I feel bad about not blogging very much lately. It isn't that we haven't been using the cookstove. In fact, Marjorie is still very much in daily use, and we haven't turned our electric water heater on yet. I guess I just have too many irons in the fire.
Anyway, I have been learning how to be a better Google researcher from my team-teacher at school, and to discover just what some of the search tools did, I used phrases, etc. from my blog so that I would see their effectiveness. One of the queries that I conducted showed me other websites that have links to my blog. This was very interesting. I knew about most of the links because I see them come up in the "stats" buttons on the back end of the blog, but a couple really caught my attention.
The first link had nothing to do with cookstoves. Instead, it was to a very small thread in which two people were discussing the personalities of bloggers using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Just from reading what I have written on this blog, they labeled my personality with four neat little letters. The scary part is that after doing some more Googling to find out what the four letters stood for, I discovered that without ever having met me in person, they described my personality to a "T"! Talk about unnerving. . . .
The second link that I wanted to talk about is much more interesting and relevant. Woodstove Woody, proprietor of Obadiah's Woodstoves, operates a site called cookstoves.net. This website is a very large repository of information about the many facets of cooking with a wood cookstove. One can look at the various photos of beautiful cookstove installations, read the discussion threads and articles, and take a gander at the recipes there. The site really is jam-packed with data.
Woody and I have conversed minimally via e-mail, but he seems a man of great integrity, and I appreciate his knowledge of the technical aspects of many different models of wood cookstoves. While I have visited cookstoves.net several times, I did not know that he had linked to my blog until the Google search showed that to me. He wrote very nice things about my blog where the link appears under the "Friends" tab, so I wanted to return the favor.
Thus, while I'm trying to finish an extremely busy school year, get a garden planted, and keep up with the mowing, you can satisfy your longing for cookstove information by visiting cookstoves.net. Just be sure to keep checking back in with me because I've still got a lot of information to share!