Last week was crazy! Thankfully, we did not have any birthdays to add to the craziness caused by the weather. That was enough by itself!
Sunday night it rained and sleeted off and on, so when we woke up the ground was covered with a thin layer of ice. Unfortunately, if it snowed, none of it stuck. Fortunately, we did not lose power, and we were very worried about that. Every time I woke up during the night, I prayed, "Thank you, Lord, that we still have power."
We took Monday off school because I felt like it was an education for our children just to walk around on ice. :) Everyone ventured out at least once to experience it, but it was so very cold. The high was only in the 20s, so I didn't last long (about five minutes!) when I went outside. Again, I was thankful that we did not lose power.
We were supposed to have CC on Tuesday, but with the ice and snow (people up in the Houston area actually got a little bit of snow, and we were jealous!), it was canceled. It just wasn't safe to drive. And then people started losing power.
|It was strange how the ice collected on the driveway and streets but not the yard.|
I had planned to do school on Tuesday, but my children convinced me not to. :) It didn't take much convincing. :) So we played some games and enjoyed the heat.
Unfortunately, we lost power that night about 9:00. Fortunately, it was after the kids' bedtime and it was almost John's and mine, so it wasn't too bad. Also fortunately, it had warmed up a little bit on Tuesday. When we went to bed, the inside temperature was still about 68.
When we woke up Wednesday morning, the temperature had fallen to 60. That's really not so bad, but it felt so much colder than it actually was. Of course, we couldn't do school with no power. So we played more games and huddled under blankets. We were saving our firewood until it got really cold inside because we had a limited supply, and we had no idea how long we would be without power.
About 1:00 that afternoon, the power came back on. Hooray! We looked at each other for a minute as if to make sure that it really was real, then John jumped up. "Fill the tubs!" So we would have water to flush toilets if the power went back off. I jumped up. "Charge the phones!" After getting a few urgent things done like that, we settled down to enjoy having electricity again. It's amazing how much better, how much happier we all felt with the lights on. The house wasn't any warmer at that point, but just having light made everything seem better.
Finally on Thursday we did school. I figured we should do some at some point during the week. :) All outside activities had been canceled for the week, so Mary did not have her art class. And Rachel did not have soccer all week.
Friday morning, Mary, Rachel, and Hannah had dentist appointments. They did great and had no cavities. The weather warmed up to the 50s that day, the warmest all week. I made a trip to the grocery store and actually shopped inside. (I haven't done a week's worth of shopping inside the store in years!) Thankfully, it had almost everything we needed. Apparently, the shelves had been emptied, but they were restocking while I was there. Sadly, there was no bread and no milk.
On Saturday morning, John got up and went back to the store and was able to find some milk and bread, enough to get us through the weekend. One of our neighbors offered to bake bread for anyone in the neighborhood who needed some, so we took her up on her offer. Thoughtfully, she realized there are a bunch of us, so she gave us two loaves. We devoured them!
Our church suffered a broken water line, so church was canceled Sunday. Thankfully, there are plenty of sermons online, so we watched one of those.
How was your week and weekend? How was the weather in your area?