Quick KY Update
Slowly, slowly, power is being restored to Western Kentucky. I’ll tell you, I don’t know that I’m more thankful than anything than for family and for utilities workers, volunteers, FEMA, and all those who are helping our area right now. We are deeply burdened tonight and tomorrow night by another very low temperature dip. People are filling ERs with carbon monoxide poisoning already with 20s lows at nights…now, it’s bitter cold. The wind chill has it at 7 degrees. Oh, Lord. Keep all those safe who need an extra touch tonight.
We shifted from adult care for heat and food to helping entertain the children with little guests who don’t have power whose parents had to return to work. We are down from 16-18 to 8 now. Three meals a day and snacks, I had the dirt at 9PM last night and slept like a baby. I had to get the kids to stop riding a mattress down the basement stairs, overcome the smell of an overflowing toilet, and deal with several other noise makers to finally get to sleep, but was eventually found slightly freaking out saying, “I really need to sleep! I have to go to sleep!” to the mattress surfers. They were very cute, but it was a moment of desperation. My man came to the rescue and said, “You go…go to bed.” Unfortunately, he didn’t deal with whistle blowing on the Wii game. I came out ten minutes later to see if we could make the whistle please stop and son said, “A whistle is blowing?” Yes, uh, 10 times a minute or so.
By 10, all were “encouraged” to hit the sack and I am grateful.
Small beans compared to most. If you don’t have heat, you are cold. If you do, you are providing shelter. It’s forced everyone out of their routine, into helping mode, into a phase of life I’ve not experienced in a long time.
I’ve seen the best of people. And I feel deeply indebted.
I went to check the mail today and literally had to hold my arm over my face to be able to breathe at all through frigid winds. I started to yell for the dog and could hardly get enough breathe to holler for her to come. I can’t imagine being up on a cherry picker truck cutting limbs or dealing with lines.
Oh, Lord, have mercy on those who need it tonight. Thank you for helping those of us who are strong and resourceful. Help those who need it, and help us find them when we need to. Be God. Thank you for holding off the snow. (Roads were passable today.) Thank you for more milk and eggs and bread and chips and meat.
MOMQ UPDATE: We got a call from Mom last night. She was very tired, but happy to have made the trip safely. She got a day to get settled in and sleep and was to start the next day after she got her computer.
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