Thursday, April 16, 2015

Desert Trail Column, April 16, 2015

The USDA Food Distribution will take place at our community center located at 80526 ½ Amboy Road on Monday, April 20 between 11 and noon. The He Provides Ministry will also be there with free clothing and household items for anyone needing them.
We send out Rainbows-of-Diamonds-and-Sweet Peas to Penny Root and to Lonnie Casper, both celebrating special days this week. Happy, happy birthday to both of you!
There is also a very important anniversary being celebrated this week – ours! April 19 marks the beginning of our fourth year writing the Wonder Valley News column. In case you are new to our area, we are sisters, Darlene being the younger and more creative one, and Karen being the older and wiser one! The youngest in our family of three girls is Donna who previously lived in Wonder Valley, but now resides in Yucca Valley, and is forced to read our column every week! Our mom, Louise Borquez wrote this column for 18 years, so we have a way to go to catch up to her record!
Darlene’s Commentary:  I had a great conversation with our Wonder Valley representative to the Basinwide MAC, Teresa Sitz. One of the issues that she planned to address at the MAC meeting was the ongoing illegal dumping on multiple sites in Wonder Valley. Teresa will request a number of metal signs stating the penalties and fines for illegal dumping to be placed at the dump sites in our beautiful and delicate desert. We must be the eyes and ears for our neighborhoods and report illegal dumpers.
Karen’s Commentary:  Thank you, Marie, for sending over those neatly cut out used postage stamps. A ¼-inch border all around the stamp is desired, but not necessary. I just sent a huge envelope full of stamps (including Marie’s) to Hi-Desert Gardeners in Phelan.  They sell them to a company that packages them and sells them all over the world to stamp collectors. The money that the gardening club collects goes to help save the eagles in Big Bear. So, Marie, the eagles thank you!
The Food for Life Ministry prepares delicious hot meals every Saturday at Little Church of the Desert. There is no charge, and if you are unable to get into town, Reach Out Morongo Basin will deliver the meals to your home, also at no charge. Call 760-361-1410 for further information.
Handy Hint:  Keep brown sugar soft by storing with a couple of marshmallows.
Thought for Today:  Pigeons have the distinction of being the only birds that don’t have to raise their heads to swallow when they drink water.

Until next time . . . remember to
take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.