600,000 without power in Oklahoma

I got my answer to the question, “Why do people go for milk and bread” when a winter storm is predicted. You never know.

How could we have known power would be out for 600,000 in Oklahoma? Turns out it was smart to buy milk and bread, because with trees down and power out, few stores could even open after the storm. Even mighty Wal-Mart has been crippled, though a friend was checking out when power went out, and the back up system kicked in for the cash registers and they never missed a “beep.”

How do you function while homebound without electricity in freezing weather? Some go to shelters, others to hotels. We decided to stay home and shared food and time with several neighbors. Some neighbors got generators. We have a gas fireplace and kept that going and cooked on the gas grill outside. Anna and two of her friends even made “no-bake” cookies on the grill burner.

Today, as most everything finished thawing, we cooked as we needed to for certain foods. We emptied lots of freezer bags into a pot and made some great chili that included cut up extra hamburgers from the day before. We kept some food outside where it was colder than the fridge or freezer.

Over the last three days, we’ve enjoyed fun times with neighbors, friends, family, playing games and eating together. Thanks to the Kings, Clarks, Smiths, Davises, Hodges for the fun times and helping and feeding each other.

We fed a few mouths here but ate breakfast at the Smiths, dinner at Kings one night, Davises the next and tonight Wade and Heather Hodges brought over meat that was thawing in their freezer, and Wade grilled four kinds of surf and turf. Good stuff.

Power returned for us this afternoon, but for still tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands across the state, power has still not been restored.

One of the funniest things about these storms is that when people are homebound, power and school are out, they go a little crazy, become disoriented. Their children make them nuts, and so what do they do? They put the kids to bed, go into the bedroom by candle light, shut the door, and start making more kids. Go figure.

They say most of the hospitals are online now and doing fine, but they’d better start thinking about hiring more maternity staff in August 2008.

Milk and bread and freezing rain

Why does everyone go for milk and bread when a winter storm is rolling in?

How often do you hear thunder in December with a freezing rain? We just heard several peals of thunder, and the rain is almost certain to turn the streets to ice rinks tomorrow.

Memorial Church of Christ canceled their worship this morning and brought Garnett Church of Christ their already purchased donuts. See, good things can happen when you slide into church.

The children are giddy, hoping school will be called off tomorrow. Jill is concerned because her Tulsa Community College students are supposed to take a math final tomorrow. Will they study tonight with the specter of no class tomorrow?

These times when I stay home with the kids, thinking I might get some writing done, I instead get pulled outside with the kids to play hockey or sled, and I nearly kill myself falling. Last year I fell several times and it hurts more after 40 than before.

But falling is a small price for the memories children have of snow days.

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Greg Taylor
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