Friday, December 18, 2020

A Silence Can Be Golden Weekly Link Round-Up


Poor Denis has had some issues with his teeth, and he was worried about the large molar that was going to be pulled. I kept telling him not to worry, but I could tell he wasn't interested in what I had to say. When he came home from his appointment, I immediately asked how it went. "I didn't feel a thing." Shame on me, I did say I told you so but not in those exact words. I realized that the reason why he was worried was due to memories of the dental work he'd had done while he was in the Royal Navy. All I can say is (1) that was a long time ago, and (2) there must have been some sadistic dentists plying their trade for the Royal Navy!

I used to buy a new ornament every year, but that's gone by the wayside now that I don't put up all those Christmas trees. However, for some reason I felt that I had to buy the one in the photo as a memento of this very strange year. I'm not going to hang it, but it's going to remind me of a year for the record books.

Now I'll tell you about the "silence can be golden" that I used in the post header. Due to the heavy (and extremely loud) machinery Denis had to operate through the years, he has quite a bit of hearing loss and has to wear hearing aids. On the other hand, he calls me "Bat Ears" because there aren't many sounds that escape my notice-- unless I've turned on my selective hearing.

We have a Roomba, and it's great to program the thing to vacuum the house while we're gone or while we're sleeping. Unfortunately, Denis moved the small doohickey that emits a beam that keeps the Roomba out of selected rooms, and I was rudely awakened by Gracie (our name for the Roomba) bouncing off the dresser and armoire in our bedroom. Naturally, while I lay there and mumbled, Denis slept peacefully on. Without his hearing aids, I practically have to shake him awake if the need arises. In a minute or two, Gracie trundled off to another section of the house and I went back to sleep. In a half hour, she was back, and she refused to leave. Somehow she managed to unearth something to suck up and strangle on, and she ground to a halt.

Needless to say, that little doohickey is back in place so Gracie trundles, bounces, sucks, and strangles in the rest of the house but not our bedroom without an express invitation. Aren't first world problems terrible? *wink*

On that note, my ears and I are going to mosey out to the corral. It's been chilly for quite a spell here, and I'm just now getting used to reaching for a sweater. Head 'em up! Moooove 'em out!

►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
  • Watch a puppy go for a ride on top of an obliging rooster.
  • To restore the remote Palmyra Atoll, getting rid of rats was just the first step.
  • How researchers are protecting great apes from Covid-19.
  • Watch a tiny crab build a sand igloo on the beach.
  • Watch a musician attempting to play the piano inside a Thai Monkey Temple while wild macaques climb all over him.
  • Otters solve puzzles faster after seeing a friend do it first.
  • Watch a guitarist play a rockabilly riff with a bird on his hand.
  • There is a memorial to FĂ©licette, the first cat in space.
►In the Holiday Spirit◄
►The Happy Wanderer◄
►Fascinating Folk◄
►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!


  1. Oh, I hope Denis' mouth heals up quickly, Cathy! That sort of surgery is no fun at all. I had to chuckle in sympathy at your story of Grace the Roving Roomba. It must have been so frustrating! I'm glad you have that sensor turned back on. Now, I'm off to check out that rock art!

    1. It is healing rapidly, and I don't think it's given him a second's discomfort.

      That rock art is mind-boggling!

  2. Our Roomba got stuck this morning and kept telling me to recharge it. I ended up talking back to it before finally going and picking it up and placing back on the charging plate.

    1. I find myself talking to Gracie much more than I should. I think she likes to bedevil me.

  3. Glad to hear that Denis was pleased with the way his dentist visit went. I'm always fearful because it takes several shots of anesthetic to kill my pain centers, sometimes even to the point that the dentist starts looking strangely at me. It's only started happening this way in the last two years, and I worry more and more about it...remember those stories about people who are awake but unable to move or speak during surgery?

    That Christmas ornament is one for the books. This will be the year ( I hope) by which every bad year in the future is judged by us.

    Now, I'm off to explore a few of your links...especially the Ian Rankin one.

    1. I remember those stories, and I'd be worried if the same thing happened to me, Sam!

  4. Hope Denis' tooth extraction continues to heal well. I'm not at all calm at the dentist. My blood pressure is always elevated and those little wrist units they use to measure it are not very accurate. I told my doctor about it and she said 'who isn't nervous at the dentist?'. Said she didn't really know why they checked the BP because most people are elevated. Ha! I don't have a Roomba, so I can't comment on your wayward vacuum. However, it would definitely wake me up as well.

    Take care and hope your weekend is a peaceful one.

    1. I may be one of the few people whose blood pressure doesn't go sky high at the dentist's. That's because 99.9% of the time it's a quick cleaning and I'm outta there. On the other hand, my blood pressure shoots up into the stratosphere when I go into a doctor's office. (I just broke into goosebumps typing that! LOL)


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