Excuses for being an inconsistent blogger

Tuesday, December 18, at home in Arizona

I feel guilty on the days I don’t post.  Whenever I finish a post, I’m certain that I will do better and post again the next day.  The next day comes and I’m carried away with whatever is going on in my life and the post doesn’t get written.

This past weekend the fence work resumes.

Boy, did Dennis and Gilbert work!  Putting up a fence on this property is a challenge.  All along the four courses of fence line, the men have had to deal with slope.  Up and down, all around.

Board-by-board construction can follow the slope.  Eight foot panels on an incline or decline are tricky, creating “steps” while staying level.

I try to stay out of their way.

However, I can’t resist watching a gate being installed.

The decision to completely enclose the back yard means four gates in all.

Two gates to access the back yard from either side of the house, one gate to access the maintenance lane at the rear property line, and one 16-foot wide, “barn door” double gate which allows access into the back yard by a vehicle.

When the protective coating has been applied to everything, I’ll post more photos.

Anyway . . . 

About not posting every day.

I’m selfish!  I have so many fun things that I want to do around the house that my mind refuses to settle down to writing.  Some of those things might not sound like fun to you — like refinishing furniture or removing trellis or sweeping the porch or taking the string trimmer to mow down weeds in the side yard.

I go to pot . . .

Every visit to the thrift shop I check for plant pots.  They’re usually 25 or 50 cents apiece.  I have accumulated a nice collection.  I want to get all these Mexican petunias (below) potted so they’ll be ready for the ground once the worst of the cold weather is past.

“Worst of the cold weather,” I say.

Ha!

How silly of me to describe our Arizona winter that way.  The worst we’ve had is a few early morning lows around 30 degrees and a couple grey days that didn’t get out of the 50s.  Last weekend was chilly (See the men in jackets above.), yet yesterday was warm enough for Reggie, Roger, and me to enjoy a picnic on the porch.

Here it is mid-December.

And we’re having highs in the 60s and 70s.  I admit I sit in the sun when I could be writing a blog post.

The lounge chair with cushion is another thrift store bargain ($8).  From this lounger I make big decisions, like where to plant sunflowers, cosmos, and lantana this spring.

The bird bath bowl used to be on the ground.

However, Roger’s recent tummy upset had me wondering if he caught something from drinking out of the bird bath.  This faux concrete table (plastic) is just right for holding the bird bath off the ground.  I don’t remember what I paid for it.  Less than 8 dollars.  I know it wasn’t much.

Christmas is only a week away.

Gee, I need to come up with presents for Reggie and Roger!

They already received a gift I could never top — the gift of each other.  Can’t beat that!

rvsue

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117 Responses to Excuses for being an inconsistent blogger

  1. JoanneG from San Rafael says:

    I don’t think anyone expects you to post every single day!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, JoanneG!

      In the early days of this blog, I posted almost every day, and I see other bloggers who do that. Oh well, nice of you to give me an “out.” 🙂

      CONGRATULATIONS ON BEING FIRST!

  2. Robin B says:

    First?

  3. Joanne G from San Rafael says:

    Wow, first again…and I even read the post before commenting!

  4. milliehubbard says:

    We’re all so happy that you are settling in at the “homestead”…and we know there is a lot of work involved in that…plus we get some guilty pleasure out of “watching” you work hehehe!! The place is shaping up beautifully…good for you and take all the time you need for your homeowner duties! Buuuttt…you had better get that Christmas shopping done…we wouldn’t want the boys to have empty stockings on Christmas morning! My little guy, Gabe, already got a nice new bed from Santa Paws…I’m sure Reg and Rog have “whispered” what they would like!

    Congrats to JoanneG on being first!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, millie,

      Reggie and Roger are spoiled all year long which makes it tough for gift-giving at Christmas. They’d probably turn up their noses at treats packaged for dogs after snacking on rotisserie chicken all year.

  5. Columbus Calvin says:

    I have a hard time imagining myself doing a daily post, so I don’t judge you for not doing it either. The other blog I pay attention to posts once a week. After all, in order to post about your life, you have to spend time living your life.

  6. jackie johnston says:

    love your blog, daily or otherwise! but it occurs to me that if you turned the bird bath table upside down and then put the bath on it, that it might be more stable, especially if your “boys” decide to check it out!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, jackie! Great seeing you here! Thank you for loving my blog. 🙂

      The bird bath table looks unstable in the photo. With the weight of the terra cotta bowl, the water it holds, and the rock in the center, it is more stable than it looks. Turning it over, there’s no design on the underside.

  7. LeeJ in Northern California says:

    Whenever your new blog shows up, its like a visit from a friend…thank you….

  8. Dawn in NC says:

    Howdy Sue! I’m so glad that you seem to enjoy your nesting process as much as seemed to love being on the road! I know what you mean about presents for the boys. I am in the process of finding little presents for my little ones! One of the pet stores is on the busiest street in town, made worse by Christmas traffic. I’ll wait until after Christmas to check out that store! As for me, I’m just happy when I see a new blog land. I don’t think anyone but you expects you to post every day. As Columbus Calvin says, you’ve got to spend some time living in order to have something to blog about.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn,

      One of the wonderful things about our pets, they don’t follow any calendar. Christmas can be any day. “Christmas traffic” — It’s been many years since I’ve fought that battle and I don’t miss it!

      Reading that the appearance of my blog makes someone happy is a great reward for me. Thanks.

  9. Wow the fence looks beautiful. You’ll definitely enjoy the privacy. I always wanted a outside bath i.e. a claw foot tub with shower head over it. When it’s 116 degrees in summer, I tell myself I’ll have it in but the years have gone by and no outside bath yet. Anyway, my back yard is huge…it spans the length of two back yards behind me. With recent rains, the weeds have taken over my yard. I’ve been pulling weeds daily and only half way done. Meanwhile the weeds are getting bigger & bigger making it tough to pull them out. Thank heavens the front yard is done and looks great. This morning I worked for four hours until my hands could no longer grip. Our dogs already got their presents…dog beds & treats. As long as we own homes, our work will never be done. Just when we think we’re done, something else needs attention or needs to be redone i.e. painting, maintenance, yard upkeep, cleaning and dusting, etc., etc. etc.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Interesting comment, rita. I can’t help but smile at the idea of a claw foot tub with shower head set up in our yard. It has occurred to me that I might get one of those cheap pools — some come with a pump — enough water to cool off in. Dennis says I should get a jacuzzi but I don’t care about that. A simple pool of water is my speed. Something to set my camp chair in, like the times we camped next to water.

      I’ve been pulling weeds, too! I let the nasty kind that have terrible stickers get big and now I’m trying to remove them before they spread seeds everywhere. Poor Reggie picks up stickers in his paws very easily.

      • Geri from the FL panhandle says:

        I use a hula hoe on the weeds in my yard! Great tool! Not sure if it’s in Amazon, I got mine at Ace Hardware!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Here’s a hula hoe:

          Flexrake 1000L Hula-Ho Weeder Cultivator with 54-Inch Wood Handle

          I’m having to pull up the weeds and put them in a trash bag in order to stem their spread all over the lawn yard. Which is a joke because they’re already all over. I never used a hula hoe before.

          • Beth and Rosie dog, AZ says:

            Hula hoe’s are an awesome tool for AZ weeds! I couldn’t tell if you bought one or not. I didn’t know what a hula hoe was until I moved to AZ! But that tool makes weeding easy and then you bag the weeds after using it. Sure does save time and hands and back and, well, all that comes with weeding! It’s amazing how well weeds grow without much water!
            I’m with all those that say we don’t expect you to post every day! Enjoy life so you have stuff to write about and don’t worry, true Blogorinos will be here ready to read whenever you post!

      • The run off from your above ground cistern could fill your pool but need to deter mosquitos. The bathtub idea is nice since you can easily drain the water and put in fresh water. Oh going on-line to look at those hula hoe. Never heard of them. I have one with a jagged edge but it doesn’t pull the roots just the weed head. Maybe I’m using it incorrectly.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          If I shop for a little pool, I’ll look for one with a drain.

          Yeah, I may get a hula hoe one of these days….

  10. You think YOU feel guilty for not posting! It’s been over a year since I’ve posted. Everyone has given up on me! I’m in the road approximately 6 months a year, and every picture I take, every good, bad, or funny experience I have, I think about sharing it on my blog… I love to write, and I love to photograph, so who knows what my problem is?!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I think I know what your “problem” is, Rhonda — having a whole lot of fun! Same problem I have! 🙂

  11. ReneeG says:

    First?

    • ReneeG says:

      Oh man. Definitely not! Except to those who love me!

      • Renee from Idaho says:

        Well, Sue, I gotta say that posting everyday is not a must. Heck, you post more now than you did when your sister was with you. I understand that you need to get things done.

        On the other hand, I like the privacy your fence affords you. Nice. Really nice. Christmas being a week away is unimaginable. Seems like just yesterday that we were in the heat of summer. Getting older is all I can account for.

        Merry Christmas to you, Reggie, and Roger. You all three truly have a gift in one another. Many blessings to you.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Renee,

          Funny thing about time. The more I get out of each day, the faster they fly by! Yes, it seems like yesterday we were comparing high temperatures.

          Everyone seems to approve of the privacy fence. That’s nice to know, for someone who agonizes over a five dollar purchase. Haha!

          I hope you have a wonderful Christmas, Renee. Besides the precious gift of my boys, I have readers like you.

          • Ruthie in Fontana says:

            Hi Sue, I agree with Calvin you gotta live in order to tell us about it. I do approve of the fence it looks great and probably cost you more then you thought it would but, its like you said you agonize over a five dollar purchase … and that is how you can afford the wonderful fence.

  12. Dawn in Michigan says:

    Don’t worry Sue, blogging is supposed to be fun. I don’t know many bloggers who post every day. Far better to post when you’re inspired.

    I think the boys are so happy to be with each other and with you they’d be happy with just an extra treat for Christmas..

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I skipped over your comment! I don’t know how that happened.

      You’re right. The boys wake up happy just knowing where they are and who is with them. We all should be so wise!

  13. There is no reason at all for you to feel any guilt over not posting every day. Besides, it would spoil us. 🙂

    Actually, when I started my book blog, I thought, “Oh, I can’t wait to share all of the interesting books I read and want others to know about and I may have to post every day!” Well, turns out I’m lucky if I get in a post a week. I discovered it is WORK to get graphics, photos, links, et al, composed and then not only write the text but proofread and edit as well. It is fun to do, though, and I think readers appreciate what I end up doing and don’t expect a post as often as I would like to post–if that all makes sense. And if anyone needs a good reading list for the coming year, I’m preparing my best of 2018 post.

    Happy holidays to you and the crew. I’m starting to get envious of your sunshine. Moving to Arizona reared its head over the past few days and have to admit it’s mighty enticing.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re doing a great job with your blog, Robin. I can see “behind the page” to the amount of work and care you put into each post. The nature of your blog’s focus quite naturally allows for time in between posts. After all, it takes time to read the books you feature!

      I feel guilty because my blog is about my life and it is noted for the day-to-day, ordinary things in life that we are prone to overlook. It is written in the present tense (usually). So when one is done reading, the nature of the blog is “well, what’s going on NOW.” 🙂

      Thank you for the service you provide for those of us who love books. Aha! Thinking of AZ are you? My fault!! 🙂

      Happy holidays to you, too, Robin.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hi, Robin,

      Thank you for taking the time to create your book blog. I enjoy reading your recommendations. Fellow book lovers know it takes time to read the books before you can recommend them! Not to mention reading books that are duds – that takes time, too. I value a solid review; sometimes reviewers appear to have just skimmed books before throwing together a recommendation. Looking forward to your best of 2018 list! 🙂

  14. Lee Ann (Oregon) says:

    Your lovely fence is now the blank pallet that will show off your new exciting garden! We’ll be excited to see how it all unfolds!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s exactly how I see the fence, Lee Ann. It is a blank canvas. I wish trees and bushes weren’t so expensive. I’d love to “paint” them all around the yard.

      It’s nice to know you’re interested in how the yard and garden evolves over time.

  15. Jan NH says:

    I agree with the others. You should only blog every day if you truly feel like it. As much as I (and others) enjoy receiving a new post, we understand you have other exciting things going on. It is better if it is fun for you and not a chore…besides, not posting every day, keeps us all on our toes for when we do receive a post :)…always a surprise!

    I had to chuckle when I read “once the worst of the cold weather is past.” and then scrolled down to your next paragraph and chuckled even more.

    Hard to believe Christmas is only a week away. My ‘boys’ are still at obedience boot camp and I don’t think they are going to make it home for Christmas. The trainer is making progress but it is slow going as they have had 4 years of being rewarded for bad behavior so a lot of undoing to be done! I really miss them but know it will be worth it in the long run. I’ll have to get my dog-lovin’ fix at the shelter when I volunteer…I’m missed the last few weeks as I’ve been battling bronchitis…thinking it is almost gone but was finding it seemed to get worse when I tried to walk dogs at the shelter in the cold…hoping to resume this weekend.

    I had previously mentioned I was thinking of changing their names. I decided to leave Jeff’s name as Jeff and changed George to ‘Jack’. I figure they are going through enough change right now and Jack is close enough sounding to George to be easier for him to learn…I just couldn’t keep the name George.

    Love all the gates you have for the fence…sounds like they may be close to finishing up…that will be exciting!

    Happy week before Christmas!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Jan. You have a great week, too!

      I don’t know why but using the term “boot camp” when referring to your dogs’ obedience school tickles me. I imagine Jeff and Jack doing push-ups and climbing ropes on an obstacle course. Ha!

      I like the names you chose. I like dog names that have an affectionate form such as Jeffy, Jackie, Spikey, Bridgie, Reggie….. For Roger, I call him Rog a lot. He’s such a tough little guy, it fits.

      • Jan NH says:

        LOL…I too laugh when I call it ‘boot camp’….the training facility doesn’t call it that….it sort of popped into my head when we were discussing and I chuckle whenever I say it and I love the vision that comes to your mind.

        Funny about the affectionate names. I’ve already been calling Jeff, Jeffy and am sure I will use Jackie for Jack though I may use Jackson when he is misbehaving. I was calling George, Georgie so Jackie will just roll off my tongue. Isn’t it funny how we manage to find nicknames that fit personalities and situations. Yep, I can see ‘Rog’ from your descriptions.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Oh, yeah, names for “bad” dogs! “Jackson and Jefferson, come here this very minute, you two!”

          • Jan NH says:

            🙂 Yep!

            Another though on blogging…when you think about it….you really do blog every day as you are always so good about reading comments and responding so that kind is like blogging every day 🙂

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Good of you to say that, Jan, but I admit I’m not as good about replying as I once was. That really bugs me!

  16. rhodium in sw va says:

    Don’t worry, I feel guilty for not reading every day.

  17. weather says:

    When you posted almost every day you lived in the BLT, a home you bought as a completed project, that needed no additional furniture, improvements, or changes.
    The property surrounding it wasn’t your responsibility to improve or maintain. Those jobs were for employees of national, state or privately owned, rv parks and lands, or just nature itself. So you had more free time then, and used it to post frequently. Putting a new post together takes time; to write, take and select photographs for, include links, and THEN publish.

    Do I enjoy frequent posts, yes. Because you’re a great entertainer, writer, photographer, and story teller. You’re not just a blogger though, Sue. You’re someone I’ve grown to love. I honestly enjoy knowing you’re using your time the way that you are, just as much as I enjoy each new post.

    Gee, though, I can relate to accomplishing something, and thinking I’ll do as much the next day, too. Some days when I feel great about all I’ve done, I forget that need not be a daily affair. Often afterwards, the next day or two I just putter around here enjoying being at home with my kitties, and consider feeding and entertaining us enough. Today was an at home day, when I awakened before sunrise the wind chill/ real feel temperature was 5 degrees. Knowing the rest of this week will be much warmer, I decided it was a good day to make a grocery and errand list, take care of some online things, phone calls, tuck in and read a lot.

    The fence is looking great,Wow! Dennis and Gilbert may get tired and sore from working so hard. Yet, when it’s finished, besides their pay, they’ll have a wonderful sense of accomplishment for all they’ve done. I like the pretty semi-sheer curtain in the window where your petunias are sprouting roots, and the new-to-you lounge chair is lovely.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re right, weather. Life was very different when we were on the road. Our back yard was constantly changing and I couldn’t wait to share the new experiences, the new camps, and the happiness it brought me. I got into a rhythm of travel, setting up camp, blogging about it, etc.

      Now, living at the house, I don’t have a changing environment to inspire me to write. Plus much of what I do these days repeats — the fence project, the bargain hunting, the birds and porch, etc.

      From the reactions I see here I’m reminded what an understanding (and forgiving) group are the blogorinos.

      “You’re someone I’ve grown to love.” Oh, weather…. what’s the word? Verklempt. I’m verklempt.

      You’re smart to craft a day to suit the conditions. That’s what I love about retirement. No risking of life and limb to go to a job or to get errands done within the time off of the job. We can “go with the flow” to use an old sixties saying. Your day at home, staying warm with the kitties, sounds delightful.

      I’m amazed at how hard Dennis and Gilbert worked. Last Saturday they started at 7 a.m. and worked a good ten hours with hardly a break. Already I can see them experiencing a “sense of accomplishment.” They take pride in their work.

      • weather says:

        Today autumn 2018 stopped by my place with a warm goodbye hug. It was 64 degrees out with a spectacularly cloudy sky. Not wanting to stay inside and miss it I was out early walking and driving, and then came back here to be by the lake at 5:22 for winter’s official arrival.

        It really is wonderful to be retired and able to go with the flow. 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Good morning, weather. I’m glad you gave Autumn a proper send-off and Winter a warm 🙂 welcome.

  18. You’re great at staying on top of your blog, wish I had the discipline! Your fence is going to be the envy of the whole neighborhood – it’s a beauty. I have to admit I’m getting the itch to decorate and make a home on a piece of property 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jodee,

      Last weekend, when work resumed on the fence, I said to Dennis, “Hmm, I notice an increase in foot traffic today.” Neighbors had become very good about exercising their dogs and themselves, making their way past the house and back again. Yesterday while sitting on the porch I noticed a car go by very slowly. He must have circled the block because here he is again, checking out the fence!

      There are times I look around this place and I’m overcome with emotion. Having one’s dreams come true is gift enough. Here I am with life better than I had ever dreamed possible for me. I wish that for you and everyone.

  19. Suzicruzi says:

    Hi Sue, doggies, friends,

    Please don’t feel guilty for not blogging more. You have already given so much Sue, so-so much. Have fun with your house, thrift store finds, your boys, and all the other things you are loving doing. We all deserve a break from the routine, “the grind” such as daily life can be. We wouldn’t ever want you to feel obligated to make a post. Nope!

    I have felt like I have been taking more than giving here, and I too have felt guilty for that. It’s nonsense, I’m sure. To heck with guilt!!

    Larry, Kitty, and I are camped 27 miles or so South of Quartzsite, in the Kofa Wildlife Area. King Valley Road to be exact. Today we hiked up to see the Palm Canyon, and lucked out on the light. Stunning! Oh my goodness!

    We paid our respects to the town of Quartzsite, HaHa! Spent a few bucks on some supplies, and kept going. I’ve never seen so many RVs in my entire life, and that’s the truth! To be honest, I am stunned at the RV Cities here. You were right, I guess I needed to see it, But we don’t need to “live it”. 🙃

    Thank you Sue for all you’ve brought to our lives with all your posts over the years. That, and you’ve been so generous with helpful information to all who inquire. You’re a real gem my friend! Cheers!

    Suzi
    * would sure love to send you postcards from the road- Merry Christmas!!
    Q.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Suzi, Larry, and Kitty,

      You feel guilty? That’s silly. You GIVE to this blog with every comment you make. I bet there are scads of people who love reading about your camps and travels, living vicariously through you in all your newbie glory! That first year is so exciting!

      KOFA is a great stop. And you got to hike into Palm Canyon. That’s great. The only drawback to KOFA camping is the distance for supplies. I like the way it provides a break between Big Q and Yuma. I’m glad you got to see Quartzsite. Imagine what it is like when the crowds come with their RVs….

      You’re sweet to express your appreciation again. You’re welcome, Suzi. Keep on grabbing onto life. Merry Christmas!

  20. Dawn in Michigan says:

    I don’t think you should feel guilty about not blogging every day, Sue, I follow several blogs and it’s rare that they blog each day, and when they do I find I don’t have time to read all the posts. I think you should blog when you’re inspired to do so, and I’m sure your followers will be thrilled whenever you show up in their feed!

    Merry Christmas to you and the boys. I bet they’re plotting what to get you too…though I think all 3 of you are pretty happy just the way you are and don’t need anything other than each other.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      So true, Dawn. We “don’t need anything other than each other.” All this stuff I’ve been blogging about is gravy.

      Thanks for the kind words. I hope you have a merry Christmas, too. . . 🙂

  21. jazzlover says:

    Well lady, Weather said it so well. That was then when the wanderlust took you to places you wanted to go. No house with a yard, fence line, grape vines, nut trees to contend with. Furniture to get, at the best places and prices I might add. Some may need a little sprucing up and that’s nothing you can’t handle. The joy of making a house your home, filling it with those things that make you happy and comfortable. That is your life now and if you don’t post every day, So What! You’ve got stuff to do! Once a week or so is good. I sit here and almost drool over the things you bring home from the thrift shops, and I honestly don’t think Ducky is Dorkey! That’s the type of lamp I’d bring home. The thrift shops out there were always so much better, maybe because of the volume of rv’s and service people in the area.

    You keep doing what you need to do, we will keep looking for your progress and cheer you on. Be Well Always.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You like Dorky Duck, too? 🙂 I know what you mean about the bargain items I bring home. More than once, I come out of a thrift shop talking out loud, “I can’t believe I found this! It’s just what I wanted!” So drool on, jazzlover. I’m right there with ya!

      Thanks for the understanding regarding my life now.

  22. Wendy C- Bribie Island ,Oz says:

    Love reading whenever you post. When we had our house I loved like you doing the things around the place that made my heart happy, I even enjoyed mowing the yard! And getting a plant in just “the” spot and sit back and enjoy the garden you create, is lovely. Enjoy creating your paradise.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Wendy. This morning I woke up the usual way, with Reggie jumping around in the covers. My first words…. “Another beautiful day in paradise….” 🙂

      I’m happy to see you here, Wendy. I hope all is well with you!

  23. Geri from the FL panhandle says:

    I can’t even imagine NOT finding your blog in my email box! I may not always respond, but I do read! I kept our blog going for 4 years. Keeping all my old friends up to date on where we were in the road and what we were doing. Made many new friends along the way, like you have been doing! I certainly never thought about posting everyday! So quit worrying! We will all be here when you are!
    We have been busy making Mermaid Tears for the Farmers Market coming up this Saturday! It will be the first time in several months that we have actually set up there. We have been busy just keeping the local shops supplied. This has turned into a nice little job for us!💗 Chuck and I work good together.
    MERRY CHRISTMAS 🎄to you Sue and to all the Blogerinos who visit you here! 🎀

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Merry Christmas to you, too!

      “Chuck and I work good together.” 🙂

      May you sell all your Mermaid Tears this Saturday!

  24. Elizabeth says:

    Seems to me, Sue, that you have as ideal a life now as a person can have…you still have your rig…plus you have a house…good deal!! I am happy for you. Whenever you write here, we know you have a life that demands your time too!!

  25. Linda in Minnesota says:

    Writing my blog when we were on the road was a lot easier than once we settled down again. Now I make it a point to post at least once a month so people will know I am still alive. 🙂 I’ll read your blog whenever you post one.

    I thought of you the other day when I was reading about a woman furnishing a cafe on a limited budget. She bought thrift store tables and chairs then painted them various pastel colors so it was clear they weren’t SUPPOSED to match. I love imagining that furniture in her room with butter colored walls.

    Your choices of furnishings intrigue me just as much. They go together so well. Your taste suits me.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      What a cheerful environment that woman created in her cafe. I think people feel more comfortable when furnishings aren’t perfect and even a bit quirky.

      • Geri from the FL panhandle says:

        Sue, do you remember “Groovy Grits” restaurant in T or C ? She had it all decorated with mismatched tables and chairs too! Dang, I love and miss that place!💗

  26. Liz says:

    Sue, any time an email appears that there is a new post from you, it is always the first thing I read! I’m delighted to read whatever and whenever you choose to write! Your blog, your timetable! Being able to accept changes in our lives is not always easy, but you are a shining example of making lemonade when life hands you lemons.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I appreciate your uplifting comment, Liz. Actually I’ve been handed sweeter fruit than lemons. 🙂

  27. Linda, Molly & Midgy in Carmichael, CA says:

    I looked at your jars and the lovely roots swirling around the bottoms. What a great thing to see! And to see the two R’s playing and having fun with each other makes my heart happy especially when I remember when little Roger was a wondering orphan. Look at his life now!! And I get to watch and enjoy along with all your blogorinos. I LOVE it when I see there’s a new post in my email box but that’s because it’s such a treat….like a really yummy piece of chocolate. Brings such enjoyment but if it was a constant diet it would lose some of that joy don’t you think? I’m loving seeing your thrift shop finds. Makes me want to follow your example but I don’t have a new home to fill. I have a home where I’ve lived for almost 35 years (which is it’s own kind of joy). I need to get rid of stuff not acquire more. So keep up the awesome way you include us in your life!! I don’t post all the time but it’s not because I don’t love you and your blog. I’m just very lazy. It happens.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      One of the things I love about being a morning person is having all these wonderful comments to read with my morning coffee, comments written the previous evening after I went offline. Thank you for your cheerful message, Linda. 🙂

  28. Annie/Oregon coast says:

    Enjoy your posts regarding your home improvements and projects and great bargains you find at your thrift shops. The fence looks fantastic and what a great job they have done. Pets to the pups and Merry Christmas to you all.

  29. Rob, in Florida for the winter says:

    Your life went in a different direction so your blogging did too. In time the blogging will find it’s proper place… it’s “happy spot”!

    Merry Christmas Sue!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Merry Christmas, Rob. Good point. Maybe once the big projects are completed (roof, fence, furnishing/decorating, and oh, the house should be painted!!!), I’ll develop a regular routine for blogging.

  30. Carol says:

    I look forward to hearing about your new home and am so happy for you. Don’t worry about blogging intervals; enjoy your new surroundings!

  31. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    I can only echo what has already been said. Post when you feel up to it – we’ll be here! 🙂

    Dennis and Gilbert have done an awesome job on the fence! It is good to know that if you have projects larger than you feel comfortable tackling yourself, you can call on them for help. 🙂

    Have a good evening, Sue! Tonight I am doing laundry and wrapping Christmas presents. Sending you, Reggie, and Roger lots of love and hugs from me and Gracie pup! xo 🙂

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      I saw the funniest thing on the way home from work last night. In the opposing lane, a red VW Jetta wagon was passing me. They had their moonroof open; popping out of it was the front paws and head and shoulders of a Weimaraner! He must have been navigating for his human! 🙂

      • Elizabeth says:

        We are amazed at how you see some dogs hanging their heads out, no matter the weather…guess they just want to see where they are going eh? And then the ones who sit in the passenger seat like they are humans…so funny!!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        I bet it looked funny from inside, too. 🙂

        We did have a good evening, thank you. And today was good, too. Now I’m sending you the same wish!

        You reminded me I want to do a load of laundry…

        Hugs and love to you and Gracie The Pup. 🙂

        • Denise - Richmond VA says:

          It was a good day, indeed! It was my Friday….I am now off from work until after the 1st of the year – whoo-hoo! I will enjoy being off, and Gracie will love having me home.

          We thank you for the love and hugs!! xo 🙂

  32. AZ Jim says:

    Missy, your happiness in “feathering your nest” is obvious. We enjoy just knowing what’s going on in your life day to day. If you never took another trip it would not lose you any blogorinos I’m sure. I’ll be here for sure.

    • Elizabeth says:

      You are right AZ Jim…doubtful any blogorinos would leave even if Sue never did any more trips…I think quite a few of us are in a similar stage of life. We are more easily happy with less…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That puts a smile on Missy’s face!

  33. Penny Rehder says:

    Well I have to admit that I fell so far behind ( life gets crazy) with reading your blog that I went all the way back to the beginning of 2018 and have been reading for a couple of days to get caught up. There were a few jaw droppers but all in all you seem to be having fun.

    Happy Holidays to you, Rog & Reg! Wishing you warm and sunny days!

    Penny / Texas

  34. Karla in Kentucky says:

    Have really enjoyed your blogs about decorating your new home. I wish you and your furry friends the best Christmas ever in your special place. May you also have a blessing filled New Year. The same wishes go out to all the family of bloggers here in our beautiful country. God bless you all!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Karla, for reading my blog and for writing this nice note. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, too! 🙂

  35. Randall Small says:

    Wow! The transition in lifestyle has been remarkable, Sue! Sounds like you’re comfortable with all facets of life and, moreover, this being the very reason for the Season, wish you and your family a Merry Christmas!

  36. Mary Batt says:

    Hey Sue!

    Just read your post/blog again…I like good re-runs!

    Just wanted to say I like/enjoy looking at your picture of the Mexican Petunias rooted in the clear glass bottles lined up in the window. The “window pane” white sheer curtains add to the ‘airiness’ of the pic. Really nice. Sweet and simple.

    Merry Christmas to you, Reg, Rog, the birds, toads, lizards, neighbors, Dennis and Gilbert and Blogorinos!

    Happy New Year 2019 to all of us!

    mb

  37. mary batt says:

    Hey Sue!

    Guess I’m feeling chatty.

    BTW Looks like Dennis and Gilbert did a very nice job on the fence…it is a ‘worthy’ fence! You are lucky to be working with them!

    mb

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, mary!

      I’m sorry for not getting back to you sooner. I don’t know where you are, but where that place is, I hope you have a marvelous day. 🙂

  38. Becky in NJ says:

    Hi Sue-
    I just popped in to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I hope Santa Paws brings lots of toys and goodies for Reg and Rog!
    🎅🎄🎅🎄🎅🎄🎅🎄🎅🎄🎅🎄🎅🎄🎅🎄

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Becky, for the sweet Christmas “card.” Santa can fly right on past our house. Reg, Rog, and I have everything we need. 🙂

      Warm wishes to you at this special time of year!

  39. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    Sending you and your boys wishes for a very merry Christmas! 🎄

    Just completed the finishing touches on a gift…it is 2AM….will try to get a few hours of shut eye. I am looking forward to having some of my family to join me for Christmas dinner. Nephew #1, with his wife and my two little peanuts (!), nephew #2, and their folks (one of my sisters and her hubby). Pork roast, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, green beans, carrots, and rolls will be our feast. I did not get a chance to bake; picked up a berry pie and vanilla ice cream. My sister will bring some homemade desserts. Since some folks will get here a bit early, I will put out a veggie tray, cocktail meatballs, and some chips for munchies. Dinner is at 1PM.

    Gracie has been a good girl, especially these past few days. I have been so busy that she has not received the attention that she is used to and deserves. That will be remedied tomorrow (later today!). I am beyond excited to see the twins….their first Christmas!

    May you and all of the blogorinos Christmas Day be filled with joy and many blessings! Sending you, Reggie, and Roger lots of love and hugs from me and Gracie pup!! xo 🙂

    N’nite!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      What a wonderful day you have planned! How exciting to have the “two little peanuts” in your home for their first Christmas! Love and warm wishes to you, Gracie pup, and your family….

  40. weather says:

    Wishing everyone a blessed and Merry Christmas!

    Leaving this message early, in case I cannot check in again until sometime this afternoon.

  41. rvsueandcrew says:

    New post coming up . . .

    Merry Christmas, everyone!

  42. Brad (mn) says:

    RVSue — just finished year 2014 of your blog. You and Bridget hanging out at Roosevelt Lake. Slowing catching up. I have 2015, 2016, and 2017 to go. Wishing you and the boys a Merry Christmas and a joyous 2019.

  43. Rover Ronda says:

    Hi Sue!
    We got internet in our AZ house, just 5 hrs ago, here I am to see you. I’ve missed you. I’ll check for your reply, though I probably won’t read comments I will catch up on your posts.
    Happy New Year!

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