Thursday, April 23, 2015

Desert Trail Column, April 23, 2015

Donna and Pappy Parsons are celebrating their wedding anniversary this week. We hope you have a wonderful anniversary and many more to come!

Karen’s Commentary:  Quite some time ago, we got three tadpoles from Fins and Fangs in Yucca Valley. We moved them into their new home, which was our fishpond. We have no clue as to what happened to two of them, but one survived and is now a very large bullfrog! When he croaks, you’d think a freight train is coming through! We have now added four more polliwogs to the pond, and the big bullfrog has not croaked since. Maybe he no longer needs to call for one of his own kind? I don’t know.

Darlene’s Commentary:  Our desert weather is spectacularly beautiful these days. We are at the “between time,” when I choose to languish sitting in the morning sun, then move into the shade where I enjoy the shade and the birds and the air and the occasional breeze, like a cherry atop your favorite ice cream! Of course, that little annoying Guilt Fairy begins to interrupt my peaceful, serene enjoyment reminding me that I really should be using this time for more practical matters, such as getting the darned swamp coolers ready for another season of triple digits. I go into the house and come back with a tall glass of ice tea and a fly swatter. I reach my chair, now in full sun, and adjust it so I have shade and my favorite view of the Sheephole Mountains that are being transformed into a magical canvas of violet and magenta – just breathtaking! As I watch the sunset, I grasp my fly swatter and keep my eyes open for that daggone fairy.

The Wonder Valley Community Church, 82575 Amboy Road, holds worship services every Sunday morning at 10:30, plus Bible Studies on Sundays at 9 am and Wednesdays at 10 am. Following the regular service on the second Sunday of each month, a potluck meal is served. This little church is a friendly and welcoming place, so stop in and see for yourself. Call Pastor Garry Brooks at 760-367-0279 for further information.

Handy Hint:  Here’s another testimonial for a previous Handy Hint, this time from Darlene. Wrapping a head of lettuce, cilantro, celery, broccoli or Brussels sprouts tightly in heavy duty aluminum foil before storing in the refrigerator works like magic! The veggies retain their crispness, color and flavor for about three times longer than if they were left unwrapped.

Thought for Today:  “Magic is what we make; music is how we do it.” – Jerry Garcia

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