Thursday, October 21, 2021

A Demolition Derby of a Weekly Link Round-Up


Not much to report this week. Denis and I, who have been going to bed at 4 AM and getting up at 11 AM for many years, have had our routines completely set on their heads since the bathroom remodelers are here at 8 AM every morning. Hopefully by the time this posts, we will have our completed bathrooms and just be waiting for the new shower in the main bathroom which is scheduled for December.

The remodelers told us they'd be done in a week. It would have been nice, but I didn't really expect it. One reason is that nothing has ever gone smoothly in this old ranch house. These guys are used to going in newer homes and tearing out dry wall in the blink of an eye. Ha! In this old ranch house, they had to deal with concrete and thick old plaster complete with a layer of chicken wire. That's going to slow anyone down. But-- as of this writing-- they've soldiered on, and the guest bath is very close to being finished. I'm really looking forward to the final product.

Now all I'm going to do is share a couple of photos and then be on my way.


A little demo, anyone?

Enjoy the links!

►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
►Fascinating Folk◄
  • As Miss Navajo Nation, Shaandiin Parrish helped her community through the pandemic.
  • The secret codes of Lady Wroth, the first female English novelist.
  • Groundbreaking archaeologist Ann Axtell Morris finally gets the full cinematic treatment. 
►The Wanderer◄
►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. Omigosh. What a lot of work to remodel that bathroom. It's a total demolition/rebuilding job.

    Good luck to all.

    Your and Denis' schedule is about what mine is, although sometimes it's even later. I just love to read, watch TV and search the Internet in the wee hours. I must be a nocturnal creature.

    Best wishes on the renovations and thanks for the links which I will peruse later today.

    1. I was born a nightowl, so I don't think I'm ever going to change.

      It's interesting to see the changes that have been made to this old ranch house over the years. What Denis and I are having done to the guest bath just continues some of those changes.

    2. OK. Who knows what it will look like in 10 years?

      Yes, I became a night owl when I read with a flaslight under the covers at age 11. When I got my own room at the end of 14, end of age 1t, it was the life of Reilly. Up reading with snacks and the cat on my bed. I've never outgrown that habit, but sadly, won't have a hat.

    3. Recap: Got my own room at end of age 14, start of age 15 ...

    4. I really don't think it's going to change much now. Not unless we can find good remodelers who will work on OUR schedule. ;-)

  2. Oh, I hope you'll love the new bathroom, Cathy! It does look like an awful lot of work. Funny how schedules are. I'm usually getting my day started right before you two turn in. Now, I'm off to that underwater museum!

    1. I was born a nightowl. I've often said that I love watching the sun rise... on my way to bed!

  3. I laughed at your 'usual' schedule, Cathy. I do know that Denis' job made it 'normal' for you two. Our daughter and son-in-law are on a similar schedule because of her night shift work at the hospital. And we rise early (like at 5) and go to bed early (like at 9). Whatever works.

    Good luck with your bathroom reno projects. Glad that they are progressing and I know you'll be happy to have them done, but also hope you are delighted with the results. Our new roof is on, new paint on the trim and fascia outside, new gutters to come next week. We talked with a company yesterday and are beginning to get quotes on our indoor projects - like the bathrooms, etc. Yay!

    1. It's so good to hear that your own projects are finally making progress. I know you've been waiting for a long time. I'm just over here in Phoenix biting my tongue because I'm tired of these folks telling me that they'll be here between 8 and 8:30 and having them show up at 9 or 11 or not at all. Grrrr!!!

  4. Nothing ever goes as planned with construction, that's for sure! We have bathrooms that need remodeled as well, but keep putting if off because of the upheaval. I know you will be thrilled when it is done.

    On our recent trip we noticed those large flocks of Starlings in Nebraska. We figured they must be migrating, but according to the article about Starling murmuration October is a little early for this. I guess they just like to travel that way when they can. 🙂

    I hope you get your schedule back and have a relaxing weekend!

  5. Looking nice, Cathy, but I had to chuckle when I saw that they estimated one week for the work...that's never been known to happen to me or anyone I know. LOL

    Speaking of dictionaries (I can't open the link because I've reached my limit of 3 articles, apparently), I still have the large dictionary that my parents bought for me when I started fifth grade. It's a beat up old "Webster's New World Dictionary" printed in 1958, and I marked it inside as "August 1958." Just flipping through it brings back lots of memories...that thing was used just about every school day for the next several years. Not sure how it survived to still be here.

    1. Subconsciously, you were keeping an eye on it to keep it safe.


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