    Stay safe -- and Denis, too.

    1. Someone emailed to tell me that these link posts were a good way to stay connected, and I guess they are-- especially the links that send us to meet characters like Rocco.

  5. The second parrot on that linked video was also ordering from Amazon, so the owner checked the "grocery" list every day. The most ordered item? Rocks. Huh? Still hilarious. Makes me smile.

    There are some amazing videos of gray parrots who can make amazing sounds.


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