I had to steal a cuddle buddy since I don't have one.
Thankfully, that was incorrect there must have been enough of a break between when the rain stopped and when it actually froze that most of the water was off the roads or absorbed into the ground. I lived outside of Atlanta in 2014 when they got a few inches of snow and everything was a mess for about two weeks after that. I did not want to experience the even further south version of that.
I seriously want to steal this dog
Saturday, I spent most of the day helping at the barn and for once in my life made a smart life decision. I did not ride Stinker. He had Friday off plus they were in all day on Friday (~36 hours without turnout) so riding seemed like it was going to be a mess until he ran off some of that pent up energy.
Proof of ice
Sunday morning I was in a total panic. I turned on the shower to warm up and then when I walked back into the bathroom the water was barely dripping out of the tap. I promptly started freaking out that my pipes had froze. I turned off the shower and tested the sink. Cold water was coming out just fine but there was nothing from the hot water. I convinced myself that it was a hot water heater problem.
Sunday morning it was about 1.5" thick
I should mention that I am not a handy person. Whenever my dad started getting out tools to fix things I booked it. My animal first aid skills are stellar, my handiness is basically I know my basic tools. I felt all the parts of the hot water heater and everything was cold. I checked the temperature in the garage and it was 45 so I was pretty sure nothing was frozen unless it froze outside the house and I was also fairly sure that I wouldn't have cold water if that was the case.
Bad bad bad water heater which is super awkwardly placed
I proceeded to start flipping breakers because that is my solution to anything electronic. When in doubt flip the switch. I couldn't tell anything so I tried to wait awhile. Of course my patience was minimal, so I started texting my east coast friends from grad school. Thank god they are in a different time zone so I wasn't too obscenely early for a Sunday morning (honestly I think they have just given up on me with that one tho).
At least I have this guy to keep me happy
After discussing with them, we flipped more breakers and found a reset button on the hot water heater. I decided to wait awhile and see what happened. Finally about 6 hours after I discovered the problem I had hot water again. My totally rational conclusion is my water heater is a baby and turns itself off when it gets too cold. My mom reminded me later that it had happened the first year I lived here. Thanks for the adventures water heater. Of course we are back in the 70s/60 by Wednesday.