Delivering sunshine to the desert!

Thursday, January 12

Cold and dark day — Blythe, California

“We might have rain today, Reg.  We’d better do our walking before it starts.”

The two of us high-tail it across the desert.  I’m hunched over against the cold.

“Okay, enough of this!  Let’s go back!

  On the return to our cozy home, interesting cloud shapes catch my eye (photo above).

Later, while reading in bed . . . .

A truck pulls up next to the Best Little Trailer and a man calls my name!

“ANYBODY HOME!” he shouts.

I pull the curtain aside.

Fed Ex!  Yay!  My packages! 

I run outside and dart around the Best Little Trailer.

“We found you!” one of the two smiling men exclaims.  He hops into the back of the truck and pulls out a big box.

“Do you need help with this?”

“No, I’m fine.  Thank you very much!”

Off they go, rolling across the desert . . . .

Earlier this morning I checked the online tracking of my recent orders. 

I learned that three items were on their way, but the handbag is being returned to the seller because “recipient has moved.”  Immediately I lobbed an email insisting that, no, I have not moved, I’m still at the address given, and please deliver my packages.

Congratulations, Fed Ex!  You’re in first place today!

Hmm . . . . This must be the lounger . . . .

I tear open one end of the package and peek inside.

Whoa!  That’s aqua, all right.  What was I thinking?  Oh well, it should fade with time or I’ll get used to it . . . .

I place the box inside the Perfect Tow Vehicle.

No sense putting the lounger out when rain is imminent.

I notice that Reggie is outside without being hooked to the tether. Excited by visitors, he doesn’t realize he’s free, and, rather than run a mile across the desert (a recent escapade about which I cannot bring myself to describe), he follows me inside.

“Well, that was a day brightener, wasn’t it, Reg.  Come here and get in your suit so we can go to town.”

Overcast sky and palms above rooftop in Blythe

While in Blythe I stop at the water vending machine and fill up five jugs (5 gallons for a dollar) before picking up a few things at Smart ‘n Final.

The rain doesn’t fall until during the night.  It comes as a faint whispering on our roof.

Friday, January 13

A sun-shiny, blue-sky day!

“Ooh, that sun feels good!”

“Now to set up the lounger!” 

Once I have the chair in place, I attach the side table.  This is the third lounger for that great, little, utility tray.

I really should take better care of stuff.  No more leaving the lounger out in the rain!

I stand back to assess my newest possession.

“Good heavens, that color is bright!  Here, give me Duck L’Orange.  He’ll be our Official Lounger Tester Duck, okay? . . . There.  Whatcha’ think, duckie boy? Feel good?”

“Reggie!  Let Duck L’Orange relax in the new lounger!”

“Hahaha!  Gee.  Take it easy.  Give the poor duck a break, Reg.”

I take advantage of the sunshine and warmth.

After washing the dishes in the basin at my table, I set up another basin with warm water to wash my hair.  Taking sponge baths inside our little home is no problem.  Shampooing is easier done outside where I don’t have to keep water from dripping all over.

Afterward I throw a towel over the back of the lounger and settle in to read my newest book from the library while my hair dries and my feet soak in the basin of warm, shampoo-y water.

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164 Responses to Delivering sunshine to the desert!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      WOW! THAT WAS QUICK! WEATHER IS FIRST TODAY!

    • weather says:

      Hm-m, I thought Fed-Ex was really first today, hence my ? That only seems fair because they drove searching the desert for you, and I just happened to finish some chores then checked in here.

  1. Lori S says:

    First?

  2. Brenda says:

    I have the same chair! Love it!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Is your lounger aqua, too? SECOND PLACE TIE, BRENDA!

      • Brenda says:

        Very aqua. I have the same rug as well! Now I just need a casita! I have a ’54 Kenskill but eventually I’ll need something more roadworthy when I retire.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          That’s one of those “canned ham” vintage trailers, if my memory is correct (for a change).

  3. Merle from WA says:

    First?

  4. Reine in Plano says:

    What fun. New stuff, clean hair and sunshine.

  5. Captain K (Utah) says:

    Top Ten?

  6. Sandy Riley Lancaster, PA says:

    Who knew FedEx delivered to the middle of nowhere? So, now we know; LOL. Enjoy the new chair. It just started snowing here.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sandy!

      I’m amazed that Fed Ex found us! I figured any packages would be dropped off at the camp host’s site near the entrance to Midland LTVA. What a nice suprise, eh?

      Gee, hope I’m not rubbing in the sunshiny day…. Enjoy your snow! 🙂

  7. Lori S says:

    Thanks for the link to the side table. That looks pretty darn handy.

    And now dying to hear the story of the one mile chase! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That side table, or utility tray as it’s called at Amazon, is one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. I never set up the lounger without it.

      Oh, dear…. You wouldn’t believe how far that little rascal ran. He was so small I couldn’t see him and I have excellent long-range vision!

      • AlanOutandAbout - Anthony (EL Paso) NM. says:

        Sue, in Amazon search for TabCat and see if you can use it.

        • AlanOutandAbout - Anthony (EL Paso) NM. says:

          you want the 2106 model. It works great, It was how I found Cleo when she died out in the middle of the meadow.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            I can see where it would work well for cats who tend to hide or disappear from view although not far away. I notice the range is 400 feet. Reggie runs a lot further than that and when he sees me coming after him he runs further away.

            I hide from his sight so he loses his confidence and comes home.

  8. Marilu in Northern California says:

    Your chair is bright but it blends nicely with your rug. Good purchase😃

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Marilu,

      I’m liking the color more than when I first saw it. I’ll be adding the red gingham-patterned oilcloth to the table and then the room will really “pop.” 🙂

  9. Pat Hall (Now east of Yuma) says:

    Nice chair, I like the color. But what really matters is comfort. Enjoy the sunshine!!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pat,

      This chair seems firmer than the last one and it might not be as heavy. I like it!

      Yeah, the sunshine is great, isn’t it? You enjoy it, too!

  10. You almost never leave a typo, but “I learned that three items were on they’re way” is one. I think it’s the only one I ever saw in your writing, and I’m good at catching them.

    I’m amazed that FedEx could deliver to your location. That’s amazing service.

    I like the desert rain or shine, but the pictures come out better in sunshine. That last picture is very “homey.”

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Calvin!

      Actually I caught that typo before your message appeared! With every post, it seems, there’s an error or two or three that I don’t notice until I publish the post. I have to hurry to fix them — you guys are so fast! 🙂

      Yeah, Fed Ex impressed me that day! The guys seemed proud of themselves for finding me, as they should.

      You’re right about photos and light. Another reason I was glad to have a sunshiny day after the cloudy one — brighter pics for the blog. 🙂

  11. Carol in MT says:

    Lounger tip:
    When I got my new lounger I had to tighten up the pivot point bolts. They were all loose. Especially the one in the front of the chair arms. You have to pry off the cover cap to access these. I think it will make the lounger function longer.
    Happy sun soaking!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Carol!

      Thanks for the tip! I appreciate you letting me (and others) know about that potential weak spot.

      Hope you’re enjoying some sun in Montana!

  12. Pat in Rochester says:

    That’s my kind of blue. And I’ll get my sunshine anywhere I can get it, which today is your photos. Thank you!

  13. Hey that new lounger matches your out door mat,,, great photos and nice story,,,, have a pleasant weekend and hug Reggie for us too!
    Rusty n Piper 👣🐾

  14. Gloria says:

    It’s the perfect color….blends into rug and accents Casita trim.

  15. Nice delivery. That lounger is blue, it does match the rug. And Reggie really seems to like it. Glad you have some sunshine. Hope you get your purse.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lisa,

      I hope you’re enjoying a nice day in Tucson. Well, the blue of the lounger matches the mat in the photos, not so much in real life. I’m happy with it though.

      Darn, I’m anxious to get my new purse and that’s the item that didn’t make it!

  16. LeeJ in Northern California says:

    Good morning..wow. FedEx is amazing. How in the world did they find you? That desert is huge!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good noontime, LeeJ!

      You’re right. The desert is huge. Maybe they stopped at the camp host’s site and she told them where to find me. Even so, I tip my hat to Fed Ex!

  17. Chris says:

    Perhaps you have addressed this before (I don’t always read the comments), but have you tried training Reggie not to run away. I’m certain there are methods that would help with that.

    Chris (Denver)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Chris,

      I tried a little bit when I first got Reggie. He comes to me if he’s close by, like still in camp. Once he goes beyond a certain point he thinks it’s funny, like a game, to run away when I call him. I admit I’m not a good trainer, and the risks are great with coyotes all around.

  18. LeeJ in Northern California says:

    FedEx is amazing, imagine finding you in that huge desert!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I was amazed, too, LeeJ. Since I wrote this post I talked with the camp host. She said the Fed Ex truck stopped at her place and she pointed us out…. “See that little white dot over there? That’s where she is.”

  19. Rosalyn says:

    You should send that picture to Fedex. What a great commercial…… “We go anywhere to deliver your package”…….
    Curious though, how did they find you?
    Ros

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ros,

      I gave the address for Midland LTVA. There’s no number for our campsite, of course. Next time I talk with Netta, the camp host, I’ll ask her if she told them where to find me. Otherwise, Fed Ex would’ve had to guess which RV was the right one and there are about ten RVs here, scattered widely. (See later reply to LeeJ above.)

      If the photos weren’t so poor due to the cloudy day, I’d send them to Fed Ex. 🙂

  20. Cat Lady p, Central City, La. says:

    So you didn’t get your purse? Like the recliner…nice color…matches your rug. Hugs to Reggie man.

  21. Terri From Texas says:

    Your handbag ran off with the fork, dish, spoon, and refrigerator! 🙂
    Love the chair-its easy on the eyes, I think.
    Terri

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Ha! I found out why the handbag wasn’t delivered. I was under the impression (didn’t listen carefully to the camp host!) that the post office delivered out here. Only Fed Ex and UPS do.

    • That’s hilarious, BUT too funny!
      May Sue’s handbag be divorced from foreign refrigerator! 🙂

  22. Cinandjules (da zone) says:

    Nice lounger! I like the color!
    Can’t believe the Fed Ex men delivered it to your doorstep! That’s service!
    Duck L Orange looks comfy! Surprised Reg man didn’t make the lounger recline attacking L orange!
    Have a great day!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Cinandjules. I hope your day is swell! After a calm, sunny morning, the wind is back. Reg and I came back from town and a Corelle bowl had been blown off the table.

  23. Nancy from South Georgia says:

    Those FedEx folks do go above and beyond in terms of customer service. And the description of the “spa day” – feet soaking while reading in the sun, hair drying naturally, sounds like the epitome of relaxation.

  24. Hi everyone! Just wanted to say “out loud” …my hubby and I are working towards a Nov. 2017 return to full time Casita living! When we first started back in 2012, our intentions were to be on the road for 2 years. Our house was leased, all our belongings were stored in a large climate controlled unit. In Nov. of 2013 we left the road and moved into an apartment to be near my aging parents. Sold our house, got rid of a ton…literally, of stuff and moved to KC. My Dad passed in 2015, mother decided to move into a senior apartment community and now…here we are! Our lease is up Nov. 1 and off we go! This time we are not storing any furniture, books 📚 or fabrics i.e. Clothes or linens! Selling almost everything. Cannot wait.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cathy S!

      A return to life on the road! Good for you! And how very good that you were near your parents when they needed you the most. I think you’ll enjoy not having a house and belongings in storage. I know I do. Gee, I’d be tempted to break the lease, take the loss, and enjoy the gain. Well, you don’t need my 2 cents — You’re doing great without it!

  25. Linda Sand (Minnesota) says:

    Sometimes, if you put your GPS coordinates as part of the address on your order FedEx or UPS will find you.

    One nice thing about having paid the annual fee at Midland LTVA is that you can drive to La Posa South, south of Quartzsite, and dump and fill and get rid of trash without additional fees. That same fee will get you into Imperial Dam LTVA, too. It’s harder to find a place away from people there, though.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Linda,

      Yes, with the permit I can move to any of the LTVAs and use their services. Midland has a dump station and trash pick-up (no extra charge), so no need to go anywhere for that. In the past water was also available here also, but problems with the well occurred and now you have to go elsewhere for water.

      I like Midland because no one drives by our camp and we have this big, open area all to ourselves. Love it!

  26. Love the chair and Reggie. I need to get one of the chair tables too, it would be really handy. I too think Fed Ex would love to see the picture of the desert delivery . Enjoy the sunshine.

  27. Ron says:

    What is your address,. third cactus on the right next to the bush. That is amazing. Didn’t know FedEx could do that. So funny. That should be in one of their advertisements. Also like the chair.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ron,

      Your address reminds me of the time I moved to a small, rural town in Georgia. The people were so funny when they gave directions…

      “Go down the road (which way?left or right?) until you come to where Jack Lester used to live, turn that way and when you come to Marty’s grandmother’s house, go left until you come to Shorty’s, well, it burnt down, but you turn right there. . . .” It was like they couldn’t relate to someone who hadn’t lived there since birth… Nice people though.

    • Ron, and RVSue, You crack me up!

  28. Adrienne in Carlsbad, CA says:

    Hi Sue,
    I think you should send the photos to Fed-X anyway. There is a certain something about the shot of that truck driving away from you in the desert. Tell them a little about yourself, it really would make a great commercial!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Adrienne!

      I have another photo of the Fed Ex truck driving away. It’s a longer shot showing more of the empty desert and the truck is even smaller. I didn’t use it in the post because the truck is so small.

    • Teri Live Oak Fl says:

      That’s a good idea, Adrienne. I was impressed with their service.

  29. I love the new lounger including bright color….I love, love bright colors! So funny Reg attacks Orange ducky on lounger. I once had Fed Ex deliver a package to our rez home. Rez homes don’t have street addresses but if you google and use satellite image you can probably find our home easier. Anyway, I was surprised Fed Ex found us in such a remote area…goody for them and me 🙂 If you ever give a lift to a hitch hiker on the rez, they’ll tell you they’re not far beyond the next hill and the next and the next LOL It’s like in Alaska, you stop to make sure the hiker isn’t stranded in open country so people stop to make sure grandma gets home.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rita! That’s funny….”just over the hill”…. “just over that hill”….” just over that hill”…

  30. Pat from Mich. says:

    I’m sure you know this Sue, but just in case…you can have things delivered to ‘General Delivery’ at the town you are closest to. If you do, I’d stop in at the PO and let them know you have something coming.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pat!

      Yes, I do use General Delivery a lot, when I can be sure the mail will be delivered by the post office, like when I have my mail forwarded from South Dakota. However, with Amazon shipments, you don’t have the option of indicating whether you want UPS or the post office to deliver. I’ve had packages marked Gen. Delivery come to the post office via UPS and the post office was closed so the packages went back to the seller.

  31. Elizabeth says:

    Reggie is very cute, Sue…BUT that running off business…I could not stand…nor at this stage be able to run after him!! Will he not respond to something he loves for a treat in your pockets? Like dried liver or something?? I would find something that boy could not refuse to keep on hand for those naughty runs!! I must admit part of the charm of our last dog is that we could not even get away from her…if we ran, she ran after us…no way would she get far from us…sure made taking care of her a breeze. We only leashed her on walks so others felt ok…plus we could pull her away from a bad dog if needed. Wish you could import some of that into Reggie’s little brain…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Elizabeth,

      The thing about Reggie… He doesn’t seem to be very food motivated. Even if I had him well-trained, in the environments we live in, often unfamiliar to him, wild animals around, all it would take is one time of him being naughty and it’s all over.

      It is nice when you have a dog that stays close, like Bridget and Spike did, and also your sweet dog. I’m not surprised you still miss that smart girl.

      • Elizabeth says:

        Heh, tis rather hard to carry a hamburger in your pocket at all times eh?…that MIGHT motivate Reggie…but as you say, other interests draw him away…oh well…you know you have to leash him at all times…at least you know!! We had a smaller dog given to us from hubby’s mom that we had for much of the years we had our wonderful Ebbie…and at times, I would tell Ebbie to “go get Pixie”…ah, the obedient Ebbie would bring her back, however and whatever it took…heehee…a few times of that and Pixie smarted up and if she heard me ask Ebbie to go for her…boy howdy here she came on the run!! Pixie liked Ebbie, but she was much smaller and Ebbie obeyed so well…so she knew she was had. If someone left open the gate, however, often Pixie would go off someplace else for awhile. I got very tired of running after her and finally decided one day I did not care if she ran off and was no longer going to hunt for her. So she came back and barked to be let in…I decided to LET her stay outside all day…put water on the porch and ignored her. Funny thing, she stuck like glue for a months after that…would not run off. But every so often she would again run off…same thing…I LET her stay outside all day…with water. As she aged, she too decided staying home was better…heh…animals are rather like children…takes different tactics with each one.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Interesting story, Elizabeth!

          I had an aunt named Ebbie. Haven’t heard that name in many years…

          • Elizabeth says:

            Our Ebbie was actually Ebony…she was mostly a black dog…with some white on her. We also had other names of course, like Ebb, Ebbie girl and I have forgotten the others…terrible isn’t it? But she has been gone over 6 years now. She was with me during some of the darkest days of my life…I do not know what I would have done without her frankly…she was more comfort than any humans around me…and also could be very funny and make me laugh…

  32. Elizabeth says:

    PS…LOVE the lounger…color and all…I realize it rather makes you stick out more in the desert…but it is a beauty plus looks very comfortable!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Ha! You’re right, Elizabeth. It does “stick out more in the desert.” I’m used to seeing tans and browns and then I open that box…. WHAM!

      I’m liking the color more, after a day.

      • Elizabeth says:

        I would love to find one for hubby made in that design, once we get relocated…I suppose it will be sold out then…but anyway…maybe if you add a link…I could at least locate what you have there, thanks Sue.

  33. Brenda in Texas says:

    Howdy Sue & Reggie, I like your new chair Sue, it goes very well with your mat. We bought a mat like yours quite some time ago and haven’t had a chance to use it yet. Guess we had best try camping in more rugged country. Nevertheless, keep on keeping on. Oh, I might mention your photos are getting better and better…. Love to see your pictures. I have the same camera as yours and I leave it in the red AI setting just because it’s so easy to zoom in and out to catch shots of the birds. I love photography but I’m a lazy one lolol Hugs Brenda

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      We have the same camera and the same mat. 🙂

      I use that camera setting a lot, too, Brenda. Very easy and I don’t have to fiddle around with the camera while doing something else, like walking Reggie. Zooming for birds is fun, isn’t it….

      Thank you for commenting on the improvement with my photos.

  34. Pam from Wisconsin says:

    Wow! Fed Ex is very impressive!

  35. Chris(MN once but now AZ for the winter) says:

    I think that the lounger is the perfect color for your rug. Bright and cheerful. Let us know how you like it after a few weeks. I am on the lookout for a lounger like that. It needs to be comfortable and sturdy as it will get a lot of use! Kind of a funny day here in Quartzsite. Doesn’t know if it wants to rain or have the sun shine. I am voting for sun! It is getting busy around here with the big RV show starting in a week. This will be my first time here for that and probably last! Say hi to Reggie!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      This being my third lounger of this type, I’m confident I’ll like it. For the price, I think it’s a deal even if they only last a couple years. I really abused the first two I had, leaving them out in the rain and desert sun. Some people don’t find them as comfortable as I do. I think it has a lot to do with height and other personal factors. They are very popular, so that counts for something. Also you can order the extra wide model for big people.

      Today’s weather has been “undecided.” Reg and I went for a walk a little while ago — really wild and blustery wind. It gave Reggie another attack of happiness.

      I’m glad you’re doing Quartzsite. It’s something every RVer should experience. You may find you love it and want to return every year!

  36. weather says:

    Rain doesn’t fall, it just whispers…palm trees appear as beautiful dark silhouettes though it isn’t nighttime…clouds take the shape of an angel’s or a bird’s wing…people search through a desert to bring you a comfortable chair…Reggie returns after being loose to be with you at home sweet home…To be so favored by creation and Creator is wonderful. To share it all with us to appreciate is delightful of you 🙂 Thanks, Sue!

  37. Adrienne in Carlsbad, CA says:

    I used to live on a dirt road named Sheep Creek! I’d give people directions like “turn left at the painted blue rocks” and “if you pass the house with the tractor in the front yard, you’ve gone to far”. I don’t know how people found me….

  38. Ladybug in Mid TN says:

    I think the lounger goes well with the rug!

    Can’t decide if Reggie is saying ‘that sun feels good!’ or ‘that sun sure is bright!’. LOL

  39. Ilse says:

    Nice color! I came through Blythe on Wednesday. Stopped at Albertsons and then drove slowly by the laundromat just in case. After a horrible drive through snow and rain, losing a piece of the RV, going by the manufacturer to set up an appointment to get it fixed, I’m happy to be sitting in the LTVA at Quartzsite. Not exactly great weather, but it beats what the rest of the country is going through. Enjoy the sunshine. More coming tomorrow.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Ilse! I’m so happy to read this update from you!

      Well, not the part about losing a piece of your RV. Hope it’s an easy fix, not too expensive.

      So you’re in Quartzsite again. You sold your Lazy Daze, right? What do you have now?

      Ha! It probably seems like I spend an inordinate amount of time in laundromats. Hope to ignore you again someday, Ilse! Hahaha!

      Yes, enjoy the sun…. That’s what Reg and I will do!

      • Ilse says:

        No, I sold my house. Still have the Lazy Daze. I lost half of the right front edge piece that wraps over the corner where the front and the side of the RV meet. Lazy Daze is booked up through May, but they will squeeze me in toward the end of the month and work on it as they have time. I have to fly home anyway to get my monthly infusion. I’m keeping my fingers crossed on the ‘not too expensive’ part.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Oh, good, you still have the Lazy Daze. I thought you sold both your house and your rig.

          I guess you’re having the work done in Big Q and flying home while it’s being done. That should work out well.

  40. Linda-NC says:

    FedEx delivers everywhere! New slogan with your pic! That was funny.
    I have a question for you-I saw your Amazon list and I just ordered something on that list but you didn’t link it to you because I didn’t know that I could. Do you only get credit for things that I can link to from your site? Sorry-made me sad. Can I just go to Amazon and order and say credit RVSue in the dessert:)) Oh-and send it FedEX because they deliver. Please advise how that works. Thanks

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I think you’re asking how to shop at Amazon and have your purchases earn me a commission.

      It all depends upon on HOW you enter Amazon. There are several ways — The link at the very top of the sidebar (Amazon has it!), any of the ads you see in the sidebar or at the bottom of the page, any link that appears inside the text (like “side table” or “my table” in this post) or in comments, or any of the links at the end that go to recent purchases by readers.

      Here’s an example: If you use the link for Folding Shovel and when it takes you to Amazon you end up ordering shoes, I get a commission based on the price of the shoes (as well as how many orders during the month; more products ordered = higher commission rate).

      As you shop and go to check-out and place your order, you won’t be given any indication that I’m receiving credit. But if you entered Amazon in any of the ways I’ve listed above, I definitely will receive credit. That’s because the links have my special Amazon Associate code embedded in them.

      In short, go to Amazon from my blog and shop like you usually do. Nothing more is required.

      If I haven’t explained fully, let me know any further questions you have.

      Sweet of you to care about this, Linda. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to explain how it works.

      • Linda-NC says:

        Thanks Sue. Moving stress has affected my poor brain, but you have explained it quite nicely. Easy!
        I still have so much to do to get things straightened out here before I go, I sometimes feel like I am swimming in mud:)) Hopefully will be on the road soon.
        I like your spiffy new lounger by the way. Now who says “spiffy”?
        HA!
        I think I need the moonshine distiller…………………………

  41. Kat and Cookie Dog in NYState says:

    Oh gosh I think Reg and CookieDog are related. They both love(d) that keep away game. CookieDog used to dart out any door he could, it took me a while to realize he was happily playing “keep-away” from who ever was going after him and calling his name. Once I learned to walk in the opposite direction and not calling his name, he would come to me. Also I learned all I needed to do was open my truck door and turn on the engine and he would come flying….he loves to ride in the truck. I thought I had finally taught him not to dart out the front door..except he still does that from the camper door.
    Love your new blue lounge chair and it looks like it matches your rug perfectly. I broke down a couple of years ago and finally bought a lounge table like you have, it’s wonderful. I should have boughten it years before. Keep enjoying your sunny weather, here it was 9 degrees F last night..burrrr.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      The walk-away or out-of-sight technique works with Reg. With all our trips into town lately, turning on the PTV’s engine might work, too. Reg doesn’t want to miss the possibility of a burger. Yep, your CookieDog is a rascal!

  42. Cynthia from San Clemente says:

    Sue: The lounger is a perfect match to your rug and when you get your red oilcloth you will definitely “pop” and be very patriotic!! I’m glad we didn’t hear about Reggie’s escape in real time – I’d rather know about it after he’s home safe and sound, the little devil. How did you get him to finally come back to you?

    My Wheaten Terrier was great at returning when I called him; my pit bull and little mixed terrier? Not so much. I only let them off leash when we are in a very deserted area that is enclosed enough that they can’t take off on me. Even then, it can be risky. We were on a deserted beach once; it had rock promontories at either end of the beach and I thought, “Oh, the rocks will stop them.” No and hell no!! The rascals both climbed over the rocks, with waves chasing them, and headed for another beach on the other side of the promontory. Chasing them over the rocks was not easy and we were battling an incoming tide!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      What an awful experience! My first thought while reading your comment was “Thank God sneaker waves didn’t get them!” With Reggie, who loves people and other dogs, I have the concern that he will forget about me and run off with whomever comes within his view.

      Yeah, a patriotic camp! I hadn’t thought of that. I should get a flag.

  43. rvsueandcrew says:

    Hey, chuck & pookie! You okay?

  44. Renee from Idaho says:

    Fedex delivering to you in your boondocking site?! Wow! Thats service!

    The lounger is beautiful and bright. It looks great! I’m looking forward to seeing Reggie’s new jacket and your new purse.

    Take care.

  45. Linda & the 4 M's Carmichael, Ca says:

    I’ll be in Blythe tomorrow. Only one night then I’m heading home. Indio today (14th) and we had much appreciated sunshine after the drenching of rain the previous day. Your lounger is bright but I’m sure you’ll get used to it. How funny that FEDEX would deliver right to your spot. My biggest fear is one of the 4M’s getting away and taking off so I understand your not wanting to tell the story. Scary stuff. Glad he’s smart enough to follow you back inside.

  46. Rhonda Patrick says:

    Where did you get that side table for your chair. We have a friend that could use one & we would like to get one for him ? Love the color of the chair as it goes so well with your rug.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      The side table came from Amazon. To see it, scroll up to the text of this post and follow the link in the sentence “Once I have the chair in place, I attach the side table.”

      (“side table” is the link)

  47. DesertGinger says:

    I think your new lounger is beautiful! I can’t believe Fed Ex found you! Amazing.

  48. Hi! RVSue,
    The door-to-door parcel delivery in the desert is a splendid result of the coming-upon of kind drivers with quick-witted Netta, the camp host! Much respect for FedEx!
    Hope you have more luck over following deliveries again. like the sun delivers sunshine to the desert and you! 🙂

  49. Shairon Beale says:

    Hi RV Sue,

    I’m wondering about ordering through your Amazon link which I did around 20th Dec.
    Not being computer savy it’s hard to tell if you got any credit.
    Does it say somewhere when you place an order that credit is going to you ?
    Also placed an order a few days ago.

    Loved the Fed-Ex story …. it would make a great ad for them.

    Thank you for this wonderful blog.

    Shairon

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Shairon!

      Thank you for ordering Amazon through my blog! Yes, if you used one of my links, I did get credit, even though you were given no indication of it.

      If you want me to check, let me know an item or two you ordered a few days ago, exact date if possible. I’ll be happy to look it up for you.

  50. Teri Live Oak Fl says:

    Nothing like your tiny beloved dog running across the desert to scare the Dickens out of you. I know because we were staying at Antelope Island on Lake Powell when a coyote appeared on the hill near our camp and our 2 medium sized dogs took off after it. All ended well…But whew!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That is the worst nightmare, Teri! Coyotes have a trick where one will leave the pack to lure prey into a chase over to the pack. What a relief it must have been to see your two dogs return…

  51. Cheryl Kline says:

    Sue,
    Your new lounger looks really nice with your rug. In the picture the colors look perfect. I was a little shocked to see that FedEx delivers out in the middle of the desert is that right? Thank you for sharing your travels with us. Cheryl

  52. Donna n Girls says:

    Sue,

    I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve chased Bailey around the neighborhood, usually in my nightgown. Reggie and Bailey must have the same runaway gene. I have to still keep an eye on her or out the door she would go. She even got Lily to go with her once, that one was across the street.

    Except for a 12 year age difference, Reggie and Bailey could be twins, with the same habits. I’ve had 14 years of second guessing an escape artist, you’ve got some interesting years ahead of you. 🙂

    Enjoy the sun, it’s been cloudy with a few showers here in Chandler, I wouldn’t mind a little sun.

    Take care of yourself and keep an eye on Houdini

    Donna and girls

    • Marilyn in Dania Beach says:

      I fear the adopted dumped Jackshund, or Jackweenie named Coco, has the same runaway gene. We have to exit our condo on an exterior walkway and her leash slipped out of my hand. Fortunately, she is contained by railings and cannot get totally except by opening the elevator or closed stairwell doors. I was able to corner her and step on the leash.

      The first training she gets in OH is to COME on command.

      She sulked around for an hour after the walk as I scolded her. She is sensitive and must have a conscience. I won’t do that to her again as I felt worse than she.

      She is also a jumper and doesn’t like to be confined in her crate. She will enter and sleep but when I close the door she is unhappy. This will be a tough couple of weeks for both of us when she is spayed.

      We don’t have coyotes here but do have fast cars. Her time would be short if she got loose. I am getting a retractable leash today which sholuld solve this issue.

      We will miss her when she goes north to OH with our daughter.

      • Donna n Girls says:

        Marilyn,
        My Bailey was a jumper, too. When she was young, from a standstill she could jump above my waist. She’s a little bow legged now from her jumping days.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Donna,

      I hope today is sunnier than yesterday over in Chandler!

  53. MK Reed says:

    Blows me away that FedX delivered to you out in the middle of no where! I can’t get them to get it right here in rural NE GA ~ they “claim” they can’t find my driveway even though it is clearly marked (dirt) my home can’t be seen from the road as I live on 10 acres.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I had that problem when I lived in Georgia. I used to put a poster on my mailbox’s post that said “Hi, UPS!” with an arrow pointing to the driveway across the road.

  54. Rover Ronda (WA) says:

    The shampoo-y foot bath sounds heavenly. I do that too when camping. I have long thick hair so the basin is usually rather full. Sometimes one of the dogs get a bath but they don’t appreciate the privilege like my feet do.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ronda,

      Water is precious when camping and especially when camping in the desert. I think the shampoo in the water has a softening effect on the skin, too.

  55. A gal and a cat in Fl says:

    Fabulous Fed-EX came out there. Going that extra mile. How wonderful for you.
    I LOVE the chair and especially the color. Matches your living room rug perfect. Good choice. I don’t talk much but read every word and love your blog. Happy travels to you. I can’t wait to get out again in spring!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      As the old saying goes… Spring is just around the corner!

      I’m liking the chair more and more. I’m glad you’re still loving my blog!

  56. Gingerita says:

    Love the sunshine and the lounger, fantastic color! The story of Reggie on the lam sounds like a good one:) It is foggy, drizzly and cold here, so the pictures of sunshine warm my heart. Hope your day is a delight:)

  57. ApplegirlNY says:

    Fed Ex reminds me of the Pony Express! I love the shot of them driving away into the wilderness. Poor Duck L’orange. No rest for him.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Pony Express! I love that you made that connection, Applegirl! Imagine how early settlers of the West felt when their mail arrived…

  58. Terri From Texas says:

    Read the description of the dog in the link you sent, Mike. Snoopy does not like other dogs. Too bad, she looks sweet!

  59. Krystina McMorrow says:

    Hi back!!!

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