Texas on My Mind

I’m consumed with watching the news out of Texas this morning. For those who aren’t glued to the Weather Channel, parts of Texas that might see a dusting of snow once every ten years or so, are now experiencing freezing temperatures and icy conditions that would challenge even a seasoned North Dakotan.

We live in Florida now, but Studly and I were born and raised in Texas and most of our relatives still live there. Most of our folks live in the panhandle area which does get snow and ice during the winter and they’re better prepared to deal with the bitter cold. But in and around Austin, Dallas, Houston, and other locations, the infrastructure isn’t holding up.

Yes, we could blame the shortsightedness of certain GOP, libertarian, and Tea Party operatives who have this “every man for himself” mentality, for the mess, but that doesn’t do anything to help those who are freezing even within the confines of their own homes. While some people are ridiculing Texas and Texans, I’m just praying and hoping they get relief soon.

A playground near Houston, I believe.
Frosty the Cactus

Peace, people!

Author: nananoyz

I'm a semi-retired crazy person with one husband and two cats.

20 thoughts on “Texas on My Mind”

  1. I have a friend that lives in the Dallas area and her house had been without power for a couple of days and finally just came back on last night. She ended up having to take her dogs and stay with a friend that still had power, but she lost her fish because she couldn’t maintain temps in the tank. Hubby has family that live in the same general area and just found out after having been out of town that their house is flooded from a broken water pipe. It is an absolute disaster down there.

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    1. Oh mercy! My daughter-in-law lives in Dallas (my son lives there on the weekends, but he works in Wichita Falls). She’s fortunate enough to be in the sane grid as a nearby hospital and said she was doing great, but is worried about her pipes. It’s an older home.

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      1. I have seen so many photos of broken pipes leaking in houses and ceilings collapsing, either from the water from the broken pipes or from what looks like too much ice and snow on the roof (though I’m not certain on that last one). I’ve seen too many main water pipes coming up out of the ground before going into the house so they are exposed to the outside air and freezing there. My friend had that happen, but managed to get it thawed and insulated in the few minutes she had power between outages keeping hers from breaking. It is sad how few people actually were prepared and knew how to keep their pipes protected before the cold hit. I don’t know that there was enough info posted about doing that beforehand and if you never lived in colder climates, you simply aren’t aware of what to do. I think we are all going to be horrified at the total destruction by the time this is all said and done. I saw that they were evacuating some hospitals because they were running out of water and critical resources. It is heartbreaking on every level.

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      2. I’m afraid you’re right. And the residual damage may be worse than what’s happening now. There’s no telling what faults in buildings and roads will appear weeks and even months from now.

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