The Domino Effect of the Texas Winter Storm


I'm sure that by now most of you have heard about the crisis that 
Texas has gone through recently. I have been incredibly blessed 
during this terrible time. My power was only out for a few hours 
and I was without internet for a couple of days. But overall, I 
have been safe and warm. I have plenty of clean drinking water. 
This has not been the case for millions of people within the state.

First, we were hit with snow and temperatures unlike anything we
are normally used to. The state got between 2 and 11 inches of 
snow. With snow on the ground, temperatures plunged to well below 
freezing. This terrible cold then started a domino effect of 
disastrous events. 

The Texas power grid, unprepared for the extreme temperatures, 
had 40% of their operation go down. This caused power outages 
statewide. No power meant no heat. No heat, meant freezing pipes. 
For those heating with natural gas, some of the gas lines froze 
making this no longer an option for heat.    

Without heat and water, for days in many cases, people started 
seeking shelter elsewhere to stay warm. With no power for an 
extended period of time, the water treatment plants froze up. 
Clean drinking water became unavailable in many areas. People 
were told to boil their water before consuming it. For those 
trying to tough it out in their homes without power, this was 
impossible to do. If their pipes were not already frozen,then 
they had no electricity to boil water if they had any.  

The water situation became more and more dire. With water 
treatment plants trying to maintain the flow, service was 
interrupted at irregular intervals. This disruption caused low 
water pressure in places that did have water. Places like nursing 
homes, didn't have enough water pressure to function. 

People went to extreme lengths to try to stay warm. Using these 
unsafe methods caused deaths and house fires. In one instance, 
due to the extreme low temperatures the indoor sprinkler system 
didn't work and the house burned down. In many cases, the water 
pressure was too low for the firemen to use existing fire hydrants. 
They had to have the water trucked in to fight the blaze.


Once the temperatures finally started to rise, the anticipated 
blessing of pipes thawing out, turned into yet another tragedy. 
Pipes burst, flooding peoples homes. 


And the hits just keep on coming.

The COVID vaccine centers were shut down, bringing the planned 
vaccinations to a halt.  

The freezing, thawing and refreezing of the roads made driving 
too dangerous to drive. The supply trucks for grocery stores 
and gas stations couldn't make deliveries. People that ventured
out to find supplies were met with empty store shelves and closed
gas stations. 

The storm hit Texas on February 13th. The last I knew, there 
are still more than 100,000 people without power and 46 deaths.
Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced from their 
homes. Many people are still without water.  

If you would like to help the needy in Texas, please give to 
The Salvation Army or the Texas food banks and contribute 
to them. The homeless and low income people have suffered the most. 
Please keep these people in your prayers. 

Again, I have been incredibly blessed. I have had no real 
hardships. The above is just a summary of the events here. 
There are countless tragic stories from individuals here.

Count your blessings, my friends. 

Copyright (C) 2021 Penny Wilson             

     


 

Cold… #Poetry — anita dawes and jaye marie


REBLOG:  Please don’t miss Anita’s beautiful poem. ❤

Cold Frost white morning I slip my head beneath my duvet No way are my feet moving From this warm cover Today I stay hidden from the world To dream of things to come A future made of stardust With bright green jewels A land where you leave a wish Knowing it will come […]

via Cold… #Poetry — anita dawes and jaye marie

Winter photo poetry — Minnesota Prairie Roots


Please enjoy this beautiful take on a winter’s day from one of my favorite bloggers and an amazingly talented photographer.  ❤

A WINTER LANDSCAPE IN RURAL Minnesota can, at first glance, seem visually unappealing. White upon white upon white. But then a moment happens. A curtain opens in the mind to reveal a scene that holds spectacular beauty. Stubble pokes through snowy fields. A farm site stands isolated, yet strong, in all that winter vastness. […]

via Winter photo poetry — Minnesota Prairie Roots

Winter’s Child – #OctPoWriMo


An older piece, but it seemed appropriate for today.  Enjoy.  ❤

Penny Wilson Writes

*I know that I am Much too early for a poem about winter.  But the words “Winter’s Child” came to me and would not let me go.  So I had to do something with them.  I hope you enjoy.  🙂

Your eyes are icy blue;

your hair, winter white.

The sun no longer warms us,

Try as it might.

Your skin is as cold

as the lonely moon.

The stars look on with envy

as they spin their frigid tune.

The northern winds chill us

as you whisper December’s name.

A blanket of snow, your gift.

A frozen landscape, your aim.

No harm is meant to us

as the ice crystals softly drift.

For the Winter Child’s heart is tender.

The snow, a winter gift.

Copyright © 2018 Penny Wilson

  This is part of a 31 day challenge.  October is Poetry Writing Month.  I’m gonna try for the 31 poems…

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Warm and Cold


The heat from your touch
and  

Your passion
still

Light my nights

Morning’s glow
brings
the truth

My soul
chilled

I know better
than to think
you’re mine


© 2018 Penny Wilson
*This was prompted by the incredible photo above. 
If you would like to get in on the fun, 
please visit Jansen Photo’s blog HERE

Longing For Spring




She arches

Slowly exposing
delicate casing 

Sun warms
frigid bark

Tendrils stretch
seeking fevered
sky

Winter’s chill
shunned

Longing for Spring

Copyright © 2018 {Penny Wilson) 

* This was inspiried Frank Jansen's stunning
Photo Prompt. While it does not fit the guidelines, I couldn't 
help but write about what I was seeing. 
If you would like to get in on the fun, 
you can find out all about it HERE.  

 

Winter’s Child – #OctPoWriMo


*I know that I am Much too early for a poem about winter.  But the words “Winter’s Child” came to me and would not let me go.  So I had to do something with them.  I hope you enjoy.  🙂

Your eyes are icy blue;

your hair, winter white.

The sun no longer warms us,

Try as it might.

Your skin is as cold

as the lonely moon.

The stars look on with envy

as they spin their frigid tune.

The northern winds chill us

as you whisper December’s name.

A blanket of snow, your gift.

A frozen landscape, your aim.

No harm is meant to us

as the ice crystals softly drift.

For the Winter Child’s heart is tender.

The snow, a winter gift.

 

Copyright © 2018 Penny Wilson

  This is part of a 31 day challenge.  October is Poetry Writing Month.  I’m gonna try for the 31 poems in 31 days.  We will see.  You can find out all about the challenge HERE.  Have fun! 🙂