Hawk in the snow…
Ilana Kohn Tuck Coveralls (medium – they don’t really fit LOL)
Dansko LT-pro clogs
Wow. What a week we had last week. Without being too dramatic, it was mildly traumatizing. I don’t think I felt that when we were “in it” but afterwards I wanted to sleep all the time, I felt worn out, and completely unmotivated. A week later, I feel much better finally.
And I know we didn’t have it as bad as some. What happened here in Texas last week was inexcusable (I know other parts of the country was also affected by the winter storm, but didn’t suffer the power outages that we did here) and devastating. I hope it won’t ever happen again, but I don’t have a lot of hope for Texas politics. There are a lot of very interesting articles that go deep on why Texas was unique with regard to power outages, and the gist of it is that we have a GIGANTIC unregulated energy market here; It’s a free-for-all basically. Yes, it serves industrial users and individual users well at times, and can be more affordable during times of low energy usage, but as we just saw, it is completely devastating in an emergency. Anyway.
We started to having legit rolling outages very early Monday morning, around 1 AM or so. The power would be on for a while, then go out for an hour, then on again, but then at 6 we started to feel very cold and noticed it hadn’t come back on. We went to go get Hawk from his room and bring him in the bed with us to stay warm, but he woke up and was PISSED lol. So we were all awake and getting colder. Until Wednesday mid-morning, we didn’t have electricity basically.
For us, the rolling outages turned into no power for 7-8 hours, then power for one, off again for 7-8, on again for one and so on. It got down to the low 40’s in the house. We ran the gas fireplace for some warmth but it is in our living area which is huge and with VERY high ceilings, so we didn’t get a lot from it, but it was something. We brought the mattress down from upstairs to put on the floor in front of the fireplace and brought all the furniture into the room we were in and arranged it around the mattress. Then, I found literally EVERY SINGLE BLANKET we had in the house and piled them on the mattress.
I wore a wool layering tee under my girlfriend fleece, a buff merino neck warmer and a cashmere hat, double socks, and my all birds wool loungers and was still cold. Hawk had on pajamas with pants and a tee on top, and his fleece jacket with his hood up. Also double socks. My biggest problem with all of this was the feeling that I was failing my child on some very basic level; I couldn’t even keep him warm. That was traumatic.
Everything was just cold. We didn’t change clothes for two days because it was warmer just staying in what we had on. No way did we take showers/baths. Whenever the power came on we quickly boiled as much water as we could for coffee and to warm our hands later, and warmed up food. I had the freezer/fridge pretty well stocked with things we could eat cold, so we were good on food. We had water, which is more than a lot of people had. We were just very cold.
In the midst of all this, we had to pull out of the contract we had on the house in the ATL area. It was a crazy situation, and disappointing, but not too (that house was going to take A LOT OF WORK and we were getting overwhelmed by it), so we had to start looking again. So when we had power again, all the stress of remote house-hunting started again. Ugh.
Good news is that we are under contract on another house now, and it will not require so much work to just move in. It’s walking distance from my sister, and very close to my mother, has a huge back yard and is a modified ranch, which is just what we wanted. Hopefully this one will work out…
Again, I know we didn’t have it as badly as some (Austin seemed to get the double whammy of no power/no water) and we came out the other side relatively unscathed. Hawk didn’t even seem to notice anything amiss, except he couldn’t watch the BBC ocean videos he likes on YouTube haha. And it was much too cold to spend any time outside in the snow, even if he did have the appropriate clothes. We went out for a couple of minutes once or twice to take pictures and that was it.
I hope you and yours are okay, and didn’t suffer too much with the latest winter storm. Or Covid-19. Or anything else.
Boring would be nice for a while 🙂