Desertscape Resident Newsletter

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Hello…I hope everyone had an enjoyable, safe 4th of July!

I spent the 4th at the Avondale Raceway. It was a Blast. Plenty of Fireworks, Live Music, and Food. And I was in bed before 11:30 pm. I hope all of the pets were able to enjoy/tolerate the 4th of July!

Our Community is an Awesome Resort for all of our Residents to Enjoy! We are working on the Beautification of our Resort. People are stepping up their game to make each lot pleasant to view. This is where the Value of the Resort is seen through our Eyes and the eyes of the guests who come and visit the Resort. Please continue to improve your lots appearance, so that we can all enjoy the fruits-of-our labor and bring Value to the Community.

We are looking forward to some upcoming Events in August. We are scheduling a Taco Truck to feed all of those who appreciate Taco Tuesday. In addition, we are looking at having an Ice Cream truck come to the Resort and serve-up a scoop or two of Ice Cream to the residents.

The winner of the “Give Us A Review” contest is…James Duke from site D040. He will receive a $50.00 credit to his month’s rent charge.

Thank you!

Ronald English Community Manager


2050 W Dunlap Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85021


OFFICE HOURS: 9-4 Monday-Friday, Closed Saturday, Sunday by Appointment Only

2050 W Dunlap Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85021

Office .........................................................(602) 943-5833

After hours contact Bill Hegwood (702) 224-5190

Kim Nelson, Sales .......................................(602) 943-5833

Gail Brazell, Activity Director .......................(602) 327-8125


Kathy Snider


Pam Qandil


Jo Schafrik

This publication is intended to provide entertainment and generalized information to the residents of Cobblestone Communities (Cobblestone) only. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of Cobblestone, Desertscape, or its Management Team, and they are not responsible for any content, and do not endorse any advertisers.


August Birthdays

George Loonsfoot

8-2 Vicki King

8-16 Cheryl Ringer

8-4 Murfi Thomas

8-6 Diana Prock

8-5 Linda Richards

8-12 Mary Jane Caraher

8-12 Corey Blair

8-15 Jeff Neal

8-18 Susanna Willey

8-24 Linda Lewin

8-12 Mary McDougale

8-24 Mary Hathaway

8-26 Jose Camargo

8-27 Judy Hegwood

8-29 Daphane Downs

8-31 Darlene Payne


August. The Dog Days of Summer! Why the Dog Days? It is when the constellation Sirius would appear in the sky just before the Sun, near the end of July, which marked the beginning of the very hottest days of the year. Not really true here because our hottest days seem to be in June. Statistically, that is wrong by average, but June does have the hottest days and July the hottest average. Remember 122°? That was in June. So, the average temp in June is 104°, July is 106°, and August 105°. September is only 100° and I like the direction this is going. Unfortunately, July and August are the most humid. Bummer, I hate humidity. But now we have two of the hottest months in the books, with only one to go. Well, two. September in the desert is miserable too. Halfway is good!

Construction is continuing at a frantic pace. Will the construction be done at the end of this month? Well, it is possible. NFL preseason starts August 8th! That would be fun if you had the NFL network. College football begins August 24th. Unless you have some obscure TV package, you’ll need to be satisfied by checking the scores after the games. Again, the Diamondbacks are flirting with mediocracy, but if they can put together a couple winning streaks, the playoffs might be possible.

So, other than talking about the weather or pending football games, there isn’t much going on. I heard there was a small riot when Ron announced that the palm tree trimming was postponed until October. Wait! Did I dream that or was it a remnant memory from last year? I can’t remember, were they trimmed last month?

Hanging out with Joyce Valenzuela and Helen Bartz

I came from Indiana 37 years ago. Still wouldn’t trade our summers for their winters, no matter how much milder they are now. There is still family there. Distance does not necessarily make the heart grow fonder. I love living at Desertscape with all of its plusses and minuses. The people I’ve met and come to know have been wonderful. I hope when/if I’m able to retire from the library to get a pooch just like Charlie, Ginny Bradshaw’s dog who is invariably waiting for me most mornings when I walk by. I have a treat and lots of loving for that boy.

I like to lend a hand in the Park because I have been so blessed with abundance. Without sharing I am not fulfilling my life. I have been given so much and want to give something back.


Home of the Month

CONGRATULATIONS to Linda Miller whose beautiful home located at R 254 deserves to win the August 2024 Home of the Month.


by Kim Nelson

Hello from Kim Nelson here in the Sales department at Desertscape. As the temperatures are getting hot, I thought it would be nice to put in some information about air conditioner maintenance. I feel this is very useful, and helpful information:

Signs your A/C needs maintenance

• The A/C is blowing warm air.

• The air conditioner thermostat isn’t working, it just may need a battery.

• The A/C unit is causing unusual sounds or odors.

• Leaking or moisture around the air conditioner.

• The A/C is not cooling evenly between rooms.

• The A/C frequently cycles on and off.

• High energy bills when weather has not changed.

A/C Annual Check Up

Perform a comprehensive air conditioner inspection, and have the system checked for overheating.

Spring and Fall Maintenance tasks:

• In the Spring clean the area around the outdoor unit, check coils and clean as needed, and be sure to change out your A/C filter monthly when it is due.

• In the Fall, check outdoor unit condenser and the coils, do any necessary cleaning, and test to ensure it works properly.

• Please, make sure that you have plans made in advance in case your A/C goes down, and stock up on water in advance. As always, my door is open, and you are welcome anytime.

Stay cool and be sure to keep hydrated during the dog days of Summer.

Kind regards, Kim Nelson

Home Specialist

623-206-4602 Cell | 602-943-5833 Office

My email address is: Link to our website:

Recipe of the Month

PARMESAN TILAPIA, from Patrick McCombs


• 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

• 2 tsp. Paprika

• 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

• Salt and pepper to taste

• 4 Tilapia fillets (you can use any mild white fish)

• 1 Tbsp. olive oil

Whisk Parmesan cheese, paprika, salt and pepper in a shallow dish.

Coat fillets in olive oil and press into Parmesan cheese mixture. Arrange on baking sheet (I use silicon mats, but foil sprayed with a nonstick spray will work as well).

Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees until fish flakes easily with a fork (10-12 minutes).

Serve with your favorite tartar sauce.


Still going strong, the Men’s Breakfast Club meets every Wednesday at 8:25 in front of the Clubhouse. Head over to the Clubhouse in time to join the carpool or drive directly to Denny’s Metro and enjoy a Grand Slam and good company.

ACTIVITY DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE by Gail Brazell August Birthday Bash

Hello to my fellow Desertscapers. August is here with school in the Fall, so why is our temperature still in the upper 90s and lower 100s? Well, as I have said, it beats shoveling snow.

I hope you are enjoying Coffee and Donuts being back each Friday morning along with updates from the office on activities and construction. I know it’s been a long, hot summer without the use of our swimming pool and other facilities and gatherings. Please, hang in there just a bit longer. I truly believe when you see the new facilities you will feel it was all worth the inconvenience we went through.

Remember to stay hydrated and take care of yourselves.

Gail Brazell

Activities Director

WOMEN’S CLUB by President Sheri Kramer

While the Desertscape clubhouse in under renovation, the Women’s Club has been on hiatus as we are unable to plan any activities for the community at this time. We are putting together ideas of activities for when the clubhouse is once again useable to the community.

With that being said, the Women’s Club is working behind the scenes to help our community. Many of our residents do not know that within the past year, the Women’s Club has raised funds from our Bake Sale, Soup Sale and Yard Sale refreshment sales. We have determined that from these activities, we as a Club will be able to make donations to a charity outside of the Park that helps the community as well as donations within our community that will help some of our own residents.

We are hoping that by our first meeting in the month of September we will have decided as to who will be receiving our donations.


Women’s Club President Sheri Kramer


The August Birthday Bash will be on Tuesday, August 13 at 5:30 at AH-SO Sushi and Steak located at 6033 West Bell Road, Glendale 85308. AH-SO is a Teppanyaki style restaurant, and the patrons are seated around the grill. It’s a lot of fun to interact with the chefs while they cook your meals.

The Birthday Bash get-togethers are open to everyone, it doesn’t have to be your birthday so please come and join the fun. The more the merrier! If you plan to attend, please give Gail a call at 602-327-1825 so she can get a headcount. Gail will also try to coordinate transportation, so don’t let issues with getting to the restaurant stop you from going along for the fun and food.


In May of 1981, my very good friend and his family made the decision to relocate from Portland, Oregon to Phoenix, Arizona. He had spent many winters in Phoenix as a youth with his snowbird parents, and he decided he’d like to live in Phoenix rather than Portland. It rains all the time in Portland you see, and he remembered beautiful winters in Phoenix. I was shocked! Our eldest boys grew up together, we went on family trips every summer. Our families did everything together. We were Godparents to their daughter for goodness sake! How could they leave? The rationale was their son was to start first grade in the fall, as was mine. They thought it best to move before the start of school so he wouldn’t be pulled out of class and dropped into another halfway through. Sound logic I guess. So they moved.

Then the calls started. Him: “Hi, what are you doing?” Me: “It’s raining”. Him: “We’re out by the pool having a BBQ, having some beers. You should come down!”. Well, they had a point. By July we decided we would drive down. Now you need to understand that at that time I was not an experienced traveler, obviously if I thought it was a good idea to drive to Phoenix in July. As the time for departure got closer, I became more concerned and anxious. No, I did not have air conditioning in the car. I lived in Oregon. Why would I need air conditioning?

Remember that scene in Forrest Gump when he was running across Monument Valley on a road in the middle of the desert that was desolate, mesas rising in the far distance, devoid of any living thing? Brown. Dead. I imagined my broken down car there, hood up with steam streaming out of the radiator, with no one around for miles, buzzards circling above, with two small children and a nagging wife berating me for ever suggesting such a stupid adventure. I was convinced we were doomed.

So, I started asking people who had driven here about the roads in Arizona, the heat, my slim chances of survival. I pictured the asphalt melting, people dying all over the place. I even called the Arizona Highway Patrol. They were really confused and could not understand my questions. I asked one of the fathers in the parking lot after a T-ball practice about the drive to Arizona. He said “No problem. Just keep your air on.” When I told him I had no air he just shook his head and rolled up the window. A friend of mine said he always buys all the belts and hoses for his car as soon as he buys the car. That way he’ll

always have replacements. Thanks! Now my imagination tells me that I’ll break a belt or blow out a hose in some tiny little hell hole of an oasis and the mechanic tells me that the part can be there in a week. Oh no, another demon moves into my overworked mind.

The day before we left, I went to the local dealer to get all my belts and hoses. They had them all, except the upper radiator hose. OK, good start. I lived in a really small farming town at the time, so I figured we’d stop in Salem, the State capital, on our way out and they’d surely have one there. Nope! Well Eugene is a big town, (home of the Oregon Ducks!), for sure they’d have one. Nope? Medford? Roseburg? Nope and nope! I stopped at every Ford dealer between Salem and Sparks, Nevada looking for the upper radiator hose. No luck. By now I was convinced that the upper radiator hose was defective since every spare one in the west had been purchased. So, we stayed the night in Sparks and would cross the desert the next day. At dinner, I couldn’t get my mind off the missing hose all through what I believed to be my last meal. My plan was to get up early and go as fast as possible so that we might get to civilization before the hose blew. Oh, yes. By now I was convinced that it was going to give out and we’d all burn in the desert.

So, we left at dawn the next morning. My stomach was seeking to repatriate its contents back on the dinner plate. It was so tied up in knots I could barely drive. But we were making good time until we got to Tonopah. Then the wife announced we needed to stop for breakfast. I suggested getting some fruit and snacks for the kids as they wouldn’t be that hungry sitting in the car for that long. They were famished

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they claimed. So, we stopped at a breakfast place, IHOP, or Denny’s, I didn’t notice as I was wondering if my will was completed. Did they order a small breakfast? No, of course not. They proceeded to check out the bathrooms, the layout, anything but the huge breakfasts they ordered. After a bite or two, they were stuffed and two very large breakfasts were dumped. I did not eat anything as my stomach was eating its way out of my body by this time. So off we went.

About an hour later, we were traveling through an old, abandoned town called Goldfield, Nevada. As we exited the small town, my youngest said he needed to go to the bathroom. Couldn’t go at breakfast? Of course not. So, my fear addled brain decided that that stop was the last straw.

We would have made it safely if we hadn’t stopped. It was that close. What could I do? I stopped at a gas station and went to the bathroom door. It was locked. The station was closed. I hadn’t noticed. I told him to pee on the door. That’d show them

to be closed when our lives were in danger. No, he said, number 2. I was defeated. I had done my best but failed. Resignedly, we went back to the car and headed into town to find a proper bathroom. The wife took the kids into a local restaurant while I waited for my demise in the car. I glanced in the rearview mirror and saw an old decrepit gas station. Right out of a Norman Rockwell painting. Dahlstrom’s Garage it said in an arched format on the front window. Paint peeling. In front were two old gas pumps with the beanies on the top that turned when you pumped gas. Sitting in wooden chairs were two old timers in bib overalls. What could it hurt I thought?

So, I got out and walked across the street anticipating hearing what I’ve been hearing for days. “Do you have the upper radiator hose for a 1979 Ford Fairmont?” I asked. “Is that your car across the street? Bring it on over and we’ll take a look”. “Why” I angrily shouted. “It’s a Ford Fairmont! Do you have the hose or not?” “Just bring it over” he said. So, I did. I opened the hood so they could take a look. They studied the engine and after a bit said “Hose

looks fine. You don’t need a hose”. “You don’t understand how badly I need that hose!” I screamed. “I need that hose now! Do you have one?” They looked at me funny and said come inside. Then they went inside and I followed. Studying a wall of radiator hoses, he reached up and grabbed one. “This is what you need.” he stated. I was stunned. We weren’t going to die today? They had what I needed? The holy grail of car parts? Oh, happy day! I paid and put my prize in the trunk with the rest of the spare car parts. The rest of the family came out and we were on our way. We weren’t out of the woods yet, but now I knew we were going to make it. And we did.

A few years later, we were driving back from Flagstaff and just before Sunset point, I heard a pop and saw steam coming from under the hood. Made it to Sunset point with ease, changed out the upper radiator hose, added some water and within minutes we were on our way. I never used any of the belts nor lower radiator hose before we sold the car, except for that elusive upper radiator hose.

August Pets of the Month


The August Pet of the Month is Peanut Nelson. Peanut, a Shih Tzu mix became a part of Jill’s family at two months old and is now six years old. She loves going hiking, playing ball and she loves her food. Aside from being adorable, Peanut knows how to shake hands, rollover, beg and play dead.


Interviewed by Allison Hawley

Q. Since almost everyone in the Park is from somewhere other than Phoenix, can you give me a little background on Nina?

A. I was born a farm kid in Iowa in 1937. My father raised cattle including Angus Beef and he was years ahead of his time. He knew chemicals in the beef would kill people and raised the cattle clean. Now, he would be considered an Organic Farmer, though that term was not used at that time. At 6”5’, Dad was a big German man who was blessed with money later in life. I was a rather spoiled baby who was protected by my siblings. After being told by my mother I’d get a spanking if I continued to take off my shoes and socks, my siblings formed a line between Mom and I and I was spared the spanking. We were a very poor family in the early years, but we stuck together.

Q. When did you realize your family was poor?

A. Maybe in high school, though they kept the farm kids separate. There were only seventeen of us and they kept all of us together through grade school. For me, school was a wonderful experience. I wish I could have made it to my 70th Reunion, but it’s hard for me to get away these days.

Q. How long have you and Bill been married?

A. Our 23rd Anniversary will be in August. We met when I worked as a Tour Guide for bus excursions. Bill was the driver. We took tourists to Las Vegas, Laughlin, Rocky Point – it was a wonderful job. In earlier years, I worked as a caterer and made wedding cakes.

Q. I don’t know how much you want to say about your present role as a Caregiver to Bill?

A. Bill is a man who worked at Palo Verde Nuclear Plant. He is so smart and the changes have been tough on both of us. Caregiving is not fun. He wants to make decisions and resents it when I step in. Bill is strong-willed and wants things his way. After we’d had a fuss a few days ago, Bill announced that he had called a friend in North Carolina who was going to come to Phoenix and take over as his Caregiver. I told him that was fine. I’d go ahead and change all of the passwords and go live with Joan. Needless to say, my replacement never showed up.

Q. Do you have children?

A. Yes. Four babies in five years. They’re good kids who are raising good families.

Q. I love your slightly sarcastic sense of humor, but wonder if it’s ever gotten you in trouble?

A. Can’t think of a time – no. I do try to be careful.

Q. Then it serves you well?

A. I don’t know that it has. But I had a lot of fun working here in the office with George and Dawn. George and I had great back and forth banter which is probably why I got that job. We had a lot of fun there. George and I drove Dawn a little crazy, especially when we started coordinating what color we’d both wear to work the next day.

Q. After working in the Office, what are your feelings about life at Desertscape now?

A. The lack of amenities is affecting people, and not in a good way. I know Bill especially misses the interaction with other residents and he needs that.

Q. When you do have some time for yourself, what do you do for fun?

A. I read and do some knitting. In the past I knitted hats, a lot of them, but I just don’t have the time anymore.

Q. I see your posts on Facebook about tracking your usage of power and comparing prices at different grocery stores. Can you tell me more about that?

A. I like to keep track of our expenses and I need to be frugal. I’d been keeping an eye on our SRP charges and noticed right away that after they changed out our meter, prices increased from about five dollars a day to nine. Bill has forgotten how to use the thermostat and feels like I keep it too warm in the house but goes to his room where it’s cooler and he’s happy spending some time in there.

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Nina’s high school graduation picture

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Q. You also wrote about doing your own grocery comparison?

A. I did the grocery comparison because I wanted to see for myself where I could get the best deal. I bought the same products in four grocery stores. No coupons, no store brands. I found Walmart to be the least expensive and Albertsons, by far the most expensive. I also follow Dave


August - and we still have two more months of hot summer heat to deal with. Hydration is the key word here. Plants, just like us humans, need water in order to live. A seed must absorb water before it can germinate. Only when water is present in the soil will the roots be able to send nutrients to the plant itself, which encourages new growth.

Container plants (those plants growing in pots) must be watered more often than plants growing in the ground since they have only a limited area from which to draw moisture. During these hot and windy Phoenix summers some plants, especially those in hanging pots or small pots, may need watering more than once a day. Test the soil with your finger, if the soil is dry beneath surface, it is time to water. Water should be applied over the entire soil surface until it flows out from the drainage holes. This will moisten the entire soil mass and prevent any potentially harmful salts from accumulating in the container. If the water drains out too fast when you pour it in the pot, your plant could be too dry. Air space can occur between the soil and the wall of the container. In this case you can submerge the pot in a pail or tub of water for about half an hour, or until the root ball has been saturated. Don’t be surprised if you see bubbles rising from the soil surface, this is normal. Be sure to remove the plant when it is thoroughly drenched since most plants cannot survive in standing water.

One problem for Phoenix gardeners is sunburn. Over exposure to sunlight can harm both the leaves and bark. These symptoms include bleached-out, yellowish or brown or burnt foliage. Look for pale, sunken or wrinkled areas on your fruits or vegetables and bark that turns

brown, splits and then dies. Container plants experiencing sunburn can easily be moved to a shadier location. For those plants that cannot be moved shade cloth is very helpful.

To help prevent sunburn avoid heavily pruning the plant which reduces the leafy cover that shades the undergrowth and helps protect the bark. You can protect the exposed trunk of citrus trees by painting them with tree paint, available at your local garden center or make your own with a water based interior flat white latex paint diluted by half with water.

So, keep those plants watered, but don’t forget the water for yourself. People, just like those plants, need to stay hydrated too!

Happy Gardening!



Maricopa County, Human Services Department Community Service Division

234 N Central, Suite 3000, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Phone: 602-506-5911


Community Action Agencies are located throughout Arizona.

Community Action Agencies or Programs are administered through counties, cities, councils of government, and private nonprofit organizations. Community Action Programs and Agencies throughout Arizona provide a variety of services, which may include:

• Emergency Financial Assistance

• Utility Assistance

• Utility and Telephone Discount Programs

• Rental/Mortgage Assistance

• Housing Repair, Rehabilitation and Weatherization

• Food Boxes and Other Food and Nutrition Programs

• Case Management

• Advocacy and Referrals

• Childcare / Head Start

• Housing and Homeless Assistance OR CALL 602-604-0640 OR CALL 1-800-794-6559 OR CALL 602-285-1800 OR CALL PHONE: 602-534-4444

YOU ALSO CAN CALL 211 FOR RESOURCES. This call you can get referrals to many things.


My family packs these boxes every year in Payson; generally, we pack from 300 to 400 boxes each year. We would greatly appreciate any of the items I have listed below:

• Shoe boxes up to size to 10, stuffed animals, pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners

• Hats, socks, washcloths and Ivory bar soap, combs and toothbrushes

$10.00 for shipping around the world

Thank you, Carol Sparks B162

Do you know someone who is sick or in the hospital? Let Leslie Nielsen know and she’ll send them a card. You can reach Leslie at 602-708-7754.

Thank you!



Please join me in supporting our military and veterans. I have supported our military and veterans through Soldier’s Angels since 2005.

My particular involvement is sending cards and letters. I write to you to join or help me help them by donating greeting cards. The cards can be on any subject or blank. Please feel free to write your own message inside the card if you’d like to. Also appreciated are craft store gift cards and cash donations to purchase supplies and postage stamps for mailing bulk packages to Chaplains.

Thanks a lot for your support!

Sheila Thomas A 190


The Desertscape/Cobblestone team has agreed to take over management and distribution of the portable a/c units in the Park. If you need one of the units contact the office at 602-9435833. For after-hours help, call Bill Hegwood at 720-224-5190. You may also email the office to request a unit.




The Medical Equipment Lending Closet will continue to be handled by the Association. For assistance call: Patrick McCombs 623-703-1149 Gail Brazell 602-327-7125

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