Good afternoon or early evening everyone.  Haven’t been back on the horse full time yet, but I’m working on it.  These sunny days are great if only the cold wind would split.  I’m losing most of my blooms and I don’t like it!  However, hanging laundry to dry makes it worth it.  Heading to the Homeland tomorrow for a doctor’s appointment.  I hope to lines are not too long, however, it won’t be long before the new lanes will be open (Mexicali crossing). This should clear up the back up and wait times.  Okay, I just called the Municipal Delegation’s Office to find out about property taxes.  There have been reports that some taxes have been lowered and some raised quite a bit.  She told me, yes, they are reappraising properties at Rancho El Dorado and campos, but not in town. She said it was necessary because some folks were paying taxes on empty lots and have now built big homes. If you have any questions regarding your tax bill, you can go to their office, next to the fire department.  I’m glad they’re not doing it it town, however, Skooter wouldn’t let them in anyway.  Thursday afternoons at El Dorado Ranch, always at a different person’s home, there is a little get together with food and fire, if needed.  It used to be pretty much all Americans and now it’s pretty much all Canadians and a few of us Americans.  It’s a lot of fun and the food is always good.

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Happy New Year everyone.  I know it’s been a long time since I’ve written anything, but in that time, I’ve had three kids.  Two are now in college and one getting ready to graduate.  Not!  I simply took some time off until the writing bug came back.  Margaret Reisch Downing will also be back ~ tomorrow or Thursday, to be exact.  (It looks like Thursday as I didn’t get mine up yesterday).  I look forward to her writings as she’s very talented.  We’ve lost friends and neighbors during 2015 and met new friends and neighbors.  I stopped playing volleyball at El Dorado for a bit (cold wind – warm pool) however, I plan to start up again when we have sunny, sunny days.  A lot has happened since I last wrote.  I’ve been on a few desert runs; parties and a couple of trips down south. I am freaking out right now because I hit what I thought was “Save Draft” and I lost three paragraphs. Oh well; I was babbling on about what I’ve been doing so I’ll just give you a short recap.  Lots of Thursday evening get togethers with friends at the Ranch; desert runs, although I haven’t taken my Barney out this winter.  The battery is dead and it’s also too cold because you sit so high.  I plan to paint it the same color when it warms up and get a new battery for it.  We had a nice time Christmas Eve driving from the cop shop and all over town in rigs all lit up.  Judy and Dan Martin have been instrumental in keeping this Christmas Eve tradition going for almost twenty years. After the run, everyone met up at the Martins’ home for homemade chicken soup and chili and lots of other goodies.  It’s a great group and I’m glad to be included.  By the way, I’m uploading the entire album to Facelessbook, so you can see the photos not posted here.  #Bajakat!

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I’m back!  I’ve taken a bit of a vacation from writing the Korner, partly because of writer’s block and laziness.  I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving Day and if you didn’t go to the states for shopping on “Black Friday”, you’re resting and eating turkey sandwiches.  I actually started this column November 17 and I put up the photos, but didn’t write anything.  Okay, today is the Rancho Percebu Poker Run and it’s a lot of fun.  The cost is $20 and this includes free food and drinks for participants.  It’s also a great party after and during the run.  [This was supposed to have been uploaded yesterday!  Sorry, but it’s not too late to go for the party.]

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