Thursday, December 08, 2022

A Show & Tell Weekly Link Round-Up

It was a fun week last week here at the old homestead, and I'm going to share visual aids more than talk. We've had a new visitor to Casa Kittling who's shown up twice so far. Check out the latest video...

I think it's cool that Wile E. Coyote is stopping by. Now... if a bobcat and a javelina show up, too, I'll have the complete set. *wink*
I've also found some fantastic bookmarks that (so far) I've managed not to buy. One version lets you personalize them with your own little avatar, and the second has name personalization only, but they're both all about BOOKS. I've included the URL under each photo.
My own personalizations. Buy yours here.

The hardest thing is choosing the titles! Buy yours here.

 Last Saturday was the first time Denis and I used Valley Metro's Paratransit service. It was a cold, miserable, wet, rainy, blustery day, and not one I would've chosen for an excursion, but Denis and I were determined to see Paige Shelton and Jenn McKinlay at The Poisoned Pen. It was held in The Pen's new second floor event space which will be really nice once they have a chance for a little more interior decoration. It was wonderful to see Paige and Jenn, and I loved the ugly Christmas sweaters they were wearing in honor of the contest they held. I thought Jenn's husband's was the best, but he withdrew himself from competition.

L to R: Paige, Jenn, Jenn's husband

After the event, I naturally had to do a little shopping in the bookstore (while I handsold six books to people who had attended the event). I bought two non-fiction books, and I fell in love with these two gift bags. Aren't they great?


I also decorated the house for Christmas, and I plan to share a few photos with you next week.
Enjoy the links!
►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
►Book Banning & Censorship◄
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
►Channeling My Inner Elly May Clampett◄
  • A study reveals that cats are bonded to their humans just as much as dogs and babies.
  • This lucky squirrel returns to play with the humans who rescued it.
  • You'll laugh like I did when you watch this baby elephant play with a journalist who's trying to report news.
  • Seahorses have one of the coolest origin stories of all life on earth.
  • An owl is behind a series of "break-ins" in this Canadian town.
  • In order to save salmon, the U.S. has approved the largest dam removal in history.
  • This photographer has taken some amazing photos of wild hamsters enjoying nature.
  • Cows fed hemp act stoned and produce milk containing THC.
►The Wanderer◄
►Fascinating Folk◄
►More Best of 2022 Lists◄
►Film & Television◄
►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.

I know how busy the holiday season is, but don't forget to curl up with a good book!


  1. What a great new visitor, Cathy! I've seen them before when they'd come down from the hills, but most of the time, they stay away from the area where I live. Still, I saw one once just walking down our street - quite a moment! And I'm glad you got to go to the PP; I know those visits mean a lot to you. Now, I'm off to check out that Chinese ship !

  2. All the news about book banning and censorship really makes one suspect that we are heading to the Age of Unenlightenment.

  3. What a fun outing to see Jenn McKinlay and Paige Shelton! I imagine that was worth battling the horrible weather for. Coyotes are such sneaky creatures. Our previous house was in the country and we would often hear them howling at night. It is a rather eerie sound. So many links I want to look at... Have a good weekend.

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

  4. I love those bookmarks...especially the fact that you can personalize them with your favorite book titles. And that even at The Poisoned Pen sounds so fun. I'm glad you got to go. :D Enjoy your weekend!

    1. I really want one of those bookmarks-- probably the one without the avatar that sticks strictly to book titles. I don't know why I'm hesitating to buy it!

  5. So excited you made it to The Poisoned Pen! And saw two great authors!

    1. Going to The Poisoned Pen is balm for my soul, especially after more than two years away.

  6. So glad you and Denis got to go to the PP and see favorite authors, and even sell books. OK, a coyote, but is it a danger to the raccoon and birds? And like the bookmarks. All in all, sounds like a good day and fun at home.

    1. Raccoons can pretty much take care of themselves. I've seen them fight off dogs. Coyotes around here are usually seen at night which means they're no particular threat to the birds. No, the creatures that they are the most danger to are the feral cats. Since we've had Wile E. sniffing around, the feral cats have not been on the property, and that I really appreciate because the cats are the real danger to the birds. Of all the creatures that visit here, the cats are the destructive (and deadly) ones.

  7. I was watching a documentary on penguins, I think, in Austtralia. Foxes and cats were introduced to the area and now there are only 2,000 of a certain type of penguin.

    1. Yep. Same thing with introducing rabbits to Australia.


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