Just wanted to let you all know that I was offline last week, because I was participating (against my will) in living history. I live in Texas and as you may have heard, we had a few difficulties last week with an historic snow storm.
My family and I are fine (now), but we spent a little under 48 hours in the freezing cold with no electricity as well as some time without water. I was underprepared, to say the least, for the winter camping skills that would be required of me.
Here is what I learned:
- Gas stoves are wonderful (I already knew that from hurricane season).
- All of the flashlights in my house are either missing batteries or no longer work.
- I am grateful to all of the people who have given me scented candles over the years, they came in clutch.
- Hoarding bottled water in between natural disasters is a good idea.
- Hoarding toilet paper in between natural disasters is a good idea.
- Get your fireplace flue checked out before each winter season, even when you live on the face of the sun.
- Even if you have decided that you are too old to ever ski again, keep your ski clothes.
- Don’t feel bad if you are the type of person who neglects to clean out your pantry, you will gratefully eat those weird remnants one day.
I look forward to getting back to enjoying history together, but wanted to let you know what I have been up to!
All the best,