“Chihuahua in aisle three!”

Friday, December 29

I’m pulling into the check-out lane with my cart of groceries at Blythe’s Smart and Final store when a voice comes over the speakers, waking me from shopping-zombiness.

“Chihuahua in the store! Chihuahua in the store!”

Simultaneously a long-legged, brown chihuahua zips past the far end of an aisle. I start placing my items on the conveyor belt.

How very Blythe.

A second later here comes the renegade chihuahua!

Flying past my legs, the dog zooms to the exit doors followed by an employee (identifiable by the store’s signature red vest) in close pursuit. The man is gesturing wildly and shouting, “Get out! Get out!”

The automatic doors open and out they go.

“Does this happen often?” I ask drily, turning to the cashier.

“Yeah,” she responds as she swipes my items across the scanner. “That dog comes over here regularly and we chase him out. He lives with the people at the motel across the street.”

The customer behind me quips . . .

“Someone should direct him to the dog food aisle.”

“Mmm. Sounds like the owners of the black chihuahua running around Albertson’s parking lot the last time I was there,” I remark. “An employee told me it was from the motel.”

(Albertson’s grocery is diagonal to Smart and Final grocery. The stores triangulate with the motel.)

“Yep, that’s them,” she replies, stuffing my items in the 47th plastic bag I’ve bought from the store.

I keep forgetting to bring a bag inside.  The Perfect Tow Vehicle is littered with shopping bags!

Anyway . . . 

The first few times I see chihuahuas running on sidewalks, sniffing around lawns, and trotting across the streets of Blythe, I’m very concerned for them. Since then I’ve developed a respect for the roaming dogs of Blythe for their well-honed, street savvy.

I still wish they were better supervised, but such is the culture here.

These are no bumbling, scared, hungry, lost dogs with please-help-me eyes. These dogs have street cred coming out the ying-yang.

I’m not exaggerating. 

For instance, one day I see a chihuahua stop at a crosswalk on the wide, five-lane boulevard that is Hobson Way. The dog waits for a pick-up to go by before stepping into the street. It holds its head high as it makes its way across, a picture of alertness and confidence.

At least it isn’t wearing earbuds and walking while texting.

~ ~ ~

The post is supposed to end here.

I’m about to type my sign-off signature — rvsue — when Roger and Reggie leap to the door, hopping, twirling, barking.

“What’s this all about?”

I open the door and here’s Skeeter!  The boys spill out the door to meet their runaway friend  in a tangle of joy.  They frolic around our campsite.

Then Reggie decides he’s going to sniff out the camp of our other “neighbor.”

Oh, geez, I hope he doesn’t pee on the guy’s stuff . . . .

I call out, “Reggie!  Reggie!  Come, Reggie!”

He ignores me.  Roger and Skeeter, who are watching Reggie disappear beyond the creosote bushes, turn and return to camp.

“You’re such good boys!”

Past experience tells me that if I disappear from Reggie’s view, he becomes nervous and returns.

I go inside the Best Little Trailer and shut the door behind me.  A few minutes later I open the door and Reggie is back.

“Okay, guys, let’s escort Skeeter home.”

“Come along, Skeeter.  I hear Del calling you.”

Our usual routine is to visit Del and his canine crew around three o’clock every afternoon. He and I agree that we have to visit every day otherwise the dogs — his and mine — will go nuts.

It’s only noon now but previously Del invited us to visit any time.

Being retired like me, he keeps his days open.

 No need to call ahead.

The excited barking of happy dogs alerts him that he has visitors.


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86 Responses to “Chihuahua in aisle three!”

  1. Pat McClain says:


  2. Cat Lady says:

    Happy New Year, Sue and Crew.

  3. Pat McClain says:

    Wow! I just got home and turned the computer on and there was Sue! Now I can go back and read everything. Hoping you have a Happy New Year Sue and all the blogerinos! May all your wishes come true (or at least a significant portion of them!)

  4. Diann in MT says:

    So fun, you Chihuahuas.

  5. Dawn in NC 🐕 says:

    I love it! Chihuahua in aisle 3 indeed! That is great! It reminds me of a story I read about a corner store in a city beset by candy bar thefts. Turns out it was the local squirrels! 🤩

  6. eliza in illinois says:

    Happy New Year, Sue and Crew. I’m looking forward to your 2018 adventures.

  7. bess in Oregon says:

    hi Sue, i am glad to see the doggies having so much fun together. your idea of getting out of sight of Reggie is very smart on your part.

    i wanted to talk a bit more about the Amelia Peabody mystery series by Elizabeth Peters which is set in the 1880’s through the early 1900’s in Egypt. i have really been enjoying this series and wanted to let the blogerinos know about it for their reading pleasure. i also loved the Lord Ramage books you told us about, by Dudley Pope.

    any other suggestions? thanks for the fun blog and for keeping the community going with such enjoyable tales. bess

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, bess,

      I like the way you update us on your reading and share titles. I read one of the Amelia Peabody mysteries and enjoyed it. The second one I tried — a while later — didn’t engage me. I think it was me, rather than a shortcoming of the book.

      Right now I’m reading The Broker by John Grisham, which Del loaned me. At the library I picked up Diana Gabaldon’s “Seven Stones to Stand or Fall.” It’s described as:

      “a magnificent collection of short fiction — including two never-before-published novellas — all extending the story of Outlander in thrilling new directions.”

      I’ll read that after this Grisham book.

      BLOGORINOS: Please let us know any good books you’re read and/or share the names of favorite authors. Thank you!

      • bess in Oregon says:

        thanks Sue!

      • Renee still in Idaho says:

        Hi Sue and Crew!
        I listen to a lot of audio books to and from work, and around town doing errands. Here’s a list of audio books that I’ve really enjoyed that are probably available in print:
        1. Circling the Sun by Paula McClain
        2. Mrs. Lincolns’ Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiavarini
        3. Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule by Jennifer Chiavarini
        4. The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin
        5. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Steadman
        6. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
        7. The Color of Our Sky by Amita Trasi
        8. The Headmistress of Rosemere by Sara E. Ladd
        9. At The Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen
        10. Victoria by Daisy Goodwin
        11. The Time Between by Karen White
        12. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

        Just a few.

        Happy New Year to all!

        • Barbara(Nashville) says:

          Thanks Renee. I have read all of Jennifer Chiavarini’s books. I really enjoy her writing. I miss the Elm Creek Quilter series though.

          • Renee still in Idaho says:

            You’re welcome, Barbara. Have you read her book about John Wilkes Booth? It was recommended, but it doesn’t necessarily interest me.

      • Calvin Rittenhouse says:

        I am about 25% of the way through US Grant’s personal memoirs. He was surely one of the better writers in that particular genre.

        • Renee still in Idaho says:

          Calvin, that’s good to know. I’m interested in reading that too especially since it was a good part of the Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule book. Thank You!

      • Linda Sand (Minnesota) says:

        I truly enjoy Nick Russell’s Big Lake mystery series. His characters are real characters. 🙂

      • Chey (WA coast) says:

        Happy New Year Sue, crew, and blogorinos 🎵🎵🐾🐾👣
        My book suggestion is Dana Stabenow, the Kate Shugak books.
        I would anticipate each new book debut. “Kate Shugak is a native Aleutian working as a private investigator in Alaska. She’s 5′ 1″ tall, carries a scar from ear to ear, and has a half wolf, half husky dog named Mutt.”
        And when you regularly see Amazon orders for Bayside grain free dog food, Advantage Flea and Tick II, and elk antlers, know that an 11 yo rat terrier named Chance is living it up 🎉 🐾🐾🎵

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Happy New Year, Chey!

          Great hearing from you, girl! I was thinking of you this morning. Thanks for the Amazon orders and book recommendations. 🙂

  8. Your boys are adorable. So glad they have Skeeter too.

  9. Stephanie Turner OR says:

    Happy New Year Sue and fellow blogorinos. I’m looking forward to a great 2018 and hope the same for all of you. I just read the other day that one of my favorite mystery writers passed away from cancer. Sue Grafton. She was writing the alphabet series of books starring Private investigator, Kinsey Milhone. Unfortunately, with her death the series ends with the letter “Y”. Her books are easy and fun to read and a great escape. The doggies all look sassy and happy so desert life is good.

    • Kellee says:

      I was so sad to hear about Sue Grafton also – I have been reading her for years!

      • Stephanie Turner OR says:

        Very sad. I’d been waiting to see what the title for Z would be. I read her daughter said with her death the alphabet ends at the letter Y. Now I’ll never know about Z.

    • Barbara(Nashville) says:

      So sad to read of her death. I was looking forward to the letter “Z” as well. Admittedly I haven’t read all of them, but one of my very good friends as read them all and has the complete series.

  10. Val R. Lakefield Ontario says:

    Such happy dogs….makes me smile….

  11. Jan Johnson says:

    I love a small town – no dogs in the aisles here in this busy area except at Pet Smart.

    We were going by a CVS pharmacy a few weeks ago and saw a cat running loose. It is a very commercial area with metro Atlanta traffic nonstop, so we pulled over, parked and tried to find the cat. It ran inside a fenced area where the store kept its dumpster, and we were peering in when a lady pulled up and began emptying a premium brand of canned cat food onto a plate. We told her about the cat, and she said it was a feral cat and the town had a spay/neuter and release program, and that cat was one of the ones who had been taken and “fixed” and put back out in its familiar area eight years before! That cat sure had street smart too! I couldn’t believe it had survived that long. The lady said she came every single day, rain, snow or shine, and put food out for this cat and another that claimed that as its territory. There are such wonderful people out there who do their part to take care of those who need help, people or animal. And I was proud that they didn’t just euthanize the cats but let them live in their regular territory but thankfully unable to reproduce.

    Those three boys sure are cute together – I love that Skeeter ran over to play with them like a pack of little boys in a neighborhood!

  12. weather says:

    It must be a nice feeling when you see unfamiliar dogs loose, and know there’s not many reasons to worry about them. Especially, if like the one you saw wait for the pick up truck to go by, they watch for traffic and don’t just run right into streets without looking first. I suppose their owners feel they can trust them to stay safe without supervision, and you said they don’t look hungry, or as if they need help.

    Barring some disaster, I imagine a lot of dogs that don’t have it would love the freedom to be out on their own for part of everyday. Though you and Del pay more attention then some folks in Blythe do, that freedom is a large part of what’s so wonderful for Del’s and your dogs while your staying near each other. And you don’t have traffic or strangers to ruin their fun or yours, nice!

    Even though you had a fenced yard for your dogs to run within before you began full-timing, I guess they didn’t have other playmates come in to visit daily. When the dogs I had were outside they ordinarily had a fence between themselves and their other friends, too. This really is a very special window of time and happiness for your crew . What a delight it is for me to watch it all, thanks, Sue 🙂 !

  13. Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

    Whew! For a minute I was thinking for a minute you might be adopting the chihuahua in aisle 3! 😁. When Chuck and I started our travels together, we shared our Casita with 3 dogs and 1 cat! That was how our blog got titled Phunnyfarm! Lol! I don’t recommend it! That’s one reason we went for the fifth wheel!
    Happy New year Sue and crew and all the blogerinos !!! Looking forward to happy days !
    Love y’all !!! 💗

  14. Betsy Murphy says:

    Hmm…favorite authors: James Lee Burke (start with Black Cherry Blues and read in order from there.) Jan Karon-Milford Series, JoJo Moyes, David Baldacci, Carolyn Brown, Geraldine Brooks, Sally Gunning, Paulina Simmons (The Bronze Horseman series).Recently read books I loved: The Alice Network, Lilac Girls, The Nightingale, The Girl on the Train, and my all time favorite book: Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. I read a couple of books a week, so stay tuned 🙂

    • Robin B (Oregon & Arizona) says:

      Oooh, I love JoJo Moyes. If her next book, STILL LIFE, the third in the ME BEFORE YOU series isn’t on your radar, watch for it in a few months. It is really good and a worthy sequel.

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

    I just read that the author of one of my favorite series passed away at the age of 77. I’ve read every book in Sue Grafton’s alphabet series. A to Y. She didn’t make it to Z. If you haven’t read her I recommend giving her a try. Happy New Year to all!

  16. Jason fro NY says:

    Long time lurker some time poster. You and your crew are having way too much fun! I’m sill working and jealous!!!!

  17. Joe in TN says:

    Since your reading Grisham, I just finished his latest – “The Whistler’. I think it’s one of Grisham’s best in years. If you haven’t read it, I think you would like it muchly. The lead character is one smart and tough lady. Watch out for those runaway chihuahuas!

  18. Rover Ronda (WA) says:

    Ahem…😊I’m not the most observant but it looks to me those dog shadows don’t look noontime. You obviously have way too many pictures to choose from of the 3 amigos and their antics. Regardless they are always adorable, loved the story.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Winter sun is low in the southern sky at noon here, low enough to cast those shadows. 🙂 If that’s not the reason than something strange is going on because those photos were taken around noon. I didn’t have lunch until after we returned from a visit with Del and dogs.

      I checked when I published this post because you got me wondering if I’m losing my mind. Published at 13:31… Photos taken before I wrote the rest of the post, edited the photos, made links, etc. I’m good. 🙂

      Wow! You’re observant, Ronda. Keeping me on my toes!

      • Rover Ronda (WA) says:

        Wow, interesting. I do dn’t think of the trajectory of the sun. Daylight savings time probably also makes high noon not appear high noon. I thought of that after my post.
        Good job. You’re way better than me. I remember how glad I was to learn my phone camera not only keeps record of the date I take a photo, but also time and location!

  19. Neeter says:

    The incident in smart&a final reminds me of the movie “Because of Winn Dixie” a great movie for dog lovers.

    • suzago in PNW says:

      I thought the same thing, Neeter. That’s a great book for readers of all ages. When I was teaching middle school reading support group, that was the book I read as a “treat” after lessons (and to keep up the old tradition of teacher read-alouds). Even my toughest 7th grade boys loved it. If they goofed off too much, there was just “no time” for me to read, so it worked as a motivator.

  20. Robin B (Oregon & Arizona) says:

    Every year I make a list of my favorite books of the year to enclose with my holiday cards and here is this year’s list. And, like others, was very sad to hear about Sue Grafton. She’s been my favorite since I read the third book in the series, “C.”

    Happy New Year everyone!

    Fiction – Any of these would be perfect for book groups.

    Gail Honeyman – Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. Wonderful novel about self-discovery, but be forewarned that Eleanor is not a particularly sympathetic character–in fact, she appears very unlikable but do keep reading; she will win your heart along with the other well-developed characters that are drawn into her world.

    Laura McBride – ‘Round Midnight. Everything about this book was splendid. McBride perfectly captured the flavor of Las Vegas through the years, and the characters were authentically drawn and engaging.

    Rene Denfeld – The Child Finder. Portland (OR) author has written a touching literary suspense thriller about the “child finder” who tracks down a missing girl.

    Mysteries and Suspense – This was a fantastic year for thriller and mystery lovers.

    B. A. Paris – The Breakdown. I was in this psychological suspense thriller’s grip from the very start. Some novels in this sub-genre are too tense or not suspenseful enough, but this one was just right.

    Anthony Horowitz – The Magpie Murders. This was a terrific mystery and anyone who loves a good locked room/country house classic story and/or is a fan of Agatha Christie will thoroughly enjoy it.

    The Usual Suspects: J. A. Jance – Proof of Life. Sue Grafton – Y is for Yesterday. Marcia Muller – The Color of Fear. All of my favorite mystery authors had new books this year and while I liked the Grafton and Muller well enough, Jance’s latest Beaumont mystery illustrates how well she is staying on top of her game for developing series characters and situations.

    Jane Harper – The Dry. Fabulous atmospheric mystery set in Australia. Try if you like gloomy and dark who-done-its with elements of psychological suspense.

    Honorable Mention- John Grisham – Camino Island. I haven’t read a Grisham in years but the rare books topic appealed to me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you had given up on the author, give this one a try.

    Nonfiction – These are all as compelling as a good novel.

    Michael Finkel – The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the North Pond Hermit. A compassionate report of a man who lived without being discovered in the Maine woods for 27 years. This is perfect for fans of Krakauer’s Into the Wild.

    Caitlin Doughty – From Here to Eternity: Travelling the World to Find the Good Death. Despite being a little stomach-churning at times, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, the author’s memoir about working in a crematory, was fascinating. Her follow-up is just as absorbing but you may need to pause and take a deep breath now and then. I do hope Doughty follows up with a “Corpse Hotel.”

    Tim Bauerschmidt – Driving Miss Norma: Our Family’s Journey Saying “yes” to Living. Instead of receiving treatment for her uterine cancer, 90-year-old Norma chose to travel in a motorhome with her son and his wife. And what a journey it was for everyone! Tissues are a requirement.

    Caroline Fraser – Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Fraser’s research into the lives and times of Laura, husband Almanzo, daughter Rose, and other figures has resulted in the most complete and unvarnished biography of LIW ever published.

    Jessica Bruder – Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-first Century. An absorbing and informative report of many who have chosen the RV lifestyle (or car or van living) because of financial circumstances. Bruder also offers eye-opening information on how many join Amazon’s CamperForce program that uses retirees as seasonal help. This is probably my favorite book of the year and a necessary read for everyone.

    Roz Chast – Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York. This short graphic novel is a fun overview of New York City. Those who have never visited will find good ideas of what to do and where to go, and those who have been many times will find it familiar and entertaining.

    2018 Recommendations. Watch for these to be published in early 2018.

    Nail-biting thrillers: A. J. Finn – The Woman in the Window. Greer & Pekkanen – The Wife Between Us. Alice Feeney – Sometimes I Lie. Peter Swanson – All the Beautiful Lies.

    Willy Vlautin (Oregon author) – Don’t Skip Out on Me. Willy’s writing in this heartrending novel is marvelous.

    Chloe Benjamin – The Immortalists. What would you do if you were told the exact date of your death?

    Jojo Moyes – Still Me. The third in the “Me Before You” series and it’s pretty terrific.

    Michelle McNamara – I’ll Be Gone in the Dark. Author exhaustively investigated a California serial killer, and the fact that the final suspect still isn’t known doesn’t mean this isn’t a heckuva page-turner.

    • Joe in TN says:

      Wow! Thanks so much from a “blogorino” about to take a road trip. This is exactly what we needed and a great idea for Christmas cards. Much appreciated!

      • Archae says:

        Robin B–Thank you for your list. It has a number of books that i find intriguing! Thank you for sharing it with us.

        Just reading the title, “Chihuahua in aisle three” made me laugh! Then when you arrive home and find Skeeter waiting to play. What a great life Reggie and Roger have! Thank you again for sharing.

        Wishing everyone a healthy and Happy New Year!

    • Archae says:

      Thank you for your list. It has a number of books that i find intriguing! Thank you for sharing it with us.

      Just reading the title, “Chihuahua in aisle three” made me laugh! Then to arrive home and find Skeeter waiting to play. What a great life Reggie and Roger have. Thank you again for sharing.

      Wishing everyone a healthy and Happy New Year!

    • suzago in PNW says:

      And speaking of good books, this is a great list and a great idea for holiday cards – and for me to remember what I’ve read. I’m always reading, but have trouble remembering the titles/authors a month later! I try to keep myself organized with GoodReads, but I often forget to log books. I think this will be my New Year’s Resolution – to keep track of what I read and then use the best for holiday cards next year. Totally stealing your idea!

    • Archae says:

      Robin B–Thank you for your list. It has a number of books that i find intriguing! Thank you for sharing it with us.

      Just reading the title, “Chihuahua in aisle three” made me laugh! Then when you arrive home and find Skeeter waiting to play. What a great life Reggie and Roger have! Thank you again for sharing.

      Wishing everyone a healthy and Happy New Year!

  21. chas anderson says:

    Michael Connelly
    John Sandford
    Robert Parker (Spenser and Jesse Stone Series)
    Lee Child (Jack Reacher series)
    Harlan Coben

    These are my top 5.

  22. Wendy - Thailand says:

    Happy New Year Sue, Reggie and Roger, may it be a happy and healthy one with lots of fun adventures. I look forward to traveling along with you in 2018.

    And Happy New Year to all the Blogorino family.

  23. Barbara(Nashville) says:

    I love the antics of the three look alike pups. They are so fun. With those three being such good friends guess you and Del are deemed to be so as well. If I could throw Angel in the mix, there would be 4 look-a-likes. She would love to be racing around without a leash. I actually had to buy her a coat today as the morning temps for the next week are predicted to be in the single digits. She seems to do fine without one, but I think it is just way to cold for a walk. She must not have ever had one, as she was running around trying to get away from it. I did have it attached with the velcro strips.

    Some of my favorite authors are: James Patterson-The Alex Cross series and the Women’s Murder Club series, they are by numbers.
    Janet Evanovich – Stephanie Plum series.
    David Baldacci, Lee Child – The Jack Reacher series
    Beverly Lewis – her books are about the Amish
    Brad Thor, Tom Clancy, Tess Gerritsen, Lis Wiehl.
    Michael Phillips, Tracie Peterson and Judith Pella These three are Christian Fiction books.
    Hope you, the crew and fellow blogorinos have a very Happy New Year.

  24. Happy new year RVSue and crew. What happy little dogs you have. Today I went for a drive and hike to Boyce Thompson Arboretum. I had read about this place in your blog. It’s beautiful. I hiked a mile and half on the upper trail. Hiked past the little lake, crossed two small brooks, walked across the suspension bridge and up into the rocks. Using my hiking pole, I managed to navigate up and down the trail taking my time to place my footing. I didn’t want to twist an ankle. Going to go back soon before it gets blazing hot to do the lower trail and see all the strange plants and trees and hope to see a hummingbird and butterflies.

  25. AZ Jim says:

    On behalf of my Detta and me, we wish all our fellow Blogorinos a Happy New Year! I am hoping things are better for us all. Missy, another year in the book. Best wishes to you and the boys! Jim

    • Barbara(Nashville) says:

      Thank you Jim. Happy New Year to you and Detta.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Same to you, Jim and Detta! Love you!

    • Barb in Florida says:

      Happy New Year to you & Detta.
      Wishing you & your sweetheart a good 2018.
      If you’re up at 3am, like on Christmas & you feel like it, how about the air raid story, Uncle Jim:)

      Happy New Year, Sue, Reggie & Roger & all the Blogorinos.
      Best wishes & love to all in 2018!!!

  26. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    I love the last photo! All three boys are airborne, and the stone/gravel looks like they have raced in the same circles many times. “…..and we have Reggie in the lead, with Roger making a close second, not to be left out is Skeeter, bringing up the rear….” Go boys, go!! 🙂

    Cute story about the survivalist Chihuahuas. At least the store announcement was not “Chihuahua in the store! Cleanup in aisle three!” 🙂

    Sending you and the zoom-zoom brothers love and hugs from me and Gracie pup! 🙂

  27. Cinandjules 🌵 says:

    I too love the last photo! The boys are having so much fun… Flying around!
    Back and forth to Dels site…..not a care in the world!
    They are either sleeping really well at night…..or building up their endurance!

  28. Barbara from Camano Island says:

    You tell a wonderful story! Can’t thank you and the other blogorinos for all the hours of entertainment and education you have given me. My life is so much richer from reading your blog.

    I got up the courage and stopped at an rv sales lot today. My goodness, I don’t want anything so big. Back to looking at van conversions. Oh well, it’s all an adventure.

    Happy New Year to all.

  29. Chris in Wake Forest, NC says:

    Happy 2018 Sue, Reggie and Roger, and to all fellow bloggerinos who have enjoyed this amazing journey by RV Sue and crew!
    Sue, I’ve been with you since your very first blog. You’ve shared so many wonderful places with us in this great country. You offer great patience and care in explaining and educating us in the fundamentals of being a responsible pet lover and RV’er! Thank you. You make my life so much more enjoyable!
    Happy New Year!

  30. Jo in OR says:

    The three amigos are having a blast…so cute. When I read
    “Chihuahua in aisle three” I thought oh no Roger escaped and was looking for Mama Sue. Fun post. Thank you Sue.

    Happy New Year to all.
    Hoping for good health, peace, safety, fun and laughter in 2018.

  31. Desert Ginger back in the desert! says:

    So is there some reason .Blythe is so heavily populated with Chihuahuas? Do they have other kinds of dogs too?

    Chloe and I are enjoying the winter weather, although I do have trouble breathing on our nighttime walks because of the cold. But the days are heavenly!

    So I continue to struggle with health stuff. Had injections in my neck and am due to have more on the 10th. The first round didn’t seem to help much. Then I started physical therapy and that helps. They give me traction. Then today I also went to a new chiropractor and go back on Tuesday. So I’m trying everything and hopefully will start feeling better soon.

    Getting my neck/shoulder in better shape as my boss included me in a new goals program for people wanting to be writers. That means more computer time, so I hope I’ll be able to do it.

    I wanted to get out and about this weekend and backed off cause my back is so painful.

    Today I’m just staying home and reading, maybe going out to eat.

    So..that’s all for me. Happy New Year to all!

    Oh…don’t forget to eat your black-eyed peas!

    • Barbara(Nashville) says:

      DG, Sorry you are having so much pain in your neck & shoulder. Hope you feel better soon and have a Happy New Year.

  32. Terri in Tx. Nice and nippy! says:

    A very funny post today! We are waiting for it to get much colder! We will have lows in the twenties for the next four nights. This is a cold winter for us, this year. Just wanted to say I appreciate the Camp List for the years at the top of your blog! Happy New Year!

  33. rvsueandcrew says:

    Happy New Year’s Eve, everybody!

    I hope you have an enjoyable evening, whether celebrating or not.

    May everyone be safe and no pet suffer with fear from fireworks noise.

    Great comments, as usual! Thanks for the wishes for the new year sent to me and the crew. I also appreciate the many book recommendations you shared. Very helpful.

    Many in our blog family faced huge challenges, terrible heartbreak, and/or catastrophic health problems during 2017. For some, this continues. My most sincere wish for the new year is for everyone’s life — whatever the situation — to become better in 2018!

    Thanks again for your kind comments.


  34. Dawn in NC 🐕 says:

    Happy New Year Sue! I hope you stay warm. My high for the day is 27! ❄️ Quite chilly for these parts.

  35. Chris says:

    Love the blog. Thanks for sharing your adventures. 🙂

  36. Sherri from California says:

    Happy New Year Sue! Wishing you and the Blogerinos a year of health and happiness! Just got back from visiting family in the Pacific Northwest: everyone stay warm out there…

  37. Maryanne Davis-Baldwin-CT says:

    To everyone, a Happy & Safe New Year! Here in the Northeast the cold is setting new records; I even made a double thick fleece coat for Jack, the Border Collie. Walking at 4 degrees made me think he needed one. I am so looking forward to heading down to Florida, although packing up in this cold won’t be much fun. Thanks for all the book lists; like another Blogorino, I have trouble remembering what I have read & who wrote it. My Kindle books show up on my I-Pad which is easier to read from. The hardest thing is reading a wonderful library book & then finding they have none of the author’s other books. I am so happy when a notice shows up that RVSue has another post. The photos & stories are just wonderful & inspiring. Thank you for you years of writing, Sue!

  38. Maryanne Davis-Baldwin-CT says:

    To everyone, a Happy & Safe New Year! Here in the Northeast the cold is setting new records. I wrote a bunch more but the site won’t let me post it–says “looks like you already said that” So I’ll try just this.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That happens to me, too, Maryanne. When it does, I refresh the page and my comment appears.

      Your original, longer comment appeared eventually, twice. I deleted one of them.

  39. Paula in Indiana says:

    Happy New Year, Sue, Reggie and Roger and all the Blogorinos and their families and furry companions! Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2018.

    Thank you all for your reading recommendations. I recently read a page turner called The Foundling by Paul Joseph Fronczak. It’s an autobiography, crime story and mystery all rolled into one!

  40. Diann in MT says:

    Happy New Year, Blogorinos and Sue and Crew!
    Thank you all for your book recommendations. Have a full winter’s supply now!

  41. Alane in Durango, Colorado says:

    Thanks for all the book suggestions. One of my favorite authors is Alice Hoffman. “Practical Magic” is a good book to start with to see whether you enjoy her writing.

  42. Cynthia from San Clemente says:

    What a wonderful end-of-the-year post! The boyz zooming around after each other are so cute, and it’s so good for them to get out all their yayas!! Loved all the book and author recommendations; I’m going to compile one list and download to my Kindle for our trips this year. I hope everyone has a safe New Years Eve and a wonderful, healthy 2018. Thank you Sue and crew for another year of laughs, learning and fellowship 🙂

  43. Donna says:

    “Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel” by Mark Sullivan. I couldn’t put it down, and neither could 13,000 other readers on Amazon. 5 stars.

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