Thursday, January 7, 2016

Desert Trail Column, January 7, 2016

The WEMO Letter-Writing Drop-In is being held from 9 to noon on Saturday, January 9 at our Wonder Valley Community Center, 80526 ½ Amboy Road. If you are concerned about ORV routes on our roads, stop in for information and assistance. The deadline for public comments is January 25.

The USDA Food Distribution will take place on Monday, January 11 at our community center from 11 to noon. The He Provides Ministry will also be there with free clothing and household items for anyone needing them. For information about the food, call 760-367-9880. For information about the clothing, call 763-213-3852.

The Basinwide MAC meeting will be held at the Joshua Tree Community Center on (6171) Sunburst Road on Monday, January 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Our Wonder Valley Representative Teresa Sitz will be there, and everyone is invited to attend.

We send out belated wishes to Kip Fjeld who celebrated his special day last week. Happy belated birthday, Kip!

Karen’s Commentary: Now that El NiƱo time is upon us, be aware that the following roads will be the first to be cleared following bad storms:  Blower, Gammel, Godwin, Naborly, Parker, Pipeline, Shadow Mountain, Shelton, Steeg, Two Mile, Valle Vista and Wilson. The remaining roads will be cleared as time and weather permits.

Darlene’s Commentary: It seems like almost everyone caught a respiratory bug of some kind this Christmas. My son, Ian Taylor Parris, formerly known as “Dr Beeper” in his very early years, shared with me a homemade inexpensive remedy that works better than over-the-counter cough syrup. It tastes yummy, too. It’s called pineapple juice! When a coughing fit starts, drink about eight ounces of pure pineapple juice and it calms the cough, adds mega-vitamin C, soothes the throat and has antioxidants and a natural ingredient that reduces inflammation in the throat and chest. And little kids as well as big adult kids find pineapple juice as a sweet refreshing treat. Give it a try!
If you own a computer or have access to one, check out It is loaded with a wealth of information about Wonder Valley, along with some fun stuff to read. Ken and Teresa Sitz do a terrific job keeping it interesting.

Handy Hint: To remove a too-tight ring, slip an 8” length of floss under the ring and snugly wind it around the lower part of your finger (including the knuckle) to temporarily bind it. Quickly slide the ring off your tightened finger, then unwind the floss. This really works!

Thought for Today: What do you call it when a cowboy marries a cowgirl? A Western Union.

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

Wonder Valley sunrise