Sunday, November 27, 2005

Some unrelated randomness...

Found a new (to me) blog today. “The Analog Alternative” it had a number of posts that made me think, and left me with much to ponder. If you have a minute, stop in and say hello to this fairly new member of the ‘blog-world’.

Under the WTF category… in looking at my stats I saw someone arrived here after doing a Yahoo search for “elbow length enema gloves”…. Two questions… What in the hell would someone need those for… wait one question (I don’t really want to know the answer to the first one)

How in the world did a search engine find over 2,000 links for that group of words… and how did this site get in that mix?? Search engine logic remains a total mystery to me. Every single time I think I’ve managed to grasp one aspect or another, something else happens that lets me know I really don’t have a clue!

Maryan and I managed to put up about four (maybe five) cords of wood in the past couple of days, that should be sufficient to get us well into early (or maybe late) January, we’ll probably need another cord or two before winters done with us here though.

We’re relying on wood a little more this year, than in the past several, as the price of natural gas has jumped 50% from last year, and in all honesty, we both love a warm toasty house and ya can’t get that on the current gas prices and still pay all the other bills!! I sort of thought that when I moved South, I’d be done with the firewood thing except for maybe a cord or so a year for an outdoor fire in the summer and indoors during the holidays…

Like most things in my life, it just hasn’t turned out the way I originally thought it would!!

So, with my old body aching nicely from all the ‘wood-work’ there wasn’t much left for the truck project. It sits, in my nice clean and orderly garage, waiting patiently for me to return to it.

That’s one of the nice things about a project like this truck. I’ve got no real time sensitive deadline, and when other projects are moving to the front of the line, it can sit, and wait, for me to return to it. I know I’ll be stringing Christmas lights next weekend, and giving the lawn and leaves a final going over.

I’ve also decided we need a couple of those outdoor floodlights on the back of the house and I’ll be installing those next weekend too. It’ll be nice to be able to walk outside to bring in an armload of wood and actually be able to see what I’m doing!

Maryan and I have a rather lazy day planned for today, just her and I, watching a couple of movies cuddling on the couch in front of the fire this evening.

I hope you’ve all had a great weekend.


Firehawk said...


Sorry about missing a few of your posts. Can't always make the time go all the way around.

We used to heat with wood only when we lived in Maine. We generally needed about 13 cords per year. We felled the trees, limbed them, cut them, and split them ourselves. Quite a project.

I sometimes wish we still did that, though. I miss it. Not very realistic in the Southwest, though. There isn't enough wood to go around, and we're in the middle of the city.

The first snow fell last night, and it's been pretty frigid over the last few days. I guess winter's really here. Well, good to visit again.

Bill said...

Firehawk - Yeah, I know what you mean! I find it hard to visit everywhere I'd like to, as often as I'd like to!

There's something very 'earthy' about putting up the wood for winter. Something basic, so much so that despite the fact I know I'll be sore, and ache in places that haven't ached since the last time, I look forward to it.

I had very much the same deal in Upstate NY, as you did Maine. In fact, as I sit and think about it, there's probably a 'piece' to be written about the process.

As always, it's good to see, and hear from you.

Spirit Of Owl said...

Hope you had a relaxing weekend Bill. Sounds like you had a cosy time planned. :)

Thanks for the link, by the way. Certainly an interesting blog, I wonder if it will be maintained?

No_Newz said...

I hope all of the aches go away soon. Wood is the only way to go, if you can. Here the price jumped with the natural gas costs.
Amazing what crazy stuff these people search for isn't it?! BTW, don't tell anyone, but I not only own those kinds of gloves but have used them to help deliver a foal. shhh. ;)
Lois Lane

Beth said...

Hi, Bill! It's me ... your fellow wood splitter, cord stacker. I know well the hard work and we're still not entirely done. We took time off to work in the house, but sadly today is the day to finish. Blech.

I feel your pain, but it is nice having a toasty house, eh? =)

Karyn Lyndon said...

I know what you mean about mind-boggling search keywords. Just today I was searched with "how to break in a new bride sexually on the honeymoon." It would really be wrong for someone to use my blog as a "how to" manual... And you wouldn't believe the number of people who want the lyrics to "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off"

Bill said...

Spirit - We did have a cozy weekend, well Sunday anyway... and a nice break to the routine. I thought the blog was interesting as well, i guess we'll just have to wait and see 'eh?

Lois - The aches are gone... only one day of the reminder that I'm not 25 anymore!!

Yeah.. but the gloves you're talking about are usually shoulder length!!

Beth - I definitely love the toasty house enough to go throught the effort to put the wood up!

I'm glad you're nearly through, I remember all to well putting up 4 or 5 times this much wood 'bacl in the day'.

Karyn - Your blog would be a much better 'how to' than one that purported on how to 'break in' the bride!! Besides, you could do worse than becoming a sexpert!! :)

One day, one of us is going to write a book of google search terms... with a funny little story for each one... get rich and forget about the rest of us bloggers... If you do it, at least mention my blog 'eh?