Camp visitors and the gift of satellite radio!

Wednesday, December 11

I got the satellite radio!  The crew and I go into Yuma on Interstate-8 and take the 4th Street exit.  We shoot over to the post office and pick up the package from Laura, the dear reader who mailed me an XM satellite radio set-up.  In the package I find the WiFi radio, dock, speakers, power cord, and antenna for both the BLT and the PTV!

Merry Christmas to me!

From the post office the crew and I make a stop at a nearby Goodwill where I purchase two paperbacks ($1.50 each).  Not far away I discover the Humane Society Thrift Store and several more paperbacks ($.50 each).

1-DSC01785Comparison shopping the prices between thrift stores . . .

What a penny-pincher!

Bridget and Spike get their walk-around and then we’re off to Starlight Solar on the far side (east) of town.  I explain the difficulties I’ve had with the connector for the cable leading from the PTV’s batteries to the BLT’s battery.

To make a long story short, I obtain an appointment for this Friday.

I’m going to have them move the plug-in to a location above the bumper and discuss with them ways to prevent damage to the connector from ever occurring again in my entire lifetime.  I’m sick of dealing with it!

On the way back to Ogilby Road west of Yuma, I stop at Pilot Knob.

Pilot Knob is a Long Term Visitors Area.  Right at the exit there is a gas station where you can dump and get water.  I pull up to the vending machine and drop some quarters in the slot to fill up one-gallon jugs (4 gal. for $1.00).

1-DSC01784-001Back at camp, the crew and I have an early supper, since we skipped lunch.  Well, I skipped lunch.  Bridget and Spike don’t get lunch.  Anyway . . .


I dive into the package and pull out the components for the satellite radio. 

I’m reading the brochure and identifying each piece and cable, when I hear a voice.  I run outside.  It’s Pen!

Penny is a reader of this blog.  She tells me she was on her way to Yuma and read in my blog about the Sidewinder Road free camping off Ogilby Road.  It was after dark — 8 p.m. or so — when she exited the interstate and found a place to park not far from our camp.

I’ve never attempted a new camp after dark!

“I try to get in my camps by 11 a.m.  That way if I have any trouble, I have hours of daylight to deal with it,” I tell Pen with a laugh.

1-DSC01782Pen is camping in a Class B van.  She would like to find a used rig that gives her more interior room and at the same time will haul her motorboat.  I tell here there are plenty of places in Yuma to look.   We stand by Pen’s rig until almost dark, talking non-stop!

Back in the BLT, I decide to wait until tomorrow to begin putting the radio components together.

I pull out one of the paperbacks and settle in bed with the crew for a long read.

Thursday, December 12

First thing after coffee, I go online and sign up for a year of satellite radio with XM Sirius.  I choose the Select Plan which costs me about $159 a year.  It takes me a while to activate my account.

I mean, what do I put for my service area?

1-DSC01781Um . . .  I’m 12 feet from an ocotillo bush and a few miles southwest of the Cargo Muchacho Mountains  in the desert north of interstate 8.  I don’t even know what town I’m in!  I put down Felicity, California, and hope for the best.

Almost everything works fine . . .

The antenna gives me the maximum signal of three bars and I can scroll through a gazillion channels.  However, the speakers only put out static.  I try several radio frequencies with no improvement.  Laura, in an email, says she checked the speakers before putting them in the mail and they work fine.  I’ll contact XM radio online to see about the frequency issue.

While taking a break from fiddling with the radio, I have more visitors!

Bob aka Fortuna Bob comes by with his friendly Golden Retriever, Geordie.  Isn’t he beautiful?

1-DSC01796I’m talking about Geordie.  No offense, Bob!

Bob and I sit outside the BLT by the ocotillo and hummingbirds.  Spike and Geordie seem to hit it off well.  Bridget is, quite frankly, rude.  The girl does not like big dogs.  Bob and I talk for quite some time.

Then more visitors arrive!

It’s Tom and Caroline whom I met here last winter.  They’re from northern Idaho and are friends with Les, the cowboy lyricist.  They don’t stay long as they aren’t camping here right now, but may move this way soon.

I haven’t resolved the radio situation yet.  Thank you, Laura, for the gift and for all the emails with helpful hints.  I’ll get it to work!

Now my focus is back on the repair of the connector at Starlight Solar and other errands to complete tomorrow on our return trip to Yuma.


Goodby, Bob and Geordie! Safe travels!



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80 Responses to Camp visitors and the gift of satellite radio!

  1. Cherylyn (eastern Oregon) says:

    I love the pictures of the desert. I long to be there. My family used to go down to your area at Christmas to meet with my Grandparents who camped out on the desert long before it was popular to do so.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Christmas in the desert . . . like the first Christmas!

      • Gayle says:

        Spent ’74 in Saudi Arabia, approx. 800 miles from Bethlehem. It was a very special experience, Christmas Eve feeling different in a way we could never duplicate here (even though we celebrated behind closed curtains due to religious differences). The stars in the desert Christmas sky are special and belong to everyone!

  2. Fortuna Robert says:

    Guess who? Your neighbor.
    Just want to say I enjoyed our visit. Here is a link to that poem I mentioned.

    Good luck with your solar plug and the Sat. radio set up inside the BLT.
    Damn good photo of that dog!
    Safe travels and see you down the road,
    Fortuna Robert and Geordie the big red dog!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I enjoyed our visit, too, Bob.

      That poem is a gem! So many times I’ve been asked “Aren’t you afraid out there all by yourself.” This poem explains why I feel safe boondocking alone on a mountainside or in the desert or some other “empty” place. Thanks for taking the time to post a link here.

      Geordie is very photogenic! And he stays in the frame, unlike two canines I know.

      I’ll miss seeing that white dot (your Casita) out my window. Have a great trip. I expect our paths to cross again!

  3. EmilyO of NM says:

    Well, my goodness – your area seems to be getting busy. Must be the weather. We’ve had rain all day and it’s heading north to give those “northern” folks some more snow. Had my pacemaker read today and I am doing GOOD. Have my “plumbing” checkup in late February – don’t really like those what with stress tests, etc. Take care and hope the new solution to your connector works out. I have lost mine once and remember the frustrations.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Emily,

      New Mexico suits you… Glad you got a good check-up. It must be quite a relief to get those results. That rain you’re getting is a blessing on your dry state.

  4. Laura says:

    So, Sue, am I understanding that the speakers that aren’t working are the little portable ones? Hmmm … If it’s the setup for your PTV, then it could be the radio. Wish I knew which speakers you’re talking about. If it’s the portable ones, try changing the batteries. Maybe they’re not strong enough.

    Honestly, they worked before I sent them … 🙁


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Laura,

      “then it could be the radio.” Do you mean the PTV’s radio?

      I’m talking about the portable, white speakers. What other ones are there?

      I’m guessing it’s a frequency problem. Maybe that address I gave XMradio? I may stop at Best Buy tomorrow and pick up a little radio to use for the speakers. That will help me isolate the problem.

      Don’t feel bad. I’ll figure it out!

      • Laura says:

        I’m sure you will. Now that I understand that you’re using the little white speakers, the last (I promise!) thought is how you’re hooking everything up. If you use the Myfi all by itself — no “dock” and plugging the antenna into the bottom of the Myfi –then try the speakers. The user’s manual says that the “dock” only works with external speakers if you’re connected to AC.

        I promise I’m done meddling. 😉

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          You’re not meddling… I hang on every word! I’ll try the MiFi by itself tomorrow. Thanks for the reply.

  5. Krystina McMorrow says:

    What a great place you are in!!!!! Soon I will be joining you all on the road because….wait for it… I SOLD MY HOUSE! I am still in shock. What a great day this is. Now all I have to do is buy my RV and clean out the rest of the stuff in my 3200 sq ft house and 3 car garage…in 38 days. I was up at 3:30 this morning pricing the rest of my stuff for a really big Estate sale or two. I cannot wait….time for life to begin 🙂

    • Chuck Hajek says:

      Congratulations on your house sale,Krystina. Now comes the fun part. The fitting of what you MUST keep,what you HAVE to keep and what you WANT to keep into the RV you choose. May my wife Geri and I wish you the VERY BEST of luck……it is something will need a lot of!!!!!! We just did it with a much smaller home…….and we’re still married.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      HALLELUJAH! SOLD! That’s wonderful, Krystina. I know you’ve been anxious to get on the road for a long time. I am very, very happy for you. And you came here to make the announcement! Makes a blogger proud. 🙂

      • Krystina McMorrow says:

        🙂 🙂 🙂 You should be very proud of your blog…it is wonderful and it has kept me alive for the last 17 months. You have the BEST readers ever as well. I feel like I already know everyone.

    • Rob says:

      38 days! Downsizing was the toughest part of the process, at the end we rented a storage locker to deal with the stuff we couldn’t take (no place to put it) and couldn’t toss (yet) either.

  6. Jane Onken says:

    You are gonna be rockin’ and a rollin’! Dancin’ in the streets! How nice of Laura. Sorry about misinterpreting your message, Sue. Sometimes my brain zigs when it’s suppose to zag.
    Wow, how exciting for Krystina! She is on her way!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jane,

      Yes, it must be very exciting for Krystina. She probably has a lovely home. Yet I suspect she will feel immense relief when she pulls out of the driveway for the last time and starts a new chapter in her life.

      I wish readers could put photos in their comments. Links are okay, but it would be nice to see what people talk about, right next to their words.

      As for Laura… what a sweetie! She got me off my duff and into satellite radio which is going to be a big improvement in my life, especially the winter months.

      Hope all is well with you, Jane. Nice to hear from you again!

    • Krystina McMorrow says:

      Thank you Jane! I am closing on the 24th of January and it cannot come fast enough. We are getting 6 to 12 inches of snow tomorrow…drat.

  7. Kellee says:

    You will love satellite radio – never a dull moment of stuff to listen too. That is a beautiful picture of Geordie – so photogenic!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Geordie made quite a pose for the camera. The photo makes me realize how much easier it is to get a great photo out of a red dog, rather than white.

      • Gayle says:

        But what about a white dog in a red coat?!!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Uh-0h. . . and a white dog in a blue coat, a green coat, an orange coat . . . It’s times like this I’m glad the crew can’t read. 🙂

      • Kellee says:

        Very true! Might explain my poor quality photos of my Jack Russell!

        We have a new rescue arriving today – 10 year old shepherd named Chevy! We are the rescue home for old dogs in our rescue group.

  8. Roger in SoCal. says:

    Hi Sue,
    Hope you get the XM working soon, I think you will love it.
    Congratulations to Krystina, I hope to be getting on the road myself soon.
    My attorney called last Friday, he told me I will be getting a cash settlement in the next 5 days. In case I forgot to mention it, the end of may I was hit by a car riding my scooter, after 5 days in the hospital and 5 months healing one of the positive things coming out of it will be the money to buy a used motorhome…So now hopefully comes the end of my research for a rig. After the attorney takes his cut and all medical bills paid we’ll see how much I get for a rig.

    P.S., don’t know if I can stand it, I am thinking of making a scouting run to the Yuma area in my car. You mentioned to someone that Yuma is a good place to look a rigs??

    • Krystina McMorrow says:

      Thank you Roger. Sorry to hear about your accident and I hope you are able to get on the road VERY soon! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Roger,

      I hope you get a hefty settlement and then find the perfect rig for you. What an ordeal you’ve been through! Sorry for your pain and the disruption in your life.

      I may have made a misleading statement re: Yuma and used rigs. I said that to Penny because Yuma is a magnet for RVers and there are places here that sell new and used RVs. I really don’t know if Yuma is a “good place to look at rigs” compared to any other town of its size. It’s just my assumption based on the number of snowbirds that come here.

  9. Edie says:

    Thank you Laura! For making Sues life more comfortable. We who read here like a happy Sue! And she definitely deserves it for providing the knowledge and entertainment here. Better than a novel! Also congrats to Krystina!

  10. Edie says:

    BTW Beautiful Golden Bob!

  11. Willow says:

    Wow Gourdie is a handsome dog, I love goldens but then again I love all dogs! spike certainly looks dashing in his red coat….. Sue I love reading your journal I’m happy that your life is so forfilling and we are able to enjoy sharing your adventures.
    I’m sitting here looking at the twinkling lights on my small christmas tree, drinking tea and watching a Christmas special, couldn’t be cozier. LOL all I need now is a furry friend to share it with.

    • Willow, there are plenty of furry friends waiting to snuggle up with you at your local animal rescue shelter! Our 2, DoogieBowser and Radar, are both rescues and I believe Spike and Bridget are rescues as well as a lot of commenters on Sue’s blog have rescues cuddled by their side. Chuck and I are very happy for our two mutts, they are sweet and could not be more loveable! Please consider giving a pup a merry CHRISTmas and take him/her home from a shelter! Your Christmas will be a lot merrier as well! Thank you!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Hi, Geri,

        Yep, Bridget and Spike came out of animal “shelters.” . . . different times, different places.

      • Crystal says:

        I agree! Most of the hard working has been done, too! No crying for their mom, already housebroken, crate trained. They’re looking for love 🙂

        Krystin, what type of RV are you looking for? It’s so exciting! When my mom was shopping for her MH we had a blast. I was almost sad when she purchased because it was so fun looking for one. I have a T@B, and they weren’t plentiful, so I searched online until I found one within a day’s drive. I’ve had her for four summers and couldn’t be happier. I guess that makes me a Happy Camper!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Crystal,

          I don’t know how they know, but every rescue I’ve been involved with (my own adoptions or when I fostered dogs), the dogs seem grateful for their good fortune.

        • Krystina says:

          Hi Crystal…I think it will be a used 24-25 ft Class C. I have been online looking for a long time but until I sold the house I couldn’t buy one. Everyone says not to buy one in Vermont, NH etc. Said I should buy one that has never seen snow. How do you do that when you live in Vermont? Still lots to learn.

          • AZ Jim says:

            The comments about not buy your rig in snow country are the same ones made about buying a used car there. It has to do with the salts used on roads in snow country. The salt if not immediately washed off does a great job of corroding undercarriages of rigs and cars alike.
            An inspection of what you are considering to see how the underside looks is advised. If you buy new you have a better chance of avoiding the salt issue but used can be fine too, just check it out.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Another option, although not perfect but it would work, is to buy an interim rig where you are at the best deal possible, one that simply provides you with a home-on-wheels.

            Drive to where you want to go (I assume out of the Northeast), and then you can take your time searching for the perfect rig for you in an area where salt damage isn’t an issue.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Willow…

      “All I need now is a furry friend” . . . or two! 🙂

  12. mary (in Colorado) says:

    Sue, it sounds as if your campsite is quite the gathering spot these days! I’m assuming that is the area of the country where RV’ers gather during the winter months. Good luck with your XM radio speakers, I hope you get some assistance in Yuma today.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Mary,

      Yes, Yuma is a popular destination for snowbirds. It’s warm in the winter and close to the Mexican border where Americans cross over for dental, medical, and vision services at much cheaper rates (Los Algodones). There are many RV parks all over Yuma, some short term, many long term, and, of course, the desert where one can camp on BLM land for free.

      Winter is a time for vagabonds to get things done and Yuma has several service businesses.

      Thanks for the good luck wish.

  13. Karen SC says:

    Congrats on your new XM radio. I know you will really enjoy it. I have one in my SUV and want to get one for the RV. How wonderful of Laura to give such a nice gift. I am on my way for solo camping for 10 days. Congrats to Krystina as well for selling her home on her way to a wonderful adventure. Sue and crew you have been an inspiration for all of us. I hope one to day to go out full time as well. But for now monthly trips are working out for me.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Karen,

      Monthly trips in your RV — 10 days solo camping — sounds good! I’m glad you have an RV and are able to get out with it and enjoy yourself. You’ll have a smooth transition to full-timing if that’s what you decide to do.

      I feel like a mother bird about my readers. I get a thrill when they take flight!

      • Pen says:

        “I feel like a mother bird about my readers. I get a thrill when they take flight!”

        Speaking of which: Thanks for posting about the blue water hut yesterday. Most helpful and just what I was wondering about – how did you know 🙂 Now that I know what to look for, I saw another one already today (plus stopped at the one you showed).

        Side note: I now know not to put two quarters in the wrong slot when I only have two gallon jugs to fill… oops! (One side you put in quarters and each one gives you a gallon; the other side you have to put in four quarters to get it to start up, but then you get five gallons. Guess which side I put my two quarters into…)

        Have an errand in Phoenix tomorrow, so I moved up the road a ways (to my second ever BLM-style boondock). Thanks to you and your blog, I had some background knowledge and things to look for, which felt good. For example, the first place I chose (and was on my way to), well…. after driving a ways, with my mind working in the background the way it does when driving through the countryside, I suddenly thought, “wait a minute, that place is at around 3,500′ elevation… that might get a bit chilly!” So I stopped sooner/lower. Sure enough, the forecast low for the higher place was 31º Might as well give that a miss. And… I even got in before dark 😀 Sunset in the saguaros… very pretty.


        PS: I hope you had success at Starlight today – curious what you got for a connector. I really like your method of having the panels on the PTV so you can park the BLT in the shade when you want to.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Penny,

          You certainly do have your wings! I’m tickled that the little details in my blog helped you find water and a campsite at the right elevation. I almost didn’t post that pic of the water vending place. Now I know why I did!

          Hey, consider yourself fortunate that your mistake was only a 50-center! I’ve heard of people ruining the transmission on their toad the first time out and other major catastrophes.

          I’ll write about today at Starlight Solar in the next post. In short, it was a success.

          Nice to meet you, Pen! Good luck finding that special rig with your name on it.

          • Pen says:

            Thanks, Sue! Nice to meet you too, and I hope we cross paths again. Maybe I’ll be in a new-to-me rig and can stay in one place longer (sounds so appealing).


            (As I mentioned to Sue, right now I have no way to generate power except the engine alternator or ye olde electrical hookup – and the computer and small electric ‘fridge do like their electricity. I hope to change that on the next rig.)

  14. cinandjules (Snowy NY) says:

    Greetings from snowy NY!

    Congrats on getting your radio. Geordie is beautiful and looks to be about 2 years old. Pretty boy but then again I’m partial to goldens. I quickly browsed the blog. When I have a minute I go back and read all the replies!

    SaraAnn was so excited when she saw me. She has been my shadow since I arrived. I apparently brought the snow with me. So far we have 4 1/2 feet since Tues morning. Thank god it’s the lake effect fluffy stuff and it’s light.

    Gotta go shovel and rake the roofs!

    PS Jules says hello to you and the crew. Don’t forget once you get to your winter destination I need an address for your newspaper article.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, CinandJules!

      I can imagine SaraAnn going nuts at your arrival. What a happy time!

      Four and a half feet of snow. Oh, how you bring back memories of upstate New York. At least it’s light for shoveling.

      Hi to Jules from me and the crew! And yes, I did forget about the newspaper. Thanks for reminding me. I’ll get an email to you soon.

      Good to have you back!

  15. Shirlene says:

    Hi Sue, in regards to Sirus radio…ask to speak to Promotions Department…tell them you are on a limited budget and can you get a promotional discount…I pay 25.00 for six months…should save you some money…but remember to ask for Promotions. Hope it works for you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Shirlene… Wished I’d known . . . I’ve already paid for a year. Thanks anyway.

      • Gayle says:

        RVSue, what I learned since retiring is that times have changed; and, everything is negotiable. Everything can be done again and again until you get what you want. Businesses expect negotiation from their customers these days. I suggest you call Sirus Radio Promotions Dept. and tell them that you just heard they have a limited budget discount which you would like to receive. “I’m sorry I didn’t know about your offer when I signed up, but can you help me receive that?” It’s worth a try. My friend said: “If I don’t get what I want, I hang up and dial them again and deal with someone else!” Jeez, who knew?

  16. Ladybug says:

    You’re having meet and greets whether you plan them or not. BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!

  17. Looks like a wonderful spot you have there and probably more company than you bargained for.
    We get to Pilot Knob Resort on the 20th until New Years Day then over to the Hot Springs BLM LTVA area for a few days.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I noticed Pilot Knob Resort for the first time as I drove by on the way to Yuma. I hope you enjoy the holidays there.

  18. Evan Fox says:

    Hi Sue,
    Congrats on the XM/satellite radio. If you have not done so, make sure the radio is set on “AUX” to activate the auxiliary input that you plugged the XM into.
    Hope this helps.

  19. Jean/Southaven, MS says:

    This is a busy blog today. So happy for Krystine. Five years and counting for us. We bought the used RV last month and now go on weekends trying to get a feel for what we use and what we do not. It is a lot of fun.

    We have had several rescued dogs over the years and all have been wonderful. We have a lab mix right now and 5 rescued cats. Talking about a RV rocking and rolling, Especially when you throw in four or five grandkids into the mix. But love every minute of it.

    Thanks RVSue for the blog. I enjoy it soooo much. Best wishes

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome. Thanks for being an active participant in my blog. The comments add another dimension that I could not create. We get to know each other and celebrate our milestones together.

      This is a happy discussion . . . Krystina sold her house and is busy downsizing, Barbara’s surgery went well and she’s optimistic, Cindy is home in NY again with Jules and SaraAnn, Roger is ready to shop for his rig, Pen’s shopping for hers and is already a happy boondocker, Fortuna Bob and Geordie are on the road again, and much more . . . . And you’re having a grand time with your RV! Oh yeah, and I’m going to get that XM radio going!

      Thanks for sharing, Jean.

  20. We love our Sirius radio. We have it in the MH and Jeep now. Hope you get all hooked up soon.

    Enjoy your stay in Yuma! We boondocked there last year for the first time thanks to you and Paul and Nina. Loved it!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi John and Pam,

      The place where you boondock for the first time will always be a special memory. For me and the crew it was Darby Well Road, Ajo, AZ.

  21. Barbara says:

    Hi Sue,
    This message is off track of the other comments, but wanted to let you know that I had my reconstruction surgery yesterday and I’m doing fine. Can you believe it was “outpatient” surgery. I forgot the name of the other follower who just found out she had cancer but I am still praying for her. I had very little pain, but they are sore this morning. Guess all the good drugs have worn off. (HaHa)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Barbara,

      Congratulations on the new ta-tas! I’m surprised they could do that as outpatient. So good to see you here with a Haha . . . It must be a relief to have the surgery over with. Now you take it easy and heal! Thanks for giving us an update.

  22. wheelingit says:

    Hmmm…my comment dissappeared. I’ll try again.

    We love our Sirius Radio. If you phone them before your next renewal is due you can get a discount on the new sign-up (we always do this).

    Interesting info on your last post about that area being mineral rights land. Makes sense though as I could never figured out who owned it when we were boondocking there last year. By the way there IS some BLM land just north of you (about 5 miles) and it’s a super-fun day-trip. It’s the Tumco Gold Mine (now a ghost town). Very relaxed spot, usually no-one there and you can bring the doggies and walk it at your own pace. You can boondock there too, but the internet signal is terrible. Just in case you need an easy day-trip. It’s ~5 miles north on Ogilby Road:
    Hedges/Tumco Ghost Town”>


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Nina,

      I meant to go up that way when here last year and never made it. I’ll try to remember that tip about getting a discount. Your revamped blog is really nice. You did a good job!

  23. Rita from Phoenix says:

    Must be the holidays. All readers of this blog sound cheerful and happy wishing each other congrats and encouragement….even canines meet, greet, & play LOL. Your camp reminds of of driving thru western Texas with everything brown until I saw a speck of color in the distance….it was a red shirt hanging on a clothes line…spike’s coat is the only vibrant color in all the brown, grays. How was your Thanksgiving and did you and the canines have turkey and trimmings or close to it? I had my granddaughter visit from Wasilla, AK and it was a joy to have her with us during thanksgiving. I miss her….she turned 19 in August. Such a wonderful young lady with a bright future. She made the best cranberry sauce and the yummiest chocolate cupcakes. Enjoy setting up your radio, visiting with friends, and staying warm 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rita,

      What a wonderful Thanksgiving that must have been!

      The crew and I had a happy day. Turkey sandwiches, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie made it seem like a festive day. Of course, Bridget and Spike had their share of turkey.

      Always a treat to read your comments . . .

  24. rvsueandcrew says:

    Hi, Carroll,

    Welcome to my blog! I hope you will come by often.

    Thanks for the information on book trades at RV parks in Quartzsite. I don’t know how businesses like the naked bookseller’s can survive. They’re competing with thrift stores, library book fairs, RVpark book swaps, and electronic books. I expect the day will come when the stick-and-brick book stores will be gone.

  25. AZ Jim says:

    I have no idea what Arizona’s population is when the snowbirds are here but it’s significant. I can always tell on Fridays because we go to the Safeway for groceries then. Yesterday every other car in the parking lot bore a license plate from elsewhere. Snowbirds bring millions of dollars into our state every year. My only problem with it is you need to stand in lines where we normally just zip in and out of a business, especially restaurants and grocery stores it seems. Many of our snowbirds own homes here and also wherever they hail from. Come on and all and remember to bring money.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You remind me of the years I lived in Florida. I was in my thirties. The “old” retirees would arrive in the fall and clog up the streets and check-out lanes, spending their money on fun stuff and taking advantage of senior discounts all over the place. I remember grumbling about them. Now I see the other side of the story!

      • AZ Jim says:

        Yes, My Cardiologist tells me he has many snowbird patients and consults with doctors all over the country and Canada where the patient lives when not out here. Still when it gets hot it’s kind of nice not to stand in line to buy groceries.

  26. Cari in North Texas says:

    What a happy upbeat this post and the comments! I’ve been catching up on my reading so haven’t commented in awhile. You’ve been the hostess with the mostess lately, it seems like! Better than being the grinch that no one wants to visit!

    That desert does look inviting, especially after the winter weather we just had. I was without power all day Friday, the 6th, and housebound for about 4 days because of a bad ice storm. I lost two large branches off a tree in the front of my house, but fortunately they didn’t fall on anything. It’s all melted and the temps have come up a bit, which is good because I go back to work (outside) on Monday 😉

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cari,

      This was a very positive outpouring of news from readers. Love that.

      Well, you survived north Texas’s introduction to winter. What a mess! Gee, stuck in the house all weekend and then when the temps go up, time to go back to work! Sheesh.

      • Cari in North Texas says:

        The weather has been really weird this year. Normally we don’t get winter weather until late January or February. And they’re saying we may get another blast this next weekend. At least I have plenty of firewood!

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