The ice and snow have melted and temperatures have returned to normal. Yesterday was 72! Mr. M and I made it through the week with only minor inconveniences—a few downed tree limbs, a loss of power for about thirteen hours, and a need to boil our water.
Others, however, were not so fortunate, and there is a great need in Texas for help and support. Here in Austin, some people were without power for four days or more while the temperatures plummeted into the single digits. The freezing temperatures combined with lack of power broke water pipes in houses, apartments, and water mains. Over 300 million gallons of water were lost to spills causing the pressure in the lines to decrease, which is why we’re all either boiling or have no water at all.
I know times are tough all around, but if you have a few extra dollars to spare here are three places in Austin that could use your help:
- Help people: Austin Area Urban League
- Provide food: Central Texas Food Bank
- Help pets: Austin Pets Alive!
If you want to spread your donation across more of Texas, AOC is raising money for twelve charities via ActBlue.
Now I have to try to salvage the rest of February for writing. I don’t know where this month has gone, but I haven’t gotten anything done and it’s making me very anxious. I have another book due in the summer, and I was hoping to get a sekrit side project done, too, but that’s looking less likely. :(
I hope that wherever you are, you’re warm and safe!