A problem solved, a problem denied

Friday, September 25

P1070530Returning to our campsite, City Creek Camping Area, Junction, Utah

“Ya’ know, Bridge?  I could go for another cheese-lettuce-and-tomato sandwich. That would taste so good.  Only I don’t have a tomato. We need to go to town.”

Lately I’ve craved CLT sandwiches.

I have one for lunch every day.  The little grocery store in Circleville, a few miles from Junction, sells tasty tomatoes.

P1070411(The photos in this post don’t always match the text.  Don’t let that confuse you, okay?)

“C’mon, Reggie Man.  In you go.”  I toss him into the Perfect Tow Vehicle.  “You, too, Bridgie Baby.”  I place the crew’s water dish behind the passenger seat and lock the Best Little Trailer.  “Everybody set?”

I climb behind the wheel and turn the key.

Click-click-click-click…  Dead.   I try again.  Yep, that’s dead.

Well, this was bound to happen, sooner or later.  Here we are in the forest and the PTV won’t start.  Probably the battery.  Or maybe the starter.  Or what the heck do I know?  I know it won’t start.

“Out you go, Reggie.  Out you go, Bridgie Baby.”  Darn!

I evaluate the situation.

I could call Good Sam Emergency Road Service.  Lord knows how long that would take, way out in the boonies like this.  There’s no phone signal here and it’s a good four miles before I might possibly be able to get the phone to work.

P1070425(See what I mean?  What’s a waterfall have to do with anything?)

It’s a funny thing.

I could camp in this lovely place for several more days and be happy as can be, lazing about with the crew, taking walks, reading, puttering around the BLT, and whatever.  We have everything we need — water, propane, food (no tomato, wahh!) . . . the tanks don’t need emptying . . .  Yet knowing that we CAN’T go to town makes me HAVE to go to town… today!

P1070570Hmm . . . Earlier a Class C went up to the campground.

“Okay, crew.  We’re on a mission.  Let’s go!” 

We walk up to the campground.  I knock on the door of the Class C and no one responds.

They’ve gone somewhere in the car that followed the Class C here.  They could be gone all day.  Why didn’t I bring a note for the door?

Back at camp, I try the PTV again. 

Nothing.  I sit in my lounger to contemplate and sip water while the crew laps at the water dish.

Okay.  We’ve walked up the hill.  Next we will walk down the hill.  It’s the weekend.  Someone will be in our old campsite by the spillway.  And this time I’ll bring a note!

Bridget refuses to go. 

“Okay, be that way.  C’mon, Reggie.”

There are two rigs in the campsite by the spillway and no one around.  We leave a note and trudge back up the hill to wait.

Gee, I could go for a cheese-lettuce-and-tomato sandwich right now.  *sigh*

P1070480Okay.  No more dragging out this story.

A very nice couple, Kirk and Chris, and their friend Craig, another nice person, arrive at our campsite about an hour later.  They read the note I left at their campsite.  Soon a jump start has the PTV purring again!

I leave the engine running, pack up, and hitch up.

“Goodbye, Camp Charming!  It’s been swell!”

I figure we’re better off if we return to civilization.  When I mentioned to Kirk that I’m going to move us to the RV park in Circleville, he said, “Oh yeah, go there. It’s very reasonable.  You know the grocery store in front of it?  The woman’s father-in-law is a mechanic.  You can tell her and she’ll have him come over and check your battery.  He sells batteries.”

Small towns.  Gotta’ love ’em.

P1070593The crew and I pull into the RV park in Circleville.

To this day I haven’t a clue what the name of it is.  It might not have a name yet.  It’s brand new.  For $18 a night you get electric and water and lots of gravel.

P1070583Oh, and a horse pooping a few feet from your window.

P1070582That’s okay.  I like horses and, well, they have to poop.  The crew and I settle in.  I hook up the 30 amp plug and turn on the air conditioner, which works great.  Circleville is lower elevation than our charming boondock and thus it’s hotter.

I leave the crew basking in the cool air and walk up to the grocery store.

P1070591If you need to have a notion, you can get one here!

I make arrangements for the father-in-law to check the battery.  I’m told he’ll come over tomorrow, even though it’s a Saturday.

“He just lives up the street a few blocks.”

Next to the grocery is the Circleville Cafe.

P1070592By this time I’ve forgotten all about a tomato for a sandwich.  My craving has shifted from healthy to gluttonous.  I want comfort food!  I want PEEEZZZZAAHHH!

I order a pepperoni pizza and return a half-hour later to pick it up.

It’s been years since I’ve had pizza and this is a good one.  All is well in my world.

Around sunset another horse is put in a pen nearby.  Several times during the night the horse outside our window whinnies to the other horse, the sound of which, each time, lifts  me and Reggie up a few inches from the bed. Bridget doesn’t stir.

The poor horse is probably lonesome.

Saturday, September 26

“Ahhh . . . Nothing like the smell of horse poop in the morning.”

The guy never comes to check the battery.  I don’t care.  I have internet connection, I have air conditioning, and I have denial.  Denial works very well for me.  I eat leftover pizza, I walk the crew around town taking photos and enjoying the day, and I don’t give the dead battery another thought.  I’ll deal with it another day.



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P1070589A Scamp seen in Circleville, Utah


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171 Responses to A problem solved, a problem denied

  1. Suzette (TN) says:

    Surely I’m not first!?

  2. Peggy says:

    I love how you don’t get worked up because you are stuck out in the middle of nowhere!
    Gives me so much courage to begin my journey alone.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s great, Peggy! I look forward to the day when you start your journey and tell us about it. 🙂

  3. Jenny Johnson Manuel says:

    Oh My!! I am almost first—-now to go back and read what you have been doing

    • Jenny Johnson Manuel says:

      Okay I have finished reading the post —and I still am almost first!! Hope you find whats wrong with the battery.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Thanks, Jenny. It’s in the past now (in real time) and coming up soon in another post!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m rootin’ for ya,’ Jenny! Someday you’ll be first!

  4. Phil (in SoFLA) says:

    I suspect you didn’t feel like you were in any serious danger with other campers within walking distance of your site. But if this occurred in one of your more remote boondock settings would it be possible for you to remove one of your solar batteries and try starting the PTV with it?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I suppose one could do that. I wouldn’t want to mess with my system and it would be a real PITA getting out the other battery from the battery box in the back of the PTV and then I’d be throwing off the “timing” of when to replace those two storage batteries.

      Stay tuned and you’ll see how the solar panel becomes involved… Nice seeing you here, Phil.

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        I would have used the Casita battery before I used the solar batteries.
        You could carry one of those portable jump start units that also acts as a charger.

  5. Well, sorry to say that right at this moment we were scheduled to be in Torrey, UT, enjoying the area but as you noticed I said “were.” The dreaded bad cold/bronchitis virus hit my spouse and since we couldn’t change our motel reservations ended up coming home early. So carry on with your detailed adventures and I’ll continue reading so I can see more of Utah than we did. In the meantime I will work on a trip to the canyon lands next spring.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, that makes me sick. I am so sorry your spouse became ill. Well, Torrey isn’t going anywhere. Gee, what a bummer!

    • Torrey Utah is one of our top 10! I sure hope you get the chance to visit there! Torrey looks like Sedona did 40 years ago! Still pristine with gorgeous red rock formations! Get well!

      • Thanks so much. Actually, the weather there looks kind of icky today, which was our Capitol Reef exploring day so it kind worked out–I guess. Geri, thanks to your comment I’ll definitely have something to look forward to.

  6. Suzette (TN) says:

    I admire your problem-solving skills and fearless approach to getting on with it and getting the job done. Having car trouble is one of the big fears for me when I think about going on the road. I mean, let’s face it, garages aren’t known for treating women well in general. But, stuck out in the boonies!? Yikes! I have to admit, nothing like this entered my mind when I imagined why you left your lovely campsite. I hope you get to enjoy it again in the future – sooner or later! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks for the admiration. I really didn’t do anything other than what most folks would do.

      About garages taking advantage of women and anyone who doesn’t have a knowledge of auto mechanics. I think that doesn’t happen as much as it used to. A person in business knows the power of the internet and how a disgruntled/ripped off customer can write an online review that will really hurt.

      Also sites like Car Talk inform customers before they go to the shop. They know how much an alternator should cost, for example. One can’t always check the internet for information and customer reviews before going to an auto repair shop or RV service shop, but lots of times we do!

      Always leave a camp wanting to come back… We had 5 days there, if I remember correctly. 🙂

  7. cc and canine (Eastern Missouri) says:

    Great post Sue! I just love how you are able to roll with the punches and not panic, but to *THINK* yourself out of a situation. Now that you are in Circleville, and can walk to the cafe and grocery, you have time to deal with it when you are ready.

    The rest of us need to learn from your example, and to not overreact!

    Also love the vignettes of small town life!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, cc and canine,

      Your first paragraph explains my thinking very well. I wasn’t in the mood to deal with the battery that day. That’s what is fantastic about retirement. Do things when you want and if you don’t feel like it, put it off! Suits me!

      More about small town life in the next post….

    • Pam N says:

      Amen to all of that! I was going to say the same thing. All the years I was on the road, and running my business there, I handled everything that went wrong and problem solved my way out of everything, BUT I still always melted down and killed myself with self-imposed crazy-making stress. Sue, I salute you!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        I salute you, Pam, for all the years you were on the road, running your business, and handling everything that went wrong!

  8. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    At least in the top 10 this time. Hope it’s not your starter thats bad. Those can be expensive. Hope it is just the battery. Glad those folks were nice enough to come help you out. Looking forward to your next camp.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barbara (Nashville),

      You’re right. Starter replacement can cost a lot. Yes, it was a relief to see Kirk, Chris, and Craig drive into our campsite. At one point I said, “Why does this stuff seem to always happen on a weekend?” and then I thought, “Good thing it was the beginning of the weekend. That brought campers when I needed them!”

  9. Linda Rose, Muffin, Murphy, Molly & Midgy in Carmichael, CA says:

    $18 a night for electric spot is pretty good…it’s even better if they have showers. I’ll pay to get a real shower once in awhile when I’m on the road. I carry a charger and some distilled water for battery issues. I’ll be glad to hear it was something simple and inexpensive. My 95 Chevy Express Van/Roadtrek just failed its smog test so I’ll be shelling out a chunk of change to get that solved. Good luck with your battery.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Linda Rose and the 4 Ms,

      The $18 was for water, electric, gravel and pooping horse, nothing more. No rest rooms, no laundry, no showers, no dump station.

      I’m sorry you are facing a big repair bill. Smart of you to carry distilled water and a charger!

  10. Same thing happened to me when I was working at the Grand Canyon! I camped further out this time than usual and woke up to a dead battery! Groan! No cell phones30 years ago, so I started walking! After what seemed like walking 40 miles, but probably was only 3 or so, one of the ladies I worked with came with her truck bouncing up the road! I was late for work so she came looking, even though she had no earthly idea where I was camped! We went to my truck and jumped it and off to work I went! Fun times when you remember them many years after the fact!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Geri,

      The lady you worked with had excellent instincts for finding you! Being stuck with a dead battery isn’t such a big deal when one is retired. When there’s a job commitment, it’s a much bigger worry.

      Those were the days, eh? 🙂

      • I am so glad I did all of that when I was in my late 30’s! Everybody said I was crazy back then! But those 6 years on the road have made some wonderful memories! That coworker that found me, we are still good friends! She is the first Navajo I had ever met, Sheilah Blackgoat, and I learned so much from both her and her family! See? Good memories!

  11. Carlene in southwest Colorado says:

    Great story. More learning from bloggers. Corky and I are still in training not to get ryilled up when some stuff happens. And good ppl in small towns are so helpful.
    Nothing like sitting in the lounger with the tablet watching the sun set and reading a great story.
    Have fun with the horse neighbors. I have an alfalfa field. Corky like jumping thru it.
    Dinner calls. Thanks again.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Carlene in southwest Colorado…

      It is pleasant to sit outside and still be online… add a sunset . . . perfect!

      Kirk, Chris, and Craig were such good people. Here they are set up for camping and they end up fooling around with an engine that won’t start…

  12. Pamelab in Houston says:

    Congratulations on your attitude! Another challenge met. Of course, good pizza always helps :0)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pamelab in Houston,

      Thanks! Yes, when faced with a problem, my advice is to eat. Great way to stay calm. Plus catching the strings of cheese as they hang from one’s mouth is an effective distraction.

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        Ha, that reminds me of a memorable diet philosophy I read some years ago: “Eat when you’re hungry; eat when you’re bored.”

        Now I’m wondering if you had the self-discipline to wait long enough so the roof of your mouth is not burnt. I almost never do!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          You need to develop the talent of eating hot pizza without it touching the roof our your mouth. It can be done but it ain’t pretty!

          • Sidewinder Pen says:

            On the other hand, I’m sure it requires practice. Mmmmm…. practice.

          • Pamela K. says:

            LOL! Next time you eat *stress-pizza* you have to take a SELFIE of that!!! If for no other reason than to prove yourself more human and less goddess (teasin’ ya).

  13. Lee J in Northern California says:

    Interesting story! Glad you got rolling on down the road even if it does mean sitting in a gravel parking lot! If it is to much a downer, eat pizza! Ever eat a tomato, mayo sandwich on sticks and twings bread? Yum!
    Do you carry jumper cables? Could you give your van a jump with your solar batteries, well, one of them? I have no idea what size they are, but if it is possible, then maybe one of the electrical genie folks here could give a mini lesson on such things.
    I always suspect corroded terminals first, so clean them up, easy to do with some baking soda and water, or a glut of Coke ..then make sure they are tightly seated. If that fails….AAA!

    The last time I had my Casita out solo, I needed to have a tire taken care of….I know I should be able to do it myself, but I was in 1850’s clothing, complete with a tightly laced corset, and I was NOT going to crawl under my truck to get the spare! And besides it was a HOT day. That’s why I pay those nice young men to come do the deed. But….I solved it, and got back to my camp in time for a big salad and a glass of tea. For me, tea solves everything.
    Can’t wait the hear the next installment, have a great evening my dear.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lee J.,

      No, I’ve never eaten a “tomato, mayo sandwich on sticks and twings bread.” I can’t even imagine it. Ha!

      I can’t see changing a tire when someone else can do it. You did good. The PTV’s spare is underneath,too. If I tried to get it out, I’d be crushed! I use Fix-a-Flat and go to a shop.

      No, the terminals were clean. As for involving the solar batteries… oh no, they’re too precious for me to mess with (AGMs).

      You have a great evening, too!

      • Lee J in Northern California says:

        Ha! My mom only liked white, or light bread. I always like coarse whole grain bread….so mom called it sticks and twigs bread..and sticks and twigs it remains!

      • david greybeard says:

        Yes, if you are ever completely stranded, with no help for miles, you certainly can jump start your van with the AGM batteries. I did it with my AGM battery several times and it seems no worse for the wear almost two years later. I wouldn’t recommend doing it very often, but in a real emergency it’s a great option. Just remember that cranking a big engine will drain it fast, so if it doesn’t work, you’ll be without any power until your solar can recharge it.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Thanks, David, for the information. Let’s hope I never have to do that, nor you either in the future. 🙂

    • wildflower in prescott says:

      Changing a tire in a corset?? No thanks. That’s why sports bras were invented!

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      This made me laugh out loud. I mean, as I read “I know I should be able to do it myself, but…” I could think of a bunch of things that would typically come in the next clause, but “I was in 1850’s clothing, complete with tightly laced corset” was not one of them.

      I did then remember that you are the pickle-crock newspaper photo blogorino… right?

      Anyway, thanks for the chuckle.

  14. Linda Hughes North Carolina says:

    OMGoodness RV Sue…you are one resourceful lady! I wonder if I would stay that cool and have that “Gone with the Wind” attitude, like Scarlett , “I won’t worry about that today, I will worry about it tomorrow.” Just reading your blog helps me to know how to handle some pretty serious issues, thank you for that. Love the pics of Circleville, I love pics of small towns, especially in the West. Hope you get that battery fixed or replaced soon, but enjoy the amenities of the RV Park and small town atmosphere, give Reggie Man and Miss B a hug, take care and enjoy the moment!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Linda Hughes North Carolina,

      The problem has been resolved and everything is working fine. I’m a week behind on my posts. Fortunately we are now at a camp with strong, steady Verizon signal. I’m having a ball catching up on things…. news, email, this blog, other blogs… I might even order something from Amazon!

      My Scarlett attitude is in part my natural tendency to procrastinate. Why do today that which can be done tomorrow…

      More small town pics coming up!

  15. kgdan from Wapato, WA says:

    We have had several major repair issues pop up over the years while meandering. I have learned over time to be way less emotional, to remain calm and let the solution play out. The one great constant has been the comfort of our home on wheels. Even when they have taken our tow vehicle away for several for repair, we have had our nest to comfort us. And in every case good results have ensued and we have been able to go on our way.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kathy and Gil in Wapato,

      You bring up an important factor. Breaking down on the road with nothing but a vehicle… no place to sleep or make a meal… is more worrisome. Like I said in this post, we could’ve gone for days without help and it wouldn’t have been a hardship.

      You’re right…. If the tow vehicle goes away, you still have your nest!

      Won’t be long and you’ll be going down the highway!

      • kgdan from Wapato, WA says:

        Yup, we can hardly wait! Major rental work is done; our new renters are so happy to be coming here & have been a big help for Gil. Just some finishing touches, then winterizing the yard. We SO want to be on our way and it looks like we are about 2 weeks from departure.

  16. Susan in Dallas says:

    Just goes to show you how staying calm, having a good sense of humor and comfort food can get you through a situation! I’ve found denial does work wonders. And then there was horse poop involved as well. Funny post!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Susan in Dallas… I’m happy you enjoyed it.

      Yeah, denial gets a bad rap. I find it’s very useful when faced with anything bad.

  17. Bill (NC) says:

    Hey Sue my lovely Susan bought us a little bitty thing from NAPA that is about the size of a ice cream sandwich and it jump starts huge diesels etc! It’s about a hundred dollars snd has USB hookups for your laptop or cell phone. Also a flashlite that will also blink on and off plus it sends SOS for 48 hours straight by blinking. It charges from your cigarette lighter or 120 volt plug in the wall. We used it all over Az jumping folks.

    Bill n Sadie plus Mic

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      What’s this “little bitty thing from NAPA” called? I’d like to see if Amazon has it. Plus I might buy one for myself and readers may want one, too.

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        I have one of these. Fantastic, will start my V-10, and you can even charge computers/phones from it. There are several brands, but mine is by Anti-Gravity. A friend already owned one and liked it, and then I met the two guys behind it at Expo in Flagstaff and they were super nice – so that cemented my buying one from them right then (but they DO have them on Amazon).

        They make various sizes and models. The one I selected is medium sized, should start most any gas engine (and some diesels but maybe not all) and has various attachments for other things (phones/tablets/computers/etc.). Let me see which model it is…

        Here is the one I have; if you just search the name you will see the other models. I’m happy with the one I have for the reasons mentioned above.

        Antigravity Batteries Micro-Start Jump Starter/Personal Power Supply XP-1 XP-1

        I replaced the link with one of mine in order that I may receive a commission from any purchases. — Sue

        • Sidewinder Pen says:

          There is also a smaller XP-3 (yes smaller even though number is larger), and a larger AG-XP-10.

          I did get one extra accessory (actually the nice fellows at the show “threw” it in), which is a 12-volt cigarette type socket that can also be plugged into it. That’s not necessary for jump starting of course.

        • Suzette (TN) says:

          This looks like a must-have item. I’m adding it to my wish list. I can see lots of use for it, even before heading out on the road. I have a similar device strictly for my phone. It’s tiny, and I keep it in my purse. It has saved my bacon several times. This could save my whole HAM!

          • Sidewinder Pen says:

            Ha ha, well put. They are pretty amazing. And no guilt in justifying the money because…. it’s a safety item 😀

        • Sidewinder Pen says:

          Thanks, Sue, I was hoping you would!

    • Rita from Phoenix says:

      I’d love to have one too.

  18. Lisa, Tommie and Buddy in NH says:

    Oh poo, vehicular problem s are never fun. I do love your attitude and recently had to borrow it when my TV had a serious problem. Multiple hours of labor and parts later, we are hitched and ready to pull out in the morning. I had to put a positive spin on the “delay” or be miserable. I was fortunate to have the resources to get the repairs needed. To breakdown where I have friends to recommend a trusted Mechanic instead of somewhere I knew noone. I can picture the tow truck driver now…”no ma’am, I can only take your truck. The trailer has to stay here.” What would I choose? To go with my truck, leaving my home and cat behind, or watch my truck dissapear into the dark to an unknown garage??
    So I got to spend extra time with precious friends, enjoy fall in NH (brrrrrrrr), be here to help when one of them wrecked their car in a moose encounter, stack firewood, close the garden, celebrate birthdays and Tuesdays and life. And I avoid a major rain and windstorm flooding the east coast with over a foot of rain in some places. My friend also gifted me with free camping, a ceramic heater(Thank you!), a screen room with solid walls, just needs a frame, and marigolds from the garden. Can you say WOW?! The freedom to come and go when you want to changes everything, making what was once a problem into an opportunity. Thank goodness for the lessons I have learned here, priceless Sueisms!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lisa, Tommie, and Buddy in NH,

      Speaking of priceless…. What a super comment! I hung on every word. Your situation seemed so dismal and here you pop up with all the good that came from it. Wow!

      And yes, missing the flooding was a blessing, for sure. Thank you for writing this uplifting message about “lessons learned.” You set an example for positive living for all of us!

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      Wow, great reading. A negative turned into a positive! I was wondering how you’d be doing given the rain/flooding on the eastern seaboard; glad to hear you are avoiding it.

  19. Rita from Phoenix says:

    I think I remember your old battery charger went kaput somewhere in Oregon? I guess it’s time to replace it huh? When you find a good one let us know & I’ll buy through Amazon 🙂 My old truck is standard so I guess it can be started with a push but that would require two people. Your blog has turned out to be one of my reference books LOL i.e. how to change a fuse, how to park even and not tilted up hill so the car won’t start or go, places to go and see i.e. camps with showers and much more.

    • Rita from Phoenix says:

      I even told a mechanic to use a Tweezer to remove a fuse LOL when my daughter’s light came on indicating a fuse needed to be changed.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rita from Phoenix,

      Yes, my battery charger did go kaput and I need to replace it. Boy, you brought back memories of starting a vehicle by pushing it….

      I’m extremely pleased that you’ve found my blog to be helpful. Thanks for letting me know. 🙂

  20. I believe it’s called Circleville RV Park. Actually, although I’m not sure about current ownership, several years ago a co-worker of my wife, bought that RV park and moved there from here in Apple Valley. Not sure if that worked out for them. As I’m sure you’re aware, that’s a tuff area to make a go of for any small business. We’ve been thru there as recently as last month. Not much going on there other than the beauty of the area. But you can’t eat the view, as they say.

    I must say, you were pretty casual about the dead battery issue. At least you got it to town. Hopefully, you got it taken care of before leaving there.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ed,

      About the RV park… This is what confuses me. When I look up Circleville RV Park online, I read that it has something like 50 sites. This RV park we stayed in has 4 or 5 sites. Are there two RV parks in that little town?

      Yes, the PTV is back to her ole self again!

      LATER>>> Okay. I searched some more. That isn’t the same RV Park. It says it has laundry and all these other amenities in addition to 50 sites. It’s also not the same location as shown on a map online. That means I still don’t know the name of the RV park we stayed at! 🙂

      • It DID have 50 sites. I’m looking at a satellite photo. In the photo, it appears to be abandoned. It included a store. Perhaps the store you are frequenting is THAT store? This particular RV park is right on the inside of the curve of Highway 89 as it passes thru town. From south going north the highway makes a 90 degree curve to the right. Although it had 50 sites, only 26 were full hook-ups. The rest were tent sites around the perimeter.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Nope. I didn’t stay there and that isn’t the same store. This RV Park isn’t on a curve. It’s on Highway 89 where it runs straight.

          I think I passed that other RV park when I drove up Birch Creek Road to photograph the colors on the mountain. At the time I didn’t know I’d be looking for an RV park so I didn’t pay attention to it.

  21. Hello Sue and Crew,

    Dead battery, ugh. We have been dealing with the chassis battery in our Thor for a while now. We’ve had the RV for 2 1/2 years and are on our 3rd battery. No one can figure out why they keep draining and eventually giving up the ghost on us.
    I hope yours gets fixed soon, you can only eat pizza for so long.


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Haha! Great punchline, Lisa W!

      Seriously though…. Your mysterious drain on batteries must be frustrating, to say the least. You probably think of it every time you go to start up your RV. Good luck figuring out the cause!

      • Rita from Phoenix says:

        I seem to remember RVSue’s PTV battery draining because something..something was not hooked up right to batteries or appliances….have to go back in time to review blog.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          The house battery in the BLT was drained. I don’t recall having that problem with the PTV starter battery, unless it was way back before we started full-timing…. I think this battery was given to me as a loaner by my longtime auto service place in Athens, GA, and then when I went to return it, they said to keep it. I can’t remember why they gave me a loaner battery… That was four and a half years ago. Strains my memory. Ha!

          LATER…. Now I remember! Way back when I was still working, the PTV wouldn’t start. It was towed a couple of times before the cause was discovered… The shifting cable needed adjustment. What was happening is the PTV would seem to be in Park, but it really wasn’t and therefore wouldn’t start.

  22. Dawn from Camano Island says:

    Sue, so glad the neighbors got home & were able to get you down the hill. You’re so good about just rolling with whatever comes up–Jim is like that too & it’s a quality I admire. The catching up when you get to civilization feels like such a treat–it’s amazing.

    The tomato & cheese sandwich sounds really good, especially with a farm-fresh tomato. I’ve been enjoying good ole PB&J with the last bit of the Marionberry jam from last year.

    Ear skritches to the Crew–happy trails!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn,

      It does feel like a treat to be able to go online without a struggle and without having to drive somewhere and park the PTV and go online with people driving by wondering why I’m parked in their neighborhood. I had one woman drive by and look at me with her head craned… Must’ve been Neighborhood Watch Captain of the Month. The solar panel on the roof doesn’t help my image! Haha!

      Peanut butter and Marionberry… Oh my.

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        Well who knows, maybe she needed a plumber. (I say that jokingly because years ago I used to have a white truck with a roof rack and my friends all said it made it look like I was a plumber.) Not all bad though – no one ever bothered me parking in various places.

        • Sidewinder Pen says:

          But I do know what you mean about looking “odd” while parked and seeking out internet. Like next thing you might be offering candy to the kiddies, or maybe you’re casing the place.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            “Beam me up, Scotty!”

            Or maybe they think I’m doing surveillance…

            • Sidewinder Pen says:

              I can suddenly see a whole range of those magnetic placards for various businesses that could come in handy on the road, to suit various situations 😀

  23. Renee Galligher says:

    I don’t know what it is about two dogs and an RV, but I craved PEEZZAAHH too!

  24. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    Glad those good folks gave you a jump so you could get to town. Happy to hear that the problem has been resolved! I look forward to learning what caused the problem, and its solution. I have to ask…did the Crew share the pizza?! A bite for me…some cheese for you….some pepperoni for you…yum…. 🙂

    Sending hugs to you all from me and Gracie pup! N’nite! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise,

      The crew wanted the pizza. However, I know what cheese does to them. They did get tiny pieces of the crust which they happily accepted.

      I hope y’all are coping with the rain…

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Hi, Sue,

        I am happy to report that the sun graced Richmond with it’s presence this afternoon. What a beautiful sight! 🙂

        The James River was very close (within 6″) to flood level, but they did not have to open the flood walls. Richmond has been fortunate. Folks within an hour or so East and on the coast have been dealing with some flooding. Nothing like getting well needed rain all at once. Based on the bucket I have sitting on my patio table, I received over 8″ of rain in the past week. Today, it has been a true Fall day….highs only in the low 60s. Sweater weather in the morning….perfect!

        Have a good evening!! Sending you and the adorable Crew hugs from me and my adorable Gracie pup! 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Thanks for the report, Denise. That’s a lot of rain!

          You have a good evening, too. Hugs to the Gracie pup!

  25. Rod says:

    PowerAll PBJS12000R Rosso Red/Black Portable Power Bank and Car Jump Starter

    This is small but should start the PTV and also run your camp devices in emergencies…

    Note: The above link is one of my Amazon links which will give me a commission at time of purchase. –Sue

  26. Rod says:

    The link I just posted is the 12,000 Ma but there is a 16,000 for 5 bucks more.. Get the bigger one for some extra umph….

  27. AZ Jim says:

    Too bad you didn’t have jumper cables long enough to reach back to the Batteries in the PLT. For that kind of situation you can use a small power pack made to start a vehicle battery that is dead. It can be a life saver. Amazon sells many models. Just put in
    “dead battery car starter” and check ’em out. Remember it could be a situation where no other campers are in the area and you need to get to a vet or are having a major urge for a fresh tomato. Seriously it’s worth the peace of mind.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’ve been looking over the chargers from the links. I don’t know why I didn’t think to purchase one when I started out. Thanks for your concern, Jim.

      Well, the crew is pestering me again for another walk. They are always excited the first day at a new camp!

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        Well in your defense, these have really only become commonly available relatively recently – or at least I was not aware of them five years ago. Now seems like a great time to buy one, as they are reasonably developed and the price has come down from the initial “gasp” type price when they were newer.

  28. Nancy from South Georgia says:

    Loving the small town pictures. Since I’ve always been a suburban dweller, a small town has just always held such appeal. Right now I’m visiting family in a small Michigan town and we attended the Pumpkin Festival this Saturday. So cool! They closed down Main Street and had an hour-long parade, school bands, hay wagons pulling kids and pumpkins, people on horseback riding by and waving. A treat for me.

    The horse in your photo is gorgeous. I guess I’m weird but I never found the smell of horse poop offensive at all, so that wouldn’t have bothered me. Horses are just such gorgeous creatures and I don’t feel as though there are enough of them to enjoy, so it’s a special treat to come across one.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Nancy from South Georgia,

      You experienced the best of small town living! The parade would be a treat. I remember when I lived in Athens, Georgia (not a big city, but definitely not a small town), I used to drive to a neighboring small town to stand with the locals and watch a parade.

      The smell of the horse poop didn’t bother me. It’s just something to insert in a post to lighten it up. Don’t want a post to be all about engine trouble. I felt sorry for the horse. Its pen is too small. As I drove around the countryside prior to the PTV not starting, I saw many horses in huge fields, sometimes only two or three with acres of land to graze. Then I go to the RV park and there’s this horse in a pen smaller than the average campsite. Hay tossed over the rails rather than a field to graze. He did his best by pooping in one area which took up a third of the pen. One good thing that gives me hope that his quarters were temporary… He looked in good health.

      There doesn’t seem to be enough horses to enjoy in southern Georgia. Come out West… They’re everywhere!

  29. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    So glad you had some helpful neighbors!! To be honest, that is what scares me when you are boondocking (a word not recognized by spell check) way out in the middle of no where…..that you will have PTV trouble and no phone or internet service. However you handled this very well as you have all the “bumps” in the road. Hope it doesn’t cost you much to have it fixed. I am really dense when it comes to problems like this but isn’t there a gizmo you can carry with you that charges car batteries?Someone may have mentioned it in the post above…I haven’t read them all yet. If there isn’t, there should be!!! Mick Kent could probably come up with something!!
    Just thankful that you are back in civilization for the time being…able to get a tomato and that you and the crew are safe. I don’t like all the gravel around the BLT though…just doesn’t seem right. I love the grass, trees, babbling brooks or lovely lakes, hillsides, wild flowers or falling leaves this time of year.
    I also love you, Bridget and Reggie. Hugs to all

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pauline,

      Sweet of you to worry about us when we’re way out in the boonies. Yes, I should get a battery charger. Interesting footnote… Kirk had a battery charger which he tried on the PTV’s battery and it didn’t work. (He didn’t want to unhitch his truck from his trailer. He knew his friend Craig was coming up to the campsite and we could use his truck for a jump.) Readers have made suggestions on chargers from Amazon.

      Bridget and Reggie didn’t like all the gravel either. Being as we can’t stand being inside for long, even with air conditioning, I put down a folded quilt on the shady side of the BLT, set up my cheap camp chair, and we relaxed there, me reading, of course. The RV park isn’t designed for anything more than an overnight. I appreciated not having to pay $30 or more.

      Funny thing… When I bought this smartphone, I knew it wouldn’t have signal when I needed it most!

      I love you, too. . . and the whole family. I think of you often and pray you are well and happy.

  30. Toni says:

    When all else fails, eat pizza!!

  31. weather says:

    To me knowing that all is well in your world as you enjoy a pizza and not giving the battery another thought so you can enjoy the moment is wisdom.After all,it’s a electrical problem ,not the onset of Armageddon.If I can’t or just am not solving a problem worrying about it is useless,appreciating and really being with what’s around me never is.

    It’s nice that fellow campers stepped up to help and gave you a place to start by knowing who to ask to look at the PTV.You made a good choice to bring the BLT to an RV park close to everything.As long as one has their home and all they need at hand it’s so much easier to stay calm and healthy when dealing with whatever needs to be fixed and/or coped with.

    Bridget’s cuteness factor is over the top lovable in the first photo of this post. Thanks for including more scenes from Camp Charming .I especially like the one above “hmm… a Class C…”,nice shot with the colors and sweet Reggie seeing the campsite from so far above.

    My comment may seem as though I’m not sympathetic to your having had a problem.I am,in fact,sorry you encountered and had to deal with one.It,no doubt,cost you things like money,concern,frustration,time you’d prefer to be staying in lovely environments,etc. I am just SO glad to hear that the inconvenience you’d mentioned to Jim involved rig parts instead of those of you and crew’s bodies that I smiled thinking”Cool,it’s just stuff!” and enjoyed the details in the story’s pics and narration.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      What a nice, long note! Always the perfect accompaniment to my coffee… Good morning, weather!

      I understood immediately what you meant. A vehicle not starting isn’t something to let oneself become upset about. It wasn’t like we would starve or succumb to the elements. Eventually someone would come along to give a jump start or to carry us into town where I could call for a tow truck.

      Thank you for noting the cuteness of Bridget. Her reluctance to be photographed, plus her maturity (compared with Reggie’s baby-ness) makes it appear she is a lesser member of the crew. Not so! 🙂

      The stay at the RV park was something different for us. It was a nice change to have a store and cafe nearby, a horse out the back window, and sidewalks for walks with the crew. And if someone remembers not to fret over “stuff” because of this post, how wonderful that is!

      Wishing you a pleasant day . . . .

      • weather says:

        Good morning indeed,Sue! I love that you enjoy our coffee times and chats as much as I do 🙂 You are perhaps the only person I know that I think would have enjoyed the morning that I got my truck stuck in quicksand in the Adirondack Mountains during a recent autumn .The scenery was glorious …a great adventure that I enjoyed start to finish.

        Having already accomplished some important financial tasks today I intend to have a pleasant day,thank you.I’m going to do more readying the T@B to make it even more “just right”-not too soft,not too hard,not too big,not too little-ah-h,Life is good,enjoy!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          As I listened to the rain on the roof during the night, I wondered if you’ve heard rain on the roof of your T@B yet. If not, run out there the next time it rains…. One of the most soothing sounds on earth, right up there with the rhythm of ocean surf, breezes through aspen leaves, and water rushing over rocks in a creek…

          • weather says:

            Thanks for thinking of me and reminding me to try that,Sue.No,I haven’t heard it yet because my darling doggy was so frightened by thunder.Now I will try it,we may get some rain Wednesday.I so-o love that sound,too!

  32. chas anderson says:

    Always carry a coke.Sometimes a battery goes dead because of corroded terminals.Pour coke over it and it dissolves.Sometimes you get lucky and it will start so you can get to a garage.In my poverty stricken college days it got me to some of those early a.m. classes.This is the lazy man’s way.

    Also,Good Sam has left me stranded twice in remote places.Once in Mexican Hat, Utah and another in New Mexico.They are administered by Allstate and are a complete joke unless you are in a suburban area.In Mexican Hat all they offered were yellow pages listings from Moab 100 miles away and would not send anyone.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, chas,

      What good is emergency road assistance if there’s no assistance? I don’t know if Good Sam would’ve sent someone to my location or not. Kirk told me the local repair guy took calls from AAA and not Good Sam. I was dealing with the situation and didn’t want to be frustrated by a long wait for road assistance. That’s why I took matters into my own hands and walked up and down the hill, looking for someone with a vehicle.

  33. Patricia in Colorado says:

    Hi Sue
    I laughed when I read the start of your post about the cheese, tomato and lettuce sandwich. When we were kids, lot of times no money for meat and my two brothers called these sandwiches, wish sandwich. Wish we had some meat!! But they were very good. Sometimes we got bologna and fried a slice and made a grill cheese sandwich, pried it open to put the bologna in and ketchup. Golly what kids think up! Glad you are in a safe place even with the horse behind you! Patti in Colorado

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Patricia,

      What is it with kids and ketchup? Ha!

      “Wish sandwiches”… Boondockers know about those. Far from a store and wishing you’d bought this or that…

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        The “Wish sandwich” is classic and I think the term just entered my lexicon. It’s just so perfect!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          There’s also the “wish pizza.” That’s when you put tomato sauce and cheese on any carbohydrate lying about in your pantry. Ha!

  34. Shirlene (Huntington Beach, Ca) says:

    Good Morning Sue, glad the battery situation worked out, of course no stress for you is best. Big news, I bought myself a motorhome this weekend. Happy. Speaking of batteries, my motorhome has three batteries, two house batteries and one battery for the motor. If one fails, the others kick in to start it. I cannot image all of them going out at the same time but a battery charger is always good to have especially if someone else is in need. Oh, and it also has solar on the roof to keep the batteries charged…good deal huh? Anyway, I will be on the road by next year…good thing I marked all the pages and dotted all the i’s on this blog, it will be a great deal of help getting it ready for full-timing.

    Hi to all the Blogorinos! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:


      Gosh, it’s all tricked out! You must be very excited with your purchase. Now you have one year to prepare for the road. It’s all good. I’m happy for you!

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      Wow, Shirlene! Now you have something concrete to visualize with (and to have fun with). Your magic carpet 🙂

      If you feel like telling more about it, of course we are all ears!

    • weather says:

      Hi Shirlene,I couldn’t be any happier for you,it’s gettin’ real now,isn’t it?Yippee!

      • Shirlene (Huntington Beach, Ca) says:

        Hi Weather, yes it getting real, real for both of us. Happy travels to us! 35 feet is a lot to drag around but I drove it yesterday so I think I am up to it.

        • Sidewinder Pen says:


          I can already see you up in the driver’s seat, master of your domain. Skills you can take pride in! Remember, the rig does most of the hard work; you run the controls with your brainpower 🙂

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Congratulations, Shirlene! I know you have been hoping and waiting for the right RV for a long time! Whoo-Hoo! So…..when is the first shake down trip….where will you all be going?! I am happy for you! 🙂

      • shirlene says:

        Hi Denise..thank you…I am not sure where or when..just trying to get over shock of actually pulling the trigger after 4 years of research. 🙂

    • Congrats on the new RV, Shirlene!!! That is awesome news!!!

      • shirlene says:

        🙂 Hi Marla!..I am leaving for Oregon tomorrow but flying..not in RV..not enough time and I really wasn’t looking to buy this weekend but they gave up so much to make it happen..

    • Pamela K. says:

      Happy, Happy, Congrats!!! Sounds like your new Motor Coach is styled out very nicely 🙂 Now that you have it, that year will fly by as you spend your time planning and making some mods to it. Will your beach convertible be your toad once you start full-timing? Or will you have another vech as your? Maybe a convertible hard-top for your convertible, that would work nice. Whatever the case, it will be fun figuring it all out 🙂

      • shirlene says:

        Hi Pamela….Thank you for congrats..Buying used most of the mods I would do are already done which was why this RV was so attractive to me. Now decorating is another thing altogether..I am used to down furniture and big fluffy stiff..not so sure that kind of stuff on the road need some adjusting maybe..and as far as my beach convertible..it is going to have to stay at the beach..it think I am going to get a fiat toad…light and good on gas..sometimes I just wonder what was I thinking and then…calm and peace settles in as I know what I want my future to look like….look out blogorinos I will be coming to a town near you! Hear that Geri! Ha!

  35. Ann from TX says:

    Glad everything turned out ok and you didn’t stress about it! Love the”sandwich” stories too . We ate these as kids… peanut butter (salty) ,iceberg lettuce (crunchy), Marzetti’s slaw dressing (instead of mayonnaise – tangy), and sweet pickle chips (sweet). They sound disgusting, but were really good! I still get cravings for them, but for some reason can’t seem to find the slaw dressinghere in Tx. Maybe it was more regional; I grew up in OH.

    • Shirlene (Huntington Beach, Ca) says:

      Mom my used to make me Peanut butter, lettuce and tomato sandwiches…yum, brings back memories. But she grew up in California. So figure.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Never heard of that one, Shirlene. We used to make sandwiches with Wonder Bread, margarine, and sugar which gives you an idea how bare our cupboards were. Ha!

        Oh, the carefree 50s… the junk we would eat!

        • Marcia GB in MA says:

          My dad used to eat sugar and butter sandwiches with the addition of onion slices, in the 1930s.

          • Sidewinder Pen says:

            This is fun, talking about “odd” sandwich combinations, plus what our parents (or us as kids) used to eat back in the day. My dad would purposely burn toast, then put butter and salt on it.

            I love a good cheese-and-pickle sandwich on toast, with sharp cheddar and tart, crisp pickles (such as Gedney Zingers). Mmmm. Now there’s my “wish sandwich” for today as I don’t have the ingredients to hand.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Burnt toast is an excellent cure for ‘sour stomach’ or nausea.

            • Sidewinder Pen says:

              Well that’s interesting, because he had chronic stomach issues (which probably would be easy to diagnose and treat today, but back then not).

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ann from TX,

      Interesting combination of flavors….Peanut butter with sweet pickle chips… hmm… That sounds pretty good. Like I need more ways to eat peanut butter!

      Marzetti’s is a brand I’ve seen at Wal-Mart. Back in the day when I could eat dip without gaining 50 pounds per mouthful, I liked Marzetti’s Santa Fe dip. which I purchased at Wally’s. I brought it to a faculty party and everyone raved about it. My conscience got to me and I admitted I didn’t make it.

  36. weather says:

    Hi,Sue,I love it when appreciative readers are nice enough to help you get a commission by posting links to Amazon products!Would it help you even more if we gave just the name of the product on Amazon we recommend instead of including a link that you have to redo ?I ask because until you get the chance to see it and change it you can’t get credit for that sale,and you would if I were interested and clicked your Amazon link to find it myself and bought it.

    And also because I wonder if you personally can easily find the product at Amazon without the link we provide.I’m sure you are glad people care enough to try to help you either way,of course.I just wanted a bit of clarification and to give you the opportunity to mention the topic if you wanted to but didn’t want to correct folks trying to be helpful.If you prefer because of the latter (or any reason)to delete this comment,of course,feel free to as always.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You read my mind, weather! I’ve been trying to think of a way to convey that I appreciate readers suggesting products, while at the same time, the links they provide may lose me commission.

      It wouldn’t make a whole lot of difference if I were in the east and most of my readers were in the west. (I also go offline early in the evening.) Sometimes a link that won’t give a commission is posted for several hours before I see it and make it one of mine, because my morning starts later.

      Since the name of a product may not be sufficient to identify it, especially with techie items, another identifier that is exact and sure is the ASIN which is a number listed with the product information. One has to scroll down a bit to find it. I really can’t expect readers to go to that trouble. Otherwise, a product description will do….

      I have no way of knowing how many sales I’ve lost because of links that aren’t mine. I only see the ones that give me credit!

      Thank you for your thoughtfulness, weather. Maybe if someone posts a link, another reader could remind everyone to wait for the link to be made one of mine or suggest they use the Amazon search box I provide at the bottom.

      It’s probably not a big problem. I, too, think it’s wonderful how the blogorinos suggest useful items. 🙂

      • weather says:


      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        Okay, I see. So for example, if I wanted to mention that Anti-Gravity XP-1, the best way would be to say something like “I can recommend the Anti-Gravity XP-1, which can be found on Amazon.”

        That way there is no link to suck people away from YOUR link, and plus you can choose to add one of your links later.

        (Or is there a way we can make one of “your” links?)

        PS: To anyone who is interested, for this particular product Sue did add a link in one of my comments above.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          No, there is no way for a reader to make one of “my” links. If anyone figured out how to do it, they would put me in violation of Amazon’s operating agreement.

          One of the reasons I never really take a break from my blog is to monitor against trolls and spam, of course. Also to convert links that well-meaning readers post.

          If someone goes to Amazon on one of my links, every purchase they make in the subsequent 24 hours earns me a commission. Conversely, when a reader posts a link to Amazon and other readers use it, every purchase they make at Amazon within the next 24 hours does NOT earn me a commission, even though readers may think it does because they went to Amazon from a link on my blog.

          I don’t see any way to prevent that from happening other than me keeping a close watch and converting links as soon as I find them. I encourage readers to continue helping each other with product suggestions.

          The method you mentioned in your first paragraph would work very well. However, I don’t want to pester readers about this. It’s probably not draining much away from my bottom line. 🙂

          • Sidewinder Pen says:

            Well okay, but now we know and no pestering necessary! I know I always wondered.

            So to re-cap, it’s fine (and even good) for us to mention products we can recommend that are available on Amazon, but better not to post a link and then let you come back and do it later (and in the meantime anyone interested can go to Amazon from your general shopping link and search the name of the item, which will also give you proper credit).

            Works for me 🙂

  37. Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

    Love that store sign with the gold letters “Notions.” Reminds me of being 7 years old and seeing a similar sign that said “Sundries.” I said to my mother, “Let’s go there! I want a hot fudge sundry!”

    Well, fellow contrarian, I always want what I don’t have, too, badly. I’ve got contrarianism so bad that I don’t even know I want it until I can’t have it! CLT sandwich? (Would this be on toast?) Never thought of that version. Once bacon is on your mind, it’s hard to get it off your mind. On the road again … !

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Gayle,

      I tried the cheese-lettuce-and-tomato sandwich with toast. Not as good as untoasted. I have a sunflower seed bread that is delicious. The best cheese to use is pepper jack, Swiss, or sharp cheddar. Sometimes I sprinkle a little chopped, red onion… which reminds me, it’s almost lunch time!

      Cute anecdote about wanting an ice cream sundry. 🙂

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      Gayle, that is classic 😀

      I always remember a sign we used to pass that was for a store about five miles down the side road. It said that they carried things for all your shopping needs. I always pictured aisles filled with carts, paper and pencils for making lists, bags, etc. – no actual groceries. LOL.

      • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

        That’s cute!

        Pencils! Paper! Everything your shopping … needs!

        It’s amazing how we survive as adults with all those childhood misconceptions needing to be sorted out. (And then there’s the one about my dad always complaining about his salary. I thought he was talking about celery. We always had enough celery…

  38. Jodee Gravel on the road in Carson City, NV says:

    There you go. Only way to handle the inevitable. No pearls of wisdom for you, just glad the note worked and you found the perfect little spot in town. Life is as good as we make it.

  39. Glenda in OZ! says:

    I will miss you Sue and the crew so much during my absence for a holiday to South America for 5 weeks……………..there will be so much for me to catch up on when I return. In the mean time stay safe, take care and stay well. Hugs to you, Bridget and Reggie!

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Have a wonderful trip, Glenda! Enjoy! 🙂

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      Ooh, that sounds like an interesting trip. Have a wonderful time, and I hope you’ll tell us a little about it when you get back.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      How exciting — a 5 week holiday in South America! Have a fantastic time, Glenda. We will be here when you return. 🙂

      And how sweet of you to say you’ll miss me and the crew…

    • Pamela K. says:

      Have a SUPER WONDERFUL and safe time. Sounds like a FAB trip, 5 glourious weeks! Is it your first trip to South America or have you been there before? I have not ever been to that part of the globe. Something I hope to change one of these days, would love to travel there. Will you be RVing while there? A group tour maybe? I know many of the RV clubs offer such travels.

  40. Pamela K. says:

    Let’s see… mostly you eat chicken. But of late you had a hamburger. Now we hear you are endulging in a fine pepperoni *stress pizza*. I dare say you are venturing out into the wild side, young lady! HA! What are we to make of this change in eating habits? It must be that Autum-like weather…
    I DO love my comfort foods. And I’m a real sucker for homemade french fries with meatloaf on rainy fall days. Stop me! Just stop me now!
    Where did I put that hole punch for my belt?…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Me? Eat a hamburger? No! You’re probably thinking of the turkey burger I had in Salina, and the crew shared a hamburger patty.

      As for pepperoni, is that meat? Haha!

      • Pamela K. says:

        You’re right! It was a turkey sammie and not a hamburger. The crew likes their beef patty. I must admit, I do like really good grades of beef. Even in a pot roast I only use a good grade of cut. This evening we had rotisserie chicken. A fav of Klemper’s liking but I have found all chichen is not equal in taste, even if the grade is good — soooo I doctor-ed it up with pork suffing! HA! Everything is better with pork, it’s the *other* white meat 🙂

  41. BuckeyePatti in Ohio says:

    So glad to know where I can buy “notions”. LOL, never knew! Love your laid back, no worry attitude about the battery issue. Hope it’s fixed by now 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Patti,

      Yes, it’s fixed. Thank you.

      I bet there are a lot of folks who don’t know what notions are. 🙂

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        Just us old folks 😀

        • Pamela K. says:

          I used to love to scan the notions counters at the 5-n-dime stores. Woolworth’s. I would buy those funny sleep masks with the winking cow, lol! Childhood memories are some of the best to recall 🙂

  42. DesertGinger says:

    Well, cheese sandwiches are my absolute favorite! I prefer Oroweat wheat berry bread, with extra sharp cheddar, lettuce, tomato and mayo. Sometimes I get in a mustard mood, and then it is lettuce, cheese and mustard…no tomato. Sometimes I add onion to either. I could eat one every day with no problem. Sometimes I add avocado. But mostly just cheese, lettuce and tomato. And that was what I ate as a kid too, but in those days it was white bread, longhorn cheese and miracle whip. Boy is miracle whip terrible! I was so happy when I grew up and discovered Hellmans mayo. My mother use to buy margarine also, which I always hated. Grandma always had the good stuff. Believe it or not my mother said she couldn’t taste the difference between butter and margarine. I don’t see how that was possible.
    Peanut butter I love. Peanut butter with jelly…yuck! I do like jelly though. My fave fave fave is grape jelly on hot buttered corn bread.
    No wonder I am too fat.
    I also love a good Reuben sandwich now and then. But since my stomach surgery I can’t even finish half of one.
    I’m on a soup kick now. It works really well in my tiny stomach. I don’t like canned soup but you can get lots of nice soups in the refrigerator compartment in plastic tubs that taste like fresh soup. I just had some Panera broccoli and cheese soup tonight that I got at my local market. Very tasty.
    I can generally eat 1slice of pizza, so unless I can buy it by the slice I don’t get it much. I don’t care for leftover pizza that much.
    I got an email from my son and he is showing up at my house in Tucson on October 25, so I guess I better get home by then. Time to start planning.
    Off to bed. School tomorrow.

    • shirlene says:

      Hi DG..thanks for the update..safe travels back home..watch the salt content on the soups..from someone who knows..

  43. Pamela K. says:

    Peanut Butter and Jelly sammies… I only recently took to being able to stomach Peanut Butter. I found a Honey Peanut Butter I rather liked at Kroger’s.
    Peanut Butter and Jelly sammies… Never! Never again!!! I *had* to eat that at the orphange as a toddler, and Tomato Soup…to this day I can’t stand either of them. Yes, I was an orphan for the first few years of my life. People who step up and adopt children are Heros in my book, nearest thing to Sainthood as I can imagine.

    • Pamela K. says:

      …but I do like those little Munchies brand Peanut Butter and Cheese Crackers, so I guess it didn’t completely ruin me to Peanut Butter…

    • shirlene says:

      Sad start…good ending.

      • Pamela K. says:

        They were very good to me at the orphange. I was lucky about that. I just remember certain foods I really hated, lol. And I didn’t care for long flights of stairs either. Silly things like that that I remember. But I was always safe, and warm, and feed, and cared for from wake of morning to lights out at nightime. They truly saved my life. I have heard of other stories not so nice but mine was a good story. Both me, and my older sister, were very lucky to have been rescued 🙂

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