Sunday, January 10, 2010

Cold Weather in Texas

The cold weather hit Texas early Thursday morning with 30 mile an hour winds, teen digits and a thin layer of ice. I envy those of you who got snow. Ice is scary to drive on. I went on in to work and saw three accidents where cars obviously going to fast, hit ice and landed on the medium with there front ends smashed into poles.

Friday morning we woke up to find our master bath sink pipes frozen. They are on a wall that faces north and it was 6 degrees outside. We knew we should let the faucets drip the night before and just didn't do it. We turned on the bathtub faucet and it worked so we just let it keep dripping. We put space heaters under the sinks trying to get them to thaw and were praying the pipes had not burst.

Saturday morning the cold water pipe to my kitchen island sink was frozen. Fortunately the sun came out and temps got above freezing. All pipes thawed and we thought we had made it without any breakage.

As I was leaving for the store I went to inspect the north wall. There was ice in all the bottom crevices and water marks all along the foundation. Panic city hit. Tom turned the water off to the house and called for help. He was absolutely beside himself with visions of brick being torn out to find the broken pipe(s). We were lucky enough to get a plumber out because Dallas is inundated with broken pipes everywhere.

The really good news is no pipes were broken. The faucet fixture to the bathtub was leaking and had been that way since we moved in. We have only used the bathtub once on the first day we moved in. Rosie had lost it from both ends in her pet carrier (thought she was going to the vet) and I had to give her a bath. Lovely way to use your tub for the first time. The tub faucet had been on since the day before, so it had been leaking underneath all this time.

Now it looks like this.

He had to pull the panel from the front and it broke. He was able to cap off the water so we could have water to the house until they can fix it on Monday.

We are supposed to get back into the teens tonight but the rest of the week we warm back up into the 50's. Until then it's snuggy time.

Stay Warm!


  1. Oh Goodness!! I guess it could have been worse but hopefully you will get it all fixed this coming week!
    Nothing like tearing up a brand new bathroom!

    Love the snuggies!! We need some this week!!

  2. Yikes! At least it wasn't worse and you got the plumber to come out!
    We've been hibernating here too. Would be better if there was snow!

  3. Hi. I like your blog. I found it because I follow Kelly Stamps' blog. I was hoping you could help me with a burning question I have about Kelly. As you know, does a lot of blogging about her friends, parties she attends, etc. Looking through more than 12 months of Kelly's blog and hundreds of photos I can't find a single, solitary photo of a black (African American) person. Do you know why this is? Why wouldn't an educated, upper-middle class family living in the Southern US have a single black friend? Do Kelly and Scott have a problem with black people? Don't you think it would be good for their baby Harper to have friends of all races and backgrounds? Does your family have a problem with black people? Do you have black friends and neighbours or do y'all live in gated, white-only communities? This is very disturbing. You sound like a compassionate person given your long-term career in healthcare. I'd appreciate a response about the abject absence of black persons in Kelly's and your family's lives. Thank you.

  4. Wow! I'm a little shocked at the last comment. Kathy is one of nicest people I've ever met and I know for a fact that she has many friends from all walks of life, and I am one of them. We are all the same in God's eyes....