Hi friends! It’s been a wild couple of days here and I so appreciate the messages and ‘stay safe’ sentiments y’all have been sending! My internet is super spotty, but I’m feeling the love. ♥
Sure enough, we got the predicted freezing weather and snowfall, but we didn’t expect to lose power and heat and water! Ug! Millions of people across the Houston and surrounding areas are without, shivering in their homes. I’ve heard they’ve set up warming shelters at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Lakewood Church, and Gallery Furniture if you know someone in the area in need.
Brian helped me wrap my pipes before the freeze, and I remember asking him, “do you think we’ll lose power?” and we really didn’t expect to.
My power has been out since 8 a.m. Monday morning and came back on briefly for about 3 hours Monday afternoon, then went out again. During the “on” period, Brian and my girlfriend and her kids came over to warm up, since their houses were freezing. We made the most of it with snacks, wine! and just being together and sharing the pain.
I was lucky to have water Monday, but it went out on Tuesday. I do have a gas stove, which has been a blessing. I made noodle soup that I’ve been reheating on the stove. And I had espresso powder that made a decent-ish cup of coffee. Not really, I’m so spoiled by my good morning coffee. 🙁
School’s closed through Thursday (Jordan’s birthday!) with possible remote learning on Friday. A few stores are open, but the lines are out the door.
It feels like a mess, and not knowing when this will be fixed is the worst, but people are supporting each other. I’m thankful to have a group of family and friends checking on each other and sharing their power/water status throughout the day. I’m thankful to have a nice home to bundle up in even though it’s so freaking cold inside!
I was able to head to a friend’s house who had power so I could defrost, charge my phone, and chat with y’all. We are all bundled up in layers, trying to stay positive and hope that power and water get restored soon!
In Texas, it’s being advised that, if you do have power, reduce your energy use. You can do that by: (1) lowering your thermostat to 68 or lower, (2) open blinds to take advantage of the sun’s natural heat during the day, (3) close blinds and shades at night to reduce heat lost through windows, (4) turn off and unplug lights and nonessential appliances, and (5) avoid using large appliances like dishwasher and washing machine.
I’m so thankful to be able to chat with you guys here! It helps keep me sane and adds joy to my day! I’m also re-reading At Home with Madame Chic. It’s one of my favorites! If you missed it, you can also see what else I’m reading this year here.
Stay safe and warm friends!