Just wanted to thank everyone for reporting in. This ended up being an extremely interesting thread that I learned a lot from, and of course its always nice to hear others experiences to compare them to ourselves. Thanks you all.
@kiwinut yours was especially interesting to me because you are so close by and your experiences match my own so much. Also, in my OP I think I said my 2 brutal days were in January but you reminded me that I was mistaken…it was definitely Dec 23 I was talking about. Up here on the KY line we hit about -6. I actually had a flat tire on the interstate driving home to Cookeville for x-mas and between the holiday and the -6 temps, it was impossible to get any service to come out! So yea, Dec 23 was almost certainly what did me in. Mind me asking where- generally- your old kiwi orchard was. You said north of nashville which could put in my neighborhood, so I’m just curious, I’m near Portland.