Certain things of summer

Friday, August 19

P1130673Crew at the beach at Park Creek campsite, South Fork, Colorado

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Nothing is certain except death and laundry.”

I know, that’s wrong.  Ben Franklin didn’t say that.  I did.

Today is laundry day!

P1130680-001I load up the Perfect Tow Vehicle with dirty laundry, pop in the crew, and head toward South Fork.

We pull into Five C’s Laundromat.

Once I have the washers going, I return to the impatient crew waiting in the PTV.

“Okay, you can get out and walk around.”

 

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I try really hard to take a good photo of this event, but I’m not getting much cooperation.

“Uh, could you move a bit closer together please?”

P1130686It’s kind of a dark day. 

I don’t like to do laundry on a dark, rainy day because the dryers can take forever to do their job.  We’ve had rain every day for several days here in South Fork, Colorado, and there comes a point when the wash must be done regardless!

When the laundry is dry, folded, and packed into the PTV, we toodle on over to the Farmers’ Market.

Friday is Farmers’ Market Day in South Fork!

P1130610 - CopyI buy a basket of tomatoes.

Big, juicy beefsteaks for sandwiches.  I also buy Olathe sweet corn because I can’t get enough of it.  And a bunch of radishes.  Total bill:  $7.00.   I don’t buy the carrots or onions because I already have some.

Kind of wish I grabbed a basket of those green beans.  They look good in the photo, don’t they?  Of course, being only one person, I’d be committed to eating a lot of green beans for a while.

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Saturday, August 20

Another cold and rainy morning at Park Creek Campground.  Blogging doesn’t go well.  Photos take too long to export from Picassa to WordPress due to weak internet connection.   I’m amazed I can go online at all with all these mountains around us.

I start up the PTV and turn the heat on high.

“Ooh, that feels good.”  Bridget and Reggie curl up in the blast of heat.  I must say, the PTV has the best heater!

I park at the post office and turn on the Verizon jetpack.

I put my laptop on my lap and export photos. 

Which reminds me . . . . I’m seriously thinking about buying an ASUS Chromebook.  Lugging this big ol’ laptop in and out of the PTV is getting old.  The Chromebook is skinnier and smaller.  It would be good insurance to have two devices on which I can blog.

I noticed a reader bought a Chromebook from Amazon recently.

I salivated all over this dang laptop looking at it.  This laptop with its keyboard that no longer works which means I have to plug in another keyboard and lug that also into the PTV, and, well, I want a Chromebook!

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The South Fork post office is open for one hour on Saturdays, from nine to ten.

As soon as it opens, I go inside for my mail.

A few days ago I went online and instructed my mail forwarding service in South Dakota to send my mail here, “general delivery.”

I’m happy to open the package and find new license plates for the PTV, as well as registration renewals for the Best Little Trailer and the PTV.  This is the first time in five years on the road that I haven’t procrastinated on these renewals.  Progress!

BTW, here’s what it costs to register my rig.  Perfect Tow Vehicle: $82.60 (includes $5 fee for two license plates) and Best Little Trailer:  $58.50.

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Lunch today is the same as yesterday and the same as tomorrow.

Tomato sandwiches! So good!  I know, I know. . . I told you I was cutting out bread.  That didn’t last long.  Gee, it’s summer!

In summer two things are certain, corn on the cob and tomato sandwiches!

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184 Responses to Certain things of summer

  1. Dawn in MI says:

    I don’t like to do laundry on ANY day!

  2. Dave Stewart (in missouri for now) says:

    #2

  3. Pam N in Wisconsin says:

    I feel your pain, lol. The 3 hours a week I waste in a laundromat add up to YEARS I’ll never get back. Good post!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      THIRD PLACE GOES TO PAM N IN WISCONSIN!

      Actually, a strange thing happened when I retired and started this life on the road. The two tasks that I disliked the most — laundry and grocery shopping — are no longer things that I dread. Now I like going to the laundromat and buying groceries. I think I hated it before I retired because there never seemed to be enough time to relax and do fun stuff.

      • Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

        Ha! I’m the same. When we are on the road, I actually like shopping for groceries and doing laundry.

  4. Rochelle in IN says:

    Top 10?

  5. Rochelle in IN says:

    Love the picture of Bridget! So why is she not hiding from the camera lately? Did you get a new camera that she tolerates better? Or is her receptiveness an indicator of how she’s feeling? Whatever the reason, you’ve posted some really nice pictures of her!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Rochelle. Bridget is inscrutable. Sometimes she runs and hides at any indication I might point the camera at her. Other times she stares into the lens. I take what I can get from her. Sheesh.

  6. Judy in East Texas says:

    Hi RVSUEANDCREW…..so now Im going to have a tomato sandwich…..well tomorrow when I get some fresh off the bush tomatoes!!!
    I’m having so much fun with you in Colorado, thanks for allowing me to continue to tag along.

    Stay safe out there and rock on Judy

  7. Kat&Cookie Dog in NY says:

    Oh well never going to be one of the first to post a comment again…lol.

  8. Pat in Rochester says:

    We had another round of strawberries! Bought plants this spring and expected I’d have to wait til next year to see anything. But we had a few berries in early summer, and just had a few more. The humans got some. Turns out the dogs love them, even the plants.

  9. Susan says:

    I love my Chromebook!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Are you the one who bought it from Amazon? I’m going shopping tomorrow to see if I can find one to buy locally. (I don’t get a commission on my Amazon purchases and it’s against policy anyway.)

      If you’re still here… Tell me please….. Why do you love your Chromebook?

      • Rob, in northern Georgia says:

        My understanding is the Chromebook has a small hard drive because everything is stored in the cloud. You must be on-line to do work.
        Personally I dislike having to be on line to do things, bandwidth costs.

  10. Lee J in Northern California says:

    That farmers market looks amazing, nothing like farm fresh produce. Have you come across Dave’s Killer Bread? This stuff is amazing, made of good stuff with no nasty additives.if you come across some, give it a try. I had not eaten bread in a couple of years, until I found this brand.
    Our weather has moderated, it is so nice to be in the low nineties instead of pushing one ten . So I am loving it enjoying your weather reports.
    How cool! Get your new computer for sure! Cheering you on!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lee J.,

      No, I haven’t seen Dave’s Killer Bread. If I do, I’ll try it. Love bread.

      Good news on your weather. We talk a lot about weather here, but, let me tell you, it holds a big influence over our days. Our little beach isn’t much fun when it’s damp and cold.

      Yeah, another computer isn’t a luxury when trying to keep this blog up and running. I was thinking…. Well, if this laptop dies, I’ll have to replace it. Instead of having sequential laptops, why not have simultaneous laptops? Then if one crashes, I don’t have a problem posting on this blog.

      Thanks for the cheers!

    • Rover Ronda (WA) says:

      Oh I like Dave’s Killer Bread too. It’s been forever since I’ve had some though. We don’t don’t keep bread in our house anymore either.

  11. Barbara in Phoenix says:

    Love your photos especially the way you showcase each one with a special border…. really makers them standout!
    I remember growing up with tomato sandwiches fresh harvested from Moms garden, we used to like thin sliced onion sandwiches with a cold glass of buttermilk too. I’d love to have a garden here in Phoenix but its much too hot in the summertime to grow much of anything.
    We enjoy joining you in your travels in Colorado and around the west. Take care and stay safe.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Barbara, for the kind words… and for noticing the detail of frames around the photos. It does make them look better, especially since my blog has a white background. Photos always look better on a dark background, but I prefer white so that the text is easier to read.

      Onion sandwiches… Never had one. Do you put mayo on them?

      • Barbara in Phoenix says:

        Yes Sue, lots of mayo with s/p and maybe even a slice of cheese. If you don’t like your onions raw, then grill them first and make your sandwich.

      • Pookie in Todd Mission, tx says:

        now if you want a really sweet onion try one of these….now these cant be found in the store but you can order them online….they are called Noonday onions….called that because they are only grown around Noonday, Texas……ha

        http://www.noondaysweetonions.com/

        chuck

  12. Linda from Oregon says:

    We have been eating sweet 100s while we water and now there is plenty to just eat like candy in the evenings. Today I used a bunch of our bigger tomatoes and canned some salsa with home grown garlic and will have it for this winter. We love tomato sandwiches. It sure is a blessing to enjoy the simple but wonderful pleasures of life.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Linda,

      I used to grow sweet 100s! You describe eating them like candy. I used to think of it as eating them like grapes. 🙂

      Aren’t you industrious, canning salsa… and with your own garlic! What a taste of summer that will be in the cold of winter!

    • Pookie in Todd Mission, tx says:

      and there is always that time when ya just take a salt shaker
      to the mater garden…..
      chuck

  13. Kat & Cookie Dog in NY says:

    Laundry is one of the things I dread having to do while living and touring our wonderful country. How often do you end up needing to go to a laundromat? Cookie dog doesn’t wear many clothes so mostly it will just be mine and linens. It something I never hear most bloggers mention.
    Great picture of Reggie posing in the PTV.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Most bloggers don’t mention laundry because they have better things to write about. Hahaha!

      Really, doing laundry in a laundromat is not so terrible. I like that I get it all done at once. When I had my own washer and dryer in a house, the laundry was always in progress.

      The trick is to have enough clothes (stuff like underwear) and linens (bed covers) so that you aren’t forced to go to the laundromat often. I don’t keep track… I think I do laundry about once a month.

      People suggest hand washing and hanging stuff to dry. I did a little of that. Now I don’t bother. I can get in and out of the laundromat in less than 2 hours, everything folded or on hangers.

      • Kat & Cookie Dog in NY says:

        Thanks RVSue. Going about once a month wouldn’t be that bad. Guess I will just plan to take plenty of clothing so I don’t need to go too often. Thanks for sharing.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Another good thing about the laundromat is they have those huge commercial washers that can handle quilts and comforters. Also, if you go a long time between trips to the laundromat, you can have a whole row of washers going at the same time, as many as you need, instead of one washer going all day long like in a regular house.

      • https://youtu.be/R1hD-KYfmIY
        This is a link to a YouTube on these two products. Right now we are living in a small apartment, but this will work just great when we are boondocking in the future! We love them and highly recommend. Just remember to use a lot less detergent! We’ve washed bath towels and bedding too…it’s amazing!

  14. The only way to get fresher veggies is to grow them youself. Those look great and summery.

  15. Stephanie Lanning says:

    I just found your blog and am really enjoying it. I’m a retired 67 y.o. single woman living a traditional retired life and I’ve started asking myself is this all there is? How hard was it to get started – my friends would think I’ve developed some strange mental illness.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Stephanie!

      Welcome to my blog and to the land of blogorinos!

      I asked myself the same question about retirement — “Is this all there is?” Not having a lot of extra money to play with, retirement looked like imprisonment on my property, wondering what was next to break down and need replacement, never going anywhere, sit looking out the window, watch the garden grow (or wilt in the Georgia heat… hahaha!)

      How hard was it to get started? Not hard at all. I did not tell anyone, not one person, what I was planning for the 7 years or so that I worked toward retirement, saving every penny I could toward the PTV and BLT.

      Then, after I had the order placed with the Casita factory, I told people what I had done and how I was going to travel the West during my retirement. It was too late for arguments… My plan was already unfolding! 🙂

      Sure, there’s a lot of planning to be done, a lot of decisions to be made, downsizing can be grueling, a leap of faith into the unknown … I say wholeheartedly, it’s worth it!

      • Stephanie Lanning says:

        Thanks Sue for the encouraging attitude. I’ll continue to read your blog and learn. Too bad there isn’t a book out there on how to do it. Or maybe there is? You don’t think my age is an issue then? My health is good and I think Toby (my 4-legged BFF) and I could really enjoy the lifestyle.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          No, I don’t think your age is an issue, as long as your health is good. How could I? I’m 67, too, soon to be 68, and I’m looking forward to many more years of living my dream. 🙂

        • Stephanie, I’m not single, but the principles are the same. We did not want to sit here on our acre and as Sue says, “watch the garden grow,” or wilt as the case may be. We did not want to wait for the next thing to break. When we married ten years ago at the age of 60 and 61 I told Ben that the only prenup I required was that we go traveling. It has taken a while to get here for various reasons, but two months ago, Ben said, “I’m ready.” We have been downsizing, minimizing, mowing, burning, shredding, donating, storing, and cleaning to get ready to sell the house, which we listed on August 1. We ordered our Casita and it will be ready on October 5 (although we may have to postpone pick-up because the house hasn’t sold yet). I say go for it. Sue and Becky at Interstellarorchard.com (who is younger, but a single woman traveling alone, have great information on their blogs, and there are countless others. If you are considering a Casita, read the CasitaOwners forum on Facebook. A great group of people. Not all full-timers, but so much information. Eileen Glick, the admin of the forum, has written a book about the Casita, which is so empowering…she tells you how to fix or do everything Casita related. Anyway…good luck and hope we are both on the road soon.

          • Stephanie Lanning says:

            Absolutely beautiful response. Thank you for reaching out. I appreciate your time and the suggestions.

        • KC --Pacific NW says:

          If you are 70 and work at being healthy and active to the age of 100 you will have 30 years of RV travel time 🙂
          If you only do it to age 90 you will have 20 years of RV travel time.
          If you only do it to age 80 that is 10 years of RV travel time.
          Being too old or starting to late, no really…it is all in how you look at it.

    • Linda-NC says:

      Hi Stephanie-not that is not all there is! I am 65 and just sold my house and am looking for an rv. I am tired of cleaning gutters that refill, mowing the lawn that regrows and fixing everything! Everyone thinks that I am crazy and I don’t care! Another freeing thought! I was in a rut and bored silly even though I keep busy with my garden and crafts. So if you think that it is right for you to get an rv and travel, I suggest you start reading every rv blog that you can (This one is excellent) and you will learn a wealth of knowledge. I have been reading for two years now while I got the house ready to sell and I learned a lot that will come in handy when I get on the road. Do your research and only you can decide what is right for you. Good luck and maybe I will see you on the road.

    • Toni CT-NH says:

      Hi Stephanie,
      I encourage you to go to the beginning of Sue’s blog to where it all began. To me it is fascinating and I’ve read through it more than once.

    • Stephanie, you are never too old. I am 73 and full-time solo. I also know another lady who just bought a new trailer and is in her 80s. Also, I met an 83-year-old lady this May in Zion who had left Maine in her 30’ Class A in November and was thinking of selling her home so she could afford travel easier!! She used a cane to walk, but drove fine. If they can do it in their 80s, you will have no problems in your 60s!!!

      When I started out, my younger son was convinced I would die in a fiery crash on the highway driving my big rig. I told him it was better than dying sitting in my recliner in my condo. After four years, he has admitted I have done fine and the lifestyle seems to agree with me.

      And as far as being able to afford this lifestyle, I worked two jobs for many years so that I could afford my motorhome and to travel. For the last 8 years before I retired from my regular job, all the money from my second job went into my retirement/travel account. It takes planning and hard work, but anyone can do this.

      • Stephanie Lanning says:

        Thank you Judy. I’ve felt for many years like a round peg trying to fit in a square opening or is it the reverse? Never married, no kids. I’ve worked to fit into a conventional ideal and about a year ago asked myself why? I don’t need dishes for 8 or a 3/2 house. I finally realized I want more and different then existing. So ready to try something different. Just need to determine if this is it. Thank you again.

  16. Mindy Reed says:

    Yummmm ‘mater samwiches ~ I do gluten free bread called Pure Knead ~ made in Decatur GA ~ BEST GF bread evah

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Mindy…. I don’t know much about this gluten-free diet, why folks are on it, what led them in that direction. Intestinal problems?

      • Kat & Cookie Dog in NY says:

        I don’t know about Mindy but I must eat gluten free or I am very ill. Most people who eat gluten free do it because they have to in order to live. People who have Celiacs disease can not eat gluten. Some people who don’t have celiacs are sensitive to gluten and it makes them sick. There are some who choose not to eat gluten as a choice, but the majority can’t tolerate gluten at all. Some will actually die because they are so very allergic to gluten. I have never heard of Pure Knead gluten free bread but will watch for it once I get a vehicle and start to travel. Thanks Mindy

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          And thanks to you, Kat, for explaining why people go on gluten-free diets. I see many GF products in the stores these days… good thing for those who need or prefer it.

          • Velda in Roseville CA says:

            Sue, I had bladder and sleep issues and decided to give gluten free a try and it amazed me how much better I feel. If I cheat I now pay with symptoms returning within hours.

          • eliza says:

            my husband is a physical therapist and naturopath. he believes that gluten contributes to people’s autoimmune problems, including arthritis and many other things. i personally believe in moderation in all things (so long as you don’t have particular health issues or allergies). but many people over-rely on gluten, especially in the u.s.

  17. Karen the Empty Nester says:

    Been lurking for a few weeks now and finally decided to post. Love your blog, Sue. You let me see that an older single female can indeed thrive in van-dweller land. My youngest son(of 3) will be graduating high-school this coming spring, and my husband of 26 years is so happy about having an empty nest that he’s getting rid of me, too. At first I was angry, then depressed, worked my quiet way through the typical grief stages and now find that I’m soooo looking forward to the freedom of being on my own! Not sure if full-time van life is the path for me or not, but am learning all I can in the time remaining. Thank you for your honest posts. I treasure the wisdom to be found here.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Welcome, Karen! I’m so glad you found us and that you joined us here by introducing yourself.

      You’ve had a shock and a disappointment (an understatement), but I have a feeling you’re going to make some tremendously good lemonade out of your situation.

      I love what you wrote “looking forward to the freedom of being on my own!” Fantastic! I wish you much happiness as your journey continues with you in the driver’s seat. 🙂

      • Karen the Empty Nester says:

        Thank you, Sue! So many questions! Will read the back posts first, though, to avoid the newbie typicals. I’m grateful to have the gift of time and the internet-including generous brave souls such as yourself who let us vicariously “try it before you buy it” crazy-wonderful alternate lifestyles such as solo van-dwelling.

  18. weather says:

    Gosh, what nice photos you took for this post! Bridget, Reggie, the creek, beach, green plants and a whole table of fresh veggies-all of that makes me happy that you have so much to enjoy. Clean laundry is an especially nice thing, to have done and to use.

    It doesn’t surprise me that having to use a separate keyboard gets old, especially when you’re lugging what you need to post around with you. Having a spare of something that is so much a part of your life makes great sense. Congratulations for taking care of your registration, that’s always such a concern if it isn’t done on time.

    Summer is the right season to make the most of some food’s being available and at it’s peak of tasting wonderful. I feast on whatever I enjoy, thinking in the course of a year all will balance out…Most folks, at a market or farm stand will sell a handful of beans or small amount of anything they have . They usually have more to put out, just not right on the table, it may be worth asking if where you shop someone is tending to business, not just leaving things out with a box to leave money in.

    You know I think I gave the impression that the vintage travel trailer I’m in is something I could easily take to other places. It isn’t, it’s 28′ x 8 ‘,and far too heavy for my jeep wrangler to tow. This was bought and restored to have a home base in this part of central NY state for my grandchildren’s(and, of course, my own ) sake. Other than them most of what has tied me to this area no longer does.

    Things were already in progress for me to no longer have my house and most of what I owned when my granddaughter also chose to attend the university near me. Those things having now been accomplished I am actually living here on the lake in a small and lovely(meaning no cement, lots of wildlife, nice and quiet neighbors) year round rv park. My T@B is what I’ll use to see other environments and live in on the road.

    • Kat & Cookie Dog in NY says:

      Weather,
      I saw a T@B someone had just purchased and was camped in near us in July. It was really nice. Their only issue with it was no cross ventilation on either end where the beds were. I am torn between getting a small motorhome or a small trailer and thought the t@b was a good possibility. I really liked theirs but the air flow issue wouldn’t work well for boondocking. Have you found any issues like that with your t@b? Sorry Sue I have no idea how to contact someone who posts to your website, so did it this way.

      • weather says:

        They must have a model I’ve not seen. Mine is essentially like being outdoors when the windows are open. They are large and on both sides of the bed(which can be pulled up to make a three sided couch/dinette.

        • Kat & Cookie Dog in NY says:

          Their t@b was a 2017 and not the smallest. One end had a queen size bed and other a table that turned into a couch. Only the windows were very tiny. They assumed the roof fan would move the air well. However in either bed there is no air movement where the person is actually laying, it way over their heads. To solve it they had to place separate fans aimed down at the beds. That would be a electric drain if not camping where there is electric. Otherwise they love t@bs and have owned other versions in the past. Did you purchase yours new? If so where from? Thanks

          • weather says:

            No, mine was used. Was their model with the kitchen outside? That’s the only one I’ve seen like what you’re describing(it’s called clamshell).Mine has the stove, frig and sink inside right by the door where I’m guessing their table/couch is. I noticed the new models have slightly different shaped and smaller windows.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Thanks, weather, for clarifying regarding your vintage trailer and your T@B. I was confused, still thinking you were living in your house. So you moved out of your house into the RV park and have the T@B for when you travel.

              Good suggestion about asking for a small amount at the farmers market. These folks spoke Spanish only so we didn’t do any communicating other than smiles. 🙂

            • Kat & Cookie Dog in NY says:

              Weather, no their kitchen is inside opposite the door, it is part of a small slide out. Their t@b is bigger than I would want to pull. I only need one for myself and my little dog. When you enter theirs the bathroom with shower is to the left of the door. I love RV Sue’s trailer but haven’t seen a used one and they are built so far away from NY that I could buy a t@b a lot closer to where I live now.

          • Larry in AR says:

            I have a T@B. I am familiar with all current models of T@Bs. I am not aware of any model resembling the one you describe. None have the dedicated dinette, although there are plans for one sometime next year. Maybe it was a prototype, but I have not heard of one.

            • Kat & Cookie Dog in NY says:

              Larry, I think you misunderstood what I meant. The dinette in the new t@b I saw was in the front end and turned into a bed. The kitchen was on the wall opposite the door and in a small slide out. The bathroom was to the left of the door. And the bed was in the rear end of the camper. And I mistyped it was a 2016 not a 2017. It was brand new -they had just picked it up in July right before we saw it. Sorry for any misunderstanding.

            • I agree with Larry in that the trailer you saw was not a T@B. I’m active in the T@B community and attend events, rallies, shows, and am a moderator of our FB page. There is no model with a slide out nor one with a front dinette soLD in the US. (larger T@Bs are sold in the UK). I believe you may be describing an R-Pod. Google the two and examine the differences. I agree the R-Pods can have ventilation issues. T@Bs have one bed (although with owner mods you can use the queen as two twins). You can click my link to see my T@B.

            • Kat & Cookie Dog in NY says:

              If I have mixed up the two names I apologize to everyone. It is really late here, but I look google and look tomorrow. It makes sense to me what you said as this camper was so much bigger than all the t@bs I had been looking at on line.

    • milliehubbard says:

      Central NY State?? Wondering what part. I’m originally from Brockport, living now in NC and dreaming of spending my retirement summers back up in NY. It is just too hot here in the summer to spend any time outdoors. I’m more hampered by the heat here than I ever was by the snow and cold in NY.

      Been thinking about getting a smallish travel trailer and parking it on some land for the summer since DH is not willing to give up our home base here. He is one who needs roots…I on the other hand would love to be on the open road…I’m happiest behind the wheel…but marriage is about compromises so we’re thinking and dreaming as we still have a number of years before we retire.

      Weather, you say you are parked in an RV park? Are you in the Finger Lakes area or further east…not sure what your definition of “Central NY” is. I have good friends in the Waterloo area so I’m thinking that area might be good. How did you find your little piece of heaven? It sounds like just what I need, I would spend May – Oct and then hit the road before the snow flies!!

      • weather says:

        Oneida Lake-hard to miss on a map because it’s huge. I found my little piece of heaven( 🙂 ) because I’ve lived on this lake for many years so often drove past it. A friend told me that had an opening which they often don’t for years in a row, it’s a wee park with only a few well spread out homes and sites. There are, though, several rv parks on or near the lake where places(nice in their own way, just not what I’d choose) are usually readily available. I drove past those for years as well, but had no reason then to do more than glance at them. If I hadn’t been offered this place I may have had to look on smaller lakes to find the type of setting I knew I would enjoy. I hope you get the chance to spend the warmer months anywhere that you can enjoy being outdoors.

        • Kat & Cookie Dog in NY says:

          Weather, I am right near you. We used to camp with my brother’s family at Sylvan Beach for a week every August. My spouse wasn’t that thrilled with it there as it’s not as separate/wild as some of the campgrounds in the Adirondacks. Sounds like you found a wonderful spot and were very lucky to have snagged it. Enjoy it!!

          • Kat & Cookie Dog in NY says:

            Geez I shouldn’t be typing any messages this week. I meant Verona Beach State Park not Sylvan Beach. Sorry.

          • weather says:

            Thanks Kat, it does make me feel very fortunate to have this, it works perfectly for my life right now, in so many ways. I expect to keep enjoying it whenever I am around here at least for the four years that my granddaughter will be at the university.Sylvan beach has a couple right nearby though not on the nicer part of the water, too, besides rooms or cottages to rent, and good restaurants, their really nice day use park on the water this season put a no dogs sign up (?!). Verona Beach is nicer late autumn. I’ve camped a lot in the Adirondacks, it’s easy to love that…

  19. 2jacy says:

    I just bought a $200 computer and it was not as advertised. To get Word I would have to rent it by the month from the cloud for $7.00 month. That meant I couldn’t type off line. There are lots of cheap computers on Amazon but those are mostly for gamers and kids on social media. Be careful.

    • You can type offline using Google Drive, and it’s very easy to convert that document or spreadsheet to Word format! If you do work offline, it saves the changes offline and then “officially” saves them the next time you go on line.

    • Marilyn in Dania Beach says:

      2jacy

      You can use Open Office (free) in place of Word. It is free to download.

      Also, there is google Drive which has the same type programs as Word with different labels. Go to youtube and watch how to use Drive. I use it extensively for all our condominium correspondence, record keeping and budget preparation, using their spreadsheet.

      I mentioned this to RVSue a while back and wonder whether she was successful with it.

      Good luck.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        I tried downloading Open Office and with a weak connection it wasn’t successful. I intend to download it in the future.

      • Chromebooks don’t have any hard drive; you can’t download programs!

        • edlfrey says:

          Google Docs in Google Drive is not a bad alternative to OpenOffice Writer if you have a Chromebook. I don’t know if I will ever go to a Chrombook but when this laptop dies it will certainly be considered. I have used Google Drive some just for the experience and they ONLY thing I have against it is that it is Google.

    • Dave Stewart (in missouri for now) says:

      Google Libre Office It is a free office suite like microsoft. you just have to download it. Have used it for years.

  20. I love my Acer Chromebook! The battery lasts 5-6 hours and recharges very quickly using my inverter. You can do everything you need on it (documents, spreadsheets, etc.) with Google Drive; everything is saved “to the cloud” but still available offline. If you need to convert them to .pfd or another format, there’s an easy way to do that too. It’s very light, has a full size keyboard and since it has no memory, you can’t get viruses! About the only thing you can’t do with it is download programs (since there’s no memory) And you can’t beat the $200 price tag.

  21. MnDreamer says:

    Hi Sue- We used classroom sets of Chromebooks in the high school where I teach, and this year all incoming freshmen will have their own Chromebook that will travel with them. They have been really great tools for the kids, and it sure beats having to reserve and then drag them all to a lab to work with computers. You know that a Chromebook doesn’t have the storage that a regular laptop has, and they work best with Google apps (but I like Google’s apps!) Yes? A lot of their apps and storage uses the cloud. My guess is that some day, most of what we do with computers will happen on the cloud using a device like a Chromebook, but having internet connectivity is pretty important if you depend on one. Maybe you know all of this. Here is a good site to check, to help you with your decision:
    http://www.laptopmag.com/articles/chromebook-buying-advice
    Thank you again for the great photos and commentary of your life on the road with the Crew 🙂

  22. vickie carter says:

    I love my chrome.So simple and lite weight..I love your pics and posts. thanks

  23. DesertGinger says:

    Sue, I put a really long comment about flying with oxygen on yesterday’s post. Could you possibly copy it to today?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yes, I will do that. Thanks for letting me know, Ginger! See below.

      As soon as I finish this comment, I will put a note at the bottom of this post letting folks know about the information you shared, for the benefit of those who don’t look at comments.

  24. Pat (Ky) says:

    The produce looks delicious. I’ve heard green beans are good for dogs. Mine are more into carrots.

    So, I’m looking at your last photo and I’m surprised to see that the ball mount actually has a rise to it. I did not expect that with a van. The van seems fairly high to me. I may end up having to get a new ball mount.

    I’m excited and a more than a little bit nervous. Sunday I’m driving 3 hours to look at a Casita. If I actually get it, then what…am I putting the cart before the horse so to speak. I’m still working and still have the house. If nothing else I can stop at Mammoth Cave and get a senior pass.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Ha! How exciting, Pat! Of course, you’re a little bit nervous. So was I on the day I went to pick up the BLT.

      Cart before the horse? I don’t think so. Lots of folks have Casitas while still working and while they still have a house. In fact, some folks recommend that, in order to make sure you’ll be comfortable and happy on the road.

      Yeah, get that senior discount pass! Do let us know what happens on Sunday!

      As for the hitch ball on the PTV…. That extension you see was installed at the Casita factory. I couldn’t have it done while in Georgia because I didn’t know how the coupler and ball would line up. The PTV rides lower than the BLT, so in order for both to ride level, an extension was necessary, placing the ball higher.

    • Most people with campers own a home and do not FT. I wouldn’t say you got the cart before the horse. Why not use it weekends and for vacation until you hit the road to FT? I’ve basically had a camper all my life, and I don’t know that I will ever live in one. It’s not hubby’s cup of tea. I hope to take excursions of months at a time after retirement though.

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        Hi Crystal,
        Glad to see you back. You have disappeared from this blog for quite a while. Just wanted you to know I missed you. Sorry I didn’t get out to meet you when you passed thru Mid-TN last summer.

  25. rvsueandcrew says:

    Recently the question was asked…. How does one travel with oxygen tanks?

    DesertGinger shares what she learned, having recently traveled to New York with tanks. Thank you, Ginger.

    Tips for traveling with oxygen tanks:

    1. You need a form completed by your doctor. I never saw this form, it was handled by my pulmonologist’s office. Your doctor can contact the airline on which you will be flying, and the airline will fax the form to the doctors office. I didn’t try it, but I would but you could call the airline yourself and they would fax or send you the form. But it must be completed by your doctor and faxed back to airline.
    2. There is a separate agency, I think affiliated with FAA, that processes the forms and decides if you are eligible to fly.
    3. Their main concern is that you have enough batteries to get you through the entire flight, with layovers. The amount of batteries is impacted by the mode of your oxygen machine. If you use the ‘continuous’ mode you will need many more batteries than if you use ‘pulse’ mode. But you cannot plan to plug in between flights. You must have enough battery power for the whole trip.
    4. There is an absolute minimum of four batteries, at least there was on Delta. If you are on ‘pulse’ that will get you through approximately 12 hours, which is enough for virtually all domestic flights.
    5. Of course your batteries have to all be juiced up. I had to borrow two batteries from my oxygen provider company and good thing I checked them, as they weren’t juiced up, so I did that.
    6. You have to check in at ticket counter, and they asked to see the batteries. Check with ticket counter to make sure you are in aisle seats as it is very difficult to manuever your equipment to a middle or window seat.
    7. Once I got the go ahead from ticket counter, they had special provisions at security which involved being searched. Make sure you go early to airport.
    8. You will pre-board and, if you are lucky, the staff may assist you with getting your stuff in overhead. Your oxygen must go under the seat in front of you. I could barely fit my Simply Go unit. I know Eclipse are much bigger. Not sure if those would fit.
    9. When you arrive at a layover or destination, I could not wait and get off last as I was blocking the other people in my row. So it was a bit embarrassing but I had to drag out my stuff and get myself together while people waited.
    10. If you ask your flight attendant before landing, they will have a wheelchair there to help you get to your next flight. The wheelchair attendants expect a good tip.

    Oh…I think the other agency that handles oxygen requests is called ‘Oxygen to go’. They said they would have phoned me to tell me I needed more batteries except my doctors office did not put my phone number on the form. But if you are in the planning stage and get contacted by ‘oxygen to go’ they are the official oxygen processing unit.

    One more tip…
    When I began my trip in Tucson I walked up to and through security and was thoroughly searched. It was a slow process. When I returned from Albany I got a wheelchair at ticket counter, and was wheeled through security. They have better provisions if you are in a wheelchair and I wasn’t searched and got through much faster. Gave the wheelchair guy $10 and we were both happy.

    And last but not least….pack light! As light as possible. All these people who help you have to deal with your stuff and it adds up. I had a 17″ spinner suitcase, a small backpack, my oxygen machine and my cpap machine. It was a LOT. I filled up a whole overhead cabinet on one plane. I don’t know where I could cut back but travel as LIGHT as you possibly can. I had like 4 wash and wear outfits (including what I was wearing) and 1 nightgown. 2 pair s underwear. Wore my sandals and packed my sneakers in my suitcase. But then there are medications and toiletry items (all travel size)…but it all adds up.

  26. 2jacy says:

    You have to pay a backup company to protect whatever you store in the cloud instead of inside your computer or you can be hacked like the SNL comic whose private photos were displayed online to embarrass her in the news today. Sue doesn’t want to lose her past columns.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Wouldn’t the blog be stored in the big laptop I have now? Also I have backup with my webhost, Hostgator.

      Thanks for pointing this out, 2jacy.

  27. ApplegirlNY says:

    Yes, those summer tomato sandwiches have increased my bread intake of late, also. It’s worth it. Once the frost hits, we’ll be dying for these.

    I have really enjoyed your Colorado ramblings this summer. So different from your desert life. Summer is winding down here, as we close in on Labor Day in a couple of weeks. Perfect weather – warm sunny days and cooler evenings.

    The crew looks as cute at the laundry as they do on the beach. What a life!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m glad you’ve enjoyed the “RVSue and Crew’s Colorado Summer Tour.” 🙂

      What a ride, huh? We hit the main attractions… The WalMart in Pagosa Springs and Salida, the laundromat in South Fork, dump station in Poncha Springs… It’s been a whirlwind tour! 🙂

      Summer means tomato sandwiches and, as God is my witness, I’ll never go without them again! (Thank you, Scarlett.)

  28. Joyce Sutton says:

    I bought the chrome book. For my grandson who lives with us. They are the edu standard. He was using an old desktop that ceased. He says the battery lasts about 12 hrs even when gaming. (Asus) He’s thirteen and these are the ones used in school here. Quite sturdy. They are small and my large hands have trouble typing on even a large laptop. Like the seperate keyboard but don’t do enough typing anymore to concern over it. Mostly the phone or iPad with hunt and peck. He doesn’t know any thing about the usual programs us older folk used like word or other. Google has it all on the cloud. He made a great PowerPoint presentation in matter of minutes. I’m awed. The kids swing them on their backpack on they are off. So they are sturdy. This one was quite cheap on Amazon

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I was looking at the ASUS. I’m impressed by how long the charge lasts as my present laptop isn’t that good, needs charging frequently.

      Thanks for buying the Chromebook through my blog, Jean. That gave me a very nice commission and it didn’t raise the price any for you. I also appreciate all the information you shared here… Good to know they are sturdy as I tend to abuse my electronics.

      • Joyce Sutton says:

        Your welcome. I buy a lot at Amazon all through you blog. DH isn’t traveling well as the ravages of liver failure overcome him. It’s 50 mi to Walmart My son lives with us and as I have free shipping with prime he often had me order stuff for him as well. He doesn’t even know you benefit. My return for the enjoyment you give me. Hence the lawn mower spindles if that caused you a pause

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          You’re good to me, Joyce.

          I’m surprised more people who live far from grocery stores don’t order food through Amazon, or at least regular supplies like toilet paper, kitty litter, cleaners, etc. Instead of driving to the store, UPS brings it to your doorstep.

  29. Cheryl Kline says:

    Yes the green beans did look delicious! ? I wish we had some of the cool weather. I am camping for a week at Old Hickory Lake in Tennessee. The heat index was near 100 today along with. The humidity to match.?
    Safe travels!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good golly, Cheryl! That’s roughing it! I hope it cooled off this evening and stays that way for you all week long.

    • Velda in Roseville CA says:

      Funny several of you are looking at the green beans and I’m thinking gee those carrots are,big enough to spiralized for carrot noodles!

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        NO such luck on the lower temps, humidity and dew points in Middle TN in the late summer. July, August and Sept. are the pits here, like walking in pea soup. By the time you get back from, even, a short walk, you are soaked.

  30. Don in Okla. says:

    Something I wasn’t aware of regarding oxygen usage. Mom is in the long term care facility on oxygen and her lips were dry so I got her some Chap Stik. The nurse found out and told me that anything with petroleum or petrolatum is dangerous to have around oxygen. It make sense so I got her some lip balm with out it. Who would have thought.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yeah, who would’ve thought of that? I wouldn’t. Gee, thanks for sharing, Don.

      • Joyce Sutton says:

        No nail polish either on O2 users as it’s important to see the color of the nail beds None on the nurses either as sm cracks harbor germs. And the state inspectors also tell us no lipstick application of any kind not chap stick or lip Dews. It cross contamination and in the same fine print with not eating at the nurses station. Groan

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Interesting…

        • Nancy from South Georgia says:

          Here in Georgia I have to laugh at this. You should see some of the people we have working at the nurses stations, they would riot and trash the hospital if there were a “no eating” rule. Their entire shift revolves around gossip and talking about they they are going to eat on break. But they eat the entire time they’re at the unit desk.

          ** This only applies to SOME of the workers….I’m sure they’re a pain in the butt for the conscientious ones who actually still believe in working by the rules.

  31. Jan NH says:

    just have to say that I love the laundromat parking sign….spun dry…teehee

  32. ValGal (westernWA) says:

    Google is bringing Google Play App Store to Chromebooks. Most apps are pretty cheap and some are even free. This expands the possibilities of what you can do with the Chromebook. It’s a good option for a cheap second computer.

    Laundry us not my favorite task if I need to go to a mat. Alas, it must be done.

    The crew looks good!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      A few of my posts originated in the laundromat…. I always appreciate a source of material for a blog post! Haha!

  33. BadgerRickInWis says:

    Why is it that after years of following your adventures I’m actually looking forward to the day that I leave camp to go into town for the laundromat run? Something tells me that after I’ve done it a few dozen times it might might lose it’s luster. But I’ll bet you’d take a day in a laundromat over a day in the classroom anytime.

    Kelly has a Chromebook and it works OK for her. It’s very tiny, affordable, and works well for web surfing. From time to time she does have trouble finding a file or picture that she has uploaded and on the very rare occasion that I offer to help I find the interface not terribly intuitive. But that’s probably just me not being familure with it.

    One thing to note is that while they do have offline access to apps for document and picture editing you will not have access to the actual files without an internet connection. You can of course store all your files on a USB drive or portable hard drive but like your second keyboard that might not be perfect. Also to work in Word the only option is the monthly charge. But as others have pointed out converting from Google docs to Word is pretty easy when you need to.

    If it were me I would look at a small 11 inch laptop with a solid state hard drive. Same size, lighting fast and more versatile when you don’t have internet. You will pay more but as often as you are off line or have a very slow connection it might be worth it.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rick,

      I would take a week in the laundromat over a day in the classroom anytime. Just bring me some corn on the cob and tomato sandwiches and I’ll relax watching the machines spin. Sure beats having my head spin in front of 30 middle schoolers….

      You make several valid points about the Chromebook vs. a small laptop. I need to think about this more. Thank you, Rick.

      • BadgerRickInWis says:

        You’re welcome Sue. One more thing. As you read the reviews of the Chromebook I would imagine that the overwhelming majority of folks are using them on a Wi-Fi network. Since as I understand it you are at the very least plugged into your jetpack that might limit some of the advantages of the small size. Just something else to consider.

  34. Lee J in northern California says:

    Have you thought of getting a ten inch kindle fire? My husband’s laptop died and he is using my iPad, so I mostly use my fire. It takes photos, I can edit them, I save to the cloud and it costs me a buck a month. I cruise the internet, read your blog, can type on it,
    Something to.consider…and it is inexpensive! It shares my books that I have on my fire reader. I can print this vs on my wireless printer….What’s not to like?

  35. Cari in Plano Texas says:

    Yummmm….tomato sandwiches. Now you’re making me hungry! BLTs are one of my favorite sandwiches, guess I’ll have to go grocery shopping tomorrow 🙂

    I love Reggie’s green coat, green being my second favorite color.

    My pet sitting business is picking up for the fall season. I am booked solid from Sunday until Oct.3 with either a boarding client or a house sitting stay, where I stay at the client’s home. I look on these as mini-vacations, with little or no responsibilities outside caring for the dog. I really enjoy being with my clients, and I’m learning about the different breeds as well.

  36. Cathie Laurent says:

    My two cocker spaniels would be glad to share those green beans with you! They think they are a tasty treat and have no idea they are low calorie!

  37. Tom Moore says:

    Fresh white bread you must scrap off the roof of your mouth with a finger, Hellman’s mayo and a big slice of tomato. Shut the door that’s good.

    I’m waitin on the washer repair man today. The laundry job falls to me for just a few weeks now and I brake the washer. Hope he can fix it. I do not want to buy a new one right now. There are laundromats in my future but I do like having a good one at the home base.

    Winnebago is selling the Micro Minne I want so fast they are way behind in production and my special order will take to about the end of Oct. I can’t wait to need a laundromat.

  38. Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

    Hi Sue! Love tomato sandwiches too. I use a really soft gluten free bread and they turn out delicious! Fresh tomatoes from my garden too. I planted before Memorial Day this year and have been blessed with an abundance of vegetables. My first serious garden since moving to our new house which was 14 years ago! Just have been so busy doing other things with it.

  39. I like it when you talk about giving up your garden and then show photos of veggies at the Farmer’s Market. Reminds me that the bounty is out there and that I don’t have to grow it!! I’ve dried peaches from our trees and I’m drying onions and potatoes from the garden to throw into stews when we are on the road, but then it’s Farmer’s Markets or grocery stores from then on…now to sell this house!!

  40. rvsueandcrew says:

    GOOD MORNING, BLOGORINOS!

    I love it when this place is lively! Thanks so much for taking the time to join in. It’s been fun, as well as informative, to read your comments. I hope you don’t mind if I don’t reply individually to the comments that appeared after I went offline last night and the ones that appeared this morning.

    The crew and I are going into town in a few minutes. I just wanted to drop in here before we leave to say good morning and . . . .

    “I love you! Have a wonderful day!”

    Sue

  41. Sue, I teach half-time online and learned about the problems of traveling with only one laptop when my hard drive went bad. I would suggest that next time you get to a bigger city you look at small (13 or 14” laptops) that are lightweight and have lots of storage. You ought to be able to get one for less than $350. It would be lightweight and the keyboard would work. Chromebook may be difficult to use when you do not have internet access for storage. Might also suggest an external hard drive for backup. Cost is about $60-70 and you can put all your photos on it and know they are safe and accessible without having to access a cloud.

    Whatever you get, make sure it has at least one USB port so you can use a flash drive and/or other devices.

  42. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    We have found that the veggies found at the Farmers Market last so much longer! Weather you are funny but true about the money box usually at the roadside stands. No where else have I ever seen the “honor” system in regards to payment. The Amish/Mennonite here will gladly sell whatever quantity you need…as their little basket display is the portion.

    Sweet corn season is here…but it’s cow corn! ? Normally it’s half yellow half white…scrumptious! This year it’s all yellow! Blecccch!

    • weather says:

      That trusting honor system must be a country, or living in the middle of nowhere so everyone recognizes each other -as there are maybe two homes every few miles- type of thing, Ha!

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        You nailed it!
        Where I came from…they would take your veggies, your money bin AND your stand!

  43. Shawna says:

    Gotta enjoy those tomatoes while they’re available fresh from a garden; be plenty of time to go breadless later!

  44. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Tomato sandwiches are great in the summer, but I like to just eat it fresh. Have any of you tried cucumber sandwiches, slicing the cucumber to desired thickness, using dill dip instead of Mayo? They, too, are very good. Of course I am happy just to have a plate of fresh raw veggies with dip or ranch dressing for lunch with some Ritz crackers on the side. DH calls it my rabbit food.

    • Kat & Cookie Dog in NY says:

      Barbara, my mother loved cucumber sandwiches! She has been gone 18 yrs and I hadn’t thought about how much she loved them until your post. Thanks for the memories.

  45. Dale says:

    Hi Sue.

    I’m just like you in that I don’t mind doing laundry. What I’ve been running into a lot lately is laundromats that take special plastic cards instead of coins. It always costs extra to buy the card out of a machine. Then you add funds to the card like a debit card, always in increments that I never seem to use up completely. The card is never good at anyplace but the local laundromat so I end up leaving with unused money on the card. Have you ever run into this?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yes, I have run into the card system a couple of times, and, yes, I had unused money on the card. When that happens I give the card to another person, someone who appears to be a local resident. I hope everyone who reads this and encounters the cards at laundromats, will pass on their card when they don’t use all the money on it.

      One thing I learned after being burned the first time…. You can reinsert the card to add more money to it. It’s annoying, but I put a small amount on the card and add to it in small increments.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      What I’ve also come across are dryers that have a fixed amount to run them. In other words, you have to put in $1.75 for the dryer even if you only want a “light dry” of, let’s say, 50 cents (like I do for my shirts and let them continue drying on hangers.)

      Market forces do not regulate how laundromats operate because they are “the only game in town” and in many instances the only game for several miles around. It’s obvious that a person arriving with a vehicle full of dirty laundry is not going to leave without getting the task done, no matter how disgruntled they are, no matter how much they are being “ripped off.”

  46. Kat & Cookie Dog in NY says:

    Dale, they have that same system in the co-op building my daughter lives in (NYCity). Not only do you have to pay a fee to purchase the card, but if you misplace it you loose all the money you had on the card. I am really unhappy to hear that you have been running into that laundry card system. Anyone who travels much will end up loosing a lot of money. The laundry company makes a lot of extra money with this system. Sorry it spreading.

  47. A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

    Greetings, Sue!

    I am probably the exception to the norm (in more ways than one 😀 ). I’ve always enjoy doing the laundry. It’s like I get new clothes right out of the dryer. Fluffy clean and *most* of the cat hair and mocha stains gone! Are there elves in there or what? Ever notice that they never ‘borrow’ a PAIR of sox? Just one. Perhaps I enjoy it because I have only done laundry for myself. It would be tiresome to have that as a chore where others may not realize the effort and care that went into it. My biggest vexation is Murphy’s law of laundry #47: your favorite item of apparel will get an unremovable stain in a very obvious place. I’ve had two cats that liked to help with the laundry. When re-making the bed, they would jump on the mattress as the fresh sheet came down on them and liked to be tucked in. A lumpy, but ‘inspected’ nest!

    Happy 100th Anniversary to the National Park Service!!!!!!

    With RV Sue as ambassador, long may they both be there for us!

    • Virginia620 (Mobile AL) says:

      That’s a nice post. You have a way with words too. My kitty used to do the same when remaking the bed. ?

  48. AlanOutandAbout - Alpine AZ. says:

    Today is a sad day:

    Today my Cleo died. She was a sweet gentle being who only wanted to be by my side. She’d walk with me and comfort me. In the past 3 years she has come into her own. She started laying in my lap and by my side always seeking affection. This summer has been her happiest, hunting voles in the fields around and in the campground. I found her today in the field where she hunted. She was 16 and a half and had some kind of cancer so I think it was just her time. There was no damage to her body and I think she died peacefully. She is buried in the field she died in.

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      Oh Alan…..such sad news.

    • AlanOutandAbout, I’m so sorry to hear about your Cleo. It’s just one of the hardest things when out sweet companions leave us. God bless. Cleo will be waiting…

    • Stephanie Lanning says:

      I’m sorry for your loss. Very tough.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      I am so sorry for your loss, Alan. Take good care of yourself.

    • Jan NH says:

      I’m so sorry for your loss. Hoping your wonderful memories of Cleo, help you through this sad time.

    • Diann in MT says:

      I am so sorry Alan. Your reports on Cleo will be missed. God Bless.

    • Mick'nTN says:

      My condolences Alan. May Cleo wait happily for you on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Dear Alan, how heartbreaking for you. You did well for Cleo. I hope you will take comfort in that. You have my sincere sympathy.

    • Deena in Phoenix, AZ says:

      I’m sorry for your loss, may your memories bring you peace. Thanks for the stories of Cleo and also the memory of her searching for voles in the fields.

      Deena and Miss Mollie

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      I’m so sorry Alan. We all know how much of a hole the loss of our beloved companions leave. I hope you take comfort in the knowledge that you gave Cleo a great life. No greater gift we can give to our companions.

    • weather says:

      Oh, Alan, these are sad days for you, indeed. Sending hugs , you gave her so much, may knowing that she knew she was loved help your heart now.

    • A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

      Alan,

      Sending you warm embraces to hold you while you move through a tough time. I would have liked to meet your ‘owner’. Cleo sounded like a good friend and was lucky to have you as a friend.

      Hugs for
      {((((Alan))))}

  49. Duke of Paducah says:

    Hey Sue,,,way off topic but do u take down your wifi ant every nite in this stormy Colorado weather?

    • AZ JIM says:

      Duke of Paducah, You bring back memories of the 40’s Grand ole Opry. I never missed it in those days. Duke, Minnie Pearl, Grandpa Jones……

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Duke,

      Few topics are “way off” here! No, I don’t take the antenna down every night, only when lightning threatens nearby.

  50. Heda says:

    I love tomato sandwiches especially beef steak tomato sandwiches.

  51. Marilyn Moore says:

    Hi Sue and Crew. I bought an Asus desktop last month (through your site of course) because my road trippin’ friend had a little old laptop that took all the punishment that wandering Rockhounds prowling Arizona’s desert find. And it kept on ticking just like the old Timex watches did. I love my new Asus from Amazon and it’s reasonable price. Asus is a good buy.

  52. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    I love the pictures of the Crew in this post! Reggie is cute in his green coat, and Miss Bridget is sitting pretty for her portrait. So sweet! Every time I see shallow water, perfect for wading or soaking, dear Spike comes to mind. ❤️

    Last week I read that the Colorado Aspens should be ablaze with color in a couple weeks. I hope you will be in a quiet, scenic area to enjoy the show. 🙂

    Gracie was groomed today and looks absolutely adorable. She is exhausted – she did not get her beauty sleep today, as she was visiting with her friends. A day at the “spa” is so exhausting: shampoo, cut, blow dry and style, manicure and pedicure. Really ruff! LOL!

    While Gracie was roughing it, I was working on purging “stuff” – a very successful day. Seeing empty spaces that were once cluttered is very satisfying! Whoo-Hoo! 🙂

    I hope you have a good evening! Sending you and the Crew love and hugs from me and Gracie pup! 🙂

  53. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Good morning, Sue!

    You know you are getting older when asking a 20-something clerk to look up the price of an LP for the newly remastered “The Wall” by Pink Floyd…and she looks at you with a blank stare….”What is that? Never heard of it.” I told her it was before her time. ? ***sigh***

    I am not old – I am vintage! 🙂

    Have a great day! Sending hugs to you and the Crew from me and Gracie pup! 🙂

  54. rvsueandcrew says:

    GOOD MORNING AGAIN!

    No more slacking off, RVSue!

    I’m working on the next post and it should be published within the next hour.

    As always I appreciate your comments and kind messages to each other, to me, and to the crew. Thank you!

    Sue

  55. weather says:

    Good morning, Sue, I hope your weekend is going along splendidly. My son and daughter in law left early this morning to return home in San Diego.Other than getting the car they bought for my grandson and granddaughter to share during his senior year at the university, (I’ll take him to do that Monday), the two young ones are pretty well set up .She’s a dorm room, he’s just off campus with three roommates in a rented house.

    It’s been a bit of a whirlwind for the last week and a half with our moves, errands and visits. I’m hoping that my son and daughter in law are tired enough to just get home, unpack, sleep and return to work tomorrow without their newly empty nest really being felt all at once. The transitions we’re all going through are ones that I, then my “kids” , worked towards for decades, and all worth celebrating and being grateful for. Still, as each part involves some letting go of…it’s feels like being in a sun shower while grey clouds would interfere with the beauty if we let it, if that makes sense.

    So today I’m taking the opportunity to just drift through a few favorite places-your blog being one of those, I’m glad, as always, to be here having my second mug of coffee 🙂

  56. Bob G. says:

    About the chromebook: I recently bought the Asus Chromebook Flip 10, but I had to return it. It kept blacking out when I shifted the screen around, and it was really sloooow with that Atom Rockchip processor. Chromebooks don’t need a lot of advanced hardware, but they do need some. I have an older Acer Chromebook 11 inch with an I3 Intel processor and 4 GB of RAM, and it is lickety split compared to the Asus. A Celeron chip is pretty snappy too. But for goodness sake get 4 GB of ram. I was running out of ram with a dozen tabs open, even with 4 GB.

    If you can wait, there are going to be a bunch of new chromebooks coming out in the very near future, now that Chrome OS can use Android apps. If you are going to have apps, you are going to need more than the usual 16GB of storage. I’d say at least 64 GB. It would be great if you could install them to removable USB storage, but right now they only want to go on your main drive.

    Wait a few months. Well before Christmas there should be a lot of new and better choices.

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