Life on the mesa

Sunday, November 20

p1150117The lights of Overton, Nevada, as seen from Snowbird Mesa (Poverty Flats) at dusk

My refrigerator quit.

I cleaned the outside compartment of dust, checked that the thermostat is in position, adjusted the little screw regulating the propane flow at the ignition, tweaked this, twiddled with that, cussed and cajoled, and there it sits yet, a mute, hulking, defiant dullard.

Well, so be it.

My heater can’t heat (propane leak) and my refrigerator can’t cool.  There’s probably an RV services place, northeast of Overton, up the interstate in Mesquite.  That would be backtracking and I don’t want to do that.

The other choice is Vegas.

After a few minutes online I find  Affordable RV Service and Repair.  I haven’t made an appointment yet.  I’m not in a hurry to do so because when I drive south to Vegas with the Best Little Trailer I know I won’t come back to the mesa.  And I want to stay at Poverty Flats through Thanksgiving weekend and beyond.

Living without a refrigerator is not a hardship.

No sense worrying about it.  No refrigeration gives me an excuse to toss Reg into the Perfect Tow Vehicle and drive the 3 miles into town every day for our main meal.  The rest of the time I can eat fresh fruit, protein bars, peanut butter and crackers, and other stuff from my cupboard.

A library card!

Upon the suggestion of one of the Poverty Flats regulars, I stop at the Moapa Valley Library in Overton and obtain a library card.


It’s been quite a while since I’ve been in a library.

My, how they’ve changed!  This particular library has thousands of DVDs!  Fiction and nonfiction, movies and television shows, you name it.

I forget how many you’re allowed to check out at a time, but I walked out with seven DVDs and I can keep them for a week or more, depending upon the title.

Winter nights are long without entertainment.

My Paperwhite helps, of course.  Some nights I don’t feel like reading though, and having a couple DVDs handy is nice.

Finding movies and tv shows that fit my taste is challenging.  I peruse the floor to ceiling shelves, become overwhelmed by the number of choices, then claustophobic.  I grab some DVDS and flee to the check-out desk.

At the moment I have Downton Abbey (saw it years ago), a collection of Austin City Limits, a pair of Richard Burton flicks (I know, lame), and a few total duds that will remain in their cases having failed their audition in my television/DVD player.

I don’t doubt there are better choices.   I’ll surely do better next time!

Hey!  Do  you want to see Tater?

Recently in comments under a previous post I shared with you my friend’s excitement over the new member of her household.  Chuck and Geri found the perfect dog at their local rescue shelter.

His name is Tater and he’s 7 years old.

Here’s Geri’s account of meeting Tater:  “a fat ugly dog with 2 bottom teeth sticking straight up!  But . . . the sweetest eyes that smile and a grin . . . . we knew he was coming home.  Then that’s when we realized why he had been returned 3 times.  Tater farts!”

Geri reports that canned pumpkin has taken care of Tater’s gas and Radar likes his new house buddy,whose presence comforts him after the passing of DoogieBowser.

Geri says it seems like Tater has been a member of the family for years.  Scroll down to meet Tater!



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186 Responses to Life on the mesa

  1. Virginia620 (AL) says:

    Love Tater.

    • Virginia620 (AL) says:

      Love Tater. Ordered Spry gum & mints on Amazon today for hubby’s chronic dry cough due to IPF.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Hi, Virginia… I see the gum and mints on my orders report. Thanks a lot! I hope they work well for your husband.


  2. Lisa in San Diego says:


  3. Jan NH says:

    Tater is adorable….the teeth sticking out give him character.

    Sorry to hear your frig has now died but glad to see you are able to take it all in stride!

    • rvsueandcrew says:


      Yeah, I think it’s inevitable to have refrigerator problems when living in an RV of any kind.

      • Karen in Pacific NW says:

        Fridge problem is likely to be the circuit control board.. Not too uncommon of a failure and certainly not going to me a total replacement of the fridge.

        The gas leak will be an easy fix too.

        But of course all those kinds of repairs are done at an hourly shop rate so when you call around ask what that rate is.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          It does seem to be a circuit control board problem, what I’ve been calling the electronic button panel thingy (thanks for helping me with that). The buttons were acting very wonky before the fridge gave up the ghost.

  4. Lee J in northern California says:

    What a sweet little Tater, irresistible!
    Good afternoon, enjoy the mesa my dear.

  5. Laura - Illinois says:

    Sorry to hear that you are having some trouble with heat and cold…sigh. Hoping that you will soon find a way to get your heat to warm up and your cold to cool down! Huggles

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Laura…. Thank you… Stuff breaks down eventually. And it’ll be fixed…. eventually. 🙂

  6. Cheryl Kline says:

    Sorry to hear about the refrigerator so that is always a frustrating thing. I had it happen to me one time while I was out camping. I don’t even remember now what we did to get it back running. I have also had hot water heater problems where my pilot light wouldn’t stay lit and ended up with no hot water for a weekend. I did end up replacing the regulator on my propane tanks as it went out and have found that the gas flow to the the hot water heater and refrigerator seem to be much stronger. Love your friends new dog, I agree that he has a face that only a owner could love! Lol
    safe travels

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cheryl,

      Yes, a new regulator helped the fridge the last time it wasn’t working. I was fortunate that both times there was very little food loss.

      I did increase the gas flow and it makes it possible for it to be lit, then after a minute or so, it dies out.

  7. Barb from Hoquiam! says:

    Oh Geez Sue! Sorry ’bout the fridge and the heater! Two biggies… But you have taken the issues in stride and that is all ya can do.
    Tator! LOVE IT! What a funny guy! That pumpkin is amazing!

    I am in a slump. Headache and not feelin’ so hot, and the holiday comin’ up and my kiddos are all gone 🙁 I am thrilled the kids and grands get to see lots of family and have adventures… I just have a rough time feelin’ left out. Boo hoo. BLAH!

    LOTS of really wet rain here today. The drops are the size of quarters! Not that (what I call) ‘Washington Spit’ but real RAIN.

    I may have missed it–but the name Poverty Flats is very interesting to me. Is there a reference for how/why it was named that?

    Hugs from Hoquiam!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, Barb, I’m sorry you’re still down in the dumps…. and not feeling well. Holidays can be tough on people, especially when unable to be with loved ones.

      Is there a chance you could move Thanksgiving (or another kind of celebration) to another day? Give you something to focus on and plan for…. Something that doesn’t involve a lot of work like putting out a holiday meal!

      I don’t know the origin of the name Poverty Flats. It sounds like a name invented by someone with a wry sense of humor and once spoken, it stuck. Other names are Snowbird Mesa and Overton Bluff… and Magnificent Mesa. 🙂

      I hope by the time you read this, your headache is gone.

      Hugs from the Mesa,

      • Barb from Hoquiam! says:

        Thanks so much Sue,
        Well a big storm came through and the head got some relief (YAYHOOO). Thank you!!!

        As for the holidays… it is tough to share the kiddos, but all in all I am lucky. Every time I am with them it is a holiday… and other family doesn’t get to see them nearly as much as I do. So, this spoiled old Granny needs to pull up her big girl panties and get over herself! 🙂
        I am pretty proud of my girlies. The younger one is roaming down to SoCAL with her family and shocked the heck out of her Grammie and Granddad (my ex’s parents–we have remained close) with a quick visit. I know that made their week! I am proud to have such caring kids… But yeah, boohoo… I am missin’ ’em.

        I love hearing of your adventures! It always brightens my day.

        Thanks again,

  8. Adrienne in Carlsbad, CA says:

    I have a bunch of questions… how much does Tater weigh? Are you the only one on your mesa? How do you get a library card without a local address? Just curious. I can’t remember when you’ve liked a camp so much.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Adrienne,

      Geri will have to tell you how much Tater weighs. I have no idea. He looks chunky in the photo.

      Am I the only one on the mesa? Oh no, on this particular mesa (there are others) at this moment there are ten rigs, widely spaced because the mesa is long. The number changes from one day to the next. I don’t think there’s been more than ten at any one time since we’ve camped here. There are a bunch more people clustered at the lower level, closer to the road.

      About the library card… When asked for an address I gave my South Dakota mail forwarding address. She asked if I have a local address. I told her no and she quickly replied “That’s okay.” I’m sure they are used to snowbirds coming in for cards.

      I do like this camp. It’s not that it’s the best camp. It’s the best camp for this time, which is different.

      Love your questions, Adrienne!

  9. Lori S says:

    Aw such a cute little Tater and I love the name. I also love DoogieBowser! Where do people come up with such fun names? I didn’t know that about pumpkin — something to store away in the old brain.

    That’s awesome that you’re able to use the local library. Often they won’t do that unless you’re a resident. I love going to the library and I need to go there before the Thanksgiving weekend. I’m nearing the end of my current book. The author bases his stories in Tahoe and I love Tahoe! Plus my sister is his editor so…

    I can’t rent DVDs from the library because I become too overwhelmed with the selection. I have to go in with titles I’m interested in or I get impatient.

    Do you have a Kindle or Nook? I thought you did but now I can’t remember. I have been thinking about getting a Kindle Unlimited membership before heading out on the road but I’m not sure it is worth it.

    I hear you on the refrigerator issue. I plan on going low tech to start out: an “extreme” cooler with extra insulation. I have pretty much decided I’m going to create a home in a van and I don’t want to spend a lot on batteries and solar to start with until I know more about what I really need.

    Sue, you encouraged me to discuss my plans here and I would love feedback from your readers. As I said, I am 95% sure I am going to get a van and build it out into a camper van. The problem is that I’m almost 62 and not as nimble as I used to be. Just today I was on my knees during my continued downsizing efforts and it was killer? Might not be so bad with knee pads. Anyway, I live in an apartment and won’t be able to do the work in my parking lot (not allowed). So I would need to take tools to a different location. Not sure where but someone on Bob’s forum suggested the Home Depot parking lot. Get permission and then purchase all my needs from them. That might work as there’s one a little over a mile from my home.

    I’m trying not to doubt my ability to do this. I’ve been handy in the past but that was some years ago. It would just save a heck of a lot of money to not have to pay someone else to do things for me. Although I am pretty sure I will need someone to wire my isolator, battery and inverter since electrical work is not my forte.

    Any thoughts welcome and appreciated!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lori,

      To answer your question…. I did have a Kindle and a few years ago I upgraded to a Paperwhite… Love it!

      As for working on your van in the Home Depot parking lot…. I remember several years ago reading Tiogo George’s blog and he worked on his Class C in a parking lot of a big box supply store. It might have been Home Depot or Lowe’s.

      I admire your ability to do your own work. It’s probably like riding a bicycle… The skill isn’t lost, just has to be found. 🙂

      Blogorinos: Comments encouraged regarding Lori’s van plans… Do you have something to share on the topic?

      • Barb from Hoquiam! says:

        Hi Lori and anyone else,

        Not sure if this will be of interest to anyone, but I belong to a ‘club’ that links to Amazon called Book Bud. You can choose what your liking is in the way of books, and they send you a short list every day that you can choose from… some are FREE (usually 2) and the others are 1-3 dollars. Now, granted… some of the books are ‘you get what you pay for’ sorts of things… and there are not the top ten current ones… but it is a nice way to have some variety.
        Just a thought. 🙂

        As for the building out of your van… is there anything you can trade to have the electrical done for you? Or maybe you know a retired electrician… Or a handy person. I would not know where to start. But I wish you good luck!

        Hugs from Hoquiam,

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I think you mean Book Bub, right?

          • Barb from Hoquiam! says:

            YUP. Sorry about that… I do that all the time! 🙁 I too have Amazon Prime which I share with my kids… that is a cool feature–it takes a bit of juggling (some times we get the credit card mixed up–and have to repay one another… OR my silly fairy lights went to her house instead of mine–but it is a real savings all the way around).

        • Lori S says:

          Hi Barb. I’ll have to check out Book Bud. No I’m afraid I don’t know anyone to barter with for electrical. I talked to a young man who likes to customize cars in his spare time and he seems to have a lot of knowledge but he’s kind of gone MIA. 🙁

      • Chey (WA coast) says:

        Hello Lori,
        I’ve got a Kindle Fire, an Amazon product that I got with Prime membership that I paid $54 total with lots of movies, TV shows, The Washington Post, games galore (I spend hours playing Gin Rummy), internet that I rarely use, and BOOKS! Get a library card and you can check out e-books no matter where you are!

        I was just reading on some RV blog about a group that gathers and works on each other’s rigs; anybody know what I’m referring to?

        • Lori S says:

          You’re right! I forgot about Amazon Prime offering those extras. That might be a good idea for me.

          I think you’re talking about the van build party going on at Lake Havasu all this month. That’s the sort of thing that would be a big help. Except I’m in Maryland and won’t start working on mine until around April. I’m hoping that next November I can join them and get my solar done at that time. In the meantime I’m hoping to make do with one deep cycle battery and an inverter. I’m hoping that will be enough. Still studying how to do that.

      • I belong to at least two different websites which do as Book Hub does. I get two emails a day, one from each which have free to cheap book selections. I can customize the genre of books I like such as historical fictions or mystery or romance, from a long list choosing as many genre as I like. I did do the Kindle Unlimited free trial, but quickly decided it wasn’t for me because it limits the titles quite a bit and I just couldn’t find stuff I liked. I do have a device suggestion. I have a old iPad one, a Kindle Voyage, and a six month old iPad pro. My old iPad one is my favorite place to read via the free Kindle app. I lay back and rest it with its leaning case on my chest and read nightly. If you have a tablet, you might try reading on the Kindle app to see if that is comfortable. The advantage is a tablet is multi use where a Kindle is only for reading unless you get the Fire which has some features of tablets. Get your local library card too. My library here said I could sign onto their digital library to download free books from anywhere I am!
        Make sure you visit Cheap RV living site and read the articles on building out a van. Lots of great ideas. Then come back here and use Sues link to order items you need! 😉

    • Karen in Pacific NW says:

      The key to working on your van yourself given that you have no place to work is to have a good set of battery operated tools with a few extra rechargeable batteries. You will want a drill motor, screw driver and a jig saw.

      With a jig saw, a long straight edge, a carpenters speed square and clamps you can cut sheet lumber or straight dimensional lumber. The key to making accurate straight cuts is to guide a saw along a straight edge of some type. The carpenter speed square will help you make nice square cuts across lumber such as 1×2, 2×2, 2×4, etc. Or you can use a hand saw and a miter box.

      Folding saw horses will also be very useful. I have a pair from a company called “Hide-a-Horse” they are fabulous, they fold up very small and are not that heavy which is great news for an older woman like ourselves. You can purchase them through Amazon. They are great for traveling as you can create your own work stations, picnic tables as well as do remodeling projects.

      There are lots of places in a town to pull over for the afternoon and get busy with van interior renovations. Good spots are dead end streets over in industrial areas. Be sure you are not blocking up driveways or competing with employees who need parking. Industrial areas are the best because you can make noise there without offending residents of houses and apartments. But always be sure to clean up every bit of mess you make if you want to use that spot again. Weekends are the best time to work in those spots as most of the businesses are closed. Do take along a portable toilet and a water supply so that you don’t have to stop and pack everything back up right in the middle of your work session. Never leave tools out and exposed in your van as that is only inviting break ins. Vans do get targeted by people looking to steal tools as many contractors keep tools in their vans so do take the time to haul them into your apartment after using them. There are rolling tool boxes that work like the portable grocery carts and that will make it easy for you to clean up at the end of the work session.

      As to electrical work my best friend has a saying…there are only two ends to every wire. Wiring is one of those things that sounds a lot more scary to do than it actually is. The sweet thing is wiring is generally color coded which will really help you out. Get a strong pair of wire cutters and a wire stripper with built in connector crimping. That should take care of pretty much all your wiring needs as far as special tools for a van conversion or for an RV too.

      I can relate to the knee problems as well as back issue plus some wear and tear arthritis in my hands. I am a woman on the downhill slide into 70 and currently doing a complete renovation a vintage fiberglass trailer with all new interior including wiring, plumbing, cabinets insulation, fiberglass repairs, upholstery, rebuilding windows with new seals and more. But I do have a professional background in working on large jetliners and small airplanes and even one VW van years ago including interiors, doing wiring as well as hooking up various kinds of plumbing including not propane lines but oxygen lines which are just as touchy in terms of having to be done right. I have also done a lot of house remodeling. But like everyone I still get a bit nervous about taking on various tasks even despite having that background because don’t we all hope we get it just right instead of screwing it up?

      • Lori S says:

        Karen, you have just become my new idol! What an awesome and impressive background you have. All I can lay claim to is some drywalling, minor plumbing fixes and at least a passing familiarity with basic power tools. Oh and I probably set world records on my IKEA builds. My strength lies in my stubbornness.

        I can think of a couple places that are isolated enough that I can use the lots and not be a bother to anyone. And for brute strength I will enlist the help of my 24 year old son. He’s not mechanical but he’s a combat vet with a good head on his shoulders and he would enjoy having a part in the build.

        Thank you for the advise and encouragement.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Good luck with your van conversion, Lori! 🙂

    • Rover Ronda (WA) says:

      Into the mystery 13 has a good YouTube video “HOW TO ULTRA LIGHT & STRONG CABINETS FOAM” You could make your cabinets on your kitchen table and they’re much lighter. Less weight of course is good for gas mileage and shocks. Also may want to see his related videos “HOW TO PAPER BAG TECHNIQUE FOR FOAM CABINETS” and “SUPER LIGHT WEIGHT VAN DWELLING BUILD TOUR”

      • Rover Ronda (WA) says:

        “CUTTING EDGE DODGE VAN DWELLING TOUR” this is the van tour I meant to include for you. It has a good example of a indoor/outdoor kitchen if your van has side doors that swing out

        • Lori says:

          Rover Ronda: I just watched those videos last night! Totally awesome! Now I’m really excited and my head is full of build ideas that I can do! I love that I can do a lot of this in my apartment and it’s light enough to then carry to the van and install. Now all I have to do is buy the van so I can begin working on it. I’ll have to be patient. I still want to wait until I have a healthy amount set aside just for this purchase so I can look at a wide range of vehicles price-wise.

          • Rover Ronda (WA) says:

            Hi Lori, I’m glad you found them helpful. I hope you noticed the way he inserted small pieces of wood into the foam for a place to screw the hinges for the cabinet doors. I missed that the first time I watched it. I plan to use this method to add a cabinet to our trailer.
            Have fun expressing your creativity! Don’t let your “head full of build ideas” overwhelm you. Go for it!!

    • MB from VA says:

      Hi Lori! Sorry….no good advice here but lots of well wishes from me to you! I have decided that I will probably do as you plan to do and get a van and make my own camper….with a lot of help at first. I’ve looked at things likes Sportsmobiles and think…..for me they have some wasted space and stuff. I think I could design one to better fit my and my girls’ (Golden/hound and Chihuahua) needs for a lot less money. The only thing is that it is difficult to find a 4×4 but I could have a Quigley conversion done if I really want to. I’ve had a 4×4 since 1989 and I’m just used to having that option if I want/need it. Anyway, a van seems right to me too. I will get my uncle a trailer for longer stays in campgrounds with hook-ups. Good luck with your build! And don’t worry about “62”. Your plans show that you are “younger” than most people half your age. Go for it!

      • Lori says:

        MB, I highly suggest looking at the videos Rover Ronda mentioned. The method for creating these builds is so simple and doesn’t require a lot of carpentry skills or power tools. Well, you might need power tools for something other than the furniture/cabinet builds but definitely not for that part. It’s inexpensive, simple, strong and incredibly light weight. There are a lot of ways to customize the look. And I love that I’m not forced to have to do all the work in and around the van. If I want to be in the comfort of my living room, I can be. And I don’t have to worry about hauling something heavy to the van when it’s ready to install. I can easily carry the supplies up and down my apartment stairs.

        I tell you, I’m so excited about being able to customize things in a way that makes sense for me and which will satisfy my aesthetics. Sorry but I look at a bunch of the guys vans and I want to tidy everything and add a few homey touches. lol This IS going to be my home and I want to take as much (if not more) care with designing, organizing and decorating it as I have all my other homes. It has to feel comfortable and cozy to me. I need to be able to open the door and get a sense of “Ahhh…I’m home.”

        Thank you for the kind words about my age. I do my very best not to let it deter me from anything I want to do. 🙂

  10. PShorten says:

    I love my Paperwhite and am glad you enjoy yours. I hope you check out your new libraries collection of ebooks. Being part of the Las Vegas library they should have a large selection!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, PShorten,

      I plan to look at the ebook collection. Lately I haven’t been in the mood to read. Weird. I go for months reading every day and then I hit a lull. I imagine there’s a time limit on ebooks checked out….

      Yeah, Paperwhites are wonderful. One of the best inventions ever!

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        I love Bookbub. I download them on my Kindle for future reading. (not all of them, mind you) While here at the house I read from the Library. The books are usually checked out for 2-3 weeks depending on how your device is set. Plus you can renew them online if no one is waiting. Will the Paperwhite allow you to play games?

  11. weather says:

    First, a couple of thoughts about not having a frig and about the movies- Remember Wednesday to get something for your meal Thursday. It’s being Thanksgiving most places may be closed that day. Maybe just a bag of ice in your dishpan would keep whatever you find to have for a special sandwich to celebrate the holiday. Also, maybe choose your favorite among the DVD’s to not watch it until that day. I tend to honor occasions simply, yet treat myself to small pleasures like those I mentioned. I know you’ll find a way to enjoy the day, you always do 🙂

    What a peaceful and lovely scene your photo at dusk captured. From a distance in soft lighting even crowded dwelling places can be appreciated, you have a good eye for all types of beauty…

    Tater looks sweet and lovable. Thanks for showing his photo, it makes knowing the moving story around his recent adoption that much nicer. From what I’ve learned about through your posts and their comments Geri and Chuck are remarkably wonderful people. So it seems “just like them” to share their lives and home with Tater. Now he’ll finally have a lasting chance at every day happiness. I’m glad having him makes them and Radar happier, too.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, weather, for alerting me about Thanksgiving! I don’t know if I would’ve planned very well without your reminder. I may keep it simple and make spaghetti with sauce from a jar. No refrigeration needed. I’m easy to please. Holidays don’t mean much to me, even with refrigeration. Haha!

      Eating out every day — well, I get take-out or something from the deli — is like a celebration every day. I know Reggie feels that way — How happy he is when he sees we’ve arrived at the park! He met a black poo-pom today (poodle-pomeranian mix). I didn’t obtain a good photo because he belonged to small children who hovered over him and I didn’t want to point the camera at them.

      You’re right. Geri and Chuck are two of the nicest, warmest, loving-est people I’ve ever known. They’re fun to be around. I miss them! Tater and Radar are very fortunate to be in their care and in their hearts.

      I hope your entire week is a celebration, whether in grand ways or in small ways… 🙂

      • Geri says:

        Awwww we miss you too Sue! Hopefully you will come to this side of the continent to visit your sisters and we can get together then! Pass a few tummy rubs onto that cutie Reggie for me ok?

      • MB from VA says:

        I know how you feel about the holidays Sue. I am thankful every day for the things and people in my life. I love sitting by my Christmas tree…..a tiny one……at night and thinking of new beginnings and memories of the past. I love to give. If I see something that I know a friend would love, I can’t wait to get it for them….no matter what time of year! But “doing the holidays” as most want/need to do has really never been my thing. Now that my parents are gone, it seriously is not. My dad loved Christmas more than anyone I know! I put up their tree for the last 15 years or so. Dad sat and watched and when I was done he always said the same thing…”I believe that’s the prettiest tree we’ve ever had.” I’m glad it makes some people happy to get into all the holiday goings on but why is it that it upsets people so much if someone would just like to opt out? Oh well…..this is my last season in VA. I will have as much fun as I can. Next year, my little tree and I will be in AZ. And that thought will certainly get me through! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! MB

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Same to you, MB. I love your recollection of your Dad saying the same thing every year about the tree you trimmed. My father had a similar way about him. Whatever present he received, he always said something that convinced the giver it was the best gift he’d ever received.

      • Lori says:


        I’m not one who gets too excited about Thanksgiving. When I was first divorced, my kids were little and I made a deal to have them every Christmas while their dad had them every Thanksgiving. It never bothered me to be alone that day. People would keep asking me to share the day with them but I really just enjoyed being alone. I still cooked (who can give up the great sales on turkeys). I got up early, watched the Macy’s parade, sat on the couch under a throw and read a good part of the day, went for a walk so I could come home to the wonderful smell in the oven. So I had my ritual to make the day special in its own way just for me but it could have been every other day for me and still be okay. We need to make special days no matter when they fall throughout the year. If it’s August and you need a special day or one just happens, as it appears many of yours do, then isn’t that much better than all the build-up for one or two special days a year?

  12. Lois from Milton FL says:

    I am so pleased that Chuck and Geri have found a new addition to their family. Tater will be well loved, I’m sure.
    I’m hesitant to say… but is little Tater strutting his stuff?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lois . . . . Ha! It does look like Tater is strutting…. I bet that’s his normal walk. Warms the heart when a dog leaves a shelter to join his new family….

  13. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    Awwwww Tater is cute!!!! I am so glad he found a forever home!
    Sorry about the refrig and the heater. Between a rock and ….well, maybe not such a hard place. Looks like you have the problem under control enough to wait on your trip to Vegas.

    Glad you are staying put through the Thanksgiving travels of others. Some of those people wait until the last minute to go “over the river and through the woods” and still expect to be at Gramma’s house on time.

    Sending you and Reggie a big hug!!!

  14. Sarah says:

    So pleased you found a library to help you stave off boring nights. I don’t know what I’d do without my library card. Hope you find lots of good movies to enjoy, and don’t forget that most libraries have a great selection of ebooks now too.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Sarah…. I probably would do better to research the library’s selection of books and DVDs online, rather than trying to find what I want in person and then being overwhelmed.

      • Marilyn in Dania Beach says:

        If I am looking for a book and cannot find it I go to the large print stacks and often it is there. For some reason folks don’t think to look there or won’t read the large print ones. I prefer them except the paper is thinner than regular print pages.

        E books can usually be on your reader for 3 weeks and one doesn’t have to return them to the library. They just expire. I like that.

        Here’s hoping they quickly solve your heater and refrigerator issues so you can get back to business and enjoy nature. Good luck.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Thanks for the info on ebooks, Marilyn. You’re right. I wouldn’t think to check large print books…

  15. Linda from Oregon says:

    I bought some Christmas gifts for grandkids through your link. Hope you get it. The Amazon deal of the day is hard to resist when you can get a kindle fire for under 50 dollars. Have a happy Thanksgiving.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks so much, Linda, for doing your Christmas shopping through my blog! I see that someone ordered a kindle fire — great deal!

      Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!

  16. Jolene/Iowa says:

    Tater is sure cute!!

    I am sorry about your fridge. With you being fulltime it is possible it may have to be replaced. I think when I lived fulltime it was at about the 5 year mark with our Jayco that we had to replace the refrigerator. I hope that is not your case though.

    This has been a great camp! We have been so busy lately I have just been quickly reading posts and not leaving a comment.

    Reggie and you have seemed to be enjoying life!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jolene,

      I’ve wondered if the fridge will need to be replaced. That’s another reason I didn’t rush for an appointment. I don’t want to be in a situation where I go to the RV service place and have to wait for a part (or refrigerator) to arrive over the holiday weekend.

      I hope you being “busy” has been a good thing!

  17. Sorry about the fridge, but love your can-do (without) attitude! Make it work, sister. You got this! 🙂 That Tater is a handsome boy!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Haha! Yeah, Shawna, I got this! Any excuse to buy food someone else has prepared! I’m really suffering! ppffffttt!!

  18. Susan vlastelica says:

    Tater is darling! Pumpkin works wonders on dog digestive systems!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Shawna! Pumpkin does work wonders if you can get it where it needs to go. Both Bridget and Spike would not swallow it. When they got “the runs,” I gave them cheese instead which they both loved. It worked.

      • Geri says:

        I just mix a spoonful of pumpkin in with a bit of canned dog food and kibble and Tater just gobbles it up!

  19. Lori says:

    Well it sounds like its time for some needed maintenance, it will give you a good start to your New Year (positive thinking)
    I love to hear you got a library card! Check out, you can use your card to borrow books for free! and you don’t have to go to the library to get them OR return them! after so many days the books just disappear off your phone. I listen to audio books all the time. You can be snuggled up inside or sit around a campfire while some one reads to you, so great.
    Take care

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Interesting, Lori. I clicked on the link and took a quick look at the page. I didn’t realize one needed a portal like that to borrow from the local library. I thought you just went to the particular library’s website. Thank you very much for showing me this!

      I’m glad you enjoy the audio books. I don’t like being read to. For some reason my mind wanders……

      I like your positive thinking! 🙂

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        I’m with you Sue. As an adult, I would rather read myself, not be read to. Love it at bedtime as a kid though. Haven’ had much time for reading this past year, but am getting back into it.

      • Karen in Pacific NW says:

        I have the same problem with listening to audio books, my mind goes off track too easy. But I do use the overdrive app pretty much every day for the e-books. It has certainly made a difference in my budget not to have to buy books and you can get on the waiting list for the newest releases of the best sellers. Always a waiting list at the library for those 🙁

  20. Was very interested to hear you have a propane leak at the heater! I just got a Wave 3 and it also has a propane leak, at the elbow! Is that where your leak is? I wondered how common that is. When I try to light the heater, a little extra flame shows up at that elbow….quite frightening. I blow it out like a birthday candle, LOL. Glad that works because I accidentally set off my fire extinguisher last week and what a mess! I never want to have to use that thing again! Last night it was 29 here and I used the stove burner turned very low for heat. I know you’re not supposed to, but I had a side window opened about an inch (plenty of fresh air) and put a battery fan behind it on low, and it kept it at 58 in here…would have been 39 without it. I’m using it again tonight too; I ordered a new elbow from Amazon and it’ll be here Tuesday.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, JanisP,

      Sorry to hear your new Wave 3 had a leak already. No, my heater’s situation is different. It has worked fine for 5 years (except for the time the thermocouple needed adjustment). I’ve abused the BLT and her contents for a long time and it’s a wonder I haven’t caused problems sooner. We’ve gone over some very rough roads with deep ruts and big rocks. I look in the side mirror and the BLT is twisting and hopping….

      Anyway…. Blowing out the flame on your propane line/elbow doesn’t sound good. I’m glad you’ll have the new elbow soon.

      Do be careful with the open flame on your stove and don’t lie down and risk falling asleep. Okay, enough of me telling you what you should and shouldn’t do! Ha! Have a great evening….

  21. When my fridge was being cranky, I put block ice inside a dishpan on the top shelf of the fridge; it kept everything pretty cool. I don’t have a freezer so that wasn’t an issue. If there’s room, you can put things you really want to stay cold (like a small bottle of milk) right on or next to the ice.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I appreciate the suggestion, JanisP. I may do that….

      Fortunately, I was able to give up milk in my coffee recently. I finally learned to like coffee black! Certainly does simplify my life. No need to stock milk any more.

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        You could always buy shelf-life milk. I always keep some on hand as I run out a the least opportune times. It doesn’t need refrigeration until opened. The cartons come in various sizes.

      • Rover Ronda (WA) says:

        We don’t drink milk either, haven’t for years. However I like powdered Swiss Miss in my coffee, yum. I call it poor mans mocha😃It’s very convenient but of course it has powdered milk in it so wouldn’t work for anyone avoiding milk for dietary reasons. Years ago my husband used to work for Les Schwab and had to change tires on vehicles at a dairy. Lol that’s what made him quit drinking milk.

  22. Nivrapa in AZ says:

    Tater is adorable! Cute name, too. I can’t believe he didn’t find a forever home before Geri and Chuck came along. Must be that he was waiting for them to come and get him and it was meant to happen this way.

    I just did some shopping for myself through you, Sue. I finally bought a Wave 3 heater for my Scamp. After suffering through some miserable damp, chilly weather in Colorado this past summer I decided to buy a Wave 3. The Mr. Buddy I have does a good job at lower elevations but because of its low oxygen sensors it does not work in the higher elevations. The Scamp has a furnace but I hate the darn thing. It’s a fuel and power hog. When I saw the Wave 3 was on sale at Amazon I didn’t even think twice about making the purchase. I was able to purchase the cover and legs on sale, too, so I saved myself about $50 by making the purchase today. Works for me!

    I’m sorry to hear that your fridge is on the fritz. You seem to be handling it well and have a plan. Hope both fixes are simple and inexpensive for you.

    I was able to use my library card all summer while exploring Colorado and downloaded books from the Pima County Library in AZ to my Kindle Paper White. What a great piece of technology that is for me! Reading was my greatest past time while I was on the road. You know you can download movies to your computer from your Amazon Prime account, right? For free! I did that, too, when I had a public internet connection and enjoyed watching the occasional flick on nasty weather days and the longer evenings. Movies and popcorn while sitting in a remote campsite at a national forest–will the wonders never cease?

    Glad that you’re enjoying Poverty Flats and staying put for a while. Here’s hoping for continued mild temperatures and more glorious sunsets!—Audrey

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Audrey,

      Poor Tater was adopted three times and returned three times. Once a dog gets to be 5+ years old, their chances of being adopted drop dramatically.

      I’m happy about you finding your items on sale at Amazon! Thanks so much for ordering through my blog. I really appreciate it. I wish you many cozy hours with your Wave 3.

      I was talking with a regular at Poverty Flats and he still totes around books. I encouraged him to purchase a Paperwhite. For some people to change from turning actual paper pages is difficult …. At least they think so until they try an ebook. I love reading outside with no glare, reading inside with no lights on, and having more storage than I could possibly need, right in my hand. 🙂

      I’m rarely around free Wifi and to download movies on my jetpack uses too much data. That’s okay. I only want DVDs in the winter and I can pick them up at the library.

  23. Geri says:

    Wow! Thank you everybody for your kind words about Tater! He really is a sweet old man and we are very happy to have him with us. I have never owned a dog in my life! We feel very lucky to be able to share our life with dogs. I like cats too, but very allergic!

    Tater is about 20 lbs of gentlemanly charm! He really is 1/2 Chi and 1/2 Pug! The front half is pug and the back half is Chihuahua, right down to the skinny legs and tail. Chuck says to tell you he has a “sashshay” when he walks that any woman would love to have! hahaha!The pure pumpkin worked so no more unpleasant aromas! Change of diet too probably helped!

    The Humane Society named him Tater so we let it stay. He was at this facility 3 months! He waited a long time for us to finally come rescue him. Oh and Sue, this is the same Humane Society where we adopted Radar! These 2 get along great! Thank you all again for your kind words, he really is a sweetheart,

  24. vickie carter says:

    I remember when my now ex husband took everything we owned and left, including the frig. all I had was the clothes on my back. but I wAS HAPPY. You don’t need much when your happy. Less is more. peanut butter and crackers work for me.Glad your living your dream.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Bless your heart, vickie. You’ve had a time of it. Nothing like a selfish husband to give a woman intense joy at being free when he’s gone! Believe me, I KNOW.

      I’m glad you found happiness then and I hope it continues to today and beyond.

      I agree. Less is more. As long as one has peanut butter, anything is possible! That’s my motto! Hahaha!

    • Lori says:


      I’ve been there and I understand how you feel. Often people expect you to be melancholy and while there may be a certain amount of that, when you find happiness in freedom then then smiles just keep coming. Hugs to you.

  25. Geri says:

    Sue, so sorry about your fridge! Dadburn it! Hope that RV place in Las Vegas can fix the gas leak too!
    I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, we will always remember y’all coming to our house a few Thanksgivings ago and how happy Spike and Bridget were to have their own turkey with all the trimmings dinner plate! hahaha! They pigged out on turkey and gravy! With no oven in The MotherShip, we are ordering our turkey meal from the local grocery.
    I am glad you are staying a few extra days at your Magnificent Mesa! I am hoping for another big horn sighting.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Geri,

      I remember that Thanksgiving fondly every year around this time. Boy, did Spike and Bridget inhale that turkey with trimmings! I think Spike wanted to live with you forever. Remember how he leaned up against you while you sat on the couch? It was like I ceased to exist! Ha! That was a really nice day.

      Remember how you’ve said many times that I live a charmed life? I bop around all over and rarely have a problem. Well, the way I look at it…. I’m overdue for persnickety problems like the fridge dying.

      It’s great that grocery stores sell Thanksgiving meals all prepared. I wish you, Chuck, Radar and Tater a very special day of thanksgiving and good food.

  26. Me again. Hey now that you have a library card, see if they participate in the digital library system! If so, you can borrow Kindle books from anywhere, via the internet.

  27. Kevin in CO says:

    I have a local library card, and the downloadable selection is so busy that I often wait months for a popular book. Trick is to find a library out in the boonies somewhere with their own account with Overdrive. I picked up a library card in the town where my mom lives, and presto, easy access to new and old books. Bummer, after a couple fun years of reading, they quit Overdrive and went to another ebook service. That service requires an app, so it does not work with Kindle (except Kindle Fire). So, I am looking again for a new library to join.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kevin,

      Is Overdrive the only one offering that service? I don’t know anything about this, just wondering. Good luck keeping the books flowing your way!

      • Kevin in CO says:

        Hi Sue,

        There are several services listed in my local library. I have only used a service formerly, or maybe still called, Overdrive. Other services are Hoopla (music/video), Zinio (magazines), 3M Cloud (ebooks), etc. 3M Cloud is the ebook service that requires the user to run an “app”, which only works on Kindle Fire.

        Lately, the our library calls Overdrive “XXX XXX Downloadable Library”. Substitute a local name for the Xs. I looked at the Overton Library webpage, the “eMedia Catalog” link goes to that same service. Notice “overdrive” in the URL.

        Overdrive is the service which makes available ebooks in Kindle format.

        Before my hometown library switched to 3M Cloud, I had checked out and read over 250 books on my Kindle. They will not explain why they changed from overdrive to 3M.

  28. Karen Osmon says:

    Tater looks like he has some pug in him, I happen to think he’s cute but then I have a pug! Even better that he was a rescue, mine was also and I can’t even think about not having her as part of my family.
    Hope you get your fridge figured out and that it doesn’t cost a lot to fix.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Karen,

      Tater is part pug. And I agree, he is cute!

      Thanks regarding the fridge. You know, ever since people started using my blog to shop at Amazon I don’t feel bad when big expenses come up. It’s like my readers have already paid the bill. So how can I complain? 🙂

  29. ValGal (westernWA) says:

    Sorry to hear about your fridge. Glad you can wait to have it looked at, though. You are probably right about the holiday interfering with that.

    I love Tater! What an adorable pooch. I wonder how he got that name.

    I’ve sometimes wondered what you do besides reading and computerizing in the long evening hours out in the boonies. DVDs seem like a good idea.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, ValGal,

      Maybe Tater looked like a tater when he was a wee pup.

      What do I do in the long winter evenings? Well, I read, and I go online to research stuff and whatever, play computer games…. I have the advantage of being a morning person. I go to sleep early and wake up early, rather than staying up late and running out of things to do….

  30. Pat from Mich. says:

    I couldn’t even begin to guess what breeds went into Tater! He’s definitely one of a kind. I see what they mean about those eyes though!

  31. Pat from Mich. says:

    I have a dog story for everyone. A rich man bought a Champion Bulldog. Paid a LOT of money for him. But he soon found out that his expensive dog had a bad flaw – he farted. And when he farted, people ran. It was impossible to stay next to him when he was farting. Other than that, he was the sweetest dog you could want. Soon, the Bulldog was spending a lot of time outside. One day, the rich man went to visit his gardener who lived in a small house at the back of the property. He was surprised to find his Bulldog curled happily by the gardeners fire while the old man smoked his pipe. The gardener apologized for having the dog, but said he couldn’t stand to see him so unhappy outside. The rich man asked if the dogs farts didn’t bother the old man and he replied, “No sir. I lost my sense of smell in the war.” So, the dog was happy, the gardener was happy and the rich man was happy.

  32. denimlady in DSM says:

    Tater looks like a sweetie! Rescues rule! ;o)

  33. Elizabeth in WA says:

    No heat and no fridge, Sue?? On HeeHaw they would say if it weren’t for bad luck, you’d have no luck at all…but the good part is at least you sound like you can manage to get it fixed!! At least that!! Hope you stay warm enough meanwhile!!

    Wow…so pumpkin helps bad smelling doggie farts?? Wow, my daughter needs to know this one…their dog is awful if he gets any people food…and well, little kids are rather messy…so he manages to at times. The little dog of your friends is rather cute really…lovely coat!! And a face to make one laugh eh?? I hope he lives a long time and continues bringing them all joy!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Elizabeth,

      Amazing what one can learn on my blog, eh? The cure for dog farts!

      I hope you had a pleasant weekend and enjoy the days ahead. Give a little thanks for your heater and refrigerator! Haha!

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        Heh, my tiny apt is nothing to crow about…but yes, tis easier than your situation, no doubt. Easier in ways…you can be thankful the “counselor” downstairs is not trying to make your life more difficult…dimwitted thing she is!! Aren’t they supposed to be more compassionate and caring towards others?? Haha…in this case that is a big joke!! Oh well…counting the days I is…until we can find more reasonable dwelling space. And waiting…our daughter is divorcing and likely moving farther south…so MAYBE we will too…hubby is not happy with how things are going…well guess what?? No one rules the entire world, YET!! So no…my life is not too calm now…but I continue trying to keep it as calm as I can…but I am sad…how can I not be? SO SO SO worried over my grandchildren, esp. the little 3 yr old girl…some of what she says worries us greatly!! I hope we are wrong!! Don’t ask me about men these days…I am not very happy with most of them!! (and this is not a political remark either!!)

    • Geri says:

      Hi Elizabeth! Make sure your daughter knows to get PURE PUMPKIN and not pumpkin pie mix. The usually sit side by side on the grocery shelf and have the same labels but one label will read “pure pumpkin”. The pumpkin pie filling can make your dog barf!

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        Thanks Sue and Geri…I will tell her…she and I usually like to make our mixes up…so use the plain pumpkin!! How much do you use to achieve the gasless dog?

        And Sue…the liar “shrink” lied, again, to the landlord who only believes here…why? No idea…I think maybe they want our apt for something else maybe?? But it was such a nasty email my hubby got it has thrown him into a big depression…we do want to move, but in our time and choice…but there are laws in effect in these parts so we ought to have that on our side, until we are READY to move on. I have not seen the email…he is afraid I would have a stroke. Heh, like no one has ever lied about me before?? Get in line baby!! Any rate…how sad someone works as a shrink and cannot behave nicely nor tell the truth. Tis ok…we will move…heh, the hornets are driving us!! Thanks for the prayers…change is always stressful even when done for the best of reasons.

  34. Carla says:

    Tater is pretty darn cute. And what a lucky boy he is to find his new family.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Carla…. Tater has hit the Mother Lode! Chuck and Geri will spoil him every day of his life. He looks like a guy who will appreciate that!

  35. AZ Jim says:

    When I was a kid we had a little Boston Bull terrier, you speak of doggie farts, that little dog could clear a room. When she did and one of us said her name in a disapproving tone she got a shy sad look on her face like she was embarrassed.

    I’m sorry about the fridge and heater, you won’t need the heater in the next few months but you will the fridge. Missy, when the librarian asked for your local address you should have said, “by the cliff, Poverty Flats, box 1, Nevada”.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jim,

      Sure, dogs feel embarrassment. I’ve seen it in foster dogs before they’re cleaned up.

      Funny about the address….

  36. Dawn in MI says:

    So sorry about the fridge and the heater…but I guess you’re right…you’re due for something to break. Glad you are in a place where it’s a short ride to find dinner every day. I like the idea of putting a block of ice in a dishpan in the fridge…wonder where you buy a block of ice though?

    I camp in a tent a lot in the is the biggest issue. I end up eating a lot of peanut butter sandwiches. That’s OK for about 3 days, but by day 4 I’m pretty much over it and go into town for something else. But I don’t want to mess around with a cooler for just a week trip. Though Bess in Oregon did give me a lot of good ideas for a way to use a cooler and have the ice last longer.

    Tater is adorable! Glad they figured out how to handle the farting so that he can stay in his forever home.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn,

      Well, there are the old stand-bys – granola bars, protein bars, fruit. That gets old fast, too. Maybe some tenters will share their ideas….

  37. Marilyn Moore says:

    Hi Sue and Reggie… Happy Thanksgiving. You sure know how to cope without what are usually called necessities😉 Sort of surprised that you didn’t mention Black Friday specials this week on Amazon. Just about everybody likes a great bargain and good ole Amazon has them in every department.
    Tater is a doll and I’m tucking away the pumpkin trick for future reference. Ha! Wondering if that is why pumpkin pie is a traditional staple on TG menus.
    We are truly blessed this November and very grateful. Peace.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Marilyn,

      Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!

      You’re right about many good deals available on Amazon this week. Haven’t mentioned Black Friday? I have two big ads for Big Friday on this page, one at the bottom and one in the sidebar. The content behind those ads will update as you click on them. So check often for bargains. Thanks for mentioning it.

      • Marilyn Moore says:

        Hi..Guess I missed seeing those Amazon comments ’cause I read most of your posts on my phone (the sidebars are not seen on the small screen). My oops. Planning on using your link for my Christmas shopping a little later. Things heat up with property taxes, home owners and auto insurance all due in late Nov. and Dec. Ugh, but very grateful to be able to get er’ done. Did you get some of the early wake up wind, lightening, and rain storm this morning? It hit here at 4 a.m. and dumped 1/3 of an inch of rain in 30 minutes. Thought about you and Reggie up on the mesa. Keep happy, warm and dry. 😉 We have lots to be thankful for this year…at last.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Marilyn,

          Thank you for thinking of us during the rain storm. You wrote that “It hit here at 4 a.m.” Where is “here?”

          Thank you also for intending to do your Christmas shopping through my blog!

  38. DJ says:

    Hi Sue

    Sorry to hear about the frig and heater. A couple of suggestions.

    There is a guy in Overton who does RV repairs out of his home. I don’t have contact info for him. I talked to someone who had him do frig work. He said that he did a good job at a reasonable price.

    I have heard several positive reports about Double Eagle on Boulder near Russell in Vegas. Call ahead and tell them that you are living in your trailer.

    I have heard negative reports about the Camping World in Henderson.

    I hope this helps and have a Happy Thanksgiving. By the way, the senior center in Overton serves a good Thanksgiving dinner.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks for the tips, DJ. Don’t worry, I wouldn’t go to Camping World for repairs ever!

      Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!

  39. Paula in Indiana says:

    Hi Sue!

    I had to comment on the doggy farts. I used to have a dog who would turn around and growl at his own butt when he farted. And then he would run to the other side of the room as if he was being chased! It was the funniest thing to watch. He did this every time until he became deaf in his old age. I guess because he couldn’t hear himself fart anymore, it didn’t bother him.

  40. cc and canine ( now in Clackamas, Oregon) says:

    It might be a good idea to go ahead and call the RV repair place now….up here we called a local RV repair, and they couldn’t get us in for a month! Needless to say that wouldn’t work out…. We’ve also found that there are mobile RV repair men who can come out to you…these guys we prefer, as they will generally fix your problems, instead of replacing the item. If they aren’t busy now, you can always make the appointment for the week after the holiday, to fit into your schedule. I hope that you can find the right person to diagnose and fix your problems.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, cc. I don’t want an appt. before the holiday. I prefer to wait and I’ll take your advice to set up the appt. soon. Mobile repair is great in some situations. For these repairs I’d rather go to a service center, one large enough to have parts in stock. Maybe subconsciously I prefer to be active — taking the BLT into a shop — rather than waiting for help to arrive at my campsite. Not everything I do is rational… Haha! 🙂

  41. Pam from Wisconsin says:

    Aww, Tater is adorable!

  42. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Good morning, Sue,

    I am sorry the fridge quit on you…crap, crap, and more crap!! With having to get that possibly replaced, the propane leak fixed on the heater, and the seals replaced on the PTV, it may be an expensive month! At least you are close enough to town to see your way through until the weekend. I am glad you have a viable workaround. Reggie will be happy to have more opportunities to zoom-zoom at the park!

    Congratulations on joining the library! Don’t forget to ask for information on how to electronically check out books and magazines on your Paperwhite! You now will have access to new reading material whenever you have wi-fi. Driving to town to get free wi-fi while sitting in a McDonald’s parking lot or such will allow you to download without using precious hotspot time. I hope you enjoy taking advantage of this feature! 🙂

    Tater is a cutie! 🙂

    I pray for nights warm enough that an extra quilt and Reggie’ warmth will help keep you comfortable. Have a great week! Sending you and Reggie love and hugs from me and Gracie pup! xxxooo 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise,

      I download books to my Paperwhite all the time while sitting at home, using my Verizon jetpack. That doesn’t seem to use much data. Movies and Youtube videos are a different story.

      Thank you for your prayers. Reggie and I keep warm every night, as long as we have each other. Hugs to you and Gracie pup!

  43. Pookie and Chuck in Todd Mission, Tx says:

    Sue, sorry to hear of your fridge and heater going out….
    when I retired I thot I had everything bought and paid for
    so I wouldnt have to buy any more items ever but NO…..
    first year AC unit went out and $5000 to replace it…go figure.
    its been that way for the 10 years I been retired…something
    every year….
    I am flying to vegas in 10 days so I will wave to ya as I fly over
    always enjoy your posts

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi chuck… I see the jets on their way to Vegas. Look for the little white capsule on the edge of a cliff… That’s us!

  44. ApplegirlNY says:

    Hi Sue, Bummer on the heater and the fridge. Sounds like you’ve got a plan pretty well worked out.

    I love that Tater. What a cutie! Good for you, Geri. Three month in a shelter – I can’t bear thinking about it. Wishing you many happy years together, and thanks for the pumpkin tip. Who knew?

    I have Overdrive with my Kindle. It’s great for downloading those library books. Sue, the folks at the library can help you with it. When I first downloaded it, all was good, and then for some reason it needed an update, and it wouldn’t take my ID number. The librarians helped me get it all straightened out, they are very educated and helpful with e readers. The only negative thing about my kindle is that I miss my library gals. I used to be in there every week, and now I never go. Like your neighbor on the flats, I also wasn’t sure if I could make the transition to the Kindle, since I’m such a bookworm, but once I started, there was no going back.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Applegirl,

      As I typed your “name” an idea for my Thanksgiving popped into my head. I’m going to buy an apple pie for a treat! I bet you’ve baked several pies this fall along with apple crisp and apple pan dowdy … 🙂

      I’ll do the Overdrive…

  45. Cathie Laurent says:

    Please check out Overdrive. With a library card you have thousands of books at your hand. Also magazines! I get the audiobooks all the time. Download them to my phone and listen to books while I drive, do chores, knit, etc. I listen to more than I actually read on my kindle. You can borrow them for two weeks. The audio books can be downloaded to your computer, iPad, etc., as well as the ebooks. I think you will find the choices to your liking.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Cathie. I don’t think I would get anything done with an audiobook playing. I’d want to stretch out, relax, and be read to sleep! 🙂

  46. Mindy Reed says:

    I ditto the library for you kindle here in GA we have PINES ~ take you kindle with you and they can help you set up your e-book library account ~ I love mine and it’s FREE!

    So sorry about the fridge ~ do you have a cooler that you could put ice in?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Mindy,

      I could set up a cooler — I did that the last time the fridge had problems. It’s not worth the trouble. I’d rather roll into town and buy my main meal of the day. I suspect I’m not spending any more money (or not much more) than when I keep the fridge stocked. I haven’t mastered the skill of keeping a variety of foods for just me without having to throw food out.

      I remember PINES from my Georgia days! 🙂

  47. Lorenzo says:

    Hi Sue, although I’m sure you know this, have you checked your battery on the blt? Most of the fridges I’ve owned need a bit of battery power to keep timing the propane working on the fridge… Just a thought

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lorenzo…. The house battery is doing great! I have a digital monitor. Every day it reads up to 14.6-14.8 volts. From the house battery I charge/run this laptop, my television, the LED house lights, my desk fan, charge my electronics’ batteries, and operate the control panel on the fridge.

  48. Terri From Texas says:

    Lots of good comments and funny stories today! Here are mine:
    I currently have Kindle Unlimited-it is a good deal if you like reading alot of independent authors and you read ALOT. Amazon has not yet made deals with the major publishing houses so you don’t get very many best sellers or popular authors on Unlimited. I read lots of Sci Fi so there are some good authors on Unlimited for me. When using Overdrive on a library website you usually get a choice when you check an ebook out. You can choose the kindle book and it then takes you to Amazon where you check the book out. Or, you might be offerd the EPUB version of the book and can download it from the library website to your Kindle. I don’t think Paperwhites can accomodate the EPUB books. So, for reading the popular authors, the library is probably the way to go and you don’t have to spend money! I loved reading about Tater! Both my dog and cat are rescues-found our dog by the side of the road literally under the NO PET DUMPING sign. We adopted our cat from the CAPS shelter in Houston 15 years ago and they told us she was 2 years old at the time. So, I think she turned 17 this summer. Still lively, but slowing down a bit. Have a good Thanksgiving everybody!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Gosh, I could throttle people who dump their animals! How wonderful that you took the dog into your home… the cat, too. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too, Terri!

  49. AZ Jim says:

    Missy, you truly are retired! When I awoke this morning I remembered your Fridge and how you are putting off repair and this old song lyric came to me. Not to be taken literally but you’ll get it.

    “The window she is broken and the rain is comin’ in
    If someone doesn’t fix it I’ll be soaking to my skin
    But if we wait a day or two the rain may go away
    And we don’t need a window on such a sunny day.”



    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I LOVE THAT, JIM!! Beautiful! Thank you. You know me well and, yes, that’s what being “truly” being retired is like!


  50. Another e reader site I like is EReader IQ with several free choices a day plus 99 cent to $2.99 choices.

  51. Nora now in Dauphin Island Alabama says:

    I have had more trouble with the refrigerator than any other part of the RV. Very frustrating. Glad you could get along without it for a while. I’m afraid I would lose too much from mine.
    Have seen several dogs like Tater and they were all wonderful.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Nora,

      There’s an advantage with having a little refrigerator. When it conks out, there’s hardly anything inside to lose! Ha!

  52. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    I do think Tater is just too cute. He is not much older than Angel who will be 7 in a couple of months. She got to go for a car ride today, so now she is happy and snuggled in her bed under her fleece throw sound asleep.

    Hope they can just repair your fridge for a reasonable cost and that you don’t have to get a new one.
    In case I don’t get chance, I hope you, the Reginator and all the Blogorinos have a Wonderful Thanksgiving. Probably a Rotisserie Chicken coming up?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Aw, Angel had a ride in the car and that made her happy….. The fleece throw is nice. I want to get one for Reggie.

      Nope, no rotisserie chicken for thanksgiving. It would be a terrible waste of the leftovers with no fridge…. You have a wonderful Thanksgiving, too, Barbara…

  53. Cinandjules (da zone) says:

    What a face! Tater is cute! Glad the pumpkin helped with his farts!

    Sorry the fridge is on the blink…and the heater has a leak! One of your greatest attributes is the ablility to adapt to whatever gets thrown on your path in life! Working thru each and every one of them..and then helping others whether it be “how to fix it” or just the fact that $@& happens and it walkways seems to work out!

    Rock on desert woman!

    In a side note…the first snowfall has occurred back in ahem (cough cough) Brantingham Lake NY. Oh and it’s a doozie! The barbecue has been cancelled unless of course someone shovels it out! We will truly miss the shoveling and raking of the roofs…and if our triceps start flapping/waving uncontrollably…..we have a reason! Hmmm….we can always rake rocks! The ferals are for some reason getting their thick winter fur coats…confused I guess. They are loving life….as we are!

    Denise, Gracie pup and weather…..please stay safe and warm!

    • Cinandjules (da zone) says:

      Walkways???. WTH??? Always……

    • weather says:

      Thanks for the warm wishes, Cinandjules, between my furnace, clothes and kitties the cold hasn’t reached me. The roads are too ridiculous to venture out on so I’ll wait out this storm. Knowing it was coming I’d gotten ready and stocked up, you know the routine. I’m glad to hear that you and the ferals are loving life there in da zone, you deserve happiness, and not raking roofs 🙂 !

      • Geri says:

        Good to know you are tucked in and warm miz weather! Stay safe now, ya hear?

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Hi, Cinandjules,

        Thank you for your wishes for warmth and safety for me and Gracie pup. We have not seen any snow here *yet*… There have been several mornings this past week where I had to scrape the windows on the car before heading out to work. Low 20’s in the morning is brisk! We did not get the snow flurries they were calling for yesterday. I think the front stalled over NY state. I put on a pair of socks, along with my flannel pjs tonight. If my feet get chilled, I cannot seem to get warm. Where are those hot flashes when we need them?

        I read about the snow in your old stomping grounds. I am glad you all no longer have to worry about shoveling the roof! I did send up some prayers to keep weather and her sweet animals warm and safe, too! 🙂

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        I knew you would be ready for the storm, weather! I imagine that your world is glistening with bright, sparkling snow – beautiful! Please stay warm and be careful when you have to go out and if you have to shovel. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Cinandjules, weather, and Denise,

      I didn’t know you are facing a storm… You know how to prepare for it so I’m confident you’ll be okay. Sending warmth your way!

      • weather says:

        Warmth felt, and enjoyed, thanks, Sue.

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Hi, Sue,

        Thank you for your warm thoughts! The storm did not affect VA, we did not get the snow flurries they were expecting yesterday. Yes, I have pantry stocked, and the snow shovel and ice melt ready. 🙂

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Stay safe all you friends!!! Enjoy the snow from indoors…tis so gorgeous when everything is covered in white!!

      • weather says:

        It really is gorgeous, Elizabeth, I just got up to look out the window again-there’s a touch of ice on the window’s edges and a couple of icicles hanging in front of it, one streetlamp is glowing and making the ice and snow sparkle…like seeing a Christmas card from the inside.

  54. Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

    Hi Sue and Reggie, So sorry to hear of your fridge, but you’ll get it taken care of. One of the most important parts of living a stress free life is to not take things too seriously and to let things go, which you seem to do both well!

    That Tater is a cutie pie. Dogs, like people have stomach issues and often need probiotics or something to settle the bacteria in their stomach. Seems like the pumpkin does the job. All the more reason to have more pumpkin pie!

    You have such faithful and blessed followers here, from Vicki whose husband took off and she not only survived, but did so exuberantly, to Geri with Tater, Janus who is struggling with her own health issues, and Weather who is forever here with such great feedback. Happy Thanksgiving to all. Here at rvsueandcrew, every day is Thanksgiving!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Renee,

      You’re so right about stress. A lot of it we bring onto ourselves…

      Yes, several readers of this blog are struggling with health issues, some we know about, and surely others that we don’t know about.

      Who is Janus? I assume that’s a typo, not someone I overlooked …

      Happy Thanksgiving to you, too, Renee. I’m thankful for your faithfulness to this community.

  55. Marilyn Moore says:

    I’m here in northern Arizona, Golden Valley, just south of you by 150+ miles or so. GV is 25 miles east of the Colorado River. Like all desert people we appreciate every drop of rain;)

  56. Elaine Patton says:

    One great thing about the library is that they have e books that you can downlad to your kindle. I love it…I love to read for free!

  57. Marilyn Moore says:

    Got it! 😉

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