Thursday, August 11, 2022

A Visitor to Casa Kittling Weekly Link Round-Up


Denis has started his physical therapy. The therapist is a strapping young man named Marian-- "Like John Wayne," he tells people. I hate to say this, but I wonder how many people today know that John Wayne's real name was Marian Michael Morrison? The visiting nurse has discharged Denis because his vital signs are so good. He got the thumbs up from his spine doctor and will be going to see his infectious diseases doctor next week. Yes, things are settling down into a routine here, but it's a routine that I hope changes as Denis gets further long in his rehab. I know that's something that he wants, too.
So... most things might have been routine here at Casa Kittling, but imagine my surprise when I checked the security cameras one morning to see if anything interesting happened the night before and discovered that we'd had a first-ever on-video visitor from a critter most people don't associate with the desert. I'll post a couple of film clips and hope that they work. (You never know with Google Blogger.) Our visitor hung out here for a couple of nights and then moved on. We were hoping he'd stay because when he was here, the feral cats stayed off the property. Ah well.


Enjoy the links!
►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
►Book Banning & Censorship◄
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
►Channeling My Inner Elly May Clampett◄
  • Cheetahs will soon be reintroduced to India.
  • A photographer captured a perfectly timed shot of a whale sneaking up on unsuspecting whale watchers. (This reminds me of the time I was standing at the stern of a whale watching boat and had a whale come up to check me out. I "neglected" to point out the wonderful creature's presence to anyone else...)
  • Watch a mother orangutan's tender moments with her three-month-old baby.
  • Meet the canine officers guarding American agriculture.
  • New York and New Jersey harbor is the new hangout spot for humpback whales.
  • The sightings of fin whales signal a comeback for the once endangered species.
  • Here's how we helped save the world's weirdest bird.
  • A walrus named Freya is sinking boats and causing mayhem in Norway. More on Freya's activities from Yahoo News.
►The Wanderer◄
►Fascinating Folk◄
►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 cool. Stay healthy. And don't forget to curl up with a good book!


  1. Oh, wow! I've only ever seen a few raccoons where I live, Cathy. There was once a family of them that made a home by the dumpster in the community we lived in, and it was fun to watch them. In fact, we had to keep car windows shut at night, or they'd get in! At any rate, it's great to hear Denis keeps making progress. I hope his recovery continues to be smooth. Now, I'm off to that 'Mortar Wreck' (But I'll bet you guessed that!).

    1. Other people in the neighborhood have captured an entire family ambling up their driveway. My visitor disappeared after a couple of nights, but I hope he shows up again. I love raccoons.

  2. I agree that it's about time "Persuasion" had its moment. One of my favorite Austen books. I didn't realize that a "Crawdads" movie was being made. It'll be interesting to see how it does. I might even go see it. I agree with Tess Gerritsen - Sherlock has always been a comfort to me. I went through a John Wayne period as a teenager, back in what seems like another lifetime. I think his real name was actually spelled with an "o" - Marion. Whatever his name, I'm glad Denis is getting the therapy he needs.

    1. You're right about MariOn Michael Morrison; the alternate spelling bothered me, too, but that's how my young Marian spells his.

  3. Cute racoon! We found one in our backyard once, hiding up in our peach tree, terrified of our dog, but that was decades ago.

    1. I like the fact that the feral cats stay away when the raccoon visits. I almost wish I could put up a condo for the critter so it would stay. I am so sick of those cats doing whatever they want and being bird-killing machines.

  4. So glad things are looking up for Denis (and you). How fun to see a racoon in your yard. They are kind of cute, but they sure can be a nuisance. I remember camping one time when people still had metal garbage cans, and a group of racoons got into the garbage cans and woke the whole campground up! Enjoy your weekend!

    1. Yes, I think raccoons tend to be better known for their trash can exploits!

  5. You're right - I don't normally associate raccoons with the desert, so I enjoyed your videos. I'm glad to hear that Denis's recovery continues to go well, and I know that's a relief to both of you each day also.

    I went straight to your link about Notre-Dame, naturellement. I'm following the restoration already, but didn't want to miss anything. I don't like crowds to the extent that the Olympics will involve, so I'm hoping that world travel will be safe enough (re pandemics) to plan a trip in 2025.

    1. I've never liked crowds, and you would've laughed to see me in a packed casino in Las Vegas. *shudder* I was turned off air travel before Covid, but nowI want nothing to do with airplanes because of it. I caught some of the worst colds in my life on airplanes, so I definitely don't want to catch anything else!

      Covid has ruined more than a few things for me. Even though I'm vaccinated, I really don't want to be indoors anywhere with a bunch of people; I only feel comfortable with them when I'm out of doors.


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