Biscuit or scone?

For those of you who are new to “RVSue and her canine crew:”

I love traveling around the western U.S. with my crew, finding peaceful and free boondocks in beautiful, natural surroundings.  That’s been our life for more than six years.

Reggie, Roger and I are off the road temporarily as we prepare a house in Arizona to share with my sister, Nancy (and her dog, Marg), once she retires.  They will move out here from Florida in mid-August.

The crew and I will resume our travels at a later date.  Meanwhile we’re camped in our unfurnished house while the Best Little Trailer takes a well-deserved break in the backyard.

The monsoons are coming!  The monsoons are coming!

I hope so anyway.  The official opening date is June 15th, which is tomorrow. The forecast for today and tomorrow includes the possibility of thunderstorms!

Wishful thinking or spot-on forecasting?

We shall see.

About the house . . .

When it comes to decorating the interior of a house, I am a complete neanderthal. I’m all for having a can-do attitude, yet there are situations where one should accept that a talent is beyond one’s capability.

I know good taste in a room when I see it.  Creating a room with good taste, however, is beyond me.  I could try my very best to decorate this house and still would end up sucking all the charm right out of every room.

Fortunately, Nancy is an excellent decorator.  She can turn a boring room into one with personality, a depressing cell into a delightful, comfortable retreat.

Plus the woman knows how to shop!

When we were considering this house, which needs a loving touch — well, actually a LOT of loving touches — I announced up front that I would make NO decorating decisions.  I know my limitations and I also know that in this department, Nancy possesses unlimited talent and skill.

I bring this up because . . .

Readers asked who makes the decisions for paint color.  This is how it goes:

I email Nancy asking her to choose a paint color for the walls, ceiling, and trim for the den.

Not a big deal, right? 

I expect she’ll stand in a paint department with one of those color chip things in hand, run her finger down the card, and stop, saying “This is the one, right here.”

Then she hops on the internet, emails me the brand and the name and number of the paint color she selected, and I shoot down to the store and get it.

That’s what I imagined.

Well, I get no response about paint colors.

Days go by.  I figure Nancy is consumed by the demands of her job so I don’t nag her about the paint.  That is, until I can’t wait any longer and send her what I hope is a gentle reminder.

Nancy’s reply is illuminating.

She tells me she’s looked at numerous photos online through Pinterest and has been fretting over the decision since I first emailed her days ago.

Attached to her email is this photo:

So, do we go with “biscuit crumbs” and “tahitian vanilla” . . . or would “vanilla scone” and “white roses” be better?

And here I was thinking it would be a choice between off-white or antique white.   

Fast forward —

The room is done in vanilla scone and white roses.

It’s lovely, of course.  

Nancy picked these colors, she explains, because they work nicely with her fake fireplace painted “creme caramel” and her teal loveseat, both destined for the den.

(Nancy in Florida knows exactly where the fireplace and loveseat will be positioned in the den in our Arizona house. She hasn’t ever been in the den in our Arizona home.  All she needed were the room’s dimensions and location of door and window.  I know. Mind-boggling.)

When the den is furnished to “Nancy perfection,” I’ll post a photo or two for you homies.

Isn’t it wonderful  that . . .

We’re all good at some things and horrible at other things?  All we have to do is figure out what we’re good at and get out of the way of the people who are good at the other things.

I may be a total mess when it comes to decorating, but hey, I’m GREAT at backing up a travel trailer.

Not only that, I’m competition-level at speed-dumping waste tanks!

rvsue

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79 Responses to Biscuit or scone?

  1. Elizabeth in WA says:

    You are so right…we are all so different in our abilities…and one of the ways to be peaceful in life I feel is to accept your limitations and happily accept the talents of others, hoping some in life will also be happy to accept yours!! The colors sound lovely indeed…I hope you and your sister will be very happy together, Sue!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Elizabeth, and YAY FOR YOU! YOU’RE FIRST TODAY!

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        Hahaha…and I never try to be first…isn’t that a hoot!! When it showed, I just figured you had a long line of those waiting and it made a mistake!!

  2. My, my, nice paint for a den,, hmmmm, the post have been nice too, ,,,, have a great and pleasant weekend, Sue and Crew,,,,,,,,,,,,.. 🐾👣👣

  3. weather says:

    Sue the photo Nancy sent you doesn’t show on my laptop or on my smartphone, there’s just a big white space with image1.jpeg typed in that spot.

  4. Dawn in NC says:

    You are so right about everyone having different talents. My sister, too, can nicely decorate a house. However, when it comes to mowing the grass or tightly packing a car for a long trip, she is clueless. It’s nice how all of our different strenghts complement each other weaknesses.

  5. I’m more of the bold color person…I painted my front door fire engine red (the only red door in our neighborhood). Sunflowers painted on my double gate to back yard, a chocolate color accent wall in the front room to show off desert paintings my brother in law painted (Michael Chiago, artist). I have lots of bright colors in my bungalow house i.e. burnt orange with white pattern print as my bedroom curtain (love it too), red, white and blue pin strips curtains in my computer/office with muted flat gray/blue paint walls. I know it probably sounds horrible but I get lots of oohs and aahs when people visit (don’t know if its from shock or delight hahaha).

    • Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

      Love these colors too! I could Just imagine them as I read your words!

      • My bedroom walls are painted egg shell white & the ceiling painted a pale blue….why you ask? Well, while in New Orleans I found out folks painted their ceilings blue to fool the spirits into thinking it was daylight and to keep them away. I also have an ornate 5″ mirror above the front door dormer….again while in San Francisco we did a ghost walking tour in China Town. Chinese put mirrors over doors and windows to keep evil spirits out and the red door a sign of good luck, happiness, good fortune, and success. I’m silly that way but I think it’s fun.

  6. I’m with you! I can’t pick out colors or decorate to save my soul. All of my sisters and mother are fabulous at it. So I leave it to them.

  7. Jean in southaven, ms says:

    So glad for all you are good at something. Seems I am mediocre at best and down right awfully at most everything. But I am real good at appreciating other people’s talents, so I guess that is something. I think I would like the new colors. They sound deliscous . So glad to see your post.

    • Cynthia in San Clemente says:

      Jean, I would say you are very good at humility. And I’m sure some other things too!

      • Jean in Southaven, MS says:

        Thanks Cynthia. I sure can’t cook or decorate. But I can pay people to decorate and I can go out to eat, so I am good.

  8. Susan in Dallas says:

    I recently decided to have all three bedrooms and my living/dining room painted. I have always had white walls ever since I left home, so I decided it was time for some color. I wanted beige. Eight sample colors on the wall later I finally decided on the one I liked. What made it so difficult for me to choose was that paint in any room looks different on all the walls and at different times during the day/night. If I would really look at the room, it appeared to have various shades of beige. I’m glad you don’t have any furniture because that sure makes the process a lot easier. I would pack up a room, move the stuff to another room and then move it back after the painters were through. Ugh, don’t ever want to do that again. On the other hand, it did help me finally clean out a bunch of junk I needed to get rid of.

  9. Cinandjules 🔥🌵 says:

    Too funny! But real…..
    Decisions decisions!
    I was trying to figure out the photo with the blue mat! Why does it look like your yard has an opening drop off “abyss”? Then I realized it was the tree branch in the foreground!
    Was it Reg man who didn’t like thunder? Sounds like you’re excited for monsoon season to arrive! That’s a newbie zonie characteristic! Hah

    The crew’s coats look great! Reg is so white and Rog’s appears to be turning lighter!
    Woke up this morning and it was already 97 degrees think todays high is 109. Jules is wearing sweats and a fleece jacket back in you know where! Crazy high winds…hopefully Weather’s abode was unscathed.

    Enjoy your day!

    • Cynthia in San Clemente says:

      Cinandjules – I did the same thing with that photo! I looked and looked and looked. I thought maybe it was a stream that ran by Sue’s back yard. The ripples in the wood looked like ripples in water to me. When I finally figured it out I felt so stupid!!

    • weather says:

      That storm changed it’s path a few miles west of here, split off in two directions, the one that continued eastward was weaker with just highspeed winds, the more powerful one that turned southward and hit Pennsylvania flipped cars and trucks down there. We were unscathed here, the electric power flickered but stayed on, thanks for the good thoughts 🙂

  10. Cat Lady outside Tijeras, NM says:

    Sorry, Sue, but her picture is not showing up. Is it me or does this need fixin’? Hugs to the boys.

    BTW, God gave me no decorating genes, either.

    • Cat Lady outside Tijeras, NM says:

      Wait! I hit the Refresh button and there it was. Thanks anyway, Sue.

    • weather says:

      If you are still looking at the same screen as when Sue posted this, try refreshing the page, I couldn’t see it before, either, but Sue has fixed it and Nancy’s photo is visible now.

  11. Linda in NE says:

    Choosing paint colors can be tough. I agonized for months over the color for my kitchen. I knew I wanted the trim & cabinets white, but what color for the walls? I have a collection of antique blue stoneware bowls that sit on top of my cabinets & I wanted something that let them show up well. I was thinking some shade of blue, but nothing seemed right. Finally, one day I was in the hardware store looking at paint chips, pulled one out of the rack, pointed my finger at one and said, fairly loudly, “That’s it! That’s the one!” The clerk was nearby dusting shelves and he jumped a bit…guess I startled him. Anyway, I wound up with “Nutmeg Frost”. Kind of the color of brand new clay flower pots and just like that, after all that agonizing, the decision was made in a split second.

    • Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

      So….were you happy with the color once it was applied to the walls?

  12. Picking out paint colors is way harder than it looks. And the paint rarely looks like the chip when you’re done. I just had the whole house painted and agonized for weeks about the colors. It’s even harder when you’re worrying about pleasing another person too. I don’t think you could have gone wrong with either choice, but am glad it’s done and you’re both happy!

    • MaryanneDavis-Baldwin says:

      Yep- my house will be more raspberry red than red red for quite a while. Even the painter called me about the difference between what I wanted & what I got!!

  13. Pat McClain says:

    I once picked what looked on the chip like a pale, sunny yellow for my foyer. It turned out to be a ‘blind you’ bright yellow when on the walls. Sigh.

    • Dawn in NC says:

      I feel you Pat. I once wanted a bright yellow wall in a small bathroom, with blue trim. Well, you guessed it, the yellow was “blind you” yellow. Although, I did like it. The bathroom always reminded me of fiesta ware!

  14. Vicki & Kitty campin' says:

    Hi Sue,
    I’m right there with you regarding (my) absolute No talent for decorating. I think my training in my sticks & bricks all my life has helped me not jump in & try Any of that for my RV. Less pressure or headache trying to do Any of it. Just the basics for me & I’m happy.
    Wishing you & the crew happiness in your new house (temporarily) & time of relaxation. No need to keep up with the “decorating type” (wink).

  15. rvsueandcrew says:

    Hi, everybody,

    Returned from town a few minutes ago. It’s always fun to come home to your comments and to the boys, of course. They’re very good about staying home while I go to town. They can’t get into much trouble in an empty house! 🙂

    BTW, if you had a campground you wanted to share under the previous post and didn’t get to it, you’re welcome to add it under this post. Also any questions for fellow blogorinos . ..

    Boy, it’s hot! I’m still toodling around with no air conditioning in the Perfect Tow Vehicle, keeping the windows open, staying hydrated and being happy!

    • Dawn in NC says:

      I sympathize Sue. I don’t have A/C in my car either! I find wearing sandals, just keeping my feet cool and drinking cold drinks helps a whole lot.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        That’s right. I’m not suffering. I suspect having cold air blown into my lungs intermittently with hot air when I’m out of the PTV doing errands is a contributor toward respiratory ailments, something I used to experience.

  16. Dee Dee in Florida says:

    Just want to tell you “Thank-you”, for sharing your experiences with us. I have been a faithful RVSue reader since Day 1 of your multi-year journey. I enjoy your narratives whether you are travelling or stationary. You are a fine capturer and describer of life events no matter whether the incidents are mundane or monumental.
    My husband and I retired 1-1/2 years ago with the intention of doing some extended camping & exploring with our 13′ Scamp. Alas, life got in the way resulting in a prolonged delay to that plan. Both my parents passed away and as executrix, I’ve been busy with those priorities of settling the estates. At this point I’m preparing the house for sale. Making decisions to donate, discard or keep 66 years of stuff. Agonizing over paint colors today. Your post struck a chord. I think now I’ve extended my lunch and procrastinated long enough. Back to sorting.
    Keep up the good work, your blogorino community appreciates your efforts and product.
    D2

  17. Reine in Plano (when not camping) says:

    I was reading how Joanna Gaines picks colors and the article said they use a piece of left over sheet rock and test sized paint samples so they can paint test colors on a larger surface and move them around in the room. When my daughter and I were trying to figure out how to do a faux finish we bought some “sample boards” at the local big box store. I think they were about 18×12 and let us experiment a bit before committing to a big wall. I’d rather spend $8 or $10 on materials to test the colors than end up with something on the wall that’s just not right.

  18. Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

    Sue, you will do just fine! Hahaha! Nancy might want to rethink some colors after she arrives, but that will give her a project to get busy with! Paint always seems different once it has dried a few days!
    The only place I enjoyed decorating was our place in T orC! Chuck wants to paint the walls in the MotherShip but I just can’t imagine it painted! 😰
    The boys look happy and content, I also get the same vibe from you! I can’t wait for some interior photos!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Knowing Nancy, I’m confident she will be pleased with the paint when she sees it in person. She has a gift!

  19. Gingerita says:

    At first I thought this was a post about food:) The colors look lovely, very soothing. It can take me a year to pick out a room color. Too many choices!

  20. FloridaScott says:

    Hi Sue,
    Very nice colors, light bright refreshing yet warm. Similar to our old house.
    Big News Sue! We finally did it! After years of planning & months of preparation we are officially RVSUE inspired full timers. Left south Florida this morning after a week at a local county campground. Sort of a shakedown. Drove four hours North to Alafia River State Park, very nice. Water & 30 amp hookup. Too hot without a/c. Here for 5 days then on to the panhandle. Heading west to New Mexico after that. Do you have any NM state park recommendations for July August? Thank you for everything, and Congratulations on your home..
    FloridaScott

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Congratulations, Scott! You’re on your way! Very happy news indeed. 🙂

      As you know, I picked up the BLT in Texas in August and it was HOT. I headed for northern NM mountains.

      “Angel Fire and Eagle Nest Lake State Park!

      I’m not saying Eagle Nest is your best choice. There are no hook-ups.

      I remember driving east on my way out of Eagle Nest on Route 64 and there were shady campgrounds along that route with a stream….That’s Cimmaron Canyon at the north end of the Cimmaron Mtn Range. You could look them up: Tolby, Blackjack, Maverick, and Ponderosa Campgrounds to see if they suit you. They looked like primitive sites. Elevation is about 7,800-8,000 ft.

      Others may have better ideas for you….
      Blogorinos?

      BTW, My parents used to live not far from the Alafia. I like that you’re staying 5 days and not doing the newbie rush-rush. 🙂

      • Nivrapa in AZ says:

        Florida Scott, Sue, and blogorinos traveling toward NM–

        A heads up to all those planning on using any state or national forest recreational facilities in New Mexico. There are wildfires burning throughout the state and closures and restrictions are in place.

        On Tuesday the San Juan Forest in Colorado literally closed down for the first time in its 113 year history due to the wildfires. Some of the forests in NM are following suit. I don’t think the NM state parks are open north of Albuquerque. Road closures, gated campgrounds, FAS points closed, recreational areas prohibiting entry. Gila, Lincoln, Cibola, and Santa Fe NF all have active wildfires as of today 6/14/18. Fire dangers are beyond extreme if the forest is not burning already.

        I was planning to head up through NM and into Colorado after a wedding event I’m in on Saturday but that has all changed now. I was on some hiking forums today and learned that the Apache-Sitgreaves NF on the NM-AZ border is closing as of noon tomorrow. It was too late to call the Springerville or Alpine ranger station to verify this but I have no doubts that it could be true. For info on restrictions and closures in NM you can call 1-877-864-6985 toll free.

        Tropical storm Bud from the Gulf of CA is tracking to deliver substantial rains to AZ, NM, and CO beginning tomorrow. Let’s pray he delivers more than just clouds and winds. We need the wet stuff desperately!—Audrey

        Addendum: Just read Cimmaron Canyon in NM is officially closed.

      • Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

        Chuck & I really liked City of Rocks State Park near Deming NM. They have both very roomy boondocking sites and a nice campground with full hook ups! Nice to have a choice!

    • Desert Ginger says:

      When you get to New Mexico, don’t forget to go to Sparky’s in .hatch, NM. Green Chile hamburgers and green Chile lemonade are to die for!

  21. Renee G says:

    So, is Roger “white roses” and Reggie is “vanilla scone”?! I sure love that photo of them side by side. Cute.

    Question, do you wax your Casita? It looks great. I’m assuming it is fiberglass.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I have waxed the BLT in the past. I’ve neglected doing that for too long. Yes, it’s fiberglass.

      • Renee still in Idaho says:

        As I was typing my question to you I was thinking that it was gel coat, but probably not, which is why I asked if it was fiberglass. In the sun, our gel coat oxidizes and we have to wax that off.

        Thanks.

  22. Paula Lucas says:

    Thanks for the chuckle RVSue. By the way I am horrible at backing I’m always afraid I’m going to back over a cliff or something I have a little wiggle worm Teardrop trailer. Sigh, one of these days. Thanks for the wonderful blog. Paula

  23. Columbus Calvin says:

    I’m glad you have help choosing paint colors. All I know about that is that the people naming them must be hungry at the time.

    I really like the header picture today. That “mountains, but not so close that I climb them” is exactly my kind of place.

  24. Cynthia in San Clemente says:

    OMG – I can already tell I will love Nancy. She is my kind of woman! Measurements and paint color cards, oh my!! When I was re-doing our downstairs level last year, I bought five different sample pots of paint and painted 2 foot by 2 foot squares all over the place because colors look different in different light – you did know that, right Sue? My husband said if he stood still I would have painted him! And colors have warm and cool undertones which do or do not go with other colors, you knew that too, right? Of course not, because you can empty at waste tank at the speed of light! I just stand there and say, “Ewwwwwww.” I am impressed that you got the painting done without either of the boyz ending up knocking over a can of paint or getting paint all over them!

  25. I love the colors Nancy picked. Colors mean something every where I have traveled and I’ve incorporated a few of those colors into my home. My next project is to design my own hex symbol and/or six point stars like the Pennsylvania Dutch do on their barn. As a Native American, we too paint a sort of hex design but not always shown on homes but instead on canyon walls, etc. I have to make an appointment with a cultural instructor about my idea first before proceeding with my project. I do love the barn designs back east…I have to stop and take pictures when I see one. They are beautiful.

    • Barbara (Nashville) says:

      I love the painted symbols on the barns as well. It is such a nice and interesting break in the countryside.

  26. Linda Rose, Molly & Midgy Carmichael, Ca says:

    I’m glad to see that if I purchase something from my Amazon wishlist or shopping list you will still get that bit of commission as long as I go to your blog first. I wasn’t sure.

    Biscuits over scones any day, thank you. Especially with gravy. That’s where my mind went when I saw the heading. I so love seeing the boys getting to run around in their yard without a tether but I bet they miss being on the road.

  27. Now I’m hungry for a fluffy biscuit or an orange/chocolate scone!

    I’ve always been terrible at choosing colors, which is why last year I decided to repaint the kitchen cabinets pure white. I tried “antique white” but they looked grey-ish. The only time I’ve been happy with a paint color was when I inherited a gravy boat from the 50s that was a lovely shade of mint green. I took the gravy boat to the paint store and asked to have them match it and they did a great job. A few years later it became the “in” shade and I still love it.

    And I’ve never been a “decorator,” which is partly because my husband couldn’t care less and hates a fussy look, so everything has been simple with very few geegaws (aka “dust catchers”) hanging around.

    Looking forward to seeing the final results!

    Robin

  28. Adrienne in Carlsbad, CA says:

    Help!
    I can’t find my favorite post! Does anyone remember when Sue was camped on the high end of an open meadow with wild flowers everywhere? She and Bridget would wake up to deer and cattle grazing in the open meadow. I believe it was a boondock site and I can’t even remember what state it was…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Gee, Adrienne…. I’m trying to think which one you mean.

      Ashley National Forest in Utah near Flaming Gorge? Bridget and I camped there with Spike and then again after he died. Lots of wildflowers and butterflies. There were elk in the meadow and we did wake up to deer behind the BLT. I don’t remember any cows grazing there, although a bear did rock the BLT one night.

      Can you give us more clues? How long ago? This is going to drive me nuts!

      • Renee G says:

        Was this the place a couple of horse trailers showed up one day?

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I don’t remember where the two horse trailers showed up. Ha! I need to go back to the beginning of my blog and read the dang thing! Hahaha!

          BTW, I deleted my other reply to you about the link that didn’t exist. I mixed up this post with the one I’m working on that does have a link.

  29. Cheryl in The Lower Thumb of MI says:

    Sue, Reggie, & Roger, I’ve got a confession to make. During your unforgivable episode with the “stalker”, I’ve been out of town at St. Mary’s of Saginaw, MI Hosptial with a Septic Gangranus Gall Bladder that came to a head a week ago Monday © 4:30 PM. We got home from DH’s P.T. for his hip replacement and half an hour later I was begging for him to drive back to Saginaw, MI (30 minute drive), or call 911.. He had hip replacement surgery 3 mos. prior to this happening to me. Needless to say, he was not to be driving yet, hense calling 911. That wasn’t an option for him. 10 minutes later we were back in the car with him driving for the first time in 3 months.
    We arrived @ St. Mary’s 1/2 hour later,despite getting lost, thanks to Garmin. It was timely , because it gave me a chance to vomit a couple of times. Finally reached the hospital ER, they began paperwork & I kept vomiting. They pulled my wheelchair back to a exam room pronto! Upon several test: Blood work, Ultrsound, & CAT scan, it was determined it was my gall bladder & it went Septic! So, then it wasn’t a matter of if or when, it needed to come out soonest. That was under discussion when they checked my vitals & determined my B.P. had dropped too low. I was then in I.C.U. to get my vitals stabilized for the rest of the night & day. That was Monday & on Wednesday @ 8 AM I was taken in to the E.R. for surgery.
    Luckily I was transferred back to I.C.U. for 2 days, then sent to a regular floor of O.R. patients for the rest of my stay which lasted until Monday this last week! I’m tired & sore, but resting comfortably.
    So, that’s my tale of why I missed probably the most exciting & mean thing that has happened to you in all your camping & teaching experiences altogether. I know you won’t /can’t replay that blog post, but sure wish you’d considerate it, please:-).
    I’ve read your posts from day one to now twice, & will read them again, most likely. I’m not begging just asking a favor! Please?
    I understand, of course, but was dissappointed when I arrived home from hospital to find disruption in Paradise.
    Whatever you decide is fine, of course. It’s your blog to do as you find proper.

    Have enjoyed all the action from day one, through losing Spike & Bridgette to acquiring Reggie & Roger. Both crews have had/ & are having a full, comfy, & happy life with you “Somewhere in Arizona”. Maybe a new title for a new blog or a book a lot of bloggers have suggested, me among them! Maybe a picture book with real pictures of past & present crew…not illustrations? Just me running my fingers off…Sorry for the loony post. I had a lot to talk about.

    With utmost respect and love for the perfect solution for you and your sister, Nancy. :-)~~:-)

    Cheryl

    • Cheryl in The Lower Thumb of MI says:

      Instead of loony I meant *LONG*…big fat fingers got in the way!:-)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Whew! You and your husband have been through the grinder! I’m glad you’re on the other side of all that and “resting comfortably.” Best wishes to you both for healing.

      There was no stalker. It’s the way of the internet to enlarge a negative into a big explosion. “probably the most exciting & mean thing that has happened to you in all your camping & teaching experiences altogether” — No, there are hundreds, maybe thousands, of exciting and mean things that would push that incident near the bottom of the list. .

      Change the name of the blog? After 7 years of building RVSue and her canine crew? Not a chance! 🙂

      Thank you, Cheryl, for your kind note and for riding along with me and my crew since “the beginning.” Take care!

  30. Rover Ronda (WA) says:

    Oh interesting, I think that must be our water heater in the links list. My husband ordered it. Ours died yesterday. Instant hot water is so nice. It was especially nice when we were 5 people living here. Never a cold shower 🚿

  31. Rover Ronda (WA) says:

    Before I read the post I was already choosing scones over biscuits. ☺️I thought it was a food thing

  32. MB from VA says:

    Hi Sue! I’m just like you in the decorating department. I know when I see something I like but how to create something similar often alludes me….mainly because I get bogged down in all the details. Pinterest can be my best friend or worst enemy! LOL! I wish I had someone like your sister to help me.

    My mom and her sister were like you and yours. Mom…bless her…..was not a decorator. She was an awesome “home” maker though! My aunt had all the talent in the more artistic areas. Mom loved outdoor work…..me too.

    You and your sister have fun. So cool how you can work together across the miles. One of the many positive aspects of technology….kinda like this blog. 🙂

    I hope the rains come on schedule.
    Love from VA!

  33. Ladybug in Mid TN says:

    Not to mention, an expert Chihuahua-wrangler!

  34. weather says:

    It’s nice for you to be able to rely on Nancy’s talent for decorating and choices in colors for the house. If one makes a mistake while picking out something inconsequential or disposable (such as paper plates) it’s not a big deal that will last long . The way the rooms in a house look and are furnished is something seen and lived with every day for much longer. You are wise to let her make those decisions. I imagine when everything is in place that Nancy has chosen you will both be proud of what you have accomplished, and enjoy being there more because of how lovely it’s become.

    While I always have been able to select whatever would make my home comfortable and pleasing to the eye, it took a talented friend to show me how to stop making horrible choices for my wardrobe. I asked her to go with me to a store, put together a head to toe outfit and explain precisely why she decided I should buy each item. In one afternoon she taught me things that have helped me feel more confidant for decades now.

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Great to have some pals that can help us with figuring out what to wear eh?? Interesting…she must have been a very good teacher to help you for an afternoon only!! Years ago I went with a group of ladies and we were color analyzed. Wow, that was a help!! Turns out I can wear a lot of colors from 2 seasons…but one season’s colors would make me really look alive…while the other season would be ok…but nothing eye catching. It was a fun time!!

  35. Marie says:

    Oh Sue, I do love those doggies, you are very talented at being a pet owner!

  36. Suzette (TN) says:

    Oh, Sue! I think backing a trailer accurately and without embarrassing oneself is a mad skill! Be proud!

    Looking forward to seeing Nancy’s mad skills!

  37. AZ Jim says:

    I had a hospital stay…

    I went to the Dr. Fri 6/22 and he examined me and due to the trouble I was having breathing he said “I’m worried about you Jim, you need to be in the hospital. He said you won’t need to do anything to go, I’ll take care of all the detail.” I said I would not go but I would sleep on it. I went home.

    That night I woke around 3AM and needed to go to the bathroom. I sat on the edge of the bed and before I could even think I slid off the edge of the bed to my knees, that momentum hurled my head onto the hardwood floor (built on concrete). I didn’t pass out but even in the little nightlite I could see a large blood pool beginning to take shape helped by the fact I was on blood thinners. My wife came into the room but was so shocked she didn’t know what next.

    I called 911. Paramedics arrived within minutes and stopped bleeding and called in their ambulance. Off to the hospital, many tests. The breathing problem solution needed was a surgery to pull massive blood on the outside of the lungs pushing enough that the lungs could not expand. They inserted a special needle into my back and removed over a quart of fluid (built up over years the believe). You could not believe the difference. I went from 5 liters of oxygen which was only relieving my breathing a little down to 2 liters which yielded 98% oxygen. I could breath so easy I couldn’t believe it. I spent a couple more days in the hospital and came home thanks to a wonderful neighbor (Wife no longer drives).

    Now I am using oxygen halftime days as needed but none at night. Feeling much better than I have in years. I have called my doctor and asked if he asked for divine help in getting me into the hospital? I thanked him!! I thank you guys as well, bless you gang!!

    • Dawn in NC says:

      Wow Az Jim! That is WONDERFUL news. I am so glad that taking the fluid off has you feeling so much better. I am sorry about the circumstances that got you to the hospital. Thanks for letting us know! 😉

    • weather says:

      It’s wonderful that you are breathing more easily and feeling so well, Jim! Even with having great medical care through all of that it must have been scary for you and Detta. Thank you for sharing your news with us. Saying prayers for(and sending hugs to) you both, luv ya, my friend, weather

      • AZ Jim says:

        Thank you old friend!

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        So glad to hear you are felling better, Jim. That would have been scary for you and Detta, though. It is good to have such caring neighbors. I have several of them.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      This is the greatest news, Jim! Something that could’ve turned out very badly did the opposite. Thank God! What a roller coaster ride for you and Detta!

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    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      So glad you are still here Jim!! How scary!! And how fortunate that they were able to help you that much!! You must feel like a new person!! Keep on getting better…we pray so!!

  38. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    I can sure relate to the decorator challenge. I do pretty good with colors for most rooms, but my kitchen is just beyond me. I have Oak cabinets that are getting darker and uglier with age. I absolutely can not find a color to go with them. Nothing seems to make them look better.
    I am in the process of cleaning them really good and hoping my talented sister will come up and help me with them. She is very good at painting and decorating to make things look good. I think I want gray cabinets. That way, any color should look good.
    She and her husband (deceased) bought an older home at one time & the kitchen was horrendous. She painted the walls a deep red, white cabinets, black counter tops and a black & white checkerboard floor. It sounds wild, but was beautiful.

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