This has been a record breaking ordeal. And after the sweetness of Valentine's Day - a little snow, comfy pants, good meal, and chocolate - the true test of marriage began as Texas Weather, Polar Vortex temps, and Snowmaggedon descended upon the fair land. (We declared a rule - no cannibalism)
Electricity outages were spotty. My work was fine so we drove the 15 minutes to Omega. Roads were dicey but not much traffic. One tech was there -Zach and I did work. Ray hung out. We did our best and left around noon. At home, it was futile - the pool froze again, pump was frozen. It was SO COLD. We hunkered in one room with blankets and the heater.
Tuesday dawned pretty - but bitter cold - 2 degrees. Still no power. We headed to Omega - I worked. Ray hung. We could microwave a hot lunch. Afternoon - got to Ray's folks - they had power. We enjoyed a hot shower and a snooze. Headed home - wanted to be there over night in case of pipe issues.
Wednesday night - 11:45 pm - ding....power is on!!!! Wow. Heater started cranking. No obvious water disasters appeared. Hot water working. It took all night, but Thursday we awoke to our normal house temp. Hot shower felt great. Tasty breakfast in our own home - hooray. Ray drove me to Omega to work, then came home to do a deeper check of things. Too soon for the pool - lots more thawing must occur. He picked me back up and now I'm catching up on blog posts, comments, and real world home stuff.
We are happy and grateful we do have a house, food, light, etc.
Texas, the state, failed in its infrastructure, response, etc. Reports from ten years ago showed what should have been done or upgraded to "winterize" wind turbines, natural gas flow, etc. Nope - no doubt politics and money and greed truly caused this epic fail. And sadly probably cost people their lives.
Mother Nature. Weather. Climate changes. Some are weatherwise, some are otherwise - Ben Franklin