According to the groundhog in Pennsylvania, we will have an early spring. From what I have observed over the past few weeks, that may be so.
OMG!!! The weather has been just crazy! Just about everyone in Tonto Village has had some kind of issues with this unusual weather.
The month is going too fast. Next week is the last week of January!
Brrr! Talk about being cold! Tonto Village has experienced frozen pipes, drafty windows and plenty of icy streets.
Is it cold enough for you? If not, wait a few days; the weather people say that it will be getting colder.
Tonto Village has turned into a winter wonderland in the past few days.
I hope that all my readers had a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends and that you got everything that you desired. This year my husband and I decided to stay in the Village. Our second daughter and our son-in-law came up after Christmas to visit with us for a few days and enjoy the rest of the snow.
Oh my! Look at the date on the paper ... The world is supposed to end today. I haven’t heard a time when this is supposed to happen, maybe you will have time to read this column before the end comes.
The weather forecasters have announced that there will be some rain or snow by Friday. Whoopee!!!
Where did winter go? There has been no rain or snow in a few months now and according to the weather reports I listened to, the precipitation is not on the horizon.
Today is the last day of November which means that the holiday season gets under way in earnest.
Since you are reading this column on Friday, Thanksgiving Day is over, except for the leftovers. How many ways can you fix leftover turkey?
There was frost on the pumpkin this past week! In fact it was downright cold.
By today, everyone should know who will lead our country. I pray that whichever candidate won that he leads with the Lord’s help. Our nation is on the brink of ____ (you can fill in the blank).
Oh! My gosh! The political ads will stop after Nov. 6. Will anyone miss them?
The scariest and spookiest and the most fun for kids is almost here. Of course it has to be Halloween day
The fire season is not over. On Oct. 14, about 10:30 a.m., a fire was reported to the Forest Service and Tonto National Forest.
I cannot believe these past two weeks.
The outdoors has been the place to be this past week; the weather has been perfect.
Ahh — autumn! — No bug bites Autumn has arrived like a lamb.
Haven’t the days been picture perfect? The weather has finally broke from the monsoon rains and the nasty humidity.
Do you remember where you were on Sept. 11, 2001? That day was horrifying, scary, and bewildering for me.
Tonto Village rocked this past weekend with a barbecue by the Hellsgate auxiliary at fire station #22, and the Modified Motorcycle Camp and Jam.
Today is the last day of August, where did the summer go?
What a downpour Tonto Village had on Monday afternoon. In the span of about half an hour, the rain was measured at about an inch.
Camp Tontozona will be active again. What great news! The ASU football team, the Sun Devils, will be holding practice sessions and a scrimmage this week.
celebrating her birthday today.
It was difficult to type in August so soon. It seems as if the summer has flown by much too quickly. I have not gone fishing as much as I have wanted or gone somewhere I have not been to, but wait ... that’s not true.
Have you ever gone to Young? We have been thinking of making the trip for quite a while, so we decided to make the trip this past weekend, which was a perfect time.
Finally!!!! The clouds opened up and let go with a considerable amount of rain for Payson and the surrounding area. The rain totals were widely spread from a small amount to three inches in some places.
Since I am writing this column on Tuesday, I do not know if we had the rainfall that was predicted for Wednesday, the 4th of July. According to the Payson Ranger Station, the Tonto National Forest is closed to camping and hiking because of the extreme dryness of the forest and the safety of people because of bear attacks. Even a simple task such as walking your animals in the forest is prohibited.
The month of June is just about over, but not without some scary moments around Tonto Village. By now everyone knows that there have been three bear attacks within our vicinity and one of those attacks was quite severe. So far, there have been three tracked down by Arizona Game and Fish and killed. One bear was killed on Saturday and two were killed on Sunday. Wherever there are campers and campsites there are the signs posted to be aware of bears — But who pays attention?
Who turned up the thermostat? That sun is extremely strong. I hope that everyone is wearing sun block. Since Sunday was Father’s Day, my hubby wanted to go fishing, and wow, the heat and sun wore him out pretty fast. He did have a good time and he did land a few fish, enough for a good meal. One word of caution as you fish: be aware of your surroundings because of snakes.
It has been a busy June for me and for the Hellsgate Fireflies Auxiliary. This past Saturday, the auxiliary participated in the Bashas’ Food Festival in the Bashas’ parking lot. There were many vendors selling various things including food and crafts.
The big news this week is the “missing” bear. This big, bad bear attacked a lady inside her tent at the Ponderosa Campground recently and he is still at large. Arizona Game and Fish personnel have closed that campground along with the Bear Flat campground on the 405 Road and extended the closure into the Hellsgate Wilderness area. For more current information, contact the Payson Ranger Station at (928) 474-7900 or the Arizona Game and Fish Headquarters at 800-970-2327. Many campers do not give a thought about the wild creatures that inhabit our forests and a “bear alert” is very serious. Every camper needs to inform themselves about safe camping in bear country.
The month of May is now behind us for another year, but not without a few surprises. Last week the temperature got down to freezing in the village and killed a few of my flowers, and left shriveled up leaves on many of the shrubs and trees including my neighbor’s grape vines. I only hope that what ever blossoms were on the apple tress that they survived that frost.
This weekend is a big holiday for many of us. Do you know the significance of the Memorial Day holiday? It is not just about an extra day off from work, having a barbecue or camping out in the forest, etc. It is about honoring those men and women who sacrificed their lives in one of our many wars and they did it unselfishly to keep our nation free from hostile countries. It is about placing ‘Old Glory’ on a veteran’s grave or leaving a red poppy, which is a symbol of those who died.
The wildfire season is here with a vengeance. Our forest is very dry and according to the Payson Ranger station, the Sunflower area is on restriction as of Tuesday, May 15. Other parts of Tonto National Forest will be under campfire restrictions by the end of this week. There is a Web site available to voice your opinion on restrictions of campfires from May 1 to July 15. The site is: http://www.campfireslimited.com. There are other Web sites to check also, they are: SWEG http://gacc.nifc.gov/swcc/index.htm. A phone number to call for information is 1-877-864-6985.
It’s planting time! The threat of frost is still with us, but we will start with frost resistant veggies and cross our fingers that there will not be a bad cold snap. Maybe a great way to start your garden is to buy that special mother(s) in your life a starter plant such as a tomato plant or something you would like to grow and eat and present it to her on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there, have a wonderful day.
What a fantastically grand and wonderful week the Snyder family had! My brother Larry Henrickson came to visit us all the way from Berwick, Pa. — And he drove! Larry has a black 1988 Cadillac Coup de Ville with a burgundy leather interior. What a car! He tried to register it at the car show, but was told the car was too new. Larry is a big fan of car shows (he fixes up old cars and shows them in his hometown), and of NASCAR. Retired driver, Jimmy Spencer lives in Berwick and has a garage there. So naturally, my brother kept track of his career with NASCAR. Jimmy now emcees on the Speed channel.
Tonto Village is blooming all over. All the fruit trees have survived that freak snowstorm of a few weeks ago. The irises are showing off with beautiful shades of purple and lavender, yellow and white. Many of the residents have the flowers along their fences and it looks so pretty. I have heard quite a bit of sneezing, though, including me. Something that is blooming tickles the nose. I can handle that since everything blooming looks so nice.
What crazy weather! Tonto Village got about two inches of snow this past weekend. My concern was the apple blossoms, I sure do want apples this year, but the buds had not developed enough, so I think it will be OK. I love spring because it is a time of renewal, not just of nature showing off, but it can be of faith, relationships, a hobby that you set aside to finish whenever or even of a love affair that didn’t quite finish in the right way. I listened to the local weather report this morning and the forecast is favorable for outdoor projects — specifically, finishing the siding on our new addition, but I was also thinking of fishing. I am starting to get fishing fever. It is time to make time!
This past week was a wonderful Holy Week for the Snyder family. I was fortunate enough to be invited to the pageant held in Mesa at the LDS church. I have never seen the performance before and the whole thing just blew me away! There were hundreds of people there to watch the most amazing cast, almost 600 in all — not including the live animals. I was told that there was a performance each day during Holy Week and there were just as many guests at every pageant performance.
The Snyder clan increased by one this past weekend with the addition of a new granddaughter-in-law. Sarah Richardson of Mesa, Ariz. became the bride of our grandson Brian. The wedding took place at the Fiesta Fountains in Mesa. The place is extraordinary! There were three weddings taking place basically at the same time. The facility is extremely well organized and decorated for each individual wedding. Brian and Sarah’s wedding was a tear jerker, but then aren’t all weddings? Congratulations to the newlyweds.
Last Saturday, my neighbor and I attended the 14th annual Women’s Wellness Forum sponsored by the Mogollon Health Alliance. The keynote speaker this year was Jason Schechterle. What a fantastic speaker! He is truly a man who was handed a lemon, and he made lemonade. He was inspiring. The breakout sessions were exceptional with information on women’s wellness. The day was definitely one of the best Wellness Forums that I have participated in; and out of the 14 held, I have probably been to at least 12.
This past Tuesday was the first day of spring, believe it or not. Tonto Village, along with the surrounding communities, Bear Flat and Mead Ranch, all were dumped on with about 15 inches of snow. So far, the amount of precipitation amounts to 1.5 inches, but there is still a deficit of about 6 inches according to a Bear Flat resident, who has kept records for many years on rainfall and snow accumulation. When I was a kid living in upstate New York, I can remember looking out the window on the first day of spring and seeing just about as much snow when I expected to see spring flowers. What a disappointment that was.
Does anyone know where San Tan Valley is? I found out this past weekend when I was invited to my future granddaughter-in-law’s bridal shower. I could not tell if I was in Apache Junction, Florence or where. I drove down on Saturday, and took the easiest route to get there, Route 87 to U.S. 60 and then to the bride’s mother’s house. The trip took me two-and-a-half hours. It is out in the middle of nowhere with big, ranch-like homes with plenty of horses. The bridal shower was a huge success, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself, meeting other family members and the wedding party. But when it came time for me to leave — early, because I wanted to beat the daylight coming back up the mountain — I made a wrong turn and got lost! Before I realized it, I was 20 miles out of my way. I finally stopped to ask directions to U.S. 60 and got back on track.
Tonto Village, Bear Flat and Christopher Creek were blessed with some rain and snow on Monday and early Tuesday. It didn’t amount to a whole lot, maybe about a quarter of an inch or a bit more. But at this point we will take what we can get, since we need the moisture so badly. The wind was a bit much, blowing about 30 mph, but that blew the clouds to the Rim. I have not heard how much snow the Rim got.
I spotted the first robin of the season this past week feeding with the other birds in our back yard. I guess that means that spring is not too far away. Even my rose bushes are sprouting new growth and so is the parsley and sage. The garlic I planted a few years ago has already come up and an odd thing — I have a whole garlic sitting on my window sill and I noticed that the whole clove has sprouted! Now what? Do I just leave it be and cut off the green shoots, or do I get a pot of soil and plant them? Any advice out there?
The big parties are over for now, Arizona has had a wonderful 100th birthday bash all over the state, and most of the celebrations were free, which is a good thing since the economy is in such bad shape. Valentine’s Day has come and gone with an abundance of all kinds of flowers, (mostly roses), candy, balloons and teddy bears. I hope that your Valentine’s Day was a good one. My hubby, always the romantic, was very original this year. He presented me with a 20 gauge shotgun, double barreled, and made in Brazil.