Thursday, July 06, 2023

The Wet Rag Weekly Link Round-Up


It's been a quiet holiday week here at Casa Kittling. For the first time in years, the neighborhood didn't explode under the weight of all the fireworks being set off, and Denis and I certainly enjoyed being able to hear ourselves think. I have to admit that I've never been a huge fan of fireworks, especially here in Arizona where I worry about them setting off fires in our tender-dry landscape. We already have wildfires burning; we don't need any more of them!

Although the best laid plans of my wound care doctor were messed about by the holiday, it seems that I'll be having a home health nurse come on Mondays and Wednesdays to clean and wrap my leaky leg, and then I'll board Dial-a-Ride for the trip to the wound care clinic to see the doctor. My leg is responding very slowly to treatment, and lately I've had all the energy and enthusiasm of a wet dishrag. I've even contemplated cutting back on my blogging a bit, especially since these appointments and other obligations are cutting into my free time. I'll do some more contemplating and see what happens. 

In the mean time, I'll leave you with one of my favorite photographs taken along the Apache Trail east of Phoenix.

Overlooking Apache Lake along the Apache Trail.

Enjoy the links!

►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
►Book Banning & Censorship◄

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
►Channeling My Inner Elly May Clampett◄
  • Watch a raccoon steal a couple's Door Dash order off the front porch. If the video doesn't load from that page, here's the direct link to it on TikTok. Just X out of the login screen that will pop up. I've lost track of how many times I've watched this and laughed.
  • The rarest of the rare: two albino egg-laying echidnas have been spotted in Australia.
  • A rare wolverine has been spotted in California-- the second in 101 years.
  • Burmese pythons are helping rats take over Florida's Everglades-- and that could help spread disease. 
  • Found hatching in a suitcase, these rescued parrots are beginning a new life.
  • The video for this seems to have gone walkabout, but the photos are still funny. I think this flying squirrel has been watching too may crime shows; it repeatedly faked its own death with a broom handle!
  • A "virgin birth" has been recorded in a crocodile for the first time ever. 
  • Pablo Escobar's "cocaine hippos" top 200 animals-- twice as many as scientists originally thought.
►The Wanderer◄
►Fascinating Folk◄
  • The curious case of Charles Osborne, who hiccupped for 68 years straight.
  • Why actress Sarah Bernhardt was the first modern celebrity.
  • The many sins of Maurice E. Balk.
  • S.A. Cosby on inspiration, serial killers, and how he writes.
  • Eleven facts about Billie Jean King.
  • Alfred L. Cralle, the Black businessman who invented a better way to scoop ice cream.
  • Angela Alvarez, forbidden from being a musician as a child, releases an album at the age of 95 and wins the Latin Grammy.
  • Dolly Parton has done it again: her Imagination Library expands its free book efforts in California.
►I ♥ Lists◄

Note: If any of you notice a link that has been in previous round-ups, my apologies. The program I use for bookmarking these links decided to try to be fancy, and the "improvements" have caused all sorts of hiccups. Hopefully, I'll have everything sorted out by next week.

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 may be, don't forget that quality Me Time curled up with a good book!


  1. Thanks for the links. Most important of all, take care of yourself. Sounds like quite a job to keep up with the medical appointments and self-care. But a good book (or a good movie/TV series) is a necessity in times like this. And you know how to pick them. Best wishes for your health.

    1. Thanks, Kathy. I'm reading a good'un right now-- Sujata Massey's The Mistress of Bhatia House.

    2. I can't wait for that book. I just finished Murder under the Red Moon. Very nice. Great characters, women's rights, exploitation of women, child poverty and even the Indian independence movement. And love of dogs, too. Social justice issues combined with a good plot and wonderful characters. On to Sujata Massey and someday, Vaseem Khan.

    3. I think you're really going to like The Mistress of Bhatia House, Kathy. As soon as I finish up some work here, I'm going to stretch out in bed and finish reading it. It's been a very long day, and I need to get these legs up.

  2. The healing process can be maddeningly slow, Cathy, but you're doing the right thing to really take care of yourself. Hopefully home health care plus regular doctor visits will move the process along. I know what you mean about fireworks, too. They may be beautiful to look at, but the noise? No, thanks. I wonder if they have a lot of fireworks in Denmark...I'll let you know when I get back from checking out that Viking treasure.

    1. I thought you might be heading that way. ;-)

  3. Thanks for the, as usual, fascinating list of links. I'll be checking out several of them over the next few days. I'm so sorry to hear of your continuing health problems and I do hope you'll be able to turn the corner toward healing soon. You will be in my thoughts.

  4. Apache Lake is beautiful, can see why that is a favorite photo! Fascinating collection of links, as always! Need to check out some of those historical mysteries with female sleuths!

    1. It's hard to resist a historical mystery with a good female sleuth!

  5. I'm glad you're taking good care of yourself! We can survive on a 'summer schedule ' of posts while you focus on healing and resting.

    And thanks for the links - I had not seen the DOE news, so that is a positive. Now I'm off to see if the link about Asheville has any info I didn't know yet.

    1. I thought of you when I posted that link, FR. (I also thought of my own trip to Asheville many many moons ago.)

  6. Sorry your leg's not healing as fast as you'd like. All those doctor visits and wound care visits have to be a pain. Hope this week goes better!


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