“Oh, for God’s sake…”

Woke at 5:30 not exactly ready to face the world. Went out with Torso Boy and the air was warmish and moist-smelling; there were no stars and the thermometer said 31o. I just took my leg off and went back to bed; another day in overcast winter, maybe I could just sleep through it. It’s been a wet dark cold winter by our standards since before the turn of the year and I think it’s starting to depress me.

Anyway, the wind came up outside, really howling, and that did nothing to improve my mood. I actually slept till almost eight, which shattered the old record because I’m normally early to bed/early to rise. But what was the point? The chicken water didn’t freeze overnight so they can wait. At some point Laddie got out of bed and was apparently becoming alarmed because as soon as I finally stirred he rushed over to give me a piece of his mind, not that he has any to spare.

I put my leg on, let him out of the bedroom, twitched open a curtain, and spoke the words of the title…

Temperature dropped eight degrees during my nap, the wind is gusting so I can’t say how much snow we got this morning but it was no dusting. The past two days have been kind of pretty except for the wind but this’ll feed the mud again. Bother.

I feel like a snowflake myself, cursing the weather when this is easily my most comfortable winter to date even though I do believe it’s the harshest we’ve had in ten years. I’m just stiff and bored, like a barn-sour horse. Sick of being stuck inside all day. I got a little work done yesterday, mostly cleaning up wind debris, and the day before I got water back to the yard spigot and running clear. And that’s about all I’ve done. Mostly sitting around. Just like I’ll be doing today.

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18 Responses to “Oh, for God’s sake…”

  1. Mark Matis says:

    OK, would some e-books help relieve the ennui? If so, what’s your favorite genre/author(s)?

  2. Joel says:

    My tastes in fiction are pretty juvenile, same as in movies. I mostly used to read sci fi but it seems that genre has gone the way of the SJW so now I read at least half the first chapter of whatever comes my way, usually tossing it aside thereafter. Unfortunately my neighbors are mostly into mystery series writers, who don’t hold my attention.

    I’m a big Larry Correia fan, if that helps, but he doesn’t have anything new in paperback. Maybe some John Ringo, I’m that hard up…

  3. TM says:

    If you’re a fan of military sci fi, the Honnor Harrington series by David Webber is excellent. Published by Baen and I believe the first two books are in their free library, and if it catches your interest I’ve got a copy of the “please share this series” cd they used to ship with hard backs that will give you at least the first 7 books in the series

  4. jabrwok says:

    Given your stated literary preference, you might enjoy E. William Brown’s Daniel Black books. Computer programmer from our world gets drawn into a magical world, gains powers and several girlfriends, has lots of adventures chopping up monsters and local baddies.

    The first book is fairly cheap at $2.99. If you had it in your wishlist I’m sure someone would buy it for you:-).

  5. Ben says:

    Have you read Harry Turtledove’s alternative military fiction stuff?

  6. Mike says:

    Joel, you may want to look at the Eden Plague series by David VanDyke.


  7. Mark Matis says:

    Can you handle e-books? Or do you prefer paper?

  8. Joel says:

    TM, I read a lot of Honor Harrington books several years ago. Even wrote a sort of aggregate review at the time. I guess I’m just not a Webber fan.

    Ben, I used to read every Harry Turtledove book I could score. But I have some later ones here now and must admit I find them tiresome. Don’t know if his writing has changed or my tastes have. Maybe I’m just losing my attention span in my old age.

  9. Joel says:

    With this new tablet Big Brother gave me in April I think I can handle any ebook format. Might be easier on my fading eyes, though I’m mostly used to paper books.

  10. Brandon says:

    Have you read any sci-fi and fantasy books written by Michael Kingswood?

    You can find his works at [noncommunistsciencefiction.com].

  11. Mark Warren says:

    Have you read any of the books by Simon R. Green, great writer though his latest stuff is not as good as his early writing.

  12. Joel says:

    No, I haven’t heard of either of those guys.

  13. Thanks Mike (above).

    Joel, email me and I’ll send you the Plague Wars series in ebook form free, if you’re interested.

    david (at) davidvandykeauthor dot com


  14. Zelda says:

    Joel, if I remember correctly Laddie was with ML when she died. She didn’t get out of bed either. You sleeping so late may have been a flashback for him to a time when his world changed a lot and it wasn’t good until he got to you. He’s a traumatized, kind hearted, caring, confused, bewildered little old guy in very unfamiliar surroundings, he seems really fond of you and is looking out for you (lacking anything else to herd). Cut him some slack and try to appreciate his personality.

  15. Mark Matis says:

    If you do get “into” e-books, make sure you know how much storage space you’ve got available on your tablet. I’m reasonably confident it has at least one USB port, and pen drives are inexpensive these days, even for GOOD ones. You might want to get several and label them by genre or authors or some such so you’ll know what’s on each without have to do a major search. And also to know what Laddie has really eaten when he gets around to it…

  16. Mark Matis says:

    Although a cheap SOB might just get you several of these instead:
    since there is less of a loss when they are destroyed…

  17. Joel says:

    That’s an interesting idea for a Laddie toy. He’s indifferent to tennis balls and chew toys.

To the stake with the heretic!