Thursday, January 04, 2024

A Get Off My Lawn! Weekly Link Round-Up


Wednesday night, things took a bizarre turn here at Casa Kittling. Just before 7:30 PM, someone rang the doorbell. When Denis answered, it was a police officer wanting to make sure we were all right. Five minutes before, our neighbors called in a suspicious person messing around the side of our house. (Good neighbors!) Sure enough, when we checked our security cameras, there was a very agitated young man looking at the side of our house, climbing on top of one of our sheds, and acting as though he were being stung by bees. Then he walked back down the driveway and off the property.
Shortly after 2 AM, I decided to check the cameras to see which feral cat was roaming around in our backyard. Instead of seeing feral cats, I saw another man walking up the driveway with a flashlight. He, too, examined the side of the house, then walked around the far side of our large shed. The last clip showed him walking back down the driveway, talking on his phone and carrying what looked to be a backpack.

When I checked the cameras this morning, I saw the first man that the police were checking on walking back up the driveway at 10 AM, but I never saw him walking back to the street. Since that had occurred about half an hour ago, I told Denis to use extreme caution when he went out to empty the recycle. He didn't see anyone.

What in the Sam Hill is going on?!? Stay off our property, blast it!

While I'm pondering our recent popularity, please enjoy the links!

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

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
►Channeling My Inner Elly May Clampett◄
  • Watch a sneaky bear steal a family's Taco Bell delivery from their front porch. (Why do I always laugh so much when I watch videos like this?)
  • A tiny rescued baby red squirrel who is lactose intolerant grows big enough to play with his toys.
  • Domestic cats could breed Scottish wildcats out of existence.
  • How kingfishers dive head-first into water without getting concussions.
  • Endangered birds find a safe haven for nesting and egg-laying in Auckland Airport's taxiway.
  • A study has found that cheetahs become more nocturnal in extreme heat.
  • Watch a lovestruck flame bowerbird perform a dramatically expressive dance for a potential mate. 
  • Watch how hummingbirds fly through narrow spaces.
►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 may be, don't forget that quality Me Time curled up with a good book!


  1. I haven't read the links yet, was I was taken aback by your story about these strange visitors. Glad you have security cameras. Maybe need a guard dog. Maybe these guys couldn't find an address; maybe they think your house contains a treasure. But I hope this is resolved so you and Denis can go in and out without worrying. Thanks for the links, and be safe.

    1. We have security cameras and an alarm system-- and we don't believe in TSTL moments. (Too Stupid To Live)

    2. Yes. I know neither of you will run outside at 3 a.m. alone in heels with no phone and drive to an isolated place!

    3. And don't forget the see-through negligee I'd be wearing along with my stilettos... *wink*

    4. Hah! I can just imagine this scene.

    5. I think you and I have watched too many (silly) scary movies.

  2. Oh, how scary, Cathy! I am so sorry this is happening to you, but I am glad you've got security cameras and good neighbors. Wow! Yikes! I hope those guys stay away and that you and Denis can have some peace. Now to check out those Inca mummies. At least they don't go wandering around strangers' homes!

    1. They haven't shown up since, but Denis and I are still on alert.

  3. That's disturbing behavior, Cathy, especially since now you'll both be looking over your shoulders every time you go outside for a while. Hard to get that kind of thing out of your mind. About the "scariest" thing I've seen on our security cameras lately was the cat that crosses our back driveway every night about two a.m. being chased by a large possum. You guys be careful.

  4. It's easy to think of those stories as fodder for a crime novelist, but not when they happen to you! I'm glad you and Denis are all right, and that you have such good neighbors! I'm not sure the links will be able to compete with your story, though.

    1. They haven't shown up since, thank heavens.

  5. Ooh...that's scary to have so many crazy strangers wandering around your property! I hope they don't come back. And I'm glad your neighbor called the police about that first guy. Good neighbors are the best.


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