Thursday, March 16, 2023

A Slow and Steady Weekly Link Round-Up


It's a gray, rainy Wednesday, perfect for blog posts and curling up with a good book afterward. Problem is, I have three good books all on the go at the same time: Christoffer Carlsson's Blaze Me a Sun (Sweden), Harini Nagendra's Murder Under a Red Moon (India), and Rupert Holmes' Murder Your Employer (New York City). I'm listening to Holmes' on audio, and it's been great so far, reminding me that I may have had some absolute stinkers for bosses in the past, but nothing compared to the one I'm reading about now!

With all the winter rains we've had here in the desert (and California continues to share today, thank you very much), spring is starting to bust out all over, promising super blooms of wildflowers out in the mountains and deserts-- something everyone who loves nature should experience at least once. Hopefully, Denis and I will be able to spend some high quality time at the Desert Botanical Garden in the weeks to come.

Our huge senita cactus, knocked down by high winds a couple of weeks ago, was hauled away after sharing a few of its arms with friends and neighbors. (After cutting them off and letting them rest for awhile, you can stick them back in the ground where they'll take root and-- hopefully-- grow.) How huge was the cactus? At least 2,000 pounds, if not more, which means we were incredibly lucky that the wind didn't blow it through our big picture window.

Our new carport has yet to be installed; it seems to be taking its time in transit. (The scenic route?) At least the birds are happier now that we've replaced the birdbath that was demolished when the cactus fell. I don't know what they'll think about the cactus not being replaced.

It's time for me to curl up with one of those good books. A new bookmark came in the post, so it looks like Blaze Me a Sun will get it. (Thank you, Sender!) 
Enjoy the links!

►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
►Book Banning & Censorship◄
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
►Channeling My Inner Elly May Clampett◄
  • Watch this sloth lazily lounge in a hanging chair.
  • How the resurgence of whale populations impacts our ecosystem.
  • Watch this elephant expertly dig a well to find much needed water.
  • How scientists are saving North America's largest salamander, the eastern hellbender.
  • GPS-tagged possums and raccoons could be sacrificed to capture Florida's invasive pythons.
  • Watch this woman raise an injured baby squirrel she found on her driveway.
  • A video shows a bald eagle that refused to move and got buried under snow-- with only its head poking out-- to protect its eggs during a storm.
  • A stray puppy found in Australia turned out to be a rare alpine dingo.
►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.
Remember to spend some quality Me Time curled up with a good book!


  1. I am sorry about the loss of your cactus, Cathy, although of course, I'm very glad it didn't do any damage to your home. Still.... And I'll bet the DBG will be absolutely stunning when you get the chance to go. There are so many blooms this spring, and I'm sure there are more to come. In the meantime, I'm off to that Sumerian palace.

  2. Omigosh, a 2,000 pound cactus? That's a ton. That's a lot of cactus. Glad some of its branches can regrow. And glad that there is a new birdbath.
    And nice photo. Hope you and Denis can get out to places with flora and fauna nearby more often. Meanwhile, I enjoy the links, some more than others, not the growing book banning section. And I am trying to spend quality book/snacks time, but life interrupts. I do like the three-at-a-time book reading. I often read it. My Dad read five at a time, four nonfiction and one fiction, a mystery or something else. I haven't attained that height, not do I plan on doing that.

    1. In my twenties and early thirties, I often read 5-6 books at a time, so I've slowed down a bit with only three.

  3. Desert flowers are so pretty! I bet the Desert Botanical Garden will be showing off for sure!

    1. I definitely have to make sure I have plenty of charged camera batteries and spare memory cards!

  4. The desert flowers are so gorgeous! I am stunned that your cactus weighed over 2,000 pounds!! I really enjoyed the article about used book stores. I was just having a conversation with someone about e-book versus physical book and one of the things I mentioned was my love for used bookstores and searching for books as a reason to prefer physical books. (I have nothing against e-books and do find them useful in certain situations.)

    1. Once you begin having problems with your eyesight, eBooks can be a blessing, but I know what you mean about used bookstores. I have a few favorites of my own.

  5. It is incredible that in the year 2023 in America we still have people intent on banning books. And of course Texas leads the way! Disgusting.

    I'm amazed at people who read several books at once, I have occasionally read a nonfiction and a fiction book at the same time, but that's as far as I'll go. I prefer to concentrate on one story.

    My condolences on the loss of the cactus. That really is a shame.

    1. I go through periods where I concentrate on just one book, but it's more natural for me to have more on the go at the same time.

  6. I was saddened by Christopher Fowler's passing; it's sad for his partner, and for all of us knowing that the PCU won't have any more adventures. I'm glad the cactus has been taken care of, and the birdbath restored - I know you enjoy watching your visitors!


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