Thursday, February 25, 2016

Desert Trail Column, February 25, 2016

The Wonder Valley Cleanup went very well, with lots of trash, tires and electronic waste being brought in for free disposal. Also, San Bernardino County Code Enforcement officers were there to discuss code enforcement issues and to show pictures of cleanups they’ve done recently in Wonder Valley. While all this was going on outside, there was a fire extinguisher training class going on inside our community center. We’re hoping this will be a regular event.

A garbage dumpster and a tire dumpster
A Health Science Open House will take place on Sunday, February 28 at Copper Mountain College from 9 to noon.
We send out Rainbows-of-Amethysts-and-Violets to Susie Sesma who celebrates her special day this week. Happy birthday, Susie!
Karen’s Commentary: I attended the three-hour fire extinguisher training class taught by Jim Brakebill at our community center. We were shown two short films – one showing and describing a house catching on fire which was scarier than any horror movie, and one all about fire extinguishers. We then went outside and actually put out fires! I learned right away that the pin is very hard to pull out (at least for me) and that the fire can be put out extremely fast with a few well-aimed sweeps of the extinguisher. I highly recommend this class to everyone.
Some of the students with their certificates with Whiskey, the Wonder Valley Fire Dog
Darlene’s Commentary: I love the desert and just about everything in it. I could do without scorpions and am not thrilled when I encounter a sidewinder, but if you watch where you are walking and know where you should not be walking, you can avoid crossing paths with our fellow “residents” that have been living here a lot longer than we have. I am talking about the two-legged, four-legged, eight-legged and the slithery no-leggeds, namely snakes. My motto is respect the desert and its inhabitants, and by and large they will respect you. (Hopefully, at a distance.)
Even though Food for Life Ministries can’t use Little Church of the Desert for preparing and serving their free Saturday meals any longer, they are managing to get meals out to people who need them. Call Reach Out Morongo Basin at 760-361-1410 or Linda Geddis at 760-362-4510 for information on having meals delivered to your home.

Handy Hint:  Ten foods with a big nutritional bang for your buck are carrots, plain low-fat yogurt, cottage cheese, frozen peas, canned salmon, whole frozen turkey breast, black beans, russet potatoes, brown rice and canned tomatoes. Cost per serving ranges from 13 cents (carrots) to 88 cents (cottage cheese).

Thought for Today: If we’re not meant to have midnight snacks . . . why is there a light in the fridge? Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.

Wonder Valley seen from the top of the East Valley Mountain,
more affectionately referred to as "Mount Wonder"