If you haven’t seen the news, you might not know that Texans have been experiencing the coldest weather we’ve had in like 100 years and many do not have electricity (or gas) to heat their homes. Thankfully my family has had power for about 2/3 of the time. We are having what they call rolling blackouts in order to conserve energy and prevent grid failure . As you might imagine , this has prompted much angry finger-pointing and blaming and amateur energy policy analysis .
Here’s my explainer . This cold weather is a rare event. Preparing for rare weather events costs money . Nobody wants to pay for historically rare events . But when people are without power in weather in the teens, they notice and complain to the government who they think is supposed to protect them from all bad things. So then rumors fly and in the end , we ,the middle class people, will pay for it with more socialism. Oh yeah , and the green windmills that were supposed to provide 1/4 of our power are frozen.
Along with the cold, it snowed more than I’ve ever seen in my lifetime. I love it! But we can’t go to work or school or shopping or the doctor or anywhere because Texas isn’t a snow state and we don’t have snowplows or snow tires or road crews or snow driving skills . Also the roads are icy . So it’s not an exaggeration to say that the whole state shut down on Monday and it’s still closed in some areas because this morning we now have freezing rain. My husband made it to work yesterday driving slow, but he is home again today . Too icy . The local grocery stores are closed because of broken pipes and power outages causing refrigerators and freezers to shut down . It’s havoc!
But I’m thankful to report that we have been doing okay . Living in the country means we are on an electric co-op , not like the big city power companies. Our power is intermittent, but it’s controlled . My house is pretty well insulated. I bought groceries before the rest of the town cleared the Walmart shelves of everything. Between Covid and the Great Winter Storm of 2021, Walmart employees deserve a raise!
Here are some photos from the past few days. I’ve had a blast taking pictures . So many birds and snowy scenes! I’ll add more later when the power comes back on and I have internet . It’s like frontier times out here!
All in all , it’s been kinda fun , but I think everyone is ready to get back to normal. It should warm up to normal temperatures by Monday or Tuesday . We have already had temps in the upper 70s and even 80 here this month, but it’s not unusual for us to have a freeze after warm weather.