I dida postsometime back about my favorite place to sit and write in my house. The photos here were taken in that room. The photo above is a recent picture of one of the Coleus starts that I took from my plants in the yard just before the weather got too cold for them.
I’ve mentioned before that this room is a favorite of mine because of the beautiful light that it gets. Apparently, my plants agree with me!
You would think that it’s Spring instead of the middle of winter, in January, from the way my plants are acting.
These starts are in water right now, but will be planted into pots with soil and transferred back out to my yard in the spring.
When my plants are happy, it makes me very happy. What a gift these beauties have given me!
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
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
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.
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