Yesterday started off as a rainy Sunday with temperatures in the 40's. As the night went on the temperature dropped and the rain turned to snow. Although we didn't get much snow it fell on top of ice making for hazardous driving conditions. In addition to the ice and snow we are experiencing record low temperatures. As I write this the actual temperature outside is -4 with a wind chill of -26. Growing up in Minnesota I know these aren't extreme temperatures but for us here in Southern Indiana they are! We aren't used to weather like this and we aren't prepared for it.
On top of the cold weather our water heater went out yesterday. It was the bottom heating element and luckily when we moved in here a little over a year ago they had left a heating element here. Talk about God having a plan! My husband was able to get the water heater back up and running within just a few hours but not before dumping a few gallons of water on our kitchen floor first!
We had thought the worst was over and went to bed last night. About 3:30 AM my husband woke up to take his medicine, and the house was hot from the furnace running at that time so he turned the furnace down. My youngest daughter woke up and wanted a drink so by the tie we all were settled back in bed around 4 AM my worst fear happened - our electricity went out! Luckily I was awake and wasted no time in calling the electric company to report it. I was the first to report it and of course I couldn't go back to sleep at this point. I made a post on Facebook about the electric being out and a friend quickly responded that the electric company had told her the electric should be back on by 7 AM!
We have no secondary source of heat in our house right now and were regretting the decision to turn the heat down RIGHT BEFORE the electricity went out. I guess you could say hindsight is 20/20. We moved my son into the girl's bedroom and put him in bed with our daughter because we knew he would be terrified if he woke up alone in the dark. We had everyone put sweatshirts on and piled on the quilts. As long as you stayed under the covers you were warm and luckily they did get the electricity back on shortly before 7 AM. The electric company did a follow up call to my report and the recorded message said a car had hit a pole knocking the electricity out. I am sooo grateful that the electric company worked to get the electric back on so quickly!
This is the only picture I have of today's snowy weather and it's the only one I am going to get. It is beautiful out behind the house with snow across my gardens, across the picket fence surrounding our chicken yard, and through the back field but the windows are too icy to get a good picture through and I AM NOT going outside just to take a picture. We have to go outside to check on our animals here in a little bit but I probably won't take a picture then because it is going to be more like "let's get this done".
Hoping those of you experiencing this extreme cold weather are keeping warm!