Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Years Eve


A quite night at home for JS and I.
A couple of fresh crabs and prawns and 
 of course a loaf of Sour Dough bread,
it's California after all.


Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christmas & Oranges

Now I bet your asking yourself,
Why don't she write?


Like the rest of you , tacks are many and time is short.
Made it through the freeze, How? is beyond me.
We should have lost every orange.

We've picked half of the orchards and have the other half sold.
"Thank You God"
we know who did that!

Getting ready for Christmas seems to take up more time each year.
I'm sure it has nothing to do with getting older...LOL

Christmas shopping!!  I hate shopping.
Well, let me back up......   I like shopping.
I hate standing in line and then lugging it to the parking lot.
Crowds of people and traffic, don't do much for disposition.
That might be a getting older thing too.



Friday, December 6, 2013

Freezing, Snow and Navel Oranges

I don't even know what to write, this is how my week began

and this is how it's ending. 

 Yes that's snow, and we have had snow here on the farm in years past, 
so... it could happen.   Chico is about 25 miles up the road, but their weather
 is not far off of ours.  Usually, freezing in the valley pushes warm air up to us, 
here in the "Banana Belt".   But when we get this kind of freezing day after day, 
for hours on end, there is no warm air left to push. I realize that compared to 
weather in other parts of the county and for my friends in the far north,
 this is short sleeve weather.   But!!!  if your raising Citrus,  It's Hell.

We've been turning on the water during the night hours, it keeps the air
 moving and ups the temperature....... a little bit.   It your lucky it will safe 
the fruit, now we just trying to save the trees.  I had a pipe blow the other
 night, but it's to cold to fix it properly, with out breaking more.  
Any port in a storm.

This is how the tree above the brake looked, 
makes for pretty pictures and a lot of heart ache.