Valley Gardening: Heat wave, sidewalks ’n’ puppies


All is cold, like freezing cold in the neighborhood.

That being said, if you are reading this on Saturday, you will be noticing the heatwave we are in the middle of.

It should be getting up to 31 on Sunday and then we are back into the 20s. Moral of the story, enjoy Sunday.

As I drive through town, especially in business areas, it saddens me that there is such apathy about clearing sidewalks of snow and ice.

I could be using all capitals in that sentence if the editor would let me.

I have been looking at City of Alamosa ordinances, which state that property owners have 24 hours for sidewalks to be cleared.

I am thinking a million tickets must already have been given, and the city will be rich, and those of us who care about the safety of our customers will be receiving rebates — right?

For those property owners on the corners downtown, it is your responsibility to keep the gutter pans clear, according to the City of Alamosa.

I think of my friends Leo and Maria (in a wheelchair) and how they plow through the snow and ice to get to the library, and who knows how they maneuver the sidewalks out west to get to the big box stores.

You know, fellow business owners, take some responsibility and get your walks cleaned up — for all of us.

I have had numerous folks tell me they won’t shop downtown because they can’t get out of their vehicles on the north side of the stores — it’s icy and unsafe. Is that enough to convince you?

I’m going to give a plug to Ace Hardware for the wonderful ice scraper they have in stock.

I have purchased ice bars before and they are very heavy.

This new scraper is the cat’s meow — why do they call it that? 

I am still hopeful that Leo and Maria will have a new apartment in the next seven to 10 days. Please include them in your prayers.

They need to get in an apartment that is warm and has running water. And I mean not just two plug-in electric heaters.  If you received a new recliner or love seat for Xmas and don’t know what to do with the old ones, I might be able to haul them off for you. (Smoke and pet free, please). Many thanks in advance.

I was trying to find out how cold it was on Jan. 1, 1992 and wasn’t successful.

Can someone look that up for me? It was the day Larry and I were married and the locks on the vehicles were freezing, the cars weren’t starting … it was cold. And there was way more snow than we have now.

Can you believe that Larry has put up with me for 28 years? What a lucky guy, don’t you think?

My puppies are getting bigger, eating more and climbing all over. They are about 3 weeks old.

I saw on Facebook that more puppies, of a German Shepherd variety, have arrived out at Valley Humane League so go take a look. They are old enough to be adopted.

Before I forget, one of my friends mentioned that a person in a wheelchair came out of nowhere a couple of weeks ago, and she had to slam on the brakes.

If you are in a motorized chair, please make sure you have a flag or something that makes you visible.

When we first met Willie, he never wore a helmet or a safety vest and he had no lights on his bike.

No more.

For his safety he has all the above now and doesn’t leave home without them.

I like to think that I am a pretty safe/slow driver, but sometimes even pedestrians are hard to see at night when they are wearing dark clothing and walking against traffic.

If you are out and about and you see snow and ice on a business’s sidewalk, please call the City of Alamosa at 719-589-2593 and report it.

Help make it safe and fair for everyone.  If you have been given a citation, please let me know. I’m curious.

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