At last! Perfection arrives on a Wednesday

Tuesday, December 16

Bridget and I leave Oak Flat and return to Roosevelt Lake!  We have to stay in the Globe, Arizona, area in order to be ready for the installation of a door on the Imperfect Tow Vehicle to replace the damaged one.

Oak Flat has been cold, rainy, and dreary. 

Roosevelt Lake is at a lower elevation which should make it warmer.  I really like camping at Roosevelt Lake.  The only reason we left at the end of the November was because we reached the 14-day limit and had to move away for 16 days, according to the forest service rules.

I pull into the Shell station in Globe.

I fill up the tank, and utilize the dump station there ($5).  We take Route 188 north.  Soon after we enter Tonto Recreational Area I stop at a bar in the town of Roosevelt to buy Tonto Passes ($6 regular/$3 senior discount).

The Tonto Pass allows me to camp in Tonto National Forest or any of the campgrounds, as well as use facilities such as showers.  They’re all out of the discount passes so I buy one regular pass for the next 24 hours.  I’ll pick up discount passes at the Visitor Center tomorrow.

I’m happy to find that the same campsite we had in November is unoccupied.  I love this campsite! Bridget likes it, too!  I set up camp, open up my emails, and . . .  yay!  The body shop says I can have the door installed tomorrow.  Life is good!

Wednesday, December 17

A rainy, foggy morning.  I don’t care.  I’m getting the dang door!

Off we go to Globe, retracing the 25 miles or so of yesterday.  I stop for coffee in Roosevelt.  The fog and mist floats over and around the mountains as we climb and descend between bare rock cliffs and mountain slopes of saguaro forest.

I’ve driven the road between Roosevelt Lake and Globe several times. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of it.  A beautiful drive, even on a day like today.

We arrive at 9:30, exactly on time for our appointment.

1-P1010880 - CopyWhile the work is being done, Bridget and I wait in the office.  I sit at an empty desk that’s pushed facing and against Cheryl’s desk.  Cheryl is the person who has the job of keeping everything straight for the shop.

I take Bridget for a walk-around in the drizzle.

Back inside I settle at the empty desk.  I set up my laptop and write replies to comments while Cheryl works non-stop on the phone.  Later we have a chance to chat.  The morning passes quickly.

Bridget, whom I’ve stationed under the desk, is bored.

1-P1010878 - Copy“We have to wait, honey.  Lie down and relax.”

At noon Duane comes into the office and announces that the job is done!

Okay, time to pay . . .

Labor (7.3 units at a rate of $48 a unit) comes to $355.40.  Parts (includes $62.03 sales tax at 8.6%) are $783.28.  Paint material is $200.11 (includes $11.61 sales tax) . . . .

Total bill ?  $1,338.79.

All because I forgot to shut a door. 

Ain’t life a comedy!

There was a time in my life when an unplanned bill like this would’ve slammed me up against a wall.  As it is now, I feel no pain.  In fact, I’m thankful I have the money.

1-P1010882 - CopyView of mine terraces and mountains as seen from Globe

I look at it this way.  If the Perfect Tow Vehicle (oh, it’s nice to be able to say that!) had cost $1,338.79 more than what I actually paid for it in the spring of 2011 ($8,500 plus tax, etc.), I would have paid it without regret.

The PTV has provided a lot of inexpensive driving and towing!

Next Bridget and I stop at O’Reilly’s Auto Parts.

1-P1010881 - CopyLook at the purty door!  The wheels could use some cleaning though.

I buy a funnel for $4.97.  It’s exactly what I want for pouring water into the fresh water tank when at a spigot where a hose isn’t allowed.  I came across an instance like that at a picnic area near here.  You aren’t allowed to use a hose because of “flowback” possibly contaminating the system.  Or something like that.  It’s okay to fill your tank using a jug.

From there we go to . . . .

1-P1010889 - CopyIt’s time for another rotisserie chicken!

I also buy a new tote bag for my bath supplies ($7).  The one I’ve been using for the past four years disintegrated.  Really.  It literally fell apart.

I also buy Bridget a sweater!

I’m anxious to see if it fits and how it looks on her.  I put it on her before leaving the parking lot.

1-P1010888 - Copy“Oh, Bridgie-baby!  You look beautiful!” 

1-P1010884 - CopyThe sweater fits perfectly.  Of course, Bridget being Bridget, she will take a while before fully accepting the idea of wearing a sweater.

“That purple looks good on you, honey.”

1-P1010890 - CopyOn the way home I glance at the doggie bed between my seat and the passenger seat.

Aww . . .

The warmth from the PTV’s heater, from her new sweater, and from her new bed has Bridget sleeping soundly all the way home.

Later, at camp, I ask Bridget to model the sweater for us.

1-P1010895“C’mon, Bridge.  It’s not that bad.  You look very nice.”

1-P1010893 - Copy“No, it does NOT make your butt look fat.”

“Well, forget about the sweater for now.  How about some rotisserie CHICK-ENNN!”

Around four o’clock Bridget and I take a drive to the Visitor Center.

I buy some discount Tonto Passes.   The rapidly changing sky and late afternoon light urge me to grab the camera.

1-P1010898-001View of Roosevelt Lake and the Sierra Ancha seen from Visitor Center patio

What a wonderful day this has been!

Yesterday, when Bridget and I moved to Roosevelt Lake . . . 

As soon as we crested the mountain pass and Tonto Basin and the lake appeared below us, my spirits rose.  When we made the familiar turns taking us toward the camp we left a few weeks ago, I grinned with anticipation.  When I saw it again, I laughed with delight.

I want us to have Christmas here!




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1-P1010886 - CopyWell, well, well . . . She likes it!

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209 Responses to At last! Perfection arrives on a Wednesday

  1. DeAnne in TN says:

    Yay for me!

  2. judy says:

    What a great post. Bridget looks beautiful in purple. Judy in Portland, OR.

  3. judithcamper says:

    Bridget looks so good in her sweater! Purple is her color.

  4. Bridget, That sweater is so slimming on you!

  5. DeAnne in TN says:

    Bridge–purple is your color. Sue, looks like a great place to spend Christmas. Enjoy…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      This is a great place for Christmas. . . . a lovely view, a pretty mesquite tree, a friendly roadrunner, peace and quiet . . . .

  6. Sharon says:

    Happy to see your PTV is perfect again! Merry Christmas to you and Bridget (cute in her purple sweater).

  7. edlfrey says:

    The last picture of Bridget is a keeper. I have this other picture in my mind of you holding your camera in one hand and a big piece of chicken in the other to get that shot.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hahahaha! You’re not far off, Ed! All this time folks have been thinking I don’t focus my photos… It’s not that. It’s chicken grease on the lens! 🙂

      • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

        “Chicken grease on the lens” reminds me that my Dad, a photographer, said that before facelifts, Hollywood portrait photographers put Vaseline on the camera lens to soften the focus and make the subject look younger. If the subject was really old, they’d say, “This one’s a turkish towel shot.” Think I’m at the turkish towel stage …

  8. Ann M says:

    Had to laugh at the pic of Bridget modeling that sweater. If looks could kill…….
    I’m so glad you’re in a place that you love and that your door is fixed. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas! And a Happy New Year!

    Ann M

  9. DebsJourney says:

    Oh Sue what a wonderful day for sure! First of all thank God your PTV is back and you are in a beautiful place for the special time of year. I absolutely love the pictures of Bridget. I’d say they are her best and the sweater is precious. She really got photogenic. Pretty sweet face looking up at you from under the desk was so heartwarming. Her facial expressions were priceless. I’m using the last photo of your view from camp as my wallpaper and love it. Great uplifting post!
    hugs and friendship, Deb

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Deb,

      It’s fun for me to hear that a post and its photos have entertained. Yes, Bridget is really photogenic when she’s in the mood!

      • debsjourney says:


      • debsjourney says:

        hi Sue,
        today my my dog Rosie is in surgery as I write this for her bladder stones. She has had problems before with her urinary tract but it always got better this time she needs it medically removed. I feel so bad for her and I pray it all goes good. Now I wait for the doctor to call so I can pick her up can take her home. so here goes $1200 which I didn’t need to spend. Oh well such is life. Needless to say I’m worried.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I pray for your Rosie to be healed and comfortable again soon, Deb! What an ordeal . . . .

          I’m sorry you both had to go through this. The pain of the bill will fade, and the joy of having Rosie’s problem fixed will make the cost and the worry worth it.

          • debsjourney says:

            rosie is home in very tired and she seems to sob little bit. It is hard to see her so out of it and not wanting to eat or anything. The doctor said he removed as many as 100 stones. Wow poor baby, now on a Rx diet which costs 3.00 a can. Hope tomorrow is better.

        • Cinandjules (NY) says:

          Our thoughts are with you and Rosie.

          Our Tyzer had stones too! After her surgery she’s on Royal Canine Urinary SO diet…..No other treats! She hasn’t had a problem since. Also the supplement called cosequin (sprinkle capsules) line her urinary tract!

          No worries…..she’ll be fine!

          • Sondra-SC says:

            …wishing for a full recovery for Rosie,blessings to you, Deb

          • Val R. Lakefield On. says:

            Hope Rosie feels better soon. Our dog is also on the Uninary SO. Her surgery for stones was three years ago. (((Rosie )))

          • debsjourney says:

            rosie is home in very tired and she seems to sob little bit. It is hard to see her so out of it and not wanting to eat or anything. The doctor said he removed as many as 100 stones. Wow poor baby, now on a Rx diet which costs 3.00 a can. Hope tomorrow is better.

          • debsjourney says:

            Rosie is on the same diet. Did your dog wear a collar? Sure looks uncomfortable.

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              No e collar! I used a white t shirt. Tied the part near the belly in a ponytail with a rubber and the top right between the shoulder blades…another pony tail!

              If you do it while she is still groggy she won’t fuss with it when she is alert!

              We are home. 24/7 so we were able to monitor her ALL the time.

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              100 stones is a lot! She’s VERY lucky! Make sure you don’t give her anything but her diet! No other dog treats! Carrots are good.

              Royal Canin often gives rebates. Check their site often. Keep the labels off the cans and the UPC code at the bottom of the bag of dry food AND your vet receipt!

              I keep them cuz you never know when their rebates will appear! The rebates are 10-30 dollars!

              H20 is key also…mak sure she drinks lots of water. The SO diet will do that so don’t be concerned if she drinks more.

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              Whoops…I meant tie it up near the belly but on her back!

            • debsjourney says:

              I’m trying to keep an eye on her. She has liked it but I put the cone on her and you should have seen her face. So I took it off. Lol poor baby

          • debsjourney says:

            Thank you for your support. It’s good to have somewhere to share.

        • Denise - Richmond VA says:

          Hi, Deb,

          Keeping you and little Rosie in my thoughts and prayers. Wishing her a speedy recovery!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Good morning, Deb and Rosie… I hope you both were able to get a good night’s rest. Sending healing thoughts your way, Rosie!

  10. Joan aka Egg4Us says:

    Woooo Hooo!!!!! Happy for you and the new door , and it is finally finished!! and Ms. B looks lovely in her new sweater!! Where ever you spend your Christmas, I wish it a Happy One!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Joan. How nice to have you say you are happy for us. Yes, the door is done and I’m glad I didn’t give up! Best wishes for your holiday . . .

      • joan aka egg4us says:

        Merry Christmas
        Son and Daughter in law flew in today, we will be sharing them with the other in-laws in Tucson..Pepper Sauce or Catalina State Park might be in our future soon!!

        Pepper Sauce is a lovely campground for 10.oo,( no hook-ups) but just follow the road to the right … and it is Free.. 🙂

  11. Lee J in Northern California says:

    Perfect ending to the story…makes up for the wait, PTV restored to its former glory.

    That last photo of Bridget is precious, love that expressive little face. Thanks so much for sharing your day.

    Latest read on my kindle, The Color Purple, just wow…have you read it? It seems like we are a bunch of readers, I always enjoy hearing what others are reading, just thought I would share.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lee J.,

      I’m glad you did share. I never would’ve thought to pick up The Color Purple. Yeah, I think several of my readers are . . . um . . . readers!

      I am very pleased with that last photo of Bridget…. I immediately knew it would make a great punchline photo (That’s what I call a pic that goes at the very end.).

    • DesertGinger says:

      The color purple is a great book…

  12. Kitt, NW, WA says:

    Absolutely beautiful sweater! It is such a good color on Bridget – it really compliments her coloring. What wonderful photos of her too, she’s a cutie. Glad to see that the PTV is back to its beautiful shape. What a happy and successful day for you both.

    Our Casita is tucked away for the winter, sigh. The weather here in the PNW has been quite mild except for a couple of weeks of cold, a wind storm or three, and a couple of pineapple expresses that dumped boat loads of rain. It is very tempting to whip off the cover and head south to enjoy the sunshine and warmth. I’m taking notes on all the beautiful places you have been.

    I have been enjoying your journeys, as well as the trials and tribulations that come with life. Your words and photos of the beautiful scenery take me out on the road and away from the hectic holiday season. Thanks.

    Enjoy your holidays!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kitt,

      You always write such nice comments. I can understand you wanting to rip the cover off that Casita to take her to warm and sunny places.

      We have a few damp, cold days and I’m looking for lower elevation! Good to know you’ve been enjoying our travels, including the speed bumps along the way. Best wishes for you holidays . . .

  13. Evie says:

    I love Bridget’s sweater. Yes it does make her butt look smaller. Tell her that I really enjoyed reading her blog the other day. She is one talented writer.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Okay, Evie… I’ll pass that on to Bridget. . . . Bridget the writer . . . Bridget the sweater girl. . . 🙂

  14. Susan in Dallas says:

    Now that is one cute, cute sweater – no matter what Bridget was showing in her first expressions in her “modeling” pictures. Had to laugh ’cause in the first ones she was sitting. The one where she was standing up was priceless. Think that was the stink eye she was giving you. But that last photo was just beautiful! Go Bridge!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Susan,

      Bridget is The Stink Eye Master. But when she smiles, oh, she lights up my world. 🙂

  15. Lynn Brooks says:

    Dear Sue,
    So glad you have your new door & the PTV is PERFECT AGAIN!!
    Bridget looks FABULOUS in her new sweater!!! I’m not just saying that because MY favorite color is purple!!!
    Love the pix!!!
    Hope you have a good stay at Roosevelt Lake!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Lynn. It would be difficult NOT to have a good stay at Roosevelt Lake. Very few campers, little traffic on the roads, warm weather, and all this beautiful scenery. . .

      • Sondra-SC says:

        Do you hang any lights on your awning at Christmas Sue? I used to think it was so cute…then one trip I camped next to a 5th wheel that had them all over, it was pretty till I went to bed…lol then it was like city lights–it wasn’t Christmas I guess they put them on every day …I think they are very pretty and easy to unplug at bedtime! I have a strand of solar lights and I’ve had them over the Garden gate for 5 yrs now they sill shine every night! One little solar panel about 5 inches square.
        The Door looks awesome…I have AARP insurance for both my auto’s, the one my son has had for over a yr now…(hmm maybe one day I’ll get it back:0/) has full coverage, and my van I have only liability…I think I need to put collision on it too after seeing your out of pocket on that door. I’m going to make an inquiry to see how much it would cost.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Sondra,

          Me? Hang Christmas lights on the BLT? If an item doesn’t pass my function-and-storage test, I don’t have it.

          Function test: “What does this thing do and do I really need it? No.

          Storage test: “Do I want to cart this thing around all year?” No.

          I’d rather enjoy the lights other people buy, put up, and store. Gosh, I sound like a Christmas scrooge…

          Collision insurance doesn’t make sense for every vehicle — considering value and age and the cost of coverage. Good luck making that decision!

  16. Doug Laning says:

    Bridget looks great in her new outfit. Glad you got your rear door fixed and you and Bridget are free to roam once more.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Doug,

      Great to have you stop by! It is nice to know we can roam now. Even though we will stay at the lake through Christmas, knowing we CAN move on a whim is priceless.

  17. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Always glad to hear when a plan comes together, Sue! Glad your door is fixed (and yea…we also are thinking like you: OH well, at least we had the money to do this!! In our case the back surgery payout….yea!!) And wow Bridget looks so darling in that sweater!! Why that pattern/color would look good on most anyone!!! She does have such an expressive face however!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Elizabeth,

      Back in the day when I didn’t have two cents to spend on anything I wanted, only for those things needed, I used to wonder about people who had lots of money. I’d bite my lip listening to them complain about having to pay for something, and at a price that wouldn’t disturb their lifestyle one bit. Gosh, it’s a privilege to be able to pay!

      I’m glad the surgery payout came through. Hope you and your husband have a great day!

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        We did have to come up with about $5,000 of it…but at least the insurance took care of the rest of it (or got the price reduced) which was $30,000 more….so yes, we are grateful indeed!! It is insane….he was in the outpatient hospital all of 8 hours!! I am grateful we found that doc however….very much!!

  18. Jolene/Iowa says:

    Hey Sue, So glad the PTV, formerly IPTV, is now the PTV again!!

    Love the pictures of Bridget in the sweater. She looks awesome in it. This camp will be wonderful to be in for Christmas! What a great day you had!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jolene,

      Bridget teaches us an important lesson with her photos. Look at the difference between her in the grumpy little photo compared to the last one. She’s wearing the purple sweater in both pics. It takes a new attitude for her eyes to sparkle and for her beauty to shine from within.

      Always nice to hear from you, Jolene.

      • Jolene/Iowa says:

        I did notice that in the pictures. Isn’t it amazing. I think the sweater looks great on her. The color is so good on her. We have to sweater Harley too in the winter. He is short haired like Bridge is and he freezes if we don’t sweater him.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Bridget seems to be fine when it’s cold. What bothers her — and me — is damp cold. We haven’t been in much damp cold weather until lately.

  19. Mick'nTN says:

    Yea PTV… ugh $1300 for a distracted moment.

  20. Sandy says:

    I just really love your posts! Thanks for taking the time to do this.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sandy,

      You’re most welcome. Writing certain posts is like dragging rocks uphill. This one came easily. Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed it!

  21. Wendy in Thailand says:

    That last picture of Bridget is lovely, a girl after my own heart, a purple lover.
    I am on holidays in Australia at the moment so if I don’t get another chance…… Merry Christmas!!! May 2015 be kind to you.
    And a Merry Christmas to all the blogerinos as well 🙂

  22. Diane, Blue Ridge Mts, VA says:

    Oh WOW what a wonderful day! Door looks fantastic and there are no words good enough for Bridge and her new regal duds! I feel happy too. Christmas there will be great. It’s so beautiful!
    Please Santa frame the last shot of Bridget, she really is so photogenic in that one.
    Happy Day!!!! Take Care Sue and Bridget

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Diane,

      Thanks for the happy message! I don’t need Santa to frame a photo. My photos are framed with the kind and caring wishes of blogorinos. Can’t top that!

  23. DesertGinger says:

    You got a deal on that van for $8500, so I agree…$1300 is just one of those things where we learn lessons. You know now about being distracted!

    Did I mention I got a bill from New .york State for $30,508.32 in taxes for 2010? They think I had $275000 in income that year. Not! I had 200K stolen from me that year. So I called them today and they were pretty nice. When I send in my 2010 tax return they will discard that bill and work with what I sent in. That calmed me down quite a bit.

    Getting a little tired of gloomy rainy weather…isn’t this Arizona?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      What a relief, Ginger! I can’t imagine the horror at receiving a tax bill of that size and knowing the hassle to clear it up. It’s bad enough your money was lost to begin with..

      The “gloomy rainy weather” in Arizona is something new for me. It does make for fun photography when the sun breaks through the clouds. Bridget and I were fortunate to have a warm, sunny day on Tuesday when we set up camp here.

      The weather forecasters (which are the most reliable, I’ve found) predict warmer temps and clear skies for Sunday through Wednesday.

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      What’s up with NY dept of Taxation? We just got an audit for 2010 yesterday?

      Remember they wanted to tax us for 2009? Mind you we didn’t move to NY until mid year of 2010. NOW they want us to provide proof of residency in CA ie a utility bill or voter registration!

      So after losing my mind…I sat down and generated a “nice” letter. This has been non stop since we got here. Just cleared up 2009…and will have to do it until present day….ONLY NY is about 4 years behind! OY!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        I remember NY state… Big on taxes!

        What a royal pain. Who keeps utility bills? Good luck getting out from under that pile of …. mess.

  24. “When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple….
    I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired…”
    Bridget, you look stunning in purple.
    Bridget has the personality to wear purple and sit down on the pavement with her precious look of okay I’ll amuse you.
    Sue, I’m so happy you are back at beautiful Roosevelt Lake for Christmas. Glad the door is finally fixed. Stay warm and dry!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Monica,

      One thing Bridget does well is sit down. She would rather sit than stand and she does so, no matter where…

      Yes, purple suits her. There were pink ones, but pink on the Bridge? meh.

  25. Reine says:

    Tell Bridget I think the sweater has a slimming effect. I’ve never seen her looking so trim!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Reine,

      Bridget is a lot slimmer than this time last year. She’s the only living creature I’m aware of that puts on weight faster than I can. … A few rainy days with little exercise and I notice her fanny beginning to…… uh… blossom. 🙂

      • Mert in Kentucky says:

        She must be related to Asia.. She slims down in summer. And gets the winter spread… Fast too. In the winter. She needs a beeper on her butt for back ups 😉

  26. Velda in Roseville Ca says:

    Oh my, Christmas came early in Az this year. The PTV got a nice new door. Sue got a pretty new cranberry color shirt. And Bridget you look beautiful in your pretty new sweater, your smile is radiant. Best of all you got a favorite campsite as a a gift to you all! Have a wonderful stay.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Velda.

      Not only that, I got a new tote bag and a nifty funnel! My cup overfloweth! Haha!

      You’re right… Being exactly where one most wants to be is a great gift. May your days be wonderful, too.

  27. Marcia GB in MA says:

    Aww, Bridget looks so purty and warm in her new purple sweater. The PTV is at last worthy of the name again! AND you have returned to a favorite site. Good things come in threes 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Marcia GB in MA,

      I hope you have a warm sweater for the cold days of Massachusetts. Nice to have you drop by… I wish you a three-pack of good things for today!

  28. Jan Johnson says:

    That last photo of Bridget is just beautiful! I’m glad you got your PTV fixed, and I love your attitude about it. That’s the way to keep your blood pressure down – something I need to learn badly. I think it goes down a little when I read your posts and look at your photos and imagine I am there! I don’t think my three dogs, small though they be, and our two cats and one last old finch would fit in the little trailer, though! Not to mention my two teens. Ah well, someday!

    It looks like a beautiful, peaceful Christmas is in store for you! Have a great one!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jan,

      No, I don’t think you’d have quite as calm an experience if you RVed right now. One thing you can depend upon — Life is change. There will be a time when the teens are grown and leave home. You may go through the empty-nest thing, but beyond that, a very full and happy life can be yours. 🙂

  29. Dawn says:

    Bridget looks stunningly regal in her sweater. You can tell her I said so. I may not pop in to comment much, but I really do enjoy following your blog!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m delighted to see you here, Dawn, and to know you continue to follow along with us. Yes, I agree Bridget looks regal in her sweater. Of course, she’s always considered herself to be royalty!

  30. Krystina at Wellton, AZ says:

    Oh Happy Day!! The PTV is once again the PTV. It sure looks spiffy!!! Having that over and done with finally must be a weight off your shoulders. Queenie looks soooo fantastic in her sweater and I am happy to hear that she does like it. What’s not to like when you are warm and adorable at the same time.

    So happy to hear you will be in Tonto for Christmas. Perfect place.

    Super busy here as usual…LOVING IT!


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Krystina,

      And I’m happy to hear you are still loving where you are. Will you be at Wellton through Christmas? From what you’ve written, I bet there will be fun festivities for you to enjoy.

      Thanks for keeping in touch!

  31. weather says:

    You tie a bow in the ribbon that you wrap good news in,what a gift this post full of beauty and good news is,thank you!May the warmth of Bridget’s sweater and your new cranberry shirt wrap you as joyfully when you stroll Christmas Cholla loop this season. I am so delighted you’re back there,I love that site-it’s the perfect holiday home for you both.Wave to the ravens and smile at the waterscape an extra time for me!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather,

      Your comments are always uplifting! In addition to the ravens, this morning, very early, I stepped outside to see two gulls fly overhead, keeping a perfect alignment with each other. Gulls are beautiful in flight . . . as are geese and eagles…

      I’ve confused you regarding the location of our camp. Remember when I left Cholla Campground and moved to a place where I could enjoy some solitude? That’s where we are now.

      I’m sure there are some folks familiar with the lake area who have guessed our location, at least the general area. When we camped here in November two Casitas came by… Maybe a coincidence, maybe not.

      A few people drove by our site at Oak Flat, some waved, others simply slowed down and rubbernecked. There are many RVers in Arizona at this time of year. I’m hesitant to go to the areas where they gather, like Yuma, although that is a wonderfully warm place. When camping there one is exposed. It’s hard to hide behind a lone mesquite!

      I’m considering sharing this camp right before we leave it, although that might ruin it for us for next year. Enjoy it while we can, right? It’s not raining today, overcast, no wind… good for a walk… Bridget can wear her sweater!

      • weather says:

        HaHa-I confused myself,you didn’t!Your mention of a fourteen day limit should have made clear to me where you really are.Gulls overhead with more seclusion,privacy and a sweater day make it even better than what I thought!Thanks for putting an end to my confusion re your location,I hope you choose not to share that camp,or any future ones that afford you a greater measure of solitude.

        Folks seem at times not to be able to resist contact with you-as understandable and flattering as that is-my wish remains far more for your peace and well being than their glee.Placing the need of another above their own want is a gift I wish people could grant you more often.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Thank you, weather.

        • weather says:

          It’s my pleasure to gently remind us to honor the few well chosen boundaries you need reestablished at times.About the repairs cost -if you’d carried collision by now you’d have spent that much on insurance,this way you accrued interest in your account,not theirs. That amount divided renders a figure of about a dollar a day since you’ve had the van(which is what most people pay to sit on a couch watching satellite or cable tv) that you’ve sat behind the wheel,in a lounger,camp chair or your home watching beautiful scenes of adventure and dreams unfold.Whatever being on rutted roads that bump doors open and shut costs looks like it’s worth it from here…

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            What you say is so true! When I think of all the experiences the PTV has made possible — Wow! What a bargain!

            It’s like the cost of gas. When it goes up, I don’t fret. Living with hardly any “rent” and no mortgage, the money for gas (and a replacement door) isn’t much to pay to enable us to live on prime real estate.

  32. EmilyO in NM says:

    Bridget is really blossoming into a beautiful “ladydog”.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hey, Emily! Good to see you here! This Christmas you’re closer to your son. I wish your family much happiness during the holidays and beyond . .

      • EmilyO in NM says:

        Thank you dear lady; and, the same to you during our upcoming beautiful week in the deserts. PS working on plans to take housemate to see relatives in the San Antonio area WITH my Eggie.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          That’s great, Emily. Our “eggs” are our magic carpets! If I don’t see you here again before you leave… Have a safe and enjoyable trip to your destination in Texas!

  33. Chas Anderson says:

    Sue, I have a question.If you get the Tonto Pass do you have to pay an additional campsite fee? I will be out there for Feb/March as usual and always wanted to camp at Roosevelt.Have been there many times but always camprd closer to Phoenix.

    The sweater looks good on bridget.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Chas,

      The Tonto Pass covers the campground fee! There’s an extra fee if you have additional vehicles at your site, including a boat.

      Unfortunately the $6 regular/$3 with geezer pass rates are going up, I believe in January. A reservation system is going to be in place, too. I don’t know what the new rates will be and not all the sites are going to be reservable.

      BTW, for your information and anyone else interested in camping at Roosevelt Lake…

      If coming from Globe, you can buy Tonto passes at a gas station/convenience store/restaurant/bar business in Roosevelt. When you come down the mountain approaching Roosevelt, you crest a small hill and the first thing you see is a sign on the right that says, “GAS.” As soon as you see that, get ready to turn off the road or you might go right past it.

      If coming from the north, you can buy Tonto Passes at the Butcher Hook on the left in Tonto Basin or at the Visitors Center beyond Cholla Campground.

      I hope you have a wonderful visit here, Chas!

  34. Beverly K says:

    I have to read many of your posts at once, to catch up. I just haven’t had the time to follow you on a daily basis. I love how you write, your photos, your laid back lifestyle with all the adventures, and of course, reading about your pup. Thank you for being so loyal to all of us.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Beverly K. I appreciate the loyalty of my readers.

      Thank you for the compliments. It’s easy to be “laid back” when retired. I still wake up and grin at the ceiling, thinking, “I don’t have to go to work today!!!!!”

      Best wishes. I hope you enjoy catching up on the posts you missed.

  35. Diann in MT says:

    Thanks, Sue, for all the invaluable information about rules and regulations of campsites you visit. No surprises, and all enjoyment for the many blogorinos who will follow you. What a gift! You gift us all year long.
    I am thrilled that you are now settled into your Christmas site and enjoying every second of all it has to offer you and Bridget. We often wonder how our far away loved ones are doing in this emotionally charged time of year. It’s supposed to be a time of Peace, Hope, and Joy and you are most certainly on track for those sentiments and abundantly more, dear e-friend. Your blogorinos can feel your contentment with all your accomplishments these last few weeks. We celebrate with you, Sue and Brig.
    Your resilience, patience, and positive outlook are examples for all of us. So, you two, I need to add my two cents worth to you: An exuberant Merry Christmas! Continued Peace, Joy, and Contentment!

    • Shirlene says:

      Very well said….ditto

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Diann,

      Shirlene is right. You express yourself very well. I enjoyed reading your message this morning.

      It’s a lot easier to have a holiday season of “Peace, Hope, and Joy” when one has a personal knowledge of the reason behind the holiday, as well as being retired, comfortable physically, mentally, and financially, having a dear pup at one’s side, a good home, a van with perfect doors (ha!), all while living the life of one’s dreams. If I weren’t content, I’d need a kick in the head!

      Thanks for your thoughtful note and the “exuberant” wish for our Christmas… The same to you, Diann. I’m thankful for our “e-friendship.”

  36. lynne says:

    Agree with everyone…..Bridget looks like a model in her beautiful sweater.

    Enjoying the photos of the Tonto NF and Roosevelt Lake….can’t wait to experience those special places again!

    Congrats on restoring the PTV!
    Lynne in Chattanooga (for now)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lynne,

      It’s a good thing Bridget can’t read, otherwise she’d be even more “special” than she already is! 🙂 Thanks for the compliment for Her Supreme Loveliness.

      I appreciate the encouragement re: photos of the area. Enjoy this day!

  37. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    The pictures of Bridget are priceless. What expressions!!! The last one is my favorite though. She looks happy in her sweater. Please tell her that she makes the sweater look good and she looks beautiful in it!! And speaking of looking good, PTV looks great with the new door! Glad you got to return to that spot…it looks wonderful and as Gayle said….looks a lot like the Holy Land. Enjoy your stay there. Love you

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I love you, too, Pauline. I love that you pop in here regularly. Many times in the past, before I became a full-time gypsy, I envied those who had a sister living nearby who would come in the door for a little chat, hang out for a while, be only a few minutes away.

      Now, with you dropping in on my blog, I have the next best thing to that!

      Thinking of you and the family, hoping all are well.

    • R. (Western Colorado/now in Joshua Tree NP) says:

      Hi Pauline, wouldn’t you want to take a drive or a flight and visit with your sister and Bridget as well? It is not that far.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        If I may answer for Pauline. . . . She needs to be with her family now. Nice of you to suggest that, R.

        • Pauline in Mississippi says:

          I would love to do that some day, R. And Susan, I love hearing from you almost daily also. Keeping up with your adventures and non-adventures has been great. I have always told people….My sister Susan could write about paint drying and she would have you on the edge of your seat, wanting for more!!

          • R. (Western Colorado/now in Joshua Tree NP) says:

            Hey, if you want to use my miles to fly to see your sister, let me know Pauline.

  38. And a new doggie bed! Early Christmas for you both. Ah yes, those costly lessons…..part of life no matter how and where you’re living it. Glad to see your site was available, adding a little feeling of “home” for the holiday. It is such a beautiful area and your photos really capture it. All us old gals look best in purple……

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jodee,

      Purple or cranberry, right? Yeah, it’s like Christmas has come to our camp already!

      You mention the feeling of “home.” There are camps that take on an atmosphere of home; others that don’t no matter what “nesting” I do. Fortunately most of the camps I find are the former kind.

      That’s why I was delighted to be able to move back to this spot. “I’ll be home for Christmas, and not only in my dreams”….

  39. Applegirl NY says:

    I gotta tell ya, that face on Bridget in a couple of those pictures is an absolute riot! She’s having none of it… of course, nothing a little rotisserie chicken can’t cure.

    The view of Roosevelt Lake from the visitor center patio is beautiful.

    So glad the door is fixed. Onward and Upward!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Applegirl,

      That view from the patio is far more spectacular than what the photo shows. When one can see the lake and glowing mountains far to one’s left and right…. that experience cannot be duplicated in the form of a still photo. I like the way a storm or day of rain can bring about light and colors that transcend what we expect to see . . . .

      I’d love to know exactly what Bridget is feeling when I take her photos!

  40. Kathy says:

    I so enjoy the pictures of Bridget, glad she is all warm and cozy.
    Merry Christmas & Happy New Years!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Kathy. Happy holidays to you, too!

      Ever so often I like to feature Bridget. These are precious days we have together. I’m glad you enjoy seeing her.

  41. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Good morning, Sue!

    I know you were doing the happy dance many times….the door is replaced, Bridget has adjusted to her new bed and sweater, and you were able to get your primo spot at Roosevelt Lake. Whoo-Hoo!!! Reading your post made me so happy for you and Bridget! 🙂

    Now you know why you were delayed….waiting, waiting, waiting for the right door. If things had worked out earlier, you may not have been able to get your spot at Roosevelt Lake. You have the perfect Christmas tree in your backyard! So lovely!

    Loved the pictures! The PTV looks as good as new – yay! I know you are relieved to finally have that taken care of. Sorry about the expense, but it is wonderful that the bill did not cause you undue stress, like it would have in the past. I like how you turned around the negative and put things into perspective. Bridget looks absolutely adorable in her new sweater! Rotisserie chicken dinner to celebrate! All is good!

    I hope you and Bridget have a wonderful day! It is sunny and cold here…temps will be fighting to get out of the 30s. Tonight, a friend and I are going to Lewis Botanical Gardens to look at the Christmas light display. Hopefully the cold weather will keep some folks away. Last year, we missed out…we were stuck in traffic for 45 minutes, just trying to get into the parking lot. We ended up making an illegal U-turn and left. It was an unseasonably warm night which probably contributed to the gridlock. Looking back on it, we don’t know why we waited so long to peel out of there! I have to work today and tomorrow, and then will be off until the first week of January. I am looking forward to the break! Hugs to you and the adorable Miss Bridge from me and Gracie pup! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise… coming to us from a cold Richmond, Virginia!

      You, too, are turning a negative into a positive. The cold may keep the crowds away enabling you to enjoy the Christmas lights at the botanical gardens. That’s a good way to put yourself in the holiday spirit. I remember that worked for me… driving around neighborhoods with houses and yards lit up with colored lights, fake candles glowing in windows…. the ooh-and-aah drive-around.

      Have a wonderful time at the show of lights and enjoy your vacation from work. I’m happy that you have the time off. Best wishes to you and sweet Gracie. 🙂

  42. Timber n' me says:

    YAY,,,, you’ve got your new door and it looks great, just like it never happened, a PTV! Timber says Bridget looks sweet in that Purple sweater and wants one, but I know he wont wear it if he got one, he’d just lay on it. Have a beautiful blest day and stay at your camp,,, ,,,,,,,us

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rusty,

      I had to chuckle at the picture in my mind of how Timber would react to a sweater of his own. I imagine him wanting to play tug of war with it and you!

      I hope your day is wonderful. Thanks for the kind words about the PTV’s new door and Bridget’s sweetness….

      • Timber n' me says:

        Your Right on about a tug of war, I bought him a hat to match mine and it turned into a war with it or he’d shake it and tear it up. I guess he’s not into clothing, but, he loves it when I cover him in his baby blinky, he coos like a baby under it. ,,,Hah, he told me not to tell any one, bout his BLINKY,,LOL,,,, me ,,,,,any time Sue, your welcome ,,,,me

  43. Shirlene says:

    Good Morning Sue, door looks great, life looks great! Much love to you and little miss Bridget.

  44. Deadeye says:

    Sue, wouldn’t insurance pay for your door?


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Don,

      It would have if I carried collision insurance.

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        But depending on the deductible and the chance of your insurance increasing…you probably saved money in the long run!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Funny thing…. I have never caused a dent in any vehicle I’ve ever driven nor caused a dent in anyone else’s, not in 50 years of driving. If I’d had insurance on this damage and made a claim, I doubt that record would matter . . .

  45. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    am I first? Heh heh

    Wait I just checked and there was no new blog posted. I come back and dang gum it 98 posts!

    Yay! The PTV is fixed! Ouch in regards to the bill!

    Pretty sweater….when I got down to the modeling photo….ummmm hate to tell you this …don’t know what it looked like thru your viewfinder…but on this end ….it appears that she is GLARING at you with SERIOUS stink eye!

    Oh sure…Rotisserie chicken fixes everything! Chow down Bridget!

    In a house….Flow back happens when one sticks the end of the hose in say a bucket …if one turns on any water fixture elsewhere…it can siphon the water back up the hose! Also unless you use a drinking water hose (white) bad juju can grow in a regular garden hose…thus giving the fur kids diarrreaaaadoodoos!

    I absolutely love the last photo! Have a great day!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      Thanks for the physics lesson on flowback. I haven’t tried the funnel with water jug method yet.

      Bridget motivates readers to write comments! As soon as I published this post the comments came flying in with compliments for HRH.

      Today is overcast and the air is damp from the recent rain. I want to see if Bridget would like to wear the sweater. Bridget isn’t one to come when first called. She likes to make me insist, if not beg. Anyway….

      I hold up the sweater…”Do you want this, Bridge?” She trots over and stands to let me, her personal valet, put it on her.

      You have a great day, too… in spite of the IRS!

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        Hah! She’s got you trained!

        Eh! In this case it’s not the Feds it’s the State of NY! The problem is the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing!

        We’re having a great day! The outlaws have gone somewhere for the day! Whoooeeeee! It’s Jules’ anniversary for retirement, my hire date anniversary, her moms birthday and our 15th anniversary.

        Had to go to town because half of the tree lights went out! Stopped to get gas….decided hey today may be a good day to buy NY lottery tickets….won fifty dollars and gave it to the clerk!

        Jules is making pork loin roast, with yams (blech…I’m having rice) and roasted Brussels sprouts! For dessert we are having Hostess orange cupcakes! (They were screaming at me when I was at the gas station)

  46. JazzLoverWMa says:

    Greetings Sue and Miss Bridget
    Nice to finally have the door fixed after waiting so long for a good one. Looks good. This is a really good Christmas present, abeit a little expensive but the PTV is well worth it, it has been very good to you these past few years.

    I want to thank you for buying Bridget her new sweater, ended up laughing out loud as I looked at one picture after another, the prize was the side view. The view of the lake from the visitors center was beautiful as well. Peaceful. It is good that you are back in a place that you are so fond of with no neighbors and warmer temps. We don’t need to know exactly where. Light snow overnight…Grrr. Enjoy and thank you for taking us along.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, JazzLover in western Massachusetts . . . I’m happy you ride along with us.

      Light snow! You may be blessed (!) with a white Christmas.

      It tickles me to read that my blog gave you a few laughs, due to Bridget’s scowling face. Thanks for the compliment on the visitor center photo and your kind thought for keeping our camp location to ourselves.

  47. Dawn in MI says:

    Purple is Bridgett’s color. I’m so happy for you both.

  48. Terri From Texas says:

    Great to hear you got your door. Love the pictures of Bridget-purple is her color!
    My mother had a mini fox terrier named Missy and she had a sweater which was white with black cow spots-like a cow. It was hilarious looking!
    Keep warm!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Terri,

      I bet that did look funny… like those “onesies” that have cow markings for babies. I’ve seen footed suits for babies with cow spots and a hood with cow ears. Makes a good Halloween outfit.

      You keep warm too!

  49. AZ Jim says:

    Well, well….new door and all is well again with the PTV. Great, and I too raised a brow at the tab on that but I know you were relieved to be done with it. Bridget is such a cutie. She looks great in her new sweater. Our Granddaughter and our Great Granddaughters are coming out from San Diego to spend a couple of days this coming weekend and we are excited about that. They have so many commitments at Christmas they decided on this weekend and that’s fine with us. Grandma has a turkey thawing and she and the girls have plans on baking cookies together. We’ll send our gifts out with them for their “home” Christmas. I’ll most likely do it again before the big day but I want to wish everyone a wonderful and happy holiday. Sue you and Bridget are in our thoughts always but especially on Christmas. Be good to yourself, Missy.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jim,

      Well, you have some excitement coming to your house! I hope all of you have a wonderful time together. Your plans sound great! You get to eat turkey and cookies. 🙂

      I promise to be good to myself. I’ve been doing that more than ever lately and I don’t plan to stop!

      Thanks for sharing a bit about your family and holiday, Jim. I enjoy peeking into my readers’ lives as much as my readers enjoy peeking into mine. Here’s to good weather for the weekend! Give my regards to Detta….

  50. Barb George (writing for Racy) says:

    Happy Happy Dance Dance!!!

    The Perfect Tow Vehicle is back to its original Beauty! And Bridget, my gosh you are GORRRRRRRRRRRRGEOUS IN YOUR SWEATER!

    Yay for the perfect day!
    I am so glad you are back to normal! I worried about someone trying to break into the ‘ITV’ with the bungie. I am so so glad!

    Have a wonderful afternoon!
    Hugs from Hoquiam!

    PS (via Racy) OH MY PAWS you are the loveliest of lovely Miss B!
    Slobbers from Hoquiam

  51. Barb George says:

    OOPS, he didn’t hijack the entire note, just the back end 🙂 Barb

  52. Ozark Sam says:

    Merry Christmas to Sue and Bridget From Gary, three dogs named Moose, Cassie Starr and Sparkie and a cat named Billy the Kid

  53. R. (Western Colorado/now in Joshua Tree NP) says:

    Your new door looks new and shiny. Bridget looks warm and handsome. You sound happy. Are you?
    I left this morning Joshua Tree NP and just arrived in Anza Borrego Desert SP.

    For those traveling along I-10 in CA. There is a new Walmart at exit 142. Easy off and easy on.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, R.,

      Yes, I’m happy, very much so. I hope you are, too. Anza Borrego is a great place to be… enjoy!

  54. Lolalo says:

    Congrats on getting your new door!
    And the last picture of Bridget looks like a real professional photographer took it. She looks good in purple.

  55. Jim and Vickie Rauch says:

    Congrats on getting the PTV fixed looks good. Also like Bridget’s sweater. Vickie and I wish you a Merry Christmas, just in case we forget later.

  56. Jenny Waters says:

    Bridget looks adorable in her new sweater. 🙂

  57. kent says:

    Yes the Purple sweater looks great on Bridget!. Have fun there during Christmas. We are just over the hill west of you at McDowell Mountain Regional Park. looking up in the hills towards you it appears to be a bit colder and wetter. but alas warmth will come to us!. Sunshine in forecast!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kent,

      I had to look up where that park is. (For readers, it’s near Fort McDonell, northeast of Phoenix, AZ).

      Have a wonderful Christmas wherever you may be!

  58. Chuck says:

    Hi Bridget and Sue! Looks like ya’ll doing well. Finally got an internet connection that allowed me to get caught up. Glad the PTV is again well and beautiful, Bridget looks very sexy in her new purple outfit and her blog writing is getting better! Pictures are gorgeous as always. Stay safe! Chuck n Geri

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Chuck and Geri,

      I’ve missed you! At last you have internet connection! Yay! Thanks for the nice note . . .

  59. Willow (AZ) says:

    Tell Bridget she looks MARVELOUS in her new very purple sweater, very cheery in this dreary weather….. Your nice quiet Christmas sounds very wonderful, mine will be noisy with 2 young happy grandsons with lots of laughter & joy.
    I’m over at their house now and we just baked peanut butter cookies with the candy a kiss on top. The house smells so good and it’s nice and cozy, I hope your evening is cozy too.. Love to you both.

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      So happy you are spending time with the grandchildren, Willow….yummy cookies too!!!

      • Willow (AZ) says:

        Thank you Elizabeth… It’s been fun baking cookies. Tomorrow I plan on cooking an old fashioned slow cooked pot roast with carrots, onions and potatoes. I live alone so it will last a week but I’m hungry for it. Lol

        • Elizabeth in WA says:

          Seems our daughter is going to do one for us too…that will be nice!! Roast is such a comfort food in this chilly weather!! Glad you are going to have the same!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Peanut butter cookies… my favorite! Well, it’s a close tie with oatmeal raisin.

      I’m glad you had this time with your grandchildren, Willow. Thanks for dropping in here.

  60. Cherie from OH says:

    Hi Sue! The van has a new door, Bridget has a new sweater and you have a new shirt. Looks like Christmas came a little early there. Enjoy!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cherie,

      Gee, the PTV, Bridget, and I… We all got presents. What about the BLT? Oh yeah, she got a funnel! Merry Christmas!

  61. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Sue and other blogarinos, Have you seen the Freshpet Holiday Feast- 13 dogs and 1 cat eating with human hands on youtube yet?? My NC daughter sent to us today…we have laughed and laughed at this one!! However they got all of them to cooperate so well I do not know….but we sure enjoyed it!!! HILARIOUS!!! The animals are from a Utah animal shelter (a right fancy one at that).

  62. Mert in Kentucky says:

    Oh hahahahaha!!! That was hysterical, my ice cold mtn dew came out my nose hysterical!! That look on Bridget’s face!!
    I have seen that look before, it was a pink polka dotted sweater I put on Asia as a pup ( as I have said before, now I would have to purchase clothes for her at Columbus tent and awning )
    Looks like she cheered up at the end… Must have been the chicken
    The PTV looks marvelous darling. So happy you have moved to the Christmas vacation spot!! Falalalalala!
    Peace love and happiness to all.
    Mert and Asia

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Mert and Asia,

      You’re in a happy mood… Glad to see it! Falalalala! 🙂

      “clothes for her at Columbus tent and awning”… too funny!

      Peace, love, and happiness to you, too . . .

  63. Val R. Lakefield On. says:

    Hi Sue, They did a fine job on your door. It looks like nothing ever happened to it.
    Bridget looks so good ion her sweater and the last pic is one of the nicest ever.

    My little Shiloh is beside me, having been groomed yesterday, she has a red bandana on, looks good with her grey fur. Never owned dogs who needed grooming before. My vet tech daughter brought me Shiloh because she needed surgery for bladder stones and her owner was out of work and couldn’t afford the operation. He gave her up to save her life & it has worked out fine. She has been here three years and is well loved.
    We had someone relinquish two small dogs to the shelter on Wed. Their fur was just a matted smelly mess and both needed to be bathed and shaved down. I saw them just after their bath, small dogs, look like Yorkie/X.

    Glad you have a wonderful spot for Christmas….enjoy

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Val R.,

      Your Shiloh’s life has had some bumps in it, but look at her now — well cared for and loved, visits to the beauty parlor… 🙂 Your daughter’s a vet tech– You are a family of animal lovers. Thanks for the interesting comment.

  64. weather says:

    Knowing Sunday will be this autumn’s last day here, last evening I sat outside to be with it.Today a friend that spends winters in the south and I will do that on a lakeside park bench we usually meet at. Not living near each other we choose there to shorten our drives and have occasional private visits.So instead of hearing only the the waves as a voice the way I did after sunset I’ll hear hers,too-both will be saying farewell for a while and both seem reluctant to leave.

    A few less leaves wave in each day’s breeze ,a few more mentions of her trip come up in our e-mails.Autumn has no real choice in the matter,she feels like she doesn’t have much either,it’s what she and her husband do,always have.Their cat doesn’t travel well so they hire a kitty/house sitter every year,this one may well be the cat’s last.I likely will be living in an RV within a few seasons.So she and I won’t be saying goodbye,we’ll just visit in other locations.Those with her cat ,well,there’s always the rainbow bridge.

    The choices people make,and why,has been on my mind all morning.Yesterday I had a fairly rare phone chat with my sister.She told me that to conserve her less abundant these days energy,she’d rehomed her pets,lives alone.I told her that mine and all nature replenish my energy rather than use it up.Each of us three women are happy for the other being able to get what they really want or feel they need.

    Good morning Sue,hope the freshening and renewal you get from bird flights and your environment feels as strong and precious as mine does today.Do you think humanity isn’t as different inside as people think,that perhaps some are just more in touch with what’s good for us ?Feel free to take that as a rhetorical question,tee hee,I know an easier one,like about tire gauges,might go better this early with coffee 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, weather . . . Your friend and her husband have a habit of many years, going south for the winter. She feels like she doesn’t have much choice. And so you meet on the bench. . .

      Until . . . You, who sees choices and reaches for them, will bring change to your friend. Your RV will mean the time shared with your friend will be somewhere other than the old, familiar bench routine. There are people who follow predictable paths, while others look for new trails.

      It’s a good thing you posed your question as rhetorical because I don’t have a sure answer! Interesting to contemplate that. I don’t understand people who are oblivious to nature, who have no gratitude for the gifts freely given us, who pursue happiness as if it is something one can manufacture or obtain at a future time.

      The roadrunner visited us yesterday! Again I saw his approach (looking out the window) from far away across the open desert. He darted here and there, between the prickly pear, palo verde, and mounds of brittlebush. I knew he was coming over to our camp. What a curious thing he is! He was nosing around (well, beaking around) close behind the BLT, unaware that I was watching from only a few feet above him. Roadrunners are funny birds.

      • weather says:

        Oblivious -that’s a great description of what I was referring to,thanks. That sums up enough ,for now,of what the whole subject entails.

        Your home must look like a new giant white rock with weird critters using it as a nest to a roadrunner 🙂 Well,I’m off to get in the jeep,catch you later here or on the next post,enjoy!

      • weather says:

        This morning when I read your message I so wished I had more time to respond-I would have been late so just dashed off a quick note and left.I took your first two paragraphs as treasures.Thank you.Your third paragraph held such profound thoughts that space and words here would be inadequate to do justice to them.Just know that they’re subjects that matter and capture my attention in life,too.Your reply was obviously one you put effort into,had expressed beautifully and were showing me consideration by doing.Sorry it took me until now to say all this,hopefully you understood my earlier haste and find this- a more fitting response than my last one.

  65. Good morning, Sue! Your optimism and joy just shine through in this post! And Bridget, aka Miss Pretty in Purple, absolutely shines in the last photo. Her sound sleep with the PTV heater, sweater & new bed…ah, so sweet and dear. She must’ve slept very well! Did you have a hard time waking her up when you got home? Sooo glad you have a spot you love to call home for Christmas. I’m smiling from ear to ear for you & Bridge & this has to be one of my favorite posts ever!

    The kids arrive tomorrow–middle & youngest sons & their wives & my oldest granddaughter & her Mum. We’re celebrating the weekend before–it gives them the opportunity to celebrate with other members of their families. Lots to do before I retire December 31st…gosh, the paperwork, deadlines, etc. I told people I wanted to “finish strong” so they’ve overbooked me for my last 4 days in the office! Yikes! I didn’t want to finish THAT strong, folks!!

    Enjoy your day, Sue!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn,

      Always a treat to see you here… No, Bridget didn’t need me to wake her up when we arrived home. She has some kind of internal GPS-alarm that goes off whenever I turn into our “yard.”

      What a delightful weekend you have coming up! I know you will enjoy yourselves and I’m happy for all of you.

      The folks at your work are going to miss you when you retire… Not much further to the finish line!

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Hope the home run as you finish out your work will go ok, Dawn!! Remember hubby being already worked to the bone and as he neared the finish line, they heaped it on more too….heh, but the end day does arrive!! Have fun with your family…I think of you sometimes when I am standing or walking where I can see your island!!

  66. Larry says:

    Bridget looks good in it.

  67. Linda says:

    Bridget is stylin’ in the new sweater. Also, it seems to be quite slimming. : )

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