Weekly Happenings: Okay, so I know that it isn’t officially spring, but it’s practically here in San Antonio. The freezing temps seem to be behind us (Hallelujah to that) and there is a warmth in the breeze. This past week, we didn’t really do anything out of the ordinary. We’re looking forward to this next week which will be Joseph’s spring break (yay for getting to sleep in a bit)!
The Weekly Weather: As I’ve mentioned already, the freezing temps have left and we’re in the wonderful in-between time that is spring in San Antonio. It isn’t cold, but it isn’t melt-your-skin hot, either. Every once in a while, a cold front will move through, but that just means it’ll be in the low 60s instead of the upper 70s-low 80s.
What Paul’s Been Up To: He was rather busy this weekend. He built himself a new workbench, planted some new plants for the side yard (more about that in a bit), and spread composted manure in the yards to help them wake up (they were already mostly dormant, but the snow made them go completely dormant).
What Sarah’s Been Up To: Pretty much the normal stuff: taxi-driving, piano teaching, feeding our brood, etc.
What Joseph’s Been Up To: He had a good week of school and liked that they got to have pajama day this past week.
What Abigail’s Been Up To: She has been getting better at playing on her own, using her own imagination (instead of wanting me to play with her all of the time). It’s fun to see what she comes up with. It also provides me a glimpse into what things she might be worried about, scared of, etc. (since she’ll often act out those scenarios with her animals and felt dolls).
This past week, we pretty much recovered from our spontaneous trip to California, put our house back together (we had left it in a rather disorganized state when we left because we were trying to beat roads icing over and another storm headed our way), and got back into our routine. The weather has been warmer (it is almost March, after all), for which we are all grateful. I’ve had a taste of what a real winter is like and I don’t care for it much, haha. Bring on spring with its warmer temps, wildflowers, sunshine, and warm breezes!
Not long after I posted all my snow pictures, the power went out. And stayed out. It went out a little after 1:00 in the afternoon and stayed out overnight and well into the next day. We managed to get dinner cooked on the propane camping stove we have and got some light from a propane lantern we have (we were sure to have proper ventilation for the short time we used both of those things, so don’t worry). We also got some light from some solar lights that had been outside that Paul brought in. After we got dinner stuff taken care of (using bleach to sanitize the dishes we used since we had no hot water), we got ready for bed. We put both kids in Abigail’s room so that their body heat could keep each other warm. The next morning, we went to a friend’s house to warm up, charge our devices, and make a big decision. We were facing no knowledge of when the power was going to come back on, potentially no water (the water towers couldn’t refill because of the power outage), a boil water notice for the water we did have, and another storm (that we came to find out dropped four more inches of snow). I called my mom, asked if we could come (she, of course, said yes without hesitation), and we packed up and headed to California. We drove straight through, which was tiring, but necessary in order to beat the storm. We found out our power came on about 12 hours after we left, but we still felt we made the right decision because even with the power restored, we were still facing all the other things (including a gas shortage and a shortage of finding food) I already mentioned. We stayed for a few days until the situation at home improved and then we drove home Saturday and Sunday. Whew!
One funny story from the trip. I was in the bathroom with Abigail at a gas station and she happened to see my reflection in a mirror that was across the bathroom. She said, “Mom! There’s a momma over there that has the EXACT. SAME. BACKPACK. AS. YOU!!!” I said, “Oh? What else do you see?” She looked again, saw herself, and said, “Oh, wait. That’s me. Never mind!!” 😀
After we got home, we were grateful to find that the boil water notice was lifted, none of our pipes froze (we had left a faucet dripping), and everything looked good. We are so grateful to friends who let us come to their house and for other friends who went to check on our house while we were gone. Also, we are more than grateful to my sweet momma for taking us literally at a moment’s notice. We are truly blessed!