A solution at last?

Wednesday, December 20

What was that I was saying about the crew being “a well-matched team?” How they trot along on-leash, shoulder to shoulder, like fine carriage horses?

Pfffttt!

“Hey, guys. I know you’d rather play than walk, but I need the exercise.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Settle down.  You can play later.”

“There. Much better!”

Another beautiful day here in southeastern California.

Colder than usual this morning but not enough to call for a coat.  I wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants these days and stay comfortable.  I see the weather widget in the sidebar is presently showing lows in the 30s coming soon.

Heh heh. I laugh in the face of cold.  I have my Wave 3 and it will keep us warm! 

~ ~ ~

I think I found the solution!

I’m talking about the difficulty of having items shipped to me while living on the road. It’s a common problem among full-timers.

Yesterday I drove over to Right Space Storage in Blythe to inquire about signing up for their mail receipt service.  I had done this a year ago and the fee was more than I wanted to pay. This visit I’m surprised that the monthly fee is only $10. I don’t know if I was given incorrect info before or if the fee was lowered.

NOTE:  Upon my return I learn there is a $20 “one-time sign-up fee.”

Anyway . . . .

The $10 covers receipt of unlimited number of packages at no additional charge!

Another option is to pay $5 per package — a good choice if you expect only one package.

Not for me because I AM GOING TO AMAZON TO SHOP IN A BIG WAY!

YAY!

“Don’t worry, boys.  I’m okay.  Just a little excited, that’s all.”

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Message to Blogorinos and Could-Be Blogorinos . . . .

Thank you to those of you who make the comments section of this blog a lively, friendly, informative and interesting place.

I have an idea I want to try with you.

Christmas is almost here and the year 2017 will be over soon. I invite you — whether you’re a long-time blogorino or a lurker who never comments but enjoys reading what others write — to go to comments and send out a holiday greeting to someone whom we haven’t heard from in a while.

Maybe there’s a blogorino you’ve missed and would like to hear from again.  Maybe someone “out there” feels forgotten and a note or a simple “Merry Christmas!” to them will prove they’re not.  Wouldn’t a “reunion” be great?

I’ll write a couple myself so you’ll know what I’m trying to start.

Of course, as always, feel free to introduce a topic of your interest, ask questions, give an update on your dream, share your holiday plans, whatever!

I want you to feel like this blog is not mine alone; it’s here for you!

rvsue

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177 Responses to A solution at last?

  1. Nancy in California says:

    Me first?

  2. Dawn in NC says:

    Hey Sidewinder Pen! Miss seeing you comment here! I hope you have a great Christmas 🎄 wherever your travels take you!

  3. Beverly Deem says:

    And the sperm is in the race–where will it end?

  4. Carolyn H in AZ says:

    Cool here too. Finally! We had way too many above average temps this year. Have a Merry Christmas Sue and a Happy and Healthy New Year!

  5. Ladybug in Mid-Tenn says:

    Typical kids….you talk nice about them so they have to go act up!

    MERRY CHRISTMAS, DESERT GINGER!!

  6. Nancy in California says:

    Very funny pics of the boys misbehaving in harness after all! I don’t know any blogorinos, coz I mainly lurk, but would like to wish a very Merry Christmas to everyone out there!
    Here is a topic. Had anyone out there read “Nomadland”? It is about full-time rv-ers, mostly older folks, who have to work very hard to survive. The author compares them in many ways to the migrant workers epitomized in Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath”
    I was wondering if any of you had read this book, (it gives a shout-out to our own rv sue),
    or have any experiences on the road with fellow travellers struggling to survive?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Nancy,

      I haven’t read the book but, with the help of blogorinos, I did see the pages where I was mentioned (via a Google search for “RVSue + Nomadland”). We talked about it in comments a few posts ago. I appreciate you wanting me to be aware of it.

      So everyone knows the game here… You don’t have to “know” anyone to wish them “Merry Christmas!” or “Miss You!” or “What’s happening in your world?”whatever… Recall a name you’ve seen here and go for it. 🙂

      • Nancy in California says:

        Thanks Sue!
        I will scroll back and find the comments. Curious about what the blogorinos thought about it

        • Robin B (Oregon & Arizona) says:

          I read “Nomadland” a few months before it was published and it is one of my favorite books of the year. I’ve raved about it a few times on this blog. If you Google Harper’s Bruder Camperforce, you’ll fine a short video done by the author.

        • Diane Ely says:

          I have this on my to-read list. It sounds like an expansion of the 2014 article in Harper’s magazine by this same author. I put a hold on the book at my local library and got a message back that I’m 27th in line – evidently lots of interest in it.

    • Dawn in NC says:

      Hi Nancy! There was some discussion of “Nomadland” in the comments a few blogs ago! I’d be interested in hearing more about it.

      • Nancy in California says:

        Hi Dawn!
        I had mixed feelings about the book. Thought it started out very well written, but then she (the author) seemed to be too intent on proving her point, which to me, appeared to be to show how exploited this group of rv-ers are. The book became more like a lecture then. I am going to look at the previous comments!

    • Judy in S.C. says:

      Hi, Nancy. Just finished reading Nomadland today. Guess it was a real eye-opener to me. Such struggles to survive, physically and monetarily. I felt awfully sad for the lives of so many mentioned, but think they must know more joy than implied. The camaraderie of sharing food, fires and looking out for one another is a gift. Their part-time jobs were so much harder than I had ever imagined. I’m so blessed and thankful to know camping by choice.

      • ValGal (westernWA) says:

        I LOVED Nomadland. I do think the reality of choice makes a huge difference in someone’s experience, whether someone wants or even dreams of an rv or van lifestyle or feels compelled to adopt it due to lack of finances. That distinction also may influence rig options, creature comforts, lifestyle, ability to pay for repairs and emergencies, jobs that may need to be taken and possibly endured, and ability to return to a sticks and bricks if desired. It’s a great book that explores so much below the surface.

    • cc and canine ( now in Oregon) says:

      I haven’t read the book “Nomadland”, but Bob Wells reviewed it on his YouTube channel , Cheap RVLiving, and heartily endorsed it. I’ll be put it on my to-read list.

  7. Archae says:

    Was planning to stay in the Lake Havasu BLM Craggy Wash Campground over Christmas but it’s very windy. How is it in more southern areas?

    • Archae says:

      Merry Christmas everyone!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Archae,

      At present we have no wind at all. Wind comes and goes…. Lately it’s been at a ratio of about 2 days in a week’s time. Some days pleasantly windy, occasionally it blows dust.

      • Archae says:

        Thanks Rvsue,
        We have a wind advisory up here with wind blowing in the high teens. It’s supposed to continue for a couple of days. My problem now is driving in it to get elsewhere.

      • Calvin Rittenhouse says:

        This may or may not be a good place to ask this. I’m from Ohio and will be spending time in the East, where solar power is more difficult. Do you know if people use wind power successfully on the road? My needs are pretty modest, but I know very little in practical terms about mobile wind power.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Calvin… I don’t know the answer to your question. Maybe someone with experience RVing in the East will let us know.

          Anyone? Do people use wind power successfully on the road?

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I did a search for “RV + wind power” and a bunch of interesting sites came up.

          • Calvin Rittenhouse says:

            I will follow up with that search. I’m convinced that wind power would work here in the East, and I have noticed bloggers in the West talking about having plenty of wind in the desert. Where I am in Ohio, the wind rarely stops and doesn’t get below 5 mph too often. Then someone mentioned having a wind advisory for wind speeds in the teens. That would get no attention here. However, we have only 178 sunny days a year. The national average is 205, and some Western places have over 300. Clearly, I have much research ahead of me.

            • Archae says:

              You might check out wind mills on boats for mobil power. There were some sailboats in the east that had wind mills on the masts.

            • Calvin Rittenhouse says:

              That makes sense, and I never thought of it, despite a friend or two that are sailors. Thanks.

        • Lisa, Tommie and Buddy in NJ!! says:

          Hey Calvin, have you considered charging your batteries with a wind turbine while you tow?

          • Calvin Rittenhouse says:

            It’s an interesting thought, but (a) I won’t be towing anything, and (b) I suspect there’s no turbine that works at 60 mph.

  8. ReneeG from Idaho says:

    In the top ten again. You guys are fast. I turn to work and BAM!

  9. rvsueandcrew says:

    Merry Christmas, chuck n pookie! How ya’ doin’?

  10. JOAN LATRELL ROBERTS says:

    Hi Sue,
    Wishing you and the crew a very Merry Christmas! May Santa (Amazon) leave you all the things you wish for.

  11. Elizabeth in WA says:

    SO happy to hear that you were able to solve how to get some pkgs, Sue…I know how it is…by the time some things arrive to us, I have kind of forgotten what I sent for, and it is like opening a present…haha!! Hope you find, or keep, a nice spot to park and enjoy whatever you find pleasing for the holidays. Ours is going to not be much of anything…but I relish time to do some things I am generally too busy to do…so will hunt for those opportunities. I am rapidly becoming a caretaker here for my husband…so much on our plate coming up I think. Blessings and best wishes to all who come here!

    • Ruthie in Fontana says:

      Merry Christmas Elizabeth, Sue’s idea of wishing each other seasons greetings and making everyone feel welcome to send comments, was a good idea to keep the community connected. Your comment touched a nerve with me. ” I am rapidly becoming a caretaker here for my husband…so much on our plate coming up I think. ” I have been taking care of my Dad since 2004, and now my husband is starting to have major medical issues. I thought when my Dad no longer need me I would be free of care taking. But no…once a caretaker always a caretaker I guess.

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        Holiday greetings to you too, Ruthie…so sorry to hear your plight!! I may be wrong…but we can see them “loosing it” mentally and physically… I learned from a friend who still lives in an area where we used to live and hubby worked, that he could be eligible for some free help if what is going on was caused by his exposure to nuclear stuff…and it well may be. She gave me the website to search. I guess first we need to find out what is wrong and then maybe look into the help. We are very busy helping our daughter and her kids here and I have not driven in a couple years (it makes me so nervous with the completely awful drivers out there these days)…so no idea what the future looks like…but my nurse pal tells me to get him seen…for some problems he could be helped maybe. I do not put a great lot of stock in doctors…they have also caused a lot of health issues for our family in the past. Oh well, day by day, sometimes moment by moment huh?

        • Barb in Florida says:

          Hang in there, honey. I was the caretaker for my husband at the end & would not trade that for all the tea in China. Your daughter, I am sure, knows what a Godsend you are to her and the little ones. We do what we must lovingly, hopefully, patiently. Love knows no bounds. Love never ends. From 1Corinthians mostly – the theme from our wedding. Wishing you & family much joy & peace!

          • Elizabeth in WA says:

            Thanks so much, Barb!! It is hard to stand by and watch helplessly when it comes to the welfare of one’s grandchildren…but we pray GOD will intervene and help them!! (We are doing all we can via the law). As to caretaking…we do what we must don’t we? At least my hubby is still able to drive. I was researching some online last night and think he may have something that is at least treatable…though not cureable. Though at our ages, we do not expect the cure part. I now must drag him to a doctor. Thanks for your encouragement!!

  12. rvsueandcrew says:

    I’m going offline for a while. The crew and I are going into town.

    Please hold your Christmas greetings to me and the crew until another post, okay? I’ll put up a Christmas card on the 25th.

    Now’s a good time to send a message to someone who has faded away ….

    Blogorino to blogorino time!

    🙂

  13. Jill says:

    Merry Christmas from Iowa!

  14. Joe in TN says:

    Hi Sue,
    As a relatively new Blogorino I want to wish a Merry Christmas to all Blogorinos, past and present. I love reading your comments as much as I enjoy Sue’s posts. Looking forward to 2018 and getting our BLT on the road starting in January with a trip to Florida. All the best to the crew.

  15. Jerry says:

    Merry Christmas to everyone. Wow the tax breaks are on their way. lol

    Jerry

  16. Stephanie Turner OR says:

    Greetings to all the blogorinos out there and a special shout out to my Oregon State mate Sarvi.

  17. Cinandjules🌵 says:

    Merry Christmas greetings to all! Off the top of my head….and forgetting someone…

    AlanOutandAbout
    MickInTN
    E2
    BadgerRickInWis
    WildflowerInPrescott
    Michael ZenOnWheels

    • Dawn in NC says:

      Hey Cindy, who is the one with all of the stoves? I am starting to understand why now!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yes, cinandjules! That’s it! We want names! 🙂

    • AlanOutandAbout - in Pahrump says:

      I be here and doing well. Spending some time in Pahrump getting all caught up on medical stuff. No illness just stuff that needs to be watched. I had hoped to get to Tacna AZ and Copper Mountain RV Park but maybe next year

      Scamper cat is doing fine. He has this thing with dogs, he hates them. I have a 8 ft. long 2 ft. high fence along the front of my RV to keep him from sneaking up on them from under the front. Put a sign on it WARNING ATTACK CAT to let the doggies know and steer clear.

      Not much else going on except I will be fully retired at the start of the year. no more work, yeah. And finally got a Kindle, Going to start with Robert Jordan’s Wheel Of Time series, a light read, only 14 books so far.

      MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND THE BEST NEW YEAR EVER.

      • Jean in Southaven says:

        I have read that series. I got tired after #7 and put them up for awhile. The last two books in the series were finished by someone else. Mr. Jordan passed away before he could finish the last book. He had so many sections finished and notes concerning the ending that they made two books from them.

      • Sam in the Ozarks AR says:

        That sounds like George, a cat I use to have. He would hide when he saw a dumb dog coming through our yard and jump on their back and dig in for a ride. Merry Christmas, Sam

  18. weather says:

    Hey, BadgerRick, Merry Christmas!

    I was thinking I miss your words, the way you express so well how you care, your humor and wit…then I realized it’s more than all of that, – I miss you, Rick! I hope you’re happy and doing well in every way.

  19. Claudia says:

    Merry Christmas to Rusty and piper !

  20. rvsueandcrew says:

    Hello, Hotel California! Thinking of you…. Long time, no see, buddy.

  21. Deena in Phoenix says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to the blogorinos!

    Ilse of the socks
    mockturtle
    shirlene
    E-Two

    Take Care

  22. Happy Holidays Mary Pat…long time no blog.

  23. Nora now in Dauphin Island AL says:

    Haven’t heard from Rusty in a while…or maybe I’ve just missed it.
    Anyway, Merry Christmas, Rusty!!

  24. Pamelab says:

    Merry Christmas, to you, Sue and crew and to all your blogorinos. I have been absent in the comments for a while. Thank you, Sue, for sharing in your blog.
    Pamelab in Lubbock TX and soon to be in Quartzsite.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Pamelab and Merry Christmas!

      I’m checking the back seat and, yep, there’s Pamelab! 🙂

  25. Geneva says:

    I am a long time lurker although I rarely post.
    Happy Christmas to you and the boys and to all the fellow readers out there.

    Geneva

  26. rvsueandcrew says:

    Here are some guys I haven’t forgotten….

    Rattlesnake Joe
    Fossildreamer John
    Dominick
    Barry
    phxkayaker
    Dan in MI
    Mark in Salina, Kansas
    Sam in the Ozarks
    Pleinair Journey
    The Rat
    Al Bossence
    All the Bobs and Jims

    and many more!

    Merry Christmas!

    • Ruthie in Fontana says:

      Oh yeah, Al and Kelly Bossence of the Bayfield Bunch. Merry Christmas, I read your Blog too. Good luck on your start to the great state of CA. Safe driving and good weather.

  27. Frenchie says:

    I read Sue’s blog “in bulk” every few weeks so the comments don’t always make it, but wanted to stop by and say MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE ❤

  28. Marieta says:

    I am a lurker (that sounds so bad), but Merry Christmas to all. We are still dreaming but getting closer and closer. The Hubs had a slight stroke in 2014 which put a crink in the retirement plans. Things are improving since I discovered affiliate marketing, lol. I don’t think we will full-time but we sure will take at least 1 week a month and go somewhere.

    Anybody familiar with the parkliner fiberglass RV? We have loved the casita for the last 20 years so we will soon see.

    Anyway folks, I wish you all the best in the New Year and safe travels. Love to you Sue and Reggie and Roger.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Guess what, Marieta? You’re no longer a lurker. You are now a blogorino! Congratulations and best wishes for the holiday season!

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Welcome, Marieta! 🙂

      I had researched Parkliner several years ago. I really liked the layout of the egg, but there seemed to be lots of problems with the units, many unsatisfied customers and horrible customer service. At one point, the company went out of business. It appears that another company is now manufacturing the units. I hope they make a go of it. Please let us know if you have any updates/insights regarding Parkliner. Good luck!

      • Cinandjules 🌵 says:

        I agree with Denise.
        Horror stories on the customer service in the past.

        Didn’t hear about the new company taking over…perhaps things have changed!

  29. weather says:

    So you now have Right Place to receive packages for you(?), is the Blackstone grill (listed above with others’ purchases) one you ordered for yourself, or are you waiting for Walmart to have one in stock?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yeah, RightStorage is the place. 🙂 Of course, I ordered the Blackstone griddle! “Snooze, you lose, WalMart!”

      I ordered a bunch of stuff and it’s all supposed to arrive Dec. 22nd… Merry Christmas to meeeeeee!

      • weather says:

        Yay, I’m so happy for you!!!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I didn’t answer your question… No, that’s not my griddle in the list. Two other orders for the griddle showed up on my orders report. Neat, eh?

        • weather says:

          Yeah, that is neat 🙂 !
          Just a reminder, you’ll want an oil with a low smoke point (flax, extra virgin olive, vegetable or canola oil)to season your griddle for the first time. In case you don’t have any in your larder, you may want to get some soon at a local store, or order some right away through Amazon, if you hope to use your griddle for Christmas.

          • Barb in Florida says:

            Hi Sue & Weather –

            Two of my favorite writers! I agree with all your shout outs, Sue. E2, Sidewinder Pen, MicknTN, BadgerRick, Ilse, etc. My memory not as good as your files. Miss you guys & hope you’re all well!!

            HEY CHEY, Merry Christmas!

            Go with the olive oil. Something in the news recently about canola oil & memory loss. Why take the chance until they figure it out/tell the truth.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            I have the oil and I’m ready! 🙂

      • Rochelle in IN says:

        To the extent you feel comfortable sharing, I always enjoy a post of what you bought. I remember when you got the tablecloth, etc and made your outdoor room beautiful.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Oh, Rochelle, I’ll be sure to let you know what I bought. In detail. With photos. You’ll be saying, “Enough already!” 🙂

  30. Jool in N. TX says:

    Hello and Merry Christmas everybody!
    Sue, you know I’ve been following you since Day 1. I even remember before you hit the road that one day you felt faint in the vet’s office (as I recall) and they revived you with a Twizzle stick. I mean, I think it was a human one and not a doggy one….. (hmm….. I assumed it was the red licorice candy……..) anyway………
    You know I follow everything you write. I love you, the crew and your blog. And all the blogorinos.
    And while I’m at it, a big shout out to Chuck and Geri, who I feel are personal friends – and when I had a blog (that lasted about 7 minutes) Geri even cooked my recipe for “real” Texas chicken fried steak. Wow! I felt like a rock star!
    Okay everyone, carry on.
    I remain, as always,
    Jool in North Texas

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Such a cute message, Jool. You made me smile. Sure, I remember you from the “early days.” I was so thrilled to have a reader write a comment, someone who wasn’t family or real life friend.

      Oh, that was embarrassing, falling down faint at the vet’s.

      Hey, if you’re a blogorino, you ARE a rock star!!

      Merry Christmas to you, too.

    • Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

      Hi Jool! Long time no see! Believe it or not, just last week Chuck picked up a package of cubed steak last week noting that I hadn’t fixed country fried steaks in a long time! Had to put them in the freezer though, he didn’t know I had just bought a big ham to fix for Christmas! We will use your recipe for New Years dinner though!
      Good to see you again! Merry Christmas and a great new year!

  31. Jenny Johnson says:

    I am more than a lurker than anything else — Although I do on occasion post when I am close to the TOP Ten for viewing—Everything is fine and dandy here in our little corner of Tennessee. Wishing all a safe holiday

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Jenny, same to you…. I’m glad things are well in your part of the world.

      Hey, new year coming up. 2018 might be the year you make First Place!

  32. Kat (Mercer Island WA & SoCal) says:

    Season’s Greetings to each and every Blogorino – I enjoy reading all comments as well as RV Sue’s posts. Been following since Tioga George days and have boondocked for months at a time in Utah, New York and Pennsylania. Wondering where Kay (who was building a RV park in Nebraska) has gone. Hope she – and everyone else – enjoys the holidays and has a Great 2018!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Kat,

      Boondocking in NY and PA… Wow! The last I heard about Kay, the RV park wasn’t gonna’ happen. Happy holidays and new year to you, too!

  33. rvsueandcrew says:

    Merry Christmas to DeAnne in TN! Miss you… I hope you have a wonderful break from the kiddies. 🙂

  34. Hey Desert Ginger – hope you have a wonderful, and special holiday season and a very happy 2018.

  35. Lisa on the White River says:

    Merry Christmas to all, wishing health and happiness for the coming year!

  36. ValGal (westernWA) says:

    Merry, Merry Christmas to all Blogorinos! May your days be bright!

    Glad you can get packages, Sue. It’s gonna be quite the Christmas. Maybe you can make pancakes on Christmas on your new griddle. I hope the boys get presents. I’m always advocating for goodies for the boys even though I know they need no advocate and are spoiled happy! Lol.

  37. Paula in Indiana says:

    Merry Christmas!

    Sealarkesmiles
    retiredcajunlady

    and all the blogorinos 🙂

  38. Barbara(Nashville) says:

    Merry Christmas to the following blogorinos. We miss you. I know some of you are here, but wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas anyway.
    MickInTN
    Crystal T@B
    Desert Ginger
    Denise
    Rusty and Lady Piper
    Geri & Chuck
    Bill and Cathy
    Ilse

    and of course a Very Merry Christmas to our friend RVSue and the beloved Canine Crew.

  39. AZ Jim says:

    Missy!!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS from Detta and me. You bring so much simple joy with your blog that you and those boys deserve a special Christmas. Most of us anxiously check here daily to see what you and the fur kids are up to. We are happy to read of your latest adventures. I wish we could all be together, sipping hot chocolate and swapping stories but our little meetings here are a nice substitute. Bless you my dear friend….

    • AR Rose says:

      Merry Christmas to you, AZ Jim and Detta. Always enjoy reading what you have to say.

    • Barb in Florida says:

      Love to you & Detta, Uncle Jim;-) Thanks so much for your great stories & poems. Read the link the other day. Will be interesting to hear your take on the “air raid” or whatever it was. I can wait though. Not exactly holiday topic.

      I remember a Christmas when I was real little. My uncle went hunting & we had some things for dinner we never had before or again. The boys got the tails, but not enough for the girls. I really wanted that squirrel tail my brother got. My cousin got a neat racoon tail (uncle’s kid) but I don’t think that was on the menu. Grosses me out to think about it now! If I remember right, I stuck to the turkey & didn’t find any shot.

      Hope you two are feeling good today. ((Hugs))

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Merry Christmas to you, Jim, and to you, Detta.

      Uncle Jim… I like that! ….You bring a hot-chocolate-with-story-telling feeling here and have done so for a long time. You are very dear to me. Love, Missy

    • Barbara from Camano Island says:

      Can you imagine what a party that will be! Thanks to everyone for warming my life and stimulating my imagination! Happy Holidays to your and may next year bring you joy.

  40. Kate in Iowa says:

    I’m a lurker who reads every post but I rarely comment anywhere online. It’s just not my thing, but Merry Christmas to everyone and thank you for the photos and stories, Sue!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m happy you broke your rule and jumped in here, Kate! Welcome, blogorino, and Merry Christmas!

      • Barb in Florida says:

        Hi Kate – Welcome! I felt the same, but couldn’t stand not being part of the fun anymore. Hope to see you back again.

        We (son, dog & I) had the opportunity to drive thru your state last year. BEST decision made on our 3800 mile long drive. Left Minneapolis at the first exit for IA & “missed” the rest of MN, all of WI, most of crappy roads, tolls & all big cities in IL (Can we say WOO-Hooo) to drive with blue, puffy-clouded skies, like on the Simpsons, with corn fields on either side, great roads & NO Traffic. OMG what a treat for me to miss all the above.

  41. suzago in PNW says:

    Merry Christmas to all. I’m so happy to see one of my little purchases on the list this time (the little set of 3 cosmetic bags – stocking stuffers for my daughters and niece). Hope everyone enjoys a healthy and peaceful new year.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, suzago,

      When I saw your order I thought, “Gee, those would make good stocking stuffers for three girls.”

      Thanks for thinking of me and the crew when you shop!

  42. AR Rose says:

    Merry Christmas to all the blogorinos and especially to you, Sue, for all the hours of good reading you provide us with each year.
    Missing:
    Sidewinder Pen
    AlanOutandAbout
    MickInTN
    E2
    BadgerRickInWis
    Ils
    e

  43. CherylinMI says:

    I posted a comment in an earlier post, then brain went into overdrive…better to post in the present than the past…(Huh?). Just wanted to know how to include the cute emoticons I see in these posts. Anyone care to enlighten me? TIA………

    • Dawn in NC says:

      Hey Cherylin! I don’t know about the others, but when I use the email on my iPhone, i can include the emoticons. Merry Christmas!

      • Cheryl in The Lower Thumb of MI says:

        Thanks, Dawn…at the time I typed this I was on my laptop, which is pretty OLD! That was maybe why, I’ll try on my phone. Merry Christmas, to the Blogarinos!

  44. Eileen says:

    I appreciate the recommendation of “Nomadland” and will look for it in the library. Merry Christmas to RVSue, Reggie, Roger & all blogerinos. May year 2018 be a happy, healthy, peace-filled year for all!

  45. Sam in the Ozarks AR says:

    Merry Christmas to all of you. From Sam, Cassie, Sparky and Moose. I am very blessed that we all have good health. Cassie Starr and Sparky are my dogs and Moose is my daughter’s. Most of the time I spend the winters in AZ but this time i’m restoring a 1981 International S1700 flat bed dump I bought in an online auction. I just like old Internationals. Sometimes the weather here is better than AZ in the winter. It is nice to have all of you as friends. God bless you, Sam

  46. Barb from Hoquiam says:

    Happy Christmas to all! Thinking of y’all and a shout out to Kristina from New England… Got to meet you and have neglected staying in touch.
    I have begun a new JOB right before the holidays. I am so excited to be working for an agency that helps others who have been left from work through injury or illness/disability and help them find gainful employment. So far I am having a great time. Lots to learn!

    I am going to check into Nomadland.. Sounds great!

    Holiday HUGS from Hoquiam!
    Barb

  47. Terri in Tx. Nice and nippy! says:

    Here is a shout out to
    Krystina in Vermont
    Sidewinder Pen
    Glenda in Australia
    Wendy in Thailand

    Merry Christmas to All!

  48. Linda in Ky. says:

    I seldom post, but have been a reader since Sue began her blog. MERRY CHRISTMAS to all! I will have to find that book “Nomadland”. Sounds interesting.

  49. rvsueandcrew says:

    Good morning and merry Christmas, kgdan!

    • kgdan WA says:

      Thank you, RV Sue!
      We are so grateful to be here this Christmas! Certainly it has been one tough year for us but now we are basking in the desert. Wishing you and everyone a joyous holiday. Your words kept us focused on moving forward this whole year and we managed to get back on the road. So, so filled with joy and wishing the same for you.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Kathy…

        You are my hero! Really. I’m in awe of the way you “climbed mountains” this past year.

        You deserve the merriest Christmas ever!

        Love to you and Gil…

  50. Sue CleanerGreenerVegas (Hutchinson, KS) says:

    Merry Christmas to some of the folks who made the blog Merry in 2015:
    Pamela K. IN GA,
    ELIZABETH IN WA,
    Denise-Richmond Va,
    Deena and Miss Mollie,
    Janis Itty Bitty Living,
    Al Christenson,
    Marla-Corona CA,
    Shirlene,
    Pookieboy,
    Ed@Chasing Sunrises,
    Shawna,
    weather,
    Applegirl from NY,
    Az Jim,
    Cindy the pet sitter,
    Jolene,
    Rita,
    Barb from Hoquiam,
    Dawn from Camano Island,
    Dawn in MI,
    GERI,

    Desert Ginger….THRU all the changes of time….thanks to all who fed the loving spirit of this blog…many happy returns !! 🙂

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Not sure if I have seen you here before Sue in KS…but a very hearty welcome and thanks for mentioning my name!! Hope this month finishes out to be a happy time for you and yours!!

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Merry Christmas to you, Sue! 🙂

      • Cinandjules 🌵 says:

        And just where have YOU been?

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Missed you, Denise! Hoping you or Gracie pup weren’t sick, just busy with holiday prep.

        • Denise - Richmond VA says:

          Hi, Sue and Cinandjules!
          Gracie and I are doing well! Been busy getting ready for Christmas. Hit a bit of a snag when making my Christmas cards, which put me behind a week or so. Did not stress out about it, though, just changed the design…it is always good to have a “Plan B!” 🙂

    • Deena in Phoenix says:

      Hi Sue cleanergreenervegas, thx for the shoutout…I am running solo now…so am Deana from Phoenix…May you have a wonderful Holiday Season!

      Take Care

  51. Sue CleanerGreenerVegas (Hutchinson, KS) says:

    Sending Love and greetings to others from blog of Christmases past:

    Colleen/Maryland,
    Val R. Ontario,
    Reine in Plano Tx,
    Laurie in NC,
    Jackie NC,
    Eileen Dykeman,
    Jodee Gravel,
    Krystina, Velda,
    Jackie and Pepper,
    Lisa, Tommie,&Buddy,
    Renee Galligher,
    Utah Bonnie,
    Terri from Tx,
    Dasher-Tampa Bay,
    Marilyn Dania Bch FL,
    Janet,
    Charlene Swankie,
    Andy,
    Deb, I think from Click,Woof, Zoom,
    Chris in MN,
    Sidewinder Pen,
    CinandJules NY,
    edfrey,
    Sharon in MO,
    eliza,
    Florida Scott,
    Kerry UT,
    judy in east Tx,
    Barbara Nashville,
    Pauline,
    BadgerRick,
    Nancy S,
    Casitagirl in NY,
    Wendy in Thailand, AJ,
    Glenda in OZ,
    wildflower in prescott,
    Paul MONTANA,
    Chuck Hajek

  52. Sandy says:

    Merry Christmas RVSue and crew!! I always look forward to your posts with pics of the crew 🌲🌲

  53. Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

    I am late to the party again! We have been busting our butts getting ready for farmers market this Saturday! I will come back and read all thee comments later, I promise!
    Merry CHRISTmas to all! 🎄😀💝💗

  54. Val R. Lakefield Ontario says:

    Merry Christmas to Sue, Reg & Roger…and all the blogerinos. 🌲🎅🏻🐾
    Thanks Sue Cleaner Greener Vegas,…nice to be remembered.
    Never miss reading the blog hopefully time will allow more comment reading this winter.

  55. CherylinMI says:

    🎄🐾🐾🎄🎼🎄🐾🐾🎄🇺🇸🎄🎼🎄
    RVSue,
    I’ve been reading from day one to I think I’m in 2014, for the 2nd time. Always a joy to read your blog! Thanks from the bottom of my 💓.
    MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!
    And the same to all of your Blogarinos!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Cheryl! I’m so happy to hear from you and delighted that you are enjoying my old posts!

  56. Mona from West Texas says:

    Greetings ,
    Enjoy reading all comments and stories from all the Cyber Friends,
    Wondering how Rusty and Piper are doing? Enjoy reading the comments of AZ Jim. Especially when he greets you “Missy”. It must be an educator greeting. That is what the kids called us Miss, Miss…..

  57. Pat in Bulverde, Tx says:

    Rarely comment, but love this blog and enjoy returning again and again to see what posts have been added. Merry Christmas to all <3 Pat K.

  58. Lisa, Tommie and Buddy in NJ!! says:

    Merry Christmas to all.
    I would like to hear from Mick in TN. Also, it’s really nice to have a Holiday greetings exchange. Dad and I aren’t looking forward to the 25th, our first without Mom will not be easy. I am trying to think of some ways to distract Dad. Any suggestions are welcome and appreciated. Thanks.

    • Cinandjules 🌵 says:

      Every day is hard…Holidays are extremely difficult.
      I personally….. wouldn’t try to distract your dad…. just going about your day will bring up memories, sadness and perhaps smiles.

      Moms are hard….

    • Beth and Rosie dog, near Congress, AZ says:

      First Christmas without Mom’s are hard. Instead of trying to distract I suggest sitting down and talking about all the wonderful things your mom did for the both of you, go down memory lane together, laugh and cry together. It’s good for the soul, it’s okay to cry, and it breaks the tension anyone may feel about “not bringing up mom.” That’s my suggestion, you don’t have to do that.

      Last Christmas was my first without my mom, who had lived with me the last 10 years of her life. Lucky for me, I had a friend who got me to talking about my mom…it made my Christmas so much easier than trying to stuff the feelings and emotions! God bless you both, as you celebrate this Christmas together!

  59. George Kelso says:

    You’ve heard this 1000 X’s before here’s # 1001, what a cute crew you have.

  60. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue!

    I am happy that you found a way to receive shipments! Looking forward to see the treasures that you find. May many happy, smiling Amazon packages be in your future! It is always fun coming home to find a box on the front porch – even if the package contains the mundane, such as vitamins for Gracie pup! 🙂

    Do you have any special plans for a Christmas feast? I know whatever you decide will be perfect, as you are contentedly where you want to be with your boys. 🙂
    I have been busy gathering groceries for Christmas dinner. We will have turkey breast, dressing, gravy, ham, mashed potatoes, sweet potato & apple casserole, carrots, green beans, homemade cranberry sauce, and rolls. Topping off our feast will be cheesecake covered with chocolate ganache, a pie (variety still to be determined), and whatever desserts my sister and my nephew’s wife decide to bake and bring. This year, there will just be six of us getting together. I am very thankful that one sister and her hubby, and my #1 nephew and his wife, and my #2 nephew will be celebrating with me and Gracie pup. A few weeks ago, a Salvation Army kettle bell ringer wished me Merry Christmas, and said that he hoped I would get everything I wanted. I told him that I did not want anything, just for my family to be together. He replied with a huge smile. “Ahh…you got it!” 🙂

    A big shout-out to the blogorino family and lurkers, too! Sending you all wishes for a wonderful Christmas! 🙂 I have missed seeing regular “check-ins” from the following folks. R. (who fills us in on hiking trails), MicknTn (solar guru) AlanOutandAbout (Pahrump NV devotee), BadgerRick in WI (camp stove expert and collector), Michael (Zen on Wheels), Ed (fact checker and fountain of knowledge), and Shirlene (bird watcher extraordinaire). I hope you all are doing well! 🙂

    Sue, sending you wishes for a peaceful, comfy cozy evening, snuggled in the warmth of the Wave 3 heater. Sending you, Reggie, and Roger love and hugs from me and Gracie pup. Thank you for taking us along on your great adventure! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Denise. What a treasure you are! Not only for me, but for all who read comments. Thank you for sharing your holiday plans with us!

      Hugs to you and Gracie pup… 🙂

  61. Linda Hughes says:

    Merry Christmas RV Sue, Reggie and Roger…..love your blog!

  62. Beverly says:

    Merry Christmas Sue, Reggie and Roger. All the best for your 2018 travels as well.
    Keep on blogging from an infrequent commenter but a frequent lurker way up here in the cold north. -8 celsius this am. brrr.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you for the Christmas wish, Beverly. I wish the same for you. Try to stay warm… and if you need some extra warmth, come here! 🙂

  63. Donna n Girls Chandler, AZ. says:

    Merry Christmas to all. I love reading what everyone has been up to and plans for the new year. I’ve added a new pup to the family, Daisy. She joins Bailey and Lily, who are getting long in the tooth, 14 and 15. Daisy is 4 months and was an unplanned adoption, but I’m happy to have her I’ll raise her to be a traveling girl, like her mom.
    I hope the new year brings joy and love to all.

  64. Ruthie in Fontana says:

    What a treat to have this venue. I feel like a “mini blogger” from time to time. Sue, you are such a sweet, giving person. Facilitating this blog to include all. Merry Christmas and a very healthy New Year to all.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you….

      A “mini blogger”… I like that, Ruthie! When folks write comments, I get to read your great blogging. 🙂

  65. rvsueandcrew says:

    Good afternoon, Blogorinos and Everyone!

    Wonderful group here! Your messages to me and to each other warm my heart. Do you feel the holiday spirit? I do!

    Please feel free to keep talking or to join in. I have a new post in process but I won’t be able to finish it for a couple hours.

    BTW, if your name hasn’t been mentioned, it doesn’t mean you are forgotten. We’d love to hear from you!

    Bye for now,
    Sue

    • Marilu in Northern California says:

      Hi RV Sue,
      I haven’t commented for awhile but I still read and enjoy every post. Something about having a puppy that keeps me quite busy🐕😀. I want to wish you, Rusty, Pauline, Desert Ginger, Weather, AZ Jim and Detta a wonderful Christmas.
      We hope to be down in the desert later on this winter. Save us a spot!

  66. Kitt NW WA says:

    Hi All!
    This is Kitt sliding in to wish everyone the best of best this holiday season and throughout the upcoming year.
    We will be celebrating with our “kids” and their dog Bob. *Kids = daughter & son in law. Christmas Eve at their house and Christmas Day at ours. Bob, a 40 lb cattle dog, and Riley our 15 lb chihuahua/Chinese Crested love to wrestle and chase. Quite the entertainment! Both rescues💕
    Sue, thanks for all of your blogging throughout the year.. I’m glad you figured out how to get stuff shipped to you. Happy shopping! Can’t wait to see what you get.
    Kitt

  67. Candace H. says:

    What a nice way to get in the holiday spirit! Mostly a lurker here and oft times I don’t have time to read more than the first few replies. How lucky am I that this afternoon I had a massage and have come home to drink lots of water and rest while reading ALL the replies, a Christmas blessing to be sure! Wishing us all a truly wonderful rest of 2017 and hoping for a great 2018.
    Thank you RV Sue for sharing. I especially enjoy the antics of cutie patooties Reggie and Roger.
    Love to the three of you and ALL Blogarinos.

  68. Ozarkjoy says:

    Well I wasn’t really interested in a griddle but you got me with the YouTube videos. I watched a bunch and had f course decided I need one of those Lol.

  69. JazzLover says:

    Sue, another year of following you and the boys on your always interesting travels. Know that the hard work it takes to put forth a blog of this caliber is not taken for granted. Not your photographs, nor your content. Glad to see that your sense of humor is showing itself more, keep it coming. Hope that Badger Rick, Mick in Tn, Fuji-Maru in Japan and others we have not heard from in a while are all well. Sometimes life comes at us like a wrecking ball and knocks us off our feet so it takes time to recover. Having your blog to come to and regroup is a huge help. Thinking of Spike and Bridget smiling down on You and Reggie and Roger, following along as we are. Learned much from others who contribute their knowledge to questions and problems that arise. Thanks to them as well. May your Christmas be peaceful and blessed.

  70. Virginia620 AL says:

    Merry Christmas to ALL!! Struggling a bit. Getting another “first” behind me. After this one I think all the rest will be fine. Huggggzzz and LUVZZZZZ!!

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