The winter sky offers a dramatic cloud pattern over Moss Landing Tuesday. —Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian

Temperatures plunged into the low 30s Sunday night and into Monday morning. When I walked out onto my front yard early Monday frost had set in across the grounds. My neighbors’ roofs were frosty white. On Monday night the cold came back and the thermometer dropped back into the low 30s again. Watsonville chalked up 34 degrees early Tuesday.

I don’t care for the clock being set back. I never have. Now it starts getting dark around 5:30pm and it will only get worse. Around now is when I get into a race for the Winter Solstice, which falls on Dec. 21, which is the shortest day of the year. Then the days start getting longer.

We ordered our turkey from Freedom Meat Lockers last week, something we’ve done for years in a row now. I’ve heard that since the pandemic is upon us, people are ordering smaller turkeys this year because they are avoiding larger family and friend gatherings.

My wife, Sarah, and I stopped by Yamashita Market on Union Street today. Sarah says there are things for the kitchen, and her Mixing Bowl cooking column, that she can only find in their little market, or over the hill in San Jose or the Bay Area.

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Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. More recently Good Times & Press Banner. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.


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