I’m kind of fond of the first two. The last one, not that much. That one is the reason my blog is going up so late today! We “only” lost power three times and never for more than an hour at a time. Good thing, because we’re very, very cold for this part of the world. Austin, TX, is south of baking hot Arizona and southern California, also New Mexico. We’re south of most of this country. All except Louisiana and Florida. Latitude about 30.27. My point being that it’s usually pretty dang hot here. Since moving here more than five years ago, I’ve observed two season: Summer and Not-Summer. This isn’t a place where you can wear wool. Until today!
I hear Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring. Maybe for Pennsylvania! I’m very happy for them.
In 2010 it was determined that Phil has no relevance for Texas, so Armadillo Bob emerged
from his burrow for the first time in 2010. Here are some photos of the big event:
I haven’t heard what he predicted but I can’t imagine it will be an early spring around here.
All day long Texas has experience rolling blackouts. This is where the power goes off without warning, stays off from thirty to forty minutes, officially. Unofficially, some people are losing power for hours at a time. Our Lt. Governor says that the water pipes froze at one (or maybe two?) power stations, on the coldest day in--well maybe recorded history. It didn’t get above freezing today, and won’t tomorrow either. It’s beginning to look like the panhandle around here with patches of frozen water here and there from recent rains.
The TV reporters promised we’d have no more blackouts tonight, but also said we’d have more tomorrow. Brrrrr!
Now, this gal has weathered a few years in Great Falls, Montana, so I do know what real cold is. But I also know it’s better in a house that’s built for it! I still have my wool scarf and down vest, and an awesome wool hat I bought in Iceland. I’m using them.
Photo from Rafi B at wikimedia commons