Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | December 1, 2009

What do you love about Palomar?  How about the views?  You see Point Loma out there with the San Diego skyline and islands dotting the Pacific – so close and yet so far away –  up here in the beauty of the Four Seasons! Have a message to go out?  Simply send it my way.   If you don’t see it posted within 24 hours, please call my ‘follow-me’ number at 76O 742 one 742. Glad to keep the news heading your way about our favorite mountain!   Bonnie Phelps,  Palomar Mountain News Editor since 1998 and Palomar Mountain Real Estate since the beginning of the Century.
Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | April 16, 2019

Organ Concert photos?

Wednesday morning, 11 am, Organ Concert honoring Notre Dame.

Hoping one of you can take a couple high resolution photos to send to David Ross to publish in the VC Road Runner.

From: David Ross

If you get any photos of the concert, I’d like to run one or two.


David D. Ross Editor The Roadrunner 760-749-1112 (office) 760-638-0552 (cell)


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | April 16, 2019

Notre Dame memorial Organ Concert


Neighbor, Brett Michael Howser called with the devastating news of the Notre Dame Cathedral.  He is inviting everyone to a free organ concert to honor the historical building that suffered so much damage in  the tragic fire.

Brett has hosted concerts in the past and will play some wonderful selections that have been heard in Notre Dame.  You are invited to bring a jacket, sit out in front of his home and soak in some magnificent music.  He will be playing music that captures the spirit of the moment.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 11 am

21672 Crestline Road

Directions: Go to the end of Crestline, park at the Lodge and walk left on Birch Hill.  Turn right at first right.  Brett’s home is about the 6th on the left.  You might appreciate a chair but can also sit on his retaining wall.






Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | April 6, 2019

Fun Show – Save the Date


Not to brag or anything, but when it comes to tap, this neighbor of ours still has it!

Pull backs? Double pull-backs? Wings? One-footed wings? Time steps? Double speed? She can do them all over 20 years later!

I met this gal when she was a toddler.  Our families went to the same church when our kids were growing up.  During high school, Heidi’s mom brought her over for me to do her makeup for a special tap dance recital.  A couple years later, she was dating our son.  Now Brandon and Heidi just celebrated their 19th Anniversary and are parents of our four ‘Treasures’.

Heidi and her daughters are having so much fun rehearsing for Thoroughly Modern Millie.  Another very talented mountain Mom, Jodi Villarreal, and daughters are in the show too.  Heidi and Jodi have discount tickets and here is all the info.  You can also get them at the door:



Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | April 2, 2019

Do you have a PO Box?


Do you have a “no fee” PO Box?  Your box might get closed!

No fee boxes are provided as a free service when you show a copy of your deed, since we don’t have mail delivery.  However, each year, you are to sign a card to renew that box.  I’ve been living on Palomar and selling Real Estate for over 20 years and didn’t know that.

I just had a ‘learning opportunity’ and this is a heads up so YOU don’t get your box closed.

Here is what happened:

Mail had not been picked up in a box that was set up two years ago March.  Mail was picked up the end of February.  Mail was not picked up during the month of March when a card was put in the box that needed to be signed and returned.  10 days later another card was put in the box to sign and return.  Even though the PO has phone numbers on file, they are not allowed to give a call to see if you want to keep your box.  The box is closed. The mail in the box was returned (!) and the lock is changed.

In this situation, the closed box was discovered when the mail box key would not work.  The box holder was able to renew the box and keep the same number (for $28.00 for a ‘no fee’ box, less $6.00 for returning two keys).  But 30 days of mail is long gone!

I was told “it happens all the time”.  It is a Post Office rule.  There is no bending the rules.

There was quite a list on the wall of boxes coming up that will be closed if the PO doesn’t have their signed form back in time.  The next time you are in the Post Office, be sure to check on your date of when you first got your box. You might want to set a reminder in your calendar to confirm each year that you sign their form and get it turned in.

Also, the wonderful man on Palomar, who greets all of us with a smile, Mayolo, is a pleasure to deal with.  He is just doing his job and needs to go by the rules.

Thanks Mayolo for being there for us and we hope you have fewer boxes to close this year!

Bonnie Phelps


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | March 28, 2019

Fresh Eggs from Happy Hens


Scramble on over for fresh eggs from happy hens!  Sunshine’s chickens are organically fed, hand raised, come in many colors and are snuggled-by-the Treasures (oh, you know, our grandkids!).

Sunshine’s hens are laying about two dozen eggs a day!  So she is offering a Spring Savings for YOU!  $1.00 discounts!  So, that would make it $4.00 per carton.

You are welcome to call or message me to reserve your eggs.

Directions to the Stand: From the Summit, take State Park Road just over a mile.  You can’t miss the Woodpecker Firewood and Egg Stand on your right.

Take a peek at the hen house.  Sunshine’s eggs are guaranteed to start your day with a Sunny Smile!


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | March 20, 2019

Wormgold for GSOB?

Some areas on Palomar have already lost once-healthy oak trees to the Gold Spotted Oak Borer.   I have posted about a spray treatment that has been used but it was pointed out that the spray kills bees and other insects.

Our son, Brandon and his family live on Palomar  and one reason they moved here was because of their desire to live in a beautiful forest.  Brandon has done a lot of research to treat the trees on their land and hopefully save them.

I asked him to share the information with all of you.  Of the different options I have heard about, this one sounds like it makes the most sense.  Read More…

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | March 14, 2019

Early Spring Real Estate Update


We are welcoming Spring a week early this year!  After over two months of pretty steady rain and snow, the last couple days have been wonderful!   This was the view from my desk yesterday morning.  Mid afternoon, we were in a think cloud.  It rained again last night, so our snow is but a memory.  Today that bright blue, sunny sky came back.  It is going to be a beautiful Spring!

The past few months have been extra busy working my 5 active escrows to get some to the finish line.  Several new easements have been put in place to so new buyers have the easements they need – or in one case, a 100 foot easement that cross their land and benefited no one, another had an easement show up that is 50 feet wide that goes right over the cabin!  Pretty interesting ideas some folks had many decades ago.

The phone already started ringing with the weekend filling up with showing and listing appointments!  But, I can fit YOU in!  How may I help you?

What is For Sale? 

Glad you asked! Read More…

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | March 10, 2019

Springing Forward


That last big snow had me up early. I love snow so much and always so curious to see what is waiting for us on the ground.

Change those clocks to not miss a minute of the beauty we enjoy on Palomar.

Enjoy every minute,

Bonnie Phelps

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | February 27, 2019

Kids Club Art Show!

There are some very talented folks on Palomar!  Stacy Eriksen is at the top of the list as she does such an amazing job heading up Kids Club.  Read More…

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | February 23, 2019

Snow on Palomar – chains required

chains required

Guessing many of you love snow just about as much as I do.  I’ve seen photos taken from off-mountain, and our snow looks sooooooo inviting.  If you are reading this from the Flatlands and planning on bringing your family up this weekend, chains are required.

It is very beautiful up here but if you can make it up during the week, you might enjoy it even more. Read More…

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