Thursday, August 18, 2022

A Rooms for Improvement Weekly Link Round-Up


After almost a week's absence, J.R. the raccoon paid us another visit. We don't know if he's been visiting all along and just stayed out of camera range or if he decided to come back since Denis did move one of the cameras to point it in a different direction. (The old set-up was at the hummingbirds' favorite feeder. Talk about wearing out camera batteries!) You're probably wondering about the name I've given our masked visitor. It's short for John Reid, and that's all I'm going to say. A few of you may turn to Google to learn who John Reid was. Who knows?
On the Denis Front, he had his last visit from the physical therapist Wednesday. Like me, Marian could see that Denis is continuing to be more mobile, and-- even better-- he's proved that he can get on our elliptical machine and use it, so exercising on that daily will help even more. After months and months, I can't begin to tell you how wonderful it is to see improvement!
I've continued to work on smaller projects in the evenings. I'm working on a scarf that's a departure for me in more ways than one. For one thing, it's one of those complicated-looking cable patterns that always make my eyes light up, and two, I'm using a fancy schmancy yarn that's a blend of alpaca, silk, and superfine merino wool. Talk about knitting with filaments of clouds!
I also finally finished one project for the guest bath. I'd originally knitted a shelf topper, but when I put it in place, I didn't like the way it draped over the shelf. So... I decided that a needlepoint one would work (and look) much better. Take a look for yourselves before heading off to the links. What do you think?
Knitted shelf topper

Needlepoint shelf topper. Same yarn, completely different look!

Enjoy the links!
►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
►Book Banning & Censorship◄
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
►Channeling My Inner Elly May Clampett◄
►The Wanderer◄
►Fascinating Folk◄
►I ♥ Lists◄
In case you're wondering, I did not post all the banned books links I had, but I did want to get caught up with them. I'm hoping against hope that there will be fewer in the future. I find it so difficult to deal with rampant fear, ignorance, and hatred. Don't those people ever wear themselves out?
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 healthy. Stay cool. And don't forget to curl up with a good book!


  1. Oh, that shelf topper is really pretty, Cathy! I like it a lot. And it's very good to hear that Denis is making improvements. Every stride forward is a good one! A hopeful week then, and that's great. Now, I'm off to check out that villa and ritual bath. Have a good weekend.

  2. Yes, I love the needlepoint shelf topper! So glad to hear Denis is making noticeable improvements. I'm not surprised that people who read live longer, but it is always fun to see that science backs it up. Have a good weekend!

  3. John Reid was that famous masked guy, the Lone Ranger! The Green Hornet was also supposed to be a descendant of John's brother, Dan.

    1. Oh, I'd forgotten that about the Green Hornet! Thanks for stopping by and letting us know!

  4. I used to read a lot of long-running series almost exclusively, although I've sort of gotten away from it recently. But once you become invested in the main character, you really begin to look forward to the next installment to see how that person is doing.

    Book banning does seem to be on the rise which probably means that civilization, at least as it exists in this country, is on the wane. But as long as there are baby pangolins about, one has to hope that Nature will fare better.

    1. Since the human race seems incapable of learning any sort of real, world-saving lesson, I'm hoping that Nature wins. It's had to deal with too many millennia of our bungling.

  5. Glad to hear Denis is doing better. You sound busy with projects and books. Have a good week.


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