Friday, April 24, 2020

A What Day Is It Weekly Link Round-Up

I thought I was bullet-proof as far as being stuck at home during this pandemic. Well... I thought wrong! Last week I had a book giveaway that ended this past Sunday at noon. Or it was supposed to. Seems like I forgot what day it was, had Denis choose the winning number, notified the winner, and got the book ready for the mail... on Saturday evening. Oops! I didn't even realize my error until Sunday morning, and was my face ever red! Then I was on tenterhooks, wondering what I was going to do if someone else entered the giveaway before the deadline. Fortunately, no one did. Whew! Now I've got all sorts of alerts set up to remind me of the correct date for my next giveaway. (Stay tuned for one on Monday.)

I shared a similar photo on Facebook. This shows the new additions to my side of the bedroom, mainly my lymphedema pump on the second shelf of my nightstand and the leg sleeves on the quilt rack. As an added bonus, you can also catch a glimpse of my lavender afghan, a big bolster for my knees, a small bolster for my neck... and I know that none of you started looking to see how many books I have on my nightstand. Why on earth would you want to do that?

If you want to get really technical, I have 368 books on my nightstand. Two physical ones and 366 on my kindle which is on top of the stack. I have to have reading material, not just for when I go to bed at night but also to keep myself occupied for an hour every afternoon when I'm laying across the bed having the pump s-q-u-e-e-z-e my legs to get all those sluggish fluids in my body moving in the right direction. It's a bit like getting into bed with a boa constrictor.

It's almost time to hook myself up to the infernal machine, so I'd better quickstep out to the link corral. Head 'em up! Moooove 'em out!

►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄

►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄

►Mother Nature Responds to COVID-19◄
  • Satellite data show a 30% drop in air pollution over the northeastern United States.
  • A herd of javelinas was spotted at a Scottsdale shopping mall.
  • Yosemite National Park is closed to visitors. Now, bears are thriving. 
  • Goats take over empty Welsh streets during the coronavirus lockdown.
  • While India is on quarantine, thousands of undisturbed sea turtles laid an estimated 60 million eggs.
  • How COVID-19 is affecting the United States' national parks.

►The Happy Wanderer◄

►Fascinating Folk◄
  • Megan Allen on crafting an animal rights thriller. 
  • Donna Leon on Italian culture, environmentalism, and her long-running series.
  • Susan Pringle Frost, the suffragist with a passion for saving Charleston's historic architecture.

►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.

Stay safe. Stay healthy. Practice social distancing by curling up with good books!


  1. I think we're all getting a little muddled about what day it is, Cathy. It's hard to keep track right now... I have a bunch of books on my nightstand, too, so I know what you mean about books in the bedroom. And, of course, there's nothing like reading to occupy your mind when you're hooked up to that machine. Now, I'm off to Pompeii, I think, and then Egypt...

    1. I thought that might be your travel itinerary!

  2. I totally understand about wondering what day it is. I've said several times that I feel like I'm in the movie Groundhog Day. Ah well. One day things will be normal - maybe. LOL

  3. Ha! I have to check to make sure I get the trash out on the right day! My nightstand is also stacked with books--of course. :)

  4. Love the book, author and animal links. The goats: terrific.

    You really have a lot to deal with, getting into bed with a boa constrictor and all. But you have books. All power to Kindle! You can read whatever strikes your book without having to get up and go get books from your TBR library.

    I must investigate this.

    Now to read about Donna Leon and the book lists.

    1. You can also read without turning on the light and touch a word to bring up the dictionary to learn the word's definition. Tiny print? That's taken care of, too. My husband downloads most of his kindle books from the library.

  5. Haha, glad the kindle holds most of that burden, no worries about it falling over!

  6. What kind do you have and is it easy enough for this Luddite (by inclination, not choice) to learn to use it? (and no tech help right now due to social distancing of neighbors)

    1. I have two Kindle Paperwhites, one from 2016 and the other a 10th generation one from 2019. They both come with easy-to-follow directions; there are videos and other tips online at Amazon's website; and I have to say that I found them very easy to learn to use, and I do not consider myself overly tech savvy.


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