Thursday, April 06, 2023

The Madding Crowds Weekly Link Round-Up


Cactus hauled away. New carport put in place. Medical procedures passed with flying colors. The time had come to have some fun, so Denis and I headed to the Desert Botanical Garden on a gorgeous spring day. Problem is... it seemed as though everyone else in the Phoenix metro area had the same idea.

For the first couple of hours, the garden was heaving with people, and at first I thought that there weren't any children attending school until I took a closer look at what they were wearing. The snowbirds were out in force. How did I know? Because they were dressed the way we natives do when it's June here in the Sonoran Desert. (Denis and I were wearing light jackets and long pants.)

Trying to get to the Patio Cafe

In the photo you can see one of the guaranteed spots for a traffic jam in the garden. It's a good thing that Denis and I weren't in a hurry because all we could do was sit and wait it out.

I did manage to take some special photos, and I'll share some of them with you in a week or two. Until then, 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.

No matter how busy you are, don't forget that quality Me Time curled up with a good book!


  1. Sorry to hear there were so many people there, Cathy, but I can't tell you how glad I am that you and Denis were able to get out for this jaunt. I can't wait to see the 'photos! I'll want to hear all about it when I get back from those Mayan ruins. Oh, and then I'm off to Sudan for a bit. Yes, I may be a while...

    1. That's okay; it will probably take me a while to get the photos ready! ;-)

  2. I think it is simply fabulous that Texas is such a problem-free paradise that our legislators can spend their time worrying about the availability of sexually explicit books!

    Mayan civilization has always fascinated me so I was particularly happy to read the article about the new finds. Interesting - and ironic - to see that an invasive species may help to save an endangered one and incredibly sad that the Bahama Nuthatch may in fact be a goner.

    1. I'm gobsmacked at ALL the states that have no other pressing matters within their borders than sexually explicit books! One state has even defunded their libraries, and another is in the process of getting rid of all their school librarians. It's madness.

  3. Missouri just defunded libraries to punish librarians who oppose book bans.

    1. That's what I was referring to in my comment above yours. The Missouri legislature is also trying to take away counties' rights to levy taxes so libraries can't get funds that way either.


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