Oh how we love our new possessions!

Before I take a short break from blogging, I’d like to leave you with a cheerful post.  — Sue

Monday, June 4

Man, is it hot!

Southern Arizona’s temperatures climb into the 100s this week.  In a stroke of excellent timing, a few days ago, I order a smoothie maker appliance from Amazon.

Next I need smoothie stuff!

Much to my delight I discover that Walmart has strawberries on sale! A full pound of produced-in-the-USA strawberries for only a buck-fifty!

Wow!  And they’re beauties, too!

(Sheesh!  All these exclamations are tiring!)

I buy two pounds of strawberries.  

Next I heft a huge watermelon into my cart.  Now that I have the new humongous fridge, I can buy huge watermelons. 

To this I add a cantalope (another great buy at 75 cents!), a pack of blueberries (those suckers never seem to go on sale), a bunch of bananas (not as ripe as I’d like but they’ll do), and a couple avocadoes (33 cents each).

I zip over to dairy and grab a container of almond milk and another of lowfat vanilla yogurt.

Not that I know what I’m doing because, in my typical fashion, I didn’t look at one recipe from the kindle cookbooks I downloaded that contain hundreds of recipe ideas.

Then the blender arrives and I get busy!  What fun!

My first attempt contains strawberries, bananas, vanilla yogurt, and almond milk.  I push the button, the blender roars, and Reggie goes airborne down the hall to the back bedroom.

About 30 seconds later . . .

Gee, looks kinda’ thick.  

I add water and hit the detonate button again.  Before putting the container in the fridge to chill, I pour smoothie mixture into two molds for frozen pops and save the rest for drinking later.

Aren’t these cute?  Am I having fun or what!

Like I said, it’s hot these days.

This means the boys and I hang out in the house most of the time.  I can amuse myself with the stack of books I brought home from the library and the thrift store, plus the ones I downloaded to my Paperwhite.

And, of course, there’s always the internet, emails, the activity on this blog, etc.

But what do Reggie and Roger do?

Besides eating and sleeping and play-fighting, they pester me, that’s what!

Gee, these guys need some toys. I should go to the store and replenish their supply.

And that’s how I stumbled upon all those good buys on fruit at Wal-mart.

Later . . . 

After a lunch of rotisserie chicken, still warm from the store, I unpack the toys. Even before I pull the first toy out of the shopping bag, Reggie and Roger are bug-eyed and excited.

How do they know I bought them stuff! 

Reggie is thrilled with a long, lime green toy.

Hmm . . . Does he remember the late Limey from long ago?

“A dog and his dog” — Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge — March 2016

Roger sees.

With a yank he takes the lime green toy away from Reggie and shakes it violently.  He trots around the room holding it in his mouth.

“Gee, Roger . . . .”

Reggie inspects the tug-of-war rope and mouths one of them.  I bought three because they’re only two dollars each. The boys have an old one that’s out in the yard somewhere.

This way there are two for playing inside and two for playing outside.  Or so I planned, but, as anyone who’s read my blog for any length of time knows, my plans are often overthrown by the crew.  Mostly by Roger-dodger.

Roger sets to work moving every item outside.

He places them on the blue mat and stands over them with a proprietary air.

I move the toys inside and Roger takes them outside again.

Anyway . . .

Reggie remains happy.  

He accepts the order of things.  In fact, I believe he enjoys keeping an eye on Roger so he can grab whatever Roger has claimed as soon as Roger is distracted or takes a break.

It isn’t long before both boys lose interest in their new toys.

That’s when I pull out the big guns, more accurately . . .

The Big Bones.   (No, they aren’t chicken bones.)

I hold one out to Roger and immediately he clamps his jaws on it.  He carries it to his bed and starts gnawing on it.

I hold out a bone to Reggie.  He sniffs it, looks at it nervously, and then backs away.

“It’s okay, Reggie.  It’s just a bone.  See Roger?  He likes his bone.”

I place the bone in Reggie’s bed.  Gingerly Reggie pulls it out of the bed by one end and in doing so it makes a clattering noise on the tile floor.  Reggie panics, drops the bone, and jumps into my lap.

Moving this little tale forward . . . .

Roger tires of his bone.

Roger:  What to do?  Can’t leave it lying around for Reggie to touch!  I must find a hiding place!

Roger carries the bone from one room to another, down the hall, through the living room, the kitchen, around he goes.

There’s no furniture!  

The rooms are bare and there’s no place to hide the bone!  Roger MUST PROTECT his bone!

“Okay, Rog, come on. ”  He follows me to the back door.  “Go ahead.  Go on outside and bury that dang thing.”

Which he promptly does.

Later, after the three of us are in bed for the night, Roger gets up and runs through the house from front door to back door and comes to me making urgent noises.

“You’re worried about your bone, aren’t you.  Okay, you’re not going to settle down until you check.”

I let him out.  

Sure enough, by the porch light I see him head over to the fence where it’s buried.

And here I thought toys and bones would make this day simpler!

rvsue

NOTE:  Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe?  BTW, I didn’t want to spend the money for a Nutribullet.  This little machine, AICOK brand, received great reviews on Amazon and several mentioned how easy it is to clean.  I agree.  So far it’s met my expectations.

AICOK Single Serve Blender for Shakes and Smoothies

Oh, I almost forgot to report on my first smoothie!  It came out pretty good!  Refreshing on a hot day.  I haven’t had one of the freezer pops yet.  How can you mess up a freezer pop, right?  — Sue

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244 Responses to Oh how we love our new possessions!

  1. Columbus Calvin says:

    How can you mess up a freezer pop? I don’t know because I haven’t tried it yet, but history says I will find a way. I’m glad you’re having fun.

  2. weather says:

    Your post title fits my thoughts when I get an email about this blog ,”Oh, how I love to see a new post come out!”

    • weather says:

      Okay now that I’ve read the post I’m sitting her chuckling and grinning because Reggie and Roger are so funny 🙂 . Really, could they be any cuter?! Reggie has often been upset by loud or strange noises, the ways you comfort him until he gets over it are always so sweet . I like how Roger gathers all the toys and keeps track of his bone. I think they are all so special to him because before this year no one gave him such nice things.

      What a nice change for you to be able to spare enough electricity to use a few appliances. I’m glad you like the smoothie maker you bought. Mine is on it’s last legs and will need to be replaced soon. Based on your recommendation I’ll order the one you got from Amazon, too. Some produce costs a lot more here in NY state than it does out west. I imagine your watermelon was inexpensive, and now I wish I had some in my refrigerator. I do have some coconut milk, green apples and oranges I could blend.I’ll list a few of my favorite smoothies on here tomorrow.

      Thank you for giving us this cheerful post to enjoy before you take a break from blogging. May that time hold all you want and need it to. Just typing that makes me feel a bit misty eyed, Sue. Be good to yourself, you’ll be dearly missed until you begin posting again.

  3. Barb from Hoquiam! says:

    You and the boys always make me smile. It has been a CRAPPY week and it is only Tuesday! Thank you for the giggles!

  4. Taunja Arzu says:

    Omg! Its ending and Im finally first! Well it has been wonderful reading your blog for all these years! You’re retiring and because of your blog you have inspired me! Im hitting the road! Thanks!

    • Renee G says:

      What? Sue isn’t retiring. She is only taking a few weeks break. Vacation !!! I think it’s called VACATION!!!

      Right Sue?

  5. Cinandjules 🌵 says:

    Wonderful! Strawberries look yummy!
    The gang being the gang!
    Rotisserie chicken…..whooooeeeeeee guys!
    Yes it is hot!
    Enjoy your evening.

  6. Marcia GB in MA says:

    Nice post! Boys and their toys, some things never change 😀

  7. I always make my smoothies from plain Greek yogurt, stevia for sweetening, coconut milk (aseptic boxed, not canned), and a ripe banana. And I use a cheapie Hamilton Beach single serve blender. What makes it really good is adding a few berries (blue, straw, rasp) or dark cherries, and frozen is best. My next effort it to make my own Greek yogurt.

    I’ll miss your regular blogs. Have a great summer and hope we hear from you again soon.

    Take care and virtual hugs,
    Robin

  8. Ruthie in Fontana says:

    What a treat!

  9. Marilyn Dennison says:

    Add some fresh spinach to make it even healthier. It is hard to ruin a smoothie. I add ice sometimes.

  10. Nancy in California says:

    It is so fun to bring home new toys for our dogs! Too funny that Roger takes them all outside to the blue rug. That must be his comfort zone
    Smoothie pops are a great idea, it gets very hot here too in the summer, and they will make a great afternoon treat. I think I even have a Nutribullet lurking in the cupboard. Keep cool Sue and crew. Have you thought about a little children’s plastic pool for the boys to cool off in this summer?

  11. Dawn in NC 🐈 says:

    Ooo…those popsicle makers remind me of the Tupperware ones my mom had when we were kids. She’d make extra sweet kool aid and freeze it in those things! Such a tasty treat! I’m so excited for you and the smoothie mixer. Don’t forget about frozen fruit 🍉, it makes great smoothies too. Please leave your Amazon links active. I may get a bonus this summer, and if I do, there’s a pair of Keens that I want to order thru your link. I’ll miss you! Thanks for all the great blogs!

  12. Kevin in CO says:

    I was sorry to read about that letter that put your blog efforts into question, we all lose on that outcome. I would like to take a second and point out that no matter if you blog or not, it is not hard for a skilled internet user to find the address of just about anyone. Unfortunately, that is a reality we must endure.

  13. Kitt NW WA says:

    My husband always throws in a frozen banana with his assorted fruit and sometimes adds powdered peanut butter! All the taste of peanut butter without most of the fat!
    Enjoy!
    Kitt

  14. Sherry Waldrop says:

    So pleased to hear you sound happy!

  15. Judy J. in S.C. says:

    Aren’t smoothies great?! Plus, you feel so healthy. We make ours in a regular blender. A few Ice cubes 1st, then 1 cup frozen wild blueberries (cheap at Costco), BIG handful spinach (also great price at Costco. No, I don’t work for them 😄), 2/3 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt, 1 cup non-sweetened almond milk, and a heaping teaspoon cocoa powder. Adding another spoonful sugar-free pudding such as banana really makes it good! Love your frozen pops idea and going to steal it. The boys really made me laugh with their latest antics. Please just fully enjoy your new home and all the coming adventures. I so hope to read about how Nancy adjusts to such a new lifestyle, the 3 (hopefully) amigos, and what lies ahead, including some Casita trips. 🙏💕

  16. Jan NH says:

    Thanks for the happy post before you take your break! Those boys are just so cute in their antics.

    I actually have a really healthy concoction I came up with somewhat the same as you did…by viewing several recipes online and determining what ingredients worked for me for a healthy but refreshing shake :).

    These are just a few ingredients that I enjoy…
    *I sometimes make mine with green or other tea…I’ll bet using your mint tea would be awesome and refreshing
    *Avocado is a great addition for making a creamy shake (I don’t use yogurt).
    *A handful of spinach is a good way to get some veggies (you won’t taste it with the rest of the ingredients.)
    *1 T of chia seeds also a good addition – high in antioxidants, omega-3, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous.
    The chia seeds can be a great thickener if you let them to sit in liquid for a while so you could make and save for later as you did above or add some to a little of your liquid ahead of time to let the liquid absorb into the chia seeds. It will become gel-like.
    *For a a meal replacement smoothie, a scoop of protein powder is good.

    In case it is a while before we hear from you, please enjoy your summer in your new home with your boys (and your sister and Marg when they arrive). Try to relax and not worry about ANYTHING!

  17. Judy in East Texas says:

    Sue and the boys, as always those dogs just crack me up. Roger taking them to the blue rug! what a ham he is. I was surprised at Reggie’s reaction to the bone, but not at all surprised at Roger’s. What a joy those 2 are to us all!

    Just a quick thought that about this weekends blog “Don’t let anyone dull your Sparkle”

    Stay safe out there my friend, Judy

  18. Ahh a Smoothie hmmmm, but is it as good Ol fashion Ice Cream, LOL,,, TOYS for the Boys too and Bones, those 2 are hilarious, bet you love watching them,,, Piper loves her bones to much to bury them and the other day we shared a quart of Twinkie Ice Cream, mmmmmmmm good, to it kinda tasted like Egg Knog, but Piper likes it,,,, have a pleasant week and give the Boys a huge hug from us, okay,,,,,,,,, 🐾👣👣

  19. Diann in MT says:

    You are doing well, Sue! I am so happy to read your blog! I inadvertently went to your site this afternoon and saw a complete shut-down. Bummer! I was sad, sad, sad.
    Your submission today is so positive and full of strength and happiness.
    Like you, I can’t wait for Nancy to arrive. You won’t be alone again! Yippee!
    I love the Roger capers with the coveted bone — a true (been there, starved there, and lived through it dog). I see how much you respect him.
    Take care, Sue. (I would miss you a lot if you left this blog.)

  20. Enjoy the break. We’re sorry to see you go, but it’s understandable.

  21. Annette says:

    I never make smoothies with dairy, I use apple juice! I use equal parts fruit (whatever I have). My favorites are strawberries and bananas, a couple ounces of apple juice and ice. I use an Osterizer blender that’s over 30 years old and it still works fine. Delish! I hope your break is a short one.

  22. suzicruzi from the 'Couve says:

    Hey Lady! 😉 I was happy to read this post – for a couple of reasons. First to mind, is, I’m gonna “virtually” send you my 900watt Nutri Bullet in great, used condition. Man o’ man how I’ve loved it!! This is my second, and they do last a long time. (3 years? of literally daily use, and sometimes twice!) Anyway, it can’t go with us in the trailer, as our solar will be busy charging more important things, and I’m looking for a new home for it. Darn! You’d love it. Any-who….
    I figure you are a survivor or you wouldn’t have made it this far in life, so you are going to do just fine. Mom used to say, “this too shall pass”. When I was younger, I didn’t much appreciate hearing those sweet words, as I was, well, you know, impatient at that age, and wanted everything made right immediately. Lol… Now I appreciate those words, and even more, I appreciate that I had a loving, and very sweet Mother most all of my life, until about 8 years ago. She was truly amazing, and so very missed.

    Love seeing those boys with the wide eyes and those perfectly amazing bones! Oh the stories they’d tell if they could – the dogs I mean. We could stand to learn much from our dogs, right? Loyalty for one. Patience. Persistence. And the undying ability to WANT to do right by you. If only us humans would take note, there would be less feelings hurt!

    Have a good one Sue, and thanks for being who you are. Hugs…..
    ** 8 days left of work… drum roll please! 8 days!!!

    • Barbara (Nashville) says:

      You sound like me with appliances. I have an old Waring Blender that I received as a wedding gift over 45 years ago. Still works fine.

  23. Cat Lady outside Tijeras, NM says:

    Don’t be a stranger, Sue. I hope when Nancy and Marge get there you’ll bring us into the loop so we can celebrate right along with you. Since hearing about your/Nancy’s house purchase, I’ve been impatiently waiting for her/Marge to get there. You’re going to have a wonderful time getting caught up and what’s been going on in your lives.

    I’m glad you decided to leave the Amazon affiliate open for business. I want to check out the smoothie gadget you bought and a few more things.

    We’ll be thinking about you, Nancy, and the pups, Sue. Don’t be a stranger…toss a few tidbits our way, too, and let us know how ya’ll are doing. Enjoy your break but come back occasionally to the folks that love and support you and the boys.

  24. suzicruzi from the 'Couve says:

    PS Sue,
    I think I discovered the blog posts I needed re: Kinney Flats outside of Pagosa Springs, South on 84. I responded to your Q a blog post back, but you have enough on your plate right now, so forget about it. I’m sure we’ll find what we need – if not this trip, the next one for sure. We both are smitten with Colorado anyway. Myself, from going to College there, in Gunnison. And Larry from being raised outside Denver. Cheers!!

  25. Rose C. says:

    Yes, yes, yes! You go, girl! You just made my day a whole lot better. I commented long this morning, then felt kinda bummed all day. Wondering if I made things better or worse by opening my big mouth. Now I am more hopeful that you, and we, are going to win this latest battle. Wonderful news. Love the stories about the boys.
    Hope we don’t have to wait too long for a new post. Am so looking forward to Nancy’s arrival!!

  26. Janna says:

    To sound trite Sue–keep your chin up! I went back and read all your blogs from the first moment you started talking about your new home, paying careful attention to the photos. You revealed nothing, nada, absolutely nothing. The person who sent you a letter is to be blamed, NOT you! It was very unkind of them to send that letter and destroy your peace and it makes me angry!

    • Barbara from Camano Island says:

      Sue, for some reason my computer is not allowing me to open your last post. I could read a few lines, the one about a letter arriving in your mailbox showing how easy it was to find you. (I can’t believe people do things like that. I’m so, so sorry you have to deal with such behavior at all.) Anyway, could you just write a few words regarding the blog. Are you taking a long break? I certainly hope not a forever break. I loved reading today’s stories. Much love to you. You have added so very much to my life.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        I’m taking a short break, probably a few weeks. If longer, I’ll surely keep in touch.

        The other post generated a lot of comments. Folks were upset and I had to monitor comments closely. It became too much so I deleted the post with all its comments. We needed to cheer up. Hence this new post. Thanks for the love, Barbara. Same to you!

        • Cinandjules🌵 says:

          Just a vacation……when was your last “vacation”. Truly everyone needs a break. Also known as ” me time” !!!!!!

  27. Michelle, SLC, UT says:

    My favorite smoothie is bananas, oranges, spinach, apples, watermelon, lots of ice. Hubby hates the spinach but he tries everything else really good with peaches too.
    We have even added walnuts.

    Love your posts and hope you will be back.

  28. Lauri C says:

    Well, that was sure an unexpected treat for both the boys AND US!!!! Those strawberries did look delicious! I don’t know if I could’ve been disciplined enough to patiently make a smoothie, let alone wait for it to chill!! Yeah, I’m like that!

    Your photos of the dogs were PERFECT. They sure can be a handful! Roger is hilarious. It’s so awesome to watch the extreme differences in dogs! Mine are sooooo opposite each other. I have four with me here ranging from 3 1/3 to 50 lbs! Their personalities are as different as their sizes.

    Sue, I have something important to address….. I think the writing is very therapeutic for you. I personally believe that during your proposed break, you should continue your writing as usual. See how that goes….. or perhaps, try to stay away and notice if you feel emotions “stuffing”. I just know when I journal I feel better!

    Glad you decided to catch us off-guard! Thanks!

  29. Alice says:

    Dogs do have a way of brightening your day. Sounds like you have two little monkeys keeping the circus going. Knowing your in a better place makes me happy. Good shopping for the produce.

  30. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    Strawberries!!! Oh I love strawberries.. I love fruit! I haven’t met a fruit I didn’t like. I don’t know why I have never made smoothies!!! However, I think I would be so tempted to add ice cream rather than yogurt….guess that negates the healthiness of them . LOL
    Roger and Reggie remind me so much of Sassy and Charlie. Charlie will take his toy into the bay window and leave it so Sassy can’t get it. He doesn’t want it…he just doesn’t want Sassy to have it. Dogs are so much fun.
    Keep the faith, Sister Dear, you will be blessed
    My love to you and the crew.

  31. LeeJ in Northern California says:

    Great smoothie ideas here!
    I use frozen fruit, a cup, one 10 oz coconut milk, A heaping teaspoon of chia seeds, a sprinkle of sesame seeds, maybe some sunflower seeds, a spoon of almond butter, a bit of Stevia if it needs to be a bit sweeter. Whirl and share half with my husband. It is a meal!
    When I offer Zoe her evening cookie she always waits to accept it until I offer one to Arlo. Strange. When they were puppies Arlo would take his toys out of the metal tub I kept them in and sleep in the tub. But he does stillsteal my sister’s pink poodle key chain toy! Dogs! Such joys!
    Have fun painting and such, stay cool!

  32. Pam and Maya, still in New York for 12 more days! says:

    Hi Sue! I’m sending hugs to you all. You are having a wonderful time nesting as I get ready to fly west with Maya. Enjoy your break we will miss you! Will your blog stay up? I often go back and refer to past years to see if you wrote about a place I might be interested in. Thank you, your blog has been a source of information about RV travel that we can trust.

  33. Daniel in Oregon says:

    My favorite breakfast smoothie:
    8 oz cold coffee
    2 Tbs peanut butter
    1/2 C oats
    2 Tbs nonfat yogurt
    Almond milk
    Ice
    Blend.

    I know, not the usual healthy greens & fruits, but lots of protein and tasty.

  34. Carin says:

    I will absolutely totally positively miss your blog. I enjoy it so much. You have given me the spirit and confidence to travel alone too. Thank you.

    PS perhaps you could just do a Roger and Reggie blog?

  35. Linda, Molly and Midgy in Carmichael, CA says:

    I use juice to make my smoothies, orange, apple or cranberry…whatever I have on hand. I let bananas get too ripe then I peel them, break them into pieces and freeze them in a container. Those are the ones I put in my smoothie. I buy big bags of frozen mixed fruit at Sam’s club or Costco and add some of that. I almost always add a big handful of spinach too. You can’t really taste it over all the fruit but I think I’m being healthier that way. I bought a cheaper version then the Nutri Bullet and it’s been working just fine for quite a while. Loved this post and the stories about the boys. Molly always drags her toys to her bed. Neither one of them ever take their toys outside but they’ve never been used to spending as much time outside as your guys have. Have a nice break…see you on the other side…I hope.

  36. The boys make me smile. I’m sure in person they make you smile even wider. Have a good break. Hugs.

  37. Andrea Eagles says:

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    Happy life, Andrea

  38. Pat McClain says:

    Chewie (and I think you can go through Amazon) has peanut butter chews that look like little knots. I get 24 in a pack and it costs about $8. My guys love them. Other stores have them too for a lot more money!

  39. JazzLover says:

    Thank You for this post Sue. The pictures of the boys and their toys and bones are priceless and just what was need at the end of this day. Roger was too funny guarding his toys and modeling his bone from all angles! Reggie is happy to let Roger get everything first as if perhaps he knew that Rog never had toys or the love that goes with giving a fellow something to call his own so he happily shares. What a beautiful relationship you have formed with these two. Be Well Always.

  40. suzago in PNW says:

    I ordered a Ninja through your blog a couple of months ago and I’ve been on a smoothie kick ever since. One trick: wait for bananas to ripen nice and soft, then peel and cut into chunks and freeze in a bag or tupperware. Add 2-3 chunks for each smoothie. I agree with the blogorino who mentioned frozen spinach – I also had a small handful to (almost) every smoothie. Fun to experiment with flavors. I’m going to try that coffee/peanut butter craziness!

  41. Terri in Tx. says:

    Thanks for this post! Very funny and cheerful! Have a great break!😂
    We will be waiting for you when you return.

    Terri

  42. Sally S Jacob says:

    Sue, I have been a constant reader and admirer of you and the crew sense about the 3rd or 4th blog post you made… never missed once sence.. followed you always and you have brought me such pleasure and peace living your adventures vicariously. commented now and again but everyone says what I felt so no need to double up.. 🙂 Bought my own trailer too… but used it only 2 times… still working so sold it rather than have it not fair well on the side of my house. I wish you and the crew a fun quiet life with your sister and enjoy that new adventure! Selfishly- I am crossing my fingers you find a way to continue the blog- and keep you privacy … the impact and joy you bring so many is one of a kind. You have provided me with hope and assurance if you can- I can… we are all aging.. and your view of how it evolves is truly important to help others deal with their worlds… if Sue can find a way – so can we! Hugs my virtual friend and wags from my crew- Violet, Music and Annie! [ all three do not add up to even 15 pounds!]

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Sally, for adding your voice to my blog.

      This is what’s important — your voice. It doesn’t matter if a blogorino repeats what another blogorino has already written. Everyone of us, by appearing here, brings a bit of their spirit, even if only to say a few words that have been said before.

      I don’t know how it happens. There are blogorinos who only say a word or a phrase. They alight on our conversations like butterflies and then softly they disappear. Others stay awhile and let us enjoy the colors of their wings.

      Whether you flutter by or land in our midst, you will bless us with your presence. This is the message I’ve tried to convey to my readers for several years. 🙂

      • Rochelle in IN says:

        See? This reply is EXACTLY what is so special about your blog!! You are always positive, even managing to deal with negative things in a hopeful, positive manner, and your writing is truly beautiful, evoking lovely word pictures. I sincerely hope that GREAT BIG GOOBER who invaded your privacy doesn’t result in our loss of being able to read such encouraging, inspiring posts!

      • Collene s says:

        How lovely, your description of blogorinos whose occasional posts are not wordy, that would be me. All the best to you and crew.

  43. Marilu in northern California says:

    We needed this post. Thank you, Sue.
    I had a thought today while driving to town; what if the blogorinos could keep in touch while Sue takes a break? I feel like I’m not just losing Sue and her amazing story but all the blogorinos I’ve come to count as virtual friends by their sharing snippets of their lives with us on Sue’s blog. I would love to continue to hear Az jim’s stories, benefit from Weather’s wisdom, and keep up with Rusty’s new life as a scale model train engineer. There are too many of you to mention but you get the idea.
    We could continue to share stories about our travel, our rigs, our dogs or whatever.
    Perhaps there is a way we can still shoot some Amazon income to Sue through a blogorinos blog while Sue takes a break. I don’t know how this would work but maybe we could kick it around. Anyone have any ideas?
    Virtual hugs to all.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’ve been thinking along these same lines, Marilu. I could put up a brief post that would provide topics to help get conversations started. I give a brief update and tack on the links at the bottom. That way blogorinos have a new page and a new start on a regular basis.

      For it to be successful — by that I mean dynamic and caring — blogorinos need to step up and do their part for the community. 🙂

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Gracie pup and I will continue to be here! 🙂

      • weather says:

        If that’s what it takes to keep this blog alive, your savings replenished after so many recent expenses and get occasional updates from you, Sue, I would try to take part in your idea. This place and the people that come here mean so much to many of us I wouldn’t like to see it fade away. I don’t suppose you know yet how extended your break from regular blogging will be. Short or long, it’s hard enough to think of missing you, maybe a note from you and visiting our other friends on here would help us all sail through this with lighter hearts.

      • Nancy in California says:

        Great idea Sue!

      • Cinandjules 🌵 says:

        Don’t we always? 🙃

        Cinandjules, Annie Oakley and the ferals..present and accounted for!

      • Dawn in NC says:

        I’m IN!

      • Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

        We are in!💗

      • Cynthia (& Scout) (in BC) says:

        That sounds like a fine idea 🙂

      • Cynthia In San Clemente says:

        I’m in. I would miss everyone if this blog just disappeared. I feel like this is a little island of sanity, kindness, and hope in this crazy world. Well, except for the jerk who sent the letter.

    • MB from VA says:

      Love it! Sue has created a community…not just a blog.

  44. Don in Okla. says:

    A quick question completely off tonight’s subject. Are Reg and Rog ID chipped?? And if so, have you updated your contact info in case they wander off and are found? I know I had to update my dogs’ info online the other day.
    We’ll sure miss you and look forward to seeing your blog again soon.
    Take care and stay cool!!

  45. Sally S Jacob says:

    sounds like a great idea! SJ

  46. Hazel says:

    All organic: berries or mangos, banana, spinach or kale, almond milk, hemp or flax seed, cinnamon, ginger, sometimes Greek yogurt or avocado.

    Be aware that California strawberries are toxic with pesticides and herbicides. Costco has amazing prices on frozen organic berries and veggies. A membership would be worth the price if you share with your sister.

    Hope you enjoy your new house.

  47. Virginia620 AL says:

    Thank you, RVSue!! Loved the blog and pics, as usual. Hugs to all.

  48. Marilu in northern California says:

    You can count on me to chip in.

  49. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    My sister placed an order last week for a car seat and extra bases. You may have guessed that those items could be for my “little peanuts.” This sister reads your blog and the blogorino comments every evening. She tells me, “I was reading about your friend Sue and Reggie and Roger last night….” She is happy to be a lurker, using your Amazon link for ordering.

    Your smoothie looks delicious and sounds refreshing! I like to combine frozen fruit + soda water in the blender to whip up a very refreshing, icy drink. My favorite is pineapple. For those that drink alcohol, adding light rum or tequila makes for a wonderful cocktail!

    When we were kids, we would make our own ice pops by putting Kool Aid in thin paper cups. You know, the cheap, wax covered cups that could easily be ripped. Peel the paper cup as you enjoy the ice pop. 🙂

    The antics of Roger with the bone are so funny! Did he bring the bone back into the house after he dug it up? Reggie may warm up to the bone after he sees Roger enjoying it. If I remember correctly, Reggie was not interested in gnawing on a big bone in the past….Roger loved it. Isn’t it funny how we think one way and our dogs think opposite of us? It makes sense to have “outside” and “inside” toys to us, but Roger thinks they all need to be lined up on the blue mat. Reggie is so sneaky to patiently wait for Roger to tire of one toy, and move on to another. Gracie pup loves to “arrange” her toys in the living room. Several favorites are placed in the same spot daily. We play fetch, and she also will play with them on her own. Each night, after she is tucked into bed, I move all of her toys back to a little pile in front of the tv to ensure that I do not trip on them. The next day, little Miss will pull them out and “redocorate”. Too cute!

    Toys, rotisserie chicken, a blender, fresh fruit, and bones for the boys – sweet bounty of your shopping trip! Those produce prices are awesome! Just one of the benefits of living in the SW.

    Sending you, Roger, and Reggie extra love and extra hugs from me and Gracie pup. We do love you so very much, my friend. xo 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank your sister for me, Denise…. or if she reads comments —“Thanks, Denise Sister, and good job on the peanuts delivery!”

      Roger did not bring his bone inside. Past experience is he leaves his buried bones and doesn’t go near them again. I went out and dug it up, washed it off, and brought it inside the next day. I’m not forking over the $$ for a bone so it can sit in the dirt! Plus I didn’t want Reggie to have a bone (appreciated or not) without Roger having one, too.

      Gracie pup sounds like a darling. Give her some extra loving from me!

  50. rvsueandcrew says:

    Who was it that recently posted they bought a Blackstone griddle and love it? Did I imagine that? I’ve looked and looked and can’t find it.

    • weather says:

      You didn’t imagine it, I saw it, too, yet can’t recall who mentioned it. It was quite recently and since I can’t find the comment either,I think it may have been on the private message post.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Oh, that’s it. Thanks, weather. I’ll go rummage in the trash bin.

        • Chey (WA coast) says:

          I remember someone encouraging everyone to buy the Blackstone and shop Amazon in general to show Sue support. Is that what we’re talking about?

    • Lisa in San Diego says:

      it may have been in the deleted post — please delete my comment if you think it will raise questions

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Cannot remember who it was but it was near the end of the comments of the post you removed…I think!!

  51. ValGal (westernWA) says:

    I was thinking about your griddle and wondering when that was going to get some use. Then I figured it’s too darn hot to be griddling there now. So, the smoothie maker makes it appearance! Great time of year for them. I like to put frozen berries in because it makes it a little like a milkshake. Watch out for brain freeze when you take a sip, though!

    The boys had a grand day with the toys, bones, and rotisserie chicken! They must figure they are in heaven!

    Remember last year when you were in some little town that had a wonderful melon stand? You kept buying luscious, ripe melons. Good times!

    It’s been cool and rainy here last last few days. I think it may be clearing out now, though.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That was Green River, Utah. Heaven in melon form.

    • Rochelle in IN says:

      Oh yeah, I remember that post – had me drooling for days! Later, when my hubby and I were on our cross-country Amtrak trip, we went through Green River and I said, “That’s the place with the great melons!” LOL

    • Brad ( MN) says:

      RVSue — the melon post was the reason I started to read your blog. I was searching for info on solar power and RVing and was taken to your blog. When I inadvertently hit Home, it took me to the latest post. Sue you expressed such joy about eating a delishes melon. After reading that post, I was hooked. I soon learned from reading more posts about the joy you found and relayed in the simple the theses in life… A sunset, a bird, walking with your dogs.

      I bought a Blackstone griddle. I haven’t had time to use it yet.

      Enjoy your time off, we be here.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        I enjoyed the story of how you became hooked on my blog, Brad. 🙂 That post was “Green River Melon Fever.” I went back and read it, could taste the melons. Ha!

        Thanks for the nice note…

        • weather says:

          Thanks for the link, Sue, I enjoy reading older posts again. That one made me laugh 🙂 , luv the way you take finding joy in the simple things in life to a higher level than most others do. Rest well whenever you tuck in, n’nite.

        • Gramma Dy says:

          In one of the future blogs the topic could be, what was your favorite blog? I’m sure we all have more than one.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        You’re gonna’ love the griddle. 🙂

  52. Rhonda from Albuquerque says:

    Sue, You are such a wonderful blogger! I think you will really miss it if you pack it up and put it in a drawer. You’d miss US and WE would certainly miss your musings as well. Of course it was a huge blow that someone sluethed you out. I’m almost sorry that you told us, just in case it might encourage another party crasher to try to figure it out. However, I may be overestimating human nature, but i still think that most of your readers understand and respect your need for privacy.

    It’s really none of my business to speak out, but I’d encourage you to take a chance that, even if once in a while someone discovers you, you could put him/her in their place–firmly but without throwing things at them 😉 and just try to take it as an unpleasant, but short-lived setback. I’d surely hate to see this one incident take your whole life in a different direction.

    Of course it’s your life and your decision. You may be ready for a new direction. You certainly have a perfect opportunity to do whatever your heart desires. Take all the time you need to sort things out. Whatever you decide, know that we so very much appreciate what you have given us. You may not want to be seen, but you have certainly have been heard. You opened your heart to share your innermost thoughts and feelings–the good, the bad; the sad and the funny. Thank you for the gift of you!

    • Cynthia In San Clemente says:

      Rhonda, you made me think of something my mother always used to say: “Children should be seen but not heard.” She was a school teacher and I think by the time she got home after a long day, she just wanted me and my brother to be quiet.

  53. Katy in NH says:

    In my smoothies, I like to add cucumber and cilantro to mine – even with the fruit (great with veggie also). The cucumber is so refreshing – it tastes nothing like a raw cucumber to me when in the mix. When cucumbers are on sale, I cut them up in big ice cube sizes and freeze them; they keep for months. I also add unsweetened coconut/almond milk. I add a touch of vanilla or cinnamon to some of my smoothies – they make them taste sweeter somehow without adding sugar. I also put in butternut squash/blue hubbard squash for a natural sweetener versus sugar.

    Wishing you all the best – Katy in NH

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Thanks for the great idea using cucumbers…will try that out too.
      Thanks Sue, for asking for recipe ideas…always nicer to try out stuff other people have already tried out!!

  54. Elizabeth in WA says:

    I too have bunches of recipes copied off for smoothies…heh, got our vitamix a few months back from Costco (we have decided with our rotten luck with electrical stuff to only buy from Costco as it is easy to take back if it breaks soon) but I would have tried your machine had I known earlier…but it is ready to go finally…now to get stuff on hand to fix. I have the spinach and some frozen bananas…and some brown rice protein stuff flavored with vanilla that I often bake with…smells heavenly…

    Here is what my daughter does most mornings for her and my hubby…she puts a whole banana and maybe 2 big handfuls of baby spinach in…along with some bone broth mix, some dry cocoa (1-2 T), frozen BLUEBERRIES, and pours in some regular cow milk. Blend well. They both seem to enjoy the taste. Love your idea of making those frozen pops…will share that with daughter…would be a great way to get her kids to eat them this summer!!

  55. Linda in NE says:

    Enjoy your blogging break. I’ll miss reading your blog each day and hearing all about the boys’ adventures.

  56. Susan in south central WA says:

    Wow, your local Walmart fruit prices are 1/2 to 2/3 lower than mine. Maybe because ours has to be trucked more miles? 😉 I bought a Nutribullet with all sorts of different jars off Craigslist about 18 months ago. Just didn’t think it whirled around and made smoothies as well as the hype would make you think so I sold it at my failure of a garage sale. I did spy those frozen pop molds at my WM, almost bought them….

  57. AZ Jim says:

    You guys are getting me thirsty!!!! Great post Missy!! 🙂

  58. Cinandjules 🌵 says:

    Change that smoothie to a strawberry margarita!

  59. Jan Johnson says:

    Those boys are so cute, and with three cats, two of them wild yearlings, and three dogs I can attest there is never any real relaxing as one of them always wants in or out, wants to play, wants to lie on top of me. But they are worth it!

    A great smoothie for me is frozen blueberries, banana, almond milk, half a teaspoon of vanilla extract, a few ice cubes, and a big handful of spinach. You truly cannot taste the spinach, and it adds good stuff!

  60. Deena in Phoenix says:

    Sue, I have been following just not commenting much…my sister has been in hospice for the last few weeks, family came in and many, many friends visited with her…

    Peggy was a wonderful mentor to the youth bowlers of the Phoenix area for the last 40 years…Peggy is now with the angels and our very large family and all of her many friend are helping each other accept the many changes that have occurred…

    I sat with Peggy in early May, crocheting, reading and just letting her rest…(Now here is the reason for my comment today) One day her grandkids came to spend the afternoon, I put my phone down and the 4yr Zo (a very wise soul in a very small lad) asked about the doggie (Reggie)…I told him about Reggie and Roger and their Mama RVSue, Zo goes “I remember her, where is Spikey and Gidget”…Peggy with eyes closed said, Zo ask Aunt Deena to read their story from the beginning…

    Well, needless to say we started in GA and have read to Mittry Lake, Yuma 2015…Zo and his sister have been texting me requesting more stories about Spike and Bridget and wants to know what the RR brothers are doing in their new home…at dinner this evening Zo was telling Aunts and Great Aunts about the new stories from THE BLOB and all of the BLOBBLERS,,,

    I can only laugh at his joy…his Dad…my nephew, is happy for Zo and Giada and thankful to me and you for keeping storytime going as Peggy’s lost that ability…I am happy to share your stories to my family.. Enjoy your break, I will always be here and now so will Zo and Giada. Thanks for giving me a place to run to when the tears would not stop.

    Take Care and I enjoy all kinds of smoothies…will be trying the new recipes.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Deena… Your sister Peggy, what a remarkable person! And what a loving family she was blessed with!

      Thank you for giving us a glimpse of her grace during the last pages of her life book. What great wisdom she had instructing you to read the dog stories of this blog from the beginning to the children. While the family is adjusting to loss, the children have the gift of you reading to them. Precious.

      Your comment has given me a vision of writing stories for children about Reggie and Roger. In the past blogorinos have suggested I do so, yet I couldn’t feel any inspiration toward it. Zo and Giada may have provided what I needed to think seriously about that project.

      At any rate I’m thrilled that Spikey and “Gidjet” live on in the heart of your Zo and that Reg and Rog are a part of the children’s story time, too. This Blob seems to have a purpose beyond anything I imagine or create.

      I’m sorry for your loss, Deena, and I’m touched by the love that you gave Peggy in life and continue to express in memory.

      Tell the little blobborinos that Reggie and Roger say, “Bark, bark! Woof, woof! Thanks, Zo and Giada, for being our pals!”

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        I think my 5 and almost 9 yr old grandkids would enjoy reading and seeing the photos of your dogs in a book that the kids could look at and read even when adults are too busy to read at times… all your dogs seemed to do some rather funny things, in the time you wrote about them on the blog! I hope you will find the time to do something like that, Sue!! Maybe something to work on while parked there stationary for a bit?

      • Donna n Girls Chandler, AZ. says:

        Gosh Sue, that’s a great idea. Doggie books for little ones, you would bring the stories to life with your wonderful writing style.

        • suzago in PNW says:

          I would be a customer! I think your style would be perfect for kids – a bit dry but always kind, never foofy or moralistic, deep appreciation for the world around you – I’m a fan! I think you should go for it.

    • Rochelle in IN says:

      I’m a Blobber. She’s a Blobber. Wouldn’t you like to be a Blobber, too?

      HAHAHAH!!!!!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        And as Cinandjules would say, “Blob on, Desert Woman! Blob on!”

        HAHAHAHAHA!

    • weather says:

      Hi, Deena, I’m sorry for your and your family’s loss. What a sweet and powerful story about you reading Sue’s posts to Zo. I thoroughly enjoyed every word of it, thank you for sharing it with us. Your message seems perfectly timed. Now especially I think Sue needed to be reminded that her blog has a purpose beyond anything she can imagine or create. You are a gift to your family and to all of us on here. It’s good to have you back, and I hope we hear from you often from now on.

    • Deena in Phoenix says:

      Thank you Sue, Rochelle, Cinandjules via Sue (made me laugh out loud) and weather, your words are causing healing tears to fall and wonderful thoughts to replace the sorrow. Hummingbirds at the feeder from Partner and ducks on the pond this morning for Peggy (bowling world knows her as Mama Duck and her Peeps); the world is full of Grace…off to have breakfast with sisters and Zo/GB team…laughter, memories, new stories being started…one more funny thing -my 30 & 40 something nieces (4), nephews (2) and I (70) had bowling pins and pink ribbons tattoos (my first) last week…Peggy’s daughter and many of her friends had the same placed yesterday…the owner on the salon told story about the grandmother (me) being very calm and quite interested in the process and her football player grandson was such a wimp…he was most amazed that I was the oldest Aunt and there were more of the family (16) coming in for their tats today.

      Take Care

      P.S. This is one of my Mindfulness places.

    • Jan NH says:

      Deena, your story touched my soul and brought tears to my eyes. I’m very sorry for your loss but so happy you were able to create these happy memories and continue to enjoy Sue’s story with your family.

    • Cynthia In San Clemente says:

      Deena, you have me crying – what a beautiful story. Yours sounds like a wonderful, close family. What a gift you gave your sister to just sit and be with her in her last days.

      And Sue, I think writing children’s books about the crew is a great idea. I wonder if you might be able to write a book that would comfort kids when a pet passes away? I remember how I cried for days when my dog got run over when I was seven and I’ve seen other kids struggle with the loss of a pet.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Deena,

      You made such wonderful, new memories during such a hard time. Sending you a *hug* – please take good care of yourself. I love the tattoo tribute!

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        Sorry for you loss Deena. That was such a sweet story of the kids.
        Thanks for sharing.

  61. Colleeen currently in Eugene, Oregon says:

    Glad to see a happy post! I will miss your blog terribly. I don’t often comment but I always read. I have a huge hankering for a smoothie! I stopped drinking them as I needed to control my blood sugars. Seeing some of these recipes has given me some new ideas. Hope to see you back to blogging soon. We are thoroughly enjoying the full time life, just had our second nomad anniversary. You inspired us!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Congratulations, Colleen! Keep on loving your life!

      • Colleen, you are in my former hometown! Let me know if you need any ideas for sightseeing.

        • Colleen in Eugene, Oregon says:

          Thank you Robin! We are loving it here. We have about worn ourselves out trying to see everything on our list! Today is laundry and one short outing to Mt Pisgah Arbortium. Moving on to Rice Hill in the morning. More of gorgeous Oregon awaits!

  62. Eileen says:

    Thanks for the uplifting post and pics. Enjoy your time off from blogging. I’m sure those cute little boys will keep you busy enough!!!

  63. Rover Ronda (WA) says:

    Bye for now, have fun. 😃🐾
    Maybe I’ll go back in your archives and search for ones I skipped. I kind of skimmed through the second year

  64. tamra says:

    Smoothie suggestion: Freeze some of your watermelon (good sized chunks). Use this instead of ice or water…smoothie will be chilled and ready to drink right away, watermelon blends up easy and adds extra flavor & sweetness.
    I also blend up frozen watermelon chunks with margaritas instead of ice…yummy!

  65. Airstreaming Pagey says:

    If you can find mangoes, buy a few and stick them in the freezer. Let them get rock hard. When you want one, take it out of the freezer and let it sit on the counter for 15 to 30 minutes. Then bite into it. Rip the skin off with your teeth and savor the flesh. It just like eating mango sorbet! Wonderful on a hot day.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Fabulous idea, Pagey . . . . for everyone, but not for me. Mangoes make my face swell and turn red. 🙁

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        We are not keen on most mangos either…but have substituted with peaches in recipes at times and liked it fine.

      • Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

        I am another one allergic to mangos!

  66. MB from VA says:

    Hi Sue,

    I do hope that you will find a way in which to continue your blog and still feel that you have your privacy too. I was truly looking forward to news of how you combined stick built and RV life. It is what most people are able to do. I think we would all be interested in how things progress.

    Instead of an RV, I just took delivery of a big, bad, commercial strength mower like the one I had at my farm job. But now I’m taking care of my own place. Not exactly how I imagined this time in my life but it’s OK most days….except for the one a couple of weeks ago…..when I got out of my truck at a fast food place….on a highway…..with a gas/diesel/Subway right across the lot. The feel of the hot sun, the sound of the traffic and the smells of fast food and fuel brought such a feeling of cross-country travel (truck stops) that I literally had to get back in the truck and compose myself. That’s the hold that travel can have on you. But so can a cozy nest near people and places that are well known. I’m looking forward to reading about how you go about combining the two.

    Love from VA,
    MB, Wyndy and Bella

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m hoping you can do both, if not now, someday. Love to you, Wyndy and Bella from me and the boys…

  67. Terri in Tx. says:

    I’m in for the Blobborino Blob!! Haahaahaa!😂

  68. Rhodium in sw va says:

    I love hearing all about the crew and their toys. Burying the bone reminded me of when our grandson and his parents lived with us. He used to love digging in the backyard when 4. So I got a big soup bone and buried it. Next day when we went digging we found a “dinosaur bone.” He was impressed. The 12 puppies, now 11 days old are already starting to walk. So for the next few weeks we will be taking a break from everything except puppies. As for the change in status and blogging, it seems to me that anyone with worthwhile things to say will continue to do so in any environment. It’s your insights in general not the specifics of travel that makes your writing so valuable, at least for me.

  69. Betsy/Mark in PA says:

    I haven’t commented often but we are faithful readers of your blog. We will surely miss your beautiful photography and writing and the antics of your faithful crew. Many times you have cheered me on a gloomy day. We wish you the best in your new adventure and hope that maybe someday you’ll be back. You’ll be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Betsy and Mark

  70. Marie says:

    What a great story about Roger and Reggie, just being typical dogs! Reminds me of my dog Sparkle when she goes to my friend’s house, there’s competition over toys there also!!! Thanks for the happy blog, Sue, I’ll miss you if you go but will check in every morning to see if you’ve posted. Keep smiling!

  71. MB from VA says:

    Thank you Sue. I have not given up on full-timing and finding a place in the AZ mountains. Just not right now. But, everything I do to this place while I’m here will help sell it someday……. 😉 Plus seeing it looking loved again makes me happy. Sometimes you have to look for things that do that….but they’re there….and usually the small stuff.

    Enjoy your day!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You say you’re interested in “finding a place in the AZ mountains” when the time is right. Do give a look at lower elevations, too, because mountains are nearby almost everywhere in AZ.

      I’m thinking Quail Ridge in Huachuca City. A park model on a leased lot… It’s so peaceful there with a country atmosphere and convenient to Sierra Vista. People who live there are great!

      You enjoy your day, too!

      • MB from VA says:

        Thanks. I’ll keep that idea in my “back pocket”. Half the fun will be driving around looking…….

  72. Renee G says:

    Holy cow! Talk about last to the table, err posting my response! Where have I been? Working!!!!! Oh well, here I am. As for your smoothies, they sound wonderful to me. We make all kinds, but with the suggestions you’ve had to date, you don’t need another from me. Your using some of it for popsicles is an ingenious way to use the leftover. I’ll have to try that. Wait. I never have leftovers!
    Love seeing Roger with all the toys. Strange that my little terrier mix also reacts to bones the way that Reggie does. The only thing she really seems to like are the greenies that I buy her from Costco. She even shuns a bit of steak, but will grab a bit of smoked salmon as quick as I can move my fingers out of the way. She loves, loves, loves romaine lettuce hearts. Maybe I have a vegan dog!

    • Renee G says:

      Wait . . . she can’t be vegan if she likes smoked salmon, oh, and she likes the bagel and cream cheese that goes with it too.

    • Laurie in NC says:

      My Lucy loves greenies so much that she plays with them before chewing them. She also knows when we come in from shopping with something for her! Dog toys must have a certain smell! She loves the soft stuffed toys and she gets so excited with a new toy. She will throw it and go get it until she is tired and then she lays down with her head on the new toy!
      One of our past dogs would only pick orange toys! You could pile up toys and she would pick the orange one. She also had to take a toy with her when she went outside. She would gently place it down while doing her business and then bring it right back in. We called it her “security toy”!

    • Laurie in NC says:

      Also forgot to mention that Lucy loves lettuce too! When I make a salad she waits patiently at my feet for a few pieces of lettuce! When I am making salad, my husband can’t get her to go outside or play. She is serious about lettuce!

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        Angel is a Greenie addict. She gets one after her last potty walk of the day. She would probaly think the world was ending if she didn’t get it. However, she knows if she doesn’t potty, no Greenie. She also loves eggs and cheese.

  73. Judie Ashford says:

    When you come into town, please do not overlook Food City for fresh produce. Wednesday produce specials are unbelievable. Meat specials on Thursday, and misc. specials again on Friday. If you can make only one trip a week, Wednesday is the most cost effective.

    Fry’s and Safeway have exceptional sales in the newspaper ad and in their Just For You programs. To wit: strawberries are on sale this week at half the Walmart price you quote.

    It is very worthwhile to read the weekly circulars for these three food stores, and/or access their ads online. Sometimes these ads show up in the clubhouse.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      When I come into town? You know the town in which I go shopping or are you directing your comment to everyone?

  74. Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

    Smoothie Talk!💗
    When I make smoothies, I buy bags of frozen fruit! I also buy older bananas that are usually on sale, peel them and cut into chunks and freeze them also! I use milk or almond milk, or fruit juice or even frozen OJ. as mixers for the frozen fruit. This way I have icy cold smoothies, that’s how we like them! We are pretty versatile with what fruit we like to add! All this reminds me I need to put away the crock pot and bring out my blender!
    💗summertime is smoothie time!💗
    Hoping your summer is amazing! Hug R&R from us! We love ya! Don’t stay gone too long! But enjoy your break! Oh! And we just ordered our composting toilet from your Amazon link! YAY! We finally decided to do this!😊

  75. Sue S in PNW says:

    Hi Sue,
    Thank you for the cheerful story. It’s sure did brighten up my life today. We found out our beloved Tafftaff has a cancer yesterday. He is a look like of Reggie with Spike’s attitude. I found your blog searching for “RV travel with dogs” last year after we purchased the small trailer, so we can travel with our dogs. I read the entire entries. Wow, you are a wonderful storyteller. I laughed, cried and starts taking some notes, so we have our wish list of places we would like to travel. This year we are going to visit McGregor lake area in Montana. My husband is looking forward to catching some crawdaddies.
    Best wishes on you new house. Give a big hug to R and R❤️

  76. Sherri (for little while in) California says:

    Hi Sue,

    Frantically writing down smoothie ideas for the summer…

    I have followed your journey from the beginning, and I am so grateful for you choosing to share your travels with us. Thanks to you, I have visited beautiful locations (and compiled a list for the future*), learned how to travel with style and grace, and laughed and cried along with you and the blogerinos. Thank you Sue for everything you have given us.

    *I will be retiring at the end of the year, and heading to the Pacific Northwest to be with my aging parents. We will be purchasing an RV or trailer after relocating, and hitting the road for mini-adventures. A pet is also in our future. You have inspired us!

    PS: Roger and his bone made me laugh!

  77. Jeff in AZ says:

    Just wanted to say it saddens me that your privacy has been invaded.

    Some people are just heartless.

  78. Cynthia In San Clemente says:

    I laughed at loud at the boys antics with their new toys. I’m glad you’re taking a break; I’m sure you still have lots to do around the house and yard.
    If you have a Costco nearby, they have great prices on big bags of frozen organic fruit which is great in smoothies. I also use Greek yogurt or almond milk. Sometimes I toss in some protein powder. If I need to thin it I like to use sparkling water – it kind of gives it a zing. And veggie smoothies are great and super healthy. Spinach and frozen pineapple goes great together. In the fall and winter I love to make pumpkin smoothies: about 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin, kefir or almond milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, 1 tsp. Vanilla, a little sweetener (we use Stevia) and ice. It’s like liquid pumpkin pie!!

    Take care of yourself and the boys and all will be well with you soul 🙂

  79. Lisa, Tommie and Buddy in NJ says:

    Sue,
    Thanks for a cheery post, That’s the spirit girl…keep looking to the positive (and pawsitive, as some dog and cat lovers say) . Smoothies are the best in hot weather, ice cold fruity or green, whatever you like. It’s a nice way to get in your five servings a day. Thanks for posting the link to peanut butter powder, that will be a good addition to our storm supplies. I like to keep things on hand that keep without refrigeration, but are not canned. Would you get the benefit of my purchases if I use the link, but then go to another site besides Amazon? I am buying more and more online, but don’t always find the best price on Amazon. I would like you to get any possible benefit of what I spend.
    Enjoy vacation and your backyard birds.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Lisa. No, I only receive commission from Amazon. Peanut butter powder for storm supplies — great plan!

      • Kitt NW WA says:

        Thanks Sue, for posting the dried peanut butter link! I totally missed the question about where to get it. We get ours in the organic section of our local FreMeyer. We use the PB2 kind.
        Kitt

        • Judy J. in S.C. says:

          Thanks for all the replies to my p.b. powder question. This may just change my life! Okay, slight exaggeration, but it definitely will help to improve it. 😉

  80. Cynthia in San Clemente says:

    Just ordered two diet books via your Amazon link (because I tried on bathing suits yesterday – LOL – not a pretty sight!!!!). Just want to make sure you get the credit.

  81. Lee Ann, Oregon says:

    Deeply thankful to see this cheerful post before your break. Somehow you manage to make even the simplest things fun and interesting! So look forward to your eventual return (positive thinking) 🙂 Take care and continue enjoying your new wonderful life! God Bless You!

  82. Well I went in and saw the eye folks at the Louaville VAMC to day and my eyes are doing Great, yes and I’m getting RayBand type, Gray frames with very Dark Transition, Safety Lenses,Bifocals with no magnification in the upper lenses Glasses mailed to me from Louaville in about 3 weeks, my Doctor says ok that I’ll be styling out here in my Ol Kentucky Home,, to all, Have a Pleasant weekend and thank you all for your prayers and Sue, will you Please give the Boys a huge hug from us,,,,

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hi, Rusty,

      Oh, such happy news that you had a positive eye doctor appointment! You better watch out, sporting those handsome Ray Bans, you might have women giving you the googly eyes! Give Miss Piper some pats for me. 🙂

    • Dawn in NC says:

      Wonderful news Rusty! So happy to hear that you can see well and will be stylin’!!!

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Happy to hear your good News Rusty!! Wishing you the best with your eyes from now on too!!

  83. Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

    Sue, Did the composting toilet show up?

  84. Oh’ll she’ll love that, she rolls over when she wants her belly rubs, then does her on her back dancing like ” Hey baby let’s do the Twist ” from side to side, she’s so sweet my girl is,,,,,

  85. Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

    I believe it was this past Monday, Tues or Wed. I think it was Tuesday. Just want to make sure you got credit for it!

  86. Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

    Oh oh! My mistake Chuck just told me he couldn’t order through Amazon, he could only order direct from the factory! Darn! I was so sure he said he ordered it through you and Amazon!

  87. Sarvi in OR says:

    This is my go-to smoothie, and it’s YUMMY!
    Milk
    Frozen fruit (any kind you want, but I like triple berry)
    A few dollops of plain greek yogurt
    A tablespoon or so of chia seeds (makes it more filling)
    raw honey to sweeten

    It is so good!

  88. Oh yeah! I never thought of making pops with my smoothies – brilliant. Now I have to get the molds 🙂

  89. Desert Ginger says:

    Love smoothies! If you want them a bit sweeter Sue throw in a little apple or orange juice. One of my favorites is 3 lacinata kale leaves, discard spine and chop the rest. 2 apples. 1 lime. Chop apples and lime into chucks. Blend with spring water…12 ounces? Not sure on amount of water. Then strain the whole thing through cheesecloth and serve with ice. This is the tastiest thing ever.

    My other fave is frozen strawberries and blueberries with vanilla yogurt, a little milk and a little apple juice or orange…yum yum. Frozen fruit works great. And throwing in a scoop of protein powder makes it a whole meal.

    So my latest old person symptom is cataracts in both eyes. Big ones. No wonder I can’t see! Having surgery on my first eye July 10 andif it heals well, the other two weeks later. Hopefully by August I will be able to see again.

    And yes, I will help keep the blog going. Hugs to all.

    • Barbara (Nashville) says:

      Good luck DG. Most folks don’t have to many problems.

      • Hey DG, I just had that done on the 22nd of May and it’s a real Blessing to see like one should, Hope all goes great with your procedure, and good luck on your blog,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, 🐾👣👣

  90. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Sue, I really enjoyed the post. Reg & Rog are a hoot. Love the bury the bone , then dig it back up at night. that was just too funny. I sincerely hope you come back or start conversation as you mentioned above. I will miss you. I always look forward to reading the blog to take my mind off DH’s health issues and his overall deterioration. It brings smiles and lightness to my day. Love to you and the crew from afar.

  91. Lisa in San Diego says:

    the dogs’ winter coats would be a good addition to the permanent list on the far right … griddle, camera, outdoor mat

    stylish and functional

  92. Renee still in Idaho says:

    Well, I’ve been checking every day for an update which is almost an obsession, but I can’t continue to do that. Looking forward to Sue’s return. Until then, I’m signing off. Ta ta for now.

  93. Ruthie in Fontana says:

    Hi everyone, like you I am looking forward to the time for a new blog. I was not getting any notifications regarding new posts, so I saw a box I had not checked. I hope by checking that box I get notices. Sue enjoy your summer and let us know when your Sister gets into town.

    • Columbus Calvin says:

      I get all of this by email. Remembering to check a website does not come easily to me.

  94. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    Susan, I can’t stop thinking about your situation. It breaks my heart ! I know I stand with LOTS of blogerinos who have already committed to helping keep this blog alive. We love your stories, pictures and of course, the crew.
    TO THE BLOGERINOS; Please pray with me that my sisters Susan and Nancy can find peace and privacy in their new home. It bothers me terribly that they have been made to feel like victims of stalkers!!!!

    Sending lots of love and big hugs

  95. Gloria in Prescott, Az. says:

    I missed the Post about the letter delivered to you so went back trying to figure out what everyone was referring to. Thanks for the update that it was removed, thought I was losing my mind. Maybe I am a little but hey, I don’t want that confirmed. I wish everyone was as concerned about privacy as you are. Sometimes I think the only way we will ever get it back is by getting off the internet. Maybe some new internet privacy laws will make it achievable again.

    I do so enjoy your writing and I do think you could do a very successful job with children’s books. Might seem too much like work (don’t know how easy it is for you) but certainly would be a wonderful and sorely needed contribution to the education of our Children.

  96. Cecilia Breigh says:

    I’m signing up for email notices. I will miss your blogs.
    Cecilia

  97. weather says:

    Hi, Sue and everyone, on the local news channel today they said the longest day of the year will be in twelve days on June 21st. My initial thought was “Oh, no! After that I’ll miss having so many hours of sunlight.” Then it occurred to me that means the longest night of 2018 will be December 21st, and I’ll love watching snowfalls in the glow of lamplights outside during those longer nights. That’s one thing I missed when I lived in California, especially around Christmastime.

    My feelings and preferences about seasons and their lighting has changed a few times in the course of my lifetime. I wonder…Have you always felt the same way about the seasons and do you favorite ones ? Do you like it more when the days or nights are longer? I’d love to hear your answers and also why you like the one/ones you do. Whether you reply to this or not, I hope you all are enjoying this weekend wherever you are 🙂 .

    • Columbus Calvin says:

      I’ve always (I’m 61) liked spring and fall, and always for essentially the same reason. I’m outdoors more than most people, less for recreation than for walking and biking to get around. The temperatures are relatively moderate in those seasons and there’s no snow and ice. As I age, my lung issues have become more serious, and that increases the importance of decent weather.

      • weather says:

        Thank you for replying, Calvin. I prefer moderate temperatures, too. I understand how difficult walking and riding a bike can sometimes be, much more so through snow and ice. Especially if we are carrying packages like groceries and such, which I’m guessing you do sometimes.

        A friend and I decided to walk just a few miles from her house to do some shopping. That was all well and good until we had to go back, suddenly we knew just how heavy and cumbersome every single thing we had bought really was! I would think all the exercise you get is slowing the rate of how quickly your lung issues could be increasing if you drove a car everywhere. I know it’s recommended for almost everyone to stay as active as possible in order to maintain or improve their health. I hope you can find an affordable place to move to with a climate that makes you more comfortable year round.

        • Dawn in NC 🐈 says:

          Hi Weather. I love all seasons but the winter. I just can’t stand all the darkness! Granted, NC has moderate winters, but the darkness gets me every time. Also, I get down by the lack of green trees and pretty flowers. Winter is a very monotone season. I’m actually a bit sad that, the same as you, thinking about less sunlight after the longest day of the year. I’ll enjoy the sun while I have it!

          • weather says:

            You know, Dawn, reading your reply made me think of exactly why the darkness no longer gets me every time, thank you for replying! I used to feel that way before I began getting up around sunrise every morning. Now I’m about ready to settle in and get cozy after supper anyway. Where I live now we have a LOT of trees, some are pines and evergreens so I get to see green all the time. I wish I could send you some of that when you’re missing it. Yippee, plenty of sunshine for the next few months 🙂

        • Columbus Calvin says:

          Your comment relates to my day, in that I’ve been improving my bicycle cargo system today. I have a nice big trailer a friend made for me, and I’ve been working to make improvements in the hitch setup. I can carry much more cargo than most cyclists.

          I learned the hard way the differences between carrying things in my hands versus on my back. I have almost every size of backpack made, and I use them all for different situations.

          I am doing “car-free” living, as I have off and on my whole life. Experience and creativity/resourcefulness make this much easier than most Americans would guess.

        • Columbus Calvin says:

          PS: you’re right about the exercise slowing my lung (and other) issues. Every doctor I’ve seen in years encourages my walking and cycling, even though some others see it as a burden or something.

          • weather says:

            You created an efficient and healthy lifestyle for yourself, I admire that.

            • Columbus Calvin says:

              Thank you. I have the opportunity to buy a car now, but obstacles keep popping up as if a Higher Power is trying to tell me something. For today, I’m sticking to the bike, bus, and walking setup and improving it.

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Maybe as we age, we find ways to get some pleasure out of each season…but I must say where we live does have some effect on me…I am not overly bothered by darkness and no sun days. I love trees and green…so usually there is going to be some dark days if you live among evergreens. I am not keen on summers…esp. if hot…here in the NW, USUALLY (but not the last 3 summers) it does not get too bad…and we live in a place with very insulated thick walls…so if we do things right, it seems to stay fairly cool…no A/C…not many have that in this area. I do not mind a lot of cold winters, but that depends on if we have to drive someplace too…if we can stay home…tis fine. And usually here winters are mild…not like the tons of snow in some places. I have been in weather that with wind chill went to -35…that is just plain too cold!! Down below zero a few degrees is not too bad. But I will say as we have aged…we like it to stay at least above freezing…old arthur often comes to visit if weather gets too harsh!! Nice question Weather…

      • weather says:

        It’s good to hear from you, Elizabeth, thank you for replying. One key to happiness is “… finding ways to get some pleasure out of each season… ” I think you are right, often having the wisdom to do that does come with age. It takes time to adapt and find solutions that allow us enjoy our life, in any circumstance we cannot change.

  98. Dawn in NC 🐈 says:

    My thank you to you Sue! Just used your link to order a pair of Keen’s! Thank You!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I see your order — KEEN’s hush knit hiking shoes. Nice. Thank you, Dawn! 🙂

  99. Cinandjules 🌵 says:

    Born and raised in San Francisco we didn’t have seasons…per se. It wasn’t until we moved to the ADKs where we had four. Each one has its beauty…and I’m going to say Fall is my favorite due to the changing of the leaves.

    I enjoy more daylight and when it’s still bright at 9. When it gets dark at 5 pm…it’s kind of blah…

    Up in north country the weather is so unpredictable. Last summer was a wet one..Jules went bonkers. Hopefully this year will be better! She did say there was an abundance of pinecones to be raked from the crazy wind!

    Enjoy your weekend also weather!

    • Dawn in NC 🐈 says:

      Cin and Jules, thought I’d give you an update on the integration of my two cats. You had given me advice last year about helping them to get along. I did try Feliaway based on your advice. Well, it’s been a year since I got my “new” cat. This past week, I was finally able to let them loose together 24/7 unsupervised. They have done great! It might have taken a year but we are finally there! 😍😎😻

    • weather says:

      The colors in the ADKs in fall are amazing! No wonder that’s your favorite season, I know you don’t miss winter in the north country, Ha! Yep, kind of blah is a good way to describe it being dark early. It only really bothered me when I was still working because I hardly ever could be outside during daylight. Now that Jules is up here I’ll be back to watching the news about storms near your lake throughout the summer, I hope it’s a nice, dry and safe one.

      • Ruthie in Fontana says:

        I love every season. I grew up in Colorado. We had four distinct seasons. When you grew tired of winter along came spring and so on and so on. Besides you always had something to talk about!

        • weather says:

          Thanks, Ruthie, I love every season, too! By March I have to be careful not to say that to folks here that hate winter, they are sick of it by then so I just say maybe it’ll be over soon…

      • Cinandjules 🌵 says:

        Some things can’t be captured in photos!

        Winters REALLY werent that bad…we enjoyed shoveling, raking the roofs, donning and doffing the snowpants to take AO outside.

        Jules and I still laugh at..getting stuck in snowbanks while raking the roofs of the outbuildings and not being able to move cuz your boots are caught! Told my sister the story and she didn’t get it!

        Jules is back there to golf with her dad, who has dementia. Her mother is the main reason why we left. She’s been there for less than 24 hours and MIL is up to her old antics. When her dad passes we will sell our place but for now it’s Jules’ sanity. We love our home, the area and miss our friends…but the old crow is going to live forever!

        Hah our most watched channel was the Doppler radar..
        Funny is I always looked at the weather at your lake!

        Take good care!

  100. em gonyer says:

    sue , following your blog since the beginning. rusty’s too. they help round out my limited social life. sunny days to you both.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Sunny days to you, too, em. It’s nice hearing from you! Thanks for sticking with me and my crew all these years. We share some wonderful memories!

  101. sandi, Northport, Wa says:

    Sue, I have enjoyed this blog so much. Best wishes to you and a new adventure. It’s hard to keep a blog going with lurkers like me, but I will get it if it comes in, looking forward to staying connected. I have learned so much from you. Maybe a German Shepherd or a Pitbull, I would get both. Also, heard one wman makes 1500. per month walking other people’s dogs, since you have so much experience, and love to walk, it’s good money. Just a thought. Hugs woman.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, sandi,

      I’m glad you enjoy my blog. I edited your comment to remove information on how to find my location. Hugs to you, too!

  102. AlanOutandAbout - in Truth or Consequences NM says:

    Good day Sue. Remember, now that you have a private house you have a legal right to privacy, as opposed to a public place like the LTVA’s where you really don’t and can only hope people will honor your desires. Now anyone that seems to be lurking about can be classified as a stalker and can be arrested as such. I know it is not your thing to do this but it is an option if someone is just too much.

    Oh, the image you did of the humming bird in flight is probably the most artistic image you have ever created. I know it was partly an accident but that isn’t the issue. It is all about the image. Next time Arizona Highways has it’s photo contest you should enter it. It truly captures the essence of a hummingbird in flight.

    • Pat in Bulverde, Tx says:

      I did not remember the “humming bird in flight” pictures, so Google sesrched and found them.
      Absouletly spectactular, Sue. Do enter them into the contest!
      Bulverde Pat

      • weather says:

        To see the photo I think Alan was referring to- go back two posts and look at the photo of the hummingbird that flew into the house in the post titled “Oh, the stories I cannot tell” .

  103. Ozarkjoy says:

    Is there a way to start s new page. I’ve read this one three times now. It’s a thought about stalkers though. You could just say exactly where you were. Harassing emails , snail mail , and standing around in an area is not legal. Although there there might be some criminal types out there so really not a good idea. Oh how most of us yearn for the mayberries that are really no more.

  104. Deena in Phoenix says:

    Just a quickie note…got a tripod to put my Panasonic Lumix on, actually tripod came from my nephew for helping Zo & GB these last few weeks…I was shaking using the phone for pictures (bad) and stated that is why I prefer my Lumix for stills…Have been trying both out today…many humming birds and doggies out walking this morning (too hot during the day), will set up again for the evening walkabouts…Hope you’re able to enjoy the last of the Spring days of Southern Arizona.

    Take Care Sue, Crew and Blogorinos

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