Thursday, November 19, 2015

Desert Trail Column, November 19, 2015

We send out Rainbows-of-Topaz-and-Chrysanthemums to Sharon Fangmeyer who celebrates her special day this week. Happy birthday, Sharon!

We also send out best wishes to Bill and Sherry Hague who celebrate their anniversary this week. We hope your special day is the greatest!

Karen’s Commentary: I am doomed for an entire year. My husband Ted put together eight entries for the Weed Show and came home with two first places, one second place and one honorable mention! And, to top that off, his picture then appeared on the front page of The Desert Trail! Aside from putting up with his puffed-up chest (and head), I have to endure the I-told-you-so attitude because of my pooh-poohing one of his entries that ended up earning a blue ribbon! Oh, my. Actually, I’m very proud of him. He begins each October sleeping, eating, breathing and living WEED SHOW – and this is one of the years that it paid off.

Darlene’s Commentary: Here come the holidays! Just when you start thinking all will be calm and well-organized this time, WHOOSH! With no warning, your clocks seem to pick up speed, whirring around in a blur. Somewhere along the line there are hasty trips to town, the faint sound of caroling and jingle bells, colorful lights blinking as I whiz by like a honeybee, searching store to store for affordable nectar. Then WHOOSH! Dreams of cash register receipts floating in the air like a winter snowstorm – “expect intermittent wrapping paper and ribbon flurries throughout the day, ending with a nice carpet of presents underneath the trees!” Then WHOOSH! The smells of roasting turkey and pumpkin pie, the sounds of happy children and exhausted adults, and another wonderful Christmas season is over, with the clocks ticking normally once again.

We would like to tell our firefighters at Wonder Valley Fire Station #45 how much we appreciate them being here for us. While we parcel owners are in the midst of trying to figure out how to pay for the future operation of our fire service, it’s easy to forget that these men and women are still here day in and day out, responding to medical aids, traffic collisions and fires. Thank you.

Handy Hint: Drying laundry on a clothesline is good for the environment, much cheaper than running a dryer and easier on the fabrics, making your clothes last longer and look better. As a bonus, sunlight kills many odor-causing bacteria so clothes will smell fabulous without having to buy expensive products that promise “air-dried freshness.”

Thought for Today: There are approximately 1,750 O’s floating around in each 15-ounce can of Spaghetti-Os.

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