Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Hi-Desert Star Column #219

Our little Community has been really unpredictable this week; well, when it comes to the temperatures outside anyway! The week before, when Jim and I drove down to Indio for my eye surgery, the temps were sweltering at 100 degrees. We even had one of the local Gopher snakes come to visit us on the porch, on his way to raiding the sparrows nest! The birds were making such a ruckus that we went to investigate and sure enough, there was Mr. Gopher snake, all wrapped around the post, ready to enter the bird’s nest for some scrumptious just hatched chicks for supper. Jim took pity on the birds and removed the snake gently. He was about five feet long and seemed unperturbed when we held him for a while, before releasing him in the north field. Two days later he was back by the porch, sunning himself quietly: just a super-calm dude waiting for his meal!

So sunny and warm that grass is growing under our feet.
Suddenly, shrieking winds brought Arctic temperatures howling across the Desert and it’s freezing cold again. We’re back in pants and sweaters, while Mr. Gopher snake has probably retreated underground! That old Brownie saying: “Be prepared” certainly holds merit up here in the high Desert. We’ve had a fire the last three mornings, just to warm up the cabin so I can take a shower before school! No doubt, next week, our little cooler will be running as sweltering temps return.

We held our monthly Breakfast last week and enjoyed a rockin’ good turnout! I didn’t have to wear my Server’s hat and dash around madly keeping the orders churning. No; I got to sit with my friends and have a lovely breakfast at my leisure; I was under strict doctor’s orders not to exert myself and I gladly obeyed!

Gardening time is here and Jim has been working the soil in readiness for our Spring crops. He uses the Farmers Almanac calendar and gardens by the moon. It’s amazing how that little rock, hurtling through space 200,000 miles away regulates the Earth’s ocean tides as well as best gardening times: stay well!

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