Spring Beginning To Flirt With Rim Country

Buds are on the fruit trees, crocus are popping up as well as the daffodils and tulips.

Buds are on the fruit trees, crocus are popping up as well as the daffodils and tulips.

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This past week has definitely improved over last week. For one thing, no more snow! In fact it looks as if spring has sprung. Buds are on the fruit trees, crocus are popping up as well as the daffodils and tulips. I noticed this morning that there are also buds popping on the lilac bushes. What a wonderful time of year for new beginnings.

Corned beef contest

Bill and I were invited to Bear Flat for St. Patrick’s dinner at Mary and Denny Kindler’s home and what a treat it was. Both Denny and Denny Cahill made their own version of corned beef. They said that the whole process takes about a week to season and cure. What an undertaking. Each of them used different spices to season the beef and it was a contest whose corned beef was the best. I liked them both, so it was hard to judge. If I had to choose, I would say it was a tie. Thank you Mary and Denny for a great way to spend St. Patrick’s Day, many stories of Ireland were told along with family histories.

I am looking forward to attending this year’s edition of the Mogollon Health Alliance Women’s Wellness Forum on Saturday, March 23. The theme is Straight From the Heart featuring keynote speaker, Abby Rike. I have attended this wonderful event for many years

and I have never been disappointed. The organizers do such a great job every year.

Have you figured out your taxes to the IRS yet? I have dragged my feet on this, but I am finally ready for the tax preparer. I know that we will have to pay, so I almost wait for the last minute to send the money into the government. I am all for a flat tax rate, but it will probably never happen.

Birthdays

For the week of March 24, there is only one birthday to recognize. Lenny Trujillo of Mead Ranch will add another year on March 25. Lenny is part of the Hellsgate Fire Department and is stationed out of station #23 in Mead Ranch. Happy birthday to you, Lenny.

Shelby School

The 20 girls of the Shelby School Girl Scout Troop #397 had a very successful cookie sale. The proceeds will buy their uniforms and badges, and help toward the expense of their upcoming stay at Shadow Rim Girl Scout Camp the first weekend of April. Thanks to all the friends and neighbors who bought the delicious cookies!

The Shelby School, an Arizona Charter School with an academic emphasis and a focus on the arts, is now enrolling students for the 2013-2014 school year. With a commitment to small class sizes, The Shelby School serves grades K-8, offering full-day kindergarten at no extra cost. The school welcomes you to call (928) 478-4706 to schedule a visit to the campus in the tall pines. Students will be enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis. If an enrollment cap is reached for a grade level, students will be placed on a waiting list for the new year!

Double D doings

St. Patrick’s Day at the Double D Café and Saloon was a big event. Not only did they give away a dinner of corned beef and cabbage, but a popular 8-ball pool game was going on as well. The winners were Rudy Weaver, first place; Harvey Poyner, second place; and Betty Koutz, third place.

Don’t forget the Wild West Party on Saturday, March 23. Dress up in your dude duds or funkiest western outfit and get your vocal chords all tuned up for a karaoke session featuring Cody Gibson as emcee. The party should start somewhere around 7 p.m., but get there early for a good seat, sit back and enjoy the music and have fun listening to would-be singers.

Some Christian one-liners:

• Don’t let your worries get the best of you; remember, Moses started out as a basket case.

• Some people are kind, polite, and sweet spirited until you try to sit in their pews.

Next week: a recipe from the Fireflies’ cookbook.

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