Baby, it’s cold outside . . . and windy!

Saturday, November 26

The photos in this post are scenes from Poverty Flats, a free camping area for boondockers, between Overton and Las Vegas, Nevada.


Morning Mesas

Winter has arrived in the desert!

Daytime temperatures do not climb out of the 50s and in the early morning hours they drop into the high 30s.  Snuggled together, Reggie and I create a pocket of body warmth under the comforter and we sleep well, even through the really cold hours, oblivious.


The morning lows do not affect us much. 

We follow our usual routine, although the first walk of the day is delayed until the air warms up some.  If Reggie is given a walk, he doesn’t mind staying inside the Best Little Trailer for the remainder of the morning. . . napping mostly.


p1150168By 2 o’clock or so the sunshine at the back side of the BLT makes a pleasant outdoor “sun room.”

I move my lounger and settle in with my Paperwhite, taking  periodic breaks for games of “Fetch Blue Monkey” with Reg and to watch the pair of black birds fly across the sky in front of us.  I amuse myself by trying to catch them in flight with my camera.

Or I daydream while the sun shifts shadows across the badlands . . . .


Reggie gives me The Look:  “Snap out of it, RVSue!  It’s park time!”

Reggie runs on the carpet of grass at the park.  He meets two dogs on short leashes who don’t respond to Reggie’s efforts to engage them in play.

Have they forgotten how?  Did they ever know?  But then . . . How does one play when on a four-foot tether?

“Reggie?  You don’t know how good you have it, buddy.”

p1150173-001Pink clouds beyond our neighbors across the ravine at sunset

In the evening I watch a DVD on my television.

Reggie sleeps through Act One of “Les Miserables” (10th anniversary concert)The BLT rocks and shakes from the pounding wind — perfect timing! — as the full company and choir lift the roof of Royal Albert Hall with the song, “One Day More!” at the rousing conclusion of the first act.  Reggie squirms slightly and returns to deep sleep, storing up more energy for the next day.

I’ll save Act Two for tomorrow night. . . . Gee, the life of a boondocker is really tough . . . .

Sunday, November 27

Windy!  Man, is it windy!

The wind rocks and rattles the BLT all night. 

Reggie needs a potty break around 2 a.m. (He goes to bed earlier in the winter, and, therefore, he can’t make it all the way to morning.)

The half-section of mat, the portion I saved from the first one I bought, flies and flaps furiously around the back end of the BLT, like an enraged blue ghost.  It’s held by only one of the four stakes.

A terrified Reggie Man empties his bladder in a hurry and makes haste for the safety of the bed covers.

~ ~ ~

It’s late morning as I write this post. 

I run outside to take these last photos.  The sky is bright blue and a cold wind blows.

Well, the stake is still holding.  I don’t have to climb into the ravine to retrieve the mat.  Of course, with this wind it would’ve been blown to Vegas by now . . . . It better keep holding ’cause I’m not fooling with stakes in this cold . . . .


I snap the photos and hurry back inside.  Brrrr!   This is a perfect day for soup!



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132 Responses to Baby, it’s cold outside . . . and windy!

  1. Kat and Cookie Dog in NYState says:


  2. Kathy N in Michigan says:

    Couldn’t resist trying for top 10

  3. Pamela Avery says:

    I’m here in Vegas! Brrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pamela…. You know I wrote the truth! I think I’m going to have a bowl of hot oatmeal for lunch.


  4. Jeff from VA. says:


  5. Gail from Buckeye AZ says:

    Top 10? Good Morning Everyone!

  6. Rhodium in RI says:

    I have to learn to write a Perl script so I can get in the top 10. Or maybe I already did…

  7. Barb from Hoquiam! says:

    Good Mornin’!

    Whew, it is chilly here too but not too exciting! Hope the weather gets more user friendly for you.
    Not much to tell anyone, pretty darn boring around here! Not going to complain… I can live without the drama right now. 🙂

    Hugs from Hoquiam,

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Barb!

      Don’t worry about being boring here. Heck, we get excited over who’s on first… 🙂 That’s our drama for the day!

      Hugs to you, too..

  8. Virginia620 (AL) says:

    Top 10, too?

  9. Vicky in PA says:

    It’s cold here in the mountains of Pennsylvania and I can’t believe it’s almost December. My husband and I are about to purchase a little Clipper travel trailer and head south for the winter. We may even end up in Arizona depending on how adventurous we feel. Stay cozy with Reggie!

  10. Deena in Phoenix, AZ says:

    Hi Sue and Reggie,

    Beautiful pictures and we understand the need for the 2 o’clock run; Miss Mollie has decided to make a run between 2-3 lately and I oblige as a good Mother should. I must admit that she has always gone out about that time since puppy hood but had stopped once we moved to the apartment complex; I would always go with her in the backyard as I had my telescope set up all the time…she would spend time sniffing around as a good Rattie would do and I would star and moon gaze as a good wannabe Moonwalker…too much urban light here so telescope given to a niece.
    Miss Mollie has been changing, more time sleeping and less time eating but still wants to cuddle and go for shorter walks…been using her cart more to go to the park next door. I do believe that Miss Mollie has gone deaf but still is a good guard dog for the shadows from grassy knoll on the other side of the patio wall. The cooler weather has been to her liking so I keep the arcadia door open most of the day…hey, that is another reason why I learned how to crochet…have lots of works in project that must be done before Christmas…keeps me content to stay in one spot for Miss Mollie to cuddle against…

    Glad you are enjoying time inside and I hope the blue mat stays put with the one stake.

    Take Care Sue and Reggie

    Deena and Miss Mollie

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Love your newsy comment, Deena, although the part about Mollie possibly going deaf, not so much. You are a dear momma to her, accommodating the changes she’s going through and keeping by her side. Best wishes to you both.

      Nice that you can crochet. I never got the hang of that!

  11. FloridaScott says:

    Hi Sue,
    Still Following along and enjoying your posts as usual. As nice as Magnificent Mesa is I would be moving South! Brrrrrrrr……… Too cold for me. It’s 80 here today and I start to get cold if it’s lower than 50. So, when are you moving south? Thank You for all the journeys and adventures. Stay warm!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Scott,

      It probably seems strange that I’m not in a hurry to leave here, even with the wind and cold. I like the convenience and the beauty of the place, and, most of all, no one bothers me here. I don’t plan on making Poverty Flats our home for the winter. Most likely we will leave well before Christmas.

  12. Cinandjules (da zone) says:

    It was very windy last night! Temps dropping here also! Does Reg Man get up during the night because it was a “learned” behavior from Ms B? Wondering where you’re gonna land for the winter.
    Stay warm and cozy! Hugs to both!

    Annie’s favoritest person (Uncle F-R-A-N-N-I-E) surprised her for Thanksgiving. Decorated the tree…as we always did in NY. She’s now pouting! He’ll be back for Christmas.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Pouty Annie! Ha!

      I don’t think Reggie’s middle-of-the-night potty runs are learned behavior. After Bridget passed, he didn’t need to go out often. I do a physical check when he wakes up in the night. Without getting too personal, I can tell if he needs to “go.” 🙂 With darkness arriving very early each day he puts himself to bed as early as 5:30 some days. That’s a long stretch til morning…

  13. Susan in Dallas says:

    Fall has finally arrived here in Dallas as well. It was just wrong to have an air-conditioner running in November. Not cold enough for the heat to go on. Thank goodness, I’m tired of listening to its fan running day and night. I had planned a trip to Kentucky to be with my son for Thanksgiving, but thanks to a sinus infection with fever I was on my couch instead. Bummer! Oh well, he will be here for Christmas. I hope with your mooooves there will be some ….. LOL

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Susan,

      Sorry you missed the Kentucky trip for Thanksgiving. I hope you’re all better now!

      Not much moo-ing in the desert. 🙂

  14. Thirty first,, berrrrrrr and now it’s blowing up from the South,, come on South warm air? Had to turn the truck into the wind or the roof vents flap up and let that coollddd air in like a AC on high,,, and I’m thinking, boy it’s gonna be real cold when we must return to Prescott in January if the VASH Rep finds a home for us,, now what was I thinking,,, berrrrrrr 🌬🌨❄☃⛄,,, Piper has been wanting to stay out while I run the heater, so no mid night potty runs for her, she even sleeps in longer,,,, have a great week and stay safe and give Reggieman a huge hug from us,,,,, Rusty n Piper 😎🐾

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Well, Rusty, no doubt the home in Prescott will have a heater and you’ll be comfy-cozy. You may have a cold night or two before moving in…. I hope your Mr. Buddy is working well for you. Thanks for the hugs… Same to you! 🙂

      • Yes Sue, that heater is great , $ 90. Plus tax and it is still running like it is brand new, easy to fix and last all most a month on a LPG tank like yours, 4.5 gallon and one can run it on the pilot light to keep it warm enough to where ya don’t have to keep setting to high when one starts it up, only the first time, I bought it at ACE Hardware at the south end of Lake Havasu City in November 2015, only thing is it is a little bulky, but if one mounts it in a good spot , it will keep one real warm,,,,👍😎,, yes it is the waiting, find it, get it inspected, then move in, takes a month,, I remember last time,,, I guess when we go back , we will camp somewhere near Bumble Bee, above Black Canyon City,,,,,,, 😎🐾🏜

  15. Karen LeMoine says:

    I’m just outside of Holbrook Az and man oh man its windy and frigging cold! Yep winter is here! Going down to the teens tonight. My little chi’s are all curled up in blankets snoozing.Making a veggie soup/casserole/stew for tonight. In 3 days we used a tank of propane. Its that cold but with all the cooking I do no wonder. Perfect day for reading. God help all the strays and homeless on the streets.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Karen,

      I read the first few words of your comment and when I came to the word “Holbrook” I said, “Oh, no!” I can’t imagine how windy and cold it must be there. That’s one of the windiest places I’ve ever driven through.

      That’s a lot of propane usage, but then I don’t know the size of your rig. Sounds like your canine crew knows how to stay warm… You do, too — Vegetable stew is perfect for a day like today.

  16. Pamelab says:

    Hang on tight. It IS a bumpy ride!!
    Glad you didn’t blow away. At least no mosquitoes to bug you. Lots of oak trees in this RV resort and skeeters, too.
    Last week I made it through a night where it was in the mid 30s. Kind of a nice surprise to know that was possible. Two blankets and a sleeping bag did the trick.
    No heat because I haven’t used my propane yet. What am I saving it for? I’m not sure. I’m going to review the YouTube videos regarding Casita systems to refresh my memory.
    Happy travels!
    Pamelab in Missouri City TX for now

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pamelab,

      Mosquitoes? Now? There oughtta’ be a law against that! 🙂

      Yeah, turn on the propane!

  17. Marilyn Moore says:

    Hi Sue and Reggie
    Time to head south? It’s freezing cold here in northern AZ too. Slight dusting of snow at the Hualapai Ranger Station with a promise (ha) of more tonight. Soup sounds good.
    Lovely photos. Can’t imagine why more people don’t see it’s beauty.
    Keep warm!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, regarding the photos, Marilyn. I hope my photos help more people to see the beauty of the desert.

      Since the blue-sky photos of this post, which I took this morning, the sky has turned grey with heavy, dark clouds. They look like snow clouds but I don’t think we will get any snow. Ha! Shouldn’t say that . . . I’ve been surprised with snow before!

      You keep warm, too!

  18. Sally in MI says:

    Just curious, do you sleep with a stocking cap on? My head always gets so cold in the early am temps. Whenever you get wind it finds its way to MI.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sally,

      No, I don’t sleep with a stocking cap. I pull the comforter over my head instead. By the time we get up and I turn on the burner for coffee, it’s warm enough for us. It’s amazing how closing up the BLT before sunset makes a difference, too. In the morning the sun hits the big back window and helps warm us, too.

  19. Linda May says:

    Dear Sue, I haven’t checked in with you in a while. I am looking for where you post your travels and campsites for the month. It was with your monthly budget. Am I missing it or have you stopped posting those?
    I am so sorry to read about Bridget passing, my deepest sympathy. I know she is missed by all who loved her.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Linda May,

      Thank you for your words about Bridget. I do miss her.

      I haven’t posted our travels for the month in quite a while. I’ve been meaning to make a list and never get around to it. Good hearing from you again, Linda May.

  20. LeeJ in Northern California says:

    SLove the photos.
    I was camping at a reservoir over this weekend, I left early and a good thing I did, I got rained on coming home, wind..the works! I don’t do cold and figured I would beat the worst of it and not have to unhitch in a downpour!
    How long are you staying on your beautiful mesa?
    While I was gone my nephew returned one of my dogs, he thought she would be perfect for his daughter, but she would not ask to go outside to pee, used his floor. She is a rescue from the side of the road… well..she won’t be leaving again. She came home thin and scruffy looking and is missing her collar. I will have to pay for a new tag…she has been sleeping and eating then sleeping again…I feel like I messed up big time. I guess it is three dogs for me!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lee J.,

      Don’t be too hard on yourself. People who abuse animals, whether intentionally or through ignorance, aren’t easily identified until “after the fact.”

      Reggie doesn’t ask to go outside to pee. Common sense tells me that he needs to go outside after a certain length of time. And a dog who is in a new and strange environment may need to go more often.

      It’s good that the “problem” surfaced so quickly and the dog is with you again. I’m sure you’ll make it up to her with your kindness and care.

      You asked how long we’re staying on the mesa. I really don’t know!

  21. AZ Jim says:

    Ahh yes! Memories in our Jamboree Travel Trailer. Desert winds in winter. I carried four jack stands and would level and jack then install them when the winds were blowing and interrupting our very busy schedule of my little TV or radio. I had to install them and then no rock and roll just the sounds of the winter wind which made for a very cozy time inside. Rain and wind was outside our window but not an active participant in
    the busy times of nap and reading or TV. Fun, something about that makes you feel so secure and cozy. Nice post Missy…..

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Jim. With two people walking around inside a trailer, those jacks stands are important. For me and Reg, I don’t bother with the jacks. Glad to remind you of the coziness you and Detta enjoyed in your Jamboree….

  22. weather says:

    It’s wonderful that winter arriving won’t make you leave such a beautiful camp while you are enjoying all of the solitude and gifts there-A comforter to snuggle beneath together, sunlight to make sitting outside pleasant, watching birds and daydreaming, a nice carpet of grass for picnics and play nearby, a good movie and warm meal at home. I’m all happy sighs for your sakes 🙂

    Some boondockers would find the cold and wind tough, instead you find ways to enjoy and appreciate everything and make life there feel(and sound)thoroughly delightful. A+ for your attitude, Sue, and kudos for another great post. Thanks for putting such a lovely wrapper on our holiday weekend.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, weather, and thank you for the A+ for my attitude. I don’t feel like it’s something I do and therefore deserving of praise. It’s who I am. My mother taught me by example to enjoy the simple things in life, especially those gifts of nature.

      In this post I tell Reggie, “You don’t know how good you have it, buddy.” Well, I DO know how good we have it. I had no idea life could be this good!

      I imagine it’s lovely by your lake these days in a late November, New York way. I was happy to read of your Thanksgiving with friends. 🙂

      • weather says:

        It’s admirably noble of you to not expect praise for just being who you are, however, by appreciating your mother enough to give her credit for the way that you enjoy things you “rest my case” the your attitude deserves an A+, HaHa!

        You’re right, late November New York way by my lake is lovely… the white of trumpeter swans floating by ,seagulls flying overhead and foam of the crashing waves is so striking when seen against the bluish grey of the water and overcast sky. Seen as a whole while in the warm wind we currently have the beauty is enough to take ones breath away.

        Thank you for being happy about my Thanksgiving with friends. I am truly fortunate to share as much of life with them as I have for many years. It’s precious to me that they feel the same way. I don’t mention it often, still I hope that you know, I include you among the precious gifts I’m grateful for.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Busy morning in town today. Reg and I returned to camp a short while ago. Nice to find your comments here… always a pleasure to read what you write, weather.

  23. Rover Ronda (WA) says:

    Hi Sue,
    Now I have that song running through my head. Lucky for me I like it. Since I’m stuck with the song I guess there’s only one thing I can do…”have just one more drink.”☕️

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ronda….

      “I dreamed a dream in time gone by
      When hope was high
      And life worth living
      I dreamed that love would never die
      I dreamed that God would be forgiving . . . .”

      That’s the one in my head… 🙂

  24. Chris(MN once but now AZ for the winter) says:

    Greetings from WINDY Quartzsite. This is my first winter here since I retired this summer from a job in Minnesota. So far I am loving it. I am staying in the Long Term Visitor Area here. Have met a bunch of friendly people. I haven’t seen a single skeeter since I have been here, only one BIG spider. It was in the 90’s when I got here a month ago but only 65 degrees today. I am loving the solar panels that I had installed in June.
    Thank you, Sue, for your inspiring story. Love your blog!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome and thank you for the enthusiastic update, Chris! You definitely aren’t in Minnesota any more… 🙂

  25. Dawn in NC says:

    Hi Sue, I am glad that you had . A good Thanksgiving. I was visiting with my family and had a really nice time. I was woken up at 4:30 am by my parents’ pug. She was barking, needing to be let out. Thinking I’d let my folks sleep, I got up to take her. I forgot one important thing…I open up the back door only to set off the burglar alarm, waking everyone up! Oh well, I tried! Hope you are keeping warm. It’s back to work for me tomorrow :O

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Cute story, Dawn. You’re intentions were good! I’m happy for you and your family, that you spent Thanksgiving together… 🙂

  26. ApplegirlNY says:

    Les Mis – one of the best musicals of all time. Glad you’re enjoying it at your leisure.
    Yup, it’s chilly now here in NY too. Bare trees, even the oaks have given up most of their leaves. I love the winter woods. Fragrance of fallen leaves, clear visibility through the trees into the fields – and no skeeters!

    We will be heading to Florida for a month again this winter mid Feb-mid March. Can’t wait…. but in the meantime, much to enjoy through the holiday season.

    I’m with Reggie – no way I could make it from 5:30 through to the next morning. That’s a really long time (and getting longer with each passing year)!

    Stay warm and cozy, Sue.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’ve chosen an excellent time to leave NY state for FL. Winter is getting “old” by then and the snow is dirty in drifts along the roads.

      You stay warm and cozy, too, Applegirl…

  27. ApplegirlNY says:

    For all of those on the fence. The Kindle Paperwhite is on sale on Amazon. Great deal. One of the best things I’ve purchased in years. Don’t forget to use Sue’s link.

  28. Virginia620 (AL) says:

    Just placed Amazon order, a doz Onix Pure 2 pickleballs and a package of black tank treatment pods. Love to play pickleball. Any other players in bloggerino land? It’s a very popular sport in AZ.

    • Geri says:

      Never heard about pickleball…. tell us more please!

      • Virginia620 (AL) says:

        It’s a court game with wiffle type ball and paddle larger than table tennis paddle. Badminton size court. Some people describe it as ping pong on steroids. 😆. Like you’re standing on the ping pong table.
        Check out videos at That’s United States of America Pickleball Association. Videos are of National tournament play. 5.0 players. 2015 & ’16 was at Palm Creek at Casa Grande, AZ. Before that in Buckeye, AZ. Great game for seniors. Youngsters up and coming. Tennis players who can no longer keep up with tennis LOVE pickleball. Lots of endorphins from laughter, and great cardiovascular activity.
        US Open Pickleball tourney held in Naples, FL April 2016. Over 800 players. Videos at YouTube of Minton US Open. Check it out. Places to Play on also.

        Thanks for asking, Geri. 😉

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Virginia,

      I went through several days of orders and I don’t see those items. Someone ordered black tank treatment but that was several days ago. It would be helpful if you could tell me what day you placed the order. From your wording I’m guessing the 27th?

      • Virginia620 (AL) says:

        Yes, the 27th. Supposed to be delivered tomorrow.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I checked orders for the 27th and for today (the 28th) and I don’t see either. Maybe they will show on tomorrow’s report. Sometimes there is a delay between the order being placed and it showing in a report.

          I assume you clicked one of the links or ads on my blog first. If a Wish List was involved, that may have interfered. Well, we shall see what tomorrow brings. I appreciate the thought, Virginia, whatever the case…

  29. Elizabeth in WA says:

    BRRRR…tis that here too…plus lots of rain…heh, I think we might think of building an ark!! No complaints however…you can guess how much quieter it is in these parts!! HEEHEE… Well, we been nursing our wounds and all…soon however, we be trucking onto other parts…looking forward to the next spot…just takes us a lot more effort than for you Sue!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I missed seeing your comment back on the 27th, Elizabeth. I’m writing this on 12/6. Just want you to know the lack of a reply wasn’t intentional.

  30. Val R. Lakefield On. says:

    Hi Sue, nice pics…Glad you are staying warm. We had brutal wind and cold last week but now things have warmed up.
    My mother’s birthday was today. She turned 95. I booked the family dining room at the long term care facility and took dinner & cake in. Turned out well although she wasn’t convinced about being 95. Home now to relax…….

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That was nice of you, Val R., to honor your mother that way. “she wasn’t convinced about being 95” — Nothing wrong with that! 🙂

    • Virginia620 (AL) says:

      Dinner with your mom sounds lovely. My mom passed 2012 at 94. Still very alert and active. Would love to hug her neck.

  31. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    I am glad that you and Reggie keep each other warm. He has the right idea about doing his business and then popping back into the warm BLT! Today, every time Gracie pup went out, she wanted to “read the paper”, you know, sniffing to see who had been in the yard or on the patio. I had to remind her to hurry up because I was cold! The strip heat light is on (I hate heat pump “heat” – always chilly), so the temps have dropped tonight. I had a pot of sauerkraut simmering on the stove all afternoon. Cooking or baking always makes my home smell wonderful and it helps to take away the chill!

    I hope you have a good evening! Hang onto that magic carpet (mat) just in case you decide to go for a ride! I love your photos of the peaceful, ever changing mesa. Thank you for sharing! It is easy to see why you are in no hurry to move. Sending you and Reggie love and hugs from me and Gracie pup! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise,

      I got a chuckle out of your phrase “read the paper.” That’s so funny! I’ll think of it whenever Reggie takes his time taking care of business.

      Yeah, heat pumps just don’t give the bone-warming heat one craves. I had one in Florida… meh. You have a wonderful cure for a chilly house — cooking and baking…

      Thanks for the love and hugs… Sending you and Gracie pup the same from Reg and me!

  32. Rhonda Southern Missouri says:

    Sue, I haven’t seen my Amazon order show up and I’m curious if you get credit for it. I ordered a book titled Crowded in the of Middle of Nowhere.

  33. Tammie Villanueva says:

    Im in Henderson and yes very chilly day with that wind.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Tammie…. It rained here a little bit yesterday and the wind has stopped… still cold!

      For those who don’t know where Henderson is, it’s right next to Las Vegas and a little over an hour from Poverty Flats (I think)… 🙂

  34. Eileen Dykeman says:

    Found the temps interesting, as I didn’t think the climate got that cold in NV. We continue to have warmth here in the sunshine state, though the humidity can still be a bear at times. Sounds like you and Reggie have the cold conquered by staying inside and snuggling.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Eileen,

      Before I came out west, I thought the same thing about the state. NV = hot. Same thing with Arizona. Not true all the time!

      Wishing you a mild and comfortable winter!

  35. MB from VA says:

    Hi Sue and Reggie! I hope you had a good Thanksgiving. We had the best in years. MB handed in her “letter of intent” to the man who owns the farm where we live this weekend. I’m not sure what that means but she says we’ll all be fine and that many adventures are coming our way. It just might be a little scary at first. 😉 I know how Reggie feels about the cold wind. We have it here too. I put on my coat and do my business fast! If MB and my sister, Wyndy are going for a long walk, I get to ride inside MB’s jacket with just my head sticking out. Being 6 lbs has it’s advantages sometimes. MB and I snuggle together on the sofa and in bed under softie blankets. She says we will still snuggle in our new life, so I’m good. Wyn likes her own softie bed and MB says it will go right in our van someday. Wyn is OK with that. I don’t know what a van is or what she means by a new adventure. But, as long as we are going to be together in whatever that is….doing whatever that may be….I’m happy! Special hello to Reggie from me and Wyn. Love, Bella

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Aww, Bella… You are a cutie! I love your writing. It shows how much you love your family and the comforts of life. I also like how agreeable you are to trying something new. People could learn from you about that! 🙂

      Reggie says hi… Thanks for writing. We’re sending hugs to you and Wyn. Tell Momma she’s doing great with her plans!

    • Dawn in NC says:

      Bella, adventures mean extra cuddles with Mom at the end of the day!

    • MB from VA says:

      Thanks Sue and Dawn! MB says that sometimes her tummy hurts and she wonders “WHAT was I thinking????!!!” but it doesn’t last too long. Funny story….the man who owns the farm has already made arrangements for someone to do mom’s job when we leave…..even though he’ll be here then. Mom said he went into a panic thinking he might actually have to take care of his own place! 🙂

  36. Geri says:

    Howdy! Did I make the top 100? hahaha! You must have posted right after I turned off the computer yesterday! I remember those howling winds from living in NM! However, we have had more than a few howling winds blow through here too since we settled in! I am happy to know you are finding the Magnificent Mesa a comfy place to land for a while!
    Update on Tater, he is laying on my lap now as I try not to disturb his nap as I also have my laptop on my lap. Ha! Tricky balancing act! He sleeps all snuggled up to Chuck every night and he now walks with a bit of a swagger! Haha! He is home! Found out he also has a flea allergy so I am busy taking care of that now. But he is one happy old man. Radar actually lets Tater nap with him in “his’ rocking chair. So cute to see them napping side by side.
    Chuck is off with a friend to go horseback riding! He was so excited! Chuck really misses his horses. So he should come back all happy this afternoon, and probably a bit sore! It has been several years since he has ridden!
    Okay, enough news from Geri and Chuck! We are glad you are happy at the Mesa. Give Reggie an extra cuddle from us!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Geri,

      Yay for Tater and Radar! I enjoyed reading the details about your crew… Fun news! I was wondering about you guys last night…

      Chuck must’ve been totally thrilled with the opportunity to get in the saddle again. Bless his heart. I know he’s missed his horses terribly. Sounds like Christmas has come early for everyone in your household! Love y’all!

  37. Sue CleanerGreenerVegas says:

    Sue, thanks for the post. We miss Las Vegas, but after 5 years there we are back near my aging parents in Kansas. It has been since Bridget’s passing since I checked in. I would give anything to have the beautiful resting place Bridget and Spikey have, out in Nature where they were most happy. Mark and I and Oreo the CookieCrunch are settling in for our first winter of real snow and cold rving.We traded up from our 1972 17 foot trailer to a 1990s fifth wheel.Ahhh…..the glorious closet space!!! Learning to live on Less has has a profound impact on me, though, and there is no turning back. So fun to be on the Edge of Hutchinson Kansas where you hear the trains every night, and for 200$ a month we can enjoy all the luxuries of water and electric. So many wide open spaces here to run this energetic pit bull….she is discovering squirrels and groundhogs!!!! I’m glad you let your life evolve and center on the things that give you pleasure, ie skipping those monthly campground listings if it just feels like too much work.Maybe in 15 years we can follow in your footsteps….for now we are both happy to have the energy to work and save, save, save….build a little business and hope for a bright future full of possibilities.!! My husband occasionally states that I must think I am the True RV Sue.!! Thanks for fueling that passion and being a constant source of inspiration, even for a simple choice to slow down and enjoy every moment.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sue,

      Love your newsy comment, full of interesting details — a new rig, enjoyment of life in Kansas, inexpensive living ($200 a month!), building a business . . . Wonderful, positive outlook.

      Ha! “the True RVSue!”…. Who the heck knows what THAT is? Hahaha! Go for it! Hi, Mark! 🙂

      Seriously, thanks for the kind words, especially the last line. Wow.

      Also, thank you for the tender mention of the resting places of my original crew. That was sweet of you.

  38. Joyce sutton says:

    I’m seeing things about the cold in AZ n the news like a storm? What is the temp around Why I’m rethinking a winter in AZ versus my stick and brick in MO. I might be more comfortable here than there. Easier to pay for electric here than look for that much propane there. I was expecting more like 60 + degrees high and 40 something lows as being the norm. Correct and align my thinking please. 5

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Joyce…

      “60+ degrees high and 40 something lows as being the norm”….. What you say is still true. You may have lows dip into the high 30s. In Why you’ll have some days in the 70s, mostly in the 60s. Those days will be sunny with dry air (pleasant!). In Missouri you’ll have snow and well, you know Missouri better than I do.

  39. AlanOutandAbout - Silver City NM. says:

    It snowed here in SC last night. 2 inches. possibly more tonight. It is 38F right now.
    Actually looking forward to going to El Paso on the 17th, it is 55F there now.

    Went up to Alpine last Friday. Just wanted to see what they have done to the campground, not much, they are real slow at making changes there.
    But also wanted to see Cleo. I did notice that there is an new RV Park being built on the east end of town on the meadow, Looks to be about 40 sites.
    As I was leaving I said hi to Bridgette.

    Also I have purchased something called a RV Super Bag. It is a sleeping bag on steroids with sheets. They aren’t sold directly by Amazon, but if you search Amazon on rvsuperbag it will take you to a list of sponsered links. The second link is for They are nice but expensive and the sizing is a little weird. A king size superbag fits a queen size mattress with a little overhang. And they are expensive my basic King size costs about $300.00.
    I don’t think Sue gets any commission on these but they are nice.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Alan,

      Snow! You’re bound to have more in Silver City before you leave for El Paso. But you know that, I’m sure.

      How poignant that you drove over to Alpine to see Cleo. Thank you for mentioning Bridget. Have you ever driven into the campground? It’s very nice, although there are no hook-ups. Probably will be added someday as that seems to be the way of the future. I think it’s one of the best designed campgrounds I’ve ever seen.

      If I understand you correctly, the new RV park is being built between the town and the lake/campground. Sounds like you’ll be going back to Alpine to stay for a month when the season is right.

      • AlanOutandAbout - Silver City NM. says:

        Oh yes. I have been to the campground. It is one of the best ones I have seen, very spacious. I wish I knew where her grave is so I could go there, but just knowing she was there was enough.

        The new park is on the east end of town, It is actually next to an old small rv park. It sits on the edge of town and the meadow.

        I will be going back but not sure when or how long. I need to get to Grand Junction again to see my cousin. I am thinking of going to Alpine next May, then to Bluff For June and then on to GJ. All easy drives.

  40. Mick'nTN says:

    The wind has reached Tennessee … and strong! 🌬

  41. Jan NH says:

    Have to tell you…I can’t get that song out of my head since reading the title of your post yesterday :). Hope you are staying warm.

  42. Barbara from Camano Island says:

    I love the pictures of the desert. They give me such a sense of peace.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks for letting me know you appreciate the photos, Barbara. The desert means “peace” to me, too.

  43. NovascotiaSue says:

    Hi Sue
    I too loved the quality of your Poverty Flats pictures. You do the area justice. I am currently happy to be in the Florida Keys, bearing in mind how cold the weather is out west, but guaranteed, once it warms up in your side of the world, I will once again be very jealous of where you are and where you are heading. Can’t wait to go ‘out West’ again.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sue,

      No matter where we roam, there will be times when the weather is less than room-temperature “perfect.” That’s part of what makes travel interesting, right?

  44. Deadeye, in The Texas Hill Country says:

    The “Morning Mesa” photo is stunning.


  45. rvsueandcrew says:


    As I type this, fires are raging in parts of TN (especially Gatlinburg area), also GA, SC, and AL.

    I emailed two blogorinos — Mick n’ TN and DeAnne (TN) for word of their situation. Suzette (TN) is presently in Houston, I believe. Vicki (TN) wrote she was thinking of going to Gatlinburg for Thanksgiving. Donna (Fairview, TN) is also on my mind (If she’s near Fairview she should be okay), Lynne, and Deb, too, as well as all members of the blogorino family who may be affected by the fires.

    If you are in the fire area, please let us know how you are. Praying for you and the fire responders…. Praying for less wind and more rain!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Heard from Mick. He’s okay!

      • weather says:

        Thank God Mick’s okay!, thanks, Sue, for reaching out to him and the other blogorinos and for letting us know. Since you posted your comment I looked at several web sites to get more news and see scenes depicting the fires. On : The Daily 3 resorts destroyed by the Gatlinburg fires, a photo of deer standing in creek water to avoid the flames in surrounding woods reminded me to pray for the wildlife , too. I was grateful to have found only one article reporting a single human injury . May all life in the affected area be preserved , their fears and the fires soon disappear.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Thanks for giving us an update on the fire situation, weather.

          • weather says:

            More recent news reports are sadly different . Some authorities are saying that they believe the worst is over, hoping and praying they’re right.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hi, Sue,

      Thank you for the update. Glad that Mick is ok! Keeping those affected by the fires in my prayers.

  46. Jean in Southaven, MS says:

    I have a brother that can see the fires from his porch, but right now they are way in the distance. there is farmland between him and the southern most fires. It has rained there last night and early this morning I think, with more tomorrow. That should help. I have ordered a Offworld percussion invader V3 practice pad and Vic Firth Ralph Hardimon chop out practice sticks, Pokémon Moon and Pokémon Sun thru thru Amazon link. I sure hope you got credit for them. They have all been in the last 3 weeks or so. It is warmer here than where you are, how weird is that? Still out here enjoying your travels. Thanks for sharing.

  47. Diann in MT says:

    Dear Blogorinos, particularly you who live near the wildfires. My heart and prayers go forward for you. The devastation and fear that accompany horrible conflagrations is incomprehensible to all who have never experienced such devastation. God bless you.
    Please take heart that after the horrid and fearsome hours, you life will resume. You will mourn your land, your familiar life. You will come together as a community, an exclusive community, who have the strength to unite and come through. My heart and prayers are with you. YOU. WILL. GET. THROUGH.
    Diann (been there, and got through it, too.)

  48. Pookie and Chuck in Todd Mission, Tx says:

    Sue, looks like your moving closer to vegas to get you another pal for Reggie…..
    good luck and I hope it goes the way you want it to……..
    thanks for the new post

  49. Mick'nTN says:

    Heavy rain has come to East Tennessee and is still falling. 11:14 CDT 30 Nov. 2016

  50. Jeana Riley says:

    Hi, Sue:

    I tried to reply to an older post (About Rv Sue, etc. but could not find a place to do so). My response would not be appropriate to this post. Is there an email or other means of contact?

    I have so many questions….I read your description to a friend without telling her anything…..she thought it was about me! You captured it pretty well.

    Best regards,
    Jeana (57 yr old trying to get out of dodge!)

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