Wednesday, February 2, 2011


-We are experiencing the 2nd day of temps with a wind-chill value hovering around –28.

-Water heater and pipes face north wall, which means this morning we have no water due to frozen pipes.

-I have a brave and very cold husband who has been outside checking pipes and taking the hike up the hill to the well to check on things. Now he is out trying to find a space heater, but of course no one has any.

-I have renamed the Panhandle of Texas the Artic Desert. Because unlike everyone else we just get bitter cold without the precipitation.

-I have two outside dogs, 14 and 15 years old. They are senile and one has continence issues. So we are constantly letting them out of their inside kennel to go out for potty breaks. Not to mention cleaning kennels a few times a day.

-I have four girls in this house and a no-flush rule in effect.

-The high today will be 10, that is without wind-chill.

Good News

-We have electricity.

-Thanks to hubby we have a 5 gallon reserve tank of water so we can flush today at least a couple of times.

-We can get out and go places (under numerous layers)  because we don’t have snow.

-I’ve been blessed to have my doggies since my hubby and I were first married. Old and senile, but still here.

-We have food in the pantry and bottles of water galore in fridge.

-And my computer works!

How is your weather today? And how are you dealing with it?


Helen Ginger said...

I'm down in central Texas. We are cold, but nothing like you. The Austin area is having planned rolling blackouts, but so far it hasn't hit our area. We're just cold.

I hope all in your family, dogs, too, of course, stay warm.

T. Anne said...

Hugs Kara! I'm afraid to admit it's about 65 outside and I'm still cold! I can't imagine going through what you just described. You have such a great attitude! I hope you get a nap in and maybe a movie. That would make for a great day as far as I'm concerned.

Jill Kemerer said...

What a nightmare! I'm so sorry you're going through this. I'm praying your electricity kicks back in soon. We're under Snowmaggedon here. Thank goodness our power didn't go out. Still, we're a few days away from getting plowed out, so my hubby and I shoveled a huge patch of road out in front of our house--just so he can try to make it to work tomorrow!

Anonymous said...

Well Kara, here in Tulsa it is going to be a balmy -7 tonight! WE have 14 inches of snow on the ground and 4' drifts. My office has closed the last two days, but alas, open tomorrow. I have been drilling my wells from home!
I must admit though that we definitely do not have your problems. We have heat, hot water and plenty of food so hunkering down is not a hardship.
I hope the next cold front misses you!
Cathy V

Kara said...

Helen, we have family in Austin and it sounds very cold for there!
Thanks T.Anne:) I'm being very lazy with this weather and water thing.
Jill, wow! That is a lot of snow. I am glad we don't have that to deal with too. Be careful!
I've seen where OK has been hit hard. Stay warm!!

Aimee said...

We are iced in and expecting snow tomorrow. Temps aren't suppose to get above freezing until Saturday. Luckily, we have electricity. I have several friends who don't. All of our activities have been cancelled. I'm enjoying the little break I'm getting!

Aimee said...

Oh, and I can sympathize with you on the no water thing. Growing up we lived in the country and we had a well. Whenever something would go wrong we would have no water. Not fun at all! (and we had 4 females in the house too!)

Terri Tiffany said...

Oh wow. When I read how cold it is I couldn't help but shiver. I was only once in weather that was that cold. Everything froze!
You don't want to know how hot it was here yesterday. Cold front today. Dropped 10 degrees to 70. I had to layer up in a sweatshirt.:)
Told ya:)

Pat's Place said...

Life in the Panhandle. Wish Mother and Daddy were here to tell some of their winter hardship stories. One time Daddy got stuck in Kingsmill in a snowbank and had to walk to a little white house on the outskirts of town and stay overnight with the lady who lived there. Bet THAT was a real story, but that is all I know.