Canine play dates, electric folding bikes, and a quick recovery

Thursday, March 3

P1090747Two play dates for the crew in one day!

The first date is with Tony the Norfolk Terrier at his campsite not far from us at Buckeye Hills Recreation Area, west of Phoenix.  The Perfect Tow Vehicle carries us there.  Bridget has miraculously recovered from the recent leg incident, but I don’t want her to overdo by walking from our campsite to Tony’s campsite, so I drive us there.  (More about Bridget’s recovery later.)

You may remember when we first met Tony and his mom, Cheri.

It was in November of 2014 at Roosevelt Lake, east of Phoenix.  Here’s the post that shows their neat, camper van, as well as a portrait of Tony that is much better than any I took today — “Different rigs for different vagabonds.”

Tony is a cutie!

P1090742I think Tony is meant to be a desert dog.

Look how he blends in!  Excellent camouflage!

P1090746Tony at 7 pounds weighs about two pounds less than Reggie. 

Reggie connects with his Jack Russell terrier-ness and runs around the campsite, playing with Tony, while Cheri and I talk non-stop.   Bridget relaxes in the shade under the picnic table.






“Well, that was fun, wasn’t it,” I remark to the crew as I start up the PTV and we head back to our campsite.

~ ~ ~

Later in the afternoon, the crew hears a noise outside our window and immediately bursts into a barking frenzy.

More canine pals!

Samantha (Sammy) the beagle and Julie the dachshund pull up in their little red car attached to a battery-powered bike.

P1090760“Hi, Julie!  Hi, Sammy!  That’s quite a set of wheels you got there!”

P1090762These electric, folding bikes are a nice set of wheels also.

P1090756You can read more about the e-Joe bike at this Amazon page: 2015 e-JOE Epik Sport Edition SE Midnight Black Folding Electric Bike, and here’s a link for the canine “car”” — Original Doggyhut Medium Pet Bicycle Trailer Dog Carrier in Red.

Of course, the crew enjoys the company of their pals, while I enjoy the company of my friends. 

I show off my efforts at revamping the interior of the Best Little Trailer, even though clutter is all over.  Well, I’m taking my time, making sure I put things away in an organized manner.  On the next slow-news day I’ll show you the results.

The sun dips behind the hill by our campsite. 

Soon it is time for the second canine play date to end.






P1090767Off they go, quieter than a whisper, down the lane to their campsite!

~ ~ ~

Okay, about Bridget’s leg pain . . .

Those of you who read comments already know that the issue has been resolved.  Let me tell you what happened.

It’s around 5 p.m. on Tuesday, the day prior to the canine play dates.  (Bridget first experienced pain about 25 hours previously.)  I gave her a half-pill of Tramadol around 9 a.m. and she doesn’t needed another one.  Great progress!  Even so, I don’t want her to strain that back leg, so I carry her outside.

I interrupt this tale to show you something totally unrelated.

Oh my, look at that!   What a strange bird!

P1090741Okay, back to the story about Bridget’s leg.

Reggie needs to be walked.

I figure Bridget would prefer to sit outside and wait for us to return, rather than be shut up in the BLT.  I place her on the blue mat.

“See you in a bit, Bridge.”

Reggie and I walk out to the lane.  I glance back . . . I don’t believe it!  I do not believe it!

Here comes Bridget and she’s stepping lively!

“Bridget!  You’re all better!  How did you do that, honey?”

She wiggles her butt, wags her tail, and flashes her sparkling eyes at me.  

What in the world?  Suddenly she’s fit and ready to go with us on a walk?

Reggie sprints over to express his surprise.

“Isn’t this great, Reggie?  Miss B is all better!”

A brief, celebratory dance and then, together, the three of us take off down the lane.  Bridget trots alongside me, her stride brisk, smooth, and light.  She repeatedly shoots proud and happy looks at me.

I stop her to give her a few pats. 

“I am so proud of you, Bridget!  Wow!  What a surprise!  Thank God you’re okay, sweetheart.”

I do believe I see a grin on her face!


NOTE:  I feel somewhat sheepish about Bridget’s quick recovery after writing with so much concern in the previous post. Honestly, it did look like it would be a long healing process.  What a relief to see her in no pain and using that leg again!


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84 Responses to Canine play dates, electric folding bikes, and a quick recovery

  1. peggy says:

    Great post….. First?

  2. Pookie in Todd Mission Tx says:

    my puter went DING and there was this post….

  3. Colleen says:

    So glad to hear of Bridget”s quick recovery. The play date seems to have gone well with everyone having fun and getting to know each other. Glad to see how many people travel with their pet friends. I was wondering when you have to go places where pets aren’t allowed what do you do? Ya know like grocery shopping, etc.

    Always enjoy your post

    P.S. You ever get done decorating your Casita?

  4. Lisa, Tommie and Buddy in SoFlo (for now) says:

    Woo hoooo, I’m in the top ten!

    • Lisa, Tommie and Buddy in SoFlo (for now) says:

      Sorry, I just got so excited. I didn’t expect another post so soon, but wow it’s great to see you, and be fourth yet, tee-hee! I am so glad Bridgette is acting better. I am sure your timely does of anti inflammatory meds helped a lot. It’s so nice that she, Reggie and you could all enjoy your visitors. And what a bunch! I went back to read about Tony, looking for a tall, dark, muscly hu-man..Oh jokes on me, but he is awful cute for five pounds. It looks like Reggie got a good run too! I enjoyed you all having fun, maybe as much as you did. Oh and I did proofread this post, lol.

      • Lisa, Tommie and Buddy in SoFlo (for now) says:

        Oh I have got to turn off that auto correct…… dose, NOT does.

  5. judy says:

    Judy from Oregon. Great post. Sometimes it’s nice to have play dates.

  6. MollyLuvsRoadtrippin (Seattle) says:

    What a nice week you have been having! Lots of rain, band after band moving across this way, keeping me inside trying to do some home organization of my own. Looking forward to the big reveal. Such cute canine pics! Happy dance for Bridget feeling better 🙂

  7. Gail from Buckeye AZ says:

    So happy to hear Bridget is feeling better. Looks like they both had a perfect day with their friends. Looking forward to seeing your new decorations. As always thank you for your postings!

  8. Hi Sue,
    Really glad to see Bridget healed so quickly, and that the problem seems to have been just a little hitch in her giddy-up. 😉
    Can’t wait to seed the renovations once you have a slow news day.
    What a unique look to that American Kestral, must be a hidden tilt to his head.
    Have a great evening

  9. Liz says:

    Sue, I have enjoyed your blog for some time now, but have never commented. But Bridget’s pain made me want to write. I am sure this has occurred to you, but I wonder if she is in pain most of the time, sometimes more, sometimes less, and this determines whether she wants to walk with you and Reggie. This episode of acute pain and the giving of Tramadol may have relieved her pain enough to bring back the “old” Bridget. Perhaps she needs to be on a daily low dose of pain medication. Just a thought.

    • Dawn says:

      This rang a bell with me, too. Additional thoughts – msm chondroitin glucosamine and doggie massage. The first made a big difference with Cerbie in his last years (vet recommended – just the stuff you get at Target for humans) and I’ve been watching youtube videos on the latter and starting them with Freyja every morning. Missed the post where she was feeling poorly, so glad to hear it was a quick recovery! I know you are relieved!

  10. Jerry & Karen says:

    Good to see Bridget walking with no pain. Reggie surevgeta along with most dogs. Glad to hear you are doing some remodeling inside. Always helps the attitude. Enjoy.

  11. Jenny Johnson Manuel says:

    Great Post!!! …and I was almost first!!!

  12. Janis says:

    I think that bird is peregrine falcon. Great shot
    Huggs Grandjan

    • edlfrey says:

      I think Lisa W ( currently in Bakersfield, CA) has correctly identified the bird as an American Kestrel. I might add that I think it is a female.

      Peregrins are blue-gray above with barred underparts and a dark head with thick sideburns. American Kestrels are pale when seen from below, males have slate-blue wings; females’ wings are reddish brown. Both sexes have pairs of black vertical slashes on the sides of their pale faces—sometimes called a “mustache”.

  13. weather says:

    Sue , Amazon carries quite a few brands and versions of little “cars” we can attach to our bikes, you may want to put a link in the post for one-for people like myself that are very interested in getting one. Use the Amazon link on here, then type Original Doggyhut Pet Trailer Dog Carrier into their search box to see one, and follow the trail until you see what you want. I’ll comment on the post later, just thought you might want to do that soon so looked it up. You may want to read than delete this to use your own note in the post or comment section, or any reason.

  14. AZ Jim says:

    Good on ya, Bridgie….I’m glad you got better. Hi Missy and Reggie…..

  15. Linda-NC says:

    Great job Bridget! She just wasn’t going to put up with that nonsense! Glad to hear it!

  16. casitagirl says:

    Hi Sue!

    So glad to hear that Bridget is doing better. Last summer, my 11 yr old cocker spaniel, Sugar, started having problems with bouts of pancreatitis. You could tell that she was in terrible pain and she got so lethargic. I had been feeding her high quality canned food, thinking that was best for her (she has had many teeth extracted due to periodontal disease). Last December, we changed her food to Newman’s Own Organic and she is a totally different dog! She has lost about 8 pounds (a good thing) and her fur is shiny and bright. She prances along on our walks and just looks great!

    We take our dogs on bike trips–we got a carrier we can pull behind our bikes and they just ride along with us! We love it and so do they!

  17. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    It’s a fun play date!

    But did you happen to mention to Julie and Sammy that you no longer have your kayak? I chuckle….thinking back to the rafting voyages you’ve been on!

    Yikes! That bird pretty but is a bit scary looking too! Is it a kite?

    Glad Bridgees leg is better! It’s so hard when they start favoring or worse …whimpering! Lord knows all the bad stuff runs thru your mind! Good that you are still helping her along!

    It made me laugh when you spoke about the instant ice packs! Like HRH was just going to stand there while you held it against her leg! I could picture her going under the BLT until the pack was no longer cold!

    AO gave us a scare the other day…started coughing like a seal and gagged like she was going to throw up. I called the vet…and of course they didn’t have an opening..until the next day. She only did it when she was INSIDE the house…so I decided to “change” the air in our house. Too much static and the house is “too tight” with the spray foam insulation.

    We keep the house at 75 degrees…24/7…mind you it was 17 degrees outside. Opened ALL the windows for 10 minutes. Guess what? No more static and AO stopped coughing and gagging. But prior to that my mind was going thru the checklist of what she could possibly have.

    Silly huh?

    Have a great night!

    • Pat McClain says:

      If your spray insulation is fairly new, she could be reacting to particles of it in the air. It hits the dogs long before it bothers the humans.

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        Thanks…it was done 7 years ago…cured for a year before we hung the Sheetrock.

  18. Have you spent any time in the SE corner of Arizona (Bisbee, Green Valley, et al)? If so, can you direct me to your blogs from that time? I’m sorry to say I couldn’t find anything. You do such a great job with your landscape descriptions that I would love to read what you say about it as we plan on visiting the area in April. Thanks.

    Glad Bridgie baby is OK!


    • R. in Joshua Tree NP says:

      My husband and I spent lots of time in the areas of Sierra Vista and Bisbee. Use to be great for birding but April sometimes can get too hot. Still there are about 15 species of hummingbirds at that time.

      • Robin B (Oregon) says:

        If 90 or so is “hot,” then we are OK with that. After a winter in Oregon, it will feel good. 🙂

  19. Judith says:

    So happy that Bridget is feeling so much better. Loved the pictures of the canine friends having a play date. They have such a good time. Thanks foe sharing.

  20. Mary (CO) says:

    We visited a beautiful area today, Wild Rivers Recreation Area, north of Taos, NM off Hwy. 522. It would be too hot in the summer, but in spring and fall would be beautiful. There are several small campsites of 3-7 campsites each, easy to get a small trailer backed in. Trails lead on the flat around a 6 mile loop and then down from the campsites to the Rio Grande River and the junction of the Rio Grande and the Pecos River. Hardly anyone there, probably too cold at night now, and it was Friday. If you ever go that way, check it out. We may go back and tent camp soon, if the weather at night does not get too cold. Happy days, Bridget. I know our older dog had good and bad days, enjoy the good; Tramadol for the bad days.

  21. DesertGinger says:

    I know I’m not top ten. That would be freaky.

    I’m waiting on a blood transfusion. I guess I’m “below 8” when I should be “above 13”. Whatever that means. Feel pretty shitty…weak, nauseated, tired, shaky. Wish I would start feeling better.

    I think about you guys a lot. I just hope I have the chance to get back out there.

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      You’ll feel so much better after the transfusion. Think if it as needing an oil change…..rejuvenated!

    • Barbara (Nashville) says:

      DG, Take heart dear girl, all will be better soon. I’m sure your body is just adjusting to everything that has transpired recently. Take care, still praying for you.

    • Applegirl NY says:

      Think if you often, DG. Hang in there – how many more times are we going to tell you that? But really, we all do want to keep you encouraged. Stll praying on my end.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hi, DesertGinger,

      Hope you don’t need to wait too long for the transfusion. I hope you are feeling a bit better soon! Sending you a hug! 🙂

    • Krystina ~ Sutton, Vermont says:

      Oh my goodness Desert Ginger!! Sorry to hear you are not feeling all that well….YET! Think of you often and still keeping you in my prayers. You will be better soon.

    • weather says:

      Hope you feel much better already, hugs.

    • cc and canine (soon to be leaving Eastern Missouri) says:

      DG- We think about you a lot too…You are in our thoughts and prayers. You are in the right place to get the care that you need now. Hugs….

  22. Pat McClain says:

    My dream was always to have a small motorhome and travel around the USA. The main drawback to a motorhome is that if you want to go for groceries or other stuff, you have to take your whole house with you and that means packing up everything and leaving your campsite vacant. Same with the van. With a trailer, you can set up and leave your house on site while you go shopping. Much more convenient. Of course, you can always tow a small car. I still love the motorhomes!

    • Barbara (Nashville) says:

      Pat, I like the small motor homes too, but have the same reservations as you about leaving your spot, also about not having a break for the same unit day in and day out. However, if I went that route, at some point, I would stop and get groceries, and fill water and empty tanks before I got to the camp site. After all, you are limited to 2 weeks in most places anyway.
      However, I do like Sue’s comments on the travel trailer that it is like having a home to come home too. I pretty much decided on the travel trailer unless health issues, DH, or age related issues prevent it.

    • edlfrey says:

      It is all about HOW you live not what you live IN. I have lived fulltime in a Class C for the past 6 years with no toad and have enjoyed it far more than living in a sticks-n-bricks.

      Have I reconsidered and want a trailer with a tow vehicle – NO.
      Have I reconsidered and want a toad – YES, can not afford one.

  23. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Sue, great post. Glad Bridget is feeling better. I love the photos of the play dates, dogs are so fun. Angel keeps me laughing a lot. She can do some of the funniest things. That little Tony is real cute.

    Looking forward to the remodel pics. Did you give up on the new hobby or are you still working on it?

  24. ValGal (westernWA) says:

    Whew! So glad the Bridge is better and trotting happily. Sounds like you all had a banner day. Love those bikes! I wonder how they are to ride and how long the electric lasts.

    • Bill & Ann C, Quartzsite says:

      We love our E-joe SE’s. According to the manufacturer the bikes go up to 30 miles on a charge. We carry them folded in the back of our F150 where they are easily charged. You can charge the modules by taking them out of the bike or run an extension chord to them. The bikes are great going up hills, on the desert dirt paths and around the campground. They are great for us old age people. They give you just the extra boost you need to make it home; especially when pulling the dog trailer!

  25. Harriet says:

    I do believe Ms. Bridget looks thinner too!

  26. Lynn Brooks says:

    So happy Bridget is better!!!
    Lynn B. (Baltimore, MD)

  27. Applegirl NY says:

    Hi Sue and everyone. Great post. So glad Bridget is on the mend. Perhaps a pinched nerve near her previous injury that just needed some anti inflammatory. Hope she continues to stay hearty.

    We’re still here on Amelia Island in North east Florida. It is a beautiful area. Both wifi and cell service have been spotty at best, so I’m just catching up. We’re loving our Casita vacation. We’ll be leaving here in a few days and will stop at a state park in Virginia our way north. We’ve been enjoyng the sand, sun and wildlife.

    Sue, can’t wait to see your camper redo. Some freshening up is always fun and it’s amazing how a few changes can really make a difference.

    • DesertGinger says:

      So two “not new” casitas may meet, wave to each other, and pass on. That Tony is adorable….looks very nymph like my Chloe. Except no grey onChloe. She’s my pretty girl.

  28. Ronda western WA says:

    So glad to hear Bridget is feeling better ?

  29. Laurie in NC says:

    It’s always fun to see the crew having fun with other dogs! I am so glad that Bridget is feeling better! I have a 7 pound Yorkie and she loves going camping, but unfortunately she does not play well with other dogs. My dogs do not have interaction with other dogs often, so they don’t react well to an encounter with another dog. There are a couple of dogs in the family that they see occasionally and they just ignore each other. Once we start traveling and camping more, I hope they will learn to have some fun when meeting other dogs!

  30. Dan (MI) says:

    Hi Sue, Hi everyone,

    What a great way to start the morning. The crew is up and going, friends visiting, cool gear to think about, wildlife floating by. Sue, reading your post and everyone’s comments really is uplifting. The world is so much bigger than this little corner I spend my time in. Reading DesertGingers comments (this post and some previous) I think of my fiesty Aunt Annie, nothing could keep her down for long, she was a strong force in the family and much loved. Hang in ther DG your family is behind you and it seems to be growing too.

  31. Diane, Blue Ridge Mts, VA says:

    So glad Bridget is feeling better! Great that Reggie can have a play date. I love watching dogs have fun. Cool bikes also.
    Amazing bird shot! Kestrel?
    Can’t wait to see your cleaned up camper. Yours would be a mansion to me as mine is only 13 feet from tongue to back. So organization and storage is prime. I always like to see the different ways people organize a small space, you have to be creative and clever.
    I always have to put things back in their designated place or else it’s disaster trying to move things to find things. HA!
    I wish so much for good health for Desert Ginger, she is in my prayers.
    Take Care Sue and Crew.

  32. Lisa, Tommie and Buddy in SoFlo (for now) says:

    Hey all you desert wannabees,
    I just saw a neat work of art called Lucid Stead in Joshua Tree, CA. It’s an old homestead that has been modified to show more about light, the desert and more. You’ll have to do a search. I didn’t want to post a link since that is not recommended here. I’m not in CA, I went there via YouTube.

  33. Guess she knew she needed to be in tip top shape for her play dates 🙂 Tessa never did get comfortable in her wagon but since we got rid of our bikes it didn’t really matter. Those ebikes are very cool!

  34. weather says:

    What a delightful story about Bridget joining you and Reggie for a walk. It’s so much nicer to read that than just hear a quick all’s fine now . I’m sure everyone was able to enjoy the next day’s play dates more knowing she could, too. Gosh, your friends have cute dogs and fun stuff. Cinandjules asking if the bird was a kite gets my vote, on my screen it looks like perhaps it’s a remotely controlled one. I hope your decorating, week end and computer fix are all going well.

    • AlanOutandAbout - Pahrump, Pahrunp, Pahrump says:

      The bird is a wind sock. The last photo shows it tethered to a pole.

  35. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    Hope you are enjoying your day…productive with more sorting and organizing or not! 🙂 After taking my best friend out for lunch to celebrate her Birthday, I am back at home wondering if I should start a sorting/organizing project or should just relax and read a book. Choices, choices! 🙂

    Sending you and the Crew hugs from me and Gracie pup! 🙂

  36. Pamela K. says:

    So glad Bridget is feeling better!
    I went back and looked at how Bridget sits in her car…
    Sometimes she sits straight on and other times she sits sideways or almost sideways. I wonder if she simply sat on her leg/side hip wrong during her last car ride? If so, that could have caused her some pain and her not wanting to ride in her car again so soon after. Whatever it was, sure glad it has moved on and she is feeling better again.

    Cute play-date pictures. Always love seeing the crew’s play pals.

  37. Renee says:

    I’m glad to hear that Bridget is doing much, much better – well, back to normal. As for that bird – looks manmade to me and must be attached to that motorhome in the last picture. Have yet to see a bird with supports on its wings!

  38. Krystina ~ Sutton, Vermont says:

    Hi Cheri!! I remember you and Toni from Roosevelt Lake :-). You, RVSue, me, Bridget and Toni had a super time in your “overlook the lake” site. Ahhhh “the good ole days” for me. Sure miss being on the road but soooo happy to be back in Vermont with my daughter and my Granddaughter Nora xxxxxoooooo. Happy to see that you are back on the road and having fun. Give Toni and kiss and hug from me.

  39. Krystina ~ Sutton, Vermont says:

    So happy to hear that Bridget is all better!! Your heart must have skipped a beat when she came out behind you to walk with Reggie and you. Makes my face smile. Also happy to see that you are doing so much better. It must have been all that praying I did for you…my knees still hurt! xxoo

  40. Oh, is Cheri in the area???? I was camping with her in Parumph, NV when she brought Tony home from the Shelter. Sure would like to see her.

  41. Geri in the beautiful Florida panhandle says:

    Sorry I haven’t checked in! had a heck-of-a-time finding your new way of reading and adding comments! Why must we click on the title of the post now??? Are ya trying to confuse this old woman ??? hahahahaha!
    So glad Bridget is feeling better! She might be like me and my new pain medicine! When my back pain interferes with my getting stuff done I take a pill, pain goes away and I feel good again! (For a few hours anyway!) Tramadol might be working that same magic for Bridget!
    Loved reading about your time at Roosevelt Lake! We loved that area! Good to know Bill and Ann are in your neighborhood again, Hi Bill! Hi Ann! Love your new bikes !!!!
    I have Chuck helping me drill glass so I can get caught up! Got another order so now I am 3 orders behind so please don’t get mad if you don’t see me as often! I always read… only now I read 2 or 3 at a time to get caught up with you! grin! Howdy to all the blogarino’s !!! See ya later!

  42. R. in Joshua Tree NP says:

    RVSue, it looks like you and your crew keep busy.
    Joshua Trees are blooming. Anyone in the area nearby? Take a drive through the park since Joshua Trees don’t bloom every year. If you enter from the Cottonwood there are still some Yuccas in bloom as well.

  43. rvsueandcrew says:


    My computer is being more cooperative than yesterday. The “m” key wouldn’t work unless I pounded on it several times. I thought I had a way to fix that. Several months ago I bought a keyboard as a back-up. Proud of my foresight, I plugged it in. Shortly thereafter my computer slowed way down and very weird things started to happen! That’s when I quit.

    Well, today is a new day. The “m” key is working better. I hope it learned a lesson!


    And to Pookie in Todd Mission TC (Chuck) who is in second place!

    Colleen… The crew waits in the PTV when I shop. These days we go to the store early to beat the heat. I encourage you to read my old posts for details.

    Hi to Lisa, Judy, Molly, and Gail!

    Lisa W… Thanks for identifying the bird as an American Kestral.

    Liz and Dawn… Bridget was stepping lively up to this recent incident. The Tramadol relieved the pain and inflammation of the muscle spasm or whatever it was. As for arthritis, I don’t see it in Bridget. When she stops on a walk, she needs to catch her breath. There is much going on with Bridget that I don’t talk about because I don’t want to be covered up with advice from hundreds of readers. I doubt she has joint pain. She is limber. I fostered large dogs with arthritis who were on chondoiton glucosamine. Thanks for wanting to help her.

    Hi, Jerry, Karen, and Jenny . . . Thanks for visiting.

    Thanks, Janis and Ed, for weighing in on the mystery bird.

    I appreciate the suggestion re the dog carrier, weather. I’ll put up a link for it when I’m done with these replies.

    Hi, AZ Jim . . . Missy sends you a hug!

    Hi, Linda-NC . . . Bridget accepts your praise and thanks you! 🙂

    I’m glad Sugar is much better now, casitagirl.

    Hi, Cinandjules… Good to hear that AO recovered from the coughing fit. I wonder if it was simply a case of throat dryness caused by indoor heating. Whatever… It’s gone! About the bird…. 🙂

    Hi, Robin in Oregon… We haven’t camped in SE Arizona.

    Judith… Thanks for the positive feedback on the play date photos.

    Thank you, Mary (CO) for telling us about Wild Rivers Rec Area new Taos, NM.

    Hi, DesertGinger… By the time you read this I hope you’ve had the transfusion and are feeling much better. You have lots of folks rootin’ for ya!

    Pat Mclain… There are pros and cons for all rigs. Class Cs and travel trailers represent two very different ways of full-timing. I caution anyone who wants to live like I do. With a C, your full-timing style will be different than mine — not bad, just different.

    Hi, Ed… Thanks for sharing your perspective as a full-time Class C owner. Yes, a toad isn’t an inexpensive “fix” for mobility. No only is there the purchase price, there’s insurance, another engine, tires, drive train, brakes, etc. to maintain (oil changes), repair, and replace.

    Hi, Barbara (Nashville)… The hobby is something I can do or not do, pick up or drop… I have the stuff for whenever I feel like it. I’m glad Angel is making you laugh! Hope hubby is okay.

    ValGal, Bill & Ann…. I appreciate you asking and answering the question about the electric bikes. Others probably were wondering that, too.

    Hi, Harriet … I passed on the compliment to Miss B!

    Hi, Lynn… Always nice to hear from you.

    Hi, Applegirl (NY)… You may be right about a pinched nerve. The pain came on very suddenly, as she stirred from a nap. I think she slept on her bad leg “wrong.” Have a safe trip home from Florida!

    Good to see you appearing here again, Ronda, leaving paw prints! 🙂

    Hi, Laurie in NC…. Your Yorkie may become more sociable once you hit the road and she’s exposed to more canines. It’s a great life for dogs!

    Dan (MI)… Love your upbeat comment… You brightened MY morning!

    Hi, Diane, Blue Ridge Mountains, VA…. I’m putting together a collection of photos of the redecorated BLT. You’re right… When living “small,” stuff has to be put away pronto!

    Thanks, Lisa, Tommie and Buddy in SoFlo (for now) for telling us about the “neat work of art called Lucid Stead in Joshua Tree, CA.”

    Hi, Jodee Gravel…. I agree… The ebikes are sweet!

    Cinandjules, weather, and AlanOutandAbout…. You are correct. It is a “wind sock.” I admit I played some trickery. In the first photo I edited out the string that runs from the bird’s beak to the tip of the pole. I know, UNFAIR! You figured it out anyway! 🙂

    Denise – Richmond, VA…. Whether you were inspired to organize or you simply relaxed with your precious Gracie pup, I’m happy to see you here!

    Hi, Pamela K…. I haven’t shared that I didn’t push Bridget right up to the door. I usually let her out of the car before we are all the way home in order for her to have some exercise. She was wiggling and trotting around fine ever since the car ride right up to the incident. Thanks for caring about HRH!

    You’re right, Renee! You got it! It’s a fake bird (See my comment to Cinandjules, et al, above).

    Hi, Krystina – Sutton, VT… If Cherie doesn’t see your comment, I’ll mention you to her. Thanks for the prayers. Hug Nora for me!

    Hi, Charlene… In conversation with Cheri the other day, she mentioned how much she enjoyed meeting you at that spontaneous gathering in Pahrump a few years ago.

    Hi, Geri and Chuck… I know you are busy creating your tumbled glass windchimes and enjoying Florida. I won’t “get mad,” I promise! 🙂

    Hi, R. in Joshua Tree NP… Thanks for letting us know about the wildflowers and Yucca blooms!

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    Well, that’s it from me. Thank you, everyone! Feel free to continue talking here!


    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      Your keyboard might have a piece of something under the M key. Try blowing it out. Weird that it just omits it….and spaces like it’s still there!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        I do need to get one of those cans of air that cleans keyboards. I put the spaces in where the “m” should be to make it easier for people to read what I was trying to say.

  44. AlanOutandAbout - Pahrump, Pahrunp, Pahrump says:

    Good morning to all. Another beautiful day in paradise. Today I am 66, what a hoot.
    On a sad note I see on the news Nancy Reagan has died. Politics aside she was a great lady.
    Well got to go check on the laundry, the fun never ends. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:


      Yes, Mrs. Reagan is with her Ronnie again.

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      Happy Birthday dear Alan! Hope you had a great day!

      I’ve always liked her…seems like a sweet lady. When Ronnie passed away..she was so stoic…until she went up to his casket to say goodbye. Jules and I both cried watching her.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Happy, Happy Birthday, Alan! 🙂

  45. Pam and Maya, Still in NY says:

    Hi Sue, just read your post and am thrilled Bridget is better!

  46. Phew, just came back to “civilization” after being 40 miles from a wifi signal for a week! Happy Adoptions Day Anniversary, Reggie!

  47. DesertGinger says:

    Well, my friend Barbara is coming over with knitting needles and yarn. I guess I’m going to try knitting again. Barbara has been a really good friend. My whole sense of priorities has changed. Nothing is more important than friendship. Nothing. Not so much having friends you hang on to, as the concept. The idea that life is really about building relationships and reaching out to know others….

    I continue to resist drug treatment. I have never become ‘therapeutic’ on Coumadin, no matter how much I take. My heart rate has never come down in response to taking cardizem. Whatever drugs are supposed to do for me…they don’t. Consequently I don’t know when I will get out of this hospital. Maybe in a week? I have been here 14 days so far. I’m sure they are sick of me, as i am them.

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      They will figure it out…..

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      DesertGinger, I am sorry that things seem discouraging. With patience and time, they will find the right combination of meds that work for you. Sending you a hug! So…what will your first knitting project be? What color? 🙂

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      Hang in there girl. If anyone can get through this it’s you!.

      You are right, life is about relationships and building connections and friendships. As such, I hope you realize that I consider you a dear friend and you continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

    • Marilyn, Dania Beach, FL says:

      Desert Ginger,

      Sometimes it takes the body a while to decide to let the meds work and it adjusts. My neighbor had a heart transplant and finally she is doing fine as she has stabilized. You will do fine. Just relax and enjoy the care.

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