This early winter/late fall, we are expecting freezing weather and even a possibility of snow. According to the local newspaper, The Sacramento Bee, there was a dusting of snow in 2002, 1996 and 1988 and significant snowfall in 1976. I remember that 1976 snowfall when I lived in the San Francisco Bay area; and based on my youth in New England and New York, I would never have described it as “significant.” Rather it was enough to roll up the tiniest snowman, make a snow angel and maybe fashion a few snowballs to throw for the dog to fetch. And those were only possible if done immediately after the snow fell because it melted away in record time.
Tonight I am worried for my precious Meyer’s lemon tree that I've been coddling for several years as we’ve been told the temperature will fall below freezing. After many years of a lemon-less tree, we finally have what can modestly be called a “crop”—nine lemons in all. Lest Jack Frost consider the demise of my citrus treasures, all have been plucked from the scraggly tree. I’ll not yield a single lemon to Jack Frost.