Current state of the area: No water pressure due to busted pipes just about everywhere. Lots of people I know had their pipes freeze and bust, but not I, as I kept every faucet cracked while the freeze was ongoing. I'd planned to insulate the pipes after the last freeze, but one look under the house showed me what I'd be up against--every pipe runs the length of the house underneath and every one is fully exposed. Damn. This is going to be a project...but one worth doing, I suspect.
The city is under a "boil water advisory" now due to the low pressure, but fortunately I have a month's supply of water put up for me and the hounds so I've got plenty--enough for us and to spare a few gallons for friends in need. I'll replenish the stock this coming week. Good to rotate out some of the older gallons anyhow.
The cats are back outside, much to the dogs' contentment. Now they have something to bark out the windows at again. I've been getting Belle somewhat acclimated to them by having her come in and lay by the cat cage. She was usually ok, as were the cats (usually), but any time Murphy even came in the room they immediately hissed and snarled. They know his heart, it seems.
Speaking of which, I just figured out how I keep getting dog hair on me every time I sit on my couch.