Thursday, June 25, 2015

Desert Trail Column, June 25, 2015


We send out belated Rainbows-of-Pearls-and-Roses to Donny Pixley who celebrated his special day last week. Happy belated birthday, Donny!

Jan and Jerry Peek are celebrating 53 years of marriage this week. Happy anniversary, Jerry and Jan!

Karen’s Commentary:  Thanks to Sandi Arismendi for the greeting cards to help the kids at St Jude’s Ranch for Children; to Marie for bags of used postage stamps to help save the eagles in Big Bear; to cousin Annie for cards and manufacturers’ coupons to help military families overseas; and to Star Javier for both cards and stamps. All this help with my projects is really wonderful, especially having the coupons already cut out! I have an update to a past handy hint about thinly coating countertops with blue Dawn dishwashing liquid to get rid of ants. It did cause our kitchen counter ant population to go from dozens down to 4 or 5 per day, but I discovered that coating only the countertop where it meets the wall with the cheap dishwashing liquid worked even better! I honestly don’t know why, but we haven’t had a single ant in two days now.

Darlene’s Commentary:  I’m finally getting used to using crutches, and I think I have the rhythm down, but the feet do not always cooperate. I’m very careful and take my time when walking, keeping my eyes on the ground, and yesterday I carefully walked into a tree branch that put a good lump on my noggin. I can go grocery shopping by using their electric carts. Stater Brothers has two new and improved carts that are pretty zippy and turn on a dime, and back up as fast as they go forward. I was also being careful when I sideswiped a display of twelve-packs of sodas, and almost caused a head-on collision with a grocery cart full of groceries. Anyway, no harm was done to the merchandise, and the only harm to me was of my pride. Now, if I can make it through the check stand without incident, it will be all good!

The Wonder Valley Thrift Store on Godwin Road, just north of Highway 62, is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9 to noon. Come in to find some great bargains! All proceeds from sales go to the Godwin Christian Fellowship Church building fund.

Handy Hint: To peel the skin off fresh garlic, cut off the stem end, then pop them in the microwave for 5 to 10 seconds. Remove and let cool. The skin will practically slip off by itself.

Thought for Today: To write with a broken pencil is pointless.

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