Wish granted and recalling a free camp among Ponderosas in New Mexico

Saturday, June 16

This summer the crew and I are off the road.  We’re camped in the house in Arizona we will share with my sister, Nancy, and her dog, Marg, beginning in August.

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I wanted rain and, good golly, rain is what I got.

Lots of it!

It started yesterday with a gently falling mist that turned into a light, intermittent rain overnight.  By 8:30 a.m today we have a steady downpour.  If desert plants could vocalize, they’d be squealing with delight right now.

As you can understand . . . .

I’m not going to run outside in a downpour to take photos for this blog.  Instead here are pics of a pleasant and free camp enjoyed in May 2016.

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As biorhythms go . . . 

Reggie and Roger are definitely morning dogs.  This is good because I’m a morning dog, too.  Except in the crazy days of my young adulthood, invariably I fade around 9 p.m. and, without a compelling reason to stay up later, I’m in bed before ten.

Lately the boys and I wake up around 4:15, fully rested and raring to get the day moving. Of course, it’s still dark out which means the night critters could be roaming about.

But the boys have to go out!

I turn on the back yard light.  I watch them trot over to do their business under the little mesquite tree that they chose as their restroom facility the first day at the house.

I wait at the back door.  Soon they dart past my ankles, eager for breakfast.  Roger pirouettes in joyful anticipation while Reggie, with tail wagging, fixes his gaze upon me.

Translation: “Get ON with it, woman!”

I put the water on the stove for my french press coffee and proceed as ordered by the canines-in-charge.

This little routine works fine and dandy.

For the three of us.  I wonder how biorhythms and potty breaks and breakfast schedules will meld when Nancy and little Marg move in.

Huh.  Should be interesting.  We’ll work it out somehow.

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The thunderstorm arrives . . . 

Well, I did want rain.

Sunday, June 17

Blue sky and sunshine this morning.  Nary a cloud.

Happy Father’s Day!


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80 Responses to Wish granted and recalling a free camp among Ponderosas in New Mexico

  1. Bruce says:


  2. Jan NH says:

    Rain in AZ always amazes me. When I was there two summer’s ago after my Mom’s fall, I went out in a pouring rainstorm expecting to fell cooling air…..wasn’t I shocked that it was still quite warm.

    Enjoying your tales of the new homestead and the antics of the boys!

  3. Pam and Maya, says:

    I’m an evening person even though I chose teaching as a profession which is usually not an evening pursuit. Maya loves to sleep in late so she is the perfect retirement dog!
    I LOVE the way you are showing us photos from past blogs too! Thank you for granting our wishes.

  4. KathyN in MI says:

    Got back to the house and saw your email. As I started reading, I realized how much I enjoy the simple pleasure of knowing someone else (and dogs) who have a routine and blessed life such as yours. I know it might seem strange but it gave me such a feeling of comfort and peace this AM reading your blog. I realize it might be odd to have a touch on other lives but it is a wonderful thing for us blogorinos (even if I don’t write often). Thanks for continuing to tell us about the goings on.

  5. Columbus Calvin says:

    New Mexico is the other place (other than Nevada) that fascinates me due to your blog. I may “have to” explore both, at the rate I’m going.

    I am a morning person these days, although I purposely stay up late enough to wake later than 4 a.m. I agree that biorhythms are an important factor in living with anyone.

    Hmm. Is Reggie the “mature” one of the dogs, at least for now?

  6. Diann in MT says:

    Thanks, Sue! I knew you were going to get Rain! Yay! It’s raining like crazy here, too. A relatively warm and extended rain. When I finally get out into the garden again, I am sure I will have the lettuce greens I’ve been waiting for since the end of May.
    Another post about a past camp that I remember and have added to my list of must visit places. Love the elk, huh.
    Thanks for that and have a great day!

  7. ApplegirlNY says:

    Looks like a Monsoon to me. We’re morning people, too. Love waking up and getting things done. I almost never start anything new late in the day, especially in the winter when it’s dark by 4:30.

    Gorgeous day up here in the Adirondacks. Hot and sunny, no humidity. We’ll be floating in the lake later on, I don’t care how cold the water is!

  8. Dawn in NC 🐈 says:

    Glad to see that the biorhythms of you and the doggies are in sync! 4 am sounds pretty early to this sleepy 😴 girl! While we have had alot of rain this summer, right now it’s just blue skies. It’s starting to get hot, though. Going to hit 98 this week! Bleck!

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hi, Dawn,

      We are going to have that same hot, humid, sticky weather tomorrow and Tuesday. Stay hydrated and in the A/C!

  9. Nora now in Niles Michigan says:

    Hi Sue,
    Glad you got some much needed rain. We’ve been getting plenty of it which makes it humid along with the heat. Much hotter than it was in Texas – even with the same temperatures. One advantage to being up here is that I get to sail on Lake Michigan with my brothers and sister-in-law; much cooler on the lake.
    My girls and I are early risers also, usually enjoying our morning walk as the sun comes up. Kobie (chihuahua) who’s close to 15 prefers to stay wrapped in his blankets until 8 am or so after going to bed after his evening meal about 4 pm.
    Still enjoying your new posts and your earlier photos. Thanks.

  10. Renee still in Idaho says:

    Hi Sue, Reggie, and Roger! Glad you got the rain you were hoping for and I hope the forest fires got the same. Interesting that we too woke up to rain, actually started about 1am. Bad thing is that we are having, or had, a campout in our backyard testing tents. Oh well, what would we do if we were actually out camping? The tent will have to be hung up to dry then packed away later. Have a great day! Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there.

  11. Nancy in California says:

    Oh that looks like a beautiful camp in New Mexico! I am finally ready to buy my very own small trailer. In the next couple of weeks, me and my sister will head to Little Guys in San Diego, to make the final decision. Sis and her hubby already have their own, a Lance something or other, and it sure will be fun to join them on their adventures!
    I too am a morning person and can easily go to bed as soon as the sun goes down.
    Glad you are supervising the crew’s early morning potty time. Doesn’t hurt to turn on lights and make a little racket before you release them outside, to scare away any lurkers! Happy Father’s Day to all!

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hi, Nancy,

      Good luck with your search for the perfect trailer! Have you seen the new Little Guy Max and Mini Max? Looking at the online brochures, they look interesting. Have fun trying out the models/sizes to find the one that is just right for you! Please let us know how your Little Guy visit goes. 🙂

  12. Mary in CO says:

    Our 13 yr. old labs have always been early risers, but that’s a lab for you, up early because their stomachs are telling them it’s time to eat. And about an hour before their evening feeding, they are making their wants known. However, their stomach clocks do not work well at the time change 2x per year. Neither does mine!
    Welcome rain, we are still waiting here in CO. The San Juan National Forest has closed completely due to the drought. No hiking, no camping, nada, zip!
    Am enjoying your posts of your new home, and the reminders of places you have camped.

    • EmilyO in NM says:

      Mary, most of the Gila is still closed also. The remnants of Hurricane Bud did help a lot of the fires around but not enough to start opening those Forest areas just yet – wait ’til the monsoon rains really start, then it’ll be so rainy and muddy you won’t want to be around. Monsoon rains can be torrential ones and filling washes and canyons in no time.

  13. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    Last couple msgs did not post. (1 on this post, 1 on the den color post).

    This is a test.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hmmm…..this one made it. Gremlins at work!

      Have a great day, Sue! So glad that you and the boys are so happy in your new home! I know you were doing the happy dance when the rain came! 🙂

      Sending you, Reggie, and Roger love and hugs from me and Gracie pup! 🙂

      Happy Father’s Day to all!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      And I was worrying about you and the peanuts!

      I wonder why your comments didn’t appear? I checked the spam folder and they aren’t there. I’m sorry. You always write such thoughtful posts.

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Maybe a problem on my end – Argh!! So sorry for the worry! Following is the most important part of my post….a “little peanuts” update! 🙂

        Last week I met my “little peanuts!” Pictures did not prepare me for how tiny and fragile the twins are – brought me to tears. Overwhelmed with joy, concern and SO, SO thankful that they fought to be here. Thank you, God! They are beautiful! I was able to touch them gently, each in their little NICU pod. I told them stories about their family, sang and read to them. Little girl and little boy are slowly gaining weight, and have been fighting through the challenges that have been presented so far. We pray that they will continue to thrive and have few (if any) lingering issues. Thank you all for keeping my family in your prayers! We are truly blessed!

        Enjoy the rest of your day, Sue! I will be working on the quilts for my “little peanuts.” xo

        • Nivrapa in AZ says:

          Denise–I’m so glad you let us know about the wee ones. I was wondering why you hadn’t posted about them. I was looking for a report from Rusty post cataract surgery and one from you about the peanuts. Found Rusty’s positive post but yours was missing so I hoped it was a technology glitch and not something else. Wonderful that those tiny humans are fighting back and holding their own. Their teen years may be super challenging! May God continue to bless your family.—-Audrey

          • Denise - Richmond VA says:

            Thank you for your kind, loving note, Audrey. 🙂
            My sister just let me know that they both now weigh 4 lbs! This is a huge change in a short time span. I believe that their Mommy’s milk is helping to make them stronger. They are surrounded by lots of love, prayers, and wonderful positive thoughts. 🙂

            • Elizabeth in WA says:

              Glad they are growing…that is good news!! Prayers they will continue doing well!!

          • Denise - Richmond VA says:

            Thank you, Elizabeth and Lisa for your sweet note and prayers! 🙂

        • Lisa Tommie and Buddy in Florida says:

          Hiya, take it from a former “peanut ” born at 2.5 lbs long before NICU existed, we are tough survivors. Prayers for your family big and small.

  14. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    I like the format of the past few posts. We get a flash back of a previous post/camp, and you don’t need to stress about writing about current happenings without the stress I’d trying to add pictures that protect your privacy. I hope this is a good fit for you! 🙂

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Wow…my IPad is really going off rails with corrections. Thinking it knows what I am trying to say…hilarious at times, frustrating at others!

      …writing about current happenings without adding pictures; protecting your privacy.

  15. Jeannie says:

    I love your posts from wherever you may be. I lived in Tucson for three years in the 90’s. I remember one particularly hot summer where the monsoons didn’t arrive until July. Very vividly I remember when it did begin, most of us came running out of our houses and were in the street with arms stretched to the sky. The rain felt so good! Another thing I love about Arizona is they remain on standard time year-round; I’m not a fan of daylight savings time. They get plenty of sunlight as it is. One of the joys is daylight breaks early in the summer. I love the quiet mornings.

  16. Ruthie in Fontana says:

    Hi Sue, I’m a morning person. No demands on me. After about 2 hours though I want others to be up and at it. Waiting for the “Night Person” to get up is annoying.

  17. Cat Lady outside Tijeras, NM says:

    I awoke around midnight this morning to hear the pitter/patter of rain just beginning and thought of you, wondering if you were getting your wish for much-needed rain. We had off-and-on harder-then lighter rainfall. I hope it helped the areas hit by wildfires, making it easier on the firefighters to do their jobs.

    Happy Father’s day to all the bloggerino dads out there.

    Take care, Sue and Crew.

  18. weather says:

    Wow, Sue, the photo you took during yesterday’s thunderstorm makes it look like it rained pretty hard there. You mentioned a while ago wanting to see where the water ran and accumulated when that happens. I hope it doesn’t go anywhere that will cause problems or leaks. You already have enough expenses and things to do without needing to repair something else. Aside from that I imagine you loved the rest of the storm, and may have gone onto your porch just to be closer to the scents, sounds and wind.

    Thanks for the link to the older post. That is a gorgeous place to camp. Seeing darling Bridget in the BLT’s doorway reminded me of how often she tried to hide from the camera. Now I’m especially glad you managed to capture so many great photos of her. I always love the chance to see her again.

    While sitting here enjoying nice memories I thought about one of my father. Until I was four or five I couldn’t reach the light switches on the walls in our home. So at bedtime if I’d been alone I would have had to traverse a dark stairway and hall to get to the bedroom. Sometimes my mother would still be busy when I became sleepy. Daddy would sit with me on his lap for a while, then carry me to my bed and tuck me in. He worked sun-up to sundown six days a week, as a carpenter he had a very physically demanding job. Surely he would have enjoyed sitting on the couch and resting when he could. Instead he used what little energy he had left to be sure I felt safe, secure and loved.

  19. Rhodium in sw va says:

    When you were always on the road you had good reasons not to post videos. Now that part of the time is stationary have you considered a few videos of the crew? Our Bella will get on her hind legs and pirouette for 10 or 15 seconds when we are ready to go out. She can be so funny. Of course what you have been doing is plenty great.

    • Cinandjules 🌵 says:

      I’m almost sure RVSue is still using the same “service” as in data whathaveyous! Clearly no sense in starting cable, internet or phone in the house…until Nancy arrives. The bundle packages start off at a good price and then rockets after your plan ends. NY and AZ Bundle went from 99 a month to 300 for the same exact service! If I knew a way to decrease it…..we are talking basic basic service. I can live without the TV and phone…but I have to have my internet!

  20. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    I am also a morning person….more like 6:30…not 4:15 !!!! By 9-9:30pm…I am ready for bed!!! Glad you got some rain! We could use some here in northeastern Mississippi. It has been hot and muggy.
    Always enjoy your posts and pictures. Hugs to the crew! And to YOU!!!!

  21. AZ Jim says:

    Missy, if this season is typical, you’ll see some real gully washers before it’s over. Here in Surprise we got some rail but not much…It’s nice to be home and I am doin ok…I really enjoy reading your adventures there at the new ranch!!

  22. I took the below 100 temps as an opportunity to work in the back yard. I went out at 6:30 a.m. and didn’t come in til 3:00 p.m. and got a lot done. Yard is raked and trash into trash container for pick up Wednesday. I also bathe the dogs & let them dry on the patio, trees trimmed, my neighbor’s mesquite tree pods all raked and picked up (some of the mesquite tree branches are over my block wall hence the pods fall into my yard. I put dog/cat repellant in areas that I don’t want dogs to do their business as well as cats…keeps the yard cleaner and easier to clean. We got sprinkles but no rain (what I call rain anyway). Typically monsoon doesn’t begin until July with real lightening, thunder and haboobs. I haven’t seen a haboob yet which usually proceeds the thunder storm. I inventoried my stash for emergency if electricity goes out. I make sure I have a clean ice chest in case I need to transfer frozen stuff into it, I make sure I have a full propane canister for grill & lamp, batteries for flashlights, and my batteries for my battery operating fans to stay cool. Yep, my house is all electric. One year some folks went a week without electricity and no a/c and had to evacuate to shelters to stay cool.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hi, Rita,

      Thank you for the reminder to prepare for summer storms. My home is all electric, too. We usually get impacted by rain and wind driven by hurrricanes off the East Coast. I have to refresh my battery supply, recharge my lantern batteries, and purchase a fresh bag of charcoal. Also need to pick up a couple cases of drinking water to have on hand for me and Gracie pup.

      Fifteen years ago, most of Richmond lost power for a week or more. Neighbors were cooking everything in their freezer on their grills. It was a huge smorgasbord!

      For those getting their emergency supplies in order, don’t forget food for your pets. When we get wind (no pun intended) that a storm may impact us, I make sure the car is full of gas (gas pumps don’t work without power), charge the cell phone and Ipad, fill arc, and to have a bit of cash on hand. Better to have the supplies and not need them. 🙂

  23. Nivrapa in AZ says:

    *sits counting out orange and yellow peanut M & Ms—-confounded CAPTCHA!!!!*

    Howdy Everybody!!

    I made it through the wedding yesterday and actually enjoyed every bit of it—even the socializing on the dance floor! Will wonders never cease? It was overcast and cool all day so being out in the barn for the reception and “hoedown” was not uncomfortable at all. A grand day for great friends, for sure.

    Sue, you had thunder with your rains? I sure didn’t. Actually had very little rain. Didn’t even get wet under the heavy canopied trees at my house. I was so disappointed. It spit enough to settle the dust and that’s about it. I was certain the rain was the remnants of hurricane Bud, down graded to a tropical storm by the time it made it to SW AZ. The fact that it happened on the official starting date for our summer monsoons was a mere coincidence (June 15-Sept 30). The rains came from the opposite direction of our monsoons and I never saw any lightening or heard thunder so I guessed it was not the monsoon but from Bud. Even the winds were not bad at all. Traveling to the wedding yesterday, I saw very little evidence of decent rainfall up in my neck of the woods. Things were damp but totally lacking signs of heavy rains (puddles, washes running, road washouts with detours, etc.) However, driving to church down toward the city this AM I could tell there had been some good rains to my south. I’m happy that some areas got a good dousing and am thankful for any moisture that makes it from the clouds to the ground. Now, let the real event begin!

    I read online that the rains have been extremely helpful in controlling the wildfires of NM & CO. They won’t douse the fires but will limit the spread. All fire bans and closures remain in place and I suspect they will remain so for quite some time. The free campground that Sue features in today’s post is in the Gila NF and is in an area “closed” and off limits due to fire danger.

    I slept in this AM following a late night of entertainment on the dance floor. I never made it to early church but managed to make it to the second service. When the collection plate was passed I dutifully place my church envelope into it. On the way home, I made a slight detour to the post office to mail some cards and my annual truck insurance bill. I counted the envelopes to make sure none had slipped behind the seat or to the floor. Right number but wrong envelopes. There, among the envelopes , was my church offering! Missing was the truck insurance payment. Yep, you guessed it. I put my insurance payment into the offering plate! So, God if you’re out there and following along, will you please disregard the truck insurance. I’m not asking you to pay it. I’ve got this, really. You’re a busy one these days with healing the sick, providing bounty, and keeping our military from harm, so no need to send the envelope back to me. I’ll just swing by the branch office and pay it in person. I’m so sorry for the mishap and it was a honest error. Thank you for all that you do and I appreciate each and every blessing that you deliver.—Audrey
    P.S. Sending that rain to areas that so desperately need it was a nice touch, God. If you see it as your will, can you please allocate a bit more at my house? I trust you have my GPS coordinates. It’s your call and whatever you decide, I’ll accept. AMEN

    • AZ Jim says:

      Bless you…..You are a wonderful person…I’m sure there’s no harm no foul on the envelope switch…Great post…Thanks for the chuckle…

      • Nivrapa in AZ says:

        You’re welcome, Jim. You are so sweet to write such kind words. I read of your recent medical challenges and hope that each day gets better and better. Take your medicine, watch your diet, and pace your activity so you don’t become so tired that recovery is difficult. Be strong and courage to you, my friend.—Audrey

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hi, Audrey,

      Sounds like it was a perfect day for a wedding celebration! Glad you had a good time! Cute story about the envelope mix-up. 🙂

      Now I know why I was having technical problems posting a comment this past week. I ran out of M & Ms to help calculate the Captcha! Come to think of it, I did get a Captcha error message this morning. I just added M & Ms to my shopping list! Thanks for the reminder! 🙂

      • Nivrapa in AZ says:

        Denise, make sure you get Peanut M & Ms! They are far more accurate than the plain ones, IMO. Plus they’re easier to “dispose” of after use.—Audrey

      • weather says:

        Today my first attempt to post a comment led to captcha error,too . I think the time it gives us to finish a comment once it’s begun has recently shortened. Before that Sue had suggested we write our longer comments in parts, posting those one at a time.Hope that helps, luv your good news about the babies and your comments.

        • Denise - Richmond VA says:

          Thank you for your sweet comment and helpful hint, weather. N’nite! xo 🙂

  24. JazzLover says:

    Something to think about if you are adventurous, hmm, no not RVSue. Next time or in the future when you have a downpour, think about going out and standing in it with your face raised to the sky and arms outstretched and just getting totally drenched. Socks and or shoes are best so don’t bring mud in the house. May sound goofy but until you try it you just don’t know how happy it may make you feel. And, it’s free!

  25. Lois from Milton FL says:

    Yay for the rain!! When we lived in the desert the neighborhood kids would run outside and play in the down pour jumping in puddles and twirling with glee.
    Dear husband and I plan to revisit New Mexico this summer. We are hoping that more rain will lift some of the restrictions.. our back-up plan may be to visit South Dakota again, it’s been years since we’ve been there. Any blogerinos have good memories of South Dakota that they would like to share?
    Bravo sue, your June 15 post was so much fun, a perfect blend of vagabond and homebody. The post cheered my heart. Traveling in the ptv to dump trash, a friendly conversation about rain, smoothies, porches and sisters.
    Thank you for the flashback boondock photos! I relish info about your favorite sites. Would you continue to mingle the old and new? It is really the best of both worlds.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hi, Lois,

      If you have not visited the Mt. Rushmore Memorial or Badlands National Park, they are worth a visit. Every time I see the Hitchcock movie, “North by Northwest”, scenes filmed in the cafeteria remind me of my visit – almost 30 years ago! The drive through the Badlands is full of beautiful, rugged scenery. I hope you and your husband enjoy your trip! 🙂

  26. Lois from Milton FL says:

    Thanks Denise, your suggestions were good ones. Sounds like if we need to switch to plan B, we will have fun in south Dakota too.
    I love the south west. The big-sky views are what makes it special for me.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      I agree, Lois! I love the vast openness and dark night skies of the south west! 🙂

  27. Joan says:

    Welcome to NM, here at The Orginal Ranch, in Lakewood , NM had many storms go through. I love the smell of Rain!! Be safe and enjoy Sue …

  28. Rover Ronda (WA) says:


  29. Eileen says:

    Nancy can probably tell you about all the rain we’re having here in the “sunshine state,” along with the accompanying thunder and lightening. The draught from earlier this year is definitely no longer a problem, at least not right now!

  30. Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

    I get a big smile just imagining you and your boys dancing in the rain! We haven’t had much rain in the panhandle. So glad y’all got enough rain to dampen down the fires!
    Let the monsoons, the thunder, the lightning and haboobs begin! Summer in Arizona! Thanks for sharing!💗

  31. rvsueandcrew says:


    Thank you for picking up the slack with your comments after I faded away yesterday. It’s always a pleasure to read what you have to say.

    I’m going to make an early start this morning painting Nancy’s bedroom. If I don’t jump into a project first thing in the morning, I don’t accomplish much all day.

    Feel welcome to continue sharing your thoughts, plans, and updates here!

    Bye for now,

  32. Cinandjules 🌵 says:

    Still waiting for the monsoon! Hah. Only sprinkled! Had thought about making a pot of soup..cauliflower, grn / yellow zucchini squash and white corn..topped with Havarti cheese. Jules won’t eat that…so when she’s gone…mostly veggies, fish and Chinese Chinese food!

    Does Reg and Rog help you paint? Or at least supervise?

    Canine corner…….time! Enjoy your day!

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hi, Cindy,

      That soup sounds awesome. Would you be willing to share your recipe? During my lunch break, I was Googling recipes, in search of a light corn chowder. Funny how it is hot as heck, but I am eating soup for many meals. I guess the appeal is that it is not a heavy meal. Is Jules melting in NY? Have a good evening! 🙂

      • Cinandjules 🌵 says:


        Hahh two days ago she was in sweats and a fleece…normally it isn’t humid at the lake. Gotta love the unpredictability of North Country weather! She told me that TWC now Spectrum has discontinued the radar Doppler channel! WHAT? Can’t even imagine…especially during the winter!

        Corn chowder…yum. Wally has birds eye C &W petite white and golden corn! If you like sweet white corn on the cob…this is better and it’s Year round!

        • Denise - Richmond VA says:

          Thanks a bunch, Cindy! 🙂

        • JazzLover says:

          At least spectrum is consistent, where they are the number of unhappy subscribers grows! Why leave things people like when they can just take them away and charge more for less. So happy not to be hooked up to anything any longer.

  33. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue, and everyone….

    Boy can I relate to “fading away.” It is currently 92 degrees. With the relative humidity taken into account, it feels like 98 degrees. When one goes outside, it feels like you were smacked in the face with a hot & steamy, wet towel.

    On the way home from work tonight, I stopped at Walmart to pick up a few things. I saved about $3 over Kroger, but “spent” more in frustration. Their A/C was barely working, and there were only 2 full service checkout lines open. There was almost an altercation in the line next to me when this dufus cut in front of woman who had been standing there for 5 min. When she called him on his rudeness, he snotily replied, “Did I see you?!” A real Richard Cranium. Jeez Louise – just say you are sorry and get your butt back in line to wait with the rest of us. It seems like the littlest thing is setting people off almost everywhere. A little bit of extra patience and a dose of kindness goes a long way. After unloading the few bags of groceries, I could not wait to get out of my work clothes and change into an oh-so-comfortable holey t-shirt and ratty shorts. Ah! It is so good to be home! 🙂

    Hope everyone has a good evening! Please stay hydrated and in A/C if possible. I am looking forward to finding out what color Nancy chose for her bedroom! Sue…sending you, Reggie, and Roger love and hugs from me and Gracie pup! We are blessed to be home together with A/C. 🙂

    • weather says:

      Hi, Denise, I hope it’s cooling down where you are. Factoring in the humidity here the real feel temp yesterday was 102. Thank you, Lord, a cold front came through with a bit rain. Today’s high will be 73, Yay! It’s nice to see everyone’s comments on this post. Denise, it’s good of you to step in to “carry the ball” with several replies to keep the blog alive while Sue is busy, thank you. I have too much going on now to be able to participate much.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        You’ve been great, weather! I appreciate your comments and understanding.

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Hi, weather,

        Our real feel temp today was 102. Now there is a wonderful line of thunderstorms passing over us. I am thankful for the rain….we needed it. The local news reported that the rain is falling at the rate of 1-3” per hour. For the most part, the storms seem to be moving, providing short breaks between each downpour; hopefully this will help prevent flooding. When it is all said and done, the temps should drop to the high 60s. It will be a nice morning! We are due to get a bit of a break tomorrow, with a temps in the high 80s.

        Sounds like you had a comfortable day, weather. I hope you were able to enjoy some of its goodness! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Love those hugs from Denise and Gracie pup! 🙂

      You have more self-control than I have. I would’ve made a scene with the line-jumper at Wal-Mart.

      When camped near Blythe, two guys at Smart n Final were talking behind me in the check-out line. One of them used the F-word in every sentence.

      I turned around and said, “EXCUSE ME? I don’t want to listen to that kind of talk!”

      His reply with contempt, “Oh, lady, you’ll live.” (He thought that would be the end of it.)

      My response with eyes bugging: “I beg your pardon! This is a public place. Could we have some civilization?”

      Him: “That’s the way I talk. I live in the Mojave.”

      Me: “So? Big deal. I live in the Mojave, too.”

      Him: “Well, that’s the way we talk out in the desert.”

      Me in his face: “Then GO BACK!”

      End of conversation.

      I hope today is pleasant for you. 🙂 Thanks for all you do for my blog.

      • Ruthie in Fontana says:

        Hi Sue, I must chime in with my 2 cents! I have a neighbor that is 10 years younger than me. So there is that, but she has always used profanity in every sentence. That always bothered me. But being my neighbor I felt I had to be polite and not say anything. My mother came to visit. My mother knew of my neighbor and her language and told me she would not say anything since we were neighbors. I told my mother she could say what ever she wanted. One day my neighbor came over and saw Mom and I playing a game of backgammon. She wanted to play too. So I said ok, (you see where this is going…) We sat there and the first or second move my neighbor said “You B*#&H” Well my mother was not happy with that! My mother told her not to call me that, so my neighbor said ok. The next sentence my neighbor said “You Witch”. Well that was the end of the game, now we only speak to say good morning or have a nice day.

        • JazzLover says:

          Ruthie, I think for some people it is the only way they get any attention, even negative attention. Often goes back to life when they were kids growing up and wanted to be noticed. I had classmates that were like that. They still are as adults, a shame. Hats off to your Mom!

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Hi, Sue,

        I have never understood why one has to drop the F-bomb every other word. Maybe they think it makes them sound cool or tough….nope. Glad you put him in his place.

        I usually would have jumped in and said something. The situation was especially ridiculous, because the woman had her young (10 – 12 yr) daughter with her. However, I have tried to be extra mindful of what I say or do. Too many people are off kilter, just waiting for an excuse to hurt someone. Never know when someone has a gun or knife and would not think twice about using it. Like many metopolitan areas, we have had road rage situations that end up with someone dead or injured, and folks have been stabbed over a stupid argument. I am no shrinking violet by any means….I inherited my dear Dad’s lack of patience. Inconsiderate drivers do get an earful (while keeping both hands on the wheel)….if they could read lips, I would be in trouble! 🙂

  34. Dawn in NC says:

    It’s another heat busting day here in the Carolinas! I can’t imagine what it’s like out in the desert Sue! When I stepped out of the door this morning, it felt like it was noon already! My car was already hot! I usually drink my cup of coffee on my commute to work. However, it is just too hot to drink coffee with no A/C in the car! I get to go to the beach next month! The beach is my happy place. However, I am starting to dread the long, hot drive down there. The destination is worth it, however! Although, I love the beach, I am very sensitive to too much sun. Even with sunblock and a tent, I get sunburned and last year my skin had an allergic reaction to the sun! However nothing beats sitting in the shade, looking at the water, toes in the sand, good book at hand! It is purely heaven for me. I’m glad that you were able to get a home in your happy place, the desert. I’ve traveled to the desert as a child, but don’t know what I would think about them as an adult.

    Funny story to go along with Audrey’s. I always fill out my name here as Dawn in NC. I was at church one Sunday, filling out the prayer request slip and for my name…you guessed it! I put Dawn in NC before I realized what I had done! 😉

    I hope that you get all the rain that you need, but not so much that you get flooded! Can’t wait to see the paint colors Nancy picked for the house. Hope you have a great day!

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Haha…funny Dawn…about writing down your screen name in church!!
      You know, I switched to using my first name in 2003 (rather the middle one my parents called me by…hated that name for lots of reasons)…but I allow old friends and kin to still use it…so sometimes I do write down the wrong one with someone…heh…and as I age…who knows what I will do!!

  35. Elizabeth in WA says:

    A bit of a heat wave here for today and tomorrow yet…then cooler temps for quite some time!! YEA!! I saw someplace that in parts of Canada they STILL have 6 ft of snow!! So one should be grateful eh?

    Love the photos of pine trees…any evergreen tree that is!!

    Yep, if you heard the news, you saw this past weekend a crazy went loose in the main Walmart we shop in (we do not shop in Walmart unless we need to) and that 2 “liscenced to carry” took him out. No more troubles with him!! Part of me wants to depart this area…but you know, we are investigating living near that Walmart…and at least this…maybe if we need those boys, they just might be there the next time some nut tries to shoot others…one can hope!! Hubby says it will save the taxpayers a gob of money too. Sad tho’ isn’t it…that our so-called society has come to this?

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