Michelle Cornell

Everyone finally doing better? Not much to report this week as life has not gotten back in the swing after the snow-apocalypse. After all the closures, I know we’re dying to get back out and about again.

Right now, as I’m sitting here writing this column, I am smiling. I finally feel thawed out and warm; all fat and sassy.

I have power and water again so I am blessed. While I live in Pecan Grove, I am just out side the main levy so I am on a well.

For years our little street has petitioned the MUD to extend us water but still after 20 years, no luck.

So on our little one-street subdivision, we all are on well. Talk about fun to manage, and I say that sarcastically, I’ve been a nervous wreck all week trying to keep pipes from bursting.

Because for us, no electricity, also means no water.

Up every hour on the hour to walk the house, run some water, throw in a load of laundry to circulate water, or check on the heat light I left on the controls of the well tank.

I have been home all week due to the weather and feel like I’ve been hit by a Mack truck. And you know the saddest part? I am not alone! And our little “rolling blackout” that did not roll? Yeah, even better. Now to deal with no electric to keep everything warm and functioning, not possible. I finally cut water at the well tank and drained the pipes.

Surely, it will only be a few hours… 22 long, cold hours later, we finally get electricity back. I really want to yell at some and sue them for poor management but I’ve been advised you can’t sue for stupidity! Darn! I have my 82 year old mom that lives with me that can’t take the cold.

I’m sure many of you are in the same boat. Matter of fact, I know you were struggling like many others. At the end of the day, I came out in much better shape than others. My sister broke a pipe and is now dealing with that. So how can I complain too loudly?

Also a shout out to Plantation True Value on FM 359. I called to get some pipe availability yesterday and they told me the store was closed due to flooding. They had approx. 2 inches of water on the floor. They hoped to be open soon but was not sure.

They have supported our neighborhood for as long as it’s ben here so please be patient wile they get back up and running. I know they appreciate our business!

Ash Wednesday Cancelled!

It’s now Lent season with Easter right around the corner. I can’t believe in all my years, I can ever remember a Lenten Ash Wednesday service cancelled. I attend Calvary Episcopal Church and ours was offering to receive ashes and a blessing by driving your car thru in trying to meet the needs of the congregation and still meet the covid/social distancing guidelines. But the icy storm offered new challenges that simply had the service cancelled. A first for many.

With the Lent season upon us, Fish Frys are abundant around this time so find a local event and enjoy the food!

Women’s Club

The Pecan Grove Women’s Club will meet Tuesday, March 12th, at the Fort Bend Museum located at 500 Houston Street, Richmond, TX 77469. We welcome you to join us for our Texas History month meeting at 10:00 a.m. at the Museum. We will be given a tour of the Museum Gallery and visit the two historic homes on the property. We will be seeing the Long-Smith Cottage built in 1855 that is one of the oldest buildings in Richmond.

It was originally placed on land owned by Jane Long, the “mother of Texas.”

The other property tour is of the 1883 historic Moore Mansion that belonged to John M. and Lottie Dyer Moore. Four generations of the Moore family lived in the home, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.

A small charge for the tour will be announced at a later date. Should you have any questions, please contact Linda Webb at fortbendlady@gmail.com.

The group will also be invited to go to lunch after the tours– ‘dutch’ treat for those who wish to attend.

We hope you will join us for this fascinating lesson in Texas histor

I’ll close for now. For your story to be told, or your fundraiser advertised, or your event to be mentioned, send me an email. I can be reached at mcfbherald@yahoo.com. Enjoy your week!

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