You folks who live in the north, don’t laugh at me but it’s cold in Texas today! Yesterday when I was outside in the early afternoon, it was 83º. Now, it’s 29º and feels like 14º, and worse, it’s drizzling/sleeting.
Everything above the ground already has a thin coating of ice. On the north side of the house, on the front porch, the wind has blown the rain and the patio furniture is covered in a thin sheet of ice.
It’s only going to get worse for the next few days. I’m afraid to look at our electric lines from the highway to the house to see how many branches may be hanging over them. I had a grand plan for this morning to start making croissant rolls that take a couple of days and start making the tamales but instead, decided to bake an extra loaf of bread, get all the laundry done, fill some buckets of water for the bathrooms
Yesterday afternoon when I looked at our forecast, our low last night was supposed to be 43º so I left the lemon trees out. About 9 p.m., I was reading a friend’s Facebook posts and saw that it was already around 20º in Amarillo so I re-checked our forecast and our low for last night was down to 36º. I jumped up, grabbed a flashlight and went and put the lemon trees in the well house. I was glad I did because by the time I got up this morning, the mint plants, in pots on the front porch, were completely iced over.
Our heater is working. Thank goodness for a creative repairman. I think it was last Thursday when we had him out here and he needed to order a part from Austin. Neither of us were going to be available on Monday for him to install it so he was scheduled to come back on Tuesday. On Friday, someone knocked on my door, scared the heck out of me, and it was the repairman. He said the part was back ordered and wouldn’t be in for 2 to 3 weeks so he got the wiring diagram (or something like that) and rigged up another motor to work so we had heat again. We haven’t had to use it but I turned it on this morning for a few minutes and it works so I’m happy. I had been over in the sewing room most of the morning so I didn’t build a fire but now that I’m back in my chair knitting, I should get up and get a fire going.