We need rain! If anyone out there knows of a good rain dance, please start now and don’t stop until you hear raindrops falling on Rim roofs.
I spoke to acting fire chief Dave Bathke of Hellsgate Fire Department today and he wanted me to stress the importance of fire safety. Among other precautions, this means no smoking outside vehicles and for heaven’s sake, don’t throw the butt out the window! It also means no shooting of any kind, no open fires of any time. The forest is so dry that all it would take is just a tiny spark to start a major brush or forest fire.
The traffic this past weekend was very heavy both on Friday and Sunday. It was tough getting out of Tonto Village with a great big long line of vehicles — first heading up to the campgrounds on Friday and then returning to the Valley on Sunday. The Forest Service was out in full force checking the camping areas, which also included unimproved areas where the campers found a good spot. Thank goodness, the campers adhered to the rules and there were no fires to report in our area.
Double D doings
Ethel and Danny Cain are sponsoring a 4th of July parade on Saturday, July 5. Any manner of entries are encouraged — such as decorated quads, floats, pets, kids in costume and fire engines and just about anything that can walk. The entries will line up at the Tonto Village Chapel parking lot beginning at 1 p.m.
Later in the afternoon favorite local singer Lynda St. John will be singing in the patio area of the Double D. There will also be hot dogs available for sale. The dogs will be cooked on the grill in the patio area.
There are no birthdays for the last week in June. But in July, Jake Garrett of Tonto Village II will celebrate his day on July 2; Marie Coley of Tonto Village I will add another candle to her birthday cake on July 3. On July 6, Rick and Theresa Meeker will commemorate 41 years of marriage.
Other celebrations include, on July 7, Ethel Cain of the Double D will add another candle to her birthday cake, and sharing that day is Roger Boyington; July 9, Christopher Creek resident and sometime nine-ball player at the Double D Patti Boeschling has a birthday.
Watch out for angry buzzing
A warning to those of you who do yard work ... my husband was clearing out some brush in the front of our yard, when suddenly he was attacked by dozens of angry buzzing insects. We’re not sure if they were bees, wasps or hornets; they looked smaller than any of those, but they carried a powerful sting. Bill was stung at least a dozen times and they even followed him into the house. He said that they were swarming in an old railroad tie on the side of our front yard. The stings looked like welts and swelled up immediately and hurt. Until I was able to get to town to buy Benedryl, he put alcohol on the bites, and I took out the stingers. Who knew that we could have “killer” insects in Tonto Village.
Recipe of the week
This recipe is from the cookbook “Fireflies Can Cook,” submitted by Dara Sutton of Bear Flat. Dara tells me that this is one of her husband’s favorite dinner meals.
1-1/2 pounds of steak barbecued on the grill and then cut into 1-1/2-inch cubes.
1-1/2 cups mayonnaise (not salad dressing)
1/2 cup sour cream
1 lemon (squeezed and juiced)
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
Combine dressing with the cubed steak. Garnish with lettuce, hard-boiled eggs and tomato wedges. Salt and pepper to taste. Or make a basic dinner salad and add the steak and salad dressing.
Try this salad for the 4th of July and wow your guests. The salad is that good.