Well, the power is out in alot of places, and my podcast host site is down for the count., so instead sharing my 100th podcast tonight, I thought I would share this Blog Post.There is no need for me to post a picture, because it would just be all white. The snow has been blowing for a few days, and the forecast calls for more. Thankfully, this time we have power, but I hear many, millions are without power down in Texas.
Praying for the country that is going through this ice age event! When we lost power in the last storm, I searched thorugh the cupborads for anything I could use to make a heater to heat some water. So I grabbed my clay pot with white stones and placed a candle inside of it with a metal basket turned upside down over the top of the candle. Then I placed the clay pot saucer on top of that. Filled the tea kettle with water, and soon had hot water. I was able to use a pot on top of the saucer as well to heat up some soup.
The winter cabinet of supplies came in handy. Candles to light the room up, those little hand heater things, can't remember the name right now. But they are the little squares that you cut out of the plastic and shake to cause a chemical reaction. I put one of those in each of my pockets, and under my beanie cap. It's time to pull all the wool clothing out, and dress in layers.
I also pulled out the old camping coffee percolator. However, being a coffee snob, I only had coffee beans on hand. So I took a hammer to them and then made coffee. One does become resourceful when lack of caffiene is at stake. If you are blessed enough to have a gas stove in the kitchen, it's time to bake some bread. The smell of freshly baking bread in the house can calm nerves, and feed the family.
Living in the North of Idaho, we are prepared for times like this. It may not be the usual fare, but we survive. Reading the Bible by candle light, under plenty of covers makes for a cozy time with the family. Praying for those that go out into the fierce weather to fix the power lines is a wonderful thing to do as well while you are waiting in the dark. A cigarette lighter, plug in adapter for the car can charge your phones with just a bit of gasoline. It's time to keep the children inside and not open the door to often to keep the heat inside the house.
While the power is out in the house, we tend to use the garage as our refrigerator, or freezer, depending on how cold it is out there. A wind up radio and wind up flashlight are fun things to have around until moments like these and then, they are both crucial. It's nice to be able to hear the traffic and weather reports while hunkering down. The passes are extrememly icy and the worst part of winter is definitely ice.
If you are one of those, blessed enough to own a generator, then God bless you and your family. May you share with your neighbors as we do up here in these parts. God bless you all out there. Asking God to keep you warm. Let me know what you are doing to keep warm.