Friday, October 16, 2020

A Snap & Crackle Weekly Link Round-Up

 


It would seem that sometimes a person just has to do something stupid to keep herself humble. My time was this past Tuesday when a man came to give us an estimate on how much it would cost to cut down our huge deceased Aleppo pine. I often need an electric scooter to get around, and I got on "Esmeralda" to check something out on the property before the man arrived. (Hey, she's green, okay?) As I trundled through what I thought was a big shadow, I discovered part of it was a bog where one of Denis's irrigation hoses had sprung a big leak. I got well and truly stuck. And that's when Stupid struck. Evidently, I thought I was Superwoman and without thinking (doh!), I got off Esmeralda and tried to lift her front wheels out of the bog. My lower back did a superb imitation of two thirds of the Snap, Crackle & Pop trio. As a result, I've been taking it easy, putting cold packs to good use, and now have only the occasional twinge that reminds me of my stupidity. My dear friend who recently went through back surgery has most definitely been on my mind a lot!

In the meantime, I finally got something I've been awaiting impatiently...

 


Needless to say, my ballot's been completed and turned in. I hope you are all planning to vote because-- regardless what the ill-informed think-- each and every vote matters! Now I'm going to (carefully) make my way out to the corral. Head 'em up! Moooove 'em out!


►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄

 
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
 
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
 
►The Happy Wanderer◄
 
►Fascinating Folk◄
 
►Crafty Little Gems◄
 
►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. And don't forget to curl up with a good book!

20 comments:

  1. Oh, no! I'm so sorry to hear about your back, Cathy! Stupid or not, that's very painful thing to happen, and I hope you're continuing to make progress. Glad you got your ballot - this is such an important election year. Now, I'm off to take a look at that church. And then that beautiful mask. Rest up and feel better soon!

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    1. I'm definitely resting up because my back has decided to keep playing up. Karma is swift when you do something stupid.

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  2. Oh my, I hope the ice packs do the trick! And I hope Esmeralda was eventually freed. A friend at work said Enola Holmes was a fun watch, I didn't realize it is based on a series of MG books. Take it easy and have a good weekend!

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    1. Yes, it took two men to free Esmeralda. I watched Enola Holmes and enjoyed it.

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  3. Uh oh. Back problems are a curse! Great assortment of links this week. :)

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  4. Hope your back recovers quickly. I've found so many seemingly small acts can pull a back out and have been on my back for days a few times. So take care and pamper yourself, certainly with books and TV mysteries.

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    1. I'm not pampering myself, but I am taking it easy. I seem to have recovered my smarts, thank goodness.

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  5. Just do not let anyone walk on your back. Years ago, in Woodstock, NY, someone walked on my back after I'd strained it. That made it worse! Getting older it's even more important to be super-careful. I pulled my back out reaching down for the vegetable bin, and then moving my bed to clean behind it. Three days flat on my back each time; payback does happen.

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    1. Someone offered to walk on my back once, and I looked at them like they were nuts. When I was in college, I tore muscles in my lower back when the horse I was riding and I disagreed. That taught me (the hard way) to be careful, which is why I was so angry with myself when this happened Tuesday.

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  6. Yes, it gets so easy to strain one's back, especially when one ages. And it's impossible to function when one's back is strained.
    You did great links despite the problem you were dealing with. By the way, saw a good discussion among Dervla McTiernan, Emma Viskic and Sulari Gentill at the Poisoned Pen. And another discussion with John Grisham and Ace Atkins, with some seriousness about still existing racial inequality.

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    1. Glad to see that you're still enjoying The Poisoned Pen's virtual events, Kathy.

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  7. Oh, yes, PP: I have a lot left to watch. And I'm trying to watch Bloody Scotland, about 18 hours of panels. I must find a way, and that's if I can understand the Scottish accents. Although I love Val McDermid's Karen Pirie series, I can barely understand her, but I know they are words of wisdom.

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    1. I'm very fortunate. The only Scottish accent I have trouble with is a thick Glaswegian one. Someone with that accent may as well speak to me in Neptunian.

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  8. Hi Cathy! I don't know how I've never happened upon your blog before, but I'm glad Sam over at Book Chase linked to it. It's nice to "meet" another Arizona book blogger, especially one who enjoys mysteries. I'll be back often to see which you recommend. I hope your back feels better soon!

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    1. Hi, Susan! Thanks for stopping by. Pardon me while I cut this short so I can mosey over to your blog to take a look! ;-)

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  9. I had to work on something last week and I also didn't have a book nearby. I went through withdrawal, and then remembered I could access some books through the library's Overdrive system. So I read "A Shameless Murder," set in 1923 Cork, Ireland. The protagonist is a head of a convent school. It was so much fun. Then I found Donna Leon's latest book, "Trace Elements," and am reading that. I still miss paper books, but this method is available if I find the right books. Then my real books showed up, Steve Cavanagh's latest, "Twisted," which is "Fifty-Fifty" in the U.S., "Leave the World Behind," and Tana French's latest, "The Searcher." Am I now doing anything "productive"? Nope. Just reading and realizing how I must have a book handy, ready to dive into.

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    1. Sounds like you're being productive to me!

      I love the Kindle app on my smartphone. It means that I have 300 books at my fingertips if I find myself out of the house (a rare occurrence these days) with time on my hands and a need to read.

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  10. I don't have an ereader or a smart phone. Am a dinosaur technically. As long as I can access books and the Internet, I'm OK.

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