Snowbound in Austin: Day Two

The snow has barely melted, except for the ice-hardened tracks that our footprints left. It’s no wonder all flights were cancelled for today and tomorrow, too. This is gonna take a while to thaw, not to mention the black ice that will present even more danger.

Wedding Venue near M’s house, covered in snow.

Texas as a whole is not prepared for six inches of snow and streets full of ice. But luckily, my old roommate and current host M, has plenty of food in his pantries and is a decent cook. He made spaghetti and garlic bread last night, and the night before he made chili. I’ll share his chili recipe here – it’s quite delicious.

Yesterday we went on three different walks through the snow, the last of which took us into the woods and it looked just like Narnia. I’m enjoying the snow in spite of the sinking feeling that it just feels wrong to have this much snow in Central Texas. I think the Mayor of Austin and the Governor of Texas need to be prepared for such snowy conditions to appear more regularly, because this type of shut down is unsustainable.

Case in point: we are completely out of coffee, and not only are the roads inaccessible, the grocery store is closed and so is the gas station. There is quite literally no option but to drink any tea that’s floating around the cupboards; that, or ask our neighbors for some coffee grounds, which would make us indebted to our neighbors in a very degrading way.

I’m thankful I purchased News of the World at the airport bookstore, because I’ll finish Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly today. M also has a good library; he’s reading Empire of the Rising Sun about the Comanche Nation now. Last night we watched a sad, four-part docuseries called “The Lady and the Dale” and it’s about a trans woman who was a real scammer. It was sad because they put her in a men’s prison. I may have my opinions, but I think it was cruel and unusual to put a person who had been living as a woman for eight years, in a prison full of men. Anyway, she got out of prison eventually and re-located to one of my hometowns of Bastrop, Texas. I recommend the docuseries because I found it fascinating.

Three things I’m grateful for for yesterday:

  1. I’m thankful that I got to enjoy the strange snow with my friend M.
  2. I’m thankful I got a home here, with plenty of food and a warm bed and hot showers.
  3. I’m thankful that I have a great pet-sitter caring for my fur baby, DC, back in New York.

My top three tasks for today:

  • Get my phone to working.
  • Wash my hair.
  • Research some writing Fellowships in London, England.

I’m curious to know if any stores will be open today; I doubt it because there’s no way the roads are safe yet. I may be willing to ask the neighbors for some coffee, unless M thinks it’s too embarrassing.

Signing off,


By justpearlythings

I am a writer, a lover, and a believer in the good things in life. I write about mental health and wellness, along with book reviews and fashion opinions. My blog caters to thoughtful, growth-minded women and men, and offers insights and personal challenges that provide a space for relevant, meaningful connection. The World Wide Web is vast, it contains multitudes, and so do we as people. I believe that through self-awareness and honesty, we create a more loving planet for everyone. Feel free to follow this page and share it with friends and family. Love, Pearl

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