Thursday, November 26, 2015

Desert Trail column, November 26, 2015

Darlene’s Commentary: No matter how much I save during the year for Christmas gifts, I find myself having to stretch my budget so far that you can almost see right through it! Many of us live on fixed incomes (including me) so instead of fretting about lack of money, I have hatched up some great ideas to celebrate the holidays without going bankrupt. WARNING:  Most of these ideas require a compliant and agreeable family with a sense of adventure and the will to stick with the program.

Idea #1: “Treasure Hunt.”
Everyone must shop for gifts at thrift stores and garage sales – no gifts to be purchased at a retail store. This includes the kids, too. And, to be really thrifty, set an amount to spend on the adults, double that amount for the kids.

Idea #2: “Christmas in January.”
No one shops for gifts until December 26. The family must promise to enjoy the holidays, honor the real meaning of the season, but no shopping until December 26. You’ll find that your budget will buy twice as much. Presents are opened on January 25.

Idea #3:  “Drawing Names.”
Slips of paper containing the names of all the family members are put into a container, then each family member draws a name and buys a gift for that person only. Monetary limits can be set.

And, there's always coal.
Karen’s Commentary: My husband Ted and I went to The Palms for dinner last week, and were pleasantly surprised. The inside has been “spiffied” up with new decorative touches and organization, not to mention a cozy heating stove and a lot more light coming in. We met the new (to us) bartender Matt who is a very personable and friendly guy, and Laura served up a delicious meal, as usual! Teresa, our local Basinwide MAC representative, can be found here almost every Sunday from 9 to noon, enjoying breakfast and talking to anyone with concerns or questions about Wonder Valley. Call 760-361-2810 for hours or information.

Palms Restaurant, 83131 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley, CA 92277
The new Godwin Christian Fellowship Church building on Godwin Road is finally going up! After so many delays and setbacks, there is now noticeable progress being made each day. For information about Godwin Christian Fellowship Church or about the Home Group meetings every Sunday, call Pastor Max Rossi at 831-234-6848.

Handy Hint: Before using harsh chemicals to unclog a drain, try dropping three Alka Seltzer tablets down the drain followed by a cup of white vinegar. Wait a few minutes, then run the hot water.

Thought for Today: What do you get when you cross a rabbit with the Internet? A harenet.

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

Bullion Mountain, Wonder Valley, Photo: TSS