Cozy or crazy, we’re content in a boondock near Benson, Arizona

Sunday, March 18

When your ears are blown backwards, that indicates you are experiencing strong wind.

This wind is bitter cold.

Reggie and Roger love to run free around our boondock near Benson, Arizona.  They don’t seem to notice the cold wind.  I think the wind gives them more energy.

The boys go crazy and I snap a few photos of them and of the landscape (which I’m using to illustrate this post). Then I retreat to the Best Little Trailer to watch the fun through the windows.

After lots of racing and playing, the two happily panting pals are eager for a cool drink and the warmth held inside our home.

We don’t go anywhere in the Perfect Tow Vehicle today.  

I’m content to stay cozied up with the pups.

Several years ago I learned a lesson from a dear friend.  

(Oh gosh, forgive me if I’ve told you this before.)

Lois was in her eighties the years I knew her, me some forty years younger.

A native of Georgia, her family worked hard to put food on the table.  Hands cut during the picking of cotton on long, hot summer days were cleaned up to hold a Bible and to pray in church on Wednesdays and Sundays.

As an octogenarian her body was terribly stooped.  Her skin was wrinkled and browned from years of tending the fruit trees and vegetables of her and her husband’s truck farm.

I didn’t know her when she was Lois. By the time we met, the nickname of Granny had replaced it.

People of no relation, other than that born out of affection, called her Granny, too.  It fit.

Granny taught me through example how to live one’s days guided by conditions of nature and spirit. I would suggest something and she’d say, no, it’s not the day for that.

I’d look around confused . . . “Huh?”

Another day she’d say, this is the day to do that (what I’d suggested previously), and in hindsight I’d realize her wisdom.

I recall a day of torrential rain.  

I appeared on Granny’s porch, hair slapped to my head, wet as a muskrat’s.  She greeted me laughing,  “A day like this and you’re out riding the roads!”

Of course, she was retired and I wasn’t and it was a Saturday, but, even so, I got her point.

Now that I’m retired and have the freedom to go or stay according to my own choice, I understand better the ways of my friend, Granny.

All that to say . . .

I’ve been enjoying being held at camp by the wind.  Of course, if it continues too long, I might get tired of it . . . .

Monday, March 19

Overnight temperatures drop into the high 30s!

I’m up at 4:30.  Immediately I turn on the Wave 3 heater and keep it on high.  (I crack open a window a little bit and crank the ceiling vent up about a half-inch.)  Boiling water for the french press adds heat, too.

It’s 8:30 before the boys creep out from under the covers.

I take them outside on-leash for first potty.

 No wind.  Oh, and we have neighbors over there . . . 

Two young people — I think guys — are folding up their tent and packing gear into their car.  Hunched shoulders indicate they’re feeling the bite of cold.

Next Reg and Rog gobble up a breakfast of chicken chunks.  Then they beg to go outside.

“I know what you want.  You want to run free.  Well, you can’t until those people leave.”

I go outside to check.

“Okay, they’re gone.  Here ya’ go!”

They burst through the door, oblivious to the cold, running like the wind.




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78 Responses to Cozy or crazy, we’re content in a boondock near Benson, Arizona

  1. Marilu in Southern Arizona says:

    Hi Sue,
    Can I possibly be near first?

  2. Robin (Oregon & Arizona) says:


  3. Gail from Buckeye AZ says:

    top 5?

  4. Marilu in Southern Arizona says:

    Hi Again,
    I loved the story of Granny. Such wisdom!
    I’m sitting under a mesquite tree, the truck is getting it’s water pump replaced, I’m thankful we didn’t break down in the desert so all is happening just at the right time.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re in the wisdom of Granny! Ever notice how we travel through periods where troubles seem to jump out from behind every rock and then we travel with perfect timing. Hmm…. I wonder why that is.

      I’m glad you’re in the right time and place to have that work done.

  5. Hi Sue, the wind in Arizona can blow so strong sometimes. Our pups liked to run in it also, though it seemed to cut right through me. I think Lois had the right idea – sometimes you just need to hunker down inside.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lisa & Connie,

      No wind yet! Don’t you just love the sky in this part of the country? Arizona is noted for its sunsets. I have to say, these blue skies with great swaths of clouds are spectacular, too.

  6. Jean in Southaven, MS says:

    I am not first, but that doesn’t matter. I get to be transformed for a few minutes into someone else doing something else. What a nice way to spend the day. You don’t have to worry about anything. I can hardly wait for my time. I keep thinking that retiring is too good to be true and something is going to keep it from happening. I have 6 more Mondays to have to worry about then it is home free.

    Love the pictures of the pups running and having a good time. I like this area too. But I do not think I would like it a couple of months from now when the temps start to climb into triple digits. Enjoy your days and be safe. Hug the pups for me and give them a good scratch.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Jean… I’ll love on my pups for you.

      I guess Arizona is the flip side of our harsh winter states. Those folks stay inside for the heat during winter, Zonies stay inside for the A/C during summer. Or go someplace else! 🙂

    • Ed says:

      I checked WeatherUnderground readings for the period April thu September 2017. The were 7 days when the the high temperature was 100 or more. They happened in June and July.

      Benson is not Phoenix or Yuma, there are a lot of places in Arizona that never experience triple digit high temperatures.

      • Linda in Ky. says:

        I agree with Ed. Benson is not like Phoenix, or Yuma, or other places in Az. During the time I lived there, I don’t ever remember it being triple digit temperatures. That’s probably one of the biggest reasons I hope to return to there someday. And I had a swamp cooler, not A/C. I love the swamp coolers!

  7. Calvin Rittenhouse says:

    The dogs know when to run and when to rest. As with most people, I’m still working on that, but I’m making progress.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Calvin,

      I’m making progress, too, under the tutelage of Reggie and Roger. Since they run the show around here, they decide when we go for walks, when we sleep, pretty much when we do anything.

  8. Dawn in NC says:

    Hi Sue! I suppose Sunday was a “stay at home day”! I’m not always successful, but I generally try to make Sundays my stay at home days too. After scrambling all week, I need a day of rest. Love the pictures of the boys!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re right, Dawn. Everyone needs at least one day out of seven to rest. Our Father knew that! I hope you were able to kick back and relax. 🙂

  9. Cinandjules 🌵 says:

    Love your granny story….words of wisdom that is part of your life today! Granny would be smiling!

    Zoom zoom zoom! Funny…love seeing them with no paws on the ground….chasing!

    For a minute I thought we were living in windy Wyoming!

    Enjoy the peace! Stay warm!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You stay warm, too. The wind is back! Not quite as strong as before. Hope y’all are happy and healthy at your house, critters included. 🙂

  10. Renee from Idaho says:

    How wonderful to run off leash! A great way to describe a carefree life. “I’M RUNNING OFF LEASH”!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I like that, Renee! I immediately thought of an blog title, something like “Renee running off leash” or Renee unleashed!”

  11. Jolene/Iowa says:

    Hi Sue!
    Don’t you just love the wisdom of those older than us! Many times like you said, we don’t understand it at the time but years later we really appreciate it. Sometimes it is just a matter of being open minded enough to listen even if we store it away for another day.

    Love seeing the boys out running like the wind! Dogs being fully dog! Have a great rest of the day!

    Hi Blogorino’s!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jolene,

      I do value the bits of wisdom given me, mostly without me realizing it at the time, from older people in my life. I’m not aware and then a saying will come out of my mouth and I’ll think about it and finally see how it applies.

      I hope you had a great day being fully Jolene!

  12. weather says:

    It makes sense to me that the wind energizes your boys. It does the same thing for me and always has. It doesn’t matter if it’s hot or cold out, I really prefer to be in at least a steady breeze.I find a really strong wind exhilarating. I wasn’t surprised to learn that the Hebrew word ruach means both wind and spirit.

    Your dear friend Granny was a wise and special woman. How fortunate you were to have her in your life. I so enjoyed your story about that, and all of the details within it. It made me think about Mr. Shilley, a neighbor we had when I lived with my parents.He raised cows, grew and harvested their grain, straw and hay, gave some of their milk to any neighbor that wanted it and sold the rest to a dairy company. Of course, like most farmers, all of his work outside was done according to the season and daily conditions.

    When I’d go to visit him on rainy days I’d brush the cows while he sat whittling a piece of wood, telling me stories and teaching me all kinds of things. His family, young and old, lived nearby, too, yet he was my favorite among them all. I hadn’t thought before now about his teaching me a lesson, but now realize that he did. It’s that friends needn’t be anywhere near our own age, we only need to like and preferably grow to love each other.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather,

      As you enjoyed the details about my friend, I enjoyed what you shared about yours. What a rich experience you had as a child. I can almost smell the hay and the rest of the barn aromas. 🙂

      It isn’t age that determines who makes a good friend. Yes!

    • ApplegirlNY says:

      Weather, I love your story about Mr. Shilley. I grew up in a small village, back when folks would be sitting on their front porches on a summer evening. Everyone visited with everyone regardless of age. It wasn’t unusual to be having cookies with someone else’s granny, even if her own family wasn’t around.

      Precious times and memories.

      • weather says:

        What a sweet glimpse into your childhood, your village must have been lovely ! Modern homes now often have a deck on the back instead of a nice front porch . Another thing about those times I enjoyed was people in our area being embraced just the way they were.

        A lady that lived at the corner on our road didn’t like to mingle with anyone on a regular basis, not because she didn’t like other folks, she just preferred to be alone most of the time. Once each summer she would visit with all of us, by having an ice cream social in her yard. Everyone- rich, poor, singles, married couples, and children would come, it felt like a family reunion.

        Would you prefer I address you as Applegirl or Annie?

        • ApplegirlNY says:

          Annie is good, but I do like both. Thanks for asking.
          I think you’re right, Weather, our villages were so much more diverse than they are now, at least the one I grew up in had such a great cast of characters, and now it is more of a typical suburban area. Still many nice people, but not the same.
          Makes me sad.

  13. John says:

    Hi Sue. So I’m wondering how many days can you go before dumping your black water tank given these coolish temperatures? (Not too nosey I hope.)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, John,

      I think about 14-18 days. I don’t pay much attention to the days until I notice the tank is getting full.

  14. Rachel says:

    Well my friend, it figures that you get to Benson about the time I’m leaving! 🙂 have a wonderful time there. I am on my way to Colorado! Be sure to pass on sniffing and tail wagging from Macha!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Rachel. You have a safe and fun trip to Colorado. The boys send the same to Macha, the little cutie.

  15. Those photos and your description of the Boys is Fantastic, seems fas e nating that you have a nice camp in Cochise County, the history of the area is so cool, with the O.K. Corral and all southeast of your boondoc, down Hwy 80 towards Bisbee,,, well I just got back from my eye exam and I still have 20 in one eye and a bad Cataract in the other, it’s so bad that I’d be wearing 2in thick glass on one side, we’ll see what the VAMC wants to do about it,,, but we’re doing Great so far and not worrying about it,,, rain in here and a cold wind is a blow in and we might get some Snow, my Bro says it snowed 2 foot last year here in March, but haven’t seen it snow that deep yet since we been hear,,,,, have a great week and give the Boys a huge hug from us, ok,,,,, 🐾👣👣

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rusty and Piper,

      I can’t tell you how pleased and relieved I am that you are getting the medical attention you need and deserve, Rusty. Thank you for the compliment on the post and pics. I hope you don’t get a lot more snow because I know you’re wanting to do your train stuff and outside stuff. I appreciate you giving us update. Take care… Hugs to you and the Lady.

      • Thanks Sue and Crew,, it’s raining like it does in Oregon, I can hear it hit the roof and I keep looking out at all the leveling I did on the future Veggie Garden, I tilled it at 8in deep in order to have it close enough to be level, thou , the Southwest corner has a dip to it, but so far it’s doing fine,, I’ve been working on both garden and garden railroad from the time I get up till 2 or 3 in the afternoon and yelling at the Dogs to get outta here, I think Piper loves to push my buttons by walking in both and digging a soft bed in the vegetable garden, it takes me almost all day just to reset the track in some places that she walks on and the more I move big rocks and plant more it seems to me she has less to reav havoc, but I still love her and the looks I get when she gets scolded for being where she’s supposed to be,, I keep for getting to send photos of what I’ve been working on both gardens,,,,, have a good night and stay warm you 3,,,, 🐾👣👣

        • ApplegirlNY says:

          That’s so funny about Piper, Rusty. The last time I put in a new garden bed, I put the path where my dogs naturally ran, so that I wasn’t chasing them out all the time. Of course, they never could resist a patch that was freshly dug up. I fluffed up many of their footprints in freshly tilled soil.

          Hope that cataract gets treated quickly. We’re all relieved that you’re getting some of those health issues resolved. I know I wait way too long before I deal with anything, but it’s always a relief to see it in the rear view mirror.

        • MB from VA says:

          Hi Rusty!

          It was so good to read your post and know that you are doing well. Spring is so much fun when you’re planning a garden.

          I hope that your health continues to improve. Have fun in your garden!


          • Thanks AppleGirl and MB from VA,, well I’ve been working insie on a water tower I’m building for the GR and and it’s been raining most of the day, but now it’s Snowing real good, big flakes ,,, I also started growing inside some Habanero Pepers that will be transplanted in about 8 ta 12 weeks in the garden and in 90 ta 110 days they will be Muchos Calientte’, REAL HOT, which is good for ones Liver and other bodily functions, Come on ICE CREAM,,,LOL,, I LOVE SPICY FOOD, Everything else is just waiting to be planted when the time is right going by the Farmers Alamac,,, OH boy it’s sticking good now, good thing the Kitty litter and Shovel is in side, LOL ,,, Be safe, warm and dry to you all in the path of this new storm that’s on it’s way,,,, 🐾👣👣

  16. DJ says:

    Your pup photos makes the song Atomic Dog play in my head.

  17. AZ Jim says:

    Love the post with the littlev guys enjoying their “off leash” experiences. Missy, Detta and I saw this and watched it several times loved it so much we thought of you and the fellow blogorinos. Here for animal lovers is a little smile!

  18. Kelly says:

    I just love those 2 rascally guys enjoying their life. Happy dogs and contented mama, doesn’t get any better does it.

  19. Anne in GA says:

    First, I have to say how terrific it is to see Rusty’s comments/update on how he’s doing and the mischief Miss Piper is getting into. Always wonderful to read what you are up to and how your health is doing, Rusty.

    Then, as it seems a good time to share in the Family Room conversation – a cousin in FLA sent me this poem yesterday and I’d like to share it. It brings back so many memories from childhood when I’d visit my “southern” grandparents in Georgia.

    “If you want a glimpse of Southern Life, come close and walk with me.
    I’ll tell you all the simple things, that you are sure to see.
    You’ll see mockingbirds and bumblebees,
    Magnolia blossoms and Dogwood trees.
    Caterpillars on the step,
    Wooden porches cleanly swept;
    Watermelons on the vine,
    Strong majestic Georgia pines;
    Rocking chairs and front yard swings,
    June bugs flying on a string;
    Turnip greens and hot cornbread,
    Coleslaw and barbeque;
    Fried okra, fried corn and fried green tomatoes,
    Fried pies and pickles, too.
    There’s iced cold tea that’s syrupy sweet,
    And cool green grass beneath your feet.
    Catfish nipping in the lake,
    And fresh young boys on the make.
    And much, much more,
    In a way of life, that I adore.
    Author – Patricia Neely-Dorsey @2008
    Reflections of A Mississippi Magnolia –
    A Life In Poems.

  20. Cynthia from San Clemente says:

    The photo of the boys standing next to each other, with all eight paws planted firmly on the ground, made me smile because it looks like they are just oozing with energy that will burst out any moment, and off they’ll go again in a mad dash.

    We just got home from our “shake down” trip in the new motorhome. We stayed at Pala Casino RV Resort and never went in the casino – lol! It’s in a beautiful area of Northern San Diego county, surrounded by hills and small mountains. We had some rain and wind, but watching the water-laden clouds roll in was just beautiful. Sammy and Lucy saw horses for the first time and a bison – they were nose to nose with them at a chain link fence, and of course they acted like fools, barking their heads off (the dogs, not the horses or the bison!). The horses didn’t seem to care, since I was feeding them carrots over the top of the fence. We had a few problems with the RV – a leak in one of the slideouts and the passenger seat wouldn’t go forward after I moved it back, which meant we couldn’t bring the slide in to get rid of the rain water that had pooled on top. Luckily, the warranty-provided roadside service sent out a wonderful repair technician who was able to fix it, at least temporarily until we can get it back to the dealer for a permanent repair. All in all it was a great trip and we can’t wait to get it out on the road for a longer trip.

  21. Robin B (Oregon & Arizona) says:

    As usual, I enjoyed the crew’s escapades.

    With a excitement mixed with a little wistfulness, we are preparing to leave Green Valley in the morning. We spent the day packing the trailer (hasn’t yet been named but I’m sure it will soon name itself) and while we are happy to get getting on the road we are sad to say goodbye to the beautiful Sonoran desert. We are putting the condo up for sale so we are unsure if we’ll return. If we do we’ll be coming down to live full-time. Depends on how we feel about being back in Oregon.

    For you mystery lovers, if you are a fan of J. A. Jance, try to catch her on her western tour over the next few weeks. I saw her presentation at the GV library and she is a delightful presenter. If you have never read her books, try the Joanna Brady series that is set in Bisbee, AZ, and surrounding areas. Be sure to start with the first one, Desert Heat, then binge read your way through all 17 of them.

    Stay safe everyone!

    • MB from VA says:

      Hi Robin,

      I hope all goes well with your move. And thank you for the book recommendation! I am always looking for good things to read at night. I’ll see if we have these at the library.

      Thanks again and safe journey!
      MB from VA

  22. Virginia620 AL says:

    Sweet post and pics. Thanks. Hugs to all.

  23. Li says:

    Wind is definitely friskifying! Cold winds make it all the more frisky! Love the ears.

  24. MB from VA says:

    Good morning Sue,

    Lovely post. Being able to decide for one’s self when it is “a good day for that” is such a gift. Even though I am still working, the job I have now is very flexible as far as when I do it each day. As long as the tasks are done, it doesn’t really matter when. I try to get up and working early. Then I have the afternoon to do whatever I think it’s “a good day for”.

    I am still surprised some days that this is now my life. Always feeling as if there is “something I should be doing”. It’s a good life I’ve chosen. Working on a farm for the past 15 years, I am used to a sort of natural rhythm but I was always aware that the rhythm was also set by the absentee owner. Yesterday, I was doing some of the same tasks for my property. There was such a different energy about the work. I was doing what I felt it was “a good day for”….my land……my choices. I’m very fortunate.

    Having people like “Granny” in one’s life is such a gift. I’ve had several but the one who stands out for me is the woman who lived on the next farm (all one farm at one time). She had come there as a young bride at the start of WW2. I have often thought that if the only reason I moved to that farm was to meet her….it was worth the move.
    She’s passed away now but I can still hear her voice saying what she always did when I left her home….”I love you honey! And I LIKE you too!”.

    My crew and I will be doing some snuggling inside today too. Rainy first day of Spring here and possible snow on the way! But it can’t last for much longer. 🙂

    Love to you and the boys!
    MB, Wyndy and Bella

    • Jo in OR says:

      Great story and parting words…”I love you honey! And I like you too”. I’m stealing that and calling it mine.

  25. ApplegirlNY says:

    Those crazy, frisky pups! Gotta love them. It’s so nice that they are getting to run around a bit unleashed. They are so lucky to have a travelling home that gives them those opportunities, and a mom who knows when to cut them loose and reel them in.

  26. Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

    Mmmmm my comment to you Sue has disappeared! I posted a comment to you right after my comment to AZ Jim! Lost in cyberspace I guess. Oh well, doesn’t matter! I had just told you about the Granny I had in my life! She was very ancient when she and her family moved in next door, I was in 6th grade. She taught school from horseback deep in the Tennessee mountains! Everyday she rode to a different home where several kids had met to teach school. Everyday meant a different area, a different group of kids to teach! Each child got one day of schooling per week! She took them as far as 6th grade after that, it was up to them but for most 6th grade was as high as they ever got! Granny was the most interesting person in my life at that time! Full of stories about those dirt poor mountain kids!
    We are due to get some of your wind, with 40mph wind gusts predicted! YIKES! But tomorrow we will be back to our gorgeous Spring weather! Wisteria is blooming all over town! Love it!
    Good to see the Zoom Zoom brothers running free in the wind! Good to see you just kickin’ back and enjoying life!
    We love you Sue and Crew! 💗

  27. Hoot says:

    I love your story about Granny.

    It is a reminder of why my husband and I are full-timers. Granny’s way is the way life should be… But, it seems “regular” society conditions us to go, go, go all the time without a thought about the weather, our health, or our happiness. We all need to take Granny’s wisdom and find a way to apply it to our own lives.

    And, follow Reggie and Roger’s example and find our own version of running wild and free in the wind enjoying life at the moment. Thanks, RVSue and happy travels!

  28. Val R. Lakefield Ontario says:

    Love to see the pups having such fun. So glad you found each other last year.
    Sue I am reading a book from the library. Nomadland by Jessica Bruder. Imagine my surprise when around the 335 page mark, you were mentioned in the next 3 pages. I am enjoying the book and wonder if you knew you were mentioned in it.

  29. rvsueandcrew says:

    Hi, Blogorinos!

    This batch of comments is super! I love it when you get in a story-telling mood, sharing recollections of days gone by. Such fun to read. Thank you.

    A gorgeous day today had me and the boys out and about. Found another boondock for when we have to move.

    Wishing you all a good night and a tomorrow full of blessings!


    • weather says:

      Thanks for the wish for a day full of blessings, Sue. This may be a moving to a new camp day for you, so I’ll mention my wish about your move, whether it’s today or another day in the near future. It looks like it won’t be very windy around there anytime soon, so my hope that your driving be pleasant and easy is likely to come true. I hope the new boondock you found is spacious, lovely, available and waiting there to let you enjoy more gorgeous sunsets and sunrises. May this first full day of spring be full of blessings for you, too, whatever you do.

    • Hoot says:

      Have a great day!

  30. Jo in OR says:

    I agree, the pictures were great in this post and the comments were exceptional ****

  31. Terri in Tx. says:

    When I was a kid, I had only one step- grandmother we hardly ever saw. I was jealous of all my friends who had both sets of real grandmother’s still living. For some reason, I started going up the street to this nice old ladies house. She actually had been teaching my mother how to decorate cakes and my mom knew her. So, I would go up there and visit with her and play with her wonderful little chihuahua named Sugar. I didn’t have a dog, either, so I got 2 in one deal! A very sweet lady who I will always remember for being so kind! BTW, my ears blow back when its cold, too!

  32. When I read the title I immediately thought the two are not exclusive :-)))

    Granny was a wise woman (as you clearly know) so listen to nature and spirit as guides. We lose that ability when our lives are dictated by jobs and school so getting “back” to these is one of the greatest gifts of retirement. We’re blessed as travelers to embrace the right days for the things we do.

  33. Nivrapa in AZ says:

    Howdy Everybody!

    I have very much enjoyed the last several posts. The talk about coffee, mesquite beans ground into flour, and now grannies all make for a fun read for me. And all this while Sue is camped in what I consider my backyard. The pictures do a good job of displaying the grasslands of the high desert in southern AZ. It’s not all cactus and thorns!

    This current post brings to mind the granny in my life. I met her while I was hiking the Appalachian Trail. She was a thru hiker and I was a section hiker. Granny was her trail name and I never knew any other name for her. At 68yo she was working on her third thru hike! Our paths crossed in Virginia one Apri in the ’80’s, but I remember her vividly. For the five weeks of my hike, our paths intertwined and she became the most memorable character I met while hiking the AT. She was full of wisdom, both of the trail and in life. Born in poverty in the wilds of Kentucky, she learned the way of the woods early in life and was the epitome of living simply. This was apparent in her hiking style and by her knowlege of the forest. It was Granny that taught me how to harvest fiddle head ferns, wild garlic and onions to enhance my boring camp meals. She knew her mushrooms, too, but I never mastered those. All the hikers knew about and loved Granny. She brought joy and warmth to many a dreary, damp day of hiking. Virginia was my favorite section of the AT but I’m not sure if it was for the beauty encountered there, or if it was because that is where I met Granny.

    Another boondock waiting in the wings–yay! Anxious to see where it is. I could offer you a few discreet camps but you don’t need any help from me. Your skills are pretty darn good as they are. Be mindful of snake activity tomorrow as the temperature climbs to ninety. Tread carefully. Only hot for one day and then forecast is for more seasonal stuff.

    Travel on, Sue! Thanks for your blog, all the work you put into it, and for sharing your adventures with all of us.—Audrey

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Audrey… I’m going to copy and paste your comment under the next post so it will be seen by many. It’s too good to miss! 🙂

  34. Barbara from Camano Island says:

    Sue, I want to tell you how much your granny post m ant to me. I was having a day of confusion, wondering what to do, and I read your granny wisdom and something inside me just let go. Today just wasn’t the day to be figuring all my stuff out. It was the most wonderful feeling! So I’m am now just sitting inside with the sun on my face, a friend’s dog on my chest (I’m dog sitting a few days), my dog under my legs, enjoying life. Thank you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Barbara. I’m touched by your heartfelt message to me. It sounds like you’re better now and I’m glad for that. 🙂

  35. Marie says:

    Hi. I like your thoughts of Lois’ “right day” ideas. I do live with people, though, who try to limit my actions based on the weather. In my mind, I always think of Ecclesiastes 11:4: “Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.” But then, I’m known for gardening and washing the car in the rain and grilling when it snows. Another favorite quote, this one from Elizabeth Goudge: “In my opinion, too much attention to weather makes for instability of character.” 🙂 Your comments were meant lightly; so are these! 🙂 (But I do detach my plans from the weather as much as possible!)

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