After months of separation from family and friends, the severe cold that struck Houston and Texas was icing on the cake. How is it possible not to wonder what is going on to result in things being so out of kilter?
2 AM Monday morning everything went dark. Except for intermittent bursts, power was not restored until Wednesday evening thanks to a failed distribution system. That has a lot of Texans scratching their heads asking how that could happen in an energy rich state.
No power meant no heat, and it didn’t take long for the house to chill. Fortunately, we have a gas fireplace in our bedroom, so with that burning and layers of cover we managed to stay pretty warm. Other folks were not so lucky, but there was not much we could do to help each other out as everyone was in the same boat.
While being cold was part of the problem, that isn’t the worst of it. Several days of single digit temperatures caused pipes to freeze and eventually burst. Anyone who has experienced that knows what a disaster it is. As if damage already done isn’t enough, we hear that with temperatures now beginning to warm things are likely to get worse as pipes thaw. Just the thought makes my heart flutter.
Luckily we have only two breaks which thanks to the hubby’s quick action were located and secured with a temporary fix. Holes had to be cut in the ceiling which let even more frigid air in the house. Once again, the hubby’s ingenuity came into play, and paper bags worked just fine to cover the holes. My only complaint is the gorilla tape about took the skin off my fingertips. That is some sticky stuff!
With pipes frozen, the water had to be turned completely off which meant no shower for five days. YUK! When it was finally possible to have water, my first thought was a shower. Alas, there was no hot water making a shower sound like anything but a good idea. Again, the hubby to the rescue.
This is what you’d call jerry rigged, but, hey, it works and will serve until the plumber can get here for repairs. I think we are something like 600 on his list! That means we’ll be using this well into summer, but so long as hot water flows who cares!
All things considered we are very lucky to have minimal interior damage, but the same can’t be said for the yard. It’s looking pretty sad, and I’m hoping for a miracle that allows most of it to come back.
Hmmm, maybe moving into that condo wasn’t such a bad idea as we wouldn’t be dealing with any of this!