Early morning by a mountain lake and an update!

NOTE:  An update on Rusty and Timber is at the close of this post.  No, don’t look NOW!  Read the post first!

Okay, here’s the plan . . .

As you know, if you’re a conscientious reader of this blog and I certainly hope you are, I’m about to run out of propane. I probably could make it until Friday when we’d have to leave, because I won’t risk running out on the weekend.

Campsite #2, Delmoe Lake Campground, Montana

Campsite #2, Delmoe Lake Campground, east of Butte, Montana

Propane isn’t the only concern.  The larder is looking poorly.  I’m almost out of milk, I have no fresh vegetables, and I’m getting down to food that’s not fun, like canned beets.

Today I make a decision!

First thing in the morning the crew and I board the PTV, motor off this mountain, and take the interstate all the way back to Whitehall, leaving the BLT behind.  I call Cliff’s Auto Repair in Whitehall and secure an appointment for the PTV for four o’clock tomorrow.

In Whitehall we can load up on groceries and propane, plus fill up the empty water jugs. (Water is available at the campground from very recalcitrant hand pumps.)  The trip is an arduous one, but at least the PTV won’t be towing the BLT.

Early morning visit to the lake

Early morning visit to the lake

I’m psyched at the opportunity to stay at Delmoe Lake until as far as Monday, August 12th (The limit is 16 days.)  This is such a pleasant place.  Why barrel up the interstate in search of another camp?

Misty morning haze

Misty morning glow

Another facet of my plan . . .

I’m scheming to snag the best campsite in the campground,  the enchanted site #7.  Right now a woman and various children are camped there.  I stroll up and ask as politely as I can muster . . . “Um, when do you think you’ll leave?”

Heh-heh.  On Thursday I’ll have the BLT and PTV hitched and poised to claim the site the moment that family pulls out.  Then it’ll be mine, all mine!

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Early morning is the best time at the lake

Boy, what a dream I had last night . . .

I know.  I know.  Other people’s dreams are incredibly boring.  This one is short, I promise.  I have to tell you about it.

Don’t go away.  Sit.  Stay.

I dream I’m walking on a beach along the water’s edge.  Suddenly I notice a long, dark brown snake lying on the sand between me and an escape route.  This thing is long — about fifteen feet and it has a scary, triangular head.

Immediately the snake turns its head and looks at me!

It rears up into strike position.  Frightened, I back into the water.  The snake lunges!  In an effort to avoid the strike I pitch myself into a roll, falling into the water . . . and landing on the floor of the BLT!

Yep, I rolled right out of bed!  I haven’t fallen out of bed since I was two or three years old.  What’s next?  Depends?

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That’s the snake in the lower right corner.  Just kidding!

Update on our friends, Rusty and Timber!

Rusty sent me this email today.  His words convey how happy he is better than anything I could put together.  I asked him if I could share it with you.

Sue,

Wow, things are working now.  My doctor is getting me a chair for the shower/tub.  It’s real hard for me to get in and out.  I get dizzy standing up to take a shower.  And a maintenance man is coming to fix a leak that is in the bathroom window.  It leaks when it rains.  The washer is working great.  I went to Amazon on your blog and got a 8 inch mattress.  It’s coming tomorrow.  Thursday I give a short talk on how great it is not being homeless, and pay my first full month’s rent, and Timber will stay home in our AC cooled home while I’m at the VA and getting things in town.  I’ve been leaving him home to get the mail at the PO and a little shopping and he’s doing fine.  When I come back he’s waiting at the kitchen window or he’s on the couch watching TV.

                                                                                                                                  — Rusty

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Photo taken by a dear reader of this blog, Vicki, the day she and her husband Larry delivered the table and chairs, glasses, bowl, dinnerware, and seat cushions to Rusty’s new home.

My curiosity got me typing.

I immediately sent a reply email.  “What is this short talk you’re going to give?” I asked.

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Rusty’s best pal, Timber

Hi Sue,

I’m doing the talk at the VA on Thursday with other veterans on how the change is from homeless to having a home, on how it was, how I dealt with it, being homeless, and how I feel about having a home . . . .  I will be on stage in front of 100-150 people, other veterans, congress, government folks who are trying to help more and there will be other speakers.  It’ll be during a luncheon.

                                                    –Rusty

Wow!  This story keeps getting better and better.

Rusty will help other veterans by sharing his experience!  I sent him another reply email.

“Rusty . . . Just be yourself and speak from your heart.”

rvsue   

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102 Responses to Early morning by a mountain lake and an update!

  1. Kathie says:

    Reading about Rusty and Timber and their new life is such a pleasant way to end the day. Of course the pictures of your peaceful camp don’t hurt either. Thanks.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Kathie. Bridget, Spike, and I slept later than usual this morning. I woke up to Spike barking. He was looking at something out the back window… a 4-point stag at the edge of our campsite. It makes me happy that his eyes are still good enough to see it.

      Of course, now he’s sleeping again and I’m up for the day! 🙂

  2. Carolyn says:

    Kathie said what I was going to say … what a good thing. And… HAHaaaaa your fallling out of bed… I tell ya.

    ahhhh nice read to turn out the lights and head to bed with … I will not dream of a snake. I shall dream of Tinkerbell and pixie dust.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Carolyn! This was a fun post to write. I never thought about people reading the snake dream right before going to bed. I hope you slept well last night!

  3. Betty says:

    I know it’s not nice to laugh at someone else’s problem so I’m sorry but your story about your dream just tickled my funny bone.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Betty! It tickled me, too! I sat on the floor laughing before crawling back into bed.

  4. AZ Jim says:

    Wow! That’s great. Rusty has come a long long way since you came across him. In a major way you and the efforts you put forth are the moving force that made things begin to happen for Rusty. Now he is doing what he can to pass along his good fortune. I am a strong believer in Karma. That was a nice little mission Missy.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Jim! If you believe in Karma, then Rusty has earned everything he receives because he is a kind, gentle and giving person. I was impressed from the first moment I met him, as we stood before his truck camper while he explained all its features… what he had put together himself. I’m sure he will do well on Thursday. I wish I could be there.

  5. Ruth TN says:

    A good story just keeps getting better. Beautiful pictures of the camp. I will be going to sleep listening to the rain fall. Goodnight Sue, Spike, Bridget, Rusty and Timber.

  6. Micky says:

    Wondering how Bridget and Spike reacted to your crash landing on the floor? 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Micky! It happened very fast. Spike slept through my little episode. Bridget wakes up very slowly so she probably thought I had a new way of getting up to use the bathroom. I’m glad I fell. It cut that dream short.

  7. Elizabeth says:

    SO happy to hear how things are for Rusty and Timber!! And just look at what you started, Sue!! WOW!!

    SO nice to read about all your adventures, but this spot is very pretty. We had friends who once lived in Butte and she HATED it there. They have lived in Alaska now many years and she loves it there….guess everyone has different tastes as to what they love.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Elizabeth,

      Well, I must say, after one brief look-see last summer, Butte didn’t appeal to me, not the way, say, Bozeman does. That’s one of the reasons we’re going to Whitehall today, rather than Butte which has a Super Wal-Mart.

  8. Glenda Abercrombie says:

    I look forward to your posts, Sue, because you are always YOU –a strong, loving, caring woman, with a great sense of humor. Glad the snake was only a dream! We have two dogs, and like knowing what you and your “kids” are up to. So glad you made the effort to get to know Rusty; what a blessing you have been to him and his best friend. Your kindness will keep on giving.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Glenda!

      There’s a lot of kindness in this story that “will keep on giving.” . . . the kindness of everyone who participates in the house-warming, the kindness of Bob, the VA rep (although that’s his job, we all know people interpret their jobs differently, some to the good and some not), the kindness of the reporter, Scott Craven (and his team), who prepared a dignified and sensitive story for the Arizona Republic, the kindness of the good people who were instrumental in the safety and eventual return of Timber, the kindness of readers who prayed and sent encouragement to Rusty, the kindness of those we don’t know about who were touched by the story and maybe, I hope,”paid it forward”. . . and the kindness of Rusty as he shares his journey with other vets and with people in positions of power who need to know the housing program for vets is working.

  9. Angie2B says:

    Sue, I had a dream I was on a toilet one time……yeah that didn’t work out too well either. Bahaa

  10. Dawn says:

    What a wonderful place you are in Sue, both physically and in the larger scheme of things! 🙂

    Am very glad Rusty is doing so well. He will be an inspiration to other veterans. Wonder if there is a way we can help more of them.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Dawn!

      Probably the best way to help a veteran is to treat each one individually with respect, gratitude, and warmth.

  11. Brian says:

    I was going to write something about RVSue being an evil genius with her plan for taking over campsite #7 … Bwah ha ha! But then I read the update on Rusty and Timber and just got a little choked up. Happy.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Brian!

      That was part of my evil genius plan… follow up my scheme about the campsite with the latest about Rusty and Timber. Bwa-ha-ha . . .

  12. lynne says:

    Possible dream interpretation…..you were scared but you still got away and landed somewhere safe!
    How many times has that happened to you in the past?

    Love your posts…keep on staying safe!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Lynne!

      I don’t mean to sound pompous or vain here, but . . . I can’t remember ever being scared since I took off to full-time in August 2011 (well, except maybe the Coyote Road Crisis in Sept. 2011, the worst road I’ve ever experienced). Now there have been times when I looked back on my day and my heart stopped momentarily! LOL!

  13. Cecilia says:

    I dozed off on the toilet once, and went down head first to the floor. No, I was not drunk – just very tired. Talk about a shocking wake up.

    Cecilia, Bacliff, TX

  14. Bob's RV says:

    Oh no Sue, what a dream, sounds like one too many trips to bob’s rv. 🙂

    • Bob's RV says:

      P.S.

      Been off the radar so long I never knew Rusty got his home, he’s styling there in his new kitchen, go Rusty!

      Not being here for so long I don’t know where to send money to our friend, could you give me the info Sue?

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Hi Bob!

        I appreciate the opportunity to mention the house-warming again… Simply click on the link in the header (the black strip underneath the photo) where it says “House-warming for Rusty and Timber.” A page will open up that will amaze you!

        What wonderful readers I have, what wonderful friends Rusty has made!

        You’re a nice guy, Bob… Thanks.

        • Bob's RV says:

          I always say: “If He can get it through yu, He will get it to yu.”

          Have a great day Sue.

          • Bob's RV says:

            A little P.S.

            I’ve worked online for years Sue, one big lesson I learned was how dirt-bags try to grab names similar to popular websites like yours in an effort to do all kinds of dastardly things.

            For several years I have been buying domain names that I think scammers might try to buy in an effort to do their dirty work against my online friends.

            I pay the fees and just hold on to them to keep them away from the undesirables; if my friends ever have a use for the domain I simply transfer it to them.

            I have been holding a domain name for you Sue, if you can ever use it let me know and I’ll transfer it to you.

            The name is RVSUE.com

            If you never need it I will still continue to hold it for the reasons stated above.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Oh my gosh. When I went to self-hosting, I wanted that domain but it said someone in California already had it, so I gave up. Doesn’t matter …. Everyone seems to know my new domain. Thanks, Bob, for your thoughtfulness.

            • John says:

              You could still use the name and have it point to your current website. Nice and short but not sure how the crew would like being cut out of the name!!!

            • Bob's RV says:

              Hello Sue,

              My thought on the name is that you have already created a brand as it’s called in domaining, RVSue and Crew. To me an established brand is far more valuable than the shorter version RVSUE.

              However, RVSUE would make a great site where Sue gets into the RV market exclusively; which could prove to be very lucrative for RV Advertisers and you. Just a thought.

  15. cinandjules (NY) says:

    Glad you stocked up on propane and groceries. Eyeing another campsite…quick grab your chair and stake your claim.

    Wish I could have seen Spike and Bridget’s face when you tumbled off the bed.

    Glad to hear Rusty is doing great and he can be an inspiration to others. Go Rusty!

    Ms Angie…(in a whisper) did you pee in your bed? I laugh because in the middle of the night…I make sure I pinch myself to make sure I’m actually semi-awake and ON the toilet…not dreaming and still in bed! Yikes!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi cinandjules!

      I haven’t gone to shopping in Whitehall yet. We’re going today… but no matter, time — past, present, future — is a phantom on this blog anyway.

      Good advice for Angie and Cecilia! Sheesh, the things we talk about on this blog! 🙂

      • cinandjules (NY) says:

        Opps….I reread it….my bad!

        Have a safe and fun trip to town. Spike and Bridget want rotisserie chicken for supper!

  16. Andrea in Glendale says:

    Random acts of kindness… Folks good thoughts and deeds make this world such a better place. “Sweet” dreams Sue 🙂

  17. Bev says:

    Loved your story. When I was about 15, I would help my brother in the fields on our farm. I would be so exhausted that I would fall asleep on the couch after dinner. Mom’s last duty in the evening was to mop the kitchen floor. One evening, she was mopping and had the kitchen waste basket in the middle of the floor. I woke up, was groggy, stumbled into the kitchen and squatted on the waste basket, thinking I was in the bathroom before heading to bed. Mom was yelling “Hey” “Hey”…. Needless to say, I DID wake up!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s quite a story, Bev! I bet your brother had fun kidding you about it.

    • Cecilia says:

      Bev and Sue,
      This one had me laughing out loud at work, I can just see the expression on your mom’s face.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        What makes it really funny is she wasn’t a little kid… She was 15 years old!

        • Bev says:

          It WAS funny! I’m a tiny person yet at that time, I was throwing around 55# bales. After stacking a few of those, I was exhausted. I’m happy to entertain 🙂

  18. Donna says:

    I’ve been wondering … how wide is the bed when you use it on the side instead of across the back? Have you ever posted a picture of it? (P.S. Hope you didn’t hurt yourself!)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      It’s very narrow, Donna. (I’m typing this in a parking lot in Whitehall so I can’t check the exact width.) I think it’s 28 inches wide. It took some getting used to, especially since Bridget and Spike take up some of the space, too. Fortunately I’m a side sleeper.

      No, I didn’t hurt myself. I guess when you fall in your sleep, the body is limp . . . kind of like when babies fall from heights and aren’t injured.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yes, I posted a picture of it a long time ago when the blog was rvsueandcrew.com. I’d find it for you but I’m worn out right now.

  19. Alan Rabe says:

    So glad to hear Rusty is doing so well. I am a vet and it is nice to see the government is trying to get vets off the street.
    I am so jealous of you. I have to wait year until I can fully retire and hit the road in my Monaco RV and head out west to the canyons I love.

    By the way, what do you do with Beets? YUCH!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Alan!

      Yes, it is good there is a program for homeless vets. Rusty wasn’t “on the street” as he lived full-time in his camper, but, nevertheless, the new home is a godsend.

      Some of my readers are waiting seven years or more… I say that so you’ll count yourself lucky with only a year left to go!

      Beets… Heat ’em up and eat ’em. On very rare occasions that’s appealing to me, usually on cold days in winter, not July!

  20. Teri in SoCal says:

    I skipped ahead and read about Rusty, yes I did. And I’m not at all ashamed. (well, maybe just a little bit)

    Have a great week Sue!

  21. Donna in CT says:

    Lol. I’ve almost done what angie3b did. Those dreams are usually about not being able to find a toilet. Luckily I wake up in time. Beets. Yuk.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Donna!

      I love root vegetables. I’m a peasant at heart. . . potatoes, carrots, rutabagas, parsnips, turnips, and yes, even beets… but they’re better straight from the garden when the size of a walnut, cooked with the tender tops. . . very good for you. Beets in a can…meh.

  22. Diann in Montana says:

    Glad to see you enjoying a wonderful little bit of this state. My brother and his family live in Whitehall. He loves it there. They are very involved with the school, volunteer firefighters, church, etc.
    Thanks so much for your blog, RVSue. Great fun to sit down most days and read the blog and live that dream vicariously!
    Oh! To take that giant leap to live on the road, out of a beloved BLT, drawn to the next great destination by a trusty PTV! What a life!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Not to mention two nutcakes to make life interesting!

      I’m in Whitehall as I type this. . . in the handy parking lot next to the railroad tracks and the fish pond with cutthroat trout in it . . . Legion Avenue. We’re in the PTV parked in the shade, just had lunch and the crew is asleep.

      Best wish to you, your bro, and family . . .

  23. Diann in Montana says:

    Dreary…get out of town and back to your site! Quickly! Too much humanity already! Laughing with you…D.

  24. Donna in W. Texas says:

    My grandmother canned pickled beets every year until she was in her late 90’s. They were delicious and still the only beets I have enjoyed eating. Did you take a picture of the magical site #7 that we could see?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      No picture of site #7 because the woman’s camper is in the site with children all about. I’ll post a pic when I get the site.

  25. Mary Ann (Pontotoc, MS) says:

    I wish I could be there to hear Rusty speak from his heart. He’ll have a lot of us “there in spirit.” I’m so thankful and happy for him!

    Your photographs are spectacular — somehow you really do capture that early morning feeling in that beautiful place!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Mary Ann!

      I was bummed because we slept late this morning and missed that special time of day when a mist rises from the lake and everybody else is still asleep. It was nice though to awake to a deer in our campsite.

      • Diann in Montana says:

        You had written that you had your eye on a spot up there, and you were waiting for the mother and kids to leave on Thurs so you could claim it. That is what I called your “moving day”.

        Peace to you and your crew! D.

  26. Diann in Montana says:

    Mr. Deer may be there again tomorrow–early.

    Wow! Tomorrow is moving day and it will be an interesting and fun discovery for you and the crew!

    Enjoy, sue and crew!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Um… Where did you read that tomorrow is moving day? Well, maybe the grocery store, propane place, and auto repair shop will be “an interesting and fun discovery for you and the crew!” 🙂

  27. cinandjules (NY) says:

    I love beets! Sliced or pickled cold preferably but I’ll eat them hot.

    They were part of our lunch as pre-k school way back in the day. That and asparagus.

    Hmmm….think I’ll have a can of beets tonight with dinner. Jules on the other hand hates anything to do with them. She has memories of cleaning them before her mother canned them. I actually have to sneak them into the shopping cart.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I remember when I lived in Clearwater, Florida, there was a restaurant that made what it called Greek salad. You could order a take-out in a bowl about three feet in diameter. It had lots of greens, red onions, olives, pepperocinis, a big mound of garlicky potato salad in the middle, some other stuff I don’t remember, and cold, sliced, pickled beets. Best salad ever!

  28. BuckeyePatti says:

    Ewwwww, down to beets? They taste like dirt to me. (Sorry to all you beet lovers.)

    Hope you got enough groceries & propane to extend your stay at this beautiful campsite.

    As I battle with the hubby who wants a 40′ diesel pusher and I want just a simple trailer, or a Class B or C….I am wondering in all of your campsites (a sweeping generalization, I know)…but how many BIG RIGS have you seen where you have camped?

    It’s such a thrill to see Rusty & Timber happy in their new home. Thanks to you 🙂

    Recalcitrant faucets? OMG, I had to look up recalcitrant. Thanks for bending my vocabulary.

    I’m not even going to comment on the snake dream, but give me a spider nightmare and I’m there! LOL

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Patti…

      To answer your question about big rigs… I rarely see them in what I consider the prettiest places (the naturally beautiful places, not manicured) and I never see them in my favorite places. But that’s a subjective comment. So before all you big rig people jump on my case… What’s pretty to one is not to another.

      A greater consideration is the huge difference in cost and maintenance of the rigs, as well as the cost in fuel and campground fees as opposed to free or piddling for smaller rigs.

      Sounds like you and hubby are on opposite sides of a “continental divide” that you need to work out. 🙂

      I suggest you follow Nina’s blog, Wheelin It, for a while and read her archives. She and husband Paul have a big rig, yet they have small rig sensibilities. By that I mean… they enjoy being off by themselves in naturally beautiful places. She can tell you the sacrifices (as well as the bonuses) when one travels in a big rig.

      If someone gave me a gorgeous 40-foot Class A, I’d sell it immediately, but that’s me.

      • Alan Rabe says:

        I have no wish to steal this blog, but I wanted to just make a small comment on RV’s. First, try them out, you can rent them for a couple weeks and see if it meets your needs. Second, determine your needs and what kind of driving you will do. If you are like Sue and butterfly all around then yes fuel will be an issue. I am a photographer by hobby, I still shoot film and use a large format camera, I need space. But I will be moving only 3-4 times a year, moving only 300 to 400 miles at a time, so minimal wear and tear and fuel. I will use each campground as a home base and use my Honda Element to search out the area for photos at my leisure. I got lucky and found a class A with low mileage for a great price. In these econimic times good deals are out there, just google, look in FL, Az and Tx, that’s where they end up. Just try it them out first, see what it is like living in close quarters for long periods of time. Imagine a week of non-stop rain with you and yours trapped in a small space. It is all about what you are trying to accomplish and your comfort level.
        No offense Sue, I love and respect you and what you do, we all have different needs.

        • Mick says:

          Film, large format … yes back in the dark ages, but Alan I do have a deal for you. I picked up some lens from a studio camera. The company was “Life Touch”. The lens are Tamron #50004, 75 – 150 mm, F1 : 4.5, Camerz. The front lens is about 100mm. You would have to find an adaptor. The mount is about a 3″ flange. Your for shipping cost. I have 6.
          mkent at blomand dot net

          • Alan Rabe says:

            Mike, sounds great but I’ll pass. I have a Schneider 120 and a 210 that I bought in 89. Both beautiful pieces of glass. Now if you find a 350 Schneider let me know. You might try http://www.largeformatphotography.info/forum/. but you will have to sign up( free) and be a member for a month if you want to sell them. There are people there that might be interested. If you want to see some amazing photos check out the site. The site owner/founder Q. T. Loung has visited and photographed every national park in the country( only person to do so) and was seen in the Ken Burns National Park documentary.

  29. Linda says:

    Sue, I had to laugh at you falling out of bed….dreams can seem so real…I’ve also had the dream of being on the toilet and almost peed the bed…how embarrassing would that be! And I LOVE beets…my mother canned them every year, and they are one of my favorites! Somehow mine never taste quite as good as hers! I don’t comment often but I read you every day. I’m so happy for Rusty & Timber. Linda in Benson, Az.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Linda! I remember you. Good to see you popping in here.

      The only way plain ol’ canned beets from the supermarket are any good is heated and swimming in butter with salt, which, of course, obliterates any health benefits from the beets. LOL

      Thank you for reading my blog every day. Today was a tiring day for me and the crew. I want to post but I don’t have the mental energy so I’ll wait until the morning.

  30. Glenda says:

    Loved seeing Rusty in his new home and with his new table and chairs etc…………so many generous people have helped and now he is settle and able to share his experience to help others…………..an amazing story. Thanks Sue for bringing us updates.
    Hope you did not do any damage with the fall out of bed…………wow!! Scary dream……..I wonder what it means!
    Stunning photos of a stunning place Sue……………..I wouldn’t want to leave either! Enjoy!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Glenda!

      Isn’t that photo of Rusty precious? He looks so happy and proud . . . as well he should. That table and chairs are pretty spiffy.

      No, I didn’t hurt myself at all. Yeah, scary dream. Me and snake dreams. I’ve had them since I was a kid . . .

      What did the dream mean? Well, the beach was obviously the beach here. I think the snake is my subconscious fear that this place, this life I’m living, is too good. Eventually something will come along and ruin it. Now that’s subconscious fear… I don’t worry about that consciously at all.

  31. DeAnne in TN says:

    Sue, this is my dream interpretation. The snake represents the road going back to get your supplies. The head turned and pointed at you because you and your camp are the end of the road. You fell in the lake because right now, your campsite is safety from the road! Taa daa! Creative thinking, huh?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Pretty good, DeAnne… The lake representing safety from the road. Hmm . . . I do find peace around water.

      Countdown to schooldays . . . 🙂

      • DeAnne in TN says:

        Very soon. We go back on the 5th and kids return on the 7th. I’ve been in my classroom all week decorating and dusting, filing and tossing. Eight more years….my paternal great-grandmother was from the mountains of North Carolina. She had “the gift” and interpreted dreams for “neighbors” in exchange for canned foods, dried meat, tobacco or fabric. I’ve always been enthralled by the stories I remember.

        • Mary Ann (Pontotoc, MS) says:

          Deanne, the memories of your great-grandmother are so interesting–I love stuff like that! Have you ever read Oral History by Lee Smith? If not, you have to–Lee Smith is from NC and the story is SO good! If you don’t have time to read a novel, Amazon may have it on audio 🙂

  32. Jean wheatleyIn Molalla says:

    that pic of Rusty Iis great, also Timber. beets are good for you and let me show you how to make them good too.one Tbsp each of sugar and cornstarch, ix together add strong Tbsp of vinegar, then juice ,and can of beets .Simmer til thickened and eat, yum. you have knack for pretty placesim gonna cut this short cud imtyping with one finger on an iPad

  33. Gayle says:

    For Rusty & the VA: LAST NIGHT I HAD THE STRANGEST DREAM
    SUNG BY Simon & Garfunkel

    Last night I had the strangest dream I’d ever dreamed before
    I dreamed the world had all agreed to put an end to war.

    I dreamed I saw a mighty room filled with women and men
    And the paper they were signing said they’d never fight again.

    And when the paper was all signed and a million copies made
    They all joined hands and bowed their heads and grateful prayer’s were prayed.

    And the people in the streets below were dancing ’round and ’round
    While swords and guns and uniforms were scattered on the ground.

    Last night I had the strangest dream I’d never dreamed before
    I dreamed the world had all agreed

    To put an end to war.

  34. Kay says:

    Well, after 3 hours in the ER and I walked in diagnosing myself… I leave with the same diagnoses I said when I went in. I told them I would send them my bill when they send me theirs. I so need to get on the road…

    Thank you for the great laugh Sue. I sure hope you have no bruises, it might be hard to explain those.

    Have fun…. And, God Bless Rusty and all who have helped him and Timber. Glad to hear / see he is in a home. They will really enjoy that home as a team. Timber is living the good life… dad goes to town, Timber stays home and lounges on the sofa watching TV… Hummm…. think I had a few kids that did that very same thing…

    Crew… are you getting closer to drawing your unemployment checks yet?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      A visit to the ER! I hope you’re okay, Kay. Yeah, I’ve done that… told the doctor he got it wrong, set him straight, and he agreed. 🙂

      Yeah, Timber’s doing all right. Rusty needs to teach him how to handle the remote. Hmm. . . or maybe that’s not such a good idea.

  35. A note to Rusty! Welcome Home! You look so happy sitting at your new table and chairs! Life really turned out ok for you and Timber and I am so happy it did!
    Sue…. wild dreams! Whew! Sounds like you had a good trip to town, hope you got your A/C fixed while you were there! Now…. sitting on the edge of my seat waiting…. did she manage to snag the site of her dreams #7 ?????
    With us, our trailer is 90% empty and The MotherShip is 90% full! LOL!!!! Our bed just sold and we are sleeping on the couches!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good job! You’re close to ready for the big move!

      Nope, we’re not in site #7… I spoke with the lady and they’re staying longer. That’s okay. It’s nice where we are.

  36. cinandjules (NY) says:

    Just popped in…………….thinking about Rusty’s luncheon and speech today….and Timber lying on the couch watching TV!

    Hope he updates us!

  37. Cari in North Texas says:

    I love the photo of Rusty in his new dining room. I had sent him a gift card for any incidentals he might need, and he emailed back a very nice reply. I’m so happy he and Timber are getting settled and now have a home with no wheels.

    For those that asked about helping other vets, contact your local VA hospital. There are volunteer and donation opportunities there. Also, I belong to a non-profit who has volunteer veterans outreach programs. I don’t know if I can post it because their home page asks for donations, so let me know what your rules/etiquette are. I’ll be happy to share offline.

    What a lovely area you are in right now! I’m drooling over the lake and the trees – it’s 103 outside right now with a heat advisory (heat index 105-110) through the weekend. Summer has arrived in North Texas! August is traditionally our hottest month, but we got spoiled because July was relatively cooler and wetter.

  38. Helen Halsne says:

    We left campsite #7 at Delmoe Lake Mon 29 – you visited with our son-in-law,John that day (#8 – 2 Brittanies along). The place is as everything you described and more. We did see your BLT there. We’re retired too -loving it. Your pictures and stories are great. Helen & Alan

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      It would’ve been nice to meet you both. I enjoyed talking with your son and daughter-in-law and was sorry he and Nikki left so soon after I met them.

      • Helen Halsne says:

        Thanks for the reply. – I love your spunk. You’re a brave girl to do the things you do – gives people courage to know it can be done, especially for Rusty who you communicate with. What a help for him. Our prayers are with you for safe journeys wherever you go. Keep the faith!
        Helen & Alan

  39. Helen Halsne says:

    One more time – should have added it before. Can’t remember where it came from but seems appropriate now. I’ve passed it on many times before – here goes again. I love smooth flowing “words” too.
    “May you always camp where waters run sweet, with plenty of shade and grass: where well trod trails of friendships meet as the seasons gently pass.”

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