Something to cheer about!

P1090425Big Maria Mountains during “the golden hour,” before sunset, Blythe, California

Monday, February 1

The crew and I are inside most of the day while outside the wind howls and the dust obliterates the view of the McCoy Mountains to the southwest and the Big Maria Mountains to the northeast.  Reggie insists on going outside several times throughout the day.

We go outside.

We turn around and come back in.

“See?  I told you so.  It’s too cold and windy!”

I read, online and on my Paperwhite.  Bridget, the wisest of the three of us, spends her day napping, eating, and watching Reggie pick fights with his toy monkeys.

Tuesday, February 2 — A cold morning in the 30s (F)! 

I’m up around 4:30 a.m. turning on the  heater.  I open both ceiling vents with the bathroom jar propped open.  I doze off watching the red-orange glow of the Wave heater.

Around 6:30 the crew is up and wants breakfast. It’s toasty warm in our little house.  A potty run reveals, although it’s cold outside, the wind has stopped!

After breakfast I put up the hummingbird feeder, filling it with 4:1 water-to-sugar mixture.

P1090426For lunch I make myself scrambled eggs with left-over stir-fry on the side.

I take my plate outside to the camp chair with attached table, along with a glass of orange juice.  The sun shines brightly from the nearly cloudless sky,pleasantly warming our outdoor room.  Bridget and Reggie soak up the rays and beg for bites of egg while I try to eat.  I enjoy eating outside very much.  A very tasty lunch!

P1090420A slight breeze is cold enough to send us inside again.

While online, I notice out the window that our hummingbird friend has returned!  (Well, it looks like him.  I’ll know for sure when he sings from the ironwood tree.)

Late in the afternoon Reggie and I go for a walk.

“Are you sure you don’t want to come, Bridge?”

She gives me her do-I-have-to? look.

P1090434I lift Bridget into the Best Little Trailer and up onto the bed. 

“We’ll be back in a little while, honey.”

Reg and I walk the lane that you see in the next photo.  If you look closely (upper left) you’ll also see our nearest neighbor, tucked among the creosote next to an ironwood tree, much like we are.

P1090435Do you remember, when you were a kid, running simply for the pure joy of it?

When Reggie and I return to our campsite, I let Bridget out and I fuss over her.  This revs up Reggie’s motor and he takes off, running in circles!

P1090432Bridget comes around the back of the BLT to watch. 

She stops when she spots me holding up the camera.

P1090427-001“Go, Reggie Man, Go!”

P1090445“Wow!  You sure can run fast, little boy!”

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Round and round he goes . . .

Good!  The Reginator will sleep well tonight!

“Yippeeeee!”

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“Hooray!  We can play outside again!”

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“Yay!  It’s a beautiful day and I’m the fastest dog in the world!”

P1090441Message to all of us from the Reggie Man:

No matter what your situation, find something to cheer about today.

(Running full-out in circles is encouraged, but not necessary.)

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NOTE:   What in your life —  right now or in the future, great or small — gives you a reason to cheer?  If you’re not in a cheering place in your  life, what gives you hope for cheering in the future?

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151 Responses to Something to cheer about!

  1. Dawn in NC says:

    First?!

  2. Judy J. in upstate S.C. says:

    2nd!!

  3. Hello Sue and crew,
    My life is full of cheer. Being able to RV full time with my partner and our puppy makes my life cheerful everyday. It does have its ups and downs but there is so much to be thankful for. I really liked your post today the regginator looked funny going in circles he is such a fast little guy.

  4. Pat H....now in Yuma says:

    Third?

  5. judy in east texas says:

    Hi Sue, if you remember i mentioned earlier that i was reading your book….and loving every second of it…well i just got to THAT DAY, you know the day in August 2014. I’m bawling my eyes out with sadness and with joy as to the wonderful time you had with Spike and his final days and his beautiful resting place.
    you bring so much joy into our untraveling lives and i have to thank you so very much.
    Now back to my book and know that we love you and wish you safe travels and gods blessings.
    Judy and The Donald

  6. Barb L says:

    I’m cheering because I love our life as full-time RVers. In Ajo this week for the Fiddlers Contest and Quilt Show.
    Thanks, Sue, for your blog and for fostering such great blogorinos.

  7. Judy J. in upstate S.C. says:

    My reason to cheer today? ( Besides being 2nd place!) We’re at Nokomis Beach, Fl. and it’s 82 degrees with a nice breeze. Hubby’s fishing; I’m reading. Had a key lime/chocolate ice cream cone for lunch. I could go on, but just saying we’re feeling very blessed. Prayers for Desert Ginger and others going through difficulties. Thinking Reggie will always be a puppy and Bridget a forever sweetheart!

  8. Pat H....now in Yuma says:

    Boondocking in the desert for the next few weeks and then heading back to Oregon Coast to host and see friends is making me happy.

    I hope everyone is happy or is looking forward to very good times.

    • bess, in Eugene OR says:

      hi pat! Barry and i will stop off and see you when you get to your hosting stations in Oregon. i am cheering for you! bess

  9. Page says:

    We are cheering our upcoming
    summer jobs in Yellowstone! Yay! And glad that I am healthy and that I get to read RVSue and Her Canine Crew!

  10. Jolene/Iowa says:

    Hi Sue,

    That wind has now hit the midwest with snow. We didn’t get as much snow as places farther north in the state. I love Reggies zoomies! So cute, Harley does those also. He was noser, dozer diving as we call it in snow drifts this morning. Comes out of them covered with snow.

    What is bringing me cheer? We have a new grandchild due sometime in August. A new life from God is always something to cheer about. I also have a very busy, active church group online on Facebook and we are studying the book The Story if anyone wants to check out a great book, and that is another great thing to cheer about as well as our RV group.

    Oh and one more thing to cheer about, the Iowa Caucus’s are done and we have our TV back again. lol

    Have a great day!!

    • Kellee says:

      Jolene – I am in Iowa too and I second being glad that the caucuses are over. I love exercising my vote, but the never-ending campaigning is exhausting!

    • Leesa (IA) says:

      Live in IA also and agree with cheering for the caucuses to be done!!

      • Jolene/Iowa says:

        I forgot what a real commercial was, all we had been seeing was political ads for what seemed like weeks.

        • Kate in Iowa says:

          I’m in Iowa too and was never so relieved to have the caucuses done. Usually I like them, but this year was a bit much.
          I’m also relieved/cheered to be back running and training for a June marathon after a ten month foot injury. I share Reggie’s joy! 🙂

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Congratulations, Jolene! What an exciting time for your family!

  11. Jean in Southaven, MS says:

    I find lots to cheer about. I am healthy and the treatments for my Macular Degeneration are keeping my eyesight. My children and grandchildren are all healthy and doing well. All of us finally have jobs that we can live on after the recession had several of us without a job for two and three years. We haven’t had any real bad weather here and not a lot of cold weather either. I have a warm home and money to keep it that way. I could go on and on, but I have been truly blessed.

    Love Reggies energy. He is such a cutie. My Blue Healer mix would love him. They could run and have a great time. Thank you for sharing and be safe.

  12. I cheer for the pure opportunity to wake up and spend another glorious day in this world! Love to you and the pups

  13. Chris(MN) says:

    I am cheering about retiring in June and heading off in my 5th wheel! That Reggie is a hoot! Picking fights with his toy monkeys, indeed. I can just picture it. Did he play his “bite the hand that feeds you” too? Every time that my dog does that, I think of Reggie.

  14. Kristi & Daisie (currently in San Antonio, TX) says:

    After spending three months in San Antonio, I’m happy to hit the road again next Monday as I head to southern Arizona. I’m antsy to head back home to the Boise area when the weather allows. I’ve enjoyed my full-time RVing, but finding temporary employment has been harder than I thought it would be. I’ll go back home, become employed again, and work to travel on small trips here and there. When retirement age finally hits, I’ll perhaps try the full-time RVing again.

    I’ll always be most appreciative of Sue’s adventurous spirit. It was her blog that prompted me to try it and I don’t regret a moment of it. I’ve learned a lot in my eight months on the road. I’ll be much better prepared when the time comes again. 🙂

    • Marilyn, Dania Beach, FL says:

      Just consider it a dry run and think about how much you have learned.

      Congratulations on the courage to try out full time RV living and now you know you enjoy it. Looking forward to reading your journal when you hit the road again.

  15. Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

    Hi Sue and Crew! This couldn’t have come at a better time for me, struggling with a personal issue. In spite of that, you are right! There is always something to be grateful for and to cheer about. My beloved dogs is one and seeing Reggie so happy makes me smile. My little Mica, runs like that but in our backyard and boy can she run too!

  16. Lynn Brooks says:

    Looking forward to better weather (currently buried under 30+ inches of snow from Jonas). Looking forward to my daughter being completely recovered & getting her life back after major abdominal surgery last week!
    Looking forward to a safe trip home from Ithaca, NY to Baltimore, MD for me next week! Looking forward to sleeping in my own bed after 16 days on an air mattress! Looking forward to getting my cataract surgery done & OVER in Feb 15th!!! Been waiting over 6 months so Medicare will cover it!!!
    Looking forward to SPRING!!!!
    Lynn B. (Baltimore, MD)

  17. Lee J in Northern California says:

    I am grateful for being able to buy fresh raw milk directly from the dairy, bless Joe’s heart for going to all the trouble to get proper permits to be able to sell the milk!
    Today is the day I am going to be making some fresh motzarella , want a ball too?
    We could have caprese for dinner!

    When my doggies zoom around like Reggie, my husband calls it wild doggin!

  18. JeffDeb says:

    Hi Sue- We were in the big town of Blythe last week and just missed you. We were in Q for the big RV tent event and then spent a week recouping in the BLM. One day/night of those winds were enough…we threw in the towel and rolled to Mesa. We begin our Northern migration March 8th. We camped 205 nights last year and have enjoyed following up. Thanks for sharing. Deb and I along with our fur kid Sam look forward to crossing paths. Safe travels, Jeff

  19. Rob, Fortuna Pond outside Yuma Arizona says:

    I really like my Kindle White, it’s just for reading books but it does that job really well.

    • Applegirl NY says:

      OK, Rob and Sue, You both have Kindle Paperwhites, correct? Can you read outside in the sun with them? I have a Kindle that I love and it is perfect for just about everything, including all of my reading, but I can’t read outside on a sunny day. I hate to have two devices, but one of the main reasons for the Kindle purchase was to avoid bringing books everywhere. What do you say?

  20. Pam and Maya says:

    Hi Sue, Bridget and Reggie! I think Reggie needs a little cape, he looks like super puppy! I’m cheering because I’m healthy this week after a terrible week of bronchitis! Your health is the most important gift you can have!

  21. Ilse says:

    Three cheers for being back home in Sequim on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula. 30″ of snow in Va when I got there Monday after “the blizzard of 2016″ and barely avoided getting stuck in Denver on the way home yesterday. Apparently airports can deal with 8” of the white stuff.?
    Ilse

  22. mockturtle says:

    I’m cheering about my great spot on Darby Well Rd. No one within sight or hearing, beautiful scenery and quiet. It was 25 degrees this morning, though! Even so, cozy inside with books, food and coffee! What a life! I’m blessed! 🙂

  23. Carol M says:

    I enjoy your blog. I can live my dream vicariously! from Ottawa Canada, after a day skiing.

  24. Robin Shaw says:

    Wow, great photos of Reggie running full tilt! So glad you could finally get outside to eat your lunch, and Yippee your hummer is back! We are settling into our new home in NC and the birds are finally coming to our feeders, including a flock of goldfinchs! But, we just heard that feeding birds is discouraged here in Western NC in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Smokey Mountains because when the bears come out of hibernation they raid everyone’s feeders!!! We have a suet feeder out that might be quite tasty to a hungry bear! I will have to get some more info about this because we do so love our birds! Robin

  25. Diann in MT says:

    I made the best pot of chile I have ever made! I finally emailed my best friend and confidant. My house is really clean. January’s bleakness is well spent deep cleaning. Thanks for asking, Sue.
    Now, I’m going to peruse the blogorinos’ purchases.
    Happiness is simple.

  26. Ronda western WA says:

    Thanks Reggie?I needed that message.

  27. Susan in Dallas says:

    Go, Reggie, Go! He knows it’s just great to wake up every morning! I’m happy and blessed to do so and have a part-time job I greatly enjoy and the rest of the week to do as I please. Doesn’t get much better than that! As I tell anyone wo asks, “I love my small, boring little life! “

  28. Jack Spratter says:

    I cheer for what I witnessed earlier this morning, not because of the gut-wrenching fire, but because of the outpouring support towards all those immediately affected.

    The full-time RVing family, the Rodriguez family, went for a short driving excursion southward into Tombstone, AZ about 8:45 AM, but they forgot–they left something simmering on their stove. It did not take long before their RV 5th Wheel was engulfed in flames, bellowing a large, thick black column of smoke skyward. When their neighbors saw the terrifying scene, they yelled out in a fever-pitch, “Fire, Fire.” We all marshalled with haste our water hoses to help to keep the flames contained from spreading to the nearby trailers–until small arms ammunition began firing off because of the heat. A man to my right was first hit in his lower right leg with a round, and then again in his left foot. It seemed like hundreds of rounds were whizzing around us before we all were able to retreat successfully, all the while watching helplessly as the windows in the neighboring trailers exploded because of the inferno. I personally witnessed several ammunition rounds ricocheting off trailers that were more than 75 feet away.

    It took the volunteer fire department personal about 20 minutes after the first 911 call to arrive at the Tombstone RV Campground. Before they arrived, the Rodriguez family had returned. Standing helplessly before the inferno, they spoke through their sobbs, “Almost everything we have is gone.” One person spoke up, and then another: “What I have is yours.” A woman opened up her purse and pulled-out all the bills she had, “Here, I believe this is yours.” It was not long before many in the Park had rallied around the Rodriguez family with items and money. The manager of the RV Park assured them that they can stay in one of the Park’s cabins until they get things sorted out. This gracious hospitality was also extended to the neighboring folks, for their trailers also suffered extensive heat and smoke damage.

    • Jolene/Iowa says:

      Wow, how terrifying but yet I love hearing the outpouring of love. Prayers going up for all involved.

    • Diann in MT says:

      Your story is a testament to the haphazard nature of the universe. Amongst all the terror, you were spared and recovered sufficiently to share this sad story. God bless all of you. It was, no doubt, a trauma for every one.

    • Karen LeMoine says:

      Please tell me they lost no pets:(

      • Jack Spratter says:

        Greetings Karen:

        When the volunteer fire personnel arrived, they broke out the side of the RV and found the cat. A fireman quickly scooped up and cradled the kitty’s limp body in his arms and laid him outside. Well, it is just so happens that a (horse) vet was parked nearby and resuscitated the kitty. How about that! If I was the kitty, I would scratch off the score card one of my nine lives.

    • Applegirl NY says:

      What an incredible story. My heart breaks for them, and like others, I am filled with gratitude for those who stepped up on their behalf. God bless everyone.
      I hope those with injuries heal quickly and also get the support they need.

      As an aside, a good reminder for all of us to double check things before we leave our campers or homes. It’s so easy to forget something simple or to think that someone else has taken care of it.

  29. Sharon in MO says:

    I am cheering about getting our tax returns completed today. I have also received so many of God’s blessings and a beautiful if cold sunny day! My husband is recovering well from cataract surgery and counting down the radiation treatments for his prostate (6 1/2 more weeks to go).

  30. Nancy S indiana says:

    Hey I made it to #32. That’s closest I’ve ever been to # 1. Yeaaaaaa !!! ?

  31. Nivrapa in AZ says:

    Hi Sue!

    I really like this post. Very upbeat and positive.

    About ten years ago I found out just how much I have to cheer about in my life. I encountered a string of serious health problems which ultimately effected my relationships, finances, and my entire being. It was during those difficult times that I began to keep a daily gratitude journal. Each day I would record three things in my life for which I was grateful. It was therapeutic in several ways and I honestly believe it was the catalyst to my recovery of those tough days. I would encourage anyone to give it a whirl–even short term for thirty days or so. It’s enlightening and a very powerful experience.

    Today I’m cheering the fact that I have the breath of life to live another day, can call the USA my homeland, have a roof over my head and food for my table. And, oh yes, that I didn’t eat the entire package of Oreo cookies in my cupboard in one day.

    Here’s to a day of simple joys to all the citizens of the RVSue nation!

    Audrey

    • Julie, Molly & gizmo (Idaho) says:

      Audrey. I love the idea of a gratitude journal. There are so many great & small things to be thankful for!

    • Applegirl NY says:

      I love the idea of eating a whole package of Oreos! LOL!

    • Krystina ~ Sutton, Vermont says:

      Good Morning Nivrapa (and Bloggerinos) Lol on the Oreos. I am like that with Cheese It’s!!! LOVE them. I only buy them like once a month.

      • CherylL5156 @ thumb of MI says:

        Krystina – Cheese-It’s are my PASSION! I too have to make myself stop eating them. I take comfort in the fact they are baked, not fried! I keep telling myself that…whilst crunching them down! They are my only vice; I don’t smoke {anything}, drink (alcohol, since ’87), swear [much]…It’s amazing what I can make myself believe if I try hard enough! LOL! :)!!

        Those 28 years of sobriety, are what I’m blessed with; and 37 years of marriage to the same great guy!!

        (I apologize if the grammar police are lurking about…it’s been way too long since proper education…) 🙁

  32. Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

    I’m blessed with decent health and a healthy, loving family, two awesome dogs, a few good friends, a wonderful Bible study group, Sue’s blog, and a terrific bunch of Blogarinos who feel like family.

  33. Jenny Johnson Manuel says:

    Just when you need a little cheering up —there you are with your words of wisdom.
    A little backstory – my day started yesterday am when I took my husband to ER in our local town and they transferred him (by ambulance) to a slightly larger town saying that hospital had expertise and equipment to accommodate his needs. However, while there (before he had seen a doctor) he had a stroke–you should have seen the nurses move and he DID see a doctor before given stroke medication and being med-flighted to a larger city with an equipped hospital. To say I was upset and perturbed is an understatement, three hospitals in same day, miles away from home, no transportation and a critically ill husband . Reading your comforting words and seeing Reggie’s ability to fly gave my troubles a new focus and I realized I am truly blessed. Today, I got good news because he was in the hospital at the right time and given medication he will most likely recover with few side effects. It may take awhile but he will recover. Thanks Sue, for your wonderful words of wisdom.

    Still waiting to be #1 post
    Jenny

    • Prayers for you and your fortunate husband…everything was perfect.

    • Robin Shaw says:

      Oh Jenny, what a day you had but it sounds like everyone did the right thing. Prayers for your husband! Robin in NC

    • DesertGinger says:

      I had a stroke last year Jenny. Actually two. My doctor said strokes are all about location, in one place, it isn’t that bad and the person can recover. In another place, they are affected permanently. I was lucky, and it sounds like your husband may be also, as I only have residual effects in my right arm/hand. Everything else is totally healed.

    • Applegirl NY says:

      Jenny, please don’t forget to take care of yourself. I’m sure you’re exhausted and you need to get some rest. So, rest when you can, as you will have much running ahead of you during your husband’s recovery. So glad his prognosis is a good one.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      You and your husband are in my thoughts and prayers, Jenny. Sending you both a hug. Please take care of yourself, remembering to eat and try to get some rest.

    • Krystina ~ Sutton, Vermont says:

      Wow Jenny! Luck was on your side when he was in the right place at the right time! Praying for Hubby’s total recovery.

  34. heidi says:

    Not cheering because my company just laid off 400 people, several of my friends. Cheering that I still have my job. for now. not cheering because I may have to sell my house and move on but cheering because that brings new adventures. although I worry about finding another job at my age.

    I love Reg getting the zoomies! Our dogs make us laugh out loud when they do that.

  35. I am cheering because the worst of winter storm Kayla has headed northeast and the most we will get is a few raindrops later tonight! YAY! Thanking you Lord!
    Also a cheer or two for you and the crew surviving your bout with Kayla! That lady has been causing a lot of problems through the deep south! Hopefully Kayla will exit America with no more damage!

  36. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    I am cheering because it got to 62 degrees, beautiful sunshine, no wind and a great day for walking with Angel. Not so great is; I have had some chest discomfort for the last few days and have to go into the hospital tomorrow for an angiogram and probably another stent or two. Then, hopefully, I will be good as new again. I will drop in again, later in the weekend.

  37. Ann from Texas says:

    After about 6 months of “making do” (and not very well sometimes, I might add!), I have myself a barely used fifth wheel to call home. Yippee!!! Easy to cheer!

  38. Robere & Jacqueline (Jazzqueline) says:

    We are cheering the fact that our rig is almost ready for departure from Bend to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument expected arrival between the 21st and March 3rd depending on the weather. Two nights on the road should put us in your vicinity. Please wave at us as we motor south on 395 Sue. Stay warm. Spring is around the corner ….. somewhere. I promise. Robere. Hello to the pups from Ella the miniature poodle and Tibbie the Lhasa Apso.

  39. Kevin in CO says:

    Very cold last night, and chilly and breezy today in the Why BLM camping area. There were not many campers here when we arrived yesterday, but several came in today. The prospect of better weather later this week maybe… One we talked with was heading back after the rock show in Tucson.

    We did get a few hours sitting outside, using the camper as a windbreak and sun reflector. Very nice, better than the low 20’s and 15″ of snow back home.

    Weather is supposed to improve for everyone in these parts. Safe travels to all !!

  40. Leesa (IA) says:

    Cheering for good health, wonderful family, and dreams that keep me motivated. Reggie reminds me of my fur babies in their youth now they are more like Bridget which is fine too. And a final cheer for RVSUE and CREW!!

  41. Rhodium in RI says:

    We are cheerful that we should be able to get the house on the market in about 6 to 8 weeks. Once sold, we can return to our trailer stored in Tx, patiently waiting for us, and hit the road full time. I am cheering the very best math book I ever read, Derbyshire’s Prime Obsession on the Riemann hypothesis. Math is so beautiful, I wish I were better at it. Every time there is a new RVSue post puts me in a cheerful mood, too.

  42. Dawn says:

    A cheer for making dreams come true ;-P

  43. Michelle from Salt Lake,UT says:

    I cheer every day that I get to spend more time with my husband. We are just waiting for it to warm up and a traveling we will go..
    In January we welcomed our 6th grandchild into this world and are happy to help our daughters with babysitting durning these winter months. So much more fun to spoil them and send them home.

  44. Marcia GB in MA says:

    Wonderful pics of Reggie flying around the campsite! Cheering him on ? Looks like it’s going to warm up where you are. May you enjoy the milder temps and may hummingbirds flock to your feeder.

  45. Cheer and happy today,, Finely got the Power Steering Gear Box for the ol’ gal from NAPA,,,, now to save for a filter and a rag joint and the shop that will do the work on changing out the new Pump, Steerin’ gear, Rag Joint and Filter to fix the Steering on this ol’ gal,,,,,,,,, The REGGIE MAN looks like a Rocket,,,, Wheeeeee Hawww,,Go Rocket MAN ,, Reggie,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  46. Dan says:

    Do you ever just get tired? No, only when I overdo and that’s a pleasant kind of tired.

    Tired of the same desert scenes? No. Sometimes I get restless and go somewhere else, but I’m not tired of the desert. It’s far more interesting to me than my photos and blog can show. And I’m in the desert for a few months, then I’m off to different places again.

    Tired of being alone in life? Never! I LOVE being alone. I’ve been around people all my life. I like being alone much better!

    Tired of living in a small cell (trailer) day in and day out, full time? Just the opposite! I’ve lived in big houses and kept them clean. My little house is big enough. I have everything I need and want. Living small delights me. The outdoors is part of my house. And I can change my surroundings whenever I want!

    Do you miss friends and family, or a house with all the comforts and room? Sometimes I miss friends and family. Don’t we all? (Unless everyone lives in the same place) I definitely do not miss a big house “with all the comforts” which, to me, are a big PITA.

    Do you ever get tired and wonder what am I doing here? No. My life has purpose and meaning. I try to help those I meet. I provide this blog. I educate and inform and, hopefully, add beauty to people’s lives through my photos and a few laughs sharing my crew.

    Do you have an end plan or do you just plan to die in your trailer? I do not have a specific end plan. I am saving my Amazon earnings in the event I need to leave the road. Being a loner, going to an apt. would be horrible for me. I’d want a place where I can have some privacy. Dying in my trailer might not be so terrible. I’d love to enjoy my vagabond life right up to the last day!

    Do you have a plan for yourself should you become disabled or worse? No, I don’t have a specific plan for becoming disabled either. There’s a point in everyone’s life — that point is different for everyone — where faith and trust is enough of a plan.

    Do you try to ignore the future? Do you have a plan for when you will no longer roam the earth in the BLT? I don’t ignore the future. I simply don’t dwell on it. I live in the moment as best I can. Every minute wondering “oh dear, what if” is a minute lost unless one is making plans to deal with it. I’m cognizant of my physical abilities and mental acuity and will remain watchful for any signs of decline. When full-time RVing becomes too difficult for me, I’ll deal with the situation.

    Do you Sue, I am sincerely curious and with all respect wonder if I could do it. Or what would happen to me if I had a stroke, or heart attack. Having a stroke or heart attack or severe car accident or any other calamity are risks all of us have. Living in a sticks and bricks home in a familiar location may alleviate some of the stress those things inherently carry with them. I chose not to restrict my life waiting for bad things to happen to me. If bad things do happen to me, they can catch up to me on the road while I’m enjoying my life.

    All your questions are good ones. Each person must figure out what works for them. Everyone has a different balance of risk vs. security with which they can be comfortable.

    I am tired. Those three words concern me more than anything else you’ve written, Dan. I don’t know if you’re an RVer or someone who has never RVed, so it’s difficult for me to respond helpfully. Could you be depressed? I feel tired all the time when depression hits. And that’s something that can happen no matter how one chooses to live.

    Peace to you Sue The same to you, Dan. Thanks for writing.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dan…

      You’ve asked several big questions. My answers are inside your comment (in italics). My answers aren’t perfect and they may change over time… That’s the way life is.

      • Pat H....now in Yuma says:

        Good answers and a very positive attitude. I am trying everyday to have the same outlook on life.

        I hope more people think the same way.

        Dan, good luck to you and if you have a problem, please ask for help.

      • CherylL5156 @ thumb of MI says:

        Hey, Dan-

        It does sound like you might need some help with your feelings of tiredness. Are you possibly a man who has served your country? If so, I urge you to seek counsel at the VA. They’ve helped my husband immensely in the past few years. It’s ONLY a suggestion to you, for what sounds like you are in need of help for. Sorry, that last sentence sounded kind of awkward. Just think about getting some aide from someone or somewhere. My prayers are with and for you, Dan…Blessings…

    • Michelle from Salt Lake,UT says:

      Remember: Life is what you make it.
      7+ years ago my husband had a massive stroke. He has no use of his left side, has no short term memory, and lost all common sense. For 5 years we existed. Now we live each day to its fullest and enjoy every minute of it. We go fishing and camping every chance we can. Yes it is hard, some days very hard but I would have it no other way!

      We hope you can find a way to enjoy what life and nature has to offer.

    • Applegirl NY says:

      That written conversation between the two of you is poetic in both rhythm and content. It took me a minute to realize they were actual questions being answered. Wonderful and thought provoking.

  47. Dan says:

    peaceful days and fair winds to you Sue, I am getting old and am so tired.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Forgive me if I’m being too personal, Dan. Maybe there’s a health issue? Maybe a doctor’s visit will help? Sometimes B-12 is needed or something. Getting old is one thing, being tired may be due to something else. Best wishes to you.

      • Hi Dan,, Today I met a fella from Nebraska in the Parts Store,, and he was “Shinnin'”,, well we got ta talkin’ and age came up because today is his Big B day,,, Wow 89 this fella is and he looked like my age, 66 goin’ on 67 this Fall,,, So full of Life ,, and then we said our good buys and Sue knows how I say Good by with a blessing,, well this fella got into his “DUCE” and motored on out of sight,,,, Dan,,, somedays I get a feeling but that is Life,, Be happy, You are Here Now and try to enjoy what’s All, around you, ya I get pains, but like “Frankie” sings,, “That’s Life”,,,,,,,,, have a great day and Bless you Sir,,,,,,, rusty

  48. DeAnne in TN says:

    Hello Blogarinos–I am cheering (but I don’t want it to sound like bragging) because one of my former students nominated me to become Teacher of the Week and I will be featured in a segment on our local news. I am most definitely not cheering because I got a spider bite and my eyelid is twice it’s normal size!

    • Applegirl NY says:

      Congratulations! Teacher of the week is something to cheer about. Your student thought enough of you to nominate you. That is wonderful. Takes a little sting out of that spider bite.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Congratulations, DeAnne! What an honor! 🙂

    • Krystina ~ Sutton, Vermont says:

      Congratulations DeAnne!

    • Diann in MT says:

      Congrats, DeAnne in TN! As a former teacher I know how fun that must be for you! You must be pretty inspirational! Have a great day!

    • Sue CleanerGreenerVegas) says:

      Congratulations…I’m sure the honor is well deserved!! I had a bad spider bite like that. It looked like I had been punched in the face. How photogenic for your debut on the evening news!! 🙂

  49. Applegirl NY says:

    I am cheering that this blog is giving me a break from my taxes. I’m now done, except for waiting for some tax forms from the bank.
    I am cheering for my two pups who are snoring on the floor next to me, waiting for me so we can all go upstairs together. Hubby is up there, but the critters always wait for me – how is that for love?
    I am cheering for a mild winter, a healthy family, an upcoming trip to Florida and a God in Heaven who is good!
    I wish I had the energy to show it the way the Reginator does. What a hoot he is.

  50. Cheryl O. (WA state) says:

    I cheer about your blog and all the blogorino responses. I cheer about having a peaceful life. I cheer about my family and friends. I cheer about my son, daughter-in-law and grandson moving here from Thailand in April. I cheer for those in need who reach out for comfort and care. Thank you.

  51. My something to cheer about, my husband’s oncologist, before he had his 4th chemo today, told us the tumor on the liver is shrinking. Just a little bit, but it’s shrinking. Yay !!!!

  52. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    I cheer for my best friend and her husband…as he just passed the 5 yr anniversary of a clean bill of health after being treated for throat cancer. Life is good!

  53. Sandi from Northport, Wa says:

    Dear ones, thank you all for sharing so much of the joy and struggle of your journey. I have that to cheer about and so much more. Each day is a bonus with my husband, I have survived cancer 4 times, sober 26 years, can still type inspite of neuropathy from chemo and have just purchased a new to me truck and trailer and set up the solar system myself. Also cheering my bail out of the stock market to pursue traveling as I would rather do that than save my money for a nursing home. I will cross that bridge when/if I come to it. Cheering my fur baby Buddha, he is my adoring shadow. Happy trails blogorinos.

  54. Krystina ~ Sutton, Vermont says:

    I am over the moon grateful for this blog and RVSue’s ability to put me “in the moment” with her and the kids. As with other Bloggerino’s, I found this blog when I was researching everything about being “on the road”. THANK YOU RVSue. I am also grateful that I have my fabulous daughter back in my life and my unbelievable Granddaughter. Keep on keepin on RVSue!

  55. Eileen Dykeman says:

    My health and necessary creature comforts (food, shelter) give me reason to cheer!

  56. Terri From Texas says:

    Sometimes it seems the days just keep repeating themselves. Not too bad, not spectacular. Then RV Sue makes you think-what is there to cheer about? Holy Cow! Lots and lots! My wonderful husband, my life in the country, my wonderful in-laws that are like a second set of parents to me. (Mine are gone). In the near future I hope I will be cheering because I passed the motorcycle safety class I will be taking next week. Sort of a mid-life thing! Ha! Yes, lots to cheer about when you stop and think about it!
    Thanks Sue!

    Terri

  57. DesertGinger says:

    I am cheering finding a doctor who finally diagnosed my problem. Cheering finding a surgeon I trust. Cheering all the support I have received. Cheering having my son come down to be with me during surgery.

    Not feeling my best today and may go to emergency. We’ll see. It is cold here. Can’t wait for spring/summer!

    Love to all.

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      Good new DG. So glad to hear that your son will be able to be with you. I’m sure that will make all the difference.

      I’m writing this several hours after you posted so I hope that are feeling better. Always know that you are in my prayers.

      • DesertGinger says:

        I did get better Rick, and feel much better now. Thank you for your concern. What part of Wisconsin are you in? I spent several summers in Cable, outside Hayward. Just love Wisconsin, at least in the summer. Winters are too cold for me. hugs.

        • BadgerRickInWis says:

          Yea, in February this is no place for anyone with desert in their name. 🙂 I’m in Madison, love the town, love my neighborhood, love my job. But at this point in my life I’m ready to be done with the winters.

  58. Love and prayers headed your way Ginger! So happy your son is with you! YAY ? !!!!

  59. weather says:

    The truth about what makes me cheer isn’t within the guidelines concerning faith here, I’ve typed comments ,backspaced to start over, trying to tone it down and now realize I just can’t answer the question honestly for all readers’ comfort level, so won’t try to.

    There’s a long list of things that keep me happy, grateful, excited and enthusiastic about right now and the future-the gifts, options, opportunities and daily joys that I’ve mentioned in previous comments. A recent addition to that is the kittens using their tiny voices to speak more audibly every day. Leaving food in other dry sheltered places here for the rest of the wildlife and stray critters has allowed the three wee ones more privacy to “own ” and relax in the porch, have their meals in peace and gain respect in the local animal kingdom. Their newfound bravery is lion sized! They walk ,play and sit in full view of a person, dog, or full grown cat more often than they hide now. The mama cat still sleeps, eats with and visits them sometimes. Enjoying and loving each other is the one thing they haven’t out grown.

    • Pookie in Todd Mission Tx says:

      I couldnt have said it better myself……you have a way with words, Weather.
      chuck

    • Pookie in Todd Mission Tx says:

      I try to be thankful every day for all the things I have….life, liberty, heathy kids and grandkids…I groan about paying bills every month but Im thankful I am able to pay them….
      chuck

      • weather says:

        One aspect of liberty I enjoy on here is Sue’s way of keeping us free from hurting each other’s feelings, so I have fun choosing which words to use here, knowing I’ll open the page and find a peaceful place for all of us to visit. That’s why I appreciate her guidelines, and your notes 🙂

  60. wildflower in prescott says:

    I cheer my dear friend in hospice care, who is still able to make decisions on her own. When she says “no more yogurt” I say “yes Sweety, I love you” and I squeeze her hand. I cheer her with every breath. She is 92 yrs.

    • Pat K, Bulverde, Texas says:

      Thank you, Wildflower, for being there for and with your friend. What a blessing for her and for you. Pat K

  61. MollyLuvsRoadtrippin (Seattle) says:

    You will be up to 80 degrees on Sunday? I will give a cheer out for that! I have just started volunteering as a free tax prep aide for the AARP foundation, so cheers to that organization for being a great resource for seniors (and anyone!) the get their questions answered and returns filed. It is a perfectly timed job commitment while I await the spring weather and the beginning of outdoor living season in my lil’ Casita.

    • Bill & Ann C, Why, Ax says:

      As a former EA, I just want to say, ‘AARP free tax prep is great. Thank you for your service!

  62. Pookie in Todd Mission Tx says:

    I just read that the coldest place in America yesterday was -30 at Angel Fire, NM…
    not sure if thats true but Im glad I aint there………..brrrrrrrrrr
    chuck

    • edlfrey says:

      I was in Angel Fire for the month of June 2013 and the lows were below/at or near freezing every morning. However, as soon as the sun popped up over the top of the mountains it felt very nice. It does get cold there!

  63. Bill & Ann C, Benson, AZ says:

    So nice to have full hookups. Ha! Looking forward to exploring the area around Benson.

  64. Karen LeMoine says:

    I cheer because of the love my husband and 4 little dogs give me!
    I cheer for shelter(5th wheel), abundance of food and great health insurance! I cheer for my health! And Spring will soon be
    here! More importantly I cheer because my God loves me unconditionally! Cheers everyone!!!

  65. BadgerRickInWis says:

    OK Regman, following your lead I’ve just spent the past two hours running in circles in my back yard.

    So right now what I’m cheering is.
    I’m finally done running.
    My back yard has fences tall enough that the neighbors can’t see me.
    Snow may be cold but it does cushion your fall when you collapse from exhaustion.
    Damn, isn’t it cool how you can’t remember any of your problems when your just playing for all your worth.

    Thanks for all of that. And thank you Sue, just for bein’ you.

    • DesertGinger says:

      You are too funny Rick

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Hope you are feeling better today, DesertGinger. I am glad and thankful that your son will be with you for your surgery. Sending you a hug and a smile! 🙂

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Brings ya back to being a kid….when you had no “real” problems! Hope you made a snow angel after you plopped from exhaustion! 🙂

    • JazzLoverWMa says:

      Rick, did you happen to record yourself running in circles for 2 hours? I’ll bet Reggie would love to watch it if so. Did you need a protein shake to help you keep going? Tall fences are good things to have when you are trying to be a 2 legged Reggie Man. Thanks for all the smiles.

      JazzLover

  66. Little dogs running in circles definitely cheers me up – although I’m rarely down as life is a blessing everyday. This morning I’m especially cheered by the warm sun coming in the window, warming the windless day so we can get out and enjoy it.

  67. rvsueandcrew says:

    GOOD MORNING, BLOGORINOS!

    I’m cheering for all of you! Thank you for sharing yourselves on my blog. I’m wishing everyone a great day, especially for those who face medical issues and other trials.

    At present I’m in the middle of putting a new post together. Talk to you later!

    Sue

  68. Shirley Altenes says:

    I’m cheering because my husband and I will see my daughter and grandson in Washington D.C. and we get to camp at Bryce NP, Grand Canyon South Rim, Zion area, Moab and Yellowstone!! Can’t wait!! 🙂

  69. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    I went back and read remaining comments to yesterday post. Thank you Krystina, Denise & Shirlene for the well wishes. As mentioned above, all went well and I am home again. So much to be thankful for.

    • Sue CleanerGreenerVegas) says:

      Cheers for life’s challenges met!! We fixed up and sold our first rv and redecorated and winterized our travel trailer!! I learned to brush my teeth with a thimble full of water and shower on 2 gallons a week. Don’t forget to cheer for the gifts of hot water heater and furnace from neighbors who let us have what they no longer needed! Cheers for days when Mark cooked and fed all the neighbors who were hungry but didn’t want to say so…Cheers for adding a big bed-hog to the family,and cheers for my creative sleeping positions! 🙂 My spirit soars every evening walk with our young pitbull Oreo as she hurdles over sagebrush like it’s her first time in the Great Outdoors. Cheers for Family Members who shared time and Vacations with us. Cheers for a strong truck, and the choice to ride the bike and bus. Cheers for the Creator, Moon cycles, and Beauty in All its forms. Cheers that there is more that Unites us than Divides us and Thanks for a Brain to see it clearly. Cheers that cyberFriends are real world Connections and Our Love and Concern is a Real and Powerful Force For Good in a sometimes solitary life.

  70. Colleen says:

    Just got back from Rice, Texas where I ordered my Casita…pick up June 6th…..sell house….going full time……I am cheering a new life………

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