Thursday, March 31, 2022

The Three-Ring Circus Weekly Link Round-Up


Things have been in a bit of an uproar here at Casa Kittling. Denis was hospitalized for six days and came home with a severe lack of sleep and a picc line that will rule our lives for the next eight to twelve weeks. I already had experience with a picc line, but Denis had to be special and have two different antibiotics. One line is the type I'm familiar with while the other involves a bag of antibiotics and an attached pump. 

That pump and I don't always get along, but lucky Denis just sits there with his eyes shut and lets me get on with it. 

Now there are drug deliveries three times a week, a nurse coming to check the picc line and dressing and taking blood for lab work. Then there's the physical therapist coming to check on Denis, and I can pretty much tell him that PT ain't happenin' until they get his pain meds sorted out. What we really need is taking the longest to sort out: home help. We need someone who can run errands, and help me a bit with the laundry and cleaning. Somehow, we're winding up with a shipment of fourteen meals, which we don't need since I can have groceries delivered right to the door. I only hope I have room in the refrigerator and freezer for this stuff because I just put away the last delivery!

Hopefully, next week things will have settled down a bit. I'm finding it hard to concentr-- oh look, a squirrel! and still haven't gotten my dead laptop dealt with. I'm looking forward to a few more minutes of peace and quiet so that I can visit everyone's blogs and see what they've been up to as well as what they've been reading. Right now if I get those minutes, I have a tendency to nod off because the schedule for those antibiotics aren't conducive to getting any decent sleep.

But at least Denis is home, and even if he is still experiencing too much pain, I can see improvement being made.

Enjoy the links!

►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
►Book Banning◄
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
  • For fifty years, dogsled teams have been testing their mettle at the Iditarod.
  • Fifty perfectly timed nature photos that will make you laugh.
  • Yellowstone tourists encountered one of the park's rarest animals, the wolverine.
  • When squirrels were one of America's most popular pets.
  • The Secret Service dog that stopped a White House intruder and the SEAL Team 6 K-9 that took part in the raid that took down Usama Bin Laden were among the six American working dogs awarded the Animals in War and Peace Medal of Bravery.
  • Musket, the therapy dog who comforted U.S. troops in the Middle East, now needs help continuing his healing work.
  • Watch this woman use a wheelbarrow to transport a herd of baby goats back to their nursing mothers.
  • Octopuses are reusing human trash as shelters. (Why do I think they're better at recycling than we are?)
►Fascinating Folk◄
►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 am hitting the hay, as my father would say, but just stopped in for a minute to look at the links. Will come back and seriously read several. Meanwhile, I will say "Ban the book bans!" and cheers to the librarians who refuse to go along, but woe under those who fire them.
    I send good thoughts to you and Denis. It must be very difficult to deal with all of this medical stuff and then the housework. Maybe a social service agency or unemployed energetic young person can pitch in and help.

    1. The wheels of insurance grind slowly, and I'm about to take matters into my own hands.

    2. Good for you. You will definitely get the job done, as did all of the strong women before you.

    3. I'm going to give it my best shot.

    4. After the day Denis and I had Monday, I have to tie a big knot at the end of my rope.

    5. Just me, being exhausted and needing some sleep. But... too much to do.

  2. You have really been through it this week, Cathy! Home health care can be time consuming and exhausting, and there's always the rest of life going on. I really hope they sort our Denis' medication soon, and that he continues to make progress. And that you get your laptop situation sorted, too. What a mess! I'm off to that Egyptian necropolis, and then that shipwreck, but not before wishing you a peaceful weekend and some returning health for Denis!

  3. Oh, my goodness, Cathy! What a week you and Denis have had. I'm so sorry. I do hope Denis' condition improves and that things in general improve for you both in the coming week. Finding the help that you need would sure be a big step in the right direction and I hope that happens soon.

    My favorite story this week is the one about the wolverine. Serendipity can be a wonderful thing!

    1. Yes, I really enjoyed reading about that wolverine, too.

  4. Your title was definitely truth in advertising this week - I'm sorry you're both having such a time of it, and glad that you were able to write about seeing Denis improving, at least. I'll keep praying for both of you.

    Meanwhile, I discovered Georgette Heyer years ago, and am pretty sure that I've read all of her titles, both mystery and romance. Now I have to go find out about that sarcophagus at Notre-Dame...

    1. Barbara Peters, the owner of The Poisoned Pen, is a big Georgette Heyer fan.

      Thanks for those prayers. The power of positive thinking can work wonders.

  5. How you found the time to do a fascinating post I do not know.
    I do hope everything improves and you get the help you need.

    1. Thanks, Mystica. (I keep busy in an effort to keep from worrying.)

  6. Oh wow, what a week. I hope you are successful finding a bit of help and things continue to get better!

  7. I'm so sorry you are going through all of this. I am glad to hear you are seeing improvement in Denis though. I will keep both of you in my prayers.


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