But, I am supposed to be prepared and not have to depend on luck!
Due to an unexpected cloud cover, the -13 to -20 degree weather never set it. In fact, it is a seasonable 5 above.
I THOUGHT I was ready for colder weather than the house was designed for. I had the faucet dripping, it was dripping hot water, the cupboard doors under the sinks were open, a space heater was running inside the hen house, and I THOUGHT we were good to go!
I had no water set aside. None. I did not even have JUICE downstairs, as it was drunk last summer and not replaced.
If my pipes had frozen we might have been in very sad condition, as if it WAS -20 there is no guarentee that the cars will start as I do not have a heated dipstick for the ooil and I did not have a light on the battery. I did not actually think I NEEDED to go anywhere on Saturday!
Anyway, back to the water. I do not store water as water is bulky and there is not much room for storage here: it is full of clothes and kids stuff and tools and such. I DID store juice for something to drink that had calories in it, but as I said it had been drunk.
I HAD always intended to set out pans and pitchers of water before a bad freeze: in fact I have done it often enough!
But I forgot.
But, we were lucky and the severe cold never set in.