Well, that was an interesting few days. I really hope people weren’t too upset or concerned with my hiatus from everything. But I shall explain.
The “monster winter storm” that was pummeling most of the US barely scratched us here in Taos, which is in Northern New Mexico. We’ve hardly had any snow at all, and the one snow we had lasted three days. Even this “monster” storm only dumped a few inches on us. So, that was Thursday.
Apparently, Taos and much of the surrounding area, even up to Colorado, depends on natural gas from Texas – and they got hit really hard with the storm. So Friday morning, we wake up and find our town is in a “state of crisis”, calling on emergency shelters to be set up for all the people without any gas to heat their homes. The natural gas we were getting from Texas wasn’t coming in at all.
All the restaurants couldn’t serve, businesses were closed, and some people who were lucky enough to still have propane tanks instead of a natural gas line (us and some people farther out away from town) hunkered down at home with nothing else to do. Electricity here is flighty at times, and with so many people suddenly depending on electric heaters during the –22 degree at night, everyone needed to pitch in with conserving electricity.
The last thing anyone wanted was to have –22 degree weather permeating the wall with the electricity going out because some schmuck needed to have their computer on and use up all kinds of power – well, that’s how I felt about it. Everyone was asked to do it, and so I did too. Minimal power usage over the weekend, but I had a great time playing with my sister who just came in town!
Hoping another storm doesn’t come around like this last one. Things like this are prone to happen, though, out in the country where I live.
Anyway, thanks for your patience, friends. We’ll see how the rest of this winter plays out, ne?