Ice Storm

All week we were preparing for a snow storm. Friday it snowed a little bit. Daycare was closed, Michael and I still had to work. We played out in the snow a bit during the day but it wasn’t powdery snow, it was icy snow. Over the night our power went out a few times but came back on.

Saturday morning I got up at maybe 6:45, came downstairs, Logan was watching cartoons. I started to feed the cats. Was about to make my coffee when BOOM. Power was out. And not coming back on.

We did some stuff around the house, waiting to see if the power would come back on. There were some downed trees on our street. They I checked the PGE website and the estimate was TWO DAYS.

We decided to head over to Michael’s mom’s house since they still had power and HEAT. The temperature was dropping quickly in the house. Our fireplace does not work.

It was nice to be somewhere warm.

On Sunday there was still no update, still no power. Our dog walker went by the house to check on the kitties, feed them, make sure they were ok. They were doing well.

It was 47 degrees in our house:

Valentine’s Day dinner:

Delicious and lovely, even if it was in not ideal circumstances.

Monday morning we got up, I checked the PGE website and it now said they couldn’t give us an estimate! UGHGHGHGHGHGHGHGHG

We had breakfast, did some stuff and then Michael got a notification on his phone that our power was back on (we have a bunch of “Smart” stuff in the house, like the thermostat) so he was able to monitor it from afar. We packed up and headed home. And saw tons of damage!

Got home around 11. Long story short: we lost most of the food in the fridges and freezers. It sucked. I was expecting it though. I was HOPING some of the freezer stuff would be ok but most of it was defrosted. I cleaned everything out.

We also discovered a leak in the basement! ARRRRGH!!! So then we cleaned up that mess. It’s all cleaned up but I am very worried about what the leak means. No idea where it came from either!

I went to the store and the one by the house had no power and only selling dry goods. I went to another one and they had more things so I could get some essentials. It was quite the rollercoaster of a day.

Thankfully Tuesday daycare finally had power and Logan got to go back to school. I got back to work. Bella and I took a walk in the neighborhood to check out the damage:

We got lucky. Three days of no power, losing all our food, having a leak in the basement, nothing compared to the massive damage some people had. So many lost fences, destroyed trees, damaged roofs. It’s going to be a long time for people to recover. And as I write this, there are still a LOT of people, even if my town, that do not have power still.

Snow & A Recipe

We had some snow last week! And lucked out having some extra time off from work because of the snow. So that was nice. Bella LOVES the snow. Logan likes it but is a little more cautious. He’s not quite sure what to make of it. LOL

The first photo was the night before (last Tuesday) when the snow first started) and the other one was the next morning!

Even though it was nice to get some nice winter wonderland for a bit, I am kind of ready for spring.

So this recipe popped up in my Feedly list somehow and I wanted to try it. It says it’s “Paleo, Low Carb and Whole30”. I liked that it was a low carb meal made with stuff we usually already have on hand in the house. And what better night to do it then a cold, snowy, icy night when we don’t have a ton of time to cook?

This would be a good recipe to do on a work night when you don’t have a ton of time. It’s even easier if you can get the prep done earlier.

I gave Logan a bath and got him ready for bed while Michael made dinner. He toasted the sesame seeds, which was a nice addition. The only thing we didn’t have for the recipe was the green onion. I’m sure it would have been better with it, but the recipe was still good omitting it.

I’d gotten a bag of coleslaw mix so that made it even easier–just throw the bag in the skillet!

We both liked the dinner. I think it would have been better with something crunchy on top–like maybe some crunchy Chinese noodles as a garnish? Other than that, dinner was great! I loved that it was low carb and low in calories.

YUM!

QUESTION: What’s your favorite super fast work night recipe for dinner?