Friday, January 22, 2021

A Routine Weekly Link Round-Up

It's been a week of routines here at Casa Kittling. Get Denis off to work. Work on the blog. Get on the exercise machine. Do my thing. Get on the lymphedema pump. Read. And so on. I've finished my first afghan of the year (you'll see it in a future post), and I've begun another that's going to be just for me. 

Routines can be important for many reasons. I'd gotten out of one of my components because the lymphedema pump stopped working properly. One of the leg sleeves wasn't filling properly and so much pressure was being applied to my left foot and ankle, it felt as though they'd shatter. But I took a close look at the machine, figured out what the problem was, and asked Denis the former engineer about it. He ordered the necessary part, and now I'm back in that routine, and I'm feeling better already.

At the rate that I'm shelling out afghans, empty bins are inevitable. Do I routinely refill the empties? What do you think? I haven't filled the one you can see in the photo. Yet. I'm trying to make up my mind which color to buy. A vibrant pink? What about green? One thing I do know is that the yellow that's shining like a beacon is next up for my knitting needles... or is it that deep rich purple?

Decisions, decisions!

I've given away almost all the afghans I've made, so I definitely need to replenish my stockpile.

This past week has been one of not only routine but one of relief, of optimism, of joy. There was only one thing to mar it.

Last weekend, people poured into the Phoenix area by the thousands. They poured into the #1 COVID-19 hotspot on the entire planet. A sporting event was one of the culprits mentioned. A sporting event that should have been canceled. But, as Denis said, if you had reservations for transportation and accommodation, wouldn't you come anyway, regardless that the event had been canceled? Wouldn't you come from snow and frigid temperatures to bright sunny skies and balmy temperatures near 80°? To which I answered, in the middle of a pandemic? No, I would not. (And I hate cold weather.)

Denis took photos of the lines at Sky Harbor Airport this weekend. At the terminal where he drives his rental car bus, lines of over 400 were common, even lines of over 100 at almost midnight on Friday, waiting to board buses and go get their rental cars. Monday evening was just as bad as everyone went home. In the middle of a pandemic. The lines at Terminal 4 were even worse.

How many have Covid in their carryons?

I just don't understand. And since I don't understand, I know it's time for me to mosey out to the corral to commune with the links. Head 'em up! Moooove 'em out!

 ►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
►Fascinating Folk◄
►The Happy Wanderer◄
►I ♥ Lists & Quizzes◄

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. I don't understand it, either, Cathy! Why put your own life and the lives of others in danger like that!? I love to travel, but I won't be doing any of it until it's safe to do so. And that's not now. Well, except virtually, which is how I'll check out that Victorian bath house. And then those amazing artifacts...

    1. If it weren't for virtual travel on my PC and for my books, I'd be totally loony by now!

  2. "I don't understand" is a refrain that echoes in all of our conversations these days. In person conversations, text messages, phone calls...we feel stunned by the behavior of people who feel no responsibility for others.

    OK, I'm off to check some links now.

    1. I think these links are one of my coping mechanisms so I won't dwell on the "I don't understands."

  3. Those crowds are unbelievable...don't even try to figure out what people are thinking. It will only disappoint you in humanity.

    Things are so bad in Houston and Harris County that as of this week I've quit grocery shopping in-store, giving in to trying to manipulate an app that places an order for curbside pick-up. I'm already finding that shopping for groceries by phone is about as frustrating as shopping for books by phone. No browsing allowed...and you don't know what you are forgetting or never even learning about. But since shopping in a grocery store for 90 minutes or so is said to be one of the top spreading experiences out there, I just can't risk it anymore. No vaccine in sight, either...unless I want to try to get in one of those Disneyland-like car lines at the football stadium.

    Can you tell I'm frustrated - bordering on depressed?

    You're first link jumped out at me. I didn't no Nordic crime fiction was already dead. I know some of the thrillers coming out of there are too farfetched for my taste, but now I need to see what's up.

    1. I was of the opinion that Nordic noir's own popularity doomed it. There's still some good stuff out there though.

      I'm an old hand at shopping online, since some of the health problems I've had made home delivery the best option. I hope you can get the hang of it, too. I've found myself circling frustration and depression myself. It's no fun.

  4. Wow, that looks busy. With so many airlines waiving fees because of Covid, surprised some wouldn't jump on that and "save" the trip to warmth for later!

    1. Denis sent me photos of lines that were much, much worse, but this one was in the best focus.

  5. I don't understand people traveling, not wearing masks. I guess unless one loses a family member or close friend, some people just don't believe this is a real pandemic. I guess they don't read the newspapers or statistics.
    I just lost a wonderful, 89-year-old friend from Covid. Have known him for 50 years. He had worked on Wall Street, but then became a civil rights supporter and went with workers to hearings for benefits and he spoke on their behalf. And won. He was hilarious. My then-partner and I socialized with him and his family, and invariably, we'd laugh so hard we had tears rolling down our faces.
    Anyway, no time to read much this week. Have a few books at the library and in their Overdrive.
    Enjoyed this week's inaugural, Kamala Harris' swearing-in and that poem by the young poet. If only everyone believed what she said, this country would be in far better shape.
    Thanks for the links, as always. Stay safe.

  6. I am astonished to see such huge lines at the airport. What is the matter with people?! It makes my blood boil to see such selfishness, but there's nothing I can do about it, so I'll continue what I've been doing for the past 10 months and hope to stay safe and healthy.

    Thanks for the links!

    1. I really should have posted a different photo that shows that entire area jammed with people. Like you, I can't do anything about it, so I'll keep on keeping on here at home. At least I have plenty of books and yarn!


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