Well, I think we’ve survived. The snow has taken a short break, but the roads are still snow packed and slippery. Except for those unfortunate souls who have to work, only the hardy or foolish are venturing forth. But I’m hopeful that we’ve survived the worst of it.
It’s been brutally cold, with some wind chill temperatures considerably below zero. Even with our reliable floor furnace working its little heart out, it’s been hard to keep this nearly one hundred year old house warm. To keep the pipes from freezing, we’ve run heaters and kept the faucets dripping. Even so, pipes under the house froze, and the sinks could not drain. Water from dripping faucets accumulates at a surprising pace, so we have bailed gallons of water.
We’ve developed a few coping techniques, however. Here are my suggestions for surviving a blizzard.
Wear several layers of clothing and get under a blanket or two. It’s especially important to keep your feet warm.
Eat plenty of warm comfort food and hope that you don’t gain ten pounds from the excess of hot chocolate and banana bread and the absence of exercise.
Entertain yourself with a marathon of some kind. (We’re watching Mad Men. You may choose something more active.)
Keep at least one cat on your lap at all times.
We’ve done well coping with the weather, but we’re beginning to face a new problem. In Oklahoma, snow and ice usually melt away within a couple of days, so we’re not used to being snowbound this long. I’m finding it a bit challenging to live with Dr. Lobo 24/7. I think we’ve survived the blizzard, but if I don’t get out of this house soon, I’m not sure our marriage will survive.