Thursday, January 18, 2024

An Always a Nice Surprise Weekly Link Round-Up


Monday, it felt as though Casa Kittling had a revolving door. We contacted our old lawn maintenance folks to come care for our neglected trees and shrubs (and to do a lot of raking). The brutal temperatures we had for so long last summer didn't make either one of us want to call in people to work out in the searing sun and heat, so everything had gotten a bit raggedy.

While they were here (for over four hours!), the home health nurse came to bandage my leg, and the woman who cuts our hair came to "shear" us. I swear it had been so long since our last haircuts that Denis was going to be forced to braid his hair. (A bald Brit with pigtails?) Then it was the turn of the "bug guy" who checked to make sure no nasties were trying to take residence. Thankfully, there were no signs of scorpions, black widow spiders, roof rats, or any other undesirables on the premises.

I've been anticipating UPS trucks arriving at Casa Kittling with bandaging supplies and yarn, but so far, all I've received is a book from a dear friend. Receiving a book is always cause for a celebration, right?

Hey! UPS just delivered something. Maybe it's my yarn. While I go check, enjoy the links!

►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
►Goodreads in the News◄
►Book Banning & Censorship◄

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
►Channeling My Inner Elly May Clampett◄
  • The Wildlife World Zoo in Litchfield Park, Arizona, shared a video of a baby white rhino running and playing with her mother. She's the first rhino born in Arizona in decades.
  • Mark Rober built an underwater maze to test the inventive intelligence of an octopus. More from Upworthy.
  • These brainy falcons are smarter than you might think.
  • Pablo Escobar's multiplying "cocaine hippos" will be sterilized in Colombia.
  • An invasive tick that can clone itself is spreading across the U.S., threatening livestock.
  • Irrawaddy dolphins get help from an ancient Cambodian folktale.
  • Meet Ferrisburgh, a rescued kestrel who started painting after a wing injury.
  • African penguins tell each other apart by their polka dot patterns.
►The Wanderer◄
►Fascinating Folk◄
  • "All feminists are under attack": the ultra-right threat in new President Milei's Argentina is forcing female journalists and writers like Luciana Peker into exile.
  • Christina, Duchess of Milan, used an unusual tool to avoid becoming one of Henry VIII's unfortunate wives.
  • Benjamin Banneker's almanac of strange dreams.
  • Keanu and co.-- how celebrities became bestselling novelists.
►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. It's Grand Central Station over at Casa Kittling. Glad things are getting done. Good links as usual. Hope you and Denis stay warm.

    1. It's warmed up a bit... just in time for another winter storm and cooler temperatures in time for my birthday/anniversary.

    2. Oh, good. Happy Birthday and Anniversary! On to many more.

  2. I'm glad you're getting so many things done, Cathy. Even something as seemingly simple as a haircut can make you feel so much better, can't it? You just feel...renewed. Now, I'm going to spiff up and go check out that mural. Hope that package was your yarn!

  3. That's a lot of stuff going on at your house all at once! I find days like that exhausting. Hope your weekend is less busy. :D

    1. It's been very relaxing so far, Lark. Have a good weekend!

  4. I know having chores and maintenance taken care of is a relief and boosts morale, so I'm glad for you and Denis. (And you've reminded me that I need to make an appointment for my own haircut.)

    Meanwhile, your first link tells me that I would be a mystery book shop owner in a cozy :)

    Now I have to start with the story about opening an actual bookstore in Florida, and then work my way through the rest.

    1. I still can't believe that quiz told me I should be a wedding photographer! LOL

  5. It's always thrilling (and surprising) when the Fifth Circuit actually gets something "right." The start of a new trend? Not likely, but we'll celebrate while we can. That baby white rhino video just made my day. I love how when she tripped over the log she just picked herself up and kept chugging along. She's adorable!

    1. Yes, she is. I wish Denis and I could go visit her.

  6. I was in hysterics when that "quiz" told me I would be a psychic in a cozy novel! Me! I'm as far from a psychic as one can be. I demand evidence, facts, science, a Sherlock Holmes investigation of clues, forensics, DNA. I. I was hoping it would say a bookseller which is up my alley. Or a librarian.

  7. I just redid the test and it came out bibliotherapist, whatever that is. At least is deals with books.

    1. Much better than a psychic!

    2. Yes, and no one who knows me or has ever known me would think of me as a "psychic." They think I'm a reader, a provider of books and acquirer of books. In fact, my friends would laugh uproariously if they saw "psychic" near my name.


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