Friday, March 19, 2021

A Getting Back in the Saddle Weekly Link Round-Up

I'm keeping the intro short and sweet this week because I'm under a time constraint. My legs are getting better. I will be going to the wound care doctor again today. I have a tele-appointment with the infectious diseases doctor next Tuesday as well as an ultrasound on Thursday. They want to make sure that nothing is wrong with the veins and arteries in my legs that might be causing all this. The following Monday, it will be time for our second COVID-19 shot, and I wouldn't be surprised if there are more doctor's appointments scattered throughout the week. The one good thing about all this is the fact that Denis is now retired, so there are no headaches involved in scheduling all these appointments.

Enjoy the links! (PS: Thank you, Santa!)

►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
  • Australia's cats kill two billion animals annually. Here's how the government is responding to the crisis. 
  • Do animals that hibernate get up to go to the bathroom?
  • A small band of Panamanian golden frogs is saving its species from oblivion.
  • The wolf that discovered California.
  • A walrus fell asleep on an iceberg and wound up in Ireland. It's the very first time the Irish have seen a walrus there.
  • How did this grasshopper wind up in a Vincent van Gogh painting?
  • Experts are awestruck over sighting a rare bird that was thought to be extinct.
  • A rare yellow cardinal has been sighted in Rushville, Illinois.
  • Songbirds are spreading a deadly disease at birdfeeders.
  • The San Diego Zoo's great apes are receiving the first experimental COVID-19 vaccine for animals.
  • Winners of the 2020 World Nature Photography Awards.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
  • Lizzie Borden's house in Fall River, Massachusetts is set to be sold for millions.
  • The true story of Quartzsite, Arizona, the tiny desert town from Nomadland that attracts 2 million RVers and snowbirds every year.
  • Why are deserts so hot during the day and cold at night? 
  • You can sleep in a UFO in the middle of Joshua Tree National Park.
►Fascinating Folk◄
  • How Ida Holdgreve's stitches helped the Wright Brothers get off the ground.
  • How Star Trek and Nichelle Nichols forever changed the face of NASA. 
  • On Deb Haaland, Native American history, and renewed hope. 
  • The adventurous seafaring women of the Age of Sail, in their own words. 
  • Doris Miller, the naval cook who became a hero of Pearl Harbor. 
  • Kidnapping survivor Amanda Berry has teamed up with U.S. marshals to find  over fifty missing children. 
►Crafty 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!


  1. Glad to hear you're making progress, Cathy. All of those doctor appointments sound time-consuming, but it'll be worth it. Keep taking care of yourself! Now me, I'm off to visit that medieval palace.

    1. Yes, all these appointments will be worth it (if I can get Denis to stop complaining-- it's not like I'm doing this for giggles). I've already added three more appointments to my schedule. One good thing about all this is that at least I'm getting out of the house and enjoying this glorious weather!

  2. Crossing my fingers the docs can figure out your leg issues and that the veins are good. I'm sure circulation plays a role in there somewhere.

    These links are fascinating. I come across stuff all the time but never think to gather them in one place.

    1. Yes, circulation does have to have a role in all this. They've already checked my veins, which are all good. This next appointment is to check the arteries.

      I'm glad you like my link round-up. Feel free to send me links if you like; other readers do it all the time. :-)

  3. The songbirds link reminds me to keep my feeders clean. Last year, I realized some house finches had eye problems, looked it up, and started cleaning my feeders more regularly, but salmonella sounds much worse. The Walrus link! Need to check out another link. :)

    1. We've stopped feeding the songbirds here because of the feral cats that like to treat our property like a local fast food place. (We do keep the birdbaths filled.) We do have hummingbird feeders all over the back garden, and Denis is very careful to keep them all clean.

      That must've been some nap that walrus took!

  4. Happy to see that you are making steady progress, Cath.

    As always, I'll be spending some time exploring your links because you always come up with things that are fun. You know, we quit feeding the birds for the same reason...cats figured out where all the birds were and it broke our hearts to watch the birds being picked off one-by-one. I've never been a big fan of outdoor cats for exactly that reason.

    1. Yep. House cats are called house cats because they should be kept in the house. Dogs aren't allowed to roam loose all over town, and neither should cats.


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