Yes, I know it’s winter but I live in Phoenix. Cold to me is anything less than 80. Okay, I’ll be reasonable anything less than 60 is cold. So imagine my surprise when the news was going on and on about the impending cold front that would leave our highs in the 40s? Uh, do thermometers in the valley even go that low? Apparently so, since the overnight temps would be in the low thirties and twenties.
That’s Celsius, right?
We were about to be hit with temps the Valley of the Sun hadn’t seen since 1989. I remember 1989. I remember snow in 1985 and ’86, but I do not remember warnings about burst pipes. That just did not happen.
Don’t believe me? The main water feed to my house shoots a foot and a half out of the ground before making a 90 degree turn and going inside my house. I have 3 more hose bibs outside plumbed the same way and a pool that is nothing but a mass of exposed PVC piping.
I was told to keep the pool running in the prime freezing time from 10Pm-7am so that took care of that. But I’d never covered pipes before. I hadn’t even seen it done? So I asked my husband who was born and raised in Brooklyn. After a blank stare (apparently folks who live in places where freezing temperatures occur don’t have exposed pipes), I went and grabbed some towels, a pair of scissors and duct tape. With some twisting and turning I wrapped the darn things and taped them up tight.
The next morning, we got in the car and started the engine. It flashed an ice warning at us. Two hours later, when the sun was rising–the temperature had dropped another 2 degrees. What’s up with that?
We drove to my folks and sure enough there in the center of the road was a water fountain coming from one of the service connection. Guess the flowing water mantra didn’t work so well at 22 degrees.
Of course in my haste to protect my house, I forgot my poor plants. My lantanas suffered the most. And just when I thought the worst was over, I was out this morning walking the dog and slipped on a ice patch on the sidewalk. No one saw but the dog, who promptly came home and shared with the cats who heckled me from their spot on the dog’s bed.