Trash and treasures around our house

Thursday, May 17

While out walking together, the boys and I pass this oleander hedge. It’s too bad that oleander is poisonous to pets because it does make a beautiful screen for one’s property.

I’d like a privacy fence around our back yard.  

I thought it’d be easy to choose the type (not so easy to pay for it!).  For years I’ve seen several, attractive fence panels  at stores like Lowe’s or Home Depot.

Since becoming an Arizona homeowner I’ve learned that not all fencing is appropriate for the intense sunshine and heat of the region.

You know how it is when you become interested in something, suddenly you see it everywhere?

Not so with vinyl fencing.  

It doesn’t hold up well in Arizona.  Wood fences are okay but they may require maintenance.  That’s why you see block walls or stucco walls around homes instead.

A neighbor does have a cedar fence for privacy.  One day I ask him about it. He says he treated it with linseed oil when it was installed in the mid-90s and hasn’t done anything more with it since then.  It still looks pretty good.

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I remember when I first came west.

I was camping with my original crew of Bridget and Spike at Santa Rosa State Park, New Mexico, utilizing that state’s great, annual camping pass.

While we’re on our way to Santa Rosa from the campground, the PTV takes us through cheerful, yellow flowers on the roadside.  It’s like those flowers are cheering for us.  (You see, I’m in the glow of being a newbie full-time RVer, where all the senses are heightened. Lots of oohing and ahhing).

I park on the shoulder to take a photo.  

I put the photo in my blog post of September 2, 2011 (only a couple weeks on the road) with the caption, “A yellow flower leans over and plants a kiss on the PTV!”

Here’s a link to the post:  “Still kickin’ around Santa Rosa, NM.”

That particular day comes to mind as the crew and I ride the Perfect Tow Vehicle today because again we’re on a road lined with flowers.  The large white blossoms sway in the breeze atop their three-foot-tall stems.

At the DesertUSA website, I identify them as prickly poppies (Argemone pleicantha).

Oh, gosh, here I go . . . 

Coveting my neighbor’s goods again.  In this case, I have my eye on a saguaro in his front yard.  It doesn’t have any arms yet, but, man, is it putting forth the buds!

No one lives at the property.  Even so, I’m not going over there with my camera.  Instead I zoom in on the saguaro’s blooms from our yard.

This is the kind of thing I look forward to seeing this summer and sharing with you. I’ll be sure to take another photo when the saguaro is in full bloom.

This week’s weather has been perfect for painting the porch railing.

Thermometers read mid-90s in the afternoon.  However, in the shade of our porch it’s pleasant and balmy.  I start early, around 7 a.m., because later in the day the breeze often becomes stronger and blows dust and pine needles into the paint.

I’m enjoying the project.  It’s more like therapy than work.

Reggie, Roger and I finally go to the transfer station.

I have a lot of trash and yard clippings to get rid of.  The seller of this house left five big wooden pallets that I’ll have to break down in order to fit them into the PTV (thanks, pal!), plus a pile of pine boughs and a large bin full of heavy trash.  It will take several loads before I’m rid of it all.

Then there are the many plastic jugs I used to hold water for boondocking.  Today I toss them into the recycling trailer.  They’re easily and inexpensively replaced.

When all the trash and yard debris is cleared out, I’ll sign up for regular, weekly, trash pick-up.

So goes the transition from boondocker to homeowner.

With slight tugs, I pull the shawl of modern-day comfort more snugly around our lives.

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89 Responses to Trash and treasures around our house

  1. Dawn in NC says:

    First?!

  2. Gloria in Prescott, Az. says:

    Hi!

  3. Brenda says:

    Did you have a hard time learning to tow your vehicle ?

    I’m stressing.

    Brenda

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Brenda,

      Well, not to sound bragging…. No, I didn’t have a hard time towing. After the first mile I realized it wasn’t any different than driving the PTV by itself.

      Have you started towing yet?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, Brenda… I want to help. Is it the backing up you’re stressing about?

  4. Dawn in Michigan says:

    Glad you’re settling in. I think a privacy fence would be good for the boys. I look forward to reading more homeowner adventures.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’d like the privacy fence for another reason. It would set off the plants and trees that are already in the yard and whatever Nancy and I add over time. A privacy fence would create a totally different atmosphere.

      And, yes, it would cut the distractions for Reg and Rog to bark at. 🙂

      • Lucy says:

        Hi RV Sue ! About ‘ living fences ‘ what about ‘Creeping Fig’, it requires H2O till is established, then will grow profusely in dry environment with minimal water, U’ll need a frame for support & chainlink is appropriate, so is chicken wire. Congratulations on your new home, wish U, your sister & your boys will enjoy it to the maximum. My regards: Lucy.

  5. Glad to get the advice about plastic fencing! Is it too hot for it, or does the constant sunshine degrade the plastic?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      The heat does degrade the plastic. It doesn’t last. Too bad because there are some very attractive styles in plastic aka vinyl.

  6. Columbus Calvin says:

    I’m one of the people who would keep the pallets around to do projects, after the first project of cleaning them.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I thought about doing that, Calvin. Then, weighing the unsightliness of having them in the yard (we don’t have a storage shed) compared with their potential use…. well, the pallets would probably rot before I got around to using them.

      • Tesaje says:

        You could use them for garden beds. Won’t last forever but would be attractive for awhile.

  7. Gail in Buckeye says:

    Hi Sue,
    If you want tall plants for privacy try looking for Green Hop Seed bushes. They make a nice tall screen and are drought tolerant after established. You can trim them anyway you want.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      From Desert Horizon Nursery . . .

      “Green Hopseed Bush is native or naturalized in many arid regions of the world, displaying adaptability that is echoed by this plant’s usefulness in a wide range of landscape styles and situations. Valued for its dense, deep green foliage, and its coarse tropical texture, this evergreen shrub needs little to no pruning to maintain interesting form, but can be pruned into a small tree or even sheared into hedges where a more manicured effect is desired. Green Hopseed Bush is tidy and clean; a perfect combination for poolsides and patios. Low maintenance and low water requirements also make it a great choice for use in hedges or screens, and as a foundation or a specimen plant.

      Light Needs: This shrub loves full sun.

      Watering Needs: Once established, needs only occasional watering.

      Average Landscape Size: Grows 10 to 15 feet high and 8 to 10 feet wide.

      Key Features: Grows tiny yellow green flowers.

      Blooms: Flowers on and off throughout the year.

      Poisonous: No.”

      Sounds good, Gail. Thanks for the suggestion! I never heard of this plant before.

      • Gail in Buckeye says:

        I just planted 32 in my backyard! Running drips to them now!
        Using them to cover my block fence, tired of seeing only tan will enjoy seeing Green!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Whoa! 32 of them! I don’t know which I’m coveting more… your block fence or all those hopseed bushes. 🙂

          I’m curious… How big are the plants you put in and how far apart did you plant them?

          • Gail in Buckeye says:

            Sue they are one gallon plants, they grow fast. I put some 4 feet apart and some three feet apart. Some I want to touch and make a 6 foot hedge around my Ramada. I have some along the side of my house and they touch blocking the block fence view giving me some green to look at. My nursery said they grow them from seeds. Found them for 5.99 which was a bargain. Most big box wanted 9.00 for them. They come in purple also but I prefer the green.

  8. Cat Lady outside Flagstaff, AZ. says:

    Well, Sue, I finally made it to AZ and am boondocking outside Flagstaff. The 1st Forest Service Road was a rutted nightmare and I had to find a spot to turn my class c around. The 2nd road was better but the campsite was leaning pretty badly. I handled that with leveling blocks. It’s wonderful here. WiFi/internet is sporadic but that’s okay. I think my brain needs some down-time, too, just to wind down. The air is so clean and woodsy smelling. I’m enjoying this sooooo much. Thanks to the Renogy Suitcase 100w solar panel, I’m doing great. I’ll never be on the level as you, Sue, but I’m doin’ allright. Thanks, Sue.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Congratulations, Cat Lady! Boondocking outside Flagstaff — Good for you!

      Although I don’t know exactly where you are, I remember how the forest roads in that area can be badly rutted and when it’s rainy, they’re sticky, slippery mud. I also remember the wonderful piney scent and delicate wildflowers.

      The best part of your comment to me? “I’m enjoying this soooooo much.”

      I’m happy for you. Thanks for the report. As for being unlevel, if you don’t roll out of bed, you’re level enough. 🙂

    • MB from VA says:

      That’s awesome Cat Lady! I love that area of AZ! I can close my eyes and see the blue sky, feel the dry heat and smell the scent of pines in the sun. I’m envious…..but in a good way. 😉 Enjoy your down time.

      Love and good wishes from VA!
      MB

  9. Hi , when I lived in th’ Zone I saw a private fence made of tall thin cactus tightly close together and it looked good enough to keep out most folk, oh ya, I remember where I saw it, it was at a Tombstone RV Park, if your close to there , check it out, ,,, Lab test tomorrow morning, in Grayson, then see the Thyroid Doctors on Monday in Louaville and Tuesday I’ll be getting 20/20 and New glasses, yaa,,, Have a Pleasant weekend and give and give them Boys a Boys a Huge Hug from us, ok,,,,,, 🐾👣👣

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rusty,

      You’re going to be a new man! I’m so glad you are getting all this medical stuff done. Thanks for the suggestion on plants.

      You and Piper have a great weekend. Gee, I need to post about your railroad! 🙂

  10. Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

    I am so happy for you Rusty! Everything is falling in place for you! Can’t wait to hear about your work on your train project!
    Hate to ask, but I hope you are using a cane! I fought it! Didn’t want it! Finally, after a bad fall and a scolding from my doctor, I use my cane all the time! 😁 No more falls!

    • AZ Jim says:

      Me too Geri! Good for you!

      • Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

        😁

        • Yes Geri I have a cane and a Big Wheeled Wheeler, but when I fell I was getting up from my chair and the down step to the bathroom is right behind it, this last time I got up to fast and missed the step down , and my Big Wheel Wheeler has no room to use it in the house and I need a 4 wheeled drive for where Piper takes me for walks in the woods, but then , I haven’t had any falls since the last one cause I took Cynthia’s advice on going slow, slow, slow down, now the only time I go fast is when we are doing 55 in the 75′,LOL,,,,,, 🤣,,,, 🐾👣👣

  11. AZ Jim says:

    Hi Missy, I’m glad you have a place to rest in. Even later when you take off for a few days, you’ll have a comfortable home to come home to. Will Nancy take little trips with you and the boys or will she be staying at the house? I suggest that those boys are kinda happy to not traveling so much. It’s kinda reassuring for them to have a place they can count on being at most days. Put a sign out in the front of your place offering hardwood pallets free and someone will want them. I sense joy in you at your new place…I’m happy for you and the little fellas…Later AZ Sue…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jim,

      It is nice for the boys and me to have a home with no deadline of 14 days. We are blessed.

      I don’t think Nancy will want to do much traveling for a while. She’s a self-described homebody and her job requires she travel around the country a lot. Maybe after a time of staying at the house and being retired, she’ll want to come with us to see more of the west.

      I hadn’t thought about putting the pallets out front. I’ll consider that.

      • Jan NH says:

        Great idea, AZ Jim on offering the pallets for free as an easier way to dispose of. Sue, you will be surprised at how many takers you’ll have as there are loads of projects one can do with pallets.

        I love the idea of a living privacy fence if you can swing it…I’m sure it will depend on how many you need and how long they take to grow to a substantial size. It is too bad that oleander is poisonous as the picture of that living fence is beautiful.

        On a sadder note, I’m not sure if you have heard yet but Lynne from Winnie Views succumbed to her cancer. Such sad news.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Oh, Lynne has gone. No, I hadn’t heard, Jan. I appreciate you letting us know. Lynne was an incredible person.

          • Jan NH says:

            Her brother has posted a very touching farewell post on her site for anyone interested. Yes, she was a special person with much to share.

        • Sally in MI says:

          So sad. Such s sweet soul. She will be missed.

  12. Cinandjules 🌵 says:

    Oleanders nice looking privacy attaining bushes…yes they are poisonous..does Reg and Rog chew on plants? Our backyard has them…AO isn’t interested nor is she out by herself anyway!

    They do have slats that slide between the chain links. Not sure if they would hold up either. Wood slats? That would use the existing fence…really easy to slide the wood in. Dunno…you’ll figure it out!

    Your trash company may have bulk p/u available. Once or twice a year free…or specific dates already scheduled. Or you can politely ask the collectors if they would kindly take it…most will.

    The black drip system will fail in AZ heat. If you want to install..you need to use pvc. Do it once…do it right.

    So what’s for dinner? Are the ants gone?

    Enjoy your day…. and your home! Aren’t home projects fun? Just wait until Nancy arrives!

    • Cinandjules 🌵 says:

      Sorry….the first set of slats were plastic type like the treks material.
      Those I’m not sure if they would hold up.

      I’m finding out that the Zip ties I used get brittle and break…so nix using zip ties outside.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        You’re right about zip ties. That’s why I bought a roll of tie wire for fence mending.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      I don’t think Reggie or Roger would chew on oleander bushes. What Roger might do is drink from any puddles at their base which also can be poisonous. He almost did that at Las Vegas Bay Campground, until I pulled him away.

      The plastic strips don’t last in AZ and then they end up looking terrible. The ants are still here. I haven’t paid much attention to them since most of my outside time has been on the porch painting and relaxing in the breeze. 🙂

      Dinner will probably be a bowl of yogurt. My big meal of the day is past. I made a tostada with sausage, peppers, onions and cheese. Was scrumptious!

      • Cinandjules 🌵 says:

        Oh yikes….

        Yummmmmmmmy. Chicken sausage?

        Do you find yourself sitting inside the BLT on painting breaks?

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          No, I made a mistake and bought cajun andouille sausage which is made with pork. A mistake because I generally don’t eat pork. Not a mistake because it made a delicious tostada. A cajun tostada! Ha!

          No, I don’t sit inside the BLT because it is a total mess with me pulling stuff out of it and the cushions are in the house for my bed on the floor. The porch at the house is very pleasant. That’s where I tend to relax or under the mesquite tree beside the BLT. The boys still like to relax on the blue mat. 🙂

  13. Joe in TN says:

    Hi Sue,
    When I think of Arizona, the first thing that comes to mind is a Saguaro. Do you plan on adding one to your landscape? Love the prickly poppies almost as much as the name of the flower. Happy painting!

    • Carolyn H in AZ says:

      Joe, Saguaros are very expensive. Last price I heard was $100 ft. Also, they are protected so you can’t go somewhere and just take one from the wild.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’d love to add a saguaro, Joe, but what Carolyn says is true. I do fantasize about offering the neighbor substantially less and having it removed and replanted here (it’s not in a good place on his lot). That’s silly because I have plenty of stuff to throw money at without chasing after a saguaro!

  14. Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

    Hi Sue! That Green Hopseed bush sounds perfect for privacy and !looking good in the neighborhood!😁
    The last time Chuck and I were on our way to meet you, we drove through Madrid NM and saw a small house on the main street that had a fence of ocotillo cactus branches! Might be like Rusty saw. But the ocotillo had taken root and it was nicely covered in small green leaves, providing privacy. The thorny branches would be a deterrent to wandering wild critters! BUT those thorns would deter me from ever constructing such a fence!😁 But it sure was pretty to look at.
    Sounds like you are feeling contented there! That’s a good feeling, enjoy it!💗

    Hug. R & R from us!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Geri,

      I can easily picture that ocotillo fence. Very clever! Nature provides such a variety of materials and resources for us.

      Yes, I’m content here. The boys are happy. Hugs to all at your place!

  15. ValGal (westernWA) says:

    Hi, Sue! I love your last line with it’s fantastic metaphor.

    Yes, put the pallets outside with a free sign. If that doesn’t work, put them on Craigslist free listings. It would save yourself bunch of work.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, ValGal,

      Thank you for noting my writing. No, I don’t do Craigslist. I don’t like the idea of strangers contacting me and coming to our house, even for something that’s outside, like the pallets.

  16. Georgette says:

    Sue, about the pallets that you need to break down in order to fit them into the PTV. . .

    Don’t know what kind of “neighborhood rules” you might have where you live, but many places the rules on what one can put out by the road are sometimes somewhat lax.

    If the wood in the pallets is in good shape, you might try just putting them on the curb in the front of your house with a “FREE!!” sign attached.

    I’m betting that the next time you look they will be gone, and might save you a trip to the recycling center. Do-it-yourself recycling!

    Worth a try, anyway!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Okay, I think I’ll try it! I also have a huge bunch of aloe vera plants that need to be removed from a bed. Once I purchase a fork to lift them, I might just put them on the curb with the pallets. I don’t know how popular aloe is around here. I’ll find out!

      This isn’t the kind of neighborhood with rules. I avoided that when searching for a house.

  17. Don in Alaska says:

    Growing up in Tucson, we had a Privet hedge that had grown into our chain link fence.

    No additional watering required (we did have a grass lawn) and the groeth was impervious to both man and beast. More importantly, it managed to keep the ‘stre4et noise’ down considerably.

    The problem with these kind of ‘living fences’ that some kind of trimming is usually called for on a regular basis. The back yard had the oleanders so often seen – these were watered with the gray water from the washing machine.

    In the end, you may have to give in and have a cinder or slump block fence put up.

    Best of luck!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Don,

      You’re right about the need to trim living fences. Stuff that is watered around here grows like crazy. Good point about cutting down on street noise, although there isn’t much of that here. There’s a privet alongside the house that wasn’t trimmed and that dang thing is tall!

      I imagine a block wall is expensive and I’d want it painted. What the heck is a “slump block fence?”

      • Don in Alaska says:

        A kind of adobe brick often seen in fences. A lot of the block is made in Mexico. I has a distinctive ‘pillow’ look and the faces are often not flat or uniform.

        You’ll soon discover that anything that provides shade in the summer, like your privet, will help cut your electric bill for the AC.

        When I was stationed in Las Vegas, NV, it seemed like almost every home was surrounded by a cinder block wall. Privacy was the reason. In your case keeping the wilder wildlife outside of your yard would be a very good reason for a block wall..

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Thanks for answering my question, Don.

          I continue to be amazed at the insulation from the heat that this house provides. Temps in the 90s for several days and I haven’t turned on the a/c. It’s perfectly comfortable. I suppose low humidity makes that possible.

  18. After years of my wood fence blowing down during monsoon storms, I finally had a block fence install. Wow, the transformation was unbelievable! Very private. No gaps in block wall so total privacy. I didn’t do the front yard but I am considering a picket fence but it may blow over too…so I’m think wrought iron picket fence.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rita,

      The neighbor who has the cedar fence that’s been up since the mid-90s told me that in addition to wood posts his fence has metal posts sunk deep into the ground. I think every other post is metal. He probably did a lot of the work on the fence himself.

      Wrought iron would be nice for your front yard. . . with a pretty gate. 🙂

  19. Cynthia from San Clemente says:

    Not complaining, but there were no R&R pics in this post. I suppose they are very busy plotting how to defeat your fence repair!! I was curious about the green hopseed bush, which I had never heard of, so I Googled it. Sounds like a very appropriate plant for your area and needs. My search also turned up a purple hopseed plant, which had the same soil/watering/sun requirements and was quite pretty. It might make a nice privacy hedge to alternate some of the green and purple varieties. I’m liking the new posts even though you are not on the road – it just goes to show that good writing is good writing, whether it is mobile or stationary!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cynthia,

      Such a nice thing to write (your last sentence). Thank you.

      I did try to have photos of the boys for this post. I took a bunch under the mesquite tree. Not one came out very well. The shade and sun mix was too harsh or they moved or Roger showed his butt which dominated the shot or Reggie looked pathetic even though he wasn’t, stuff like that.

      I’ll look at the purple hopseed.

      • Cynthia from San Clemente says:

        LOL – I’ll take a photo of Roger’s butt or Reggie looking pathetic (we all know he isn’t!) anytime!!!

  20. BTW, I got tired of asking my sister to haul stuff for me so in 2002 I purchased my truck. The truck has paid for itself a million times over. Bulk trash pick up is scheduled every so often but I got tired of seeing unsightly trash for days piled up by the sidewalk. My truck has come in handy hauling trash to landfill and to haul building stuff i.e. I just hauled sand bags for my new mini patio for my swing. Plus, I’ve help my daughter, nieces, and other family move. I also hauled new furniture for my daughter when she bought her house.

    Hollyhocks are good for hiding block wall or cat claws or any climbing vine. I have cat claws growing on my windowless west house wall and hollyhocks in the back yard. The flowers grow fairly tall…about a foot above the block wall. My house is made with cinder blocks…to keep it from retaining a lot of heat from afternoon sun, I have cat claws climbing the west wall and a big 40 foot Goldwater pine shading the west wall and roof of house. In the back yard, I have a portion of the west wall with no shade. So, I hung bamboo mats about 2 feet from wall so the sun doesn’t hit the block wall directly. The shade mats roll when not needed. A couple of years ago, I planted a desert rose tree to shade the west wall but it’s still not tall enough yet. I don’t think it will shad the roof but it definitely will shade the block wall.

  21. Hi Sue. I love the cactus flower shots. I have not been in a desert long enough to see them in full bloom.
    I always think that if I had a home in your area, (Arizona), I would have a magnificent hummingbird feeder collection in the hopes of having hundreds of visitors to my garden. Have you noticed a wide variety of them that you could attract?

    • Oh yes. I meant to mention that oleanders made me very sick for a long period. I did not know they were the cause of my severe vertigo attacks until it was pointed out to me that many countries have banned them from being grown in gardens. It was only when I removed mine that I had an immediate, full recovery. It is now my mission to inform anyone who might listen to my story.

  22. Rover Ronda (WA) says:

    Looking forward to seeing the progression of your neighbors saguaro. Beautiful!

    • Rover Ronda (WA) says:

      The saguaro blossoms progression that is, not your dream of relocating it. Although wouldn’t that be cool if that dream came true?

  23. Laurie Milliard says:

    I love that last line!! I can tell we’ll enjoy reading your homeowner adventures as much as your travel adventures.
    I’m in Newfoundland for a couple months. Faraway and pretty cold! Hardly any people! Bliss.

  24. MB from VA says:

    Hi Sue. I’m glad you and the crew are so happy in your new home. Discovering and getting to know a place is kind of like getting to know a person. It’s a voyage from casual glance to meaningful friendship. Gradually, you get to know and appreciate one another.

    I’m looking at this 6 acres differently now that I am her guardian. I look at the beauty more than the problems. And when I see my plants coming up or the rose and azaleas blooming, I remember the grandparents and great aunt who brought us cuttings, seeds and bulbs from their yards to plant back in the 70s. And on the 30th of this month, I will have a big, bad zero turn mower to help me take care of the 3 little fields and make walking paths through the trees…..It will be a nature preserve.

    But, ever since I read The Secret Garden, I’ve wanted a walled in garden. And one day, I will travel the southwest and find/build my little adobe with that walled garden. All in it’s own time. Can’t wait to see what form your little hide away takes.

    Have you ever read Under The Tuscan Sun by Francis Mayes? There was a movie too. I liked both but they were a bit different. Anyway, it describes the adventure an American couple had when they bought a run down villa in Tuscany. I think you’d enjoy it because it is more about discovering the beauty of the place.

    Have a wonderful day!
    MB

  25. Suzette in TN says:

    It’s great to watch your latest adventure unfold. I know you’re a very private person, so that makes it even more special that you share with us.

    Thanks as always for the great photos. I just LOVE the cactus shot! It is perfect for painting, which has become my latest challenge, one that I take up (again) every ten years or so. It’s painting time! You may have noticed an uptick in paints and painting supplies in your Amazon reports. 🙂 I think I’m going to browse the RV Sue history for some other likely shots. I know there are bazillions of them!

    Looking forward to the next update.

  26. Jim in Columbus Ohio says:

    I love the last line of your post but enjoy everything you post.
    write a book, Sue, I’ll buy it.

  27. weather says:

    That oleander hedge really is beautiful! I imagine you and Nancy will eventually make your yard be as lovely in it’s own way. Isn’t it fun to dream, wish and plan it all? Thank you for the link to that old post 🙂 .

    It’s easy to forget you were ever that inexperienced in all that camping involves. Though your crew and environment has changed your enthusiasm and gratitude remains. I can see how painting a railing would feel therapeutic. I have spent hours using a water hose to clear pine needles from windowsills and a vehicle. When I was finished my mind, mood and spirit felt more clear.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I call those “mindless tasks.” You can do them without concentrating on them; you daydream instead. Raking is that way. I love to rake! I used to rake around the BLT at a boondock to give the site a fresh start. The next morning I’d check for critter tracks. You can learn a lot about the night action that way. 🙂

  28. Glenda in OZ! says:

    Fascinated in catching up with this turn of events in your lives Sue and your crew………sounds like you are loving the change. How wonderful to now have a home base and one that you can really call home with your sister.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Glenda,

      I’m looking forward to having Nancy in my life. Thanks for the nice note. I’m glad you still find reason to come here!

  29. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Good morning, Sue!

    I loved the link you shared….back to the beginning of your great adventure! It is amazing how far you have travelled, and the tremendous amount of confidence that you have gained over the years. Just goes to show that if one has the will and drive to full-time, it IS possible, even without prior experience! 🙂

    Glad that the railing painting has been therapeutic, instead of feeling like a chore. You are taking care of the little updates and changes that will make the house your (and Nancy’s) home. 🙂

    I was up just past 6AM this morning. Watched the Royal wedding. Oh, so beautiful! The Episcopalian Bishop’s sermon was so moving…it even perked up the Queen! The gospel choir was awesome, and the 19-yr old cellist was amazing. Gracie pup and I did not have tea and crumpets, but we enjoyed watching the procession and ceremony. Meghan was a beautiful bride, and Harry ever so handsome. It was clear to see that they are in love. I shed many happy tears. I have to think that Princess Diana was smiling down on them today. 🙂

    Sending you wishes for a beautiful day, Sue! Sending you, Reggie, and Roger lots of love and hugs from me and Gracie pup! 🙂

  30. Where's Chris? Oregon! says:

    Best Wishes and Happy Settling! Your blog posts have been so wonderful, so insightful and so honest … thank you for sharing your life. I’m currently 2/3 time in my ClassB Hymer Aktiv and have visited many of the same places you explored in Oregon, Nevada and Utah … even once saying out loud ‘Hey, I’ve seen this on RVSue’s blog.’ Thanks again for sharing your life! Be well.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Chris. Thank you for the note. It tickles me that you realize you’re in a place you saw on my blog. 🙂

  31. Suzy in the green NW says:

    You might give a call to a local company that installs chain link fencing. They will be able to tell you what types of slats they have available that work well for the area. There are a number of types of privacy slats on the market made to insert into chain link.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      The vinyl slats don’t last in Arizona. I don’t like the look of slats anyway. Thanks for the suggestion though.

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