I disappeared last week. Not of my own choosing, though. We had an ice storm, then snow on top of that. Twice. Yes, ice, snow, then a day or so later, more ice and more snow.
The first round was about a half an inch of ice, followed by about 4 inches of snow. Then about a quarter of an inch of ice, followed by an inch or two of snow. I did not go outside and measure, lol, I looked out the window. But my husband went out. The outside pictures below are ones that he took, except for one that I took hanging out the door. lol
We used a lot of humor to keep us entertained. lol We starting calling it the ice age while were were without electric. That’s what it felt like to us, surrounded by ice!
Ice Storm aka Ice Age 2021
Our electric went out on Monday night at 9:30. Tuesday morning, the electric company said that it would be an extended outage. I had my son, who has a Jeep, take my mother out to stay at a family members house that still had electric.
I am so thankful that I did! Our electric didn’t come back on until Saturday night at 5. Almost 5 full days without electric! That’s the longest we have ever gone. And the temperatures were colder this time. Down to 11 one night. Our pastor loaned us a heater that attached to the propane tank from our grill. We were thankful for that.
The heater kept the living area in the mid 50’s tolerable with wearing layers, and using lots of blankets and hats. My 84 year old mother wouldn’t have tolerated it, though. As the week went on, I was so glad I got her out!
Candles add extra heat, as well as giving us enough light to eat, and play games by. Putting the mirror under the candles magnified the light.
We were able to cook a little, and boil water for hot chocolate, on the heater. Canned ravioli, hash, leftover pizza lol. My husband took some of his frozen breakfast sandwiches, wrapped them in foil and heated them. He even made toast on it one day. Our son, with the Jeep, picked up pizza for us one night, as our road was still solid ice and we couldn’t get our cars out. It was a nice change from sandwiches and canned food!
At the time of this writing, a week after the storm, there are still almost 600 households without electric. This was a very severe storm in Kentucky. Workers came from several different states to help with the clean up and power restoration. As if losing power isn’t bad enough, a good portion of our county lost water too, as pumping stations lost electric. It was very bad in our part of the state. We are not alone, though, I know that others around the country suffered greatly from ice storms as well.
I have already ordered an indoor safe propane heater and a portable butane burner so we are better prepared if this happens again. We had plenty of food, and flashlights, but were not as prepared for a heat source as we thought we were. That won’t happen again! Oh, and cooking outside on the grill in cold weather is fine. When you choose to, And when you can go inside and get warm. Cooking outside in the cold, then going in to a cold house, is not fun! Hence buying a portable burner!
We were so thankful when our electric came back on.
My thoughts and prayers are with those still suffering from ice storm damage.