by R.T. Fitch
“This past week is 7 days that millions of Texans wish had never happened and will surely never be able to claim was a lot of fun.”
Unlike other life experiences where time passes and one can look back and chuckle about what had transpired and think that it was really not so bad after all; but not this time, no laughing here, maybe a grunt and a sigh, that will be about it.
The sadness of the situation is that many people are continuing to suffer with no water, damage and food shortages. We, on the other hand have been lucky and we knew then and know it now, we have been blessed.
In moving to South East Texas after living through multiple hurricanes in Louisiana, including Katrina and Rita, we installed a full farm, hard plumbed, fully automatic back-up power system. It paid off the very first year of installation after hurricane Ike ripped through Houston and that puppy ran day and night for 11 days straight.
“Now it IS important to have your lights and AC running during a hurricane but what really separates the men from the boys is having a toast in the eye of the storm with cold beer and ice cubes in your drinks!”
So, we had power this past week, which meant we had heat and could watch DVDs as the internet and cell service headed south along with the grid’s power.
Likewise, we have the best well water I have ever had the pleasure to drink so all of life’s basics were, and are, available to all the creatures who call the Fitch Farm home.
Not that it has been easy, mind you, as stalling our spoiled ponies did not go over very well nor did the fact that we don’t have heated water buckets in Texas as the horse’s water kept freezing, SOLID. That meant a lot of trips from the house to the barn with buckets of hot water but hey, a little exercise is always in order. Tuesday, I walked seven (7) miles and never left the property.But after 7 consecutive nights of dipping well below freezing it appears that we may be on an upward trend, today. Water is going to be turned on to the barn and property for the horses, covers are coming off the tropical plants, others will be moved out of the garage and back into place and even the ice on the Koi pond appears to be disappearing. So life is good.
But are hearts and prayers go out to those who are still struggling; it is all but impossible to assess the damage this storm has showered down upon our Texas neighbors.
With a hurricane, it is easy to see what is wrong and what needs to be repaired as you can drive by and see the trees down and roofs damaged but with this storm, which I call a hurricane in reverse, the damage is internal and personal. Broken pipes, no drinking water, damage to ceilings and walls, no warm place to rest or sleep…the victims are suffering from the inside and their silence is deafening.
I bend on one knee and take my hat off for those whose fight goes on, may God bless and stand beside you during this time of need.
Keep the faith.
Just a little update, with the past two days being full of sunshine we have been able to not only generate our own power but have been pumping back out onto the Texas grid for others to use, all of this made possible by our solar shingles…our meter actually runs backwards.