The benefit of simple living — Every little thing is a big deal!

Isn’t Reggie handsome in his new jacket?

He loves it!  It’s the same fleece pull-over as his green one.  Reggie wears it as a jacket when it’s windy or as a little extra something on cool mornings or after the sun goes down.

It’s so comfortable that sometimes he wants to wear it as pajamas.

The color is called “pumpkin” but leans toward coral.  BTW, see Reggie’s nails in the next pic?  This photo was taken one day after I clipped his nails.  Here’s proof of what I’ve long suspected — immediately they grow back!

How did I manage to receive an online shopping order?

If you’ve been keeping up with the fast-paced world of RVSue and her canine crew, you know that receiving packages from Amazon has been problematic.

I can’t use the address of our present camp at Midland LTVA because the post office doesn’t deliver out here and it’s a crap-shoot whether the package will arrive via Fed Ex (which works), United Parcel Service (which works) or U.S. post office (which fails).

You may remember that the camp host told me about Right Space Storage in Blythe.  Right Space will accept packages if one signs up for their service for a fee or you can pay $5 per package received.

Well, being a tight-fisted manager of my moola . . .

I look for a cheaper option because, hey, five bucks is five bucks.  The solution?  Lo and behold I discover that Blythe is home to a UPS Customer Center, aka a UPS hub!

Yay, I love free!

That discovery propels me to go online and reorder the items that were returned to seller previously as “undeliverable.”

I reorder the pumpkin jacket for Reg and the leather handbag for me.

I add to the order a new wallet because the zipper on my old-but-beautiful Buxton wallet broke recently.

The handbag arrives.

I don’t like it.

Even though I paid close attention to the measurements, in reality it’s too big for me.  If I were still working, it would be fine.  It’s a very nice bag.

I realize now that I don’t need all that space to carry stuff around with me.  Funny how it took this long full-timing for me to figure that out!  I plan to return the handbag.

My new wallet can serve as a handbag!

Oh my, it has a wrist strap!  My Samsung smartphone and still-important checkbook fit in it easily, as well as all my various cards.  Amazingly, paper money slides in without a struggle, too.

Amazon has a catchy name for it: Anvesino Women’s RFID Blocking Real Leather Wallet Ladies Zipper Wristlet Clutch.

No, I didn’t pay over 33 bucks!  Me?  Of course not.  I bought it with points from my Amazon Visa card.

I love this wallet!

See how ecstatic one can become over a wallet when living simply?  Stuff that is inconsequential when living large becomes magnificent when living an uncluttered life.

Anyway . . . .

Now that I have a mistake-proof way of receiving packages, I’m going online shopping again!  This time I’ll have to shop with real money. 

Gasp.

I do enjoy the privacy and quiet seclusion of our campsite at Midland LTVA.

See the white dot near the horizon in the photo above?  That’s our neighbor.   Hee-hee.

Notice how shady our outdoor room is in the afternoon.  This is what one considers when positioning one’s rig in the desert.  Also, the precious, new refrigerator is on the afternoon shade side.

The Big Maria Mountains are one of the views seen from the lounger.

This is what “home sweet home” is to me.

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 THANK YOU FOR SHOPPING AMAZON FROM MY BLOG!

Use any ad or link to enter Amazon and a commission goes to RVSue and her canine crew.  Here are a few of the items readers recently ordered from Amazon:

Waxer/Polisher
Glow in the Dark Necklace
RV Awning EZ Zip Blocker
Mens Cotton Lounge Pants
Dell Monochrome Laser Printer
LP Tank Check with Monitor Kit

If interested in ordering a jacket like Reggie’s for your dog, here’s a link:  Gooby Every Day Fleece Cold Weather Dog Vest.  They come is various colors.

Also, for your convenience . . . Deals on Kindle Books.  Boy, I’m quite the salesperson today!

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196 Responses to The benefit of simple living — Every little thing is a big deal!

  1. Retiredcajunlady 'N Louisiana says:

    Am I in the top 10? Will go back to read now!

  2. Sarvi in OR says:

    Reggie is freaken adorable, by the way!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      AND YOU, SARVI, ARE IN FREAKEN SECOND PLACE! 🙂

    • Sarvi in OR says:

      I just had to get that out of the way :). I gave up on a purse several years ago; for me it was just a junk collector. I’ve been way happier just carrying a wallet and putting my phone in my pocket or just holding on to it. And, I definitely accumulate way less junk!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        I’m going to try carrying this wallet (wristlet) only. If I find having something on my wrist too restraining, if I need both hands free, I’ll consider a small, crossbody bag.

        Thanks for the input, Sarvi. Stuff like this seems unimportant, but as we women know, getting the purse/wallet thing right makes a big difference in daily life.

  3. Mary in CO says:

    Reggie, you are quite the fashion statement in your colorful new “coat” surrounded by your newly mended menagerie! And Sue, does the new wallet allow the bills to slip “out” as easily as into it?
    We are getting ready to head south to Mexicali and cross over to Baja. Do some beach sitting and sea watching, and get out of this blustery, cold, Feb-Mar weather. Hard to pack shorts and t-shirts in light of today’s weather here, but I have to believe it’s warmer somewhere.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      YAY FOR MARY! THIRD PLACE!

      Oh, you must be so excited! Yeah, it must be really tough packing shorts and t-shirts . . . Ha! Had to put in some teasing….

      Have a safe, enjoyable drive. I hope you’ll report from Baja (if the roaming charges aren’t prohibitive).

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Forgot to answer your question… The bills do come out easily as the area is expandable, if that makes sense.

  4. Gail Liming says:

    Good Morning! Top 10?

  5. Cynthia from San Clemente says:

    Top 10?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yep, you are, Cynthia… tied with Gail. How’s it going? Weather’s been crazy in California this year….

      • Cynthia from San Clemente says:

        The weather has been very cool since our last big rain storms last week. The forecast says we’re supposed to get some more rain this weekend, but I don’t think it will be anything as heavy as past weeks. The hills are covered in green and there are beautiful drifts of wild flowers in orange, yellow and pink – it should be a beautiful spring! I am so antsy to take off and go somewhere in our RV but hubby has some client work he has to finish first. In the meantime I’ll just live vicariously through your travels with the Reginator!!

  6. mayble says:

    omg what a precious face!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, mayble! Thank you. I agree. Reggie comes in handy. When I don’t have photos to illustrate what I’m writing, I can take a few quick shots of Reg and I’m good to go!

      • Ladypugs in N. Illinois says:

        Hi Reggie,
        The ladypugs have seen your pictures in your new fleecewear and they are at a loss for words! You are just too cute mister! 🙂

  7. Ken Canada says:

    Am I first
    Ken Canada

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Almost first, Ken! I don’t know why the comments appear differently to folks. You probably didn’t see all the comments above when you posted.

      Hope all is well with you today… Windy as heck here. 🙂

  8. Suzicruzi from Van., WA says:

    Hey! Reggie is soooo sweet!! Aren’t rescues just the best? Reggie seems the perfect “on the road companion”. That and he’s just the cutest!! I’m busy planning my escape, and I have so. Any questions and thoughts running through my head. I just want to thank you all in advance for helping me thru this exciting but so trying time! I posted a big bunch of jumbled questions at the bottom of the last post this morning. I hope someone in blogorino land has some good ideas for me. Have an awesome day everyone!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, suzicruzi,

      Thanks for seeing the cuteness in my Reggie Man. Not hard to do, is it! 🙂

      Please feel free to ask more questions or even to repeat questions already asked in order to receive more responses from blogorinos. (BTW, I did respond to the ones you asked under the previous post — about setting up vehicles and legal residence when starting out on full-time RV living.)

      Love your enthusiasm!

      • Suzicruzi from Van., WA says:

        😊 I’m crazy with enthusiasm. Not sleeping well as my. Rain won’t shut off! Yikes! Are used casitas hard to find? From what I e read they are in big demand. Torn- maybe I should bite the bullet and order a new one?? Anyone out there have any leads on a newer condition used one? Sleep is what I need. 😆

        • Cinandjules (da zone) says:

          Try fiberglass rv for sale…click under Casita heading..

          • beach boomer says:

            And look out for those who rip Casita pix off the internet, post on Craigslist (usually) and hope you send along a deposit to hold this rare, wonderful good deal for a NON-EXISTENT Casita.

  9. Retiredcajunlady 'N Louisiana says:

    Oh Sue, your pictures are simply gorgeous today!! The coral jacket looks adorable on Reggie and goes so well with his fur and eyes. Love, love, love the wallet too! Like you, I use my wallet until it falls apart. I doubt I have bought more than six or seven in my lifetime. My last wallet was bought at the Coach outlet. 75% off and I had a coupon for an additional 25% off that price of all their items. It was under $25 and even though it is four years old, I know I won’t need a new one for at least decade.

    You do have such a lovely “home” there in Midland. It seems to have greened up since the rains. I got a chuckle out of your neighbor! Such gorgeous wide open space lends itself to neighbors far away.

    Do you find the nighttime temperature cold? Being a Cajun the temps seem a bit nippy by our standards…well, for this year (our third warmest winter on record so far). Have you begun using your newly fixed heating system?

    Thanks so much for the wonderful pictures and commentary. Belly rubs and ear scratches and hugs for handsome Reggie and prayers for you both!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Always a thrill to receive compliments on my photos! Thank you, rcl.

      You asked if I find nighttime temperature cold in the desert. Well, remember this is dry air. I don’t know about you, but, for me, damp cold is a lot more uncomfortable than dry cold.

      See the low temps in the widget in the sidebar? When it goes down into the 40s I’m outside in my cotton nightgown during Reg’s early morning potty run. I see it’s going to dip into the 30s. That will feel cold outside, for sure, but I won’t turn on the heater.

      When it’s that cold outside (in the 30s) Reg and I are under the comforter. When we get up, anywhere between 6 a.m to 8 a.m., fixing coffee is enough to warm up our house until the sun takes over. Since it’s going down into the 30s overnight tonight, I’ll put the thermal top and sweatpants on for sleeping and Reg will wear his “pajamas.”

      You sound like me with buying deals and making things last. The Buxton wallet was the first wallet I bought in my entire life that was new.

  10. Cynthia from San Clemente says:

    I went back and read and looked at the photos. Love all the pics of Reggie in his new pumpkin/orange outfit among the bright toys. They were very close to “action” shots – how I wish you could post some short videos of him, but I assume WordPress doesn’t accommodate that or it would take up to much band width?? Re purses: I have no idea why I haven’t given up mine. When I worked full-time I needed a comb, lipstick, a small tube of hand lotion, a pen and notebook, a wallet, etc. Now I’m rarely away from home long enough that I need to comb my hair or touch up my makeup – either that, or I’ve given up caring. I’m sure I could get by with something smaller … but then what happens if I need that band-aid that’s been down at the bottom of my purse for two years???

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cynthia… I’m glad you came back after reading!

      You make me laugh with your take on the need for a handbag. You make me wonder if carrying a big handbag with all the stuff for emergencies is kind of like a security blanket. We shall see if I suffer anxiety without my big ol’ bag I’ve been lugging around….

      About videos… I could post them. I thought about it when Spike was with us because he had such a charming, jaunty gait. Now that he’s passed on, I’m glad I didn’t. It would tear me apart to see that again.

      Videos do use up data and I know many of my readers have to be careful with that. Also, I see videos as a slippery slope. Post one and I’d be tempted to post more, readers would want more, and then the simple, “homespun” atmosphere of RVSue and her canine crew would be gone. That may seem silly, but I do try to keep my blog from becoming polished and professional-looking.

      There are blogs that utilize all the bells and whistles that technology gives us and they project a very professional image. They tend to be blogs that emphasize “how to” and techie information, rather than hanging out with an old, reclusive lady telling stories about ordinary stuff while her dog chews on toys from WalMart…. Hahahaa!

      • Cynthia from San Clemente says:

        OK, now it’s your turn to make me laugh – “… hanging out with an old, reclusive lady telling stories about ordinary stuff while her dog chews on toys from WalMart …” What does that say about those of us who love to read your blog? Maybe there is a yearning out here in the blogosphere for simplicity and honesty without the frills and fallacies of modern life. A few nights ago my husband and I sat on the couch watching our dogs play tug-of-war with a sock for almost a half hour. My husband said, “Gee, this is too exciting. Tomorrow night we’d better step up our game and go down and watch the buns rise at the bakery.” To me, this is the best part of getting older – no need for expensive toys or entertainment. I’m happy with an “old” lady’s blog and my silly dogs!!! Oh, and an occasional glass of wine!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Your husband sounds like fun… “step up our game…” 🙂

        • Sarvi in OR says:

          ” Maybe there is a yearning out here in the blogosphere for simplicity and honesty without the frills and fallacies of modern life.”

          You have absolutely no idea how much I love that quote! I have a nearly 2k sq ft house, 2 adult children that still live at home (18 and 20 yrs old), 2 dogs, 4 cats, 2 chickens, and a boyfriend. I work full time, and have 3 different businesses that I run on the side. I absolutely cannot wait until my life calms down, and I can wake up and not feel any pressure to get stuff done. I think that’s what it is about RVSue’s life that really appeals to me, and why I am so looking forward to having a similar lifestyle.

        • All the replies, including yours Sue, are the reasons this is the one single blog I visit every single day, to check replies, even if I don’t add my two cents!

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            🙂 You see why I encourage folks to write… anything at all… Comments make my blog better for everyone!

            Thanks for writing such a nice note, Velda.

          • Cinandjules (da zone) says:

            How is Mel?

            • We are awaiting results of a lung biopsy done February 15 for a tiny spot they see on CT in his chest. Praying it isn’t return of cancer. Otherwise is is doing ok except an ear ache from a partially blocked eustachion tube (part of his graft grew over), an ongoing issue. Thanks for asking.

      • VictoriaEP formerly in Estes Park says:

        I’m glad you prefer writing to videos! I personally prefer the text and photos. I feel like I spend more time “enjoying” the content than when passively watching a video.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          That’s an angle I hadn’t formulated in my mind — the active vs passive quality of reading, rather than watching. Excellent point, Victoria.

      • Retiredcajunlady 'N Louisiana says:

        Sue, I am so glad you don’t use all the techie stuff in your blog. To me, it is perfect the way it is. I believe the appeal of your blog is its simplicity, honest commentaries, and gorgeous photography. Speaking for myself, it is the simple things of life that bring the most joy, and your blog fills that description wonderfully. An old lady? No, not at all. You are still teaching albeit through example and adventures that you share. You truly are enjoying each day–something many of us are trying to do. And there is a lot to be said for one to be able to enjoy their own company with only entertainment Reggie and your surroundings provide. You have a freedom and peace many seek. And we are all blessed you share your days with us.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Gosh, I feel like its my birthday! These sweet comments are gifts! Thank you, retiredcajunlady. 🙂

    • Linda Sand (Minnesota) says:

      Band-aids fit fine in card slots. 🙂

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Linda . . . I do believe you are a problem-solver. 🙂

        • Ladypugs in N. Illinois says:

          True purse story:
          After my neighbor had surgery and before she was cleared to drive, I drove her to the grocery store to pick up a few items. On the way out she decided to go through the self check-out (for the first time) instead of waiting in a check-out line. While scanning her items she inadvertently set her rather large and heavy purse on the scale. It registered just over 8 pounds! We looked at each other in disbelief, could a purse really weigh that much! We laughed about it all the way home. The next time I saw her she told me her purse had lost 4 pounds!

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            That’s hilarious! Great weight-loss story! 🙂

            When reading online about the handbag I’m returning, the description mentioned that it was large enough to carry wallet, phone, makeup, blah, blah, blah, and an umbrella. That last item should have given me a clue that I don’t need that handbag!

  11. Jolene/Iowa says:

    Hi Sue,
    I love that wallet. I have been looking for a new one that is big enough for all my stuff and that one just might work. I will bookmark it for when it is a busier time of the year for us with work, always watching our pennies.

    I am curious now, you have been on the road for is it 5 years now, have you found a favorite place if you ever decide in the future to leave living on the road and go back to a sticks and bricks or buy a piece of land to even put camper and stay stationary, do you have a favorite place or places?

    How about all you others? I know some of you live on the road as well. Just came to my mind as I was reading this today. Always great to hear from you!

    • Cynthia from San Clemente says:

      What a great question Jolene – I can’t wait to see Sue’s answer.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Oh, I’m sorry… It’s almost noon and I haven’t had breakfast yet and I haven’t walked Reggie. He’s such a good guy. He gave up trying to pull me away from this computer and is curled up, napping in a sunbeam.

        Be back later….and I will answer the questions.

        In the meantime…

        Blogorinos: Do you have a favorite place? One you might want for a home base or for when you leave the road?

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Okay, I’m back.

          Jolene… I agree with Cynthia… Excellent questions! In fact, while walking Reggie (It was a short walk because the wind is cold!), I thought about what I would answer and decided to write a blog post instead.

          If you don’t mind, I won’t reply now. This is a subject I think about often and there are many things to consider.

          Blogorinos might want to hold their responses until I post about choosing a home base. Or write here and again later, whatever.

          Thanks, Jolene.

        • VictoriaEP formerly in Estes Park says:

          I have been full timing for almost a year while still working. (I have a great boss!) I thought I would eventually end up in sticks and bricks again at some point, but now I’m not so sure. Why buy or rent a home when I already have one that I can take with me? I think if I feel the need to be more settled, I will probably just make arrangements to park my RV in one location for awhile. Looking forward to hearing others’ views on this.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Or some full-timers want the option of owning a small piece of land on which they can park their RV because they can’t stand RV parks and without the 14-day limit on public lands…

  12. Pat from Mich. says:

    Have you ever tried a belt bag – one where the strap goes around your waist? That frees up your hands and ensures you don’t ever lay it down and walk off without it. Reggie is so cute with his toys and his new jacket!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pat!

      A belt bag would work great for some people. I tried something like that a few years ago when Spike and Bridget were younger and we could go for long hikes in the desert. I wanted to have plenty of water and a doggie dish with me, along with other stuff.

      It didn’t work out. The crew wouldn’t drink out of a dish that was collapsible and I found the belt annoying. I probably wouldn’t like a purse around the waist either.

      I carry my camera on a strap around my neck and one shoulder, so a crossbody bag would work for me, if the wrist wallet isn’t enough. Thanks for the suggestion…

  13. Ken Canada says:

    WOW….that camper is a long way from you.
    I’m jealous of all your travels and the wonderful pictures you take and see.
    Watch out for MR. SUN.
    I have a crusty forehead, caused by the sun.
    You are right! It’s precancer!
    The Doctor gave a prescription for acid paste. This will cause the precancer
    skin to peel off and new baby skin replaces the damaged skin.
    Catch it early…….it could save your life.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ken,

      First about the neighbors…. Yeah, that camper is way off. Nice. Another camper is on the other side of us. I should say “was.” A few minutes ago Reg and I went for a walk and I noticed that “neighbor” is gone. Also nice. 🙂

      I appreciate the warning regarding skin cancer. I’m sorry you have to deal with that. My problem is… I’m crusty all over! When I was young I wondered why old people were described as crusty, as in “a crusty, ol’ coot.” Now I know!

      Mostly it’s my arms which I have to keep moisturized with lotion. It’s not like I have skin that will “peel off,” but it’s very dry.

      Is that acid paste by prescription only? Is it expensive? I ask for my readers, as well as for myself.

      • Stephanie Albany OR says:

        My dermatologist prescribed for me too. Was by prescription. Results are let’s say unattractive. I did both arms and hands. Had to keep long sleeves just so I didn’t repulse people. Friends spouse did his face. It was pretty gross. So bad people asked him what had happened. Maybe they’ve improved?

      • Karen in Pacific NW says:

        The “anti-aging” creams and facial wipes are an acid based product. The prescription version has a stronger strength and has the advantage of the cost being covered by many insurance plans. However the over the counter strength products do work well for removing crusty skin even if it does take a few extra weeks to do so. The trick is to use them everyday until the issue is gone and then use it at least once a week or so to keep any new damage under control. It also gets rid of age spots, freckles and minor wrinkles 🙂

  14. Adrienne in Carlsbad, CA says:

    Yay! I just ordered Reggie’s jacket in red for my Chi. It’s freezing here at night when she has to go outside. I had a question for you..oh yes, do you see many Costco stores in your travels? Just wondering if I should keep my membership when I hit the road.

    • Sarvi in OR says:

      I’m not a full-timer (several years away from being one…), however, will you have room for 36 rolls of toilet paper, a gigantic 2-pack of raisin bran, and a 6 pack of frozen pizzas, while on the road? I know, living in a fairly large house and going to costco at least once a week, I have problems finding places to put all the stuff I buy. I have a large refrigerator/freezer, plus a freestanding upright freezer that are both packed full! It’s definitely something to think about, for sure!

      • Mary in CO says:

        Sarvi, you are right about that. Costco and Sam’s Club mean buying in bulk. Ok for a house with storage, but not for a trailer or camper life style. Some of the clothing is pretty good and a reasonable price. I must be very careful and selective in that type of store, otherwise I have a large bill at checkout!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Adrienne!

      Yay! You bought your baby a jacket… and in red! Thank you for going to Amazon from my blog. Those earnings mean a lot to me and our future!

      BTW, for anyone ordering a jacket like Reggie’s, it may be helpful to know that Reg weighs 9 lbs. and the size he wears is “medium.”

      I’ve never shopped at a Costco, although I’m pretty sure I’d like them. There weren’t any near my home in Georgia and since I’ve lived on the road, I don’t go where Costcos are. Sometimes I’ll see one as we race across a city on the interstate but I don’t exit in city or “built up” areas, if I can avoid it.

      Sorry, I’m not much help answering your question… The wisdom in keeping your membership will probably be determined by how you will RV.

    • Karen in Pacific NW says:

      The decision about keeping a Costco or even a Sam’s Club membership is not too difficult to make. Go to the Costco website and use the store locator to see if there are any stores in the places you want to be hanging out in. If there are not very many of them then your dollars will go further shopping elsewhere. However speaking for myself, this year I saved about $150.00 more than the price of my Costco membership by purchasing my prescription eyeglasses there. Terrific quality lenses at the lowest price anywhere! They were ready in one week’s time. I also split the price of my membership with a friend who is self employed. I am the designated second person on the membership which means half price membership for both of us 😉 So that way I still benefit for purchases of things like the great containers of mixed nuts, low cost for vitamins, good prices on things such as a new pillow, coat, gasoline, etc when I happen to be near a location where there is a Costco. But without that one big chunk of savings for my eyeglasses I would likely not keep up the membership.

  15. Pat Hall, Salt Creek Campground says:

    Good morning, Reggie looks so happy with his new jacket.

    I’m glad you figured out a way to get your packages. The new billfold is nice and now you don’t have to carry a big purse. Makes it so much easier.

    I’m still at Salt Creek campground and this morning I found Salt Creek….lol Their is a small waterfall.

    Enjoy your day!!!!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pat!

      I think you mean you’re still at the Salton Sea. There’s a small waterfall at Salt Creek? I guess that’s run-off from recent rains or there actually is a Salt Creek that I didn’t see…

      Uh-oh. Maybe I ruined Corvina Beach for you because I wrote about it so glowingly… Maybe it’s crowded now…

      I assume you’re enjoying your stay at the Sea since you’re still there. I hope so! 🙂

      • Pat Hall, Salt Creek Campground on the Salton Sea says:

        I’m at the Salt Creek campground at the Salton Sea. It is the last campground going south along the Salton Sea and much quieter than Corvina Beach campground.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Salt Creek does tend to attract fewer campers. If you don’t care about having the flush toilet restroom, it’s a great alternative.

  16. Jean in Southaven, MS says:

    Hi, just letting you know that I have read your post and enjoyed it. Glad you found a solution to receiving packages.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks for checking in, Jean, and for letting me know you liked the post. Wishing you a wonderful day…

  17. Dawn in Asheville says:

    Don’t even get me started on purses and finding the perfect one….!!!!!! Love Reggies new coat – very very smart, it tis!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn!

      You’re right about finding the perfect purse. I think it’s one of the most difficult items to choose, especially for those of us who only use one. I thought I had researched that one thoroughly so it would be perfect, when I needed to research my own self. I don’t need a big purse any more. 🙂

      Yeah, Reggie is stunning in his new jacket.

  18. Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

    Ahhh, the simple things in life! I’ll have to measure my little Mica and order a vest! Hope you are doing well.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Renee!

      If you do order a vest for Mica…. as I mentioned above, Reggie’s is a “medium” and he weighs 9 lbs. Of course there is a chart to help choose the right size based on chest and neck measures.

      I hope you are doing well, too. I’m wondering how snowy it is in Idaho these days.

      • Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

        Thank you for the hint on the sizing. Mica is 10 lbs, but she is pudgy due to the type of rat terrier she is. Shhhh, we don’t tell her that though, that she’s pudgy.

        Yes, we’re doing well. As for the snow in Idaho, the valley is clear now (the Treasure Valley), but east is very snowy and the I84 interstate where it splits to go to Utah, is closed due to snow. We had flurries all day yesterday, but no accumulation at all, thank goodness, but we are expecting snow again this coming Monday. We’ve had flooding in various areas due to the high snow amounts. Seems as in California, our drought conditions may be over, which is the upside of all of this.

  19. What address do you use to pick up your package at the UPS Customer Center?

    It’s been said that as we get older, our world gets smaller and everything in it gets bigger. Perhaps that is one of many things which makes this lifestyle so wonderful for us at this stage of our lives?

    5 bucks to hold a package seems a little high. Our check engine light has been on for a while — learned that auto parts stores are prohibited from reading codes in CA(!) and the one place in Quartzite we found wanted 40 bucks for the quick read and $85 for a more detailed analysis. For something that takes about 5 minutes which any parts store in most states will do for FREE. For us, it’s a matter of principle. We don’t feed the trolls *or* the scammers! 🙂

    • Sarvi in OR says:

      Sometimes oil change places will read/clear check engine lights. I didn’t know that until my light was on and they offered to check it for me.

      • AZ Jim says:

        Did you know that if your gas cap was off or loose, the check engine light comes on? Sounds strange I know.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jim!

      Interesting — and understandably frustrating — about the codes. Seems like I remember a Chevy dealership in GA wanting to charge $89 to read the PTV’s “check engine” light. I’ve been driving for years with that light on. I’ve been driving with that light on for so long, I’d miss it if it were gone!

      Just kidding. . . While having new brakes installed in Nevada, the mechanic removed a “check engine” light reading for me, no charge. Man, do people actually pay that kind of money for a read of a light?

      Okay, to receive packages at a UPS Customer Center (not a store — there’s a difference!) like the one in Blythe, use the customer center’s own street address.

      Here’s the shipping address I gave Amazon when placing my order:

      UPS/Hold for pick-up/my name
      170 N Carlton
      Blythe, CA 92225

      There’s only one hour each weekday for pick-ups … between 9 and 10 a.m. Bring the UPS tracking number for your order.

      To find addresses, phone numbers, and hours for whatever location you need, do a search for UPS Customer Centers.

      • Mary in CO says:

        Just out of curiosity, how is one to know when your order from Amazon what type of shipping they will use?. Usually it is UPS, but I’ve had some things delivered by FEDEX or USPS. What am I missing?

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          That is the crux of the problem — You don’t know how your order will be mailed. I’ve spoken to Amazon about this bugaboo and at present there is no way to specify how you want your order sent (unless you ask for overnight service which I don’t want to pay for).

          So, in order to cover one’s bases, I’ve found the best option is to use a UPS Customer Center address if you do not have a permanent resident/mailing address.

          The UPS Customer Center will accept all deliveries, whether through Fed Ex, the U.S. postal service, or, of course, their own service.

          Conversely, the U.S. post offices don’t always accept deliveries from UPS or they are closed when the UPS truck arrives. Sometimes you can be lucky, but I want a sure thing.

    • Cinandjules (da zone) says:

      Pep boys has a free computer diagnostic check

    • Geri, Florida panhandle! says:

      My check engine light has been on for 8 years! LOL! I have had several things fixed that various mechanics said was the problem, and I have had several other professionals say they could turn turn the check light off. It still burns brightly and my 2004 Trailblazer still runs perfectly! LOL!

  20. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    The pictures of Reggie are absolutely adorable!!! He looks so dapper in his new coat. You really got a wonderful little dog there!!
    Hey, I like that wallet. Almost convinced to get me on like that. I carry way too much junk in my purse!
    Spring has sprung
    The grass is riz
    I wonder where
    the birdies is.
    Always think of Dad’s little poem when the temps start to warm up!!! LOL He was such a wordsmith!!! LOL!!!!
    It has been an unusually short and mild winter here. In the 70’s today but never get too comfortable because winter can still come back with some cold weather. The problem is that all the spring flowers are blooming, trees are budding, fruit trees are starting to flower. A heavy frost would be terrible!!

    Sending lots of love and big hugs!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pauline,

      You must be loving the mild weather this winter. That poem, I don’t know if Dad came up with that or not… It’s better we don’t know…. Yeah, he did have a way with words. How I loved those “Stories for Juvenile Delinquents” he used to tell…

      I saw a fruit tree in bloom here in Blythe and wondered about the cold snap that’s coming tonight and tomorrow…

      Reggie is making fashion waves in the canine world! 🙂

      Love you loads, Pauline…

      • Pauline in Mississippi says:

        Stories for Juvenile Delinquents!!!! He had some good ones!!!!

        • Geri, Florida panhandle! says:

          Okay, y’all need to start sharing those Stories for Juvenile Delinquents on slow news days! They sound like a fun read! Of course, all your news on RVSue is fun to read, even the slow ones! Grin!

  21. Stephanie Albany OR says:

    Reg pics are adorable. Combo of a cute subject and the skill of the photog. There are times I wish your pics had a reaction button like FB! Sometimes I just want to click a ❤️. So much rain in Oregon I’m starting to rust. This is when wheels to go is especially appealing. An escape from the wet and cold.

    I have a personal question for you or others on the road. What do you plan to do when you lose your appeal for the road. And how will you know when that time is?

    I met a couple at car dealership the other day – she 79 and he 82. They gave up full time Rv’ing last year. They came back to Oregon and sold their rig. Said it was his lack of confidence in his driving and the increase of other Rv’s on the road in in the parks. I forgot to ask them at what age they started. Thanks all!

    • Sarvi in OR says:

      I am waterlogged! I’m not sure how much longer I can take this! Thankfully, I’m leaving next Friday for 9 days in Florida, I so need to see that bright orb in the sky again!

      • Geri, Florida panhandle! says:

        Sarvi, the weather here has been glorious almost all winter. We had a heavy 12 hour deluge of rain Tues, and one light freeze, but full on sun most of the time! Come on down!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Stephanie!

      Thanks regarding the photos. I don’t want a like button or a heart button because people would tap that and not write great comments like you just did.

      Interesting about the couple you met and their reason for leaving the life on the road. I’m curious what their rig was, and, if the man lost his confidence in driving any vehicle or just the one they had. I’m wondering if a small rig like a Class B would work for them.

      In some cases it’s simply time to hang up the keys to the RV.

  22. Susan in Dallas says:

    Ah, Reggie, the all American dog, wearing his reddish coat, blue leash and his white fur coat!. Yesterday we set a record here in Dallas, it was in the 80’s. Will probably do the same today. I’m going outside to start cleaning out flower beds and listen to the wind and the birds. Yep, my small life is definitely better for me.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You, my dear resident of Dallas, deserve the opportunity to crow about your weather, after all the days of bitter cold or temps above 100 degrees F.

      Cleaning out flower beds, listening to wind and birds… You got the “living life to the fullest” thing going on, Susan!

  23. rvsueandcrew says:

    Wow! This place is jumpin’ today. Scroll back up if you’ve read comments because more replies are coming in.

    I have to leave here so Reg and I can go to town. We’re almost out of propane and I need to go to the library to print a return address label for the handbag return…

    Funny how I’m retired, have all the time of a day for myself, and I still seem to find ways to fill up each day…

    Keep on talkin’! Great questions and info to be found here! Plus it’s fun just hearing from you…. I’ll catch up on replies later.

    Sue

  24. Janis from Tigard, OR says:

    I love, love, love your blog. It is such an inspiration to me. I recently purchased my truck and trailer and will be full-timing by May 1. I work at REI and will continue to work, and live in an RV park, but will travel about 4 months a year. I’m 65 and hopefully will be fully retired in 3 years. I currently am raising my grandson (since he was 3 and now 19) and will still be providing $$$$ to get him through college, another 3 years. Then it is off to be free😎😎

    Keep on blogging.

    Your blog is such an encouragement for me. Keep it going!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Janis. My blog encourages you and your comment encourages me. 🙂 You are going to experience a big change in your life — how exciting! You have those years leading up to retirement to dream and plan while your grandson prepares himself for living independently.

  25. AZ Jim says:

    Hi Missy! Tomorrow I get test results. I sure hope the don’t show I’m pregnant. That would literally be a miracle. *LOL* I do expect to hear that I need another carotid artery operation but hopefully nothing more. I’m too damn old for all this stuff. Reggie looks great in his new outfit. I’ll check in tomorrow.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, tomorrow is the big day. If you’re pregnant, you’d better name her after me! 🙂

    • Cynthia from San Clemente says:

      So glad to see a comment from you Jim. I’ve been wondering how you’re doing. Good luck with your test results!

  26. Ken Canada says:

    Hi Sue…
    6 to 8 years ago my face was crusty. As I have asthma I would ask 4 or 5
    Doctors about my face. Each would say, ” not a problem….don’t worry about it”.
    After a while, I felt their answer was no good and demanded to see
    a dermatologist
    I saw a dermatologist, right away he said I have precancer on my face.
    He prescribed Fluorouracil Cream 5 percent (Efudex Cream 5 percent)
    I was to apply it 4 times a week for 2 1/2 months. I could not go outside in the
    daytime. This was in our summer time…YUK.
    After 6 weeks, I was having a shower and all the face skin from my hairline to
    my mouth fell on the shower floor. I was shocked!
    I had to keep putting the paste on my face. Now my face burned.
    I kept putting on the paste for the full 2 1/2 months. At the end my face was raw.
    Within 2months later new baby skin covered my face. My ears had precancer too.

    The paste does not harm healthy skin.
    The cost for 40 GM tube is CAD 50.22… My plan pays CAD 35.15. I pay CAD 15.07
    Precancer keeps coming back, but each time is less and less. In the last 8 years or
    so maybe 4 times. This will be the fifth time. Doesn’t seem to too much precancer
    this time.
    If not caught in time it will be millinoma cancer (spelling) and spread through
    the body.
    Demand to see a Dermatologist Doctor

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good heavens, I had no idea about all this! You’ve been through a lot with this pre-cancer condition, Ken.

      Thank you for explaining your experience in such detail. You make a powerful impression to see a dermatologist. I’m glad you found out what was going on with your skin and found treatment for it, as miserable as it was, but important!

      Best wishes for continued improvement!

  27. Rob, still in n Georgia says:

    I really like the sharp edged mountains in that part of the world. The mountains have knife edges & the plants have thorns, I like it.

  28. Shawna says:

    Oh, that Reggie. He is indeed a handsome boy! Love his new jacket. I bought a Gooby for the smallest and he tolerates it. It was a little too big so it was hand down to Charlie who hates it. He thinks he is being punished if I put it on him so Fries gets to keep it. I suppose it still keeps him a bit warm even if it is too big.
    Boy can I relate to how fast those doggie nails grow. I can cut Charlie and Burger’s nails, but Fries is a different story. He’s an abused rescue and there is no way in heck I can cut those nails by myself; it has to be done via vet. He’s getting better though. We are down from four vet techs holding that little bundle to two. It still has to be done with meds–one prescription and one herbal–but whatever it takes. There IS improvement, it just takes a very long time to build that trust.
    We are headed to Havasu in a week or so and I do need some things from Amazon (via your site, of course!) and I think there is a UPS store there. Good to know things can be ordered and delivered free. I am really liking that wallet …

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Shawna,

      You mentioned the “UPS store.” If you want to receive packages with no charge, make sure you do NOT use the address for the UPS store on Lake Havasu Ave S.

      The shipping address to use is:

      UPS/Hold for pick-up/your name
      1657 Acoma Blvd W
      Lake Havasu City AZ 86403

      The hours are weekdays only, 1:30-5:30 pm.

      Disclaimer: I have no experience using this UPS Customer Center.

      Oh, and thank you in advance for planning to shop Amazon from my blog!

      • Shawna says:

        Thank you kindly for your attention to detail. I am new to this and wanted to add something to my remarks and there you were with all the deets. I really appreciate this because I obviously don’t know my stores from a hub, but I was totally unaware that not all UPS stores, offices, hubs, places, accept orders without charge. I learn so much from you! Have a fabulous evening.

  29. Pookie and Chuck in Todd Mission Tx says:

    love the sweater that Reggie has on…….I went up to order Pookie
    one and see that the extra-small is twice as much as a small so
    I’ll have to look at something else…….I hate having to return stuff
    to Amazon…..it costs half as much to return it as it does buying it..
    love to see you out in the middle of nowhere by yourself…..I sit at
    the house for 3 days then I gotta go fishing to keep from getting
    bored…….
    thanks for your post….you made my day
    chuck and pookie

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Chuck,

      I checked the Gooby jacket like Reggie’s. It shows large for $13.60 and extra small for $11.80. I don’t know how you got “extra-small is twice as much as small” because when I looked both small and extra-small are $11.80. Could it be you chose a color that is being discontinued? I didn’t check the prices on every color. I’m baffled.

      Just so folks know…. Some products may be returned for free. The ones that have free shipping and/or free returns have that written on the product’s description page.

  30. Rover Ronda (WA) says:

    Looking good Reggie! I like your bright new fleece, but of course it’s your cute face which brightens my day the best.

    • Rover Ronda (WA) says:

      I ordered Maggie a lavender fleece like yours. She loves sweaters n shirts. Peanut says NO thank you!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Miss Rover Ronda! Now RVSue calls me her “little pumpkin,” instead of her “little froggie.” Sheesh.

      Yours truly,
      Reggie

      • Rover Ronda (WA) says:

        “Sheesh” I know it’s hard for big boys to handle cute nicknames but you’re The Mighty Regginator so I know you can handle it. You may even secretly like it. We’ll keep that just between us. 😉😉

  31. Marie weber says:

    You are just toooo funny. Thanks for making my day brighter.

    We just love dogs. Fostered 11 dogs just year (from a no kill shelter) all went to great forever homes. Some of them we still get to see from time to time.

    Safe travels. Marie here

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Marie.

      Good for you (and for the dogs) for being a foster home! It is very satisfying work and provides a much-needed service. It’s particularly rewarding helping timid, scared dogs become more outgoing and ready for adoption, as well as improving the health and condition of those in poor shape.

  32. Cinandjules (da zone) says:

    It looks more like coral than pumpkin! He’s Stylin

    Nice looking pocketbook! Now do you take that everywhere? Like on walks etc?

    5 bucks is 5 bucks….free is even better!

    Drive safe……stay warm and have a wonderful day/evening!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      Yes, it does look halfway between pumpkin and coral. The photos show different variations, depending upon the light.

      Do I take the wallet everywhere? On walks? No, silly! What am I going to do, buy a cactus? Write a check to a creosote bush? Haha! I’m sorry. That struck me as a very funny question.

      No, the wallet goes with me into places like stores or the library. Enjoy the rest of this day!

      • Cinandjules (da zone) says:

        Oh you’re in rare form!
        As in having ID on you at all times…or some type of McGyver contraption hidden in one of the pouches.

        Jules rarely pays for things as I earn the points faster on my card. But she always takes her wallet.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Well, if someone wants to identify me, they can look up my dental records.

          Hmm… What is this McGyver contraption of which you speak? It sounds erotic!

          • Sarvi in OR says:

            But aren’t your most recent dental records buried in Mexico? 😉

          • Cinandjules (da zone) says:

            Most agencies deal more with the living!

            Oh boy! Apparently you spent too much time correcting homework! McGyver was a TV show way back when….he could make something out of nothing that always ended up saving his butt!

            Something so simple and small like a Swiss Army knife that has tweezer! Good to take out dem cholla thorns on the spot! Cuz ya never know!

  33. Pat Hall, Corvina Beach says:

    Where have you been???? There’s a new MacGyver series on now….lol

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I haven’t watched television in decades. Movie videos, yes, but no tv. It’s a pestilence, IMO. Bad for the soul.

  34. Dawn in MI says:

    I think pumpkin/coral is his color! He’s adorable. Love the wallet too. Enjoy your stay out there, it looks stunning!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Dawn! Have a great evening!

      I just noticed that Reggie’s jacket is the RVSue blog color. . . No wonder I like it!

  35. Linda-NC says:

    Hi Sue- Reggie could be a high price doggie model! Who could resist buying something that he so handsomely models? I couldn’t. Maggie gets hot very easily so no coat for her. I did bookmark that wallet as I appreciate a good leather wallet. Now I will have to figure out where I can pick it up. It can wait as right now I am just enjoying moseying around. I am heading south and going to another lake in the gov recreation area. I feel so lucky to be able to do this. Your blog and inspiration have been invaluable. I like “real people” as I see too few and you are certainly that. So hugs to you both and keep on entertaining!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      It is a pleasure, Linda, for me to read about you heading south to another lake and enjoying moseying around and being aware how fortunate you are.

      Thanks for calling me “real people.” As we used to say in elementary school…”Takes one to know one!”

      You’ll like the wallet. It normally retails for $89. There’s something about quality … I get a little wave of happy-happy whenever I open up that wallet. haha!

  36. Sonia says:

    I had my eye on this fleece for a while now but the comments keep me from getting it. People say that the sizing is off from the instructions. I’m curious to know the size you ordered for lil’ Reggie and if it was on par. Foxy is 10 lbs, 16″ chest, 10″ neck and 12″ length (base of neck to base of tail). Chart says large, I will go for it and hope for the best.

    • Sonia says:

      Never mind answering, I thought I would go through and read all of the posts and found yours with the size.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Reggie is 9 lbs., 15.5′ chest, 10.5′ neck, 11′ length. His size is medium.

      The chart says large for 10-15 lbs, 18″ chest, 14′ neck. The neck opening will be big on Foxy. Since it says to go up a size when in doubt, the large is probably best, although it will be roomy. Finding a good fit for dogs is tough! They have such different proportions.

      It’s good that Foxy is an inch longer than Reggie. If Foxy is a male, you want the pee-pee to clear the bottom of the vest.

      I hope for the best, too. Let us know how it fits.

      • Sonia says:

        Thanks! Great, will get this ordered as well. Today Foxy’s other fleece-wear arrived. I got her 2 Adidog sweatshirts, one in blue and the other in red. They are so cute, she doesn’t care for the hood too much though. I want to have at least 4 shirts so she can wear each at least for 2 days. She gets a little stinky if she stays outside for a while, which are the days she wants to sleep with me. LOL.

  37. David Reed says:

    $40 to scan a car! And Autozone can’t scan for free anymore in California? The things I learn on this blog. Years ago Autozone let me borrow a scanner to see which O2 sensor was bad. When I found out how easy it was to use I bought my own scanner for around $100. Now I see scanners on Amazon from around $15 and up.

  38. Deena in Phoenix, AZ says:

    Sue and blogorinos, you are funny, informative, caring, questioning, answering, enjoying things from Amazon via Sue’s link and and loving all photos and loving Little Reggie…lots of laughter today…Thanks for providing JOY!

    Deena and Miss Mollie

  39. Sonia says:

    ok thanks!

  40. AlanOutandAbout - Tacna AZ 40 mi east of Yuma. says:

    Hi sue and crew.
    Love the sweater for Reggie, I wish Scamper would wear such a thing. He is the hit of the RV Park. People can’t believe I let him out and he just stays around the RV or goes for walks with me. He is a cinnamon colored Aby and no one has seen a cat with his coloring.

    Did you notice that your womens wallet has a picture of a man in it, or the homeliest women ever.? 🙂

    Keep up the good work and enjoy.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Alan,

      You’re right! It is a man! How strange they would use a photo of a man. Someone in the ad department wasn’t thinking….

      I was happy to read your comment under a previous post about the RV park in Tacna being spacious and very reasonably priced. I hope you enjoy your month’s stay. You’ll get to know the folks at the two restaurants. 🙂

      Way to go, Scamper! Charm the neighbors! Be the star of the RV park!

      How nice that he walks with you. A regular pal, that Scamper.

  41. Ladybug in Mid TN says:

    Can’t wait until Amazon delivers your packages by DRONE!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ladybug!

      Well, that will put me in a quandary. I love Amazon deliveries but I hate having drop-in visitors! 🙂

      I need to look into those new Amazon lock boxes or whatever they’re called.

  42. beach boomer says:

    I love that photo of Reggie inside with the orange bear. The look on his face is very: “Oh, no! You don’t like the handbag?!!!”

    Hard to believe being in the city, but I have a package delivery challenge, too. Get this: I order something from Chadwick’s (fashions). I pay for Fedex delivery and after 5-7 days start watching for the guy in purple shorts — a small pleasure!

    Purple shorts never shows up. Package never shows up. Turns out the new Fedex service delivers to my post ofc. and my local post office doesn’t deliver it at all. I never thought Fedex wouldn’t deliver to my front door. Solution: pay exorbitant rush deliver fee for front door delivery. My solution: Get in my minivan and drive to Old Navy. Is everything so complicated now or is it just me?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, beach boomer!

      Here’s something I did once when I was frustrated about not receiving a package I ordered. I ordered lenses for my camera while camping in Wyoming. I used a UPS Customer Center for the shipping address. While the package was in transit, Spike died. I should’ve called the UPS hub to let them know I would be picking up the package, but it might be a week or so before I could get there.

      Well, I go to pick up the package and find out it was returned to seller (the post office will hold General Delivery mail for 30 days… Apparently UPS doesn’t have that policy.) Anyway, to get to my point . . .

      I notified the company via email that their product was returned by UPS, not by me, and explained what happened. I received a thank-you email in return and it was obvious the seller was annoyed with UPS.

      If you are so inclined, you might contact Chadwick’s and let them know you’ve had to switch to Old Navy and explain why. Yes, life is complicated. One small thing that should be simple can mushroom into a major complication. Believe me, I know… I’m thinking of the time my blog was down for a week’s worth of tech headache.

      Okay, now it’s important to know the correct names of the members of Reggie’s menagerie…That’s not an orange bear…That’s “Chimpy!” 🙂

      Enjoy this day!

      • beach boomer says:

        Dear Chimpy, Words cannot describe how sorry I am that I mixed you up with a mere orange bear! To what can I attribute this grievous error? Too much rain in So Cal? Yes, that’s it! I do have a couple of sock monkeys here at home; so, I am very all-inclusive in the stuffed animal world! In other words, it is nothing personal. So, please be good to Reggie and RVSue. They deserve the best of what you have to offer! Love, Beach Boomer

  43. Geri, Florida panhandle! says:

    Seeing Reggie in his new coral/pumpkin/orange jacket has convinced us to get one for Tater! He gets cold and shivers to let us know! He even crawls under the covers of the bed and goes all the way down to the foot of the bed, and we have had very little cold weather this winter! We have had the A/C on more than the heater. But we will probably have to get an XLG for him and his 18 lbs. He maybe half Chi and half Pug but believe me when I say his front half is all pug and very chesty and his back half is all chi and it’s so funny to watch him walk. Chuck says most woman would love to have that sashay when they walk, so darned funny to watch! He is doing so well by the way, he is one happy pup!

    I also love that wallet! Will have to wait awhile for that though, our new glass room is up and much sturdier than the last one, but while it is up our bank account is down LOL! Mardi Gras tomorrow and we have a lot of Mermaid Tears to sell and the Humane Society will benefit! Can’t wait to see the parade where all the pets show up in costume! Gonna be a fun day!

    Loved all the photos and you are right, you could just post photos of Reggie and we would be happy! haha! But I do enjoy seeing where you are and love that your neighbors are distant! Life is good again in the Panhandle! Big belly rubs to the pup and know you are loved!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Geri!

      I read your email last night but I didn’t reply because I had drained most of the charge on my house battery by watching a movie video, along with being online most of the day gabbing with blogorinos. 🙂 That was a lot of rain! I remember those Florida downpours — forget raindrops, it comes down in sheets!

      I hope you have tons of success and fun at the Mardi Gras! You are generous to turn your profits over to the humane society after all the work, time, and $ you’ve put into your Mermaid Tears. God bless you!

      I love Tater’s homeless-to-happy story. You and Chuck are good people. Hugs to all at your house… I love you, too.

      • Geri, Florida panhandle! says:

        We crafters and artists donate only what we want to donate, we don’t donate all our profit, sorry I didn’t make that clear. All the vendors are asked to donate something to the Humane Society since they do not charge a fee to set up, BUT you must be invited to set up there!

  44. suzicruzi from Van, WA. says:

    Sue, as I’ve mentioned, I volunteer at our local Humane Society, and have for 7 years now, walking dogs and helping with community fundraisers. This has put me in contact with a LOT of dogs over the years. I don’t consider myself an expert by any means, but I feel pretty fortunate to have had this experience. I see many come, and go, and get returned. It’s a vicious cycle that repeats itself sometimes, and it’s hard to take. Finding a forever home for the lonesome (and often troubled) pets is a difficult task. When it happens, and it’s an obvious Win-Win for everyone, my heart explodes with joy!

    It wasn’t long ago in my reading (remember I am still catching up with your travels from day 1) that you adopted Reggie. I admire the fact that you kept looking and didn’t rush it, even though you were so wanting to find a companion for you and Bridgit. If more people would do that….. You know when the right one comes along, and the right one doesn’t come along by rushing it, or forcing it. I wanted to say I admire that about you – as a true dog person. I read each post with fascination about you, and Bridgit, and Spike as you started off on your journey long ago..

    Man, has it been almost 6 years already? For me, it was more a dog story then a travel blog. A story of love and understanding between human and dog. So many of your days were surrounded by making sure their comfort came first; breaks, shade, food, walks…. getting up in the rain to take Spikey out in the wee hours… respecting Bridgits need to sleep in under the covers a bit, etc. You are a true “Dog Mom” in my book, and although I don’t know you at all, I almost feel like I love you, and your heart.

    I’m a bit of a “loner” and recluse at times myself, and I totally relate to your need for privacy, and love of boondocking. I find joy reading about “you as a person”, and then your travel blog next. The pictures of Reggie above in this post, really bring that all home to me. Such a perfect fit. Such a perfect pair. And the little man has sure come a long way!! He couldn’t have done that without your love and patience! Now back to the Fall of 2015. Cheers!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, suzicruzi!

      Thank you for taking the time to write me such a lovely note. I’m touched by your attention to the details of my life with my crew members. You brought tender memories to mind. Those times with my original crew and with Reg, doing things for them, were pleasures for me.

      That’s the way it is when you help those you love, right? I’m sure you know, because it’s obvious you are a loving and giving person.

      Anyone who devotes their time to making the world a better, kinder, safer place for animals has a heart of gold!

      I’m very glad you have become a part of my blog, suzicruzi. You add much positive energy and the information you share through your volunteer experiences is valuable and may help others to remember that animals are precious, and all domesticated animals — including our pets — are also dependent upon us for their lives and happiness.

      Maybe you will influence others to volunteer, too, or to adopt and care for a needy animal. Wouldn’t that be great! Yes, it is important to take care when choosing a pet. I agree that Reggie and I are meant for each other. 🙂

      I may be repeating myself, but that’s okay — Thank you for reading my blog from the beginning. For me that’s the difference between waving at a new friend as you drive by in contrast to sitting down for a relaxed, caring conversation with a new friend in an effort to get to know them better. 🙂

      Ah, 2015… I’m thinking Virgin River Gorge and Cedar Pocket… Enjoy!

  45. weather says:

    Hi, Sue, the title of this post made me smile, it’s so true! Just the idea of a pumpkin colored jacket Reggie likes enough to even wear as pajamas tickles me pink. Your good looking leather wallet is really nice, one that you can fit a smart phone in is a great idea. It’s so easy to drop or misplace those unless they’re contained in one thing you easily keep track of.

    The last photo of your home sweet home is the very picture of tranquility, what a truly wonderful setting. Beginning a morning with that palette one can paint whatever else into their day from a peaceful state of mind…sighs of happiness for you. For that, and for your being able to afford your second new wallet in your whole life. It’s terrific to get what’s needed throughout all the years of having to be thrifty or go without, of course we’re always grateful to have what we do then. Still, living simply now, being able to splurge on little things is a special big deal.

    Yesterday it reached seventy degrees here. My friends’ antique store is closed for the coldest three months during winter because heating it would use all the profits from sales. With it’s being so warm out she decided to go in and get some work done, her husband had called me and let me know . I’d just left another friend’s thrift store that’s run to support a church’s outreach for those needing help in many areas of their lives. I participate with that to a less time consuming degree, when I do it gives us a chance to visit each week. I’d left with a nice, soft, warm bathrobe that cost fifty cents.

    While at antique store I spent $28 on a 7 inch by 10 inch painting for the T@B. I suppose to most that seems less practical than buying a wallet. The one I have is tiny so fits in my pocket on jeans or jackets. I don’t have any clothes without pockets so don’t need to carry a purse. I do, however, love seeing an image of the one constant companion I give thanks to each day upon awakening. The picture has a lamb in it, too, just their two figures- contentedly traveling alone in a wilderness… To many that’s only symbolic of lives spent on this earth, your portray it in a real and lovely way with your blog 🙂 !

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, weather!

      Temperatures in the 70s — Wow, a wonderful February day for you!

      I enjoyed peeking into your life of friends and their endeavors. You share their interests, help out, and visit together. Oh, and you also score a comfy bathrobe for less than the cost of a can of soda!

      It’s especially fun to find something like the little painting. With that painting your little T@B will feel like home because home is what the painting depicts. You would enjoy what I see on my way to and from town… baby lambs in fresh, green fields. Like your painting, they remind me that I’m a lamb, too. 🙂

      Thank you for another thoughtful comment, a much-appreciated, good-morning gift.

  46. Joy says:

    Quick Amazon question…if I use the “click here to shop Amazon” button(or whatever it’s called), and order from my prime account, does it automatically link to your associates program? I shop quite a bit from Amazon and if it helps and doesn’t change my order total, I thought I’d can just as easily go through your site.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Joy!

      Yes, if you “click” on any of the links you see on my blog — the one you mentioned, the one in the sidebar, the links for items recently bought by readers, and any of the ads… and then you shop at Amazon, a commission is sent to Reggie and me for anything you order. (Prime or not-Prime, doesn’t matter)… You won’t see anything different as you shop and go through check-out at Amazon, but my Amazon Affiliate code is embedded in the link or ad you used. Thanks for asking and thanks for thinking of us when you go shopping at Amazon. 🙂

  47. AZ Jim says:

    Missy and blogorinos, I was pessimistic about the heart tests I took. But, I came out fine on all studies. My cardiologist said the results are very close to those from 5 years ago and I am not needing any surgeries at this time. He said for my age I am remarkable normal. I do have some small blockages but not unusual in senior men and of no immediate threat. I won’t need to have any appointments until Aug. 4. Thanks for your concerns, I am relieved and so is Detta.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      HOOORAYYYY!!!! WONDERFUL NEWS, JIM! I’m sending lots of love and hugs to you and Detta!

      Hey, blogorinos! Our prayers were answered! 🙂

    • weather says:

      Yippee!!! That’s wonderful, Jim, thank you very much for letting us know. Add me to the list, besides you and Detta, of those relieved about this news. Wow, this made my day 🙂

    • Rochelle in IN says:

      What WONDERFUL news! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

    • Geri, Florida panhandle! says:

      GOOD NEWS! Yay!

    • Deena in Phoenix, AZ says:

      Wonderful news Jim. Thank you for sharing. I am thankful that you and Detta are relieved and happy. May you both enjoy continued healthy lives!

    • Rose from AR says:

      Congratulations Jim. Isn’t it great to be ‘remarkable normal’. Best wishes to you and Detta.

  48. Jenna says:

    Sue and Reggie,
    I love this entry so much! I love all of your entries but this one really speaks to me because I am trying to minimize my personal belongings. My boyfriend and I are musicians and are hoping to eventually quit our day jobs and live out of a camper with our dog.. People say we are dreamin’ but seeing your blog gives us hope. Thank you for your inspiration!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Jenna! You give me the credit for inspiring you, but the seeking comes from you and your boyfriend. 🙂 Thank you for becoming a part of my blog. Do keep in touch, blogorino!

    • Geri, Florida panhandle! says:

      We have a few travelling musicians that travel through our area (Apalachicola) and most restaurants here are open to new talent! A lot of them come back to visit again!

  49. Pat Hall, Corvina Beach says:

    Great news!!!!

  50. Just ordered the purse for my wife. Good leather items are hard to find, so thanks for the…review.

  51. suzicruzi from Van, WA. says:

    Dear Sue, Don’t get too excited, but I inquired with Casita today, and asked for a pricing brochure. I chatted with the gal quite awhile, when I mentioned you. I think you are FAMOUS at the Casita Factory!! 🙂 Lol… she knows all about you, and said you send many people their way.

    I asked about seeing some Casitas in my area, and she was about to give me some names of people willing to show me their trailers. I just really want to sit in one and feel the space – see if it talks to us or not. Anyway, then it came up that if I buy one, that kind person gets a commission. YIKES! So I had to be honest and tell her it was YOU, RVsue, who really “sold” me on looking into a Casita, and that if I buy one, I’d want you to get a little commission for it.

    Hence the dilemma. Now I don’t feel right about going to someone’s house to view their trailer, when I secretly plan to give you the credit. I guess that is part of the deal Casita has with people willing to show off their trailers, and I think that’s fair. So I didn’t take any names, and I’m back to square one, with no trailer anywhere in my area to see. It’s cute tho’, as she told me she was putting your name down next to mine as my referral. So there you go, it’s a start, and who knows, maybe you’ll get another “thank you check” one of these days! It think that is pretty darn cool. Sleep tight next to that squirmy, snuggly, wiggly, love bug of a doggy, and have a great weekend!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, suzicruzi!

      Yay for you! You’ll be receiving the brochure…. a dream on its way to becoming reality!

      Okay, about looking at a Casita and the $200 check and all that. I love how you want me and my blog to get credit! However, the most important thing, much more important than me receiving a commission, is for you to make the right decision on your rig. If you have the opportunity to sit inside a Casita, you should go for it.

      I think you should go ahead and get in contact with Casita owners in your area and set up a time to visit them. If you do decide to purchase, at the time you place the order, tell the Casita person that you were sold on a Casita by these people who gave you a tour, and that you would like them to receive the check, not RVSue. In other words, you want to change the check recipient, because, although RVSue spurred your interest in Casita, it was the actual tour that made the sale. I’m sure Casita would be happy to oblige.

      That’s really the only fair and honest way to handle it, as far as I know. As I said before, it’s far more important that you make the right decision for your rig than it is for me to receive that check. I want you to take the opportunity to tour a Casita!

      Thank you for your kindness, suzicruzi. It’s sweet of you to want me to receive the commission. Who knows? Maybe your comments will remind someone else to give me credit for their decision to buy a Casita.

      You gave me a smile with the report that Casita knows I’ve sent them several customers. 🙂

      You have a great weekend, too!

  52. BadgerRickInWis says:

    LOVE that last shot of yawning Reggie with his resurrected toys all splayed out behind him. You give him an awful good life. And he you of course.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Rick!

      I’m happy to see you here! Makes my first cup of coffee taste even better. 🙂

      • BadgerRickInWis says:

        🙂
        Always here, just not commenting as much.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I’m sorry for my blunt language in the past that I suspect offended you. Your comments have been much more than just comments. I’m sure readers miss your word creations as much as I do!

          No pressure, when and if you feel like it…..

          Thanks, Rick, for letting me know you’re “always here.”

        • JazzLoverWMa says:

          BadgerRickInWis
          Please come back, you are missed.

  53. rvsueandcrew says:

    GOOD MORNING, BLOGORINOS!

    New post coming up shortly!

    Sue

  54. 11Blade says:

    If you go back to Salida this summer you’ll be happy to know there is a customer center there, too. They are only open from 4-6 pm daily for package drop off and pickup.They were VERY nice to interact with about picking up packages…FREE. The guys and gal working their know who you are by name after 2-3 package pickups…great customer service!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Great to know, 11Blade! I’m not surprised you received excellent service. With only one exception I’ve found the UPS Customer Center people to be extremely efficient, helpful, and courteous. Thanks for the tip.

  55. 11Blade says:

    On turning down Casita referral money….What!? I disagree with your idea that you didn’t ‘refer’ the gal that visited the factory. Your blog, your writing, your wonderful photos are proof that those little ‘eggs’ are perfect for some people, maybe me down the road (retirement). They are even MORE perfect for those who want to go down narrow forest roads where the diesel pusher won’t go, though I personally would want a lift kit installed to get more ground clearance. (I put a hole in oil pan on Mt. Shauvano road last summer=new engine). Take the MONEY, honey!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I appreciate your enthusiasm for my blog and its persuasiveness toward fiberglass eggs. I still think the money should go to someone opening their home for a tour. In the absence of someone giving a tour, I’ll take the money, no problem! 🙂

      The BLT has a high lift axle and the larger tires. I haven’t had any problems with it becoming hung up or sustaining damage underneath due to bad road. I don’t think a lift kit is necessary… although one might be needed for what one has for a tow vehicle. Gee, sorry about that Disaster on Mt. Shauvano. I remember you telling us about it. I think that’s the same road I drove part of the way, only as far as the campground.

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