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I know, you are used to me complaining about it being so HOT in Arizona. But today, I am not so much complaining as just telling you, that it is COLD in Arizona! So cold that we had actual snow flurries yesterday here in our desert. And so cold that this morning, a little polar bear ornament is awaiting birds with ice skates to join him on the frozen-solid bird bath.

It has happened before, but not for a long time. I have two cute desert snow pictures of Marissa when she was a toddler. Those are a little extra treat at the bottom of this post, but first a couple of photos showing our current winter cold spell…

Here is all the citrus that I could get off my trees yesterday morning before the freezing temps came to our dessert last night. At the top; are navel oranges and pink grapefruit. Below; are more pink grapefruit, Lisbon lemons, and the last few blood oranges; and finally, the precious Meyer lemons.

I spent about an hour and a half outside late yesterday covering as much of my backyard plants as I had enough sheets and pool towels to use. The herb/vegetable garden was priority #1.

Next up were the succulents, those babies are just filled with water, so their demise would have been eminent without protection. “And the plants have been tucked all snug in their beds, with visions of frost-free nights, dancing in their heads.”

You may not be able to see it, but believe me, snow was falling in our backyard in this December 1990 photo of an excited 3-year-old Marissa in her jammies, winter white coat, and pink snow boots (purchased especially for a trip to Illinois the year before).

Marissa’s expression shows how both she and the saguaro cactus feel about snow on her 4th birthday, December 1, 1991. They are grumpy and they are cold! I guess she had outgrown the coat from above. Oops! Hey, do not judge – we don’t usually need new coats every year here in the desert.

Happy New Year’s Eve… Celebrate and stay safe tonight!

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1 Sheila { 12.31.10 at 1:33 PM }

Love the photos of Marissa & polar bear! Okay, so now that we’ve ‘saved’ all our fruit what do we make? Boys had friends over for late breakfast and in addition to the bacon, eggs & pancakes I had lemoncello fruit salad, broiled pink grapefruit, orange cranberry scones, orange butter and fresh orange juice to use some of mine. Would’ve made breakfast pizza except it was impromptu and really wouldn’t have helped with all the fruit! Will be searching your recipes for some good ideas! 🙂 Not just for Christmas crab & corn gratins on the menu tonight. yum.
Happy 2011!

2 Sharon { 12.31.10 at 2:03 PM }

Happy New Year Linda. I’m looking forward to another year of wonderful recipes. We will continue to make some of your soups this weekend. Love those soup recipes. Thank you for all the work you put into your site. My family loves it!

3 Grandma H. { 01.01.11 at 8:01 AM }

I’ve been wondering how you’re liking the cold weather. We just had a big thaw, and I think we were actually warmer here than you were one day. I think I have some pictures of Marissa taken in our front yard the year you came for Christmas. That coat was absolutely adorable, as was the little girl in it. Talk to you soon. ON WISCONSIN IN THE ROSE BOWL TODAY!

4 Ginger Tunheim { 01.01.11 at 8:54 PM }

Those were great pictures of Marissa. I loved them. Yes, once in awhile we have snow. I couldn’t cover any plants we were up in the snow at Pinetop.

5 Linda Hopkins { 01.02.11 at 9:58 AM }

Ginger, I would love it for you and me, Marissa and Connor to go to lunch while Con is home from NAU. Would that work for you?!

6 Linda Hopkins { 01.02.11 at 9:59 AM }

Thank you Sharon, Happy New Year!

7 Linda Hopkins { 01.02.11 at 10:00 AM }

Sheila, I am going to start cranking out those citrus recipes later this week, I have no choice! Happy New Year to you and all your boys! xoxo

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