Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone, especially to my hubby, Bill. We have been together for 56 years and he is the love of my life. My life with Bill has been better than I ever imagined it could be. Thank you, Bill, for your love.
Tonto Village had a dusting of snow on Monday afternoon. In anticipation of a significant amount, my hubby broke out his snow shovel and he watched the snowflakes as they became bigger and bigger, then smaller and smaller, then stopped.
What? The last day of January? Are we sure we didn’t warp into spring and left winter behind? The drought situation is not funny, if we don’t get some kind of precipitation; we are in for a very scary spring and summer.
I had a delightful Martin Luther King Day this past Monday with two of my really good friends, Gloria and Nancy.
The weather report this morning was a bit disheartening since the temperatures will be in the 50-degree range and no rain or snow for at least another week. The weather has been crazy all over the country.
Has winter passed us by and gone on to the middle of the country? The Rim Country has had just a few inches of snow and very mild temperatures compared to most of the United States. How fortunate we are to be living in Arizona.
The Snyder family has had a wonderful Christmas. Some of the Snyder clan gathered at our house and waited until most everyone was here and then we opened our gifts.
Tonto Village has just a bit of snow still on the ground from our last storm, so it won’t be a white Christmas, but there are plenty of homes that are all dressed up for this holiday season.
Tonto Village is finally getting its bypass completed! The crews are working right at the junction of the Control Road and Johnson Boulevard.
Tonto Village has received about three to four inches of snow this past week and it is sticking around awhile because the temperatures have been very low — 30s in the daytime and the teens at night.
Can you believe it? We are already into the first week of December! I haven’t done any Christmas shopping. I did not join the crowds of shoppers who went out to the stores on Thanksgiving or even on Black Friday, I stayed home.
The Village really got dumped on with the rain and snow that started on Thursday and did not stop until Sunday morning. Most of the communities in the surrounding area all got about four inches of rain and snow.
I was watching the Food Channel on Monday and there were at least two different cooks who made great looking leftovers from all the food that was on the Thanksgiving tables.
The holiday season is starting to gear up in area retail stores. Christmas decorations are overlapping the decorations for Thanksgiving and even Home Depot is building stalls for their Christmas trees.
This past Saturday, my friends Gloria and Nancy and I drove down to the Arizona State Fair. One word: Wow! It has been years since I had been to the fair and I was blown away by the size of it.
It is almost sad to watch the trees lose all their leaves and become bare. Since the winds have picked up for the past few days, the leaf drop has accelerated so fast the sight of those trees reminds me of the upcoming colder weather to come.
I can’t help marveling over the fall colors of the aspen and maple trees. The apple trees are bending over with their bountiful harvest of golden and red apples. It is almost sad to watch the falling leaves and realize that winter will be here before you know it.
This past week has been a busy one for the Hellsgate Fire Department and the Fireflies Auxiliary and I don’t mean call outs either, although the firefighters had many of them including one on the same day as their open house Oct. 10.
Last Thursday evening, my husband and I attended a Tea Party meeting that featured a discussion regarding the re-introduction of the Mexican gray wolf into the Rim Country.There were ranchers there from northern Arizona who spoke of the destruction of their cattle by the wolf. There are mixed feelings from the general population regarding the gray wolf.
The beautiful autumn season is here. The weather is perfect, the apples are falling and the temperatures in the early morning are around 39 degrees. What could be better? The squirrels are scampering around either playing or fighting over acorns, I can’t tell, but they are fun to watch.
I’m back! My husband and I took off for Iowa on Sept. 4, traveled to Des Moines, Iowa, Berwick, Pa. and Rawlings, Md.
The Village was roaring over the weekend, literally! The Modified Motorcycle Association held its yearly rally in the Village.
Monday evening it poured! I’m not sure how much rain fell in such a short time, but it came down so fast, my rain gutters couldn’t hold the water and overflowed.
The summer is moving along too fast. There are only nine days left to the month of August. The monsoons are now hit and miss, teasing us with sprinkles almost every afternoon, so I guess that season is just about over.
What happened to the monsoon rains? I am wondering whether the season is already over.
I love the monsoon weather! Plants that I thought were dried up are now coming back.
August! Already! The summer is passing way too fast. I haven’t even had time to go fishing!
The monsoon storms have arrived with a vengeance causing damage throughout the Rim Country. Tonto Village was fortunate in that no major damage has been reported. My back yard rain gauge measured 3.75 inches of rain since Tuesday morning.
The past two weeks have been sorrowful, hectic and enjoyable.
The residents of the small community of Tonto Village opened their hearts and their pocketbooks to help the families of Yarnell on Saturday, July 6.
It’s been a hard week for so many. How do I begin this column? There has been so much happening that I feel numb.
Tonto Village is in mourning this week since learning of the passing of one of the Village’s longtime residents, Charles “Charlie” Terry.
This past week has been pretty rough on the Snyder family. Illness has plagued us for more than two weeks now and the doctor has diagnosed bronchitis.
Happy Flag Day! For those of you who do not realize it, today is the day to show your patriotism and fly Old Glory.
The U.S. Forest Service has announced it has a brand new Web site that can be checked out for fire restrictions.
The big Memorial weekend is now behind us. Tonto Village was full to overflowing with part-time residents enjoying the cool weather and primping up their cabins for the summer.
The big Memorial Day weekend is here, which means to Tonto Village a surge in visitors and part-time residents opening up their cabins for the summer season.
Last Friday afternoon my husband and I attended a performance of The Shelby School’s version of “The Wizard of Oz.” What a great production these kids put on — from first-graders to high school age. They outdid themselves in a very enjoyable performance.
Cinco de Mayo — meaning the 5th of May — is this weekend. It commemorates the Battle of Puebla in which outnumbered Mexican troops defeated the invading French soldiers.
The month of April is just about over — there are only about four days left. The Village is still showing off with the fruit trees busting with blooms and the iris and tulips are just starting to show off, along with the wild grape hyacinths.
The air smells so sweet with the blossoms just starting to come into full bloom on the apple trees.
Tonto Village was covered in white on Tuesday morning. What a shock that was. I am positive that the calendar says April, synonymous with spring, warm weather, flowers, etc.
Spring is a wonderful time of year with a feeling of renewal as all the flowers and trees come to life.
The month of March is just about history with only this week left, but it is a very important Holy Week for Christians as well as for the Jewish community celebrating Passover.
This past week has definitely improved over last week. For one thing, no more snow!
What a week! Tonto Village was hammered by a blinding snowstorm last Friday, which continued into Saturday.
If I didn’t know that the Rim Country is expecting another storm this weekend, I would think that spring has sprung.
February is gone! Come on March and warmer weather and hopefully no more snow.
Tonto Village is pretty much hunkered down from the snowstorm, and activities have come to a screeching halt.
What a weekend! I thought that the snow would never stop.