Views of the Neighborhood – Ready for the Freeze

The last three nights in Lakeway have seen temperature lows of 25 degrees F (-3.8 C). To protect plants that have problems with those low temperatures, the neighbors have used various covering methods. The reason for protecting these plants is that such low temperatures are rare, and the plants, once past this event, can continue to thrive all winter. We are going to go and see some of the methods. We are being catered by Perlas in Austin. Our entertainment is The Band Perry.

 

Menu

Perla’s French Toast  

Mixed Berries, Lemon Chantilly, Citrus Shortbread Crumble

Espelette Shrimp & Blue Crab Gumbo

Steamed Rice, Andouille, Bacon, Scallion, Okra, Fried Egg, Grilled Baguette

New Orleans-Style BBQ Shrimp & Stone Ground Grits

Creole Lemon Butter, Poached Egg, Fines Herbes

Wood-Grilled Sausage, Oysters, Egg in the Hole

House Breakfast Sausage, Three Grilled Oysters

Crab Florentine

English Muffin, Poached Eggs, Lump Crab, Griddled Tomato, Lemon Spinach, Hollandaise

Steak Ranchero

Oak-Grilled Hanger Steak, Two Fried Eggs, Spicy Ranchero Sauce,

Crispy Griddle Cake with Crème Frâiche

Lobster & Egg White Frittata

Asparagus Tips, Roasted Tomatoes, Avocado, Basil

Lobster Omelette

Melted Leeks, White Cheddar, Chive, Butter Lettuce Salad.

Of course, anything you wish to drink.

Picture of an old time school bus

So get on the bus.

Not sure what is under that tarp, but that blue makes a statement.

Ace Hardware plant protector film.

Someone is missing their bed linens, including the bedspread.

A lovely 1000 count Egyptian cotton.

A couple of hundred dollars worth of covering.

Another bed victim.

Gotta wonder about the mailbox cover. It might be someone’s monogrammed shirt. The initials’ AD’ could be a clue.

There you have it. A quick trip but one I hoped you liked. Now it is time for food and entertainment. I hope you have a great week.

 

 

85 comments

  1. Can’t believe the cold snap you are having, John. Hope you, the Producer and the girls stay warm!

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    1. We are warm Lori. All our plants came inside and look wonderful. Thank you. 😁

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  2. I’ll have to take the tour again, ’cause I haven’t finished my lobster omelet yet.

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    1. We’ll wait for you. 😁

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  3. Everyone seems well prepared. Thanks for the tour and the yummy food! Enjoy your Sunday, John.

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  4. Gwen M. Plano · ·

    Seeing all the covers makes me wonder if I should have done the same. I haven’t noticed folks covering their bushes in our area, but I’ll look more carefully now. I always love your Sunday tour, John, and it was fun to meet the Band Perry. Enjoy the day with your beautiful ladies. 🌞

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  5. I hope all the plants survive the cold unharmed.

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  6. I wonder what’s under the mailbox cover! Guess people are a little gun shy after last year’s fiasco.

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  7. Looks like people are prepared. Hope the freeze isn’t too bad for you guys.

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  8. Gotta keep those plants warm. On the farm, in the early spring, it would get very warm some days and flowers would pop their heads out. But, it always got cold again so mom would cover up all those tender buds with whatever she could find, bed linen, old coats, T-shirts, it didn´t matter. Great food and music once again. Thanks!

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  9. Got to protect the beauty. Good news is only cold without ice. Good song choice.

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    1. Cold without ice is a good thing. Thanks, Frank.

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      1. Good that you didn’t get any ice!

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  10. I know they’re saying they’ve prepared things for the cold, and hope they’ve done a good job at it so Texas isn’t as adversely affected by the cold. Looks like the plants, at least, have received some protection.

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    1. One never knows about what the public utility group does. Thanks, Tim.

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  11. We just got our second snow in two weeks. The first wasn’t much more than a dusting, but Friday night we got 3-4 inches. Surprise! I imagine people there don’t plant with freezes in mind. Here we kind of expect them. Delicious offering today, John. I’m torn between the lobster omelet and the shrimp and blue crab gumbo!

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    1. I’d take the gumbo. Thanks Noelle.

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  12. Stay warm, John. The brown covering in that 1000 count Egyptian cotton looks a bit like the grim reaper. We wrestled with similar scenarios when we lived in Florida. Lots of bed linens made their way outside.

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    1. So true, Maggie. Thanks.

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  13. Looks like the plants will be well protected! Thanks for the tour John!

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    1. We hope so. I didn’t show mine. 😁

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    1. I’m sure it is in there some where. Thanks, Billy Ray.

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  14. It looks like the plants should be warm I hope they make it through the freeze. Stay warm, John!

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    1. Looks like they will be okay. Thanks, Deborah.

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  15. We used to cover whole vegetable gardens in Northern Nevada years ago. Eventually, you get a big piece of Visqueen and keep it in the garage for just that reason.

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    1. We did the same in Indiana. Losing battle though.

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  16. Nice cover objects and plants trip.

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    1. Glad you liked it Moly Shea.

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  17. Your food offerings put my Raisin Bran to shame… Forewarned is forearmed so smart of the ‘hood to cover up those plants using whatever they have! Sheets are washable, at least 😉
    Lovely music, too… I didn’t know them 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Dale. The song is a good one.

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      1. It really is.

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  18. I feel for you, John. We, too, have been in the Deep Freeze, but of course, our plants seem to tolerate it better than yours — probably because they expect it to be cold in wintertime. Gotta love the bedding that appears outdoors. I didn’t see any bricks though to hold that stuff down — maybe you’re not getting high winds?

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    1. I guess folks just hope there won’t be a wind. It was blowing at 15 MPH when I took the photos.

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  19. Yep. I am seeing those white plastic mounds everywhere here too, John. Gotta protect these tender plants, especially after last year. Thanks for the tour!

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  20. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

    Fun trip John. Pretty sure I’ve used all of those at one point or another.

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  21. Interesting to see what others have done to protect their plants! I’m ready for a bit warmer weather.

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  22. petespringerauthor · ·

    Meanwhile, it’s sixty degrees here today. It’s milder than normal for us.

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  23. Anonymous · ·

    The last picture is the most mysterious one, dear John! Something too precious must be under this cover. 🙂 Anyway, let’s hope the plants will recover. In Russia nobody will cover anything ever. There are unexpected waves of frost or other natural phenomena but people usually leave it to God & to Nature. 🙂

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    1. Yes, I agree that nature should take its course, but when the weather does odd things at odd times, protecting plants for a day or two means many more weeks of pleasure. Thank you for the comment. 😁

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  24. Always interesting to see what people use to cover their plants. I always use old beach towels and old sheets. We didn’t get a freeze but I brought a few plants in and covered a couple just in case. Great food! I loved the style of that house with a couple of hundred dollars worth of covering!

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  25. Do you get these cold blasts every winter, John? I remember last winter was devastating. I’m glad your neighbors are taking care of their plants… and so creatively too!

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  26. I’m thinking the Ace Hardware plant protector was the smart way to go.

    I’ll have the Espelette Shrimp & Blue Crab Gumbo. Who doesn’t like a good gumbo?

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    1. On a cold day? No one. 😁

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  27. Hi John, people sure are creative with their plant coverings. We don’t have enough sheets to throw them over our shrubbery! I hope the temps didn’t get down too far and that you’re having some warmer weather.

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    1. We got down to 25 but it looks like everything did okay. Thanks, Barbara. 😁

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      1. Oh, good. 🙂

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  28. Using 1,000 thread Egyptian cotton to cover outside plants seems a little extreme, John. We don’t usually need to cover plants as our area is usually frost-free. We did lose a few last winter as it was particularly cold. If our wet and cool summer is anything to go by, we are heading for another cold winter.

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    1. I would agree on the 1000 thread sheet. Of course I made that up. (dang me.) I wish you well for the winter. Thanks, Robbie.

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      1. Haha, I’m glad to know you made it up.

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  29. Bloody cold, John. Hope the pups are suitably covered.

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    1. Yes indeed. Thanks, Geoff.

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  30. That’s some weird weather. I noticed some jonquils peeking through the ground around here over the weekend. It’s January and far too early.

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    1. Yes too early for sure.

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  31. The winter has definitely been a crazy one so far. I’ve seen similar tactics here, but personally, I love the bedding bandits!! Those take top prize! Thanks for taking us along for the ride, John.

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    1. Thank you, Mar. So nice to have you with us. 🤗

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    1. Thank you, Michael.

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  32. Hey, you really got coldness? I think Twiggy and Lucy will not leave the house, before it has again better weather conditions. 😉 xx Michael

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    1. They did stay inside for sure, Thanks, Michael

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  33. We have our outside faucets and pipes covered, as well as some of our cacti. I contacted the cactus nursery and they told me which ones needed to be protected. I hope what I did will help.

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    1. Ours came through fine. We covered everything that needed it and it worked.

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      1. 👍🤞

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  34. I had to cut my running days down last week when temps dipped into the teens. No use getting sick, especially right now. 25 degrees in Texas? . . . holy Moses.

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    1. I know. We are not used to that stuff.

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      1. I wish you warmer weather, soon.

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      2. Thank you, my son.

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  35. The Ace Hardware cover was the only sensible cover. Texas isn’t ready for these cold snaps.

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    1. Yes. I like the bedding to photograph.

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      1. It made me smile! 😀

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  36. Hoping you roll safely over these cold snaps. And I’m proud of your efforts to shield young plants from the effects of this freaking cold. My laudits 👏👏

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    1. Yes, sometimes futile, but still need to try. Thanks for the comment. 😁

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      1. Most welcome. I’m glad you’re soldering on.

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  37. Been there. Done that. Our boys’ bed linen history entertained the neighbors I’m sure! Baseball, Star Wars, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and I’m sure something from Granny’s old collection, a lovely red gingham perhaps. 😉

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    1. Ha ha ha. Makes a great mental picture.

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