Thursday, September 01, 2022

A Leaps and Bounds Weekly Link Round-Up


We're all well here at Casa Kittling. Denis is using the elliptical machine daily, is feeling better, and is slowly venturing to do a thing or two around the house. He no longer has to rely on his walker when moving from one room to another (although he's being careful and not abandoning it yet). His hatred of the Iron Maiden of Back Braces grows daily; I think he wants to throw it out in the yard, pour gasoline on it, and set it on fire because it restricts his movements so much. As muttering of abandoning it grew, I asked him when his next appointment with his spine doctor was. It's in two weeks, and I advised him to keep wearing it until he received Official Permission to stop. Although he didn't want to, he agreed with my reasons. Me? I know what's going on. He's feeling better, and he wants to start behaving as though he's back to his old self. What he has to realize is that his old self is gone, and he's going to have to work on making this new self as good as it can be.
Before I turn you loose on the links, I'll share a couple of goodies. First, back in June, I showed you a photo of a gift a bird left close to one of our solar fountains. Well, that gift loves it here. One morning, I noticed a little red "zit" on top of it and, within a couple of days, that zit grew into a new pad on our prickly pear! How cool is that?

It's got another little bud on it, so I'm expecting another pad to pop up any time now. Birds have left me some of the best plants as gifts, and although I'm slightly worried about this prickly pear's close proximity to the sidewalk, I'm happy that it likes its new home.
The second thing I'll share with you is a video clip of JR the raccoon. He spent a considerable amount of time Sunday night exploring the back garden and moving things around to suit himself. I have to admit to a fondness for raccoons, probably because my mother had two (Ricky and Mike) as pets when she was a teenager.

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◄
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. It must be frustrating for Denis to still need his 'Iron Maiden' when he's feeling better. But I think you're right; there's going to be a new normal for him, and it's going to take some time to work out what that will be. It's very good to hear that he's moving around a bit. And speaking of moving around, that raccoon is great! I love how he (she?) is getting comfortable and settling in. Now, I'm headed for that shipwreck - have a good weekend!

    1. Sometimes I wonder if I've been watching two raccoons because JR seems to lose and gain weight from one night to the next.

  2. The idea of unenlightened souls trying to ban books in this day and age is utterly mind-boggling, not to mention infuriating. Thank goodness that bird collecting has evolved into a more bird-friendly hobby and thank goodness that El Jefe lives!

    1. I was staying in a cabin in Ramsey Canyon, just north of the border when Arizona sightings of El Jefe occurred-- and that was right in the area where they'd seen him. I always hoped for a glimpse, but although I saw a lot of critters, I never saw El Jefe. I am so glad that he's still alive. I was worried that some idiot had killed him.

  3. I'm glad to hear that Denis continues to improve. It must be so hard to patient, but like you said, it is a sign that he truly is getting better. That racoon is so funny. They sure are cute! Have a good weekend!

    1. I hope you're having a good weekend, too, Gretchen!

  4. I'm glad that Denis is doing so well - and that he has you keeping him on track with his rehab! Annoying as it may seem now, it's worthwhile as an investment in his health for the longer term. Now, I'm going to figure out which link to click first ...


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