Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Fire & Ice Hodgepodge

It is a very cold Tuesday here in Plano, Texas with a temperature of 1 this morning which felt like a -15.  We are expecting another round this evening and after that below freezing temps for the rest of the week.  So there will not be much thawing taking place.

If we hadn't survived the Polar Vortex in Northern Indiana a couple years ago, I would think this is really cold.  But, it's hard to compare this with a -23 temperature and a -50 degree wind chill factor off Lake Michigan.

It is very serious here though because our power grid was not made for winters like this but for excessively hot summers.  Wind and solar just don't work when it's this cold and as a result, there are millions of homes without electricity, water and/or gas.  We are among the fortunate ones at this point - we only have frozen cold water pipes in our master bath.  We are praying that God will melt the ice in His time without them bursting.

Our house and my footprints.

Now to today's Hodgepodge.  It is good to be back with Joyce for this week's questions.  Hop over to From This Side of the Pond to see how she and others answered the following questions.  How would you answer them?

1. This week's Hodgepodge lands on Ash Wednesday which signals the beginning of Lent. Do you mark this season in some way? If so tell us more.

We don't observe Lent; however, we are grateful for what Easter means to us as Christians.

 Did you grow up 'celebrating' Lent? 

No we did not even though I grew up in South Louisiana where those who do were in the majority.

Is attending church part of your weekly routine? Are churches open for in-person worship where you live? 

Yes, we attend regularly on a weekly basis as well as a Wednesday afternoon Life Group.  Our church as been open for in-person worship for several months.

2. When is the last time you sat beside a 'real' fire? Do you have a fireplace in your home? Wood or gas logs? Favorite thing cooked over a fire?

I really cannot remember the last time I sat by a 'real' fire.  We had one in a former home, but that was almost 30 years ago. I do love a real fire but have never missed the cutting of logs and cleaning the mess of wood and ash.

We do have a fireplace with gas logs.  It has been ages since I ate anything cooked over a fire, so I'm going to go with the obvious - marshmallows.

3. Something that's currently got you fired up? 

Honestly, my goal right now is to be un-fired up about any thing. 

4. February also happens to be National Cabbage Day. Who knew? Do you like cabbage?


 Is cabbage on your menu Wednesday?

Not at this point.

Of the following cabbage dishes which is your favorite-coleslaw (mayo or vinegar?), sauerkraut, cabbage rolls, cabbage soup, kielbasa and cabbage, grilled cabbage, bubble and squeak, kimchi, or haluski? 

Coleslaw with a mayo mixture my husband makes.  Delicious!

5. Do you hang on to pennies? What do you do with them? Last thing you purchased for $1.00? Last thing you purchased for $5.00? 

I do not hang on the pennies.  There is usually a small collection in my purse's coin compartment in case I need them.  I can't remember buying anything for $1 lately but did buy some of the most delicious chocolates for $5 last week from the nicest young lady.

Michelle and Michelle

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

The weather in Northern Indiana, where we were until this past Sunday, was very icy and lots and lots of snow. While there, I was able to get out and enjoy it all.

These were taken from our son's pool house.  There will be more pictures later.

On Saturday afternoon, I needed to get outside so John and I decided to get a start on clearing the driveway before the next system came in that night.

About 5" of snow was on top of a 1-3" layer of ice.

I could sure use this shovel here right now.

Salt didn't begin to phase the thicker ice.

After a couple hours and constant snowing and the temperatures dropping, we got all we could.  Sure enough, there was a heavy layer of snow the next morning.

Our flight from South Bend to DFW Airport was scheduled for Monday morning.  As the Dallas weather began to unfold, we fortunately were able on Saturday night to move our tickets to early Sunday instead.  God blessed us with this change because the airport canceled all flights that afternoon.

She caught me with my mouth full of that delicious grilled cheese sandwich.

Last Friday, Michelle and I went to Elkhart, Indiana for a girl's outing.  I will do a post later this week about all of my road trips and outings.

Elizabeth "Libby" Day
Elizabeth "Libby" Day

Hello, My name is Libby. I enjoy reading good books, painting, blogging, spending time with friends and whatever my "Heart" leads me to do. Welcome to Beauty Without Within.


  1. You amaze me in your love for snow and all things COLD!!! I don't know that I would ever adjust to a snowy and cold climate. Guess if I didn't ever know anything else I would adjust. We have more winter mix coming this afternoon. I can hardly wait. NOT!!!!

  2. The weather is so backwards! Yesterday it was 48 degrees and sunny here on LI but we are in for snow tomorrow. I like the snow and the change of seasons. I feel badly for those without power and not used to the cold temps. I must be very hard.
    I enjoyed your beautiful pictures. Have a great week :)

  3. We live in Ohio and it looks like we had about the same amount of snow that you all had in Indiana. We've done some shoveling, even having to shovel out a place in the yard for the dog to be able to do her business. After the last couple of snows, the neighbor has brought his tractor over and scraped our drive. I am so thankful for a wonderful neighbor.

    Have a great day.

  4. Enjoyed reading your Hodgepodge. A friend of mine just traveled to Texas to help her daughter move into her new condo, just before the storm hit. Now they have been in a hotel because the power is out. She said it's been quite the adventure.

  5. When we lived in NJ and had regular ginormous snowfalls, our plow guy would often treat our driveway with a spray prior to the snow falling. Definitely made the ice less of a factor. You all stay warm and cozy. What a nightmare for a state not accustomed to this sort of weather.

  6. Shoveling snow is hard work. Thankfully that's one thing we don't have to worry about in the Tennessee Valley. Our biggest concerns in the winter is generally black ice. Although, it's been really cold and occasionally we've gotten a bit of snowy precipitation and some icy roads we're blessed that nothing major has come this way. Is this point where I need to knock on wood? Probably. :) Thanks for dropping in for a visit. Stay warm and be safe. It sure is cold y'alls way!

  7. Glad your power remained on. Your pictures are all wonderful. I'm assuming your church being open is with masks and distancing?? It's a shame that where we are in the terrible shutdown state that our cases are higher than those who have been open. Good choice, let's be un-fired up!!! Enjoy your weekend.

  8. Wow Libby, good for you for having the thought to change those tickets! Our church has been meeting in person, too. What a blessing that has been. What troopers to shovel that large driveway! How nice to be able to visit your son. Hope you have a good weekend and that those pipes thaw without bursting.

  9. Hi Libby:
    Thank you for visiting my blog.
    Right now I live in Missouri.
    When I lived in Shreveport I worked the night
    shift at the Shreveport Times and Journal.
    Have a good day.


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