Houston weather is just a mass of contradictions. One minute, it’s near 70 degrees – the next (quite literally) it’s hovering near freezing. It rarely gets to freezing, let alone below, but we’re setting records this week. As one of her new year’s resolutions, my friend Alice has sworn off stating the obvious. Someone suggested posting a pic of the temperature gauge on the car, but that’s so – summer of 2013! I thought I’d share the view from my back porch, this morning, instead.
I was reminiscing, last night – last time it got this cold in Houston, I had just gotten settled back at home after breast cancer surgery, in early February 2011. My husband was traveling on business, so he missed the fun. We were well stocked for food. My friend Kathy checked on us daily. Then we got iced in – which was fine, too. Neither my son nor I could drive, anyway. Classes were canceled, so I had his company all day. I felt very safe, as I had requested a periodic email/telephone welfare check from our local VFD (and CERT buddies!) and knew they could give us a lift to the station if we lost our heating or had any other problems. We had rolling blackouts during the worst of it, and made contingency plans to camp out in the living room in a tent, with a huge pile of blankets, should we lose power and heat. We didn’t have to resort to such drastic measures! It was kind of an adventure.
Today, at least, it’s cold and dry. The sun’s shining brightly and it’s supposed to warm up again, soon.
The really good news? We’re not in Minneapolis, Chicago, New York, or Atlanta! These are normal winter temps for us former northerners, so it’s hard to see what the fuss is about until you watch the news and see just how dire things are up there right now. “Arctic Vortex” does sound a bit melodramatic, until you watch Coast Guard icebreakers saying the conditions are too dangerous to move essential supplies across the Great Lakes near dark.
Yes, I made a matching hat for the purple sweater. It’s very soft and warm. So warm that today may be the only day I’ll ever get to wear both at the same time, as long as I live here in the tropics. Unless we get another Blasted Arctic Vortexipocalypse in February.
It could happen.
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