A storm rolls over the mesa

A storm approaches our camp on the mesa!

From the window of the Best Little Trailer I see an enormous dark cloud moving toward us.

“Reggie!  Get in your suit!  We’d better go for a walk while we can!”

Reggie hops onto the bed and sits, waiting expectantly.

He’s such a good little boy.  He knows I won’t put on his jacket unless he sits still.

“Okay, let’s go!”

Reggie and I walk up the road.  I turn to estimate how much time we have before the wind and rain arrives.

“Reg, you’d better get your business done with while you have the chance, honey.”

He picks out a bush and obliges.

The dark clouds move overhead, leaving behind pale blue sky while dimming our light.

“We’d better go back.  The rain is going to start any moment now.”

Reg and I walk briskly for home.  Soon we break into a run.   By the time we reach the BLT, Reggie is super-excited and becomes . . .

The Zoominator from Planet Orange!

“Okay, crazy boy, inside you go . . . .”

~  ~ ~

I make myself a cup of hot tea.

This is my second favorite tea, behind Twinings Irish Breakfast, that is.   It’s called “Good Earth Sweet & Spicy,” a combination of rooibos (whatever the heck that is), chicory root, rosehip, cinnamon, lemongrass, peppermint, chamomile, ginger root, anise seed, and orange peel.

The tea perfumes our little home.  Reggie is curled up in his bed, eyes drooping to the lullaby of rain on the roof.  I go online and sip the tea, while reading messages from blogorinos.

Reggie falls asleep.  I’m lost in cyberspace until I notice that the rain has stopped.

I pull open the curtain of our big, back window.

“Oh, look at THAT!  A perfect rainbow!”

I grab my camera and race outside.

The rainbow arcs from one mesa. . . .

. . . to another mesa.

Gee, two pots of gold! 

“Go back to sleep, sweetheart.”

rvsue

TIME FOR A POP QUIZ!

Did you see the flower names provided by readers for the previous post?  Did you study them?  Okay, see if you can name these:

Question #1:

Follow this link to see the answer!

Question #2:

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Question #3:

Follow this link to see the answer!

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150 Responses to A storm rolls over the mesa

  1. Dan in MI says:

    2nd?

  2. Nancy in California says:

    Hi!

  3. Cynthia from San Clemente says:

    Fourth?

  4. Kathy in Michigan says:

    Wow, one two three
    that was fast

  5. ValGal (westernWA) says:

    Love those rainbow photos!!! I haven’t been in the Southwest for a long while, but your pics remind of how stunningly beautiful the weather can be. And so much sky to view it!

    Reggie and you sure love your walks.

    Have a great day, Sue.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, ValGal…. The sky is a big reason I love the desert. And I do mean BIG! 🙂

      You have a great day, too…

  6. Stephanie Albany OR says:

    Your photos – Wow!

  7. Flowers: Yellow flower, blue flower, little daisies. LOL! Well, I’m not wrong, am I?
    Great rainbow!!

  8. Ken Canada says:

    Love those pictures and camping spots

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ken… This is a beautiful part of the country. I could stay here for years and never run out of subjects to photograph. Storms don’t come often but when they do, what a show!

  9. Rachel says:

    Hey Sue!

    Gorgeous rainbow! 🙂 Hope you are doing well. Reggie is looking good as always. Kind of crazy, but wonderful in my little world. Talk at ya later!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rachel… Always a pleasure to see you here. I’ll buzz over to your blog in a few minutes. Reggie is begging for another walk… Hope you and Macha are healthy and happy!

  10. Lee J in Northern California says:

    I love those rainbow photos. Takes me back to my youth in Carlsbad.
    I just got home from a visit to see my family in Oregon. Any of you blogorinos who want to travel on the train, now is the time!
    This trip I met a former assistant DA from Los Angeles, a popular DJ from Sacramento and a retired lady going all the way to North Decota!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      What fun, Lee J! Always wanted to ride a train cross the country. I’m glad you had a great trip!

    • Shirley Altenes says:

      I heard that the California Zephyr might be shutting down. I am so sad about that because my husband and I have ridden the train twice to Chicago and then down to D.C. to visit family. We rode to Truckee CA on the train too! The ride was beautiful! High Sierra Mts.CA to the CO.Rockies is absolutely gorgeous!! To not be able to that anymore breaks my heart. I hope this train route can be saved!!

  11. Teri Live Oak Fl says:

    If I remember Weather,’s answers correctly 1.desert gold. 2 Lupine. 3 bear poppy? Nice rainbow. We leave tomorrow heading to Utah.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Well, Teri… You’re close on Question #1. That’s Desert Marigold. 🙂

      Enjoy Utah. Love that state!

  12. Dawn in NC says:

    Thanks so much for the stories and the rainbow pics. I love Irish breakfast tea too! Although my personal favorite is jasmine. Spring is full on here in NC. All the redbuds are in bloom; the cherry trees and pink and white dogwoods are in full flower. The azaleas are starting to bloom as well…reds, pinks, whites and purples. I love all the differences in the flowers between the different parts of the country. Those daisies you showed are adorable. I hope that you continue to find joy and solitude at your most recent camp!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Dawn. Oh, the memories of past Springs you describe! How lovely it must be in North Carolina right now. Enjoy those blooms while they last…

  13. Dawn in Asheville says:

    Beautiful!!! The flowers on picture three look like chamomile, but I assume they are something else entirely 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Ha! You assume correctly, Dawn. They are something else. I appreciate you trying!

      Blogorinos…. It’s okay to cheat on this quiz. 🙂 The answers are before each photo in the previous post.

  14. Cynthia from San Clemente says:

    Now, after actually reading instead of racing for a medal (you are giving out medals to the top ten, aren’t you?) …

    The photos of the approaching storm are beautiful, especially where you can see the rain coming down from the clouds. I love watching storms roll in, especially over the ocean. There is just something monumental and magnificent about a storm coming in over a landscape or seascape that you don’t get when you are in the midst of a city.

    I’ve been giving a lot of thought to your recent post about privacy. I suppose there are pros and cons to all levels of celebrity (and you are a bit of a celebrity, you know?). On the pro side, you have given a wonderful gift of knowledge to those who want to embark on their own boondocking adventures, a gift of adventure to those who would love to go but are still house or job bound, a smile or a laugh to those of us who enjoy the pup antics, a little Amazon boost to your retirement income, and (I hope you know) there are many of us who would race to help you if you ever had a serious vehicle or health issue).

    On the con side, you lose some anonymity and get people driving or walking by and staring, or seeking an encounter. I wonder though … you seem friendly enough when you choose to chat with neighbors or people you meet on your journeys, so maybe it’s just a matter of you wanting to control the time and place and depth of your interactions with others and not having it foisted on you. That is natural of course – I think most of us feel the same way. I only want to answer my door or my phone when I want to.

    The situation reminds me of struggling actors and singers who work hard for that big part in a hit movie or a #1 song – and then when they become truly famous celebrities, they can barely leave their homes without someone from a gossip magazine following them with a camera. Someone told me once that’s the “price” of celebrity, but I don’t agree. Seems to me there is a quid pro quo when I buy their music or pay to see their movie: I get a few moments of entertainment in return. I didn’t pay and don’t deserve to know everything about their private lives and comings and goings.

    I don’t know what the solution is to your dilemma, Sue. I know many of us would be sad and lose one of the favorite parts of our day if we didn’t have your blog to read and photos to enjoy. But I also understand at some point, it may be too much of an intrusion in your life and simply too much a a psychic burden to bear. To everything there is a season … I hope the benefits of this season outweigh the burdens awhile longer. Much love to you and Reg.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Cynthia, you dear woman…

      Your comment astounds me in its thoroughness and insight. You interpret and understand my situation perfectly! Thank you for taking the time to put it all out there. I couldn’t have explained it better.

      The fact that you have given so much thought to my dilemma reveals much about the depth of your character and the sensitivity of your nature.

      Hugs.

  15. Ladybug in mid-TN says:

    Wow! Was there anything else they could have included in that tea?? LOL

    Question 1: yellow flower

    Question 2: purple flower

    Question 3: daisy (anything with white petals and a yellow center is a daisy, right???)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Love your first line, Ladybug….. Gave me a good chuckle!

      As it says on the box, “Natural sweet flavors and spice notes play mysteriously with each other.”

      Wow! Tea that parties! 🙂

  16. Cynthia from San Clemente says:

    Sue, I posted a few minutes ago ( a longer post than my “Fourth?” post) and then went back a few days to read older comments. Saw your comment for the first time that said, “The topic of “privacy while camping” is off-limits. Thank you for remembering that when you comment. Sue” I’m sorry if I posted about privacy and shouldn’t have – I’m not sure what your comment meant or why you posted it, but I didn’t see it until after I posted. Does any of this make any sense????

    In addition, I think there is a problem with posts not posting right away. My “privacy” post has not yet posted. If it does, feel free to delete it if you don’t want it here.

    Does anyone else feel like I’m talking in circles????

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re not talking in circles. This blog is twirling in circles. Pages aren’t opening correctly, comments take forever to show up, on and on and on.

      About my message about the topic being off-limits. Unbeknownst to most of my readers, the previous post in its original form contained my ruminations on my privacy dilemma. This brought forth a bunch of comments that, when I read them altogether, started to drive me crazy.

      In exasperation, I hit the “trash” button and dumped the post and the comments out of sight. Later, I recovered, edited out the privacy part and deleted some of the comments,added that off-limits message, and re-posted.

      I write all this so that you’ll know that no apology is necessary. Your comment wraps up that topic very well and I appreciate it.

      All is well. 🙂

    • JazzLoverWMa says:

      Cynthia from San Clemente you are not talking in circles. You stated what many of RVSues blogorinos feel, and I know you expressed it better than I could have for sure. Thanks for that. Now we can go forward.

  17. Andy Duecker says:

    Any prize for 4th?

  18. Renee from Idaho says:

    Wow you guys are fast. Barely look away and there’s a new post and a gajillion responses. Oh well, I guess I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing . . . working.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yes, you’re doing what you’re “supposed” to be doing, Renee…. writing a comment! Ha!

      Speaking of which…. I should be giving this whiny little pup a walk before the day becomes hot. I can’t believe the weather widget, predicting rain and wind for today. It’s all blue sky and puffy, white clouds right now.

      Okay, get back to work. 🙂

  19. Barb from Hoquiam! says:

    Hey there Sue,
    I wrote a long thing the other day, then had an emergency and it was ‘poof’ gone. Emergency is still in midst (we lost another member of our support group suddenly) so I cannot stay long…
    Confused… where are the ‘ads’ for us to click through? On the Amazon page or??? I did remember to go out and come in again the other day when I ordered some shoes! If I take a break from buying I sometimes forget! 🙁

    It is spring break here. The sun is out (shock for most Washingtonians, the rain usually graces at least the first half!). I have been scrubbing white picket fence in between calls and texts. UGH. That green algae stuff is gross. NOW I understand why so many opt for plastic fencing! It just never goes away!

    Hugs from the sun!
    Barb

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barb,

      I am so sorry for the losses you and your support group are bearing these days. It must be very difficult and sad for you.

      Don’t you see the four ads at the bottom of this post?… the patio mat, Reggie’s vest, Nevada Benchmark, and my camera?

      Maybe you are using AdBlocker?

  20. Cat Lady says:

    Seeing Reggie grab another gear is just too funny. Had me lol. Don’t it make you happy to see your fur baby just enjoying themselves so much? It does me.

  21. Jean in Southaven, MS says:

    Love the post. I love storms as long as I know there is no tornado in them. I think that is one of the reasons I loved living out west so much. I am terrified of tornadoes.

    My son, age 33 but still lives with us, got a new pup this weekend. He brought her home and I had to call her Reggia, she is going to look a lot like Reggie. She is a Jack Russell and right now is all white, but is just beginning to get brown spots. She is a sweet mess. My first thought was of you and Reggie looking for a girl companion. Sure hope you find one like our Sugar. Yes, her name is Sugar, not Reggia.

    I love hot tea also. I bought a box of tea bags in Canada last month that is from England. It is so good and very different from our tea bags. Wonderful taste and I can easily make two cups of tea from one bag. I love the rainbow. Looks like you can see for miles out there.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jean,

      You and your son are going to have fun getting to know Sugar and watching her Jack Russell antics. Be prepared for lots of walks! 🙂

      Yes, you can see for miles from here. I see Vermillion Cliffs which I believe are over by the Grand Canyon. That’s far!

  22. Joanne says:

    Hello RVSue and Reggie from planet orange.
    I never check out the computer this time of day but glad to see your post, as always. Forgive me for being dense but the incentive program for affiliate members, that’s you correct? So we go thru an ad in your blog, find what we are looking for, order & you get some money? How is this different from the normal way we would order? Not being familiar with these things I want to be sure you are getting something from it.
    I put off ordering the things on my list as I thought circumstances in my life might change. They did so now I’ll be ordering different things.
    Thanks for the rainbows and flowers, no clue their names, and most of all the picture of the Zoominator from Planet Orange. You can never go wrong with those pictures. Sorry people have encroached on your space. Amazing how many people just do not have a clue. Hope the sun comes out for you today. We had ours yesterday. Be Well.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Joanne,

      I’m delighted to see you appear here at Planet Orange. 🙂

      The incentive is a high commission rate for the month of April, more than double what I usually attain, for orders placed after entering via an ad. Thank you for asking and for your plan to shop Amazon from here.

      And thank you for the nice note. You be well, too.

  23. Jazzlover says:

    Oops, that was Jazzlover, brain not tracking too well at the moment.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, I wondered who this “Joanne” was! Hi, Jazzlover!

      • JazzLoverWMa says:

        Thanks for explaining about the incentive program, now I’m glad I waited to order. You always pointed the BLT into the wind if I remember correctly. This time the wind had to shift on you. May you and Reggie never have to go through anything close to that again. Peace and sunshine.

  24. Suzette (TN) says:

    The rainbow shot totally gave me chills! Absolutely stunning. How lucky you were to catch it!

    Love Reggie’s zoomies. My late, great Sassinator was a great zoomer. So funny!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Suzette…. I was awestruck at that rainbow. It looked a lot closer and larger than the photos make it seem.

      When awestruck, I’ve learned there are two things to do… 1) Close my mouth and 2) Take a photo to show on my blog.

      Oh, you had a Sassy Zoomer…

  25. Retiredcajunlady N Louisiana says:

    I haven’t been able to comment in a while, but I sure have been reading and enjoying the pictures! I loved the beauty of the flowers in these last two posts. Such beauty!! And Reggie…my gosh…so cute!! So glad the two of you have been finding such wonderful spots to call home.
    Isn’t there something so magical and so very special about rainbows?? And when I see them, I think about the Muppet song, “Rainbow Connection” as I do feel a special connection to them…the lovers, the dreamers, and me! Sue, I do believe you have found that connection in your journeys!
    Thank you so much for sharing the beauty around you! Belly rubs, hugs, and snuggles for the Zoominator, and prays for you both!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, retiredcajunlady…. The blogorinos are my “rainbow connection.” 🙂

      I appreciate the positive feedback on the flower pics. I have more but I don’t want to overdo it. I’ll scatter them through future posts.

      • Retiredcajunlady N Louisiana says:

        Speaking for myself, there can never be too many gorgeous pictures of desert flowers!!! Post away!!!

  26. Sharron says:

    How I love a “storm across the desert” as in the John Denver song. And rainbows always make me cry for some reason…..they are just breathtaking! Thanks for sharing. And the tea sounds wonderful!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Sharron… A rainbow touches one’s spirit, if one is so blessed. 🙂

  27. Dawn in NC says:

    Ok, now I am ready for the quiz…Desert Marigold, Indigo Bush and White Wooly Daisy!

  28. Robert says:

    Hi Sue,
    Your second photo looks like a lupine. I know you’ve seen them in the mountains. There is a desert lupine as well. Look it up online and see if it fits.
    Good luck on the hunt for the new little crew member.
    Robert

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Robert,

      It’s not a lupine, although it does look like lupine in the photos. It’s Indigo Bush.I researched it yesterday and I’m convinced that is what it is. You gave me an idea. I’ll put links at each photo so folks can see the identifications!

  29. Shawna says:

    That Zoominator! Always the life of the party isn’t he? Hugs to you both.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Shawna. It’s nice to have hugs zoom into our home! Our beautiful blue-sky morning has turned into another exciting, stormy afternoon… This one with lightning, thunder and hail. What a racket! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      So true, Shawna! Reggie brightens every day. Such a sweet, cheerful fellow! I think I’ll hug him right now for you….

  30. Retiredcajunlady N Louisiana says:

    I have tried in the last couple blog posts to type replies, but have been unable to see it once posted. Not sure what is going on.
    I have so enjoyed your posts and pics, Sue. The rainbow photos are simply beautiful. I hope this comments to the “testing” comment.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m sorry you’ve been having difficulties with comments, rjl. You aren’t the only one. I don’t know what to do to fix that other than hoping it goes away. I did read on a forum that something Google is doing is affecting websites, but that should end with time.

      From my viewpoint it does look like reader comments are taking a long time to appear, judging from the times readers have written they can’t see their comment and then it appears. Also the frequency of duplicate comments which I delete.

      Oh well, I’m very glad to see you here!

  31. Shirley Altenes says:

    I love the way the rain smells in the desert!! We get some of that desert rain smell too in UT! What a beautiful rainbow!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Touching story, Barb. I was able to watch it even though I’m not signed up for Facebook. Thank you for posting Sunshine’s story here. What a dog!

      • Barbara from Camano says:

        Glad you said you could watch this on Facebook without being a member. It was a wonderful story.

  32. Patti from So Cal says:

    I am awe-struck by the rainbow photo. And as a photo-hobbyist.. I am so jealous!
    Just look how it seems to slope down the left-side of the mesa, as if the Creator intentionally placed it there, and just for you! It also appears to be highlighting the area underneath it. Breathtaking.
    To be out in that wide open area and experience such beauty is truly a gift to behold!
    Makes my heart leap into a chorus. Reading your posts makes my face turn green with envy (in a good way) 🙂

    I am still trying to get down to Anza-Borrego. After spending 3.5 days in the bay area,
    driving back and forth between San Francisco & Oakland, I am very ready to hitch up and find a beautiful place to perch my pod. I was a ‘fish out of water’ in that area, as I am in any big city.
    The drive home was lovely. We stopped in Los Olivos for some dinner & wine-tasting
    ..and that always helps with recovering from the city.

    I’m up to Jan 2012 with your older posts. I enjoyed the one where you camped at Dome Rock…with other Casita owners! What fun! Great pics, too!
    And the one on Quartsize; the concession stands.. “Beer Belly’s.. “Adult Daycare”
    HA!
    I just love it 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I agree… Rainbows are a gift. I’m glad I can share this one with you, Patti.

      You brought to mind those experiences from 2012 that I haven’t thought about in a long time. 2012 was an exciting year for me and my original crew. You’ll know what I mean!

      I hope you make it to Anza-Borrego. Temps are in the 80s this week and then dropping to the 70s, according to forecasts. Borrego Springs is an interesting little village. Be sure to find the metal sculptures!

      • Patti from So Cal says:

        Happy am I to see my comment finally posted! It took over 2 days!
        I decided to go north, to the Carrizo Plain National Monument.
        It’s much closer. From what I read, the fields of wildflowers in Borrego are dying up. Even more heartbreaking, they’re getting trampled.
        In any case, I am getting myself out of this recliner RIGHT NOW, to go get my Pod and hitch it up! Be it north or southeast, somewhere I will be.. ‘neath nature’s canopy.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Patti,

          I don’t understand what is going on… Your comment posted 2 days ago and you didn’t see it? Weird.

          Wherever you go, I hope you find wildflowers there. If only a single flower, that one discovered by you can be as lovely as thousands found by many. Enjoy!

  33. Pat from Mich. says:

    Your tea sounds very good! I’ll have to look for it.

    Pat

  34. Pookie and Chuck in Todd Mission Tx says:

    good pictures and good post……..
    thanks Sue
    chuck and pookie

  35. Judy Johnson in upstate S.C. says:

    Tea and a good book… anything better?! Rooibos is commonly called red bush tea. It comes from South Africa and is very healthy. A favorite. Kept reading about it in the series “Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency” and curiosity led me to it…so good! We also had storms in the southeast today; bad ones, with tornado watches and warnings. Hubby had a heart cath which showed 100% blockage in a major artery. A new stent and he’s doing great. So, beautiful rainbow pics and many reasons to be grateful. Enjoy all in your lives, Sue, Reggie and blogorino friends.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s great news about your husband. I’m happy for you both! I’m also glad you weren’t visited by a tornado.

      Rooibus is “healthy”… Another reason to enjoy the tea.

      Yes, gratitude. It’s the cornerstone of happiness… I wish you much of that!

  36. Marvin McKelvy says:

    Score on the rainbow. Very difficult in the eastern half of the country to get that!

  37. Judy in East Texas says:

    Sue and Reggie
    I’m sorry if I spoke out of turn under your last post.

    Judy

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Judy,

      Don’t think anything of it. I don’t remember what you or any other folks wrote anyway. There are benefits to short term memory loss! Haha! Really, you and me…we’re good. 🙂

  38. Cinandjules (🌵) says:

    How do you not pee laughing at that silly boy?

    Wonderful rainbow!

    The comments list 85 replies…but as I’m typing this there is only 8!

    Going to Vegas for da weekend…back to da zone and then off to Lincoln CA to see my friend the Queen. Not bringing the iPad so don’t send out da possee!

    • Cinandjules (🌵) says:

      Once I posted a comment….I can see ALL of them!

      Internet gremlins!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Well, that’s good news! Back to Vegas… It’s nice having your favorite get-away close by.. Have fun!

  39. Lucky you! Did you get two pots of gold at the each end of the rainbow?

  40. Carla (North Texas) says:

    Oh I love the rainbow picture and the one of Reggie scampering back home.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Carla,

      Reggie was so cute. The rain was starting to fall and he was like, “Yay! It’s so good to be home!”

  41. Tammie Villanueva says:

    Why am I late on all the post?……

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I don’t know, Tammie. I was on another WordPress site and it was receiving complaints from readers about weird things happening. You could put my blog on your favorites list and check every day. I’m sorry for the inconvenience.

  42. R. - on Pacific Crest Trail still near Idyllwild,CA says:

    Need to think about your wildflowers. Hmm! Maybe
    Desert Marigold
    Indigo Bush
    White Wooly Daisy?

  43. Love watching storms moving across the desert! That Good Earth tea is also delicious iced on a hot day – my favorite :-)))

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jodee… I’ve been meaning to try it as iced tea. I like that it doesn’t need sweetener to taste delicious.

  44. AZ Jim says:

    I have a knack for posting when everyone is already going to a new post. I don’t consider it an asset. Anyway Hi Missy, Reggie and fellow blogorinos. Still tagging along.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Been a lot of weird stuff happening with me too, in trying to comment here, Jim…you are not the lone ranger here!! I suppose eventually it will be fixed someplace along the line…computers drive me bonky!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Jim.

  45. Elizabeth says:

    It seems to us that the most complete and beautiful rainbows we have seen in our lives have happened in this past year, Sue…we wonder if for some reason, we are being given them for a purpose?? Not just us…us humans in general?? Are we at some special time, with more signs in the heavens?? We do wonder…

    As to the strange stuff with your blog…I just got an email that this post was in…but I decided to first go as I normally do…just type in RVSUE…and it gives me the link and I tap on that…but it only went to your post from yesterday, not this one. I had to go back to my email and tap the link there to get to this one…that is a very strange thing. But I do believe our online stuff is being very tampered with…and my computer is not supposed to be able to get a virus….and hubby checks things out every so often…weird!! None of the other blogs I read however, seems to be having this exact issue…so I tend to think it is not my computer…but what do I know?

  46. beach boomer says:

    Your wildflower Pop Quiz reminds me of my classroom pet peeve — the most annoying classroom remarks: “Is this going to be on the test?” Or “Do we have to know this for the test?” Those remarks are like nails on a chalkboard, if you please! Not only do they show that the student is disengaged; it also shows some lazy thinking which will not stand them in good stead later in life, or a symptom of depression. RVSue, do you think back much on your classroom years or wonder what your students are doing now?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, beach boomer,

      No, I don’t wonder about my former students. I try very hard not to think about my classroom years. The successes that students accomplished with my help gave me much satisfaction at the time. However, recollections of that time period in my life are overshadowed by too many negatives. It’s better to live in the present with anticipation for a wonderful future. 🙂

  47. Hi Sue, you might not even see this…I am so far down…😉 But I want to share this information. Rooibos is a South African herbal tisane made from the leaves of a bush grown there. Rooibos, or red bush, makes a delicious and extremely healthy drink enjoyed by people all over the world. The health benefits derived from drinking this herbal tisane…not a tea per se….are too numerous to mention. Also the favorite drink of Ma Ramotsewe from The Number One Ladies Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith. You would enjoy his books I know!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Because of your comment I researched Rooibos. Wow!

      Funny thing… After I started drinking this tea I felt a health difference (no need for details), a general improvement in well-being. I thought it might be wishful thinking. Now I’m committed to drinking rooibus!

      Thanks, Cathy.

  48. Terri From Texas says:

    Beautiful photos and I love the rainbow!! I have been enjoying the Texas Wildflowers while driving to and from work on my PCX 150 (Honda Scooter). I can really smell the flowers as I am riding and it gets me much closer to them! Glad you and Reggie didn’t get blown away! Take Care!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s a great picture… Terri on her scooter flying past the Texas wildflowers… 🙂

    • Hi, Terri,
      I pick up many types of smell while riding my motorcycle, too.
      Motorcycle makes us feel like to be in the nature much closer than Car or RV.
      Flowers, soil, sea, river, lake, dry lake, sand dune. rain. Sometimes savory smell of barbecued meat when passing through the town. 🙂

  49. Retiredcajunlady N Louisiana says:

    FYI Blogorinos,
    I thought about viewing this blog on Microsoft Edge instead of Google Chrome with great results. I do believe it is Google Chrome messing up this site as Sue stated. Try another browser. I did, and I get to view all comments.
    Have a glorious day!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Interesting!

    • weather says:

      Since the problems w/viewing and commenting began I’ve tried using three browsers to see if they made a difference. I found the same results and difficulties on all of them. This is the first time in days that everything seems to be functioning as it should. If my comment shows up I will hope it all remains as it is at the moment.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Hi, weather,

        I did remove the Look Who’s Talking plug-in because plug-ins are notorious for causing problems and it seems like our troubles began after that was installed. Thank you for your research into different browsers. Yes, let’s hope the situation improves!

        • It seems to be improved by your removing the Look Who’s Talking plug-in.

        • weather says:

          The situation seems to have improved to the point that our troubles are over, woo hoo! This reply is on a previous post so I don’t start a thread of complaints on the current post if I’m wrong.

    • weather says:

      And…it didn’t, oh well 🙂

  50. Sarvi in OR says:

    Beautiful pics, I’ve always loved rainbows!

  51. Sherri from California says:

    Thank you for the beautiful rainbow photos, and the Zoominator from Planet Orange! It cheered me up on a crummy day. 🙂

    Wishing you and Reggie a joyful day!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks for the wish. I’m sorry your day is “crummy,” Sherri. Whatever dark clouds are blocking your sunshine, I hope they pass by soon!

  52. Geri, Florida panhandle! says:

    138th! LOL! Like you we have been having storms, high winds and tornado warning for 3 days now! This solar person is craving SUNSHINE! Oh wait, it was sunny this morning when I did wash… still sitting in machine waiting for sun or for a trip to the laundry mat! YUCK! Love your Zoomy Boy from the Planet Orange! Grin! Ok, now I am headed back up to read all the comments! Ha!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Geri,

      You are having too many storms! It’s time for some of that famous Florida sunshine and balmy days at the beach. 🙂 We had hail the other day, but all has been calm since, getting warm, too.

  53. Pam says:

    Hi Sue !

    New to the blogosphere, new(ish) to camping and new (soon, hopefully, at least) to the world of Casitas! A new friend turned me on to Casitas and another new friend turned me on to your blog. I’m in the midst of selling or renting my house, buying a Casita and heading out for at least a year, hopefully more! Timing is everything and mine always seems off, so I find myself searching for a Casita along with everyone else with similar dreams and aspirations. I have come across one that seems perfect, but…. no furnace. Friend number 2 told me you had a Wave 3 instead of a furnace. I tried to find related posts, but only confirmed its presence in an old picture ( 2011 maybe?) , so I thought I would randomly inquire if you still had it, how you liked it, or if I was out of my mind for considering full time without a furnace? Thanks in advance for your response and any comments you may have!

    Soon to be Casita owner,

    Pam

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Welcome, Pam! It’s great to have you join us!

      In my opinion it’s a mistake to get a furnace unless you can sleep through intermittent noise near your head and you like to camp in RV parks with hook-ups (can’t run the furnace on solar).

      I still have the Wave 3 propane heater. It is mounted on the channel running along the center aisle of the BLT. You can get one that is portable. I felt it better to have one stationary, securely mounted, and in a place away from flammables like blankets or curtains.

      I remember talking with a couple who were trying out their brand new Casita a few years ago. The man regretted that they had chosen the furnace for their Casita. It kept him awake.

      And a furnace takes up valuable storage space!

      If I hadn’t ordered the BLT from the factory new and someone gave me a Casita with a furnace, I would remove the furnace and install the Wave 3.

      Good luck finding the perfect rig for you!

      • Pam says:

        Thanks so much for your response Sue!

        I’m planning on boondocking for the most part, not a huge fan of forced air, but also not a huge fan of being cold!
        Does the Wave 3 keep the camper warm enough when its cold? Or do you just move to warmer climates? I’m worried about the camper as much as I’m worried about myself!
        Do you just use it to warm up and then “hunker down” with blankets?

        Pam

        • Mush says:

          Pam,
          I really hate being cold. The Wave 3 will keep you very comfortable! In fact, using it the Sue does-turning it on to warm things up for bed and then again in the morning-is also my favorite way to stay warm.
          Mush

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          The Wave 3 can warm up a Casita so you don’t have to huddle in blankets. It isn’t a set-up where you would winter in a cold climate though. Yes, I move to warmer areas and use the Wave 3 when I’m caught where the mornings are too chilly for making coffee to warm up the interior.

          I don’t run the heater when I sleep at night. I turn it off, make sure everything is closed up, and burrow under the comforter with Reggie. Then, if needed, I start it up again in the morning.

  54. weather says:

    Hi, Sue, I hope you and Reggie are happy this morning. I guess because you don’t like to move on weekend days you may be moving today. Whatever you’re up to, I hope it’s fun.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, weather,

      No, we’re not moving today. We’re still in a holding pattern on the weather, trying to avoid finding ourselves in a camp with lows in the 30s.

      We’re happy. I hope you are, too!

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