Friday, March 05, 2021

The Out and About Weekly Link Round-Up

I'm going to try to keep this short and sweet, and I'll explain why in a bit. 

There will be even more photos to share in the future, since Denis and I had a wonderful day at the Desert Botanical Garden Wednesday. We'll be getting out again Monday when both of us have appointments for our first COVID-19 shots.

As you can see in the photo, if you want to visit a place in the Desert Botanical Garden where the wildlife can come right up to you, make sure to stop at the Patio Cafe. This Gambel's quail was barely maintaining proper social distancing.

Now, as to why the short and sweet... my leg that Major Cellulitis fell in love with a little over a year ago is experiencing symptoms that it wants to go down for the count a second time. Since one of the best things for me to do is to keep it elevated-- and since I can't do that sitting here at the computer-- I have a book and some pillows that are calling my name. I really need to get over my dislike of laptop keyboards... If I don't post in my usual fashion next week, just picture me with my leg jacked up and either a book or knitting in front of my face.

Enjoy the links!

►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
  • Turtles caught in a disastrous oil spill are being treated with mayonnaise.
  • The Medina, Ohio Fire Department revived turtles and tortoises with tiny oxygen masks after a shed fire.
  • A rare yellow penguin has been photographed for the first time.
  • An Alaska woman using an outhouse is attacked by a bear... from below. (I'll bet the next time she goes to the outhouse, she's equipped with an AK-47 and a flamethrower!)
  • How the Rice's whale became a new species.
  • Himalayan songbirds adapted to the cold by sporting thicker down "jackets."
  • To protect local wildlife, feed your cat meatier meals. (You could also try leaving your house cat in the house.)
  • Take a look at some photos taken of puppies sleeping in tiny beds at a puppy daycare.
  • Panda bears have teeny, tiny babies, and we don't know why.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
►Fascinating Folk◄
  • Eight facts about Fanny Eaton, Jamaican muse to the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
  • The great blues singer Gladys Bentley broke all the rules.
  • Ma Rainey, the Black woman who reinvented the blues.
  • The once-classified tale of Juanita Moody.
  • Maggie Lena Walker was one of the most important Black businesswomen in the nation, and today too few people have heard of her.
►Crafty (and Tasty) Gems◄
  • These crafty cakes look like they're covered in elaborate embroidered patterns.
  • A wonderful series of Rubik's Cube cakes.
►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. You need a mobile stand you can put your computer on and use over your lap.
    Thanks for the link to the Feast Afrique, I’ll recommend it to the participants in the Nonfiction Reader Challenge since Food is a category.
    I hope your leg improves

    1. I have a lap desk that I like and use. I'm glad the Feast Afrique link came in handy-- and thank you for the good wishes. My leg is improving.

  2. Oh, no! I'm so sorry to hear about your leg, Cathy! I hope it eases soon! I am glad, though, that you got to go out, and I'll look forward to those 'photos - as soon as I get back from Augustus' mausoleum...

    1. It's going to be awhile. Be patient! (I know you will.)

  3. I'm glad you had another enjoyable outing and sorry to hear about a flare up with your leg, Cathy. Hope things improve soon.

    This weeks links may take me some time!

  4. Oh no, leg come on. Don't you know Dennis can play now? Hope the elevating helps and that you are out and about soon. I love Spring (aka "pre-summer") in Arizona!

  5. I surely hope the cellulitis is held at bay. You had such a bad run in with that previously. Crossing fingers that it doesn't rear its ugly head again.

    I am very glad to hear that you will be getting your vaccine soon. I have to wait a little while longer to ensure that my shingles shot does not interact but we got the green light for education so as soon as I can book safely I will. Also glad to hear that you will have some outings next week. I really want to go somewhere tomorrow. Maybe we will but my daughter has one more interview with a university tomorrow. They keep adding interviews.

    1. I was really impressed by how everything was set up at the Arizona State Fairgrounds, and as far as my first COVID-19 shot goes, I didn't feel a thing. I hope I don't make up for that when it comes time for the second shot!

  6. I'm sorry to hear about your leg - I hope it recovers quickly! But I'm even more delighted to hear that you and Denis are getting vaccinated. That's good news, and I'm sure it's a relief after all the time concerned about his exposure while he was still working.

    1. Yes, it is! My doctor at the hospital even released me a little bit earlier than he wanted to because he didn't want me to miss my first dose of the vaccine.

  7. So great you got to the Botanical Gardens.
    Very sorry the cellulitis is acting up.Hope you can beat it back very soon.
    Glad that you and Denis are getting vaccinated soon.
    Best wishes on your health and some good reading and TV that you enjoy.

    1. I have been reading some very good books. Hopefully I can get myself in gear so I can start posting about them.

    2. So glad to read that! Will get out my lists.

  8. Thrilled to hear you two will get your first shots so soon! But sorry about the leg, hope elevation does the trick and look forward to more pics! Happy reading!

  9. The puppy daycare pictures are adorable! Hope your leg is recovering nicely.

    Have a good weekend!

  10. I had no idea. There is a Yellow Penguin. It's pretty. It's exciting when something rare is found.

  11. Oh, no, Cathy. I hate to hear that you are having some physical problems. Take care of're going to have a lot to talk about when you feel better. Thank goodness for stacks of books.

    We'll be thinking about you, and hoping that it gets better soon. Good luck.

  12. Just a suggestion: There are small tables on a stand that swivels over a bed or chair above one's body. The table and laptop wouldn't touch you, but you could adjust the height and swing it away when you aren't using it. A friend got one when she had back surgery and it's really neat.

    1. I have both a stand and a lap desk that I use all the time for other things. That is not my issue with laptop usage.


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