Good day, friends! I think the world has lost its collective mind. I have never heard of energy shortages of electricity in the winter. It appears the wind turbines have frozen and will not produce energy. And we should rely on them in the future?
Way back in the days or heating oil, I remember a red Milder Oil service truck pulling up next to my parent’s home in South Omaha, and filling the oil tank in the basement. It was just like putting gas in the car, but the big tank in the basement would heat our home. The first house I bought had an oil furnace. It was expensive that first winter. By the second winter, w olde had a new gas furnace.
There were shortages of heating oil in some places during the 1970s oil crisis. The price skyrocketed. But electricity was never an issue. It isn’t an issue during the summer, when we need the A/C either. Water is the commodity we sometimes ration. I question global warming. I suspect all the utilities to go up with no pipeline project. Rolling blackouts required so the middle sector grid of the USA doesn’t run out of electricity.
Mother Nature will never be defeated. She has the power to alter the landscape of our country and world. She can destroy by water, fire, cold, and heat. We can try to change the might she has, yet she laughs at us. We are powerless against her fury. We need to understand that, and to respect her. She wields a mighty hand. We seem so insignificant compared to her. And we are. Compared to her.
Yet, we still try to get ahead of her. Years ago, the Corps of Engineers decided to re-route many rivers and make huge dams, reservoirs, and in doing so, changed the course of many rivers. When those dams fill up, water is released so there is not flooding nearby. Yet the water runs “downhill,” and causes problems hundreds of miles away, when the smaller rivers cannot handle the volume, and there is flooding all over.
Mother Nature. She can be vengeful. The destruction of those floodwaters was vast. We still see it through the Midwest from a couple years ago. There were some small towns who had to decide whether to move. Some folks still did not want to leave their home. With nothing to rebuild.
Water remains one of the most powerful elements there is. It scares me to death. So does fire. I am also afraid of fire. As a kid, a family in our neighborhood had a house fire and lost everything. Mom, Dad, and five kids were all ok. I remember walking around the corner to see the house after school. The fire was out, and the firefighters were shoveling the rubble out of the opening in the roof and wall. As it fell into the yard below, I saw parts of clothing, bedding, shoes, and board games all scorched and sodden. It made my heart hurt to see it. And the smell! It’s hard to forget that. If we go to sleep early and the neighbors have a fire pit going, it brings back a memory or two until I realize it is a fire pit.
Respect Mother Nature and her force. Today, I am so grateful we have a warm home, cars that run properly, and shelter from life’s storms. Be grateful today, and know we are headed for Spring, eventually.
Keep the faith. Check on your people, neighbors, and friends. Be kind. Be thoughtful. Be courteous. We are all worn a little thin. We will get there. See you tomorrow!