Sorry for not posting on Monday! I'm going to a small group every other Monday now, so my postings of poetry might be a bit less steady than what you're used to. Poems are hard to come up with, anyway. I might have to switch to flash fiction.
Anyway, as I've mentioned several times before, I live in Texas. I believe that, last week, I talked about tips for surviving cold weather. After all, we were below freezing for...seven straight days? The longest time on record since the 1980s, I believe.
Anyway, Mother Nature finally remembered to take Texas out of the freezer and chucked us into the microwave to defrost. It was seventy-five degrees on Tuesday. I was wearing short sleeves and sandals.
One thing that the warm weather did not automatically fix, however, were all the pipes that froze and burst. My city had something like sixty-eight water main breaks. Lots of people were without water, and the entire city was under a boil order for a week. If you don't know what a boil order is, you're lucky. Essentially, you're instructed to boil all your water before you drink it, or before you wash things like hands, faces, and dishes. But you can still shower and use your dishwasher for some reason.
My family of four uses a lot of water. Enter the stock pots.
I loved these things even before they pulled through in a tough time. I like making soup, and if you're going to make soup for a family of four, you might as well make three gallons of it. And so I get a lot of use out of our pair of twelve-quart stainless steel stock pots.
There was no soup for us the past few days. Our stock pots were filled to the brim, then boiled, then made to sit on the counter filled with slightly-off-tasting water. For seven straight days (I think), those pots were never empty. Sometimes, we'd use them to wash dishes in. While I'm thankful to God that we never lost water or electricity during our crazy winter escapades, I'm thankful to those stock pots for letting me brush my teeth.
Seriously. If you own a home with a kitchen, buy a stock pot. A good, made-in-America, stainless steel stock pot.
Have you ever experienced a boil order? If so, let me know how you handled it in the comments below! God bless you, dear readers, and don't forget to review us on Amazon!
M. J. Piazza is a Jesus-loving, dog-walking country girl who just so happens to write books.