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By Annelies Kuiper
Our little Community is cold and getting colder. Jim and I fished out all the old jackets, boxes and buckets with which to cover our hose bibs, stretched the hoses out downhill and left a drippy faucet to discourage any freezing water pipes. So far so good, but the cold snap is far from over: forecasters warn us it’s going to dip into the low twenties before this wee Arctic freeze is over.
Our monthly Breakfast is going on right now; over at the Community Center on Winters Road. Please join us for a jolly good brekkie and a nice chat with some of your favorite people on the Planet: your Neighbors, yay!
So, how was your planned power outage? It only lasted four hours for us and we thought it went better than expected, although driving home from my Spanish class on the Marine Base Monday night was interesting. There I was tootling down Morongo Road at about 8:50pm, getting ready to head West on Pole Line Road to Lear Avenue and the dirt roads, when all the lights went out. It was kind of eerie to be in a world so dark, although it used to be like that every night when I first moved up here. Driving home from Spanish on Wednesday night, it was a different story, however. Multi-colored lights twinkled in the darkness all over the place. Suddenly, everyone has decorated their homes and the Mesa has been propelled into the Christmas Spirit.
My beloved Joe Bell died on Thanksgiving Night. He was 92 and I was his respite caregiver. He was a Journalist, College Professor, had six non-fiction books to his credit and wrote a weekly Column for Orange County’s “The Daily Pilot” newspaper. Joe was also a fighter Pilot during WWII and I always felt that taking good care of him was my way of thanking the American and Allied forces for liberating my People from Nazi-occupied Holland. You were the kindest man I ever met and now you’re flying with Angels. Joe, I will never forget you. Bon Voyage.
ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK
The Year 2012
By Annelies Kuiper
Our little Community held our monthly first Saturday Breakfast last week:
forty-two Adults and five Children attended. I played Cashier and it was
wonderful to see all the familiar faces and meet some new Friends. Our very
own Katie Bachler (who writes the ‘Scout’ Blog at www.highdeserttestsites.com)
arrived with her friend Neil; soon to be followed by friends Ellie from LA and
Jordan from Chicago! Such a diverse crowd and conversation sparkled. At every
table there was a healthy sprinkling of young people, as well as some of Copper
Mountain Mesa’s older, most colorful personalities! These Community Gatherings
open the heart and feed the soul in my humble opinion.
Neighbor Jay ‘Defend Joshua Tree’ Babcock was there, with his friend Stephanie,
who was really excited about a three-tiered, wooden breadbox she’d found in
the Thrift Room. She explained how she was going to refurbish it; her blue eyes
They are avidly trying to protect Joshua tree from a 9,000+sq.ft “Dollar
General Store”, currently being considered by San Bernardino County ‘Powers-
that-Be’. For more information check out: “Defend Joshua Tree: comment-
email@example.com: ‘This line in the sand is real’”.
Ten Players attended last week’s Tuesday Night Bingo and Supper Party.
Robert Peterson and Jeff Boniface prepared Tacos, served with rice and beans.
This coming Tuesday is the last Bingo until after the New Year, as Neighbors
need every minute to prepare for the Holidays. Some Folks are heading out of
town, to celebrate with Family far-away.
December Birthday wishes go out to all who celebrate their special day
this month. Daniel Gray and I share the 7th , but I believe he’s a bit younger than
I am! Hope all you fellow Hollanders out there had a ‘gezellige Sinterklaas’ (Saint
Nicholas Festival on December 5th)!
Don’t forget: Neighborhood Watch meeting is this Monday December 10 th
at 6pm, followed by the monthly CMMCA Board of Directors meeting at 7. The
new Board is comprised of: Kathy Quinn – President; Annelies Kuiper – 1 st Vice-
President; Patrick Whalen – 2nd Vice President; Mary Helen Tuttle - Treasurer,
Steve Tuttle; Ray Foyil; with Tim Atzei - Secretary. Stay well!
FIVE YEARS AGO THIS WEEK
The Year 2008
By Bob DeLoyd
THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY 2008!!!
Our little community had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner down at the Center. As 1pm rolled around I got ready to go with an apple pie and some cans of peas and corn to contribute and got there little later and started taking pictures. There were over twenty folks. I counted three turkeys that Steve Tuttle and Ray Foyil had started cooking when they arrived at the center at 6:45am. Maryhelen Tuttle was in exceptionally good cheer as she coordinated the goings on in the kitchen. Bob Seeley led the group in silent prayer to give thanks for what we are thankful for, and then it was everyone for themselves as we lined up to fill our plates with turkey, mash potatoes with gravy, stuffing, and all the usual Thanksgiving fare. The food was very good and everyone praise the gravy. I ate a little more then I should have it was so excellent!
Thought for the week: Christmas of 1941 must have been a rather harsh one filled with the uncertainties of war: Pearl Harbor with 2,403 American deaths, the fall of Hong Kong on Christmas day. It seemed the whole world had erupted into evil chaos. On Christmas Eve President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill spoke to our nation on radio from a White House that was guarded with mostly fake wooden antiaircraft guns because the real ones were in short supply. I mention this now because our nation’s future, the same nation of Christmas 1941, is again threatened by many uncertainties. The folks of Christmas 1941 triumphed over tremendous odds and evil, so shall we because this is America and we are Americans!
TEN YEARS AGO THIS WEEK
The Year 2003
By Bob DeLoyd
Our little Community had a candlelight potluck last Saturday when the electric power went out due to some poor soul who hit a utility pole down on Lear Avenue and Two Mile Road. It made for an exciting dinner using candles and flashlights. We had sweet Sherry Rotruck’s salad, with Dan Adelsperger’s Mexican meatball surprise, along with much fine fare to dine on. Then we had our Blind Auction, which was truly blind because there was still no power to the lights. All and all, we had a really great time in the dark and raised $150 for our annual Food Basket Fund Drive. Wouldn’t ya know the power to the lights came back on just as we were ending the auction and getting ready to leave.
Once we all got home most of us found that our phones didn’t work due to some kind of area outage the phone company said, and we wouldn’t have phone service until Sunday at 10 AM.
All that happened Saturday. Sunday Night Bob Seeley drove by the center and noticed that no security lights were on and notified Bob Stonebraker, who notified Steve Tuttle when he couldn’t open the circuit box with the keys he had. Steve didn’t have the key either and we opened the circuit box by cutting the lock. We threw the main breaker and nothing happen so we kind of figured that it was the fuse on the utility pole and called Edison who came out that night and replaced it. What a weekend!
LAST WEEK'S STORY
By Annelies Kuiper
Our little Community was truly a Home to be thankful for this past week. My beloved Son Erick and his wonderful Lady, Courtney stayed with us for 48 hours: what a gift. Erick grew up here on the Mesa: he and I moved up here twenty years ago when he was five and I was broken. They were hard years for him and he learned to do without all the luxuries other kids took for granted. Just getting him the five miles to the school busstop was a challenge every day; not to mention getting him home again. We made it through, however and he has grown into a splendid young Man. He is kind, compassionate, intelligent, super-handsome and very funny! Together, Courtney and Erick are even more incredibly awesome and Jim and I thoroughly enjoyed our Thanksgiving holiday! I sincerely hope all of You had a super-duper Turkey Day too.
Heads up: The Glass Outhouse Art Gallery - on Hwy 62, just East of Utah Trail in 29 - is exhibiting Works by Copper Mountain College Students, from 1 to 5pm today. Definitely worth a visit!
Last week, after my wee grumble about cacophonous scrap trucks, I had a nice chat with one of the Neighbors. He was most dreadfully sorry about the noise; said he was just trying to feed his family after recently losing his job: doing clean-ups at the request of several local property owners. Dude, I’m good with that.
Our very own Bob Deloyd was under the weather but found the strength to update us on Potluck events last Saturday: “The wonderful Potluck folks brought me a care package and put it in my mailbox outside my home: yelling my name so loudly it woke me up! Over ten folks showed up: Chris Jonas brought his macaroni salad, Dorothy Jacobsen made a great macaroni corn and carrot salad, Dyan Carroll whipped up a salmon platter and tasty calico truffle, The Kovals cooked up a tuscan chili, cup cakes and pea salad, Yvonne Frances surprised everyone with two pumpkin pies!” December Breakfast next Saturday: stay well!
A Video Blog or Some Such
by Bob DeLoyd
A short video of me on my evening walk :)