It's freezing outside on this mid-November night.
No, I'm not just cold-whining Floridian style.
It really is freezing, just at 32 degrees F and the predicted low for this long night is 22 degrees F.
I've just come in from an hour or so of running around in the dark doing the things that we do here on the DMZ of the Tropical and Temperate worlds.
Step One: All outside faucets must be set to a slow drip.
|Normally, I'd try and find one of my LED headlamps for this work, since I need my hands free, but this freeze is giving me a chance to try out the "light cap" that Emma and Kyle gave me last Christmas.|
A warm head and illumination in one step.
I love it.
After the faucet dripping was completed, I needed to take care of the citrus.
I only grow cold-hard citrus like kumquats and satsumas here on the edge of citrusnicity.
Although there are rumors of a grapefruit farmer in a mythical northern kingdom called "Ohio", North Florida is pushing the limits of the orange kingdom. So, when it freezes, you must act.
I covered an older kumquat with a big tarp and carried in a baby satsuma that I had not put in the ground yet. The goji berries were still in pots also (a new purchase) so they came inside as did one datil and a few pineapple starts.
Our dining room looks like a mini-greenhouse right now.
Tonight, because it will be SO COLD for so long, I decided to not just cover the newest kumquat, but to use the high heat capacity of water to help my baby 'quat make it through the night.
As you remember from your science classes, water has an extremely high heat capacity.
In plain English, it heats up slowly and cools off slowly.
This is why, right now as I type at midnight, Cedar Key is a balmy 44 degrees, while here at PFHQ, just a few miles away, the temperature is 32 degrees.