The Great Winter Storm

We Portalesanos love the saying, “If you don’t like the weather now, stick around a few hours… it will change.”  Sunday night we had an area-wide Gospel Singing at our church.  It was a sunny day, no coats needed, and since our building was packed with people that night, we ran the air-conditioners.  Last night, services were cancelled due to the winter storm of the century.  I sit here Thursday morning with snow covering the ground after a week of record low temperatures, wind chill temperatures of twenty below zero, frozen water, and power outages.  My heaters are turned off, I’m typing on my battery-powered laptop, layered up in wool socks, a turtle neck, and my favorite Field Day hoodie.  I’m sticking around… although it’s 1 degree right now, tomorrow we’re supposed to be in the high 40s .  We’ll all go back to “normal”.

I want to thank all the people who have had to work in this frightful weather to try to keep electricity coming to our homes.  As it continues to pop on and off all morning, I know the load is great, and people are just trying to stay warm and have something hot for breakfast.  I have to bring up our pioneering ancestors again.  I don’t think they would laugh at us if we cried and carried on about having to go without for a little while.  Maybe I’m wrong.  But I think they’d probably find us to be quite the spoiled crew, and might ask us to “get over” ourselves.

It’s different… I know.  We don’t have piles of firewood chopped and at the ready.  If our electric ovens won’t turn on, we don’t have a special wood burning stove waiting in the corner.  But this is all so temporary.  Wool socks and sweatshirts and quilts will see us through.  Hang in there.  Warm sunshine is on the way.


6 Responses to “The Great Winter Storm”

  1. bette says:

    I am very thankful that I do not have to, nor never have had to, go out and gather cow chips to heat my home. I am thankful that I do not have to break the ice so that the horses can have water. I am thankful that I have a dryer and do not have to gather the frozen clothes from the clothes line as I did as a child or have wet clothes drapped all over the house. I am certainly glad I have an indoor bathroom. And yes, I am so thankful that tomorrow will be 40 degrees!

  2. KIm Mann says:

    Can you imagine living in those day, when they would have very little warning that the storms were coming?! Now we find out several days in advance, and are still unprepared.

  3. Mary Anne says:

    I remember Grannie Borden telling of taking your granddad in a covered wagon to Oklahoma and letting the “pee” diapers freeze dry so she could use them again. We don’t even use cloth diapers anymore. We are spoiled.

  4. Linda Davis says:

    Oh I can’t even imagine running out back to the outhouse during the night in this kind of weather. SOOOOO thankful for indoor plumbing and hot showers!

  5. Marcea Clive says:

    Oh, I think they are laughing at us, alright. In a good way, though. After all, it isn’t killing us, we are just complaining. I will admit that I am ready for warmer weather.

  6. Sandy says:

    I’m so excited for warmer weather. This afternoon’s sunshine sure was a treat!
    Can you just imagine trying to complain to our ancestors. “I had to use my laptop because my desktop doesn’t have battery back-up!” “The cold water was frozen in my upstairs kitchen sink… but not my downstairs kitchen sink.” Proud of my ancestors, and admitting I’m a very spoiled girl!!!

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