Thursday, December 6, 2018

Desert Trail Column - December 6, 2018

Ted and Karen Meyers celebrate 58 years together this week. Happy anniversary, Karen and Ted!
Darlene’s Commentary:
Brrrr! Maybe Mother Nature heard me grumbling and complaining all summer. I’d better make a note to watch what I say about her! I should be thankful for our desert’s weather. Fall brought some beautiful warm days with gentle breezes, and cool, comfortable nights without the hum and rattle of the swamp coolers and air conditioners. Most nights you can look up into a sky that looks like black velvet sprinkled with diamonds of all sizes and shapes. We have amazing sunrises and sunsets that sometimes cover an entire section of sky with the brightest colors imaginable! And then we have the Sheephole Mountains that in winter can quickly change from beautiful purple to magenta to brilliant pink. We are so very lucky.
Karen’s Commentary:
I’ve purposely not mentioned the little Christmas elves, hoping they’d go away, or at least lower their personal volume controls! I already know that I’m way behind, that Christmas is less than three weeks away, that I have a ton of OTHER stuff to do besides getting ready for the holidays. So why do those cute little elves feel compelled to remind me daily? Or hourly?! I absolutely love Christmas, but it’s undoubtedly the most stressful of all the holidays for me. I thought when I got older, this love/hate relationship would end, especially since I don’t have young-uns living in the house anymore. But that apparently wasn’t the problem. I guess it’s just me. Anybody got some elf-sized pieces of duct tape?
If you would like to go to the Twentynine Palms Nutrition Site for lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Reach Out Morongo Basin will provide free rides. Pick up is at 10 a.m. and drop off is at 2 pm., both at The Palms, 83131 Amboy Road at Thompson Road. If you have a problem getting to The Palms, ROMB may pick you up and drop you off at your residence. Call 760-361-1410 for further information.
Handy Hint:
If you’re thinking of tossing a lamp that flickers when it’s on, first check for frayed wires. If there are none, then it’s probably only the bulb, which is a common cause of flickering. And remember, even a new bulb can be a dud. If the bulb isn’t at fault, try plugging it into another outlet. If that isn’t the cause either, it needs to be rewired or replaced.

Today’s Thought:
Adult rattlesnakes only eat about once every two weeks, and it’s not unusual for a rattlesnake to live 30 years.
Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.

TSS - Sunrise with the Moon and Venus