I do a dumb thing and Spike proves he’s tough

Monday, August 4

Okay, here’s the story on Spike and his visit to the vet.

I’m sitting at the small table at the back of the Best Little Trailer, completely engrossed in reading the comments on this blog.  Typically, Bridget is lying on the bed on my left side and Spike is curled up in the corner of the bed on my right.

Absentmindedly I reach out and pet Spike.

“What!”  I pull my hand back.  “What is that on your back?”  I part the fur on Spike’s back at the base of his neck and find a fresh wound the size of a quarter.

1-DSCN1445“What in the world did you do, Spike?”

I hide a pain pill in some cheese and give it to him.  I take the scissors and cut away some of the fur and clean up the wound as best I can.

“For heaven’s sake, Spike.  I don’t know how you managed to do that.”  (He can’t hear me.)

Sheesh, I’d better get him to a vet. 

I open up my brand new phone and turn it on. 

“No Service.”  Well, that’s no surprise.

“C’mon, pumpkinheads.  We need to get going.”  I drive us toward Boulder, stop, and try the phone again.  Good!  I dial the vet clinic.  The phone says it’s dialing but no one picks up.  Ta’ hell with the phone.  We’re going to Pinedale . . . .

1-0508-141350 - CopyLong story short, Spike is given an appointment for tomorrow.

I’m to drop him off between 8:00 and 8:30 in the morning.  They’ll take care of his wound and draw some blood to send to the lab for analysis.  Maybe we can discern if Spike’s general health can be improved or if he’s simply getting old.

Later that afternoon . . .

Bridget, Spike, and I are relaxing by the Best Little Trailer.  I’m sitting in my cheapo blue camp chair with my camera, hoping the crew will do something that will make a good photo for this blog.  They don’t.

Bridget wants me to hold her in my lap.

I put the camera in the drink holder built into the camp chair’s arm and lift Bridget up.  I hold her in the newborn-baby position, scratch her belly, call her silly names, the entire routine.

Then a wind gust hits.

Gee, I’d better put up the awning!   That taken care of, I round up the nutcakes.

“Time to go inside.  It’s gonna’ rain soon.”

Tuesday, August 5

1-DSC06140It’s 7:30 a.m., an overcast, drizzly morning.   Bridget and Spike are in the PTV giving me confused looks.

“Sorry, guys.  You can’t have breakfast.  Spike isn’t allowed.  Doctor’s orders.”

I gather up my things:   purse . . . breakfast for Bridget for later . . . my useless phone . . .

Now where the heck did I put that camera?


My precious camera is still in the drink holder of the camp chair!  It rained off and on all night.  Sadly I pick it up and brush off the raindrops.


(Now you know why there aren’t many photos in this post!  Most are pics from the past or recent rejects.)

I drop off Spike at the vet clinic.

I’m surprised that he weighs in at 25.7 pounds which is his usual weight.  He looks fatter to me.  Spike isn’t nervous.  He knows why he’s here.  Plus he’s tough.

1-DSCN1447I’m instructed by the vet tech to return at 2 o’clock.  I’m told that Spike may be given a sedative, if need be, while his wound is being cleaned.

Spike?  Need a sedative for a lil’ ol’ wound?  Ha!  Not likely. 

We’re talking about The Spikester!  He eats bones for breakfast while lesser dogs gum their kibble!

Bridget and I head for home.

On the way I park at a spur road.  Bridget eats the cooked turkey I packed for her breakfast.  Then the two of us walk the road.

1-DSC06068 - CopyIt’s a long one, up and down and around, through rabbit brush in full bloom, bright yellow-gold against the grey boulders.

A sage grouse watches us, then noisily flies away.






The sky has cleared somewhat and the air is fresh from the rain.  At the top of a knoll, Bridge and I sit side-by-side on a boulder and look down at the lake.

The hike provides us with a good work-out, something we haven’t had for a long time, ever since Spike has slowed down.

Back at the vet clinic at two, I learn Spike didn’t need a sedative.

The vet tech takes me to his cage.  I snap a photo of a very restless Spike behind bars with my stupid phone (It doesn’t come out).  Placing him in the PTV with Bridget, I go back inside for a report.

The clinic is very busy.  I learn an emergency came in a while ago, a dog kicked by a horse.

Here’s the deal:  Spike’s wound isn’t an animal bite.  It’s an accidental gouge, probably from a branch or something similar.  The blood was drawn.  The results won’t be received until “maybe Friday, probably not ’til Monday.”

I pay the bill.

Office visit:  $45.00; Blood draw and consult:  $45.00; Lab tests-CBC & Chem Panel:  $147.00;  Amoxicillin:  $18.00;  Ender ointment:  $10.45.  Sales tax:  $1.14.

Total:  $266.59.

When I come back for the blood work results, we will discuss possible surgery for a benign cyst under Spike’s tail (rat terriers get these; both Bridget and Spike have had them removed in the past; no big deal) and also, dental cleaning.


This post is long!  Lots to tell!

Anyway . . .  All of a sudden our peaceful lives have entered a vortex.

Take a deep breath.  Here comes the mother of all run-on sentences!

My very nice camera is ruined, my brand new phone is a piece of crap, my laptop is acting weird (corrupt disk!), my sweet Spike has a hole in his back, I’m not going to the rodeo this Friday as planned due to no camera, in order to replace the camera I need to have one shipped to Jackson which is 80 MILES FROM HERE, yet I need to be in Pinedale to pick up mail about the vehicle registrations that run out this month, also the air horns are coming from Mick, the PTV’s air conditioning isn’t working, I probably need to buy a new laptop, the lab results will be in on Monday (that is, if they aren’t late), Spike might have surgery on his buttster which means keeping THAT clean while it heals . . .  (inhale, exhale) . . .  the 16-day limit on our camp is Tuesday, I need to find a new camp so from it I can go to Pinedale and Jackson, it rains every day, the PTV is muddy UP TO THE DOOR HANDLES, and, let’s see. . . what else . . . oh, the crapper is filling up and we’re almost out of water again.

1-DSC06141-001 - CopyYep, we’re livin’ the dream!


NOTE:  All of the above will eventually fade away.  What’s important is I have my crew!


Here are a few of the items recently purchased at Amazon from my blog:

Henschel Men’s Aussie Hat, Olive
American Technology THE MUGGER Folding Cup Holder
The BEST BBQ GRILL MAT – Set of 2 Mats Make Grilling Easy
AVON Skin-So-Soft Bug Guard Plus SPF 30 Insect Repellent Lotions
West Bend 6-Quart Capacity Electric Wok
Ambient Weather Wireless Thermometer with Indoor and Outdoor Temperature

1-DSCN1188 - Copy“Don’t be that way, Spike.  You have to take your medicine.”

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361 Responses to I do a dumb thing and Spike proves he’s tough

  1. rvsueandcrew says:

    This is a comment from Kay that came in at the end of the previous post’s comments. I didn’t want it to be missed!

    “One “new” idea that came to me while I was dodging the vehicle clingers in Denver yesterday, was our Snack Shack menu really should contain foods made by full timing RV’s and then we could have names for them, and if they have a blog we could have the Blog address printed next to the item.

    My goal is not only to give us RVer’s a different and more needed RV parks, but also its my way to promote the lifestyle AND bring followers to RVer’s blogs.

    We are hoping to be opened by September, a lot depends on contractors who seem to be booked solid for weeks. When I get stumped, can’t find what I need locally, I call the City Admin and ask him if he knows anyone, if he don’t he goes to ask the Mayor or others…. someone knows someone…. I love it!

    Now, back to finding a concrete crew….”


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      More great ideas, Kay!

      • Laurie Jo says:

        I guess I missed something….what are vehicle clingers? and what is a Snack Shack? 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Laurie Jo,

          Fellow blogorino, Kay, and her husband are constructing a new RV park, especially catering to fulltime RVers and the folks who read this blog. They plan to have a Snack Shack at each of the RV parks they will eventually create in several states. Kay knows how it is when one travels several miles. At the end of the day, who wants to have to cook? Her Snack Shack idea is to have wholesome, fresh, “home-cooked” (not pre-packaged) food available for sale right at the RV park. Great idea, right?

          A “clinger” is a term I coined for people who park their RV close to someone else’s RV when there is plenty of space elsewhere. Yesterday Kay drove to Denver and she coined the term “vehicle clingers” for tailgaters.

          All this information comes from comments under previous posts. I’m glad you asked. Most likely other new readers and those who don’t read comments regularly were wondering the same thing.

  2. Marilu in Northern California says:

    Oh Sue, I’m so sorry this has all happened but I’m thankful you are all safe. Take some deep breaths and carry on.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s life. Smooth roads, bumpy roads, sunbeams and mud puddles . . .

      Thank you for the message, Marilu.

  3. John K - Mobile, AL says:

    When it rains, it pours, right? I hope Spike is better and things level out soon.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, John. We’ll be fine.

      • John K - Mobile, AL says:

        No worries here. Maybe a night or 2 in a fancy campground is in order? Was Green River, UT the last time?

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Yes, I think Green River was the last “fancy campground.” I did stay at an RV park after that… in Wellington, near Price, UT.

          My problem is… I need a camp that is in Pinedale AND Jackson, WY. I have an idea for a camp that I’m working on.

          • Kat says:

            That gorgeous boondocking campsite at the far end of Half Moon Lake will be perfect! On the road to Pinedale, then take a right and go on up to Jackson. You can even dump at the first HM campground on your way to Paradise!!

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              I’ve been studying that area on my map and wanted to investigate Half Moon but the rain has kept me from doing so.

              You probably won’t see this, Kat, but I’ll ask anyway…. Are you referring to the stretch of road between Half Moon Campground and Half Moon Lake Resort? I ask because the road beyond the resort doesn’t look good according to my map.

              According to the rules of the national forest, I need to move more than 25 miles away from this camp which Half Moon isn’t. I try to stay within the regs, not always successful!

            • jonthebru says:

              Question: who would know or care if you moved an actual 25 miles? I mean if you moved 17 miles would any of the rangers or whomever know?

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              The rangers would know if they drove by this campsite, put my license plate number into the system and recorded where I was camped, and then the same or another ranger saw me at the new camp and checked my license in the data system. I haven’t see a ranger but it doesn’t mean they haven’t been by. There’s a ranger station not far from here in Pinedale.

  4. Kay says:

    Things will get better, remember, God only gives us what we can handle. Sometimes, to us, that seems like way too much and he’s over shot our capabilities. I have come to learn, those times is when we are being TESTED for bigger things.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      In the world scheme, these are minor annoyances and Spike will come through his troubles, too. I’m thankful that I have enough in savings to cover the costs I’m incurring these days.

      • Connie & Mugsy (MN/AZ) says:

        Time for those of us who might need something to wander over to Amazon. I can think of a couple things I need that might be there, but I’m still unpacking the RV from my latest trip to visit Mom back at her facility in ND… tomorrow hopefully.

  5. Jolene/Iowa says:

    Wow, what a day. I am so glad Spike is ok. I hate that about your camera. I know this will all work out and taking everything a step at a time and deep breaths along the way, you will get through it. Not only that, you have us, your blogineros or whatever we are, to cheer you on every step of the way!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yeah, nothing is insurmountable, right, Jolene? It’s strange how problems — er, challenges — seem to come in bunches. We’ve been fortunate to have a smooth ride for a long time.

  6. Rick says:

    ……and don’t forget that your air conditioner needs attention…..

  7. Yikes on the vet bill. We hated going to the vet more than our dog did! Not a great couple of days for you. Poor Spike. We know from experience that it’s no fun when dogs get older. Curious to see what camera make and model you end up buying.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m curious what camera I buy, too. I haven’t done the research yet. I may purchase the same one that I ruined.

      • Jolene/Iowa says:

        I have a Sony Cyber-shot that I use. It is at least 10 years old and I still love it. It has zoom and even though it isn’t top of the line, it works great.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          *sob* My Sony Cyber-shot just died at age 1.

          • No chance of it working again after it has dried out?

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              I don’t know. I try it from time to time and will keep trying. I have to order a new camera right away. I have a responsibility to this blog. 🙂

              Plus I’m addicted to photography!

            • Barb Brady from Spokane WA says:

              Sue, you might trying smothering your camera in a bag of dry rice, just like people do for their cell phones. Remove the batteries and replace the cover, and let sit for about a week. It worked for me once. If it doesn’t work, you might consider a waterproof camera next time? After drowning two perfectly good cameras, I finally bought a waterproof one, and now I don’t worry about it.

            • Sidewinder Pen says:

              Another possibility is to use alcohol to dry it out. Chance it could ruin something but if you have nothing to lose…

              I have had good luck letting laptops dry out IF I resisted the urge to turn them on “to see if they were okay” too soon. (The first time I had no idea and turned it on right away to see; new motherboard. Second time I waited to turn it on until it had dried out, all was well).

      • Cari in Plano Texas says:

        I have a Nikon Coolpix S3300 (similar to yours I think but without some of the bells and whistles?) and it’s been my work camera for almost 2 years now. I love it! So sorry yours got rained on. Can you maybe put it in a bag of rice? I know that’s the remedy for phones that get wet.

        • Connie & Mugsy (MN/AZ) says:

          I’m thinking that I will have to keep track of how many people suggest the rice trick… (it does often work though). Your blogerrinos are a very smart group.

      • MK in NE GA for now says:

        I LOOOVE my Canon Sx50hs. It can do anything!

  8. Marilu in Northern California says:

    Hi again,
    I’ve been thinking about Spike’s wound. The crew has been spending time under the BLT in the shade. I wonder if there is a jagged piece of metal under there? Is there room for you to stick your head under with a flashlight and have a look? Maybe a rock on that road pulled something loose. Just a thought…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’ll take a look, Marilu. Good idea to check that.

      At this time I think it may be a broken branch. Remember the guy who camped near us? He threw bones and grease into the bushes. Spike keeps sneaking down there looking for the bones in the brush. The guy also broke off some live branches of the small aspens, leaving jagged spears. I think Spike might have been startled while in that brush and backed into one of those “spears.”

  9. Caroline near Seattle says:

    You sound overwhelmed but when you think about it …. none of these issues are life threatening or insurmountable! It’s just unfortunate that they all happened at once which makes them seem much bigger than they are. Just take a deep breath and pick them off one at a time.
    BTW, you don’t NEED a camera to go to a rodeo. If you want to go, go, even if you only stay for an hour ( which is 1 hr longer than I’d need).

    p.s. from my years of fostering …. if Spike gets the runs from the amoxicillin give him yogurt with active cultures

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Caroline,

      Thanks for the tip on the amoxicillin.

      I do “need” a camera to go to the rodeo. For over three years I’ve carried a camera and photographed things of interest throughout each day. I’m lost without one. The main reason I want to go to a rodeo is for the great photo opportunities. It would drive me bananas to go and see, “there’s a great shot!” and not be able to take the picture.

      I’m not really overwhelmed. I’m amazed how everything has happened all at the same time! But that’s life. And you’re right, none of it is anything major.

    • Gayle says:

      When in a similar situation, I name all my problems “first world problems,” and I feel so much better thinking how grateful I am to have my day “ruined” by no internet signal or a broken dishwasher rather than famine or unexploded land mines, for example. When stuff piles up like yours, it brings me perspective. Hope this helps.

  10. Kay says:

    The camera, oh boy that is a harsh blow. Grrr, your photos really take me to a place where my mind wonders into the Idea Island. It’s a pretty nice island, can sometimes be really trashed and I have to pick up bits and pieces of ideas to make one. I have no doubt you will have a camera in hand shortly.

    Spikey, bless his little butt! Such a good boy.

    Ah, yes my “Vehicle Clingers Avoidance” idea from yesterday. My second thought, we have to do this! I think it would be fun, and creative. Something different and unique.

    So, anyone who has a “QUICK” easy recipe they would like to share and be open for it to be made and sold, as well as placed on our Snack Shack Menu, feel free to offer it up. Also, if you have a blog, provide your blog address so we can include it on the menu.

    We are going to try and not duplicate any of the locals menu items as much as possible, for obvious reasons. Although, Subway will have some competition simply because soups go well with a sandwich.

    I am also researching the possibility of offering some soups, frozen for later consumption. This could be coined as “RVer’s Soup to Go” or something… HELP!!!!

    Now – an EARLY leak of plans… as each park gets opened, a giveaway booklet will be created and will list each park, local info, and stuff.

    Back to Highway 395… it’s on my mind as well. Lots to consider for that area. WATER being one. Also, spotted a place close to Anaconda MT. However, the contamination from the mining leaves the water and soil in that area not something I am interested in dealing with or exposing my guests to.

    da Hubby just walked in, he would like for me to run some errands. Its his way of asking me to do the driving while he rests. I am on to his antics!

    Guess I need to get up and get moving…. I was hoping to VEG OUT after all the Vehicle Clinger activity in Denver yesterday…. oh well…

    Spikey and Bridget, exercise your paws and write us a Canine Corner. Please.

    • Jolene/Iowa says:

      Here is an idea for the Shack menu. We love Taco Salads when we are out camping. In the heat of the summer, it is a great meal. I use an electric skillet brown the ground beef and sometimes refried beans and the rest is personal preference as to what you want to put on it. Great summer meal!

    • Kay, I posted a simple recipe further below. Should have posted it here, I guess.

    • Liz in Boise says:

      One breakfast item that I find that can be quick & easy are breakfast wraps. Scrambled eggs, meat if you want (bacon, ham), cheese and any other fillers, then wrap up the tortilla. Just an idea……

    • DesertGinger says:

      I posted this before but you may have missed it. What about a salad/sandwich bar that has a few types of breads, cheeses, cold cuts, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, other salad veggies, bean salad, condiments and dressings, and then let people build their own stuff and charge by weight. Maybe have homemade tuna and egg salad. Avocado (add $ for avocado?). This should make a lot less work for staff. And everyone can have exactly what they want. Another thing I like, and good or vegetarians, is hummus dip with chips and veggies. You could even put that on the bar as well. And don’t forget fresh fruit…doesn’t require work, just put out fresh washed fruit ready to go. Grapes, apples, oranges, bananas. I could totally see setting up your snack bar! Couple of pots of hot soup, pot of pasta, sandwich/ salad bar, overnight oatmeal in a fridge with fresh fruits and drinks. During breakfast you could have bagels and English muffins on the bar, along with cream cheese and peanut butter, and a toaster for people to use. So much good food is also easy.

    • Sally says:

      Hobo dinners. Ground beef patty, sliced potatoes, corn, onion and butter. Wrap it up in foil so it doesn’t leak the melted butter. Put in oven, (if camping it goes on the grill) and cook until done. Add a little bread and it’s a meal.

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Kay, I may send some ideas later, after some time to think about it…but today we went to our local (just a half mile away) Farmer’s Market…when stuff is fresh one thing we love is Fried Corn on the Cob….so easy and quick and more than yummy. I use my heavy cast iron skillet (best thing to brown stuff in I know of)…use about half butter and half grapeseed oil (if you hit a Trader Joe’s or even have found them in Big Lots at times) it is not too spendy…roll corn around for a bit, till nicely browned and serve. Another thing we tried a few years ago (and I do not have that recipe with me…tis in storage back in NC)…is fresh corn salad…and that would keep several days in the fridge too….but any fresh veggies, with a vinegar or lemon juice based dressing…I like the little canned red beans or black beans in mine too…some avocado and tomatoes, baby cucumbers and onions of course…but any way I tried it…tasted just fine. Another thing we LOVE…one place we rented awhile in VA had a wonderful Panini maker…our favorites was Turkey, provolone cheese…most anything we tried in that Panini maker tasted scrumptious. Often added some fresh sliced tomatoes to the sandwich before eating it.

    • Laurie Jo says:

      Hope this is the right “reply” area for this…..Baked Potato Bar.

    • DesertGinger says:

      I just thought about my hamburger soup. I haven’t made it in years so I can’t be very precise, but it is very free form so you will get the idea…

      Peel and chop potatoes.
      In pot, sauté onions, garlic, celery if you like till onions are transparent. Then throw in potatoes and add water or broth to fully cover potatoes, and some extra. Let cook till potatoes are almost done. Now add canned diced tomatoes, red pepper flakes, and whatever other vegetables you like. I used to throw in a bag of frozen mixed vegetables (corn, pease, carrots, green beans). Bring everything to a full rolling boil. Then take your fresh raw hamburger and pinch off pieces the size of a grape and toss into the pot. By the time you have all your hamburger in, everything will be cooked. I use a good grade of meat for this to keep the fat down. No need to pre-cook the meat, the boiling soup cooks it instantly. Season to taste. Serve with sour cream to go on top, if you like. Or Parmesan.
      You can change this up a lot. Sometimes I left out potatoes and put in macaroni. Or rice. I used different vegetables, sometimes frozen spinach. Very hard to go wrong.
      The key is to add raw meat last. It just gives the broth a super rich taste.
      Goes good with crusty bread to make a meal. Throw in some Tabasco if you like it spicier. When I am not sick I will make a pot and come back with precise measurements, but I also think you can fake it and it will be fine.

  11. Jolene/Iowa says:

    I just had a thought. I wonder if the camera can be dried out with rice like cell phones can be? I know of people who have dropped them in water or other ways they have gotten wet and then they seal them up in a bag of rice and the rice absorbs the moisture and the phone starts to work again. Worth a try???

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Well, I really don’t think anything can be done. The lens and zoom part have dried out, but the LED screen is messed up bad. It’s completely dark. I may try it if I can remember to buy more rice. Thanks, Jolene.

      • Laurie Jo says:

        I agree about the rice. That’s supposed to work wonders. You’ve got nothin’ else to lose and maybe nothin’ else to do but sit by and wait for things to clear up. AND if that’s a bust, you’ll have one dry good stocked up 😉

    • Liz in Boise says:

      Try the rice in a bag. There is another rv blog that I follow & the gal there, her camera got wet & she put it in a bag of rice (In the Directions of Our Dreams). You might try it and see what happens. If I remember right, she put it in the bag for a few days. I’m sure you can ask her.

      Glad Spike is doing well. Stinks to get old……

      Take care, all of you!

      • Don in Okla. says:

        While you’re searching for the rice, just lay it outside in the blazing sun for a while. Can’t hurt. And if you need blazing sun, send it to me here in the OK Panhandle where it is 100 deg. and LOW humidity!! Take care.

  12. ja says:

    Hey Sue and crew!
    Wow! A lot of piling on huh? I’ve had those days (too many!). Would call them the universe done hit me upside the head with a two by four days! Used to be I would whine “why me” then I learned, why not me? I’m no more special than anyone else and that these too will pass Eventually lol.
    Hoping your pile on stuff gets cleared up quickly, especially Spike!
    ja (Georgia)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, ja,

      Your change in attitude came with maturity. The older I get the more I look at suffering and big problems and I think, gee, why HER? or why HIM? And not ME!

      Yeah, it’s a bunch of small stuff. We will wade through it. Thanks for the good hope for us.

      • ja says:

        “Don’t sweat the small stuff”..might be a good book title, heh!
        Was just recalling a collie I took care of who injured her leg poking under bushes and a broken limb ran up her leg. She was supposed to wear an Elizabethan collar to keep her from chewing on the injury and licking the meds but hated it! So I decided to get tennis wrist sweat bands and use them as a bandage. They were tight enough she couldn’t easily take them off but not too tight to hurt her. Good thing Spike can’t get to his injury and hopefully Bridget won’t “kiss” it better!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Very clever, ja. I have appreciated the fact that Spike doesn’t need one of the awful collars. Does anyone ever keep them on their dog as long as the vet says? I always capitulate before the day is out.

  13. Calvin R says:

    I hope and expect that today will pass and give way to easier days again.

    For those of us still in the planning/decision making stages, thanks for the reminder about the importance of savings. The difference between aggravation and disaster is that backup money.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That is so true, Calvin. I’ve lived through times in the past when I barely had enough to put food on the table and then the car would break down and it was a major disaster. All because of the lack of what you call “backup money.” I’m glad those days are over!

      Having savings set aside, I realize my irritation about the destroyed camera is from other reasons. I hate wastefulness and inconvenience caused by my carelessness! That was a fine camera and it’s a shame I let it be ruined. As for the money to replace it, as well as Spike’s vet bills, a new laptop, the PTV’s air conditioning repair, gas to run back and forth to Jackson and Pinedale . . . I really don’t mind that. Expenses are going to “spike” (heh-heh) no matter how careful one is or what lifestyle one leads.

      Great to see you here again, Calvin. Thanks for bringing up an important point.

      • Gayle says:

        I can relate to your “hardly-enough-$-to-put-food-on-the-table years.” I call them the “pancakes-for-dinner years.”

      • Something to be thankful for: God has let you save money thru your Amazon sales and you’ve probably got the money stashed away for just such emergencies. I can relate to the useless phone…I’ve got the same carrier. God willing, come December 1st I’ll get Verizon. In the meantime, I’m getting the 20G Millencom/month for $90. That way, I can read Sue and Crew 24/7/365.

        Special prayers for Spike. Cyber hugs to you all.

        Cat Lady

      • DesertGinger says:

        Sue…didn’t you just get that laptop within the last couple years? Seems soon for it to crap out. If you get a new one, you might consider purchasing an extended warranty so you can make the next one last a bit longer.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          This is a cheap Dell laptop. I’m very rough on laptops. I drop them regularly, spill coffee on them, drop crumbs on them… I don’t know that an extended warranty would be worth it, considering the hassle when on the road.

          This one still works okay. I’m thinking about having it as a back-up, due to the importance of this blog in my life. You know how things always seem to break at the worst times (like when I’m a gazillion miles from a laptop store).

          • Cinandjules (NY) says:

            Panasonic tough book. We had them in the patrol cars…..you can drop them…drive off with it on your trunk…use them as a WOO (weapon of opportunity). They look like little suitcases. The keyboard has a rubber casing so liquids won’t affect it.

  14. kgdan says:

    I’m really sorry for all your travails, Sue, but I am laughing my head off 🙂 You got slapped against the wall; something that has happened to us a time or two out on the road. Like you said, breathe in, breathe out; all will settle . . . and be resolved. We have found that sometimes those miseries we encounter along the way turn out to be extraordinary learning opportunities. We have also met some fabulous people through the process of resolving our catastrophies. Hang in there!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yep, “slapped against the wall” is right! Stuff happens… whatcha’ gonna’ do except make your way through it and keep going.

      It did occur to me that figuring out the logistics of boondocking and running to Jackson and to Pinedale, dealing with all these things in a short period of time, and then reporting it on this blog . . . All of that will be a “learning opportunity” for me, but it also will provide learning for the blogorinos, the wannabes and newbies. Good will come from it. Which doesn’t mean I’m not TOTALLY ANNOYED. 🙂

      Good to hear from you. You can go ahead and laugh! That’s okay…

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        Exactly. Sure, they are “first world” problems, and of course they will most likely pass, but… you can still be ANNOYED and somewhat overwhelmed by them! I know I would be. To me comparing is useful but still….. it’s like, “Sure, you had open heart surgery, but that doesn’t mean my paper cut doesn’t hurt” 😀

  15. Barb George says:

    Oh My Goodness!

    I have no solutions (all you have found or have been given above by people that know lots of stuff!). All I can say is

    Good luck with the VET, the CAMP, the CAMERA and the Lappy. I don’t know about you, but we have been using our American Express card for any big purchases for YEARS… Why? They double the warrantee … I have dealt with my tablet, being refunded and several other things (yep, camera) because of this. Just a thought.

    Hugs from Hoquiam!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barb,

      Thanks for the good luck wish! I’m partial to my Amazon Chase card that I’ve had for years. I use it for everything and then the points pile up which I use to buy stuff from amazon… like a new camera. Ha! I’ll have a lot of points by the time I’m done with Spike’s bills and all the rest.

      Hugs to you, too, as always. . .

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      HI Barb,
      Question on the American Express card….is this double the warrantee on all of these kind of card…or just certain ones?? I am curious….we have to have one because of using Costco some…for gas most of all…hubby likes that we have NEVER gotten bad gas from Costco. Made a trip down to see my kin in N. California has year and decided to look up all the Costcos on our trip….used them for fillups and no troubles. But we have not used that card all that much…so still learning about it I guess…

      • Barb George says:

        Yes, it is a policy with Amex. That is one reason they are so expensive for vendors… but it pays off. We have had everything from a camera to lawn mower… my tablet was the latest. I also have the costco card–so you should have the protection too. 🙂

        • Barb George says:

          On a side note and a giggle–Jim (the hubs) is a retired bank consultant. One of his clients was American Express…You know how some stores just won’t take AMEX? Well, neither does, Amex. 🙂 Their commissary only takes, Visa and Mastercard.

          There are few funnies in banking… but that is my fave. 🙂

          • Elizabeth in WA says:

            AMAZING!! Thanks for the info Barb…we were not aware of that feature…or forgot it…heh! That is amazing story about AMEX!!

            • DesertGinger says:

              I worked 15 years for Visa as a software engineer. Many people do not know this but 70% of all card transactions are Visa (worldwide), and most card traffic is on Visa networks. What that means is that a large percentage of Amex and MasterCard transactions are processed via the Visa networks. One of my jobs used to be ‘packaging up’ the Amex transactions and shipping them off to Amex. So they not only don’t accept their own card in the lunchroom, they also don’t have a network for their cards and get their network traffic from Visa. This is why their processing is slower.

  16. DesertGinger says:

    Geez Sue, too much stuff piling up! I don’t know what to do with these piles. Fortunately you have savings. I’m still sitting here sick…been super nauseated for days…and afraid to go to ER for fear they will want to admit me, and I’ve got my precious Chloe at home. Haven’t figured it out yet. Meanwhile I see the knee doc this afternoon. Hope I can get there without throwing up!

    I think putting the camera in rice for a couple of days is not a bad idea. Also, you know how we love the photos, but take your time. You have a lot going on.

    I’ve got to try to eat something before my excursion so I’m off to figure that out. All I’ve been able to eat for days really is ice cream….

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi DesertGinger,

      Your comment reminds me how insignificant my current “problems” are.

      Nausea is the worst! It trumps everything else! Like a bad headache, it’s hard to function when your stomach keeps flipping. One thing that helps me deal with nausea is keeping a saltine on my tongue, pressed against the roof of my mouth.

      This has been going on for days? You do need to get that checked. (Here I am telling you what you need to do, like I’m The Boss of You. ) I’m concerned for you though . . . Nausea can be connected to heart issues.

      It may be good to have the phone number for a kennel handy. You probably would hate to put Chloe in a kennel, but it would be reassuring to have the number of a good one in case you need it in a hurry. Maybe you’ve already done that. If not, maybe a neighbor could help with that or take care of Chloe for you.

      No need to reply to this comment, Ginger, especially since you’re coping with nausea. Good luck with the knee doctor. You’re in our prayers.

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      DesertGinger, sending you lots of love and thoughts for a smooth transition through your current challenges.

      And if you can only eat one thing I think ice cream might be on the top of my list. 🙂 hang in there.

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:


        Did you abruptly stop your medication? Perhaps an opiate derivative?

        • DesertGinger says:

          No, I’m tapering off. I’m at knee doc now and they are going to set me up to see internal medicine specialist. My knee is good but they will X-ray my foot. One bit of luck is that my knee doc is also a foot/ankle specialist. I did locate a kennel that will take Chloe, but because she cannot have vaccinations, she has to be in isolation which costs more. So it is hard for me to afford. But if I have to, I will. I thought my next door neighbor, Lisa, would help me, but she went to stay with her mother for a few days, right when I got the sickest. I have one more neighbor I could ask for help, but have been too sick to walk over there. Maybe I will tonight when cool. I am a little better today, till I ate a wonderful juicy peach and it hit my stomach like a rock. How could a peach hurt? Some better now. Sorry to unload on you guys.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Never a need to apologize for sharing here, Ginger. You can “unload” any time you please. Together the rest of us have a very wide back!

            I wish I were nearby. I’d take Chloe from you in a flash. What’s one more terrier to a terrier-lover?

            Thanks for the update, Ginger. It’s especially appreciated when it must be a challenge to write a message under your present conditions.

          • DesertGinger says:

            Ok! I have appt with internal medicine Friday at 4. The only bad thing is the clinic is about 25 miles from home and I have an appt at 10am with cardiology, then 4pm with internal medicine. So it will be a long day, during which I will rely on this blog for some of my entertainment. Other news is my knee is great, my foot has a problem with some joint impinging on my tendon so now I have an ankle brace. If not better in two weeks then ….the usual, injections. Just hoping it will get better and I won’t wind up needing more foot surgery. Turns out the knee bone is connected to the foot bones. Change the alignment of one and it changes all the others. My hip behaving strange as well. Doc says this is not unusual and it takes time for everything to settle into new patterns.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Great news on your new knee!

            • weather says:

              Hi Ginger,I’m glad to hear your doctor said it takes time to settle into new patterns,meaning wait for improvements to adjust instead of rushing into drastic measures.Hope the cardiologist and internal medicine specialist have that same optimistic sensible approach.List events and substances that may affect your stomach while at Friday afternoon’s appt.Combo of water pills,pain meds,stress,change of diet-might mean anti-nausea tablets and certain foods may be enough of a fix until things settle down.Hugs to you and Chloe

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              Out of alignment due to over compensating. They will figure it out. Hang in there.

              If I can help you in anyway please don’t hesitate to ask.

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      SO SO sorry to hear this Ginger!! It is so hard to have to keep going to docs and not feeling well. Whenever we have felt bad, for many years, we have found much relief in applesauce or apples too…for me, often peeled as if my stomach is acting up, I just cannot handle peels. We only get the kind that has no sugar added to it, so as healthy as can be. I am very worried about your nausea…very. Do keep us posted!! And GOD be with you, dear…so sorry we are too far away to be of physical help (tho’ still tending to hubby and resuming more driving myself…life is full of challenges!!)

      • DesertGinger says:

        Thank you Elizabeth, Cindy and Weather for all your thoughts and comments! Applesauce is a good idea. And going slow seems to be the way….I’ve been sitting here with bucket by my side for a week waiting to see someone. Hopefully I will get some good suggestions Friday.

        • weather says:

          Be sure to let us know what happens,sure hope you get good: news,rest,results and tummy feelings ’til then 🙂

  17. Kay, here’s a pretty easy recipe that we use as a standby a lot of times when I haven’t come up with anything else for dinner. 🙂 The nice thing is that it is adaptable if you want to add some diced chicken or grated cheese, although we eat the basic recipe as we eat neither meat nor dairy. Here you go

    – pasta cooked in salted water (I like rotini because it gives places for the oil and seasonings to cling
    – broccoli florets (can also use peas, green beans, probably even spinach)
    – extra virgin olive oil
    – fresh or dried basil
    – salt and pepper to taste
    – parmesan cheese (optional)

    Cook the pasta and vegetables (I like my veggies a bit on the crunchy side). In a large pot, combine the two and add olive oil a little at a time (really just want enough for the basil and spices to stick to). Stir to combine. Mix fresh or dried basil, salt, and pepper. Top with parmesan cheese if using, and enjoy. That’s it! Of course, you can dress it up with chicken, smoked sausage, and/or toasted almonds or pecans.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I make that! Gee, Walt…. like minds! It’s very tasty and inexpensive. I thought I invented it (I use thin spaghetti pasta) when those ingredients were all I had on hand. 🙂

      • The nice thing is that you can use just about any kind of pasta, and it is very easy to dress up for serving to guests or if you want or need to make it more substantial.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I really load on the Parmesan. Another variation… instead of broccoli… While the pasta is hot in the pan, I’ve thrown in a raw egg and stirred it up quickly. The egg cooks onto the thin spaghetti noodles. You don’t detect it while eating, but it adds some nutrition to the dish. Also I always add lots of fresh garlic. Then, along with the basil, it comes out like a pasta pesto dish.

          I used to call this dish by the unappetizing name of “spaghetti glom.” It was a go-to dish during my poverty days. My daughter loved it!

          • I forgot the garlic! Can’t really have pasta without it. 🙂 I did the egg trick a time or two when we still ate them. That’s definitely another variation to consider. Maybe instead of the Snack Shack, it should be Kay’s Pasta Shack. We’re coming up with all kinds of pasta dishes for her menu. 😀

            • DesertGinger says:

              Ok, I have to chime in with my quick pasta.

              12 ounces linguine, uncooked
              1 15 ounce can diced tomatoes with red pepper
              4.5 cups vegetarian broth…not low sodium
              2 tablespoons olive oil
              1 medium sweet onion cut into onion slivers
              Basil leaves to your taste, chopped
              2 teaspoons dried oregano
              4 cloves garlic thinly sliced
              1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

              Put all the above in a pot, drizzle the oil on top, bring to a boil then lower to simmer. Let cook till approximately 1 inch of liquid left in pot. Stir when serving and sprinkle liberally with Parmesan if using. I often add peas, or other veggies if desired.

            • DesertGinger says:

              Thanks for correcting ‘chime’ Sue! And by the way this pasta is super good reheated. And it’s nice cuz you don’t cook pasta separately…it all cooks in the same pot at the same time. I have used other types of pasta as well.

            • Elizabeth in WA says:

              A similar pasta dish I do sometimes is stir fry chicken parts in some olive oil, or grapeseed oil, with some garlic and other veggies like celery is ok too…but whatever one has…after that is cooked enough, add some sliced black olives and your cooked pasta, basil, either fresh or dried, and as much parmesan cheese as you like. Peas are also a nice addition to this simple dish.

  18. Santa Rosa Leslie CA says:

    Did you drop the camera in a bag of rice? That sometimes helps…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Haven’t done that. No rice on hand. I’ll try it, Leslie.

      Thanks for the suggestion. Good to see you here!

  19. Tawanda (Ut) says:

    “Life is but a dream”
    Don’t know why that came to mind reading this post… Bummer on Spike’s neck wound (and soon to be bum wound) hope all the labs show he’s a.o.k…. Yep, vet bill comes with the territory sounds expensive but when factoring in the few vet visits “usually” needed in a yr or their life time it’s not so bad, and our kids are worth it….
    Nice you got to have a lil’ one on one work out with Bridget.
    Wonder if your camera could be dried out to work again a big container of rice comes to mind… 😉
    We’ve been having lots of rain here and as much needed as it’s been nice to have a break with sunshine and less humidity… Hope you get the same…

    Spent a summer (yrs ago) in the Star Valley Wy area along the Idaho, Wy boarder, it’s my fav. part of the state…

    Great ideas Kay and great way to find good resources, you should have a blog going to show off your efforts and progress!!

    • Laurie Jo says:

      Tawanda….love Star Valley!!! Would that be a good in between area for RVSue?

      • Tawanda says:

        Depending on Sue n Crews plan of direction Star Valley would be an awesome place to explore absolutely!!! 🙂

    • Kay says:

      WHAT???? And leave this Blog Village??? LOL

      I know, I was thinking the same thing this morning, poor Sue’s blog. I don’t have time at the moment. I had not told Sue yet, but my goodness with all the GOOD info I get from this blog I have planned on making sure when she and Bridget bring Spike to do his ribbon sitting soak ceremony, that they all camp for no costs and do their laundry, spike soaks and both get a nice warm bath…

      I promise, we will put up a blog site. I just want to get the park open first.

      Hair dryer works really good, or… now don’t laugh….. but the heat vent from the van might work too. Open the back remove battery and remove the memory card.

      Okay, back to errand running/driving.

      • Tawanda says:

        Kinda wondered if that wasn’t the case Kay, you do have your hands pretty full, look forward to seeing the pictures of opening day with Spike initiating the spa.. 😉

        Best to you and hubby working towards that day!!!

      • Krystina in Yankton SD says:

        WOW Kay!!! What a project. Need any help??? I have put together 3 business’s in my 68 years and LOVED all the thinking, investigating, time lines…on and on. It makes my heart race reading what you are doing. I am somewhat of a lurker on RVSues sight but I read EVERYTHING and talk about this blog like RVSue was my sister!!! I am sure your RV Parks will be WONDERFUL. Maybe you should consider a Blogerino weekend! Wow…what a blast that would be.

        • Kay says:

          Help… how quick can you get here, and what can you do?

          Oh, a weekend of Blogerino’s???? OH NOW THAT SOUNDS WUNDERFUL, WUNDERFUL (like L Welk used to say) 🙂

          More thought to that Weekend idea….. hummm, Spikey, what do ya say…. all eyes would be on your soaking in the SPAW!!!!

          • Kay says:

            Oh, a second thought… a BLOGERINO CONVENTION!!!!!! Hot Dog, now that’s the BEST idea I’ve had today.

          • Krystina in Yankton SD says:

            I can do just about anything. My husband and I renovated 2 houses and built one from scratch. I am an accountant and was a business owner. I am in Yankton SD. I am not sure how RVSue would like the Blogerino weekend…we could have her boondock in the back 40!!! Just joking RVSue 🙂

            • Kay says:

              I just had a concrete guy leave to work up a bid for the Snack Shack slab and foundation, then caught the hubby not looking so good… so ordered him into the RV and a quick blood sugar check results in 26!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve got him climbing now, last check 41…. He FORGETS to come in and eat something…. so when I get that gut feeling, I have to go track him down.

              email me skgtl@mail.com we’ll talk about this helping matter…. Yankton is not far from us…. The way crow flies, or through the back 40!!!!

            • Kay says:

              Ah, Sue I bet could handle us all, we’re better behaved than those students she once had.

            • Calvin R says:

              Wow. I have sugar drops (hypoglycemia), but I’ve never tested that low. I carry food around all day, though, to prevent that.

            • Kay says:

              It’s been a few months since he went that low too. He took a shot this morning he just informed me. I have him up to 44 now, I also have the shot I could have given him, if he would have been 21 or less he would gotten the shot in the thigh for sure. He’s talking now and making sense so he’s on the mend. Hard to regulate him at times because the darn Blood Sugar with him runs like roller coaster depending what he does throughout the day.

  20. Laurie Jo says:

    “Ruby” wanted me to tell you her butt is fine, thank you very much!! (She was so embarrassed to have her butt checked.)

  21. Teri in SoCal says:

    Everything is going to be fine. Seems like you’re having one of those periods where it seems like everything is going wrong, but we all know you’ll get everything figured out. You’ve got so many people that care about you and the crew. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Teri,

      I am very blessed. It’s true.

      This is one of those “vortex” times, when lots of things in life demand attention and patience and all come at once. Like you say, “everything is going to be fine.”

      Hope all is well with you . . .

      • Teri in SoCal says:

        Just been reading your blog and the comments and enjoying them. You have THE best readers. 🙂

        I’m hanging in there…… lost my cat DJ on July 6th, he was my 2nd loss in less than a year. Sweet, beautiful boy. Gentle and loving. And I miss him like hell. I keep second guessing my decision to release him from his illnesses, did I do it too soon? But in my calmer moments I go over how he was showing signs of pain, and moving much more slowly. I feel blessed to have been his “mom”.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I’m sorry, Teri. It hurts so much to let them go.

        • Diann in MT says:

          Your sweet DJ is free of this world’s pains. He is with you still. Believe me.
          God bless you.

        • Elizabeth in WA says:

          SO sorry about the kitty…our pets mean so much to us. We lost our last one (dog) in Dec. 2010 and still have not been brave enough to find another…we still love and miss her. STILL. Told our rabbi once that I thought she was too wonderful to not be part of the next life. He said, OF course!! Nice thought…

          • Teri in SoCal says:

            Thank you Elizabeth. I do hope that your rabbi is right. And I’m sorry for your loss, they really take some time to get over.

  22. Lee J in Northern California says:

    Well bless your sweet heart, you and the pups have had more than your share lately. I am so thinking about my current blessings right now . If there is anyway we can help you let us know, even if it is a cyber hug.

    I just ordered a crib set from amazon for my almost time to be born great grandson, so maybe that paltry amount will help pay Spike’s vet bill, poor little mite, give him a hug from me..

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lee J,

      That’s the “Peek-a-boo Jungle Bedding Set.” Cute! And a nice commission for me, not paltry at all! Thanks a lot.

      Nice of you to offer help. We’ll be fine, just a lot of stuff to do. Once I come up with a plan for our next camp and take care of details, I’ll feel like we’re back to normal.

      “Poor little mite” Spike is eating me out of house and home! 🙂

  23. Nivrapa in AZ says:

    Hi Sue
    Ah-h-h-h, ain’t life grand?! Seriously, what really matters is that you and the crew are safe and sound. We all can live awhile without your fabulous pics, but we sure would have a rough time adjusting without RVSue and the Crew!

    Great lesson here for all of us potential roadies–having a rainy day fund is an important consideration. A wing and a prayer are only going to get you so far!

    I know that you will rise up to this challenge and be wiser and stronger for it! Go forth and conquer!


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Audrey,

      Yes, a “rainy day fund” is very important. Funny how all this stuff and all the expenses did pop up on a rainy day!

      I agree… What matters is I have my crew and we’re safe and no major health problems.

  24. CheryLyn(Oregon) says:

    I’ve had some of those -run on sentences- kind of weeks. No fun but fortunately light eventually at the end of the tunnel. Good reminder to me to have that emergency fund before taking off.
    A while back in one of your posts something was said about a different cell phone plan, can’t remember what it was called. H2 something? Any more information on that?
    Glad Spike is generally OK, always makes thing worse when our fur babies are hurt.

  25. Ron in TX says:

    Like they say dont sweat the small stuff. You could be getting lesson plans together for the upcoming school year.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I busted out laughing at your comment, Ron. How very true! I’ll take these “problems” any day, over lesson plans . . .

      • Marilu in Northern California says:

        It’s funny how all of us RVing retired teachers are now thinking ” good, school’s started, more available campsites for us!”

        • I’m not retired, and I’m not a teacher, but I still think that! We try to take our trailer out as often as possible and won’t be deterred simply because the calendar reads October or November or December . . .

  26. Mick'nTN says:

    Don’t give up on that camera. Open all the doors and remove the battery and memory card. Put it in a high, dry place and give it a couple days. Turn it around and shake it gently a few times over the days. If it was salt water, say goodbye but maybe not with rain water. Do you still have the older Sony?

    • Alan Rabe says:

      You might also try electronic contact cleaner. You can get it at Radio Shack or a similar location. As a last ditch effort before throwing it away spray the heck out of it the camera with it. It will dry almost instantly and should displace the water if any is left. Problem is you might have killed the camera when you turned it on while wet. If you get a new one try and get one with a lens you can put filters on and if you do, buy an UV and an 80a filter to fit it. They will help your pictures immensely. They aren’t expensive.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Good to know, Alan! Thanks a lot for suggesting the contact cleaner. I’ll probably order a camera anyway and could probably include the cleaner in an order from Amazon.

        If you have the time and the inclination and if you know a good camera like the one you describe, would you tell me the name or find it in Amazon? I don’t know anything about cameras. Also the UV and 80a filter. Only if you have the time.

        • Alan Rabe says:

          Actually after looking I don’t think they make one. Don’t know why actually. But if you are looking for a new camera take a look at this one.

          I am not a digital camera user and I don’t really know them all that well but the Fuji Finepix have a vary good rep. Mick is probably a better judge.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            I like the looks of this one, Alan. 50X zoom, 10 filters, good price.

            I read a review that suggested a lens adapter and a lens cap.

            Thank you very much. If no one gives me a good reason NOT to buy this one, I’ll probably order it.

            Thanks, Alan. I appreciate your help very much.

            • Alan Rabe says:

              To answer Micks request. There are 2 filters that every color photographer should have:
              1. UV, that is the filter name to ask for in 58mm for your adapter. It will clear the haze of long distance photos and clear up the blue overcast at high elevations. Both are technical issues you have with your images.
              2. An 80A filter. This is a mild warmng filter. It will give color in those instances of minimal light where everything just looks so drab and not realistic. There is also an 80B, but I have always felt they were just to much and never looked natural, too much red.

              There is no need to use them together. All filters almost by definition are UV filters.

            • Alan Rabe says:

              While looking for specific filters I ran into this: It has everything you need including a polarizer. You’ll love what it can do for you. It is hard to describe, you just have to play with it to see.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Thank you, Alan, very, very much. I wouldn’t know what to buy. These are inexpensive enough for me to purchase and learn from. And I’ll try not to leave them out in the rain with the new camera.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              RE: FILTERS…

              Wow! This is exciting, Alan. I hate how my mountains always look a phony blue and the dadgum haze is awful some days. Thanks!

          • Mick'nTN says:

            That is a nice choice Alan and you can buy a 58mm filter adapter for it. Tell Sue what filter to get for the haze. 50X zoom … Wow!

      • Mick'nTN says:

        Some of the contact cleaners have additives that protect the contacts from corrosion and would probably not be good on lens.
        Maybe the clean compressed air sold for computer cleaning would be better?

        • Alan Rabe says:

          Oh, no. never spray contact cleaner on a lens. It could even remove the coating. But it looks like the camera will survive, so it may be moot.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Mick’nTN,

      Oh my gosh! I don’t believe it!

      As soon as I discovered the wet camera, I opened the doors on the camera and left them open, took out the battery and memory card. Both were wet. I dried them off and set them down in the PTV, along with the camera with it’s zoom extended. As we headed off for the vet, I turned on the heater (it was a damp morning).

      Later I was able to move the zoom apparatus in and out using the lever meant for that. I put the battery and memory card back in. I could depress the shutter button and hear a slight, sluggish-sounding click. I pointed the camera at Bridget and a few landscapes and clicked the shutter. I couldn’t see what I was aiming at because the LED screen was all blurred with moisture and mostly dark.

      Well . . . Your comment reminded me of those photos that I took (blindly). I stuck the memory card in the computer, opened up Picasa, imported, and THERE ARE THE PHOTOS! They came out perfectly!

      Now all I need is for the LED screen to work so I can tell where I’m aiming the camera lens. I’m very happy!

      I’m going to open the doors of the camera again and hope that helps. Thanks a bunch, Mick!

    • Mick'nTN says:

      Beware of rice, too dirty. Bet you don’t have a hair dryer? That would work great on low, a foot or so away. If you do end up going to Jackson you could google “camera repair service” and have a pro give you an appraisal?

      • weather says:

        the PTV’s defroster set on high heat would work like a hair dryer if the parts were lined up on the dash along the windshield,brought the screen on my smart phone back to life once

        • Mick'nTN says:

          Might blow a lot of dust and dirt into the camera though?

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            I wondered about that when I had the heat on in the PTV with the camera opened up. I was desperate!

          • weather says:

            then clear road dirt out first by letting it blow for a minute before putting anything up there,and after blow on the parts by mouth before reassembling?My jeep’s not famous for being clean

  27. Diana Byers says:

    Hello Sue… It’s been many moons since I’ve commented .. I think my last statement was “I’m in”.. when your readers offered to help Rusty n Timber set up their new home.
    So sorry about the camera… I know I’m my own worst enemy when I do something like that …it’s as if I let myself down. So I say to you, “I’m in” and will start my Christmas shopping early… my grandson loves Lego’s.
    You may get a kick out of this….. I’ve been telling a friend of mine about your blog for some time. She said…. we should go camping… hmmm… I never have. I said “fine” you buy a truck, and I’ll get the camper. Long story short, a month later she bought a beautiful Ford 150… and a month later, I bought a 26.5 Jayco 5th wheel. The rub, however, is that her mom had a major stroke and she is now the full time care giver.
    Camping will wait… but I’m sure eager to get on the road.
    All the best to you and the crew.
    Diana…. Northern California

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Diana,

      Long time, no see! I’m very happy you’re here again.

      You don’t have something that will pull your 5th wheel? Seems a shame for it to sit idle. I was really enjoying your comment, the way you and your friend were “getting it together” for camping, and then the mother has a stroke. Bummer for all concerned, especially the mom!

      Hey, yeah! I’m all for early Christmas shopping. In fact, I suggest Christmas shopping all year long! Haha! Thanks for intending to shop Amazon from my blog and also for telling your friend about my blog.

      All the best to you, too, Diane!

      • Diana Byers says:

        Yes, especially for her mom as she is all too aware of her severe limitations. She is quite a dear lady. A few years ago she decided I should learn how to make her delicious pecan pie. She taught me well. I’m pretty good at it now. (freezer biscuits too :-))
        I’m not really the chatty type but would be remiss if I signed off without thanking you for opening my eyes to many new possibilities.
        Thanks again…

  28. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Oh my WHAT a day!

    I’ve heard the rice thing too!

    Be wary of teeth cleaning for Spike. If he chews on those bones they should be pretty free of plaque. Just know that to clean his teeth they have to sedate him…isofluorine because of his age….and the cost will shock you! Our vets charge $300 but they won’t tell you that up front!

    You can buy a lot of bones for that amount….clean his teeth in the process and not subject him to any anesthesia.

    Phew glad that day is over!

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      Depends on the dog (and the human), but I cleaned my dog’s teeth myself, with a wide/flat/angled (each end had the opposite angle for the other mouth side) type of dental cleaning pick (unlike a pointy pick, it won’t “stab” them accidentally if they move). Every few years I would take him in for a “real” (sedated) cleaning, but it’s amazing how well I was able to do at home. I’m sure even with just that his teeth were ten times cleaner than if I hadn’t done anything. Just an idea. My dog didn’t love it, but he tolerated it just fine and I gave him a treat afterward, of course.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Come on over, Pen, and do Spike’s mouth. If you’re successful, I’ll eat my hat. 🙂

        • Sidewinder Pen says:

          Ha! What could possibly go wrong? 😀

          Maybe I could give it a whirl next time we happen to be at the same boondock (I have a Class C, I can always get away 🙂 :))

          • Sidewinder Pen says:

            PS: Much as some blogorinos might enjoy the photos of you eating your hat, something tells me that was a safe bet on your part!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      I know what you mean about the cost of anesthesia and it’s always best to avoid putting an animal through that, if one can. Both Bridget and Spike have had anesthesia. Bridget had a growth removed, a dental cleaning, and a tooth extraction. Spike had a growth removed, a dental cleaning, and suturing of a wound. These events were a long time ago. Both times the bills were painful, of course.

      The thing is . . . Spike may go under anesthesia to have the growth removed from his rectal area. If that growth which is about the size of a grape, continues to grow it might interfere with . . . you know. I’ll have to talk to the vet about it. Maybe it won’t be necessary.

      If he’s already under anesthetic, might as well have his teeth looked at and cleaned. Even though bones help remove plaque, I want his mouth examined for any teeth that might be giving him pain. He’s such a stoic, tough guy, one never knows if he’s in pain. I’d feel better knowing he’s been checked.

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        Does Spike know you just told the entire world about his butt?

        Let’s hope it “rectifies” itself.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          After I stopped groaning, I had to admire your clever connection with “rectifies.”

  29. AZ Jim says:

    Missy, I am sorry for all the problems. I guess we can only chalk it up to “paying your dues”. I was going to comment yesterday about that pic of the Bull. I have to say in all candor, he is the horniest bull I ever saw. Oh! You thought….Oh No! I mean he has huge………………horns. *smile, it’ll be better*…..Those days ahead and the excitement that goes with them will make these problems fade right away.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jim,

      I’ve been looking for you to show up here! That bull has what it takes all right. 😉

      Yes, it’s about time I paid some dues. I’ve been running around all this time without a care in the world. I’m hoping Spike’s lab results will give us a clue how to help him get his mojo back.

  30. Alan Rabe says:

    Yep, just when your world is running smooth, life jumps up bites you on the A**. As Yogi so elegantly put “It’s deja vu all over again”.

  31. BadgerRickInWis says:

    I just love that last pic of Spike.

    What a tough guy, gets poked by a stick and just keeps movin’ on and loving. Typical Spike. I hope all is well with the tests, and as usual you seem to have a good perspective on all of the “stuff” that has been happening.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rick,

      That last photo of Spike made me laugh when the caption came to mind. He is a devil regarding pills. I have to bury his antibiotic pill in cheese. Then I have to give him a chunk of cheese without the pill first in order to fool him when giving him the cheese with the pill.

      Yeah, Spike is TOUGH! One time, several years ago, he came inside with a slice from near his backbone to his belly! Open flesh! It’s a wonder an artery wasn’t severed. He’s walking around like nothing’s wrong. Never did figure out how it happened. The vet was amazed.

      I called the vet and by the time I put down the phone (landline), Spike was waiting outside by the passenger door of the car. “Okay, let’s get this over with.”

  32. I think maybe you are ready for a “group scream”!! Lol . . Sending positive energy for Spike! Like with my three, at the end of the day they are all that matter.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      So very true, Sheila. Thank you for the positive energy. I’m feeling much better!

  33. Robert, in it for the long haul says:

    ive been silent for awhile, watching and reading from a distance, just doing my trucking and snickering at your days events…..lol……….did I read somewhere in your blog about the SIMPLE LIFE?……..lmao

    You give me such a boost to read about problems you encounter, your day to day issues make us laugh and laughter is a good thing! Makes life enjoyable to see that we aren’t the only ones getting towed under by everyday issues.

    As far as a smart phone, ive had it with phones that do what they want, im going to place mine underneath my drive tires on my truck and back over it the next time it does something for it’s little self and then when it’s laying there all pathetic and scruntched im gonna finish it off with my trailer tandems and do a happy dance in the parking lot………..lol

    Smart phones today remind me of the movie (2001 a space oddity) from the 70’s and Hal the computer that tried to kill Dave the astronaut by locking him out of the space craft while doing repairs in deep space.

    Chin up and beware of devices that claim to be smarter then you!

    Also one thing you need to add to your arsenal of boondocking is a small pick/hoe short handle tool and a roll of TP…….place TP on pick end of tool, place over shoulder and take the happy walk into the woods………..dig small hole, do business, bury business and take even a happier walk back to BLT

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Robert,

      Why are you suggesting I poop in the woods? I have a toilet in my trailer.

      Your comment gave me a chuckle. Good to know you’re still with me and the crew. Your treatment of the “smart” phone reminds me of how I took care of my pesky hummingbird feeder.

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        Just for another view: I have a “real” bathroom in my new rig, but I still enjoy “pooping in the woods” (when appropriate). Now this may be TMI (just look away if this is the case!), but I find it to be downright pleasant to do my morning business surrounded by nature, bit of a breeze…

        I had outhouses long before RV-ing, and they have that same nice feeling (presuming they are nice ones, which they can be). Door open to the sunrise, birds singing, wind in the trees…

        As a side bonus, the black tank does not fill up so quickly.

        Note that it’s important to do this only in areas where it is okay to do so, with proper (deep enough) hole pre-dug, all evidence buried, not too close to camp or water supplies, etc. Maybe it sounds a bit gross, but it doesn’t have to be, and hey, nothing is grosser than sewage treatment at big plants (ugh).

        Not that I think everyone needs to do this, but for those who don’t mind it, it can be really nice — even if one does have a real bathroom in one’s rig.

        PS: This reminds me of something I read that I got a real kick out of, because back when I had an outhouse, I found that I would see starry nights, moons, and etc. when I was “forced” to walk outside that I would not have seen otherwise. Anyway, the deal was that this fellow had built a cabin in the woods, and also an outhouse. Later the cabin was replaced by a big/fancy/architectural house which of course was to have a big/fancy/architectural bathroom. But in thinking about it, the fellow realized that he had really enjoyed those “forced” walks outside at night, in various daily weather, etc. So he built a fancy, “real” bathroom, with full plumbing, a hot tub, big walk-in shower, bidet… the whole nine yards. BUT, he built it in a separate building, right where the outhouse originally stood 😀

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Cute story, Pen… The fancy outhouse — yes, pooping in the woods? Not so much.

          All I ask of anyone who poops in the woods is.. please … please … bury the dadburn used toilet paper or pack it out in a ziploc!

          It is such a downer to find used toilet paper at a newly discovered campsite, along a hiking trail, or on a beach. And on a related topic . . . GUYS…. Please do not urinate at the edge of a campsite! After several years of men doing this, the uric crystals or whatever remain in the soil. Then when it rains, the campsite smells like the stairwell of a tenement building! Gosh, kids play around campsites. Don’t do that, okay?

          • Sidewinder Pen says:

            Totally agree! Nothing grosser than used toilet paper or edge-of-site-urination-evidence when out in the woods. GROSS!!! I always make sure to not pick the closest most obvious place (I take a hike), bury things very deeply, and if there is any doubt simply pack the paper back (possibly to burn if appropriate). I say just try it once on a lovely, breezy morning with a nice perch 😀 And hey, they say the position is better, anatomically speaking (as compared to the toilet).

            OTOH, I don’t mind having more “woods” to myself, so not trying too hard to convince anyone.

            I will say give me the woods ANY DAY over a gross public restroom. UGH.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Not to mention the absolutely revolting vault toilets.

            • weather says:

              you posted that the crapper was filling up,guessing that’s why Robert mentioned going outside?

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Probably so. That’s a short term remedy, for sure, and one I’d rather avoid. 🙂

            • Mick'nTN says:

              Has this blog deteriorated or is it my imagination?

            • weather says:

              HaHa,cute Mick,as you taught us on the AirHorn page,even the most elegantly designed concepts consider waste,which you call voltage drop 😉

              re your question:Since the blog clearly isn’t,that only leaves-“or is your imagination ” deteriorating?I can’t answer that as you’re not telling! 🙂

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              Vault toilets don’t even sound nice!

              I refuse to use those Porta potty outhouses…the ones that “bake” in the sun!

              The smell of that “urinal toilet target practice disk” is absolutely appalling.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              That’s what the workers use who pick and process the pre-washed salad greens in the field.

        • Alan Rabe says:

          Bears do it, so why should they have all the fun. I usually find a good size rock or small boulder, turn it over, do my business in the hole and then turn it back over back into it’s own hole. All gone.

  34. Betty-Shea says:

    Sometimes..it all hits at once…that is just to keep you appreciating those lovely quiet days :+))
    Hugs to all of you!!!

  35. weather says:

    trying to line this picture up-Sat.-someone pulls into your yard shooting bullets.

    Sun.-nerves still shot after that,having had no restful sleep,you clean away filthy dangerous stuff he left near your home.

    Mon.-with all this still affecting you,as you’re discussing it a bit with with friends you discover more about it .It’s resulted in wounding Spike so badly ,you rush out to find him help. ….later-A storm makes you batten down the hatches and you forget a small item outside in your hurry to shelter the crew and yourself.

    And for this mistake ,made in those circumstances you are upset with yourself?!

    If you saw another woman living through that little stretch while anybody dared to give her grief about it ,you’d be outraged at their callous treatment of her.Go easy on yourself Sue.The years of receiving no understanding,empathy or help are behind us Let’s leave them there as we enjoy the confidence and justifiable pride in ourselves that we’ve earned.

    The tanks,fresh water and camp limits you’ve taken care of about eighty times since starting out seem like issues now.The a.c. isn’t pressing,the post office nearby will bring a present you’re thrilled about.Phones and the internet have been challenges all along.

    The real reason everything seems suddenly difficult is that you three,as close as you are,were shaken,hurt and apart for a bit.Heart’s moved by such love,find themselves elated with gratitude and happiness after each event like this.

    May being loved lend peace to your day,I’d gladly share mine with you,nurture yourself well friend,I so want you well.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Another wise and caring message. Thank you, weather.

      I’m past the point of beating myself up for my carelessness. Experience tells me there are times when I’ll do things that I’ll regret. One has to brush oneself off and keep going. You’re right… None of this is pressing nor is it earth-shattering. Everything will fall into place with time.

      Today has been a good day. I’ve been at this laptop more than usual, but the messages from readers are a boost to my spirit. I do feel loved and I’m grateful for that and for y’all.

      Spike, Bridget, and I enjoyed the sunshine before the afternoon thunder-shower came. Now it’s sunny again! This place has the most dramatic sky. The clouds are spectacular!

      Thank you for your nurturing message. All is well.

      • weather says:

        You’re quite welcome,it’s my pleasure.It’s been a good day,you three enjoyed sunshine,you feel loved beneath a dramatic sky and spectacular clouds,all is well…ah-h,how contented I became by your saying those things.Even the troupe settled down…

      • Krystina in Yankton SD says:

        You are truly loved by all of us!

  36. Sue…sorry to hear you’re having one of those days…but I just wanted to mention that I lived in Pinedale many, many years ago….I was stationed in the Air Force there (yes, they had some AF personnel and a station outside Boulder). Like the country and the people there…hate the winters, though….lol


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Wayne,

      Have I heard from you before? I think a Wayne did drop in… Don’t know if that was you. Anyway… Welcome! It’s great hearing from you.

      So you lived in Pinedale! It is beautiful country and the people I’ve met have been friendly. Darn winters! Many places appeal to me and I think about settling there someday, at least part time, but the dang harsh winters change my mind.

      BTW, thank you for your service to our nation. Hope to hear from you again.

  37. Cari in Plano Texas says:

    As others have said, it’s a shame that all the bad stuff had to pile on you at once. I know you have great patience and resilience, so this may turn into just a bump in the road, something you may look back on later and laugh about. Well, the financial stuff, maybe no t. They say bad things usually come in threes, but it seems like you got several doses all at once. Sending good thoughts your way! This might be a good time to just go take a nap LOL

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Consider the nap done! 🙂

      Hi, Cari,

      I appreciate the good thoughts. The people here already have me laughing at the fix I’m in. I’ve done a bit of research today on possible camps. It will all work out. Thanks for adding a reminder about this “bump in the road.”

      • Sue(Alabama) says:

        Take a deep breath, look out at the wonderful lake, and know that you and the crew are loved. If any one of us could be there we would, but know we are there in spirit and feel your pain. Our week has been the same, hubby gone for two weeks, refrigerator goes south, where do you put food? Not sure how long freezer unfrozen so throw out most of food! Ugh! Storm comes electricity out for few hours, washing machine now not working!! Typical stuff in a stick and brick. Coach still in shop, no end in site for it! Life goes on and we move past and know that this test shall soon pass.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          My little troubles are nothing compared to yours! Sounds like you’re in a vortex. Stuff keeps spinning around you. Eventually it will all settle down. Thanks for the thoughtful message, Sue.

  38. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Oh, so sorry Sue!!! Tough times!! I hope all will be well with Spike at least and it appears you will be staying put there for awhile. Maybe someone at the clinic has a farm you could park on temporarily until Spike is all done with all this too…never hurts to ask!!

    We are having a run on our money too…no idea how bad yet….but am afraid to find out what hubby’s surgery costs. Landlord informed us yesterday, via email, he is upping the rent some to cover our extra water use. YUP, no good deed goes unpunished in this life. Worked like a dog…hubby helped what he could…but it was more my job…getting that weed infested front yard full of flowers and herbs. What did I expect?? Generous is not that man’s name by the way…oh well….tis only money eh?

    Hope tomorrow is better!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Elizabeth,

      These surprise expenses are peanuts compared to a hospital/surgery bill.

      Great timing on the part of the landlord. Sheesh. That’s one thing I didn’t like about apt. living. . . the rent increases. You beautify the property and get hit with an increase. I’ve been there… repainted an apartment from gaudy colors to tasteful neutrals at my own expense and, bingo, rent increase!

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        Well, Sue the one positive about the money bit for the surgery…I have been so worried whether he would be ok (not paralyzed…tho’ less possible today perhaps) and all…plus waiting on him, I truly have not been worried about the money. We ARE saving currently….hehe, staying home and EATING at home!!! So that at least!!

        Well, if the landlord doesn’t do it much more, I won’t say anything….I AM however going to quit watering some evergreens….so what if they get a bit dry…they won’t die in this climate…and some hanging flowers appeared from someplace and we have watered, fed them, etc and they do not look so good…so those are going out…and I decided, I am watering less…and hopefully the plants will be ok. Also, going to quit using the dishwasher (well, I always prewash anyway…and can still use the drying feature!!)…THAT should cut the water bill.

        That really takes nerve to do what was done to you…all that work painting. Your lifestyle does look better all the time…and with Kay out there putting in decent RV parks too…wow, that could be very nice!!

  39. Sondra-SC says:

    Dang…sounds like a typical day down here in DixxeLand! What did Grandma used to say “if it weren’t for bad luck I’d have no luck at all…it will eventually all work out…meanwhile just hang on tight and try to let if roll off…I’m behind so I gotta go find out who was shooting!! Dang-

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sondra,

      Oh, the shooting was a guy who camped near us on a Saturday afternoon and stayed overnight. He left the next morning. He was shooting bottles. Right next to our camp. Left the broken glass, of course. Another mutant on the loose.

  40. Lana in Phoenix says:

    Hi, Sue. Hope Spike’s tests turn out perfect. As for all the problems you’ve had, look at it this way: You got them all out of the way at once – no sense dragging things out!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hey, that’s a good way of looking at it, Lana! Actually, I think I’ve owed the universe. We’ve had pretty smooth sailing for a long time.

      I’m pleased to hear from you again.

  41. Diann in MT says:

    Hope your next camp is a comfort, Sue. I am sure you will find a good one. Perhaps, you are near Yellowstone by now. The tourist season is thinning out around here in south central Montana. Nights are cooler and parents are thinking about back to school preparations. My husband and I are new to trailer camping and we will be taking a drive up the Main Boulder River out of Big Timber this weekend just to scope out the “old-fashioned” FS campgrounds in that area, and seeking possible boondocking sites. We are looking forward to having a little space around us while we enjoy trout fishing. Just have to draw this camping season out beyond Labor Day.
    Think good positive thoughts, good e-friend.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Diann,

      Yellowstone is about 140 miles from here. Good to hear the tourists are thinning out.

      Best of luck looking for boondocks and good forest service campgrounds, also with the trout fishing. Yeah, make the camping season last as long as you’re able. Winters in MT can be long and punishing, as you surely know.

      Oh yeah, “think positive!” This winter will be mild and a joy to behold! 🙂

      • R. (Western Colorado) says:

        Diann, I know about fishing on Boulder River but you mentioned Main Boulder River. Is this the same river? I’m gathering all info about fishing in WY and MT. I have a dear friend who desperately wants to move from the southeast to MT or WY. All he has to do is to find a law firm that would hire him.

        • Diann in MT says:

          HI, R,
          The Boulder River is just one of a couple I know about. The other actually runs through Boulder, MT where my husband grew up.
          Anyway, the Boulder River south of Big Timber has a couple of tributaries, East and West, but according to the Motor Veh. Use Maps, these two allow OHV traffic. Not interested in being anywhere near them.
          The Main Boulder is where I want to look. I attended our church camp near the top of the box canyon a couple of years ago and fell in love with the rugged and remote beauty of this long canyon. Yes, the Boulder is a secret trout fishing destination. As you probably know, trout are not big in these little mountain streams, but the generous catch rules and the remote beauty make up for the size.
          Your friend won’t be disappointed in south central Montana which happens to include the Custer and Gallatin National Forests. Tread lightly and go with the flow of the people who have lived here “forever”. You know the routine.
          Income is not much of a factor in deciding to live here, if you catch my meaning.
          Thanks for asking, R.

      • Diann in MT says:

        Cha! While camping at Missouri Headwaters SP last weekend, my body caught a chilly breeze in the middle of the night. Had a nightmare that I was experiencing winter, all over again… HELLLLLPPPP!!!!

  42. Susan in Dallas says:

    Glad all ended well and it doesn’t sound like Spike will have to wear a “cone of shame.” That’s always hard on fur kids. (And you) hope it all works out with letting the camera dry out. Had to laugh at the post about being better off than writing lesson plans. (Or attending a faculty meeting!) 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I think I’d lie down in traffic if I ever had to write another lesson plan or attend another drawn-out, mind-numbing faculty meeting.

      Thanks for the good “hopes” for us, Susan.

  43. Kay says:

    Sue, it’s getting a bit windy over here… I am just curious….. are you blowing your camera out????

  44. Linda Rose says:

    I’m glad Spike is going to be ok. How old is he anyway? I loved what you said about “I have my crew and that’s what’s important”. I feel the same way about mine and I have vet bills for 4 of them. That being said I did need to purchase a new cordless phone and I actually remembered to do it from your blog. Every little bit helps huh? Give your crew a tummy rub for me to will ya?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, Linda Rose… You’re a sweetheart. Thank you for buying your phone through my blog.

      I don’t know how old Spike is. That’s what I had to tell the vet. He was an adult when I got him from the pound and they didn’t have any history on him.

      Yep, with my crew at my side, I can handle anything! Vet bills for four…. Bless your heart, you do love your nutcakes!

  45. Jan Johnson says:

    Ack! I am so sorry – so much coming at you from all directions! Hope you are now bombarded with a bunch of good things!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jan,

      There are always good things around us, if we have the eyes to see them. Thanks for the wish!

  46. Kay says:

    Teaching, it was an almost career for me. I did not escape it, I ended up needing to homeschool my daughter when her 4th grade teacher informed me she could not multiply. Something she should have been able to do back in the 3rd grade, but that teacher was male and had a huge crush on me – so he was nice enough to her, to let my little girl off the hook.

    When the 4th grade teacher told me this news, my heart sank. Then the teacher goes on to tell me… But, your daughter is a whiz on the IBM computer. She can teach me things and I asked her how she knew the IBM and she told me her mommy teaches her it.

    The 4th grade teacher came to my home and I taught her the IBM and I taught my daughter her multiplications, and I continued to homeschool her. She graduated with honors, 27 credits and landed her first job as “Executive Assistant” in La Jolla CA at age 18, typing 140 words a minute on…. the IBM compatible earning $44K her first year.

    I thought about taking up teaching in the classroom again, and read a story written by a teacher who described her daily schedule. She kept track minute by minute basically, and when the poor gal climbed into bed for the night, she had worked about 14 hours for NO PAY and put up with a group of mouthy kids who had no respect. THAT FOLKS, ended my desires.

    So, Sue, the lifestyle you have been living is no surprise to me. It’s much more relaxing to chase spikey boy from one campers spot to another than listen to a bunch of unruly kids in a classroom all day long and put up with ALL THAT RED TAPE teachers have to go through these days.

    There’s awesome teachers out there, but I am afraid the powers at bee are sending them into other careers that offer more pay, and less stress.

    I am glad Sue, that you chose your retirement as a RVer Entertainer! Thanks for the many laughs, and thank the Crew too.

    I hope you manage to get that camera working, it’s when you don’t have a camera that the Crew will likely make some lovely moves.

    Enjoy your evening…

    PS…. I am busy writing down all those recipes people are posting… and have been more hungry today then in a long time. Thanks to everyone….

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kay,

      I remember when I was student teaching at age 50. My supervising teacher made an off-hand comment that she was glad of her daughter’s career choice. She added that she was glad her daughter didn’t go into teaching. That made me wonder, “What have I gotten myself into?”

      I soon found out, and I was aghast at the student behaviors, the parent behaviors, and the administration’s behaviors. I felt like I was the only sane person in a nut house. Of course, probably most everyone else felt the same way!

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Wow, after reading how Sue and others who taught feel these days…am glad I did not finish up my teaching degree…heh, married and then had babies…and after a few years of public school and a year of private school, for a gob of reasons (both negative and positive) we began homeschooling our children as well. They all got different degrees with honors…and have done well job-wise too. But only my son seems happy with our having homeschooled him and now his children are as well. Come from a lot of teachers in our families as well…so certainly not against teachers…just wish there was more good ones and that things were as they should be for those people too. One renter we had said, “On rare days I am actually allowed to teach.”

      • Kay says:

        If the teachers were allowed to teach, and be supported by the ADMIN, and parents were REQUIRED to support teachers, we would have a better society of kids today.

        I know… The pipe dreams continue…..

  47. R. (Western Colorado) says:

    Wow!!!!!!!!! Already 180 comments. This just show you how much all blogorinos care about you and your crew. I’m one of them. I feel better now knowing you’re doing OK and sailing through some tough moments.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      We’re at full sail again, although I got nowhere today. I was going to scout out a new camp, but then I decided I’d rather hang around camp and gab with you guys. We will stay here until next Tuesday.

      I do feel the caring coming through the many comments. I especially enjoy seeing the caring that’s transmitted between blogorinos.

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        Thanks for ALLOWING us to be a community here, Sue!! You are rather rare in so doing. Blessings and hope you find your next camp ere long and that it will be a super one!!

  48. kgdan says:

    Feel a need to explain my laughter . . . I truly was NOT laughing at your chaos ; what got me going was your unique way of describing disaster. Only you, RV Sue, can document a catastrophe in a way that makes one picture a sitcom! I hope things are getting better for you today. And you are right; it is good to paint the whole picture of RVing. Hoping your day is improving.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I knew why you were laughing! I took it as a compliment. Hey, some days my life IS a sitcom. All we need is a laugh-track. Oh, wait a minute… I have you! 🙂

  49. Just wondering has anybody mentioned putting your camera in a bag of rice? (he,he). I’ve heard it works the best if you don’t cook it first…

  50. R. (Western Colorado) says:

    Sue, when you buy something on Amazon do you do that through your link and get a credit for it? Just curious.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Amazon Associates are not supposed to use their own links with their code embedded in them. Every time I buy something, I go to Amazon.com from the link that pops up from a google search. Even though I clear my cookies, I’m still given credit for my purchases. It worries me that Amazon will think I’m purposely ignoring the rule, but I can’t figure out a way to NOT get credit.

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        Kind of silly for them to have that rule…kind of like giving a loyal employee a good price with a bit less profit. You surely could talk to them on the phone about it couldn’t you? It is not easy but I have been able to find folks to talk to there on a few occasions…they seem to want to hide that kind of info however.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I’d rather not draw attention to myself and my blog. This Amazon thing is good for me and I don’t want to do anything to rock the boat.

          I believe the reason for the rule is to discourage Associates from padding their sales. The commission rate increases the more sales one has in a month. Associates might be tempted to buy a bunch of 99-cent books or buy a lot of stuff on behalf of friends and family to boost the commission rate. Usually when there’s a rule, it’s because the devious people have tried to take advantage of the system, whatever that system may be. A sad fact of life.

          • Elizabeth in WA says:

            True…maybe someone reading here will know that answer…well, even maybe Tioga George…he has a blog site going again, can send link if you want…you are probably best not calling attention to that alright…I do feel that the Amazon site could be a bit more user friendly in some areas….

  51. I’m so happy to hear Spike is going to be alright. Those little guys are so important to our emotional health!

    As for the camera, I was going to mention getting a Fuji camera but I see someone beat me to the punch. I’ve had a Canon for years with all the majorly expensive lenses. My camera with lens weighs a ton so I finally decided to check out a Fuji camera which weighs considerably less. I got it about a month ago and so far I’m hugely impressed with their technology. I say go with the Fuji and order it quickly! We all need our photo fixes!

    Now I need to apologize to you. Just the other day I was thinking that I love your photos but was wishing they were a higher resolution (yeah, that’s what you get from a photo geek!). I swear I wasn’t asking you to leave your camera out in the rain! Honest! But you did and now my wish will come true! Sorry. I won’t do it again! LOL

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I appreciate hearing another positive opinion on the Fuji. I don’t want to hurry too much to order it. I have Amazon Prime which means fast shipping. I don’t want my precious new camera to sit too long in Jackson, Wy, while I’m in Pinedale with Spike. Once I know what’s happening with Spike (the lab results), I can swing into action.

      Yeah, my photos aren’t great quality. I should take some time to learn more of the technical side of photography. Maybe a new camera will inspire me to do so.

      Nice to hear from you, Deborah.

      • Deborah says:

        The thing is that you do take great photos and an upgraded camera will make them fantastic! I hope you didn’t take my comment the wrong way because I really do love your blog and your photos.

        I do hope Spike’s test results come back without issues!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          No, I didn’t take your comment the wrong way at all. I was being straightforward when I admitted my photos could be improved. I mean, it’s the truth. I take nice photos, and I’ve been told my compositions are topnotch. However, if I’m going to take them to a higher level, I need to improve them technically.

          Actually I’m flattered whenever a serious photographer takes the time to look at and comment on my photos! Thank you, Deborah!

          And thanks for the good hope for Spikey. 🙂

          LATER…. Deborah… I opened up your blog and found myself intrigued and thoroughly engaged in your frank and heartfelt posts. The writing is exceptional, along with the photos, and even more so is the person whom the writing and photos reveal.

          • Elizabeth in WA says:

            Thanks for mentioning this about Deborah’s blog, Sue…went to read too…and Deborah, you also are a remarkable person. I am going to share your blog with a friend also. I hope things for you will be better soon too…we also are walking through some things. Our hopes and dreams we are seeing, may not come to be. A lot depends on how well, or not, my hubby can recover from what is going on physically with him. Time will tell.

        • DesertGinger says:

          Deborah, I browsed your blog and was touched by your writing. I don’t know what is contributing to your change in plans, but I’m with you. My health problems seem to run the show. We just muddle along as best we can, but hopefully having each other helps.

          • Elizabeth in WA says:

            Ginger, I like your term: muddle along…yep, we be muddling along as best we can too!!

  52. R. (Western Colorado) says:

    Post #201
    Goodnight Sue! Goodnight Bridget! Goodnight Spike

  53. Candace Brown says:

    Hi Sue
    I have been following your blog since February of this year. A friend directed me to you as I am planning my semi retirement for June of 2015 and have notion that I might want to become a full time rv’er. I just recently purchased a 1981 chevy Fronteir and took her out for an 6 day adventure on the North west coast of BC.
    Well , I just got home and read your recent post of your mishappenings and was happy to hear that it is just not me who went through so many issues of things not working out. From my gray water dumping on the road to two mice you decided to make my bed theirs to me forgetting to turn off the propane tank and when I pulled into the gas station to fill up it was spewing everywhere!!!!!
    I take it this is life on the road and after reading your post you confirmed it.
    I am enjoying your blog and will purchase the things I need through Amazon thanks to you and your life.
    Here’s to smooth sailing for a while.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Definitely! Here’s to smooth sailing for you, Candace!

      Welcome to my blog! I read your comment with great interest. I’m always fascinated by others like myself who strike out on a new way of life on their own, ready to face whatever comes along and open to new and exciting adventures.

      Oh the mice. What a pain in the . . . . I should count myself fortunate that they haven’t made it into the bed! Yikes… Be careful with that propane. (I know you learned a lesson there.)

      Don’t give up! Before you know it, all that stuff will be stories around the campfire and you’ll be roaming around in your Frontier with only an occasional “vortex” that would occur in anyyone’s life, no matter their lifestyle.

      I like to share the dumb things I do, the missteps, the calamaties, the tests and trials, as I find my way around the West. It would be unkind to give the impression that full-timing means a perfect life with no problems. I’m happy to read you enjoy my blog.

      Thank you for your intention to shop Amazon from here. It means a lot to me. Great to hear from you!

  54. cynthia says:

    Dear RVSue
    We love you!!!!
    You bring us such joy sharing your posts with us! I’m so sorry that when it rains it pours, but at least your Spike will be well soon 🙂 The other stuff will get fixed in good time…
    Love you!!!

  55. Angie2B says:

    Hey Sue, I seem to remember hearing somewhere about putting your wet camera in rice. (Kidding). I was here at home saying “Sue don’t forget your camera!” If only you would have heard me. Hahaha! Still enjoying your blog after all this time……

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’ve been wondering how many readers anticipated the camera being rained on… before I reported finding it wet the next day.

      Good to know you’re still enjoying my blog, Angie. Now what was that about rice?

      • Krystina in Yankton SD says:

        Yep…I was saying “Sue, you forgot your camera! Happy to hear Spike will be ok…what a Trooper he is.

  56. Sometimes we don’t feel like we are living the dream:) When it rains, it pours. I think your storm should be just about over! So glad Spike is all right. Put your camera in a bag of regular rice for a few days. Another blogger I follow left her good camera on the picnic table in the rain. She dried it with a hair dryer and then sealed it in rice for days and it worked again!!! Good luck with all your equipment!

  57. Angie says:

    Prayers for Spike and I ordered my new puppy a crate and bed from your Amazon link. I order from Amazon a lot and will now always use your link because I LOVE your blog. When we visit Jackson Hole and the Tetons, we always stay at the Gros Ventre north of Jackson. Beautiful place.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I saw that puppy crate and the bed, too, on my orders report. Thank you very much, Angie! Thanks also for the prayers for Spike.

  58. Debbie Nevins says:

    Sue, I’m so sorry that you are having to deal with so much crap. As they say when it rains it pours. One of my favorite sayings are fitting here, “this too shall pass”. Seems like a perfect time for some chocolate. Or maybe a juicy steak. Hope it all goes better and you find a wonderful new camp.
    hugs, Debbie

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Debbie,

      I had to chuckle reading your comment. I haven’t eaten steak since the early 80s and chocolate gives me a headache. (Weird thing about chocolate… I can eat it fine for about 6 mos. , then for the next 6 mos. or so, it gives me a headache. I go through that cycle over and over!)

      Nice of you to send us that good wish. Yes, this, too, shall pass. 🙂

  59. Walt says:

    One of the things I think draws me (and perhaps others) back to your blog is the fact that you write about life. Despite the fact that you are living what for many of us is “the dream,” you also show us that such a life is not always sunshine and roses. Sometimes, there’s rain and manure, though you also show us that eventually the latter leads back to the former. Continued thanks, Sue, for the sunshine and the rain. 🙂

  60. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    Whew! Sending you and the crew a big hug! Things will get taken care of and sorted out…it can be so overwhelming when everything seems to happen all at once. Glad that you did not lose the pictures on your memory card. I also cast my vote for that Fuji camera…it has nice features for a fair price.

    Ok….time for me to provide you a chuckle! Spent today at the beach (NC coast) with one of my sisters and her family. My sister and I were about waist deep in the ocean, and she said we should go a little father in, a little deeper….just then we got clobbered by a humongous wave. I got knocked over, went under, and was tumbled head over heels under water 3-4 times. As I tried to get my bearings, another wave would knock me off balance again. All the while, I was holding onto my glasses as I am blind as can be without them. My sister was trying to grab me, but she did not know what she should grab…an arm ….a leg?! Little Sis was laughing hysterically the whole time. I finally got my bearings and was able to stand up…swim dress up around my chest…oh, yes, the glasses were still intact on my head. I, too, was laughing hysterically! My brother in law said he heard my Sis cackling all the way on the beach….even over the sound of the surf. He said I was quite a sight, with my legs popping up over the surf, like a fishing bobbin! The ordeal left me with both knees skinned, on top of sunburn – ouch! Ocean dermabrasion! My sister and I were laughing so hard that our stomachs hurt….the best kind of belly laugh! This weeble wobbles and DOES fall down!!! 🙂

    Hope you have a great night, Sue. I am very thankful that Spike is ok. As always, keeping you and the Crew in my prayers, Hugs to all! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Great story, Denise! And well told, too. I could see you being pitched about in the waves, your legs popping up and flopping around . . . No dignity left at all. Thanks for the laughs!

      Seriously though, being scraped on the ocean floor can really rough you up. May your scrapes and sunburn heal quickly.

      Thanks for the wish for our night to be great and for your prayers. The crew and I did sleep well. We made the middle-of-the-night potty run without delays. I woke briefly to listen to the rain tapping the roof. Always enjoy that.

      I’m happy that Spike doesn’t seem to be in any discomfort. He acts normal and isn’t restless in his sleep. I’m hopeful that the lab results will give the vet information that will lead to better, overall health for Spike.

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Hello, Sue,

        Thank you for your kind thoughts. I laugh when I say I got tossed around in Mother Nature’s washing machine! That wild experience gives me an unique beach story to tell! Sunburn and scraped knees are just a minor inconvenience. It definitely is not enough to spoil time off . It’s all good! 🙂

        Rain on the roof – one of my favorite comfort sounds!

        I admire Spike’s can do attitude. He knows his limitations but still wants to enjoy all life has to offer. My previous Westie had severe arthritis for over 1/2 her life (brought on by abuse from my ex-husband). She was on Celebrex for dogs. I’m sorry, but I cannot remember the Rx name. What I do remember is that there was a generic, cost saving equivalent that worked just as well. Might be something to consider if the vet feels that this might be helpful. Also, Doctors Foster and Smith (online site) offers discounted pet meds through the mail. They offer free Rx shipping and the drugs are from the USA, so you are truly getting the proper med. If Spike needs an Rx, ask for a 90 or 120 day prescription to make it easier on you for refills. Spike already has it better than some, having you for his loving Mom.

        Enjoy your day, Sue and Crew! Gracie pup and I are having a great, lazy day! 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Thank you, Denise, for the information and also for reminding me to discuss Spike’s arthritis, in addition to his lab results, when I go to the vet clinic on Monday.

  61. Nancy Klune says:

    25 lbs? Wow, that’s max ratters are suppose to weigh. All that weight has got to be hard on his back and knees. Hope the poor guy has no issues with the surgery.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Nancy,

      Your comment implies that I should be worried about Spike going for surgery because I have not taken good care of him as evidenced by him weighing more than he’s supposed to. You also implied that the level of care I’ve given him is so low that I’ve hurt his back and knees.

      Spike is not a purebred rat terrier. Even if he were purebred, he would be within the breed standard for weight set by the National Rat Terrier Association for the Decker Rat Terrier. Deckers are bred to weigh at adulthood between 22 to 40 pounds.

      I don’t believe Spike is a Decker rattie. His legs are shorter and his frame/bones are larger. He may be part Decker as other rattie owners have suggested. I have no idea what mix of breeds Spike is as he was in a county pound when I adopted him and they had no history on him.

      Spike’s health is not as robust as it has been for the more than ten years I’ve cared for him. He’s been healthy all those years, vibrant, alert, and active. I don’t know how old he is. He could be 12 or even 18 years old or more.

      He is not a “poor guy” as you stated, and you have failed to frighten me about “issues with the surgery.”

      I don’t know the reason for the veiled hostility in your comment, Nancy. It certainly isn’t based on the facts. I’ll give you the “benefit of the doubt” and assume you had a bad day or you have a habit of being careless with words.

      LATER. . . Maybe I over-reacted to your comment. I don’t know. It struck me badly first thing this morning. Sue

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        Mercy, those little doggies get better care than a great deal of children do!! And they are still trucking along. It is not easy to care for older dogs, we have learned. Our last 2 lived to 14 and 16.5 years…not easy. NOR cheap!!

        • Denise - Richmond VA says:

          Amen! Providing the extra care that our senior citizen pups need is the least we can do. Their unconditional love is priceless!

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        I would love to come back in my second life as one of Sue’s crew!

    • DesertGinger says:

      Nancy, some of us have followed Sue’s blog for months or even years, and have come to know how much love and care Sue lavishes on the crew. I hope you are not implying that Sue is careless about how much she feeds Spike. On the contrary, Sue is very careful to feed Spike a healthy diet, probably better than hers! She also walks and exercises him as much as his arthritis can tolerate. You may be a new or infrequent visitor, and I would love to get to know you, but the tone of your post isn’t very pleasant, and sounds both critical and punishing. I hope you didn’t mean it that way.

      • weather says:

        Gee,let’s see…I wonder if this is a good place to put a note…

        Hi from sunny NY State!

        Try putting a camera in a bag of rice if it gets wet.


        maybe before offering a comment, really more full of worry than hope,visitors should remember to first ask themselves the age old questions-

        Why AM I thinking such awfully gloomy things?hm-m-what if instead of glad I make someone upset?

        Will they end up annoyed and yell “Who peed in YOUR Cheerios?! ”

        or just let me off easy with “I don’t think I like the tone in your voice,missy!”?

        Just sayin’,if somebody did that to me,since I ’bout live my life for the critters in my family-!!…. I’d come out swinging,too!

  62. weather says:

    Good Morning Sue,
    The nearly clear sky near sunrise made the oak leaves’ light green look like springtime’s this morning.Purple and pink flower heads, top-heavy with seeds, make tall weed grass a field of tiny bouquets a young cat scampered through.If it weren’t for the large browning pine cones dangling above the house,this season would appear to be lingering just to celebrate it’s own beauty.

    With scheduled hours being shared among many at the store,my day’s plans hold no urgency and will get what’s needful done. I laughed earlier noting how simple my meals are compared to some written about here,while I make a science out of coffee preparation each time!

    May you share hearing the music in everything around us as we raise our cups to each other this good day.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, weather,

      Splendid description of those transcendent moments before sunrise . . . “lingering just to celebrate its own beauty.” I love that line! It’s always a pleasure to be transported into your verdant world on the magic carpet of your words.

      No urgency for your day… wonderful! My meals are simple, too, and often quite plain. I can’t say my coffee is much better!

      I had to stop writing to — you probably have guessed — give Spike his breakfast.

      My cup is raised to the music of this day!

      • weather says:

        Gotta love the consistent heights our correspondence drifts in- as our delightful pups add their voices to this song -that our carpet times it’s dance to 🙂

  63. Applegirl NY says:

    You crack me up! With all the bad news, I still hear some humor in your post (you may not be feeling it, though). What we do for our critters! Gotta love ’em. I’ll keep you in my prayers.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Applegirl,

      Thank you for the prayers. We’re quite all right. The “problems” the crew and I have right now aren’t big.

      I’m glad you heard some humor in the telling of our situation. Once I was over the feeling of everything coming at me at once, I could laugh, too. I’ve had many a belly laugh over the things I’ve done over the years!

  64. JodeeinSoCal says:

    Sometimes it seems to me like the bad stuff all piles on at once and at the time is overwhelming. But when things are good most of the time I’m grateful that the “yuk” comes all together so I can get it behind me. Can you imagine if it “spread out over every day….” ?? I know you aren’t letting it get you down – or at least the crew isn’t :-).

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good point, Jodee. I wouldn’t want this stuff spread out over every day.

      It’s like our lives roll along smoothly and then, all of a sudden, out of nowhere … WE INTERRUPT THIS LIFE TO BRING YOU AN IMPORTANT BOATLOAD OF CRAP TO DEAL WITH.

      I hope your day is problem-free!

  65. Kay says:

    240 and counting!!!! Good Morning Sue and Crew. I am assuming Bridget is probably rather happy about this camera issue. Not only does she have your full, undivided attention, but she can now prance around without the worry of being photographed!!

    It rained so hard here last night and with all the trenches dug on the property, I told hubby that we have a MOAT! He looked at me and asked “Can you turn off your brain for about 24 hours”? NO, I can’t. Was my reply. The two worse things to do to the brain is let it be still, no sounds and no thinking…..

    The two worse things for Sue, no camera is one….. and the other? No internet for us readers!

    Have a great sunny day!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kay,

      Rain during construction — Yuck! I hope everything dries out quickly. You don’t need mud.

      I didn’t think about Bridget’s reprieve from me chasing her around with a camera. Another example of a “silver lining” — for her, not me! I’m missing a camera very much. At least the morning is drab and overcast here. I’d be out of my mind if this morning’s sunrise had been gorgeous!

      I wish you lots of sunshine and dry air, Kay! Maybe you both are being given a message to slow down and take care of yourselves? I will try to arrange the itinerary of me and the crew to bring us to Nebraska around the time of the opening of the park, whenever that may be.

  66. Opal says:

    Okay, here I am. My name is Opal. I am a 65 year old single. I live in the mountains of North Carolina. And this is my first time to comment. Since discovering your blog I have gone back and read everything from the very beginning. Thank you so much for sharing your life with those of us that would love to live as you do. You, Spike and Bridget are one of my favorite topics of conversation. I am constantly sharing your latest adventures with my family and friends. Take care of yourself. Praying for you and the puppies.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      What a delight for me to read your message, Opal! Thank you for taking the time to introduce yourself to me and to your fellow readers of this blog. I appreciate that you’ve read all my posts.

      I almost moved to the mountains of North Carolina once. It didn’t work out, but my visits there left me with a solid impression that it’s a beautiful part of our country.

      I smile to think there’s this nice lady in North Carolina talking about the adventures of me and my crew. You encourage me to continue writing!

      Best wishes to you. Say hello to the family and friends for me the next time the conversation comes our way!

      • Opal says:

        I will make sure and tell them you said hello. Thank you. And I am hoping the camera screen clears up for you. I enjoy your pictures so much, and like you it makes me kind of sick when I do something that costs me money I would not have had to spend otherwise. I’m waiting for the parts to be shipped out right now to repair the starter on my lawn mower because I BURNED THE STARTER UP. I thought I had a dead battery so I hooked it up to a battery charger. Throughout the day I went out repeatedly and tried to start the mower hoping the battery had charged up enough. With no success, I pulled the battery out, drove 3 miles into town to buy another battery, thinking I had a bad cell in that one. Thankfully the helpful man at the parts place checked the old one I had brought in before selling me another one. Do you know why it wouldn’t charge? Because it was fully charged already. The man informed me there was nothing wrong with my battery, it must be the starter. OOOOPS!!! Much to my chagrin, he was right. When I called someone to come out who actually knew what they were doing, UNLIKE ME, I found out the starter had been in a bind and and by repeatedly trying to start it, I had burnt it to toast. HORSEFEATHERS! Oh well, live and learn. I’ll know not to do that again without having it checked. See it happens to all of us whether we’re on the road or still living in one place. Just gotta laugh and keep on going.

    • DesertGinger says:

      Opal…hi! I have never even visited the mountains of NC but I did fly into Asheville for a layover on my way to Knoxville once. The little bit I saw was lovely, and of course I read about Asheville all the time. I hope to visit someday. But anyway…glad you are here!

      • Opal says:

        Hi, DesertGinger. Thanks for the welcome. So glad to be a “part” of the community. Yes Asheville is a beautiful and interesting place. It’s about 30 miles from where I live. I worked over there for several years and I loved it, but I commuted. I have always lived out in the country. I live on a little farm that has been owned by my family for four generations now.

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Definitely the mts of NC are the best part of the state!! Hubby and I took a trip or 2 into those mts and LOOKED into where to move to once he retired…well, life changed those plans…but I remember our trip there with much fondness!!

      • Opal says:

        Hi, Elizabeth in WA. Yes, I am very blessed to live in this beautiful section of the state. Just sitting on my front porch in the cool of the evening and looking at the mountains is like being in church I am so awe struck over and over again at all the beautiful God has created.

  67. bob g says:

    If you are considering buying a new phone, you may want to look at Republic Wireless.


    I went from an Iphone 4 to a MotoX, and from 75 bucks (old plan, now $130 or so) to a $25 3G plan. The trick is that they default to Wifi calling, so you would mostly be using your Millenicom unless you locked it out. They use Sprint for data, and Sprint backed up by Verizon for voice, so if all you wanted was voice you could get by for 10 bucks a month for unlimited calling, and get Verizon towers.

    Of course you have to buy a smart phone from them, and the least expensive is the Moto G at $149, but you save LOTS of money on the calling plan. It’s worth looking at, even if you are thinking about a cheap flip phone. Having a smart phone on an alternate carrier might give you email, etc, in places Verizon doesn’t reach.

    I like it. Where I am, the Republic Wireless 25 buck plan does everything the old Verizon Iphone 4 did, at less than a third of the cost. Another advantage is that you can switch between the various plans right from the phone, up to twice a month.

    Check it out.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, bob g,

      Interesting and thorough report on Republic Wireless. I like that you explained it here for all of us to consider. The $149 up-front purchase is a stumbling block for me, especially since I’m at a point where I’d be happy not to have a phone at all!

      I’ll limp along with what I have for now. The phone may be okay. I haven’t checked the settings or anything. To be honest, I’m kind of sick of dealing with technology at the moment. And now I have a camera to buy and probably a laptop, too.

      Thanks for the info. In the future, I can always search your name on my blog and bring up this comment in order to consider Republic Wireless again. I’m glad you’ve found a phone deal you’re happy with… not easy these days!

  68. Kay says:

    If you get over my way, Sue…. I will help you fix that Laptop!

  69. B Beck says:

    I’ve corrected several wet situations with both cameras and phones by taking them completely apart, opening everything up wide, and leaving them on a paper towel on the dash board of my car in the sunshine for up to 36 -48 hours or longer. It takes a while for them to dry out. Just when I am about to give up, they start working! LOL
    I also found out that one of my cameras took photos, and stored them, even though I couldn’t ‘see’ them on the camera screen, only through the eye-view-finder, or by pointing haphazardly.
    I downloaded them to my camera each night to look them over and edit them, and used them from there, and although I did some ‘multi-burst’ photos and several in a row of different scenes, I survived for another week without making an unexpected fast purchase!
    Spike has a ‘good mommy’ for the good medical care and check-ups! I do hope he gets a great report on the bloodwork! I have a pup that has to wear a cloth harness because anything rigid too close to her skin causes raw sores. I also deal with the ‘fatty tumors’ on my terrier-mix chihuahua! Blessings on you and your crew!!
    I know all will ‘work out’, but you do need your phone to work, just for safety reasons! I’m sure we all will be eager to see what are your new choices!! <>
    “Doing the research” and the “anticipation” are an enjoyable part of the new purchase process, ….. kinda like anticipating your next adventure. Sometimes it’s the process, not the destination that’s most gratifying!
    Please stay safe and be careful while you are without reliable communication!!
    Becky in TX

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, B Beck,

      You obviously put a lot of thought into your comment which I read carefully and with interest. Thank you for the suggestions re: the camera situation. As you will read in the next post, I applied some of those suggestions already!

      I appreciate your comment about me being a “good mommy” to Spike. I can’t help questioning… Is his declining health something I’m doing or not doing or is it the inevitable decline of old age? I wish I knew his true age. I’m sorry about your pup’s difficulty with friction against her skin. I notice Spike is becoming that way, too. Oh, and the “fatty tumors.” I love terriers but those things can be a nuisance, especially if they appear in a bad place, like near the rectum.

      I’m pretty sure I’ll order the Fuji camera. I’ll still hope for the SONY to recover.

      Enjoyed talking with you today, B Beck. Hope you’re having a great day!

      • B Beck says:

        Ha! Don’t ever “look back and question yourself” about the pups! At any given time, whatever the situation, you always have done “the very best you know how” at that given time and place.
        My adult son once asked me, “Why didn’t you do more to encourage me to play football in Junior High?” I looked at his tall scrawny not-too-meaty body, remembered his broken ankle from tripping over a low fence, and his two front teeth which barely survived a severe bicycle accident, and said: “Whatever I did and said at any given time in your past was the very best I knew to do at that particular time!” (I didn’t try to explain that his body would probably never have survived the HUNKS who might have tackled him or the fears in a mom’s mind!) I just remind myself that I did the very best I knew how to do for each child in every situation at any given time, ……. which is all that was possible.

        You’ve done the same!! When you see Spike’s enthusiasm him in his element doing his ‘patrol duties, checking out the territory, and soaking in water/sunshine, there’s no doubt that he is very much still on the ‘sunny side’ and enjoying life, even if there are some bad incidences along the rocky road of life. When Spike or the Princess ARE too old or sick to enjoy life, they will let you know in their own way, and you will know it in their personality or physical revelations. You may worry that you won’t ‘know’, …….. but you will, or a vet will confirm your suspicions.
        By the way, my aptly named “Tripod” chihuahua was on death row at the dog pound one day when I ‘volunteered, …….. because her hip and leg were crushed when some idiot threw her from a car in front of a local bank.
        When I toted her broken body out of the shelter, and took her to the vet, her leg bones were totally crushed, so I brought her home to heal. Then I bought a ‘back-up plan’ as security.

        Pet Gear Special Edition Pet Stroller for cats and dogs up to 45-pounds, Sage

        (I changed the link to one of my Amazon links. Sue)

        When I go walking, I take it along. Tripod walks & hops along until she is lagging behind, then she rides in style. She still feels like she is ”keeping up with the big dogs”, and is never ‘left on the porch’. She THINKS her quality of life is ‘normal’, and she’s lived with me 13 years now! Spike and Bridgette most likely think they are also ”keeping up with the big dogs” and believe they are in the prime of their life, too!! They certainly act like they believe it. LOL

        Lilly’s tumor/cyst is on her belly, but not bothering her. Should it “change” or grow and touch the ground, risking infection or irritation, it will be removed. Meanwhile, she thinks she’s normal. Funny kids!

        Best Wishes!! I’ll be looking forward to your new up-dated posts in the future about your solutions and decisions!! Whatever you decide, it will be the BEST for you!! <<>>
        Hugs, Becky

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          You certainly turned Tripod’s life around! Gosh, that makes me so angry that some idiot would throw a little dog and cause it injury and pain, and eventual death at the kill shelter. What a neanderthal! And that sort of thing happens all the time.

          How lucky for Tripod that you saved her! It sounds like she has a wonderful life with you. The stroller is an excellent idea.

          Friends of mine bought one of those when their dog had back surgery. I believe it was blogorino Connie who also bought one for her dog. I wrote a post about a lady named Pat who pushes her dog around in a stroller… met her in Borrego Springs a while back. Posted pictures of the crew riding in it with her dog.

          Thank you for your encouraging and uplifting words, Becky.

  70. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Have to say, Sue…I LOVE that photo of Bridget….Her markings are my favorite ones on a dog…I would never get tired of looking at her!! And those little small eyebrow marks…make a dog so much more expressive too.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Those markings you see on Bridget are typical of rat terriers. I have a theory that came to me one day as I looked at one of the crew sleeping… don’t remember which one it was.

      When a rat terrier’s eyes are closed, the two light-colored spots above the eyes look like eyes. Maybe they have a purpose… to make it look like the rat terrier’s eyes are open and watching, when actually they are asleep.

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        They are known to be rodent killers right?? I think that was the kind of dog my dad’s family had while living mostly in the Kansas/Missouri area….and she kept all snakes and rats even killed in her area. Some nearly her size my dad said. Our daughter has a hairless rat terrier because her hubby is allergic to dogs (heh, kind of weird to touch and VERY expensive dog). He has the sharpest teeth and has drawn blood on me, just playing…not meaning to bite me…so I can imagine how they can deal with varmints. Your theory on why they have those light colored spots above their eyes makes sense.

  71. AZ Jim says:

    I have a theory about teachers. They enter the profession as optimists, become realists and leave or masochists and stay. It takes a very special person to teach for a career.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jim,

      Or some stay, as I did, out of desperation and a desire to make a dream come true. I had to stick it out at least 10 years to obtain any pension at all and I needed that pension in order to live full-time on the road.

      I know I changed some lives for the better and set some young people on a trajectory of success during my short teaching career. I had parents cry in my presence, thankful for my influence on their child. However gratifying the successes were, they couldn’t counter-balance the overwhelming negativity of the system.

      But I get your point… Teachers do start out optimistically. Then reality hits.

  72. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Think you’ll top 300 on the comments counter?! 🙂

    Please see my response to your reply above. RE: Pet meds.

  73. BadgerRickInWis says:

    I don’t know why you are all thinking that this has been a week of problems. To the contrary this has been the best day EVER.

    I had to wait for breakfast which I did not like AT ALL. But than we took silly old Spike to the doctor and I had Sue to myself for an entire morning. We went on a wonderful hike just the two of us, I had her all to myself.

    Plus my master plan of distracting Sue with my request for ever so wonderful belly rubbing worked to PERFECTION. That evil camera was left out in the rain and I think it’s DEAD! MWWUUAAHHAHAHAHAHAAAAA!!!!!! I didn’t have that darn thing stuck in my face all day and as a result no one on the internet was interested in if I had gained a half a pound or not. (As if it’s anyone’s business if a girl happens to like her fresh chicken.)

    Then we went and picked up Spikey and it looks like he is going to be fine. Not that anyone would ever know he had a problem to begin with. He is such a tough little macho guy. Sue and I are so lucky to to have him in our lives.

    So like I said this day was PERFECT!

    Sincerely yours.

    • Kay says:

      He-He …. I was sort of thinking on those same lines…. IF Bridget could talk to us all, she would be telling us “This is the best week of all”. LOL

      And, then…. as well say “Poor Spikey”, RVSue is probably sitting there thinking…. “Ah, yeah, poor spikey alright, cost a couple hundred for that diagnoses and then, more to feed him the special diet, plus the gas and time, yep… poor spikey….. LOL

      So, I sit here and think….. I wonder if the Crew has not secretly planned for RVSue to have a week of challenges for their own “special” reasons….

      Just a thought, that Crew is rather resourceful and SMART!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Well done, Rick! You are “channeling” the Bridge! I had to laugh because you have her personality nailed.

      She did very much enjoy having me all to herself. Our walk was on a two-track lane. I walked in one and she walked beside me in the other, happy prancing steps. She looked up at me periodically with bright eyes.

      Thanks for the fun comment, Rick.

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      That was great !

  74. Jean Wheatleyin Oregon says:

    I washed hubs cell phone once, since didn’t know i twas in the wash, I just threw the whole mess in the dryer. Works fine.Seems like sun will work, TX if necessary, dash will work.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s amazing, Jean … through the washer and dryer and still works. Reminds me of the Timex commercials –“takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin.'”

      (I deleted the political reference and the reply. Those topics are off-limits here, although I empathize with the feelings expressed.)

  75. Lolalo says:

    I had an episode with a camera back in the mid 1980’s.

    I had finally landed a job that I could splurge on the purchase of a new Canon camera. I went on a live on diving boat with friends to the Bahamas – my first out of country experience. We went to a deserted island on a dingy and I took photos of the beautiful island, the abandoned buildings, the sea life, and fabulous views. Then we took the dingy back to the dive boat. I took the strap from around my neck and carefully covered the camera with my tee shirt to ‘protect’ it from the spray of the salt water. Back at the dive boat, each person had to carefully step from the dingy to the ladder leading up to the deck of the boat. As I stepped toward the ladder, someone said “You dropped something!” Yep. My brand new camera with photos of a beautiful place that I will never see again. In at least 60 feet of salt water. No need to try to retrieve it.

    So, life goes on, and we look forward to the next thing life brings. Like others have pointed out, and you have agreed, this is just a little bump in the road. The camera can be replaced, the air can be fixed, the tanks can be dumped, Spike will be fine, and you can carry on, even though the wallet will take a hit. You have been frugal and saved for just this kind of challenge, so at least you have the necessary funds. And all us bloggerinos will just have to visit Amazon on your behalf to help build it back up!

    Hope all is looking up for you and will look forward to the ‘new and improved’ photos!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh the anguish, oh the pain! Losing all those photos and you new camera, too!

      I enjoyed your tale, Lolalo, even though I anticipated the disaster to come. Yes, life goes on Everything is “looking up” for us and I hope it is for you, too.

      Thanks for the entertaining comment.

  76. Pat in KS says:

    Loved Badger Rick’s delivery of a Bridget message. He did a magnificent job on her voice. I didn’t catch on until the second paragraph. Thank you, Rick. Good job!

  77. Pauline from Mississippi says:

    So sorry!!!! Glad to hear Spike is okay! I hate that you won’t be going to the rodeo. I know you would have a great time. I really hope you can get it to work again..even if you get another one…you would have a spare. Oh, by the way, did I hear you might need some rice? LOL
    Love you

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Love you, too, Pauline,

      Yeah, I’m a bit disappointed about the rodeo, but nothing major. It was a good opportunity, at least I thought so, because it starts at 7 pm. Most of the rodeos I looked up start at 8 p.m. The early start means photos before dark and the crew doesn’t have to wait for me late into the night. Oh well, I’ve gone without rodeo for 65 years. I can go longer.

      What’s this about rice? 😉

  78. R. (Western Colorado) says:

    Shopping list:
    1. rice
    2. tomato juice
    What kind of rice?
    I guess I won’t need any tomato juice since I don’t have any pets right now

  79. Larry M from the Pacific NW says:

    324 comments? You’ll never get to this! LOL

    Do you defrag your computer? If not, I recommend you do so. It should help its performance. Also, I recommend downloading the free version of Malwarebytes here:


    Run it and tell it to delete the offending items (I’ve never had a problem doing this), Consider buying the purchase version. 🙂 Maybe someday get Kaspersky? LOL 🙂

    Here’s to BETTER LUCK!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Larry. I’m so computer illiterate I don’t know if I’ve defragged or not. Windows recently ran a scan or something that deleted a bunch of unnecessary files.

      I wouldn’t recognize “offending items” if they came knockin’ on my door! Thanks for the link

  80. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    This has got to be a record!

  81. Kay says:

    Boy, I sure like the idea of a Blogerino Weekend. Let’s have a vote on this shall we??? What month shall we do this in? May? September? Maybe we should have two such weekends… hum, ideas ideas. We’ll need lots of SPAW treats. I wonder if Schwan’s might make me a really good deal on the SPAW ice cream, hummmm.

    Last night hubby informed me, he will be installing a real nice fire pit, grilling area, and then I added…. a fridge, and tables and chairs and the HOT TUB! His reply; “Yes, dear”.

  82. DesertGinger says:

    Sue, I will probably need to repost this as I think you have moved on, but I’ll give it a shot. I retired from Visa, Intl where I was a software engineer for 15 years. While I was there Visa purchased exclusively IBM Thinkpad laptops for their employees. They bought that model because they are well-built, sturdy and good support. I looked at Amazon for Panasonic Toughbook and Ouch! Pricey. I’m going to recommend the Lenova Thinkpad. Lenova is the ‘new’ IBM. I found a nice Thinkpad with a lot of nice features. This is a laptop that should hold you for several years. Has good user reviews and ratings. Read them…lot of good info in the reviews. By the way…Dell has a flimsy reputation…their stuff does not last. I’m pasting in a link to what I think is a good deal. If you don’t like it, then I would suggest looking at Toshiba or Acer, both brands with better reputations than Dell.

    • Kay says:

      I vote for Lenovo as well. MUCH better than Acer, Dell, and Toshiba. I have Lenovo and LOVE IT. And, yes the “new” IBM. 🙂

      Now, please vote for a Blogerino Holiday! 😉

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you very much, Ginger and Kay. I don’t want another Dell. This Lenova looks great! Wow, one less thing to research…

  83. Walt says:

    The cyber-village has gone wild! 🙂 Sue, your blog has touched and entertained others in ways and in numbers that most of us who blog can only dream of. You are fast becoming a cyber legend!

    On the subject of computers, HP might be another option to consider, especially if you don’t want something to big. I have an HP with a 14-inch screen and really like it.

    The blogerino weekend sounds good, even if I might not make it. We actually have several outings planned including a week in September, just my wife and I, if we can arrange house-sitting with a person qualified to stay and work with an autistic young adult. If we can pull it off, it will be our first couples vacation since our son was born in 1996. Keep your fingers crossed! My wife is interviewing a prospective person as I type this.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks a lot for the suggestion, Walt. I’ve had an HP and now I have this Dell. I’d like to try the Lenova that Ginger recommends.

      BTW, I’m pleased to see your participation in my blog. I enjoy the male point of view which makes me appreciate every man who shows up here!

      My heart ached when I read about no couple vacation since 1996. I want you to have the time of your lives together, wherever you go. You’ve earned it!

  84. Kay says:

    Good Evening fellow Blogerino’s,

    As we sit and wait patiently for the next exciting blog post, you’re welcome to some refreshments. To your right, the coffee and teas. To your left, all the beverages that will set you in the mood for a nice relaxing position as you use that index finger to turn the mouse wheel. Straight ahead is the monitor, and katty-corner is the popcorn and peanuts.

    Please, enjoy your wait, I am certain RVSue and her Canine Crew will have us all rolling out of chairs in do time. Those participating in the beverages to the right, you may want to buckle yourself down, as you see from past posts, this place is the hottest, wildest, place on the internet.

    • rvsueandcrew says:


      Okay, no more comments under this post please. I’m going to reply to a few of the latest comments and then publish the next post. I’m thrilled that y’all have been having fun here.

      Kay, now I know why nameless hubby tells you to stop your brain for 24 hours. You are a fireball!

      Oh, and feel free to restate the question about a Blogorino Blast at your new RV park!

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