Taking action to avoid clingers

Friday, October 10

Our pretty campsite along Ivie Creek is a magnet for people, especially during a weekend.  For this reason I decide to move camp.  Our new location is further up the road outside the entrance to Maple Grove Campground.

1-P1010030This campsite, although not on the creek side of the road, gives us a sweeping view of Round Valley to the north and a spectacular view of the mountains with trees in full autumn blaze to our south.

It’s a very large campsite.

However, since it’s not on the creek side, I’m hopeful no clingers will move in.  Bridget and I are happy here.

1-P1010022“The Hot Spot,” downtown Salina, Utah, where the Chicken Wrap Deluxe is tasty!

Thank you for your patience. 

The rapid growth of my blog has brought about some technology issues I need to address.  This process is painstakingly slow for two reasons. 

First of all, I don’t know what I’m doing.  Every step through the tech maze is a steep learning curve from which I fall repeatedly, pick myself up, and soldier onward to trip and fall again . . .  and so it goes.

Secondly, technology drives me nuts.   When I’m overwhelmed, I have to shut down the laptop and go outside to recover.

Hence the delay and brevity of this post.


Sunday or Monday, Bridget and I will leave the Salina, Utah area.  I don’t know yet where our next camp will be.  Often I don’t know until we get there!



NOTE:  Please do me a favor and refrain from posting links to other sites while I’m working on maintenance and high-volume-traffic issues.  If anything appears on this blog that looks odd (other than the usual stuff!), ignore it.  Thanks.  I won’t be joining in comment discussions until I’m done with this behind-the-scenes work.


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110 Responses to Taking action to avoid clingers

  1. Marsha/MI says:

    I’m with you there on technology. Finally had to get a new laptop and it has Windows 8. That wasn’t so bad, but I loaded Chrome browser and all sorts of weird stuff was happening that I didn’t care for, so I had to find out how to get rid of Google and all its ads and other oddities.

    Glad you’re back and I hope everything gets resolved.

    • AlanOutandAbout says:

      Whenever you install Chrome say no to all the extra Google crud, it is useless and a pita. But Chrome is a good light weight browser. IE has become a blotted pig. I am a programmer and use mostly MS products but I use Chrome for my personal browsing.

      • DesertGinger says:

        Yeah chrome tries to load you down with crap. Im on my iPad mostly so use Safari. Back when I was still working (yeo, analyst and developers) we used MS stuff too.

      • Marsha/MI says:

        Thanks for the info, Alan. I’m afraid to load Picasa because it’s a Google product and don’t want to go through what I did with Chrome. I was starting to hate my new computer because of all the chaos I went through the first couple days.

  2. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    You’re too funny! One…I don’t know what I am doing! I’m not tech savvy at all! I think I’m the only one STILL with a flip phone! Wait….i believe your flip phone has no face, battery hangs out!

    Hang in there! Don’t give yourself a headache or run yourself down! We will all be here when you get back!

    Stay warm and hopefully the clingers will go elsewhere!

    • Reine says:

      Paul finally had to give up his flip phone that’s been in the family for 10 years. It was 2G and that band of the spectrum is being assigned to emergency services of some type as of Oct 1 so the phone just plain wouldn’t work any more. Fortunately he found a 3G flip phone, it just has WAY more features and we had to specifically tell AT&T that NO, we don’t want data on it, and NO, we don’t want texting, we want it to be VOICE ONLY. I have an iPhone and like the bells and whistles but all Paul wants is a phone that he can receive a call on if necessary – so if he goes to the grocery I can call and tell him what I forgot to put on the list:).

      • Timber n' me says:

        we have a flip phone too, with AT&T and we or I was in the store to day and AT&T is still selling flip phones for us, beam us up Scotty, folks. they say they will continue selling them. ,,,,,,,,,,us

    • Connie & Mugsy (MN/AZ) says:

      I still use a simple, dumb, prepaid flip phone. It does everything that I need a phone for… it makes phone calls… and Verizon sends me texts. I fully intend to end my life having never sent a text.

      • DesertGinger says:

        Oh god I love texts. Much rather have a text than a voice mail. I don’t have voice mail setup so no one can leave any. I tell everyone to text me.

        • Jolene/Iowa says:

          I have gotten to the point that I almost prefer text, emails or private messages on facebook the most. I do talk on the phone but I don’t have data on my phone yet and don’t know if I will.

          I take care of our business phone calls and I do have to admit that with our job I could sure use data sometimes.

          I love Facebook and do spend a lot of time on there between study groups for my church and the newest thing I am doing helping my kids with this RV group we are doing.

          I get messages all the time and have gotten used to not talking on the phone so much.

          By the way if anyone else wants to follow along in the rv group just email me at joleneb2@yahoo.com and I will tell you how to get added to it on Facebook. I don’t want to add the link here right now with Sue trying to fix her blog.

          We have been sharing a lot of information and I have been sharing about the blogs like Sue’s and some of the others.

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        I’m with you there! No interest in texting.

        We don’t do that facebook stuff either!

        • Jolene/Iowa says:

          I know some of you don’t do facebook but I really love it. I am careful how much of my personal information is out there for the general public but I love the connections I have made with people. I also love the groups that I am able to participate in and do. For me, Facebook has been a real positive thing.

          My 77 year old mother is on FB everyday also. It is amazing how many people I never thought I would see on it are using it.

    • Don in Okla. says:

      No, you’re not the only one with a flip phone. I and my trusty Trac Fone are still in business!!

  3. I finally had a go at a blog of my own (lesalp.blogspot.com.au) & I know how long I fiddled trying to get it to work….your blog was my 1st of manny I now treat as geography lessons – printed out maps & follow along with travelers as they move to better weather. Good luck with tweaking your page….

  4. AZ Jim says:

    I hear that loud and clear. I get so pissed when I can’t do something that I need to do to keep one of my computers going. No worries here Missy, I sympathize totally. Weather down here now is the way you like it…come on down and be a “zonie” for the winter.

  5. DeAnne in TN says:

    5th again! woo hoo

  6. Cari in North Texas says:

    Having worked in the computer field for most of my working life, I’m still amazed that developers are so proud of introducing new features without testing to make sure they don’t break the existing stuff. And I’m not the most tech-savvy person either, so I know how frustrating and annoying it can be!

    Just do what you need to do to take care of yourself and little Miss Bridget, we will entertain ourselves! Glad to hear you found another, less clinger-y spot.

    • Toni says:

      I had a Dell laptop for 8 years when if finally died about a month or so ago. I was really surprised at how difficult it was to find just a basic laptop computer without a lot of extra stuff. Especially one without a numeric keypad. Why do they all have that now? And searching online, most pictures don’t even show a picture of the keyboard. They’re just too big and awkward for me.
      I finally found one but still it has features I don’t really need, like folding into a tablet and a touch screen, but I’m satisfied with it. 8.1 is ok but I don’t know if it’s the operating system or the computer itself that has no option to adjust the contrast of the screen and for me, it’s not sharp and clear, and the text is not sharp at all. It all seems so faded.

      • Marsha/MI says:

        I was in the same boat – old laptop that I clung to, but it kept getting slower and slower and I wanted to upgrade before it died and took all my files and pictures with it. I now have one that flips to a tablet, have used that feature once. I really like the new laptop and don’t even mind Windows 8.1, but one thing I sure miss is the numeric keypad on the right side of the keyboard. Old dog – new tricks and all 😉

  7. Barb George says:

    OY Do I hear you about the tech stuff. AGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Here is hoping the ‘clingers’ stay HOME and you get some peace. Us Blogerinos sure do enjoy your words and photos!

    Hugs to Bridget!
    And More Hugs from

  8. Reine says:

    Sue, of course it’s popular and has grown fast cause your writing is interesting, the pictures are fantastic, you provide useful information and the bloggorinos add a dimension not found on many other blogs. And considering some of the comments I’ve read, you blog helps keep some folks sane and gives encouragement to a lot of other folks handling difficult situations.

    You’ll get the technical difficulties licked, it’s just tedious. Hang in there and we’ll all hope you’re having a clinger free weekend.

  9. Jolene/Iowa says:

    Hi Sue, I don’t blame you for moving. I hope the Clingers stay away now. I hate technology, but yet I love it too. I hope you can get it figured out. We will be here when you get back.

  10. Kay says:

    Isn’t there a song… What the world needs now… or something like that?

    I think Sue needs a SPA!!!!! They do have some nice ones in AZ, but they have some natural ones too. Humm….. I am thinking….

    I can hear, see and say I know the feeling of closing the laptop lid and going outside. I’ve done that a few times myself the other day. Stupid me, should take time to just “read” and then I would not become so moody. HA!

    I’ll be good and not use up all your paper again. If we are going play hard like we did yesterday, we can go trash my blog while you fix yours.

    In the meantime, I’ll go make some pork chops, rice, and who knows what else for dinner.

    • AlanOutandAbout says:

      Hi, Sue. Web site development is as much an art as a science. I work on a web based app but not your basic web sites. I have done some in MS .net but not Word Press. Keep at it, your a smart cookie and I know you can lick it.

      Kay, pork chops and rice sounds oh so good. I made it to Americas Mailbox, but my site isn’t available till tomorrow. Big problem though when I started out from Illinois my RV would not start. Long Story short, the solenoid on the starter won’t kick in. God Sam road service came through. But in order to start the engine I have to jump from my batteries directly to the starter and bypass the solenoid, major pain. I can’t get into my space till tomorrow so I am sitting here in the Flying J all night with the engine running and the generator till I go to bed. There is a diesel maint place right by the Fling J and AMB so I should be able to get a new starter this week, but I can’t leave here till I do. Drivers license is secondary but a must. I wish there was a way we could exchange email addresses and phone numbers. If Sue sees this please feel free to send my email address to Kay.

      As to technology. I am a developer working on a 5 tier web based Accounting and inventory system which also interfaces to hand held computers used by route delivery drivers. I am constantly having to re-learn things all the time as the developing environment is constantly changing. New versions of software are frequently not backward compatible for many reasons, mostly hacker stuff.
      It is virtually impossible to test every line of code every time the environment changes, but we do try.
      Oh yeah, I use a Flip Phone on Consumer cellular, you know the commercial with the old timer and his RV. It is all I need, nothing but phone, anything else I use my laptop or desktop, All windows 7. I won’t go near 8. But I do use Verizon Mifi thru Millenicom. Go to have it to do my job.


      • Kay says:


        my email is skgtl@mail.com

        I have internet here, high speed.

        Developer huh… Oh we will get along just fine. I took a bit of break from computers a couple of times, but once I get back into them… I go like mad. Wrote a program years ago that was automated, a call center like thing.

        Hubby is a mechanic… check your email buddy…. my number is in your email.

        We also have friends in the Rapid area…. Dakota kids here, lol.

        • AlanOutandAbout says:

          I feel so dumb. I have your email on file and now you phone. Been under a little stress and i am not thinking straight.

          • Kay says:

            Don’t worry, RELAX, take your time… life slows down when you live the RV lifestyle and the stress goes too! 🙂

  11. CheryLyn(Oregon) says:

    Wow! I’ve been offline for about 10 days thought I would never catch up. I don’t post all the time but I sure missed Sue and the Blogorinos. My home away from home until the time I can actually be gone. Really hoping this latest health issue doesn’t become my new normal. Looks like I’m stuck here until spring, time to batten down the hatches before the snow comes.
    Love all the fall pictures, enjoying your travels so much.

    • JodeeinSoCal says:

      I had to smile at you getting ready to batten down the hatches for winter as here in SoCal we are making ready to finally get outside after our long hot summer 🙂 Hope your set back is a short one and you’re soon back to your old self. We’re on the road in six months and it can’t come fast enough!!

  12. Susan in Dallas says:

    My job as a computer teacher involved going to technology meetings throughout the year. It never failed that when it came time for the director to show that presentation, the technology would fail. It never failed to be funny. Ah, computers, they are great when they work. (Which wasn’t all the time)

    • Pam N. says:

      I’ve seen it happen everywhere I’ve worked: No matter how much dry run trouble-shooting, built in redundancy and plain old technical proficiency, the presentation ALWAYS hiccups at the quarterly meeting and the videoconference fails when there’s a VP on the other end. Oh well, I love crawling on hands and knees to check connections in front of 500 people. It buys the puppy chow…;)

  13. Mick'nTN says:

    I can handle tech stuff, math and science but computerese is another story; I fight with the darn thing every day. I bought my first computer, an Atari, in 1976 and it has been a downhill ride ever since.

  14. Val R. Lakefield On says:

    Hi Sue, I like your new campsite. It is Thanksgiving weekend here so I have wrestle with a turkey in the morning. Got some things done today. It was a pleasant surprise when I saw you had a new post. I hope you and Bridget have a cling free weekend.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hi, Val,

      Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving! My mouth is watering, just thinking about your dinner!

      • Val R says:

        Thanks so much, Cooking is not my favourite thing to do, but sure enjoy the day after the holiday when the leftovers just need reheating.

  15. Pamela K. says:

    Tech issues…I still have nightmares about them!
    True story and I only share it because it is so extreme and because of behind-the-screen stuff is often hidden from view.
    My story:
    Several years before 9-11-01 I was making the custom ~In Memory And Honor~ photo buttons for our US Military Gold Star Families. My way of giving back to those who had lost a family member in the service of our country. My little war effort if you will, volunteer work. In 2000 there was the Marine Osprey Helo crash in AZ. I made the photo buttons for family members of the total 29 Marine Heroes who lost their lives on the Osprey Helos. 19 of the total 29 Marines were lost to us on the 2000 AZ flight. My own son was serving in the US ARMY and would often assist the Marines with secure communications…my heart sunk for them. My friends son was one of the lost that day in 2000. With prompting from the Marine Moms I created a site and offered my buttons. Here’s where the TECH STUFF comes in. I’m washing dishes on a Thursday evening and get a call from my service provider. They tell me that they had been monitoring my site and keyboard strokes and knew that the activity was NOT coming from me but was highly odd and to report it to the local police to have as a report on file. Well, being that I am former law enforcement and didn’t want it to go buried in file 13, I called the local field office of the FBI instead and asked them to monitor my site. I gave them my former Police ID Badge Number and details of who I was and that my son was deployed over there in the sand box. With special permissions, they monitored my site for background events and activities. Turns out, YES, through even the most secure of software they trapped most everything and first sent it to TN and then from there out of the USA and over into the middle east! I had to completely download my computer for the FBI Agent who was handling the case and it took me over two full years of continued monitoring , on-and-off, to get back on solid computing again! It was a nightmare during that whole time!!!!
    Good News is this:
    First, I knew to NEVER keep any private data on any online computer or workstation, especially about our military families of stations of deployment.
    Second, Having been former law enforcement I knew who to call to track such events, very important.
    Third, I now always feel a tinge that with all the new tech stuff there will be ways to get at my server. To no avail though as there is nothing of importance hooked up to any online anything. Nothing more than the average Joe or Jane could get from the whitepages listings or doing a general check at some of the web sites online.
    Point is, I really feel for RV Sue and her tech troubles…
    At times they do seem endless…
    Been There, No Fun, and in a major huge way!
    BTW, this stuff doesn’t happen to most people. I was knowingly doing work for our deployed troops, troop families, and had a son who was deployed at the time. All those factors made me a most prime target, even with the best of tech stuff to assist me. Just saying when your systems act odd pay attention. Take it to a real pro and get it handled first thing out of the box. Not to wait until it might get better…it rarely does. This is not to scare anyone either, just to say that being wise and paying attention is key. The WWW is a beautiful thing if used wisely. I was one of the lucky ones, my son was US ARMY Signal Corps and helped me with the secure links during and after. Did they, the FBI, catch them? They wouldn’t say as they are not a reporting agency but are an investigation agency only and only when certain conditions and thresholds are met. My own agent has since retired and, yes, I am cleared to talk about the whole thing in a general info way.
    Bottom line: Computer tech stuff IS advanced. When things start to seem odd to the surface it is time to take it to a real pro to find out what, if anything, may be happening behind the scenes. I now do that every year, without fail. In closing this I hope it may help someone else to never go through what I went through.

    • Reine says:

      Let me throw in my 2 cents as a RETIRED desktop support and server admin (yeah, you figured I spoke computer didn’t you?) If anyone calls you saying they are from Microsoft and have found a virus on your computer HANG UP immediately. That’s a common scam and Microsoft NEVER calls and they have no way to know if you have a virus. The folks that call are just trying to get your info and money.

      • Pamela K. says:

        Yes, I know you are correct to say nothing when someone calls saying they are from Microsoft or the likes. I said nothing to the caller that called me. I hung up and called my service provider direct via land line and got the fraud unit on the phone. He confirmed what the caller said and that it was indeed from them. They don’t do that now but I was on the registered VIP Customer Lists. Yes, they do have VIP lists for security reasons and still do. As for key strokes, yes, they can and do know every key stoke that hits their servers. Where it is from is another set of questions altogether as they bounce from network to network…but the file footprints are there…it just takes time and digging deep. Casts of thousands and budgets of millions as they say.

  16. DebsJourney says:

    Oh Sue I know how frustrating computer stuff is and understand how you need to breath and don’t you fret about us blogerino’s. We’ll be here when you return and hey we all enjoy reading each others posts so no worries. Your blog is so fun and informational. I hope your feeling much better and enjoy all the beautiful colors.

  17. DesertGinger says:

    Sorry you are having so many issues Sue. Good luck.

    I went to Apple store and they reset my iPad…all new apps on it..,and working so far. The only other possible next step would be trade in and upgrade. I do want 4g iPad but wanted to wait till January. We will see.

    Getting hungry…what do I want? Something yummy….

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hi, DesertGinger,

      Glad you got your IPad reset and it is working again! I hope it continues to work until you and your budget are ready to upgrade. I am happy that you felt up to driving today and battling the crowds in the Apple Store. Why they are always milling with customers is a mystery…I have never seen the store near me have a “slow” day.

      Have something good to eat…gotta continue to shore up your strength! Sending you hugs! 🙂

  18. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi. Sue,

    Good luck with resolving the technical issues. You definitely are doing the right thing….walking away when it becomes overwhelming. Much better than throwing the laptop. However, sometimes throwing things can feel good! Heh-heh!

    I downloaded the latest IOS update to my IPad mini and now wish I had ignored the update prompt. The favorite site listing has migrated to the opposite end of the page, and other things are changed, too. For me, not for the better. I am trying to get used to it. It appears the changes were optimized for the full size iPad. PITA…. I feel your pain!

    Glad you are in a Clingfree zone. Enjoy the rest of the weekend, and safe travels when you and Bridget head out for where ever your heart takes you (and us!). Hugs from me and Gracie pup! 🙂

  19. Shirlene says:

    Hi Sue, so sorry about the computer troubles, I guess fame comes with it little challanges…you know you are famous don’t you. Weather and I will weather through this until you rejoin the conversation down the road. That being said, be careful down the road and take lots of pictures getting there. Rub little Bridgets belly one more time for me tonight as you snuggle in your warm and cozy environment.

    Hi Weather, yes I am here…just woke up from a nap, what a great nap it was..my dogs were grateful for the opportunity to rest with me through this nice sunny day, sometimes I feel like I have wasted a beautiful day, but I worked this morning and I just needed a nap darn it….Old friend I was supposed to meet today is coming over instead so I don’t have to venture out and my dinner is being delivered, like everything else that I have done..haha. I hope your day was full of joy and troupe romps and jeep rides…that reminds me, I need to take mine out…Love to you and yours…

    Have a good night to all my fellow Blogorinos, see you when the sun comes up…

    • weather says:

      Hi Shirlene,your getting up and I’m going down.Had a wonderful long day.Tucking in now,tell you all about tomorrow.Enjoy your dinner and evening.

      N’nite to everyone

      • Shirlene says:

        🙂 tuck in tight and troup the night away.

        • weather says:

          Thanks,good thing we as a troupe did tuck in tight-lost our electricity in this area overnight and though the power company restored it just before sunrise ,it was chilly in here by then, because the outside temps were just below freezing.Now it’s 40 out,going up to 62 later and the system I put in place the other day already has the house close to 70,yippee!That’s using under 35 per cent of it’s capacity so it’ll be all I need in the winter and saving thousands of dollars ,which I’ll be happier to spend the times we’re on the road.Bet between your nap and having company you stayed up late last night,hope you have good coffee in hand now.

  20. Kay says:

    Weather, so nice to see you! How was your day? Lovely, I hope.

  21. Oy! Technology can be a double-edged sword for sure! Sue, you cracked me up…”if anything on this blog appears odd (other than the usual stuff).” Hope you haven’t torn out all of your hair yet. You’re wise to take a walk when you feel overwhelmed.

  22. Ms. Leslie says:

    AlanOutandAbout, for the sake of humanity (read users who don’t have a choice) make it better than Sage and Factory Master. Both dreadful.

  23. Ron Sears says:

    Well don’t feel alone with the tech problem. I sent my first tex message about two weeks ago. I am a little slow on catching on to some of the things that they keep coming up with. I’ve been reading and enjoying your latest pictures. Better get that rig pointed south before you catch a snow storm girl…be safe..

  24. Ms. Leslie says:

    Ron Sears, when I sent my first text message to my daughter, she replied, “I had no idea there were so many 8’s in that word!”

  25. Diane, Blue Ridge Mountains, VA says:

    I know how frustrating the techno stuff is Sue, I wish you all the best and patience to handle it. We will wait.
    Love your big campsite and will look forward to further travel adventures from you. Take Care Sue and little Bridget.

  26. Timber n' me says:

    My Dad or human is running with Windows 8.1 and has Webroot for a #2 security just in case MS slips up again, like they did back in January this year. If something slips by MS, Webroot catches it and stops it dead in its tracks and updates our system. ,,,,,,,,,,Timber

    • Marilu, northern California says:

      Timber and Rusty
      How are you enjoying your new home on wheels?

      • Timber n' me says:

        Hi Marilu, We are doing just great, we moved from the camping site across from the Parker Dam to up River to just South of Havasu City. We get more cooling breeze’s up here, as we don’t have AC, and the way I park the truck towards sunset, that way the wind comes side to side and in the evening we get a cooling wind from the East. Plus the solar panels get light from morning to sunset. There aren’t any other campers here yet, it’s early for “snow birds”, they don’t get here till November. our camp is at the first BLM 14 day limit area , 4 miles south of Lake Havasu City, we’ll move when it starts to fill up, to a spot south of here ’bout 6 miles and no limit signs and no neighbors , probably the rest of the season. I’ve been “Glassing” the camper to seal it and make her shinny , wind when going down the Hwy, flow’s better, than flat paint, which cause’s drag , So being “Shinny”, gets better gas mileage. We are getting a “wave 3” heater in November. no more wood stove, it’s to messy and thus allows Timber to have more play time and this will be my first time in my whole camping life using Propane heat and I have the heads up on it too. Timber says Hi to all,,,,,, have a blessed day ,,,,,,,us

        • Cat Lady (Baton Rouge, LA) says:

          Rusty, how do you “glass” a camper? Is that the same as waxing a car? Thanks.

          So glad you and Timber are doing well and enjoying your travels.

          Cat Lady

          • Timber n' me says:

            Sorry I’m late in answering you Cat lady, Glassing means fiber glassing. One can use the fiber + resin to strengthen or just use the resin to seal what ever your sealing. then after she’s “glassed”, then I’ll re paint the camper a gloss enamel white on top and a two- tone modern design on the sides and back. I’m also thinking ’bout putting a tire cover on the spare with a logo of ; timber n’ me, on it. ,,,,me

  27. Deborah says:

    Blog stuff can get so complicated. For me, because I don’t do website building all the time, whenever an issue emerges or re-emerges, inevitably I forgot whatever I knew or did last time! With the huge growth your blog has seen I can only imagine that issues get exponentially larger! Good luck! Astleast you have a beautiful area to escape to when tech stuff gets to be too much!

    Love the photo of the BLT in the new site. It looks so very homey!

  28. Kay says:

    Good Morning All,

    Hope everyone had a good night. We’re a bit breezy, but have some sun for the moment here.

    We’re off to Home Depot in a bit… hubby needs to get up a little shed for all the Mobile Kitchen stuff as it’s in the way. So he needs a bit of wood.

    I am hoping we can move into the house in the next 24 hours and move our RV to the other side, so we can ready this spot for Alan when he arrives.

    Lots to do today, so I’ll be leaving Shirlene and Weather in charge of playground as I am sure our lovely host, Sue is still deep in techie stuff, poor gal. I still feel she needs a SPA!

    Have a good day, everyone.

    • weather says:

      Hope you have a waterbed in the house ready,if not get wood to frame the one in the RV in while you’re at the Depot.

      • Kay says:

        Hehe…. I have one in there too, thank you for thinking about me, Weather. That was the FIRST thing I dug out of storage was that waterbed. LOL.

        I’m waiting on the hubby, he’s making his list…

    • Jolene/Iowa says:

      Hey Kay, I saw your new post on your blog. Jorge posted it and I commented on his. Hoping to get some more people coming your way also. Seeing if we can find an electrician for you also in Nebraska.

      I hope the rest of the blogerioes are doing well today also!!

    • DesertGinger says:

      No, a bunch of us are on playground duty…Cindy, Denise, Shirlene, Elizabeth, Mick, Weather, Alan…many others. Everyone here takes care of this place.

      • weather says:

        Great answer Ginger!Way more fun to just come out to play 🙂 Hope you’re feeling stronger all the time!

  29. edlfrey says:

    I guess I don’t understand the problem. Sue said “The rapid growth of my blog has brought about some technology issues I need to address.”

    I then read the Comments and everyone is talking about Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, laptops, flip phones etc. which I did not think had anything to do with the technology issues that Sue was confronting. I thought she was talking about WordPress and/or her blog host, Hostgator. If it is her personal computer that is the problem then she can get help. If it is WordPress and Hostgator then the problem is considerably more difficult to fix.

    I have no great technology stories to tell although I have worked with it as part of my job and now my hobby. I tend to be more of a tech Luddite but can adapt to it if it serves me rather than me serving it.

    • weather says:

      Hi Ed,it’s always good to see you here.I guess everyone chimed in to Sue’s sentence that technology drives her nuts.Would that make someone a Luddite in the way you use the term to describe yourself?I have a hard time picturing you as destroying equipment,yet can easily see you as not in favor of a lot of what’s currently considered progress …Anyway,good to hear that even you see Sue’s stated problem as difficult to fix.The should make her feel better about finding it a struggle,I know it would if I were in her shoes.

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      All the “other” conversation is just that!

  30. Shirlene says:

    Good Morning Y’all

    Good Morning Weather, I did have a late night and just did open my peepers…I guess you had a 3 Dog night last night….below freezing, I don’t even know what that feels like..It is gray and overcast here this morning, but I suspect the sun will be out by about 11….I am so glad you were so smart and finished that project the other day…saving thousands, now where do you suppose you are going to go with the money….and if you travel, where might that be and will you take your troup?

    Good Morning Sue, just let me get a cup of coffee started and I will sit here for about 30 minutes and read some comments and hope you get whatever is happening at your end get sorted out…..maybe you passed your cold along the electronic highway.

    Everyone have a good Sunday….maybe not for all, but for me….football later! Hope everyone’s team wins.

    • weather says:

      Glad you expect a sunny day!As things stand ,if I take off for a while it will be to Destin and Orlando Florida instead of out west,for a lot of reasons I won’t go into now.And ,yes,only with the troupe,or I wouldn’t go at all.Who’s your team?

      • Shirlene says:

        Hey Weather, since LA does not have a team, I just like the quarterbacks…I like Denver very much and San Francisco…Watching Green Bay right now and thinking of you, I guess because of the cold weather that is always associated with Green Bay…I will be in Florida in January for a week on girls vacation..5 of us rented a house in Crystal River to swim with the manatees…we have friends there and love visiting with them..and of course kissing those manatees..Tuesday I will be in Oregon. So then you will be driving to Florida? When I retire, I will be getting a lot in Crystal River for 4 months so I can spend the winters there, not like it isn’t nice here, but live while you can…someday maybe our travels will bring us together, maybe at Kay’s…lol. Hear that Kay? you cook and Weather and I will provide the entertainment…

        • weather says:

          Planes and troupes aren’t a good mix,so yes,I’ll drive.At least you admit it’s really the quarterbacks you’re watching,HeHe,see ya later

        • Kay says:

          Oh that sounds like a a super idea… Do you know… My hubby cooks too! Ha! everyone is welcome at “Kay’s Park”. I’m sitting in Cheyenne, hubby digging through A storage unit looking for his screws!!! Poor guy, I think he lost them when he married me too late in life. It’s like 40 degrees out. I’m keeping my butt inside SUV where I am warm.

          • shirlene says:

            Wyoming…..I am for sure coming to your park…just give me until next year to get my s..t together…hang in there another year….

            • Jolene/Iowa says:

              Shirlene, I think her park is in western Nebraska and they just travel to WY to shop. Have you ever been to western Nebraska? Not a lot there in places I have been. lol.

              Just kidding, I am sure there are things to see there but when I have traveled Interstate 80 to get to Colorado, it was pretty barren in western Nebraska.

            • Kay says:

              Well, there is a National Monument just north of us, a Grasslands to the south of us… and the location of where the 3 states meet, not too far from us. Museums around here…But, FOOD.. as in restaurant food, save your energy… they don’t have GOOD FOOD and what there is, is not for me and even locals have told us “Don’t eat” … so hence the reason why our Mobile Kitchen will be getting opened soon.

              Great location we’re at… I really do like it here, I find it nice, quiet, as in people quiet. I do hear the road noise but will take that over gunshots, and all that crap anytime.

              Best of all… since I don’t have Tillamook Ice Cream, I found a Peanut Butter Chocolate Cashew kind that is ohhhhh so good.

              And… in my own humble opinion, if you can’t find nothing to do… you create yourself something to do! 🙂

              Come on over Shirlene…. we’ll be here….

            • Jolene/Iowa says:

              I wasn’t implying that she shouldn’t come. Just was letting her know it was in western Nebraska and there isn’t a lot there and that was why you were shopping where you were.

              I agree that I can find things to see anywhere. Living in Iowa, western NE has always been thought of that way by most everyone who lives this side of NE and has to travel through it to get to the scenic West.

              I am excited for you and your new park.

            • Shirlene says:

              I will make the trip just for the mere adventure of it all…oh and yeah, you will be there too……that should be worth the price of gas…

            • AlanOutandAbout says:

              Google Toadstool geologic park. That’s about it but I will visit it a couple times, if Kay will give me a day of. 🙂

            • Jolene/Iowa says:

              LOL Allan, I am sure that slave driver Kay will give you some time off! Have fun!! 🙂

  31. G says:

    Hopefully the technical issues due to the growth of your website is a ‘nice headache’ to have!
    I am sure there are plenty of tech savvy readers that would be more than happy to assist!

  32. Kay says:

    Oh yes Alan, you can do your things that make you happy. It’s Burr here today, so we ran to Cheyenne. Home Depot, A storage unit, Menards… Safeway.. and King Soopers… home now.

    I think I’ll make Potato Soup… was thinking French Onion, but feel somewhat lazy to do that one.

    I was thinking, while waiting on hubby to find his screws…. Think, I’ll order a new bread maker since mine is in a storage unit somewhere…. it’s getting to be that time of year, where all I want is soup and bread… Sunshine!

    By the way, I did tell hubby what I said… he’s such a quiet guy…. said nothing.

  33. weather says:

    Hi Sue,
    Hope your tech efforts are faring well and over,or nearly so for a while.Yesterday I spent a long time in very hilly woods.The colors were close to those in your photos and when we rode into a clearing a sunshower misted us.Honestly it was among a handful of my best experiences so far. Being in it with my young ones (I’m claiming the wonderful young woman as my own) -for their first time riding-They were taking in the wonder of all of that as I watched them,I was in wonder of the gift of that happening while I was watching new love blossoming amid old leaves falling through liquid sunshine on us all…

    The entire day was stunning in so many ways,even on my final drive home alone someone put on a small and perfect fireworks display just as I passed by…Sparkling light in all it’s forms fascinates me.As I saw that ,too,I thought of how often we receive what we wouldn’t even ask for.

    For about three years a friend and I have discussed buying a horse to share.I haven’t because it might cost us each other.Between our not having property suited for it,having to trust boarding places,my strong feelings about how creatures should and shouldn’t be treated-well,I’m sure you understand.Well.the facility I’d arranged for us to ride at is run by two guys I met yesterday.They’d been nearby as introductions of animals,us and mounting/riding instructions were done and I was getting us away from the stable areas towards a trail.

    A dog nearby changed it’s mind about chasing a car and came after us instead.I was on the tallest sorrel quarter stallion I’ve ever seen,the young first timers on smaller tame females.I gave mine his head to get us all out of the traffic/fight zone,lined us back up and the rest of the ride was peaceful.At the end of the day the two men offered me a job.I would get to “have” and accustom a half wild horse to people,my way, again,on their stabled land, with a place for an RV if I want, and get paid to do it!
    I’m considering it,either way I’m just in awe at the offer,I thought I was only going to give the kids something special.

    Though you’re unable to reply,I hoped you’d at least see and so be able to share this with me.Miss and love you,weather

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Well, Weather, I am not Sue of course…but what an interesting day and very glad you got that horse calm and all going well…not an easy feat with a dog chase!! Sounds like you might be writing some equally interesting changes in your life, like Kay does here….soon….we wait for the next installment of this!! Stay safe and warm…helps to have doggies in staying warm no doubt!!

      • weather says:

        Thank you,Elizabeth,it’s always warming to hear from you,and have them in bed with me,hope you and hubby sleep as well as we will soon.

        • Elizabeth in WA says:

          Thanks Weather…he is sick tonight (and I think my body is fighting)…must have caught cold from the coughers in the dentist office Friday…thanks very much…oh well…we now have to reschedule our appts!! Maybe they will learn???

          • weather says:

            Oh dear, maybe for now both gargle warm water with a lot of salt in it if you can stand to,then spit it out,rinse your mouth,not throat, will plain water-usually helps-I take echinacea ,up to 2000mg twice a day at the first sign of symptoms,rarely “get” the cold the symptoms threatened,they sell it at grocers,drug stores,walmarts cheap.Whatever you do I pray you both get and stay well!See you on the next post,there’s a new one 🙂

  34. Kay says:

    Oh Weather… that’s AWESOME! Lucky You!!! How Exciting!!!!

    What a beautiful peaceful way to be out among nature. I sure hope you do it! Just think of the fun, the excitement, and oh… the photos you could find!!!!

    Congrats, Weather….

    Oh and don’t worry about this place, with Shirlene and the rest of us… we will keep things going. Just come back often and let us know how things are going, bring mouth watering pictures to share…

    Golly, what fun the opportunity would be.

    • weather says:

      You made me laugh,Kay thanks-for that and being glad for me.If I decide to do it ,it will be time split between there and here,and much less there through winter’s heaviest snows.Meaning it wouldn’t change life,just add to it.I’ve been offered positions in several fields,and though glad to be asked, find it best for now not to do things just because I can.I am cautious not to commit to people who may need long term help,because my life is in transition now.I bet you understand that from both sides of the issue,huh?

      • Kay says:

        Yep, sure do!

        Well, Weather, whether you do it or not, it’s a great feeling to be asked, right.

        Well, guess I should go make that Potato Soup, it’s cold here today. The Sun decided to go out for the day, without permission I might add.

        Come on over for a bowl of hot soup!

  35. Shirlene says:

    Weather, you must make quite an impression for that situation to be presented to you…I imagine you are going to have to think hard on this one, adding to one’s life is always enticing and exciting, but having some reservation about making a commitment at this time is your life is not to be taken lightly….Whatever you chose we will all be happy for you and cherish your time here with us more.

    • weather says:

      Thanks for being happy for me either way,Shirlene.What happened at that place that was impressive,I think,was how trusting ,and so responsive all (two and four legged)involved behaved . You’re right about not taking such things lightly,for others’ sakes as well as my own,I trust the Maker of my path to guide and bless my choices.Hope you and your precious poodles sleep well,n’nite

  36. Kay says:

    I’ll bet, Bridget is getting pretty bored hanging out while all the Techie stuff is being done behind the scenes. Maybe Bridget will sneak us a few pics of our lovely Tech Doc in action… hummm….

    Maybe, she’ll write the next blog post for Sue!

    I have to go check on my soup… play nice now…

  37. Shirlene says:

    Not that I don’t love you blogorinos, and not that you aren’t entertaining, but damn, it is just not the same around here without Sue and Bridget…Hey Sue, lets FACETIME….send out a video blog, smoke signals, something….am I obsessing? Ok, I am better now…I guess I need that vacation….G’nite all, taking myself to bed, I need to put myself in timeout…

    Sweet dreams Weather and troup, my poodles say woof…

    See you for breakfast Kay…and Weather for coffee.

  38. Chuck says:

    Doesn’t the bear horn double as a Clinger Horn??????????

  39. Terri says:

    Congrats on all the growth on your blog, and I feel you on the technology. I do the same thing when I get overwhelmed. Shut it off, and do something else, like hug one of my pets. 🙂

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