Arctic air has hit Texas! Our temps are in the 20's (F)... and they are hinting that they may get down to 8 degrees (F) by Sunday or Monday. (This is not acceptable) Texas can get cold, but not that cold. Is this due to Climate Change? One weatherman said that this is the coldest Texas has been in 30 years.
The number of accidents on the icy roads just this morning have been horrific. One involved 75-100 cars and had several fatalities. People are being told to stay home due to the roads rather than the pandemic for a change. Schools have closed. With these low temps all outside animals and house-hold pipes could be affected. My daughter is worried about both her pipes and her horses. The horses have blankets and stalls, but they are not inside a barn.
Only good thing about it being Texas is that the cold doesn't usually last more than a day or 2... this time it seems that we may have 4 days of below freezing weather.
We have blankets, baskets, and pet beds, as well as boxes and heat lamps outside for the ferals. We've also opened the garage door about 6 inches so they can get inside out of the cold. This morning there were 8 black cats huddled on the patio chairs under the heat lamps... and one black and white in the blanketed bed on the front porch.
As for myself, I'm huddled on the sofa near the fireplace... and will probably stay for the duration. I don't do well with cold. Not sure if my body simply doesn't hold the heat, but sometimes I can get so cold that nothing will do but to soak in a hot bath or shower until my body temp returns to normal again. Hot tea and layers help too.
|There is a sofa across from these chairs where
I'm huddled with my blanket and hot tea...
That's my report for today. Those of you who live up north are used to this type of weather... but we aren't and don't do well in it.
However, I do believe that this Arctic air is covering a large part of the U.S., so please stay warm and stay safe. As they say, this too will pass.
And as always, thanks for visiting. I hope those of you who want the vaccine have gotten it already. Most of the people we know here have gotten theirs. We are on several waiting lists, but have not been contacted yet.... but expect to be in the next few weeks.