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The Past Four Days

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Just about everyone knows that Texas has been having much worse weather than normal. Here in the Rio Grande Valley, it is unbelievable weather the past four days. Actually, the cold came in a few days before, but not as damaging as the past four days. Below freezing overnight temps, and the highs in mid 30's. Monday morning, our electric power went off at 4 AM, until this afternoon. Living under a pile of blankets and quilts day and night to try and stay warm. I needed to sleep in the living room, as at least the couch seats lift up to allow my feet to stay up. Since power was out, I couldn't sleep in my adjustable bed ( needs power to operate the up and down movement). I was unable to use my C-pap machine at liked, and likewise hubby couldn't use his B-pap machine.
Eating was awful, no cooking means being satisfied with what was in the pantry, was thrilled to use oven tonight to put a meal in the oven. We lost all the food in 2 refridgerators, and a separate freezer. Two hours less than 4 days unfreezes a lot of food.
I have already raised my bed for tonight, and will keep it that way until this freeze ends, the power could go off again. There are still millions of people with out electricity around the entire state, and many needing to boil snow for water indoors for drinking. Our water was off for much of one day do to several places here in the park water line breaks. They did get those closed off and restarted the water again. I don't know how one gets so tired wrapped up in warm blankets and quilts, but I am totally exhausted, so another day without exercise, except for throwing all the melting frozen food in bags and brought to the garbage cans. Hoping the power stays on, and the heat up starts right after tomorrow morning below freezing temp.
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  • JULIJULINN
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  • BOBBIESOCKS-46
    Hi, Fran, yes I do live a lot farther north than the Rio Grande Valley. We are as far apart as you can get in Texas. From the Rio Grande River to the Red River and what a difference in our experiences.

    My Dubby is 82 (born in Tennessee) and I'm 74 (born in central Texas) I'm so amazed that y'all had it much worse than we did in the north Texas. I'm so sorry y'all had no power for so long and lost all your food and had to endure the cold under blankets with your health issues. I have never in my lifetime seen a winter storm like this anywhere in Texas, especially it making it that far south.

    I had no idea that our electrical grid was so unprepared for such a tragedy. I'm ashamed of our so-called officials for allowing this to happen. So many people suffered and some even lost their lives from their stupidity (or greed). This was unacceptable and unbelievable.

    Blessing to all, emoticon Bobbie


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    Comment edited on: 2/25/2021 3:04:43 PM
  • ANGIEN9
    Hope your power is on and you are warm. emoticon
    157 days ago
  • MNNSAIDE
    Fran - I'm a ditto copy of your post being that I live a few blocks away. My power was also out for four days up to late last night (Thursday).

    My worst worry was my pets, specially my parrots. They took all but one of my blankets!

    So much to write about but for now I will just lift up those in our state of Texas that are still suffering.

    Your neighbor
    158 days ago
  • ALEXSGIRL1
    trying to stay warm is exhausting, when we lost power or the week in october one year my son took all the meats that would perish cut them up small added all the veggies that would spoil and put it in a huge old stock pot and put it out side on the fire pit. , he added oodle of noodles etc. it even had kielbasa in it best soup ever. He took an oven grate to put over the fire pit and then the pan man was that good and warming and we boiled water that way too, hope the worse is over for your state been praying for you guys Hugs
    158 days ago
  • BKRMKRLGHT
    I am so sorry for you and all the others going thru this. Hope your power stays on and things will get better there QUICK! Stay bundled, stay warm and stay well. emoticon
    158 days ago
  • LINDA!
    I am happy to hear that you have some power now. I hope it stays on.
    158 days ago
  • KENDRACARROLL
    Fran, I am so glad to hear that you guys are okay!
    This is a lot of hardship over the past 4 days. I can only imagine the mental toll this is taking.
    No wonder you're exhausted.
    Hope things will return to normal for you soon, and temperatures will rise.
    Sending prayers. Stay safe.
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    158 days ago
  • MARLINDA5
    Hi Fran was worried about you and your husband. So glad to hear from you
    Hoping your pier stays on
    Hugs
    158 days ago
  • RUTHIEBEAR
    emoticon After several times of being without power for two weeks, we installed a whole house generator. We have well and speptic so when no power no water. ALso could not use on=my BiPap machine. I hope your power returns quickly. emoticon
    158 days ago
  • YELLOW09RED
    Oh Fran, 4 days. I'm so sad for you and your husband. I've been worrying about how you were doing. God bless you both. I'm sorry about all of your food. Special HUGS for you both.

    God bless us here in Texas.

    Our daughter's power has been off the 4 days also. Blessings
    Our power was off 28 hours. Our water was turned off Wednesday afternoon and they hope to have it back tonight. We will have to Boil it for all usage.
    We haven't had mail or trash pickup. All of our refrig food needs to be thrown out also. It's waiting in there until the Monday trash. We hope. We just shopped on Sunday the 14. The power went out Monday 5:45 am. It was back on Tuesday at 10:15. We are so grateful for heat. Now we need the water for all other things we do during the day. I am exhausted with you. I'm sorry. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

    158 days ago
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    I was wondering about you. So sorry all that happened! We've been hearing all the terrible stories because of the power outages in TX. Not just people in their homes, but Farmers, livestock, crops- it's awful. It reminds me of times during hurricanes. Was there any hotels you could have went to that had power? We evacuate, because even our sewers in our community wouldn't be able to handle it after a day. Would back up into the homes! I couldn't stand no power for more than a day! We've experienced 19 hours lost power in Ohio due to an ice storm. Also, furnace went out once and it got so cold in the house just waiting for repair man.
    You're stronger than me! 🥶
    158 days ago
  • LORI-K
    Fran, I’ve been thinking about you. I am so sorry you and all of Texas is dealing with so much suffering and turmoil with this winter storm and electricity fiasco. I’ve been praying for you all. I’m so sorry about your food being ruined and the water shortage.
    Please take extra care. I wish there was some way I could help.
    Hugs. emoticon emoticon
    159 days ago
  • RALPHDB
    Very sorry, I sure hope Texas updates it's ERCOT standards to the level of the rest of the US. Terrible.
    159 days ago
  • PRAIRIECROCUS
    I am praying for everyone in Texas, too !
    I hope that the heat and lights will soon be restored !
    Take good care, and stay warm !
    159 days ago
  • TERRY631
    That all sounds so difficult and really frustrating. Thinking about you and hoping for an end to the bad weather and power problems! Hoping you and your husband stay safe and warm. emoticon
    159 days ago
  • CACHANILLA64
    Praying for y'all in Texas!
    159 days ago
  • JERICHO1991
    I am hoping the power stayed on for you also.
    159 days ago
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