Thursday, June 20, 2024

A Gobsmacked Weekly Link Round-Up


Same old, same old around here at Casa Kittling. Doctor appointments, visiting nurses, keeping the birdbaths and feeders filled so all our feathered friends have plenty of water in this heat...
I'm about to finish one knitting project, which means I'd better pick out the pattern and yarn for the next. The other project (I normally have two on the go) will take me some time to complete, since I'm making new hand towels and washcloths for the main bathroom to go along with the new bath towels I purchased. I've still got four big cones of cotton yarn to go through, so it's a good thing I love the colors and the stitches I've chosen. The woman who comes to clean the house loves the colors, too, and she keeps a close eye on this particular project.

Someone asked me recently about the strange men our cameras had caught wandering around the property a while back. Thankfully, neither hide nor hair have been seen of any such creatures since.
You've been waiting patiently to find out why I'm gobsmacked (some British expressions are wonderful, aren't they?). Unbeknownst to me, one of my readers takes part in a podcast called Paperback Perspectives, and she recommended Kittling: Books to their followers. How cool is that?!? I've watched the episode, and the types of books they talk about are wide-ranging and include some of my own favorites like Remarkably Bright Creatures and Lessons in Chemistry. (They talk about mysteries and thrillers, too.) If you'd like to take a look, you can check it out on YouTube.

Enjoy the links!

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

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
►Channeling My Inner Elly May Clampett◄
►The Wanderer◄
  • Mysteries set in New Mexico.
  • Mysteries set in Venice.
  • Alaska's rivers are turning bright orange and as acidic as vinegar as toxic metal escapes from melting permafrost.
  • I wouldn't mind visiting T.H. White's grave in Athens, Greece. His Once and Future King encouraged me to do a deep dive into Arthurian legends.
  • This 100-foot "walking tree" in New Zealand looks like an Ent from The Lord of the Rings-- and is the lone survivor of a lost forest.
  • The owner of the world's biggest fossilized poop collection has opened a museum in Williams, Arizona. I'm tempted to visit the Poozeum.
  • Over 125 years, millions of people have looked at van Gogh's Starry Night. No one really saw it until recently.
  • Ursula K. LeGuin's home will become a writers residency.
►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. Your new knitting project sounds fantastic, Cathy. I hope you'll show pictures when it's done. And congratulations on getting the word out about Kittling:Books. Your blog is such an excellent blog that I'm glad it's getting some of the notice it deserves. Now, I'm going to beat the heat and check out that Roman swimming pool...

    1. Pictures of this knitting project? You betcha!

  2. Gobsmacked is a great word! Congrats on the blog recognition. You definitely deserve it. :D And have a great weekend.

    1. I hope you're having a great weekend, too, Lark.

  3. How fun that you got a mention in a podcast and I agree that it is well deserved! You share so many wonderful things about the mystery world, but also the 'normal' world. LOL

  4. Congratulations on the podcast shout-out - very well deserved 🙂. I'm just starting to explore podcasts, so I'll see if this one turns out to be one I 'need' to follow. Now, I'm off to learn more about the Chinese art, for starters.

    1. I have to admit that I haven't really gotten into podcasts. Yet. This will certainly help me change that!

  5. I love the term "gobsmacked". It is just right in so many situations. How wonderful to have been mentioned on a book podcast. Although, I'm not too surprised as I always find things to enjoy on your blog! 🙂

  6. My older daughter and her husband live in Fort Bend County and she works in the school system there. Somehow it doesn't surprise me that one person is responsible for all the brouhaha about removing books. (Gobsmacked and brouhaha - two great words to ponder today!)

    1. I think in many cases that all this flap is the responsibility of lone misanthropes wanting to feel important by demolishing something.


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