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The Ice-pocalypse is here!
Thursday, February 3rd, 2022

This picture says it all. It’s what our cars outside look like. The same can be said for our driveway, our roof—the trees look amazingly beautiful, but we’re starting to hear those cracks and crashes as limbs weighted down with ice begin to break!

I live in South-ish Central Arkansas. For days, forecasters have been warning us about a cold front that would dump ice-sleet-snow on our region and that there would be power outages across the state. Already 14,000 are without power in this region.

Well, the rains started last night. Early this a.m., the temps were at 32 degrees, and that’s the high for the day. Already, we’re below freezing, and it’s supposed to wind up in the teens before the end of the day. Some of y’all who live up north think that’s not a big deal. But here, where we’re not winter-hardened, it’s an ice-pocalypse! My daughter and I drew up a plan early yesterday to get ready, which included:

  1. Buy propane for the outside grill
  2. Buy food which doesn’t need refrigeration (Of course, that included lots of snacks!)
  3. Buy paper plates and cups (Who wants dirty dishes to pile up on the counter?!)
  4. Buy straw for the goat’s hut
  5. Buy extra horse and goat feed
  6. Board up the window in the barn so the horse will stay warm in the lean-to
  7. Pre-position the generator and purchase gas to run it (that will power only our refrigerator and our cellphone chargers!)
  8. Run pool so the pipes and the pool water don’t freeze
  9. Gather all flashlights and lanterns and make sure they don’t need batteries.

Check, check, check, the effing-check… We’re ready.

My dd and I were up early this morning because power was still on, so the priority was COFFEE.

The power flickered off around an hour ago. We saw power company trucks drive by, half an hour later, the power is back on. We made more coffee.

We expect power to go off and stay off sometime today because conditions are expected to worsen.

So, I’m typing this as fast as I can—while I still can!

Y’all stay safe! Stay warm. Know what you have to do in case of an emergency! We’ll be roasting weanies over the firepit or the gas grill. We’re all good. Love you! ~DD

8 comments to “The Ice-pocalypse is here!”

  1. Eniko
    · February 3rd, 2022 at 9:55 am · Link

    Stay safe! Stay warm! Being prepared is always good.

  2. Elizabeth Andrews
    · February 3rd, 2022 at 10:29 am · Link

    Hopefully your power stays on!

  3. Cara
    · February 3rd, 2022 at 10:34 am · Link

    If I’m ever in the apocalypse, I want you in my stronghold! The only prep I did was to download a bunch of books on my kindle and charge everything up.
    We still have power here, keeping my fingers crossed it remains that way.
    Y’all stay safe!

  4. Anna Taylor Sweringen
    · February 3rd, 2022 at 10:43 am · Link

    Not that bad here in New Mexico but we did wake up to four inches and nine degrees. Counting on the Southwest sun to shine as usual and melt most of it away by 1:00.

  5. Beverly Blank
    · February 3rd, 2022 at 10:54 am · Link

    Something similar is heading our way…that’s the Northeast…later today and thru the night. I’ll make sure everything is charged, fresh batteries are available & I usually fill a couple big pots with water in case the power goes out, I can heat it on our stove (we have gas) to wash up a bit. I’ve always got paper & plastic plated & silverware. And the gas tank is full so we can use the gas heater if the furnace isn’t working.

  6. Colleen C.
    · February 3rd, 2022 at 12:52 pm · Link

    Stay warm and safe!

  7. Bridget
    · February 3rd, 2022 at 3:49 pm · Link

    Stay safe and warm!

  8. Delilah
    · February 8th, 2022 at 9:56 am · Link

    Thanks for all the good wishes, folks! We stayed warm and only lost power for a short while. Hope you all stayed warm and safe as well!

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