Monday, November 30, 2015

Hi-Desert Star Column #252, December 3, 2015

Our little Community was freezing recently, with night-time temperatures around 30 degrees. We still have one tomato plant in the garden, which is absolutely laden with green tomatoes. We covered all our more fragile plants and, so far, have managed to keep things from freezing. I also have a Jacaranda, which, as a tropical tree, has no business being up here in the cold. I planted this poor tree in 1994, because I remember the delicate lavender flowers of the Jacarandas so affectionately from my childhood in Nairobi, Kenya. It’s only 6 feet tall and flowered once in all the 21 years it has been clinging to life on the Mesa! Conditions can be so harsh up here in the higher elevations of the Mojave Desert.

Speaking of which, the cold and discomfort chased off the new Neighbors I told you about a few columns ago. Their landlord was just so mean: ridiculing them because they complained about the cold and wanted him to install some sort of heating; as per rental agreement compliance. So, long story short: our new friends moved; taking their two dogs with them. I am really sad about that, I cannot lie!

Fortunately, our little home is warm and toasty thanks to our trusty, wood-burning stove and the mountain of wood donated to us by our beloved long-time CMM resident, Earl Wilbert. Thank you, Earl; we appreciate you! Thanks to Steve Tuttle for driving trailers of wood over and helping us unload it too. Now that’s what I call right Neighborly!

Our monthly Breakfast is this Saturday, December 5, from 8-11a.m. Please join us at the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center, 65336 Winters Road in North Joshua Tree. All your favorite Volunteers will be here to cook for you and serve you the most yummelicious Brekkie ever!

Check out the Copper Mountain College 49 bucks Art Sale, happening this Saturday December 5th in the Bell Center Community Room. Both renowned and unknown Artists donate a piece of Art on a 5”x7” canvas. You come along and purchase your favorite piece and the proceeds go to the Art Program at the College. With complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar; the fun starts at 4p.m.

Stay well!

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