Thursday, February 23, 2017

Desert Trail column for February 22, 2017

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 discussed our phone bill charges a few weeks ago, but how about those Edison bills? Wow! To say they just keep going up and up is an understatement! It seems like every other month there’s a paper included with the bill saying in legal terms and lawyer-speak that our rates will be going up again. We’ve been told by an SCE representative that pumps of any kind are some of the biggest culprits when it comes to electricity usage. This is not good news to us since we have a pond pump, a fresh water pump and a well pump that are all used year around at our house. And I would really gripe and moan and groan about it more except for one thing – I know how lucky I am to at least HAVE a well, a fresh water tank and a pond, or even just electricity. So, when I look at it that way, the irritation of paying so much comes down a few notches on the intensity scale.

Darlene’s Commentary: I want to tell you about this amazing little device that has helped my broken foot to heal better and faster. It is called the Exogen Ultrasound Bone Healing System, and I use it at home once a day for 20 minutes. The ultrasound waves go right through the skin and soft tissue to reach the fracture, and you don’t feel anything except a little tingle. The Exogen device has an internal patient usage monitor that records the date, time and duration of each treatment – amazing! I started the treatments six weeks ago, and at that time my foot was in major pain. At this time my foot has no pain at all. Now if I can just remove the “moon boot” (with my doctor’s permission of course), I will be a very happy camper, walking on two feet! I must rephrase that – I’ll be a very happy camper, walking on two feet VERY CAREFULLY.

The Food for Life Ministry cooks and serves delicious hot meals every Saturday at the Church of the Nazarene, 72603 Juanita, from 3 to 5 p.m. The meals are free, and if you have a problem getting to the church, Reach Out Morongo Basin will deliver them to your home at no charge. Call 760-361-1410 for further information.

Handy Hint: Bounce dryer sheets repel mosquitoes.

Thought for Today: When I was a child, I thought nap time was punishment. Now it’s like a mini vacation.

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