A new chapter begins!

Wednesday, May 2

The photos in this post are a collection taken while the crew and I strolled around our previous camp at Quail Ridge RV Park, Huachuca City, Arizona.  The photos show how year-round and snowbird residents beautify their lots. 

I hope the pics aren’t confusing as I share recent developments in the life of Reggie, Roger, and me.

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If you read the previous post you know I have news to share.

First, a few words in preparation for the announcement.  (No jumping ahead allowed!)

My blog is about my life with crew.

I try to be honest with my posts, while at the same time protecting my privacy.  Over the past seven years I think I’ve given my readers a pretty thorough idea of what it is like to be a solo, full-time RVer who travels with dogs.  I’ve shared a lot!

Several months ago, I started holding back.  Longtime readers may have noticed a subtle change.  I didn’t post as often, yet it didn’t seem that I was terribly busy.  It looked like I had plenty of time to put together blog posts.

Actually, I’ve been much busier than it appears on this blog.

Let me explain . . .

I am blessed with two sisters:  My “big” sister Pauline (3 years older) who lives in Mississippi, and my “little” sister Nancy (5 years younger) who lives in Florida.

When Nancy and I both lived in New York State in our early twenties, we were young marrieds and visited each other often.   Then I moved to Florida, we became consumed with our own lives, and drifted apart.  Not an uncommon occurrence between family members separated by many miles.  With the advent of email, we did send a note now and then.

But it’s not the same as hanging around together at the kitchen table.

After several years, Nancy lives in Florida and I live in Georgia.  We enjoy a brief reunion at her apartment in Florida during Fourth of July weekend, 2011.  (That post at the link includes photos of Nancy’s West Highland Terrier, Margaret or “Marg.”)

Then our lives separate again.   I go west and start the vagabonding lifestyle with my crew.

Several months ago Nancy expresses in an email her concern about retirement.  The city in which she lives and is employed is very expensive.

“I’ll have to work until my dying day!” she lamented.

“Come out west!” I replied.  “You will be amazed how much lower the cost of living.  I love it!”

Nancy warms to the idea.

She doesn’t respond right away.  A few emails later, she suggests, “Maybe we could live together and share expenses?”

With emails flying back and forth, a vision of a shared future comes into focus.

During the months that follow, we devise a plan.

We consider several options until the best path becomes clear.  We decide to pool our resources and buy a house!

We develop a checklist of what the property must have and the search begins.

Fast forward . . . 

I’m sitting in our house as I type this!  The closing was yesterday, poignantly the birthday of our late mother.

Nancy is still working in Florida and will move here at the end of summer after she retires. She’ll bring her furniture and Marg.

In the meantime . . .

I’ll get the house ready, supervising repairs and upgrades, watering plants, painting and puttering.  Since there’s no furniture here, the boys and I will keep on living in the Best Little Trailer, backyard camping.

Whenever I get the urge, I’ll hitch up the BLT and the crew and I will go somewhere.  And when Nancy is here, we’ll go on day trips together.  Nancy will leave the house at times to visit her children and grandchildren.  I’ll come and go, mixing vagabonding with home.

The clubhouse at Quail Ridge RV Resort

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The house is perfect for us!  

The yard is big with a fence going all around the property. Not only that, it has trees and birds and places for flowers and a shower and a tub and a front porch and a partially enclosed patio in the back, sheltered from the wind where one can griddle, griddle, griddle!

Funny thing. . . .

After the closing and final walk-through, I say goodbye to the realtor and go into the bathroom.  After using “the facility,” I stand, turn, and lift my foot to flush.

Oh for heaven’s sake, this is one of those fancy toilets where you press a handle to flush. There’s no foot pedal!

Reggie and Roger are familiar with the property from visiting with me several times as we progressed from making an offer to final walk-through.  They love the yard and they think they’re particularly clever that they can run completely around the house and surprise me from a different direction!

Does this mean I give up my life as happy boondocker?  

No, I love it too much to stop.  I’ll talk more about that in future posts.

As my life goes through changes, so does the blog.  That’s the way it is.   My life doesn’t follow the blog, the blog follows my life.  Who knows where this latest decision will lead?

I hope you’ll stick around to find out. 

The news about the house is great, for sure.  However, the greatest news of all is having my sister in my life again.

A new chapter begins!

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NOTE:  Several things have been taking up my time lately.  The closing took two sessions. The PTV still has shifting problems when her engine is cold.  We moved camp.  A gazillion details demand attention.

I left the PTV overnight at the transmission shop and, of course, she shifted just fine the next morning.  This was the morning of the closing, also time to leave Quail Ridge RV Resort.  Hectic!  Today I have several errands that cannot be postponed, like making sure the water isn’t cut off.  Please carry on without me. BTW, the guessing game was fun!  — Sue

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222 Responses to A new chapter begins!

  1. tamra says:

    Congrats on new life with your sister!

  2. Claudia says:

    I will be sticking around for all of your adventures. Hugs for the boys.

  3. eliza in illinois says:

    Such exciting news! I knew that griddle was going to change your life! I’m so happy for you and Nancy (and hope that Marg adapts to the wild west)

    Eliza… I fixed the names for you. — Sue

  4. Texas Sue says:

    1St?

  5. Cheryle-Iowa says:

    Exciting news! I’ve never posted but have enjoyed following your adventures over the years. Looking forward to watching this chapter unfold!!

  6. Lee J in Northern california says:

    Amazing and wonderful

  7. Susan in Dallas says:

    How wonderful that you can re-connect with family! Sounds like new adventures galore are in your future. Excited for you and the boys.

  8. Vicki says:

    that is awesome! Good for you and the boys!!

  9. Seana in AZ says:

    Haaa! Yup, many guesses, honestly a house wasn’t one of mine. It makes wonderful sense though! It’s a permenant place for you during the winter and a truly happy retirement for your sister. Even after so many years of adventure there are still so many more to experience! Owning a house won’t change that. Who says one can’t have cake and eat it too?? Your life is all yours, thank you for sharing 🙂

  10. Texas Sue says:

    Sue, that’s wonderful news! Good for you & your sister, what a blessing. I’m going thru something like that but no sister to partner with, kinda tired of traveling alone.
    I really enjoy your blog & adventure & of course I hope you continue .
    May God richly bless you & the boys in this new chapter!

  11. Oh, Sue I am so happy for your new life. Reconnecting with family is fantastic. I’m sure you will love your new home and life with your sister. The boys will really enjoy a yard to run in! I’m sure you will still be heading out to the boondocking sites on a regular basis. Change happens for a reason, and my hope is that this makes a fantastic change for you!

  12. Glenda from Arkansas says:

    Congratulations on a new chapter in your life. The best of two worlds.

  13. Hi Sue, what a great development! A win, win situation for you and your sister Nancy!! I bet she will love the west and won’t miss FL a bit.

    All my family is in FL and I sometimes think about what I will do when I’m no longer able to travel full time. I can’t bear the thought of going back to FL 🙂 That’s a ways down the road, but the thought still comes up once in a while. I don’t worry over it though. I figure when the time comes a solution will present itself, just as it has for you.

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!

  14. Terry says:

    Thanks ever so much for sharing your life beginning with your decision to retire,sell up and go on the road. Now you are doing what comes naturally next for you. This mirrors what all of us go through. I like to think that I too will be able to make short trips inmy Casita when long ones are out of the question. Last but not least, I applaud your decision re your sisters. I also have two – and now that our mother is gone, they are all the more dear to me!

  15. ReneeG from Idaho says:

    Congratulations on the new life with your sister! Wonderful news.

  16. Annie/Oregon coast says:

    Congratulations on your new home and the next chapter in your life!!! It sounds like the best of both worlds and even better that your sister is a part of it. I look forward to future blogs and updates.

  17. Wow! Best of luck to you and your sis! I hope you’re happy settling down…I sure am glad I bought property and have a place to just sit still for a while.

  18. Jolene/Iowa says:

    Hi Sue,
    I am so happy for you for so many reasons! Of course I will be sticking around and look forward to anytime you post! You and the crew have become so much a part of our lives that it would be sad for you to totally disappear from our lives.

    So happy for you and your sister! I look forward to the adventures you will stay take us on and am so thankful for you being part of my life! 🙂

  19. Lee O’Olympic Peninsula says:

    Whee ! ! !
    Started reading from the start few months ago. Caught up in the last few days. Sound like this will work well. Space, good for people and dogs, ability to still take trips and be in those beautiful areas you have shown us.
    Good show ! Enjoy

  20. Donna n Girls Chandler, AZ. says:

    Wonderful! Welcome to Arizona, Nancy.
    When I r.v. in the summer, I like seeing new sites and enjoying the open road. But I love coming home to my house in Chandler.
    Sue, I know you will enjoy the unlimited showers and the extra elbow room.
    I’m so happy for you and Nancy.

    Donna

  21. One thing I had noticed is that your sister Pauline was hardly commenting anymore. I was concerned that she was having health issues or something like that. I had almost asked about her, but didn’t want to pry into something that might be private. It makes sense now 🙂 I hope all is well with Pauline!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Sweet of you to have concern for Pauline, Debra. She’s fine. I suspect she’s been kept busy with family and church. We’ve emailed several times in the past few days. She’s very happy for Nancy and me!

      • Pauline in Mississippi says:

        Debra, WOW!!! Thank you so much for your concern! I am doing well. Staying busy. I always read the posts from Sister Susan and all the comments. Sometimes when I get to the bottom, I have nothing else to add. Susan have given me an early preview of her and Nancy’s new home and I am so excited for my sisters. I have worried about Susan growing older out there just traveling around. Now I know she has a place “to land”!!!! I hope to be able to go out and visit…maybe next year.

        Again, thank you so much for your concern!! Sending a hug!!

        • Awww, you are very sweet Pauline! I’m glad to hear all is well. I always enjoy reading your comments. And I thought it was very cool that Susan’s big sister was cheering her on 😀. And it is surely peace of mind for you to know she now has a place to call her own. It will be great if you are able to visit her and Nancy next year. All three sisters together, what fun!!

          Sending a hug back to you!!

          • Wendy - Thailand says:

            A sisters get together, now wouldn’t that be a nice post to read. If they didn’t mind sharing of course.
            3

        • JazzLover says:

          Glad to hear that all is well with you Pauline.

  22. Sandy from Lancaster, PA says:

    Blessings on your new venture; family is so important.

  23. Stephanie Turner OR says:

    I’m psychic I think. I guessed you’d bought, or would be buying, a permanent base in the SW. Laughing..I didn’t pick up on your sister though! I’m happy for you Sue since you seem so happy. Change is healthy and sometimes parking it may be just what you want or need. I think if we listen to our inner voice, we end up making wise decisions that become clear as time passes. I’m happy you will continue to blog as it will be fun to hear about your readjusting to a stationary house, your travels, and living with another person. I hope your sister won’t mind your sharing your expanded adventures with all of us including how the 2 of you make it work. You could have the framework for a sitcom here. A mini Golden Girls tale, which as you know, is an extremely popular housing concept for women of a certain age. Congratulations on your big purchase, your family reunification and a new phase in your life. I’ve grown very fond of your story, you and your boys and am so glad you aren’t leaving us. Give your sister our blogorino love.

  24. Shirley Altenes says:

    So happy you can be with your sister and that you will have the best of both worlds! I love to read about your adventures and have learned so much about traveling, boondocking and nature !! It’s always best to follow your heart in all that you do! 😀

  25. Sandy in TX says:

    A home base and a sister to enjoy it with – sounds delightful! Enjoy your new “digs” and I look forward to hearing more!

  26. Congratulations to you and your sister, hope you are both happy in your new home. I have no doubt your crew and your sister’s pup will love it too. Looking forward to photos of your new house.

    • Lauri C says:

      Hi Elaine! I follow your daily blog!! Can’t miss THAT name. I see we have very similar tastes! I’ve been loving Sue for about four years now!

      Reading about Sue’s adventures influenced me to get my trailer! I’m currently working towards full-timing one of these days! Thanks for your daily sketches!

      Lauri

  27. Anne says:

    So happy to hear of the purchase of your new home. Although it is none of my business (of course!) I had always wondered, with no little concern, what your next “chapter” might be, “when”.

    Now we know. I wish you many happy years with your crew, your sister, and doing whatever it is that brings you the most joy. That’s just the way life should be.

    I have always enjoyed reading your posts, and when I first started, I began at the beginning of your RV life and read forward until I was at your most current adventure. This took me several days, and I have “traveled along” with you for many years since that time.

    I look forward to each new post, and check your blog every day. Nothing on that score will change for me.

    Good for you! 🙂

    Anne

  28. Ken McElyea (in Queen Creek, AZ) says:

    Oh, I am happy for you Sue!. My wife and I talk about you often as I follow your blog and we discuss retirement. We love the idea of being able to boondock and travel and explore, but we also think that we need a piece of ground to call home and “keep my stuff.” I have nothing but respect and admiration for you doing this as long as you have. Your adventures have been wonderful and I have a long list of places I want to go with your guide/blog. Have you considered writing a book? RVSue’s Guide to Western Boondocking. I’d like an autographed copy, please. Seriously, I hope you ARE considering that. I have been able to sense a change in your writing lately. I also think you will be happier with a little more room to “spread out.” The boys can have the freedom of a backyard to call their own. I wish you and your sister happiness in your new home. I think this is wonderful news and I’ll be tuning in to the blog to see how its going.

    PS – If you don’t write that book – I will someday and I’d love to reference your blog.

  29. Dawn from Camano Island says:

    Congratulations,Sue! What an ideal solution for you both! The boys will love having a pal with them! Enjoy every second!

  30. Willow (AZ) says:

    WOW, big changes…what a perfect decision, a new life and keeping the beloved
    Boondocking life too. I wish you lots of happiness and fun with your sister and crew.

  31. Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

    WOW! 💗 WOW! 💗 WOW!

  32. Linda Sand (Minnesota) says:

    This sounds wonderful! I’m so happy for you!

  33. Cindy Kingma says:

    You are joining several bloggers with this kind of idea in mind, Sue. I am very happy for you and your sister. A great idea and solution…still traveling when the urge hits ya AND having a house. The boys sound like they like both, too.

  34. Diane says:

    It’s sounds awesome. Best of everything and I cannot wait to read about your new adventures and all the fun the duo dogs will have in their second home.

  35. ApplegirlNY says:

    Congratulations, Sue! We’ll follow you wherever you go, or wherever you stay. Very exciting stuff.

  36. weather says:

    Oh, how absolutely wonderful! Your sharing a house, – and each other’s lives again, is a great idea for both your and Nancy’s futures. Congratulations for having found what sounds like a marvelous place!

    It will be terrific for Marg, Reggie and Roger to have a big fenced yard. I remember your once finding a fence too confining years ago. My guess would be that you’ll still travel, boondock and go vagabonding for many years to come. You simply love seeing new places, and all the beauty to be discovered in them, too much to give that up during certain seasons.

    For now, enjoy the puttering and choices involved with making the house just right! I can’t express how happy I am for you. This blog should follow your life, and your life is what I enjoy sharing with you. You matter too much to me for me to stop being part of your life and blog, so of course I’ll stick around 🙂

    What a gift for your mother’s birthday…to know two of her children will be together under one roof again, grown up but not grown apart. I truly believe that as I type heaven is being graced by her smiling about this all.

    • Cynthia from San Clemente says:

      Oh Weather, you have such a beautiful way with words. “Grown up, but not grown apart.” That brought tears to my eyes!

      • weather says:

        Thanks, Cynthia, your tender heart is showing. This part of Sue’s life story has me misty-eyed, too.

  37. Janice says:

    This is something I’ve thought about often, regarding your next ‘years’. I’ve only posted once here (I think) – but I have been reading your ‘life’ for so long now that you are just a part of my day(s). This feels so right…. Please don’t stop writing. Your travel will take on a new flavor – with more pointed destinations. Can’t wait for your sister to arrive.

  38. Anna from NC says:

    So happy for you!!!! As you know, I don’t comment much but ALWAYS read. I love your blog and will certainly continue to read.
    But family is family and it’s wonderful for you to reconnect!

  39. Deena in Phoenix says:

    Congratulations Sue and Nancy, the boys and the girl crews. Joy, Joy, Joy! I am very glad that you are happy…change is part of the human genome. I love being a blogerino and will enjoy continue visiting here several times a day…your words along with the “blogerino family” comment section is just the “cat’s meow” …I have learned from you and your “Can Do” attitude that a retired single woman may make life happy and fulling for herself…next step is awaiting.

    Take Care Sue

    • Deena in Phoenix says:

      BTW, I love the turtle pic…I have been given thousands of turtle memorabilia from photos, books, knicknacks, jewelry, linen, furniture and had rescued desert tortoises…this one is going up on the wall, thanks…

  40. Cinandjules 🌵 says:

    The reunion! Somehow I knew of Pauline but missed Nancy. Closing on your mom’s birthday is special….surely your mom is smiling knowing that Nancy and you will have that closeness again. How neat and exciting.
    So nice to have a home base where you can come and go as you please.
    Reg and Rog will love it wherever you are…home base or on the road.
    Is it a location where you can stay comfortable year round?
    Wow! Lots of things ahead! Keep us posted….blogorinos are loyal….I’ll fess up that I’ve checked in 10 times since I woke up! We aren’t going anywhere…unless you shift that PTV into gear and whip out that benchmark! I call first dibs on shotgun! Oh wait…that’s Reg and Rog’s spot. Okay backseat near the window!
    Congrats on your new chapter…..rock on desert woman! So happy for you!

  41. BIG news!
    Congratulations on the new house, Sue.
    Family is important, even in this lifestyle.
    Add to that, you’ll get to do laundry without hauling it to a laundromat. The most hated activity of a RVer!
    What do you think? Summers on the road?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Probably will travel during the summer months, except for this first summer. Lots to do to get the house ready and it’s much easier without furniture in the way.

      I’ll finally find out what monsoon season is like!

      • Donna n Girls Chandler, AZ. says:

        Hold on to your hat!

      • Cinandjules 🌵 says:

        Is there a place to hang a permanent humming bird feeder? 😂😂

        If not they have a shepard’s staff hanging thingymaggy you pound into the ground.

      • EmilyO in NM says:

        Well hopefully your first few monsoon seasons gradually work you into a full blown one. I was broke into monsoon season by a full blown one and then they have gradually decreased in intensity. Am so happy for you. I have been waffling back and forth on staying or what; and so far staying with a base is winning. Right now I’d do without the wind, but it’s spring here in the southwest. You are going to have so much fun and with a sister.

  42. Dawn in NC says:

    How wonderful for you Sue! I am so excited for you and Nancy. I love the idea of a vagabond life, but always wondered how the end game would work out. Now both you and Rusty have “settled down” for a spell. I’m glad it won’t keep you from going out and having adventures. I was surprised to see that you’re sitting still for the summer. However, you need to do what works out best for you! I am having a fantastic day and you added to it! Can’t wait to see how your life and the blog unfolds from here.

  43. Bev says:

    Congratulations, Sue!! Your sister must be very special and I love that you have a special relationship with her.

  44. Lori says:

    Hi Sue,

    I wish you the best of luck in your new house and I really hope you will be happy. Sometimes after being on the road for so long it can be very difficult to settle down. I know after full-timing for 15 years there have been times when I thought about going off the road. There was even one time I actually did after my daughter got engaged. I thought that if I found the perfect house, my dream house, close to my daughter, perhaps I would be okay settling down. So I did just that. I found and bought the perfect house with everything I thought I would need to make me happy and want to stay. The problem was, after 4 months of twiddling my thumbs I thought, “Okay, now what?”. The next thing I know I was putting my house back on the market and heading back out on the road full-time. Lol! I guess the gypsy in me simply could not be contained.

    It is good that you are keeping your Casita, always best to have a back-up plan!

    Again, best of luck!!!

  45. Hi Sue… so after all these years on the road you will finally have some concrete under your feet for awhile. Good for you! The toilet thing will be easy to get use to (as will the water pressure…I’m sure 🙂 It may take some adjustments (just like Kevin Costner in Waterworld) when his feet hit “dry land” for the first time… We all are very happy for you as long as this makes YOU happy. I don’t think ANY of us will ever get tired of hearing about all of your wonderful roadtrip adventures through so many beautiful places though… Your blogs would be dearly missed by so many! I have personally been living vicariously through your posts for almost 10 years now. If you ever want to give it up entirely (and give up all your travel secrets) just let me know and I’ll happily take over for you when I retire myself next year! So happy for you my friend. Let us know how it all works out for you and the pups. Take care my friend!

  46. Diann in MT says:

    Congratulations, Sue! A big decision. I am glad you and your sis can look after each other from now on. It helps to have someone nearby to share thoughts. Of course, we are all curious as to where you finally decided to light. The only reason I would want to know is where in the West you would judge as the most likely place to live.
    I love the Southwest, but I would need to leave in the hottest months. So, if I would ever move, it would probably be to AZ, and I would keep my tiny Tin Tent and truck to take me to Montana and the NW in the summer! Again, Congrats on your choices.

  47. Camper Judy says:

    Congrats! You will have the best of both worlds. I understand how family drifts apart. It happened to my sisters and me. But now we are all retired and make at least one trip together every year. The three of us without our spouses. We have a great time and laugh a lot. The boys will love having a new “sister” as well. Blessing to you all.

  48. Michelle SLC, UT says:

    Congratulations Sue and Nancy. I will still be lurking. Enjoy putting your new home in order.

  49. milliehubbard says:

    Congratulations Sue and Crew!! How very exciting beginning a new phase, and someone to share the journey with!! Reggie and Roger will have a new companion as well! They must be very excited…of course we will all hang in there for the next wave of adventures. Journey On!!

  50. Kitt, NW Wa says:

    Sue,

    Congratulations on life’s new chapter! Remember those beautiful plates you struggled over buying years ago? Now you know why you did! Here’s hoping they survived all your bumpy roads.

    The Northern Oregon Gathering was a lot of fun. Dinner on a Stick night, Friday night potluck and beer exchange, with lots of time to make new friends and catch up with old ones. There were around 30+/- fiberglass trailers there of all kinds. The weather “Oregon sunshine “could have been better but it did not deter many.

    I am looking forward to the first chapter in your new book!
    Kitt

  51. Rochelle in IN says:

    Adding to all the congratulations – what wonderfully good news! I know how easy it is to get separated from siblings due to distance, as all my family (including parents) are in WA and OR. My kids, though, are in SC and IN, so I’m guessing that once we hit the road in 2 years we’ll be boomeranging between both coasts.

    So here’s a question for you: how long did you stand in the nice, hot shower, going, “ahhhhhhhh”? HA!

  52. Jolene/Iowa says:

    Hey Blogorino’s , I have an idea! To give back to Sue for all she has given us up to now, what if we do something extra special for Sue!

    If Sue would be so kind to give us a list of things she and Nancy could use at their new home or some things they would like, we could do an online housewarming party for them!

    Just a little something extra. She could give us a list and then if she would want to set up a place we could have things delivered to, maybe not her home address though to continue to protect her privacy, we could give back to her. Just thinking it would be a little more than the little bit she gets from the Amazon purchases. Thoughts?

    • Jolene/Iowa says:

      Or a place that you could do a list so that it would be checked off as things get picked? Sue has just given all of us so much!

    • Cinandjules 🌵 says:

      We’ve done it before!
      The privacy issue is key..but if there is a will…a way can be found!
      I’m in!

    • Texas Sue says:

      Jolene what a wonderful idea!
      I’m in!
      Sue from Texas

    • Suzette in TN says:

      I have gotten so much joy by living vicariously through Sue. I would love to contribute a little something. One of my gifts is quilting. Perhaps a little lap quilt for those chilly Arizona winter nights? I know Sue’s privacy is vital so maybe it won’t work out. But…

    • Chuck says:

      Hey ya’ll, this is a great idea!! Keep us posted. tumblwede Chuck and Geri from the Florida Panhandle!

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        I would love to contribute. If we do this will someone give me instruction as to” how to?” I’m not really up on some of these online things.

      • Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

        We can finally send Sue some Mermaid Tears! Hahaha! 💗

    • Deena in Phoenix says:

      Jolene, marvelous suggestion…count me in!

    • Barbara from Camano Island says:

      Great idea! And congratulations, Sue, on your new “home away from home.” (not sure which is which). You and your sister will create something wonderful. Just please include us on the journey. Thank you.

    • Cynthia from San Clemente says:

      Great idea Jolene! I’m in!

    • Nancy in California says:

      Count me in on any housewarming gift for Sue and crew! I have gotten a great deal of pleasure reading her posts!

  53. Marieta says:

    Congratulations to you and the crew. Sounds like together but independent. So happy that you have someone in your life that can share with you. So happy for all of you.

  54. Monica says:

    Congratulations on your new endeavor! In my opinion it’s the best of two worlds; a home base for a different perspective and tootling around in the RV to see new wallpaper. Looking forward to reading more of your adventures. Safe travels!

  55. Donna says:

    Congrats Sue!!!

  56. Congratulations!! Congratulations on the new life with your sister! Congratulations on the house! Can’t wait to see photos! (Maybe ”before” & “after”?)

    Wonderful news and excitement, too, because you somehow manage to merge and arrange everything you plan, so well, so timely, and so thoughtfully.

    Arizona just got lucky and gained fame because you’ve helped build it’s ‘fame’ with all of your blogs, the photos, and interesting descriptions you’ve shared!

    I’m so jealous that you have sisters! I was an only child growing up, always wanting a sister, …….. and, WOW! Look at your new situation! It’s just AWESOME that your new chapter begins with FAMILY, ….. a sister, friend, household member, and someone comfy for “chats” sometimes! ……and still get your ”alone time” without someone wanting your attention! Such a deal !!

    You’re going to enjoy some of the FEW things you’ve (not) been really missing, but things that will be easier and a bit more convenient sometimes! ….. like not worrying about how many times you can ‘flush’, when to fill up on propane, lugging & refilling water jugs, keeping the leashes untangled, ….. etc. You will find new little luxuries every day!

    I can’t wait to see the ‘crew’ racing around the yard! Please keep blogging when possible, because so many of us have the adventures of ——–
    ***rvsue and her canine crew***
    ….as a major “happy spot” that we have incorporated into our routines over the years as we have taken the joyful journey with you!
    so…..
    CONGRATULATIONS, HAPPINESS, FUN, EXCITEMENT, AND GOOD VIBES!!

    .

  57. Rik Skelton says:

    I’m so happy for you, sisters are the best. I still see mine occasionally in fact I’m flying to San Diego in a few days to spend a week with one of mine. Happy trails Sue

  58. AZ Jim says:

    Missy Sue, Detta and I are so pleased at your exciting news!! This will provide a home base and great jumping off point as you feel the need to take a little trip now and then for a new adventure. Good for you guys…

  59. Rob says:

    Changes! Enjoy the new chapter RvSue!

  60. Ladybug in Mid-Tenn says:

    Sorry, I jumped ahead (never was good at following directions).

    • Ladybug in Mid-Tenn says:

      And I meant to say, I know you’ve mentioned a few times in the past about having an exit plan when you do stop full-timing. Now you’ve got one! And Pauline can come visit!

      Could you give us a hint which state you picked??

      • Pauline in Mississippi says:

        I am not going to visit until all the painting, redecorating and yard work is done!!!!!!! So happy for my sisters!!!!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        We’re in Arizona and that’s as much as I’m sayin.’ 🙂

  61. Kay Julia says:

    Best wishes with your plans. The only constant is change.

  62. Reine in Plano (when not camping) says:

    As others have said, it’s the best of both worlds. You can travel when you want. Nancy can visit kids and grandkids. Or you can individually or together stay home. Kinda nice to have a regular flush toilet occasionally – and a shower where you can stand under the hot water as long as you want.

    Paul and I are actually in the process of building a new house on an acre of land a bit north of where we are that’s lots closer to our kids. We may be in trouble since two of my granddaughter’s reaction when we were by there yesterday was “this is a great house to play hide and seek in!” But we’ll have peace and quiet, a building to house the Casita when we’re not traveling and be closer to our kids and grandkids. And as we get older and need them, they’ll be closer to us.

    Congratulations to you and Nancy.

  63. Sherry Waldrop says:

    Congratulations! Nothing like sisters! I have two, none by birth but two by choice. Wish you well with this new adventure.

    Sherry

  64. Hoot says:

    Good Luck in your new adventure!!! It sounds like fun getting to know your sister again.

  65. Gingerita says:

    Congratulations to you and your sister!! The best of both worlds. I am glad that you and your sister reconnected and she found a way to retire! Sounds like the pups are having a grand time in the yard 🙂

  66. Sue in California, Mom to Rizzo says:

    What fantastic happy news for you. Thank you for sharing the unfolding of your life’s journey.

  67. Becky in NJ says:

    Congrats and best wishes on the new chapter in your life! The one constant in life is change. Perhaps the PTV was telling you that it is time to get “off the road” for awhile. I hope that you will share with us your experiences of renovating and preparing a new home. For many of us, that will be as interesting as following your travels!

  68. S. Kaeseman says:

    Congrats, Family is so important in our lives and we are so happy you have reconnected with your sister. May God Bless you both and all the fur kids with lives full of joy and Love for each other.
    Can’t wait to see pictures of the new place, if you are so inclined to share. As always we look forward to all the lovely and fun pictures of Reggie, Roger and all the places you have been and things you have seen.

  69. Pamela Campbell says:

    Lots of good wishes for you and your sister! So nice this is working out for you and the pups and your sister.
    Congratulations, Sue.
    Warm Wishes.
    Pamelab in Lubbock for now, visiting family

  70. Barb from Hoquiam says:

    Omgosh!!!
    This sounds wonderful!
    Hugs ftom Hoquiam!

  71. Suzicruzi from The 'Couve says:

    Congratulations Sue, Sis, and Crew! Oh such wonderful and heart warming news!! Oh Sue, I’m so happy for you. What a wonderful thing for all of you. Just. So. Awesome!!

    Happy Days! co
    Suzi

  72. Gail in Buckeye says:

    Sue I think this is Wonderful! You can still travel and still have your home base!
    I know the little guys are loving their new Big House to run around.
    I bet your sister is so anxious to join you at the New Place!
    Can’t wait to follow along with the new Adventure!
    Congratulations!

  73. Laurie in NC says:

    That is wonderful news and sounds like the perfect situation for both you and Nancy!
    I am sure you will take many trips in the BLT and will enjoy the advantages of a bit of real estate! I will definitely continue to read to find out your latest adventures!
    Congratulations!!!!

  74. Judy J. in S.C. says:

    I’m so happy for ALL of you! Also, there’s just a calm relief knowing that you will have a permanent place and someone to share each other’s lives. What could be better, since you can still satisfy your wanderlust anytime you get the urge. We’ll be following your new adventures… and there will always be those!

  75. Kat and Cookie dog from NY says:

    I am thrilled for both you and your sister. I do hope you keep posting your adventures, they can be in a sticks n bricks or in your ptv & blt. I need regular doses of your crew!

  76. Kathryn says:

    Whoo hoo, Sue and Crew! I’m happy for all of you.

  77. Chuck says:

    Hi Sue! Sounds like a great decision! Cool that you and your sister did this. My sister STILL lives in Kalifornia but is coming for a visit in 2 weeks! We are excited for you both. Congratulations !!!!👏👍

  78. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    I am so happy for my sisters!!!!! This is such a wonderful idea and solution for both of them. I know Susan will not give up her travels but I am glad she will have a place to retire to when she does come off the road. I think Nancy will love it because she love the heat! Since the price of living is lower, I am glad she will not have to work until her dying day. Who know , I may just take a trip out there when they are settled.

    Sending lot of love and big hugs!!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I hope you do visit us, Pauline! What a thrill that would be! 🙂

      Love and hugs to you, too!

  79. That is so neat to be with Family in a area the is mild in the winters, that is just how I feel being where Piper and I are with Family who loves and cares for their Elders, not saying we are to old for life abounds, but a safe spot to park and take a load off things to grow more instylle and enjoy life more abundantly, good for you and Nancy and the Boys,, I kinda was wondering when you’d be slowing down on the miles and as always Piper and I will be waiting for your Future Post of RVSUE AND CREW ADVENTURES,,,,,,,,,,,,, Have a Pleasant week and give the Boys a huge hug from us,,ok ,,,,,,, 🐾👣👣

  80. Val R. Lakefield Ontario says:

    Congratulations on your new home. I was checking daily for the news. My hunch was right. I think you will have the best of both worlds being able to take the BLT when you want a change. You are so lucky to have sisters. I have no siblings, but luckily 2 wonderful daughters. Looking forward to following the next chapter. 👍🏡🐶🐶🐶

  81. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Congratulations, Sue. I know you and your sister will enjoy the reunion and Have a wonderful time in your new home.
    I actually had proposed that same thing to my sister who lives In Tampa, FL. She didn’t think we could live together, as we are so opposite in personality and reasoning. I am very conservative, she lives by the seat of her pants, on the spur of the moment. I also am not to enthralled with Florida. Maybe for the winters, but not in the summer. O f course I can’t do anything right now with DH.
    I wish you all the best and will still follow the blog for as long as you want to keep it going.

  82. Carol Savournin says:

    Congratulations! We fulltimed for 5+ years in our motorhome and always kept a list of the things that we would require when it came time to “part time” or come off the road. You never know what is around the corner, and the best advice that we ever had was to “Do things BEFORE you HAVE to … so that you are not at the mercy of urgent circumstances.”. You now have the luxury of the best of both worlds … you can be free to roam but always have the comfort and security of a permanent base when you or the crew need to settle a bit. We can never imagine going back to settle in the Philadelphia area … not enough SKY!! And we just LOVE our home in Tucson. Welcome to Arizona!

  83. Alice says:

    Congrats to you !! So nice to have time with family and still be able to hit the road. Thanks for the great pics.

  84. Dave C. says:

    Congratulations! Perfect place to ride out some sandstorms! Seems like a perfect solution to share a house. Enjoy!

  85. Soooo happy for you and the crew and your Sis !!!! All the very best on your new chapter 💕💕✌😄

  86. Columbus Calvin says:

    If you have a sibling you can actually live with in peace, that’s a blessing. Also having the means and opportunity for solitary exploration makes you doubly blessed.

    I look forward, at least academically, to learning about the practical aspects of home ownership. I myself, like my father, would rather not own a house. In any case, few indeed are small enough to suit me.

    The pull of road life is a real thing. I am relatively settled and have been for years, but my spirit continues to show me places I’d like to go and my lungs are recently joining in that song. We’ll see. My father was sidelined by illness and another thing or two, but I believe he missed his prior life as a hobo terribly.

  87. Shawna says:

    Exciting changes! Congratulations Sue!

  88. KelleyinSoCal says:

    Conrgratulations to all of you! I tried to guess, but the best I could do was Wallmart greeter😂

  89. Paula in Indiana says:

    What an exciting development and wonderful for you and your sister! Wishing you all the best 🙂

  90. kathy n in MI says:

    Wow. I slowly read your post and wondered about how lovely it must be for you both. She will love the AZ area and hopefully you will still travel so we can go along. By the time I get to commenting I see 100 comments are already online. You are certainly well followed and well liked !! Best wishes for the change. We will be watching. 😄

  91. AlanOutandAbout - in Truth or Consequences NM says:

    How wonderful. Never would of guessed it.

    Might wan ‘t to get a UPS box for a while for the gifts. Maybe in a town close buy, but not yours.

    Me I am sitting in a very nice park in T or C, NM. I might be here far a while.

    • Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

      Alan, Chuck and I loved living in Truth or Consequences !!! Be sure to visit our 2 favorite hot springs! Riverbend hot Springs has tubs that are out in the open AND overlooking the Rio Grande River . They also have private spas overlooking the river if you prefer clothing optional! Jake also hired workampers and provides free camping! Our other favorite hot springs is just down the road, Blackstone Hot Springs! Book the wet room! You won’t be sorry!
      Hope things went well at the vets!

  92. suzago in PNW says:

    Congratulations on a wonderful development. Very exciting new chapter in your life. Best wishes all around.

  93. LizW says:

    Sue, this is such exciting news for you and the crew! I will look forward to your new adventures!

  94. I knew it!!! You bought a house in AZ. Congratulations!! I always thought you’d find that tiny house in Ajo for some odd reason. Yes, you will definitely experience 110 degree weather with lots of haboob to put a layer of dust everywhere in the house, floors, furniture, etc. I have stained concrete floors to keep house cool in summer & it’s so easy to clean up with a vacuum cleaner. I use the Hurricane Spin mop and bucket to mop floors. I never have to touch the mop to wring it out. I love living in southern AZ where it’s dry…don’t have to worry about mold. My dream has always been to put in an outdoor shower & kitchen in my back yard. I have a huge backyard. I have a semi kitchen outside with a table where I can set crock pots, electric griddles and pans for summer use. Plus I have a BBQ grill to do kabobs, steaks, hot dogs and hamburgers. So much fun you’ll have setting up the house including planting flowers and/or garden. Even better with sister to share all. My sisters and I share each others house when we’re not home. I go to their rez home out in remote area but with all the conveniences…although both my sisters have a rez home and Phoenix home. I have undeveloped land that I have never built a home on but may put an A Frame cabin sometime in the future so my kids can use it and I can use it in summer to get away from summer heat in the valley. I’m so excited for you, the crew, your sister Nancy.

  95. Ruthie in Fontana says:

    Sue, Thank you for the trust you have with the blogorinos. We are all so happy for you and the crew and your new crew. I too have two sisters and would love to be able to be closer to them geographically. Please keep your blog alive, your writing and photography would be missed as well as the connections you have developed with us all. Take your time fixing up things.

  96. Harriet says:

    How exciting! You guys are going to have the best time in this new phase of your lives. Their are four siblings in my family and we are all in a 50 mile radius of each other and are able to see each other on a regular basis. It’s all good.
    I have to agree with Pauline, so happy you now have a home base to land should the need arise.
    Blog should be full in the next few summer months.

  97. rvsueandcrew says:

    Well, that makes me sick, Ed. If the house is that easy to identify, we won’t be here long. 🙁 Thank you for the kind words of hope for us!

    • Jolene/Iowa says:

      Sue, I sure hope that you can trust anyone that might find where you are not to say anything and respect your privacy.

      You and Nancy and your crews can build your next chapter and enjoy your life. I am just thrilled for you and your sister. I am sure you will be just fine in your new home. Knowing you, you selected well and you will be able to be just fine there.

      • Texas Sue says:

        You’re so right Jolene, Sue Those of us that really care about you would never comment or even try to find out where you live & will respect your privacy. Otherwise I think it’s called stalking !

    • Stephanie Turner OR says:

      Sue. If he was able to identify your house, he’s very clever and has time on his hands. As for me, and probably 99% of the other blogorinos, wouldn’t even know where to start looking. Besides which, I just care you are happy. Specific location not important. Good reminder tho you gotta’ be careful about saying too much. So chalk it up to maybe he has it right, maybe not. And stick to fake news.

    • Ed says:

      I apologize for making you sick. It is not all that easy to identify and I could certainly be wrong but thought I was complimenting you on your choice.

      That is what I get for thinking. I make you sick and have a rash of blogerinos coming down on me as a stalker. I thought I went out of my way to not disclose where the property was.

      You also know good and well that even IF I am right I would not disclose where it is. So again I’m sorry. Delete the damn comment.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        I’m sorry, Ed. This is one of those circumstances where it doesn’t matter what I do, somebody is going to get mad.

        I worded my reply poorly. I meant that the thought of the house being easily located makes me sick with worry, not that YOU make me sick. You’re right. I do know you would never disclose my location. I panicked that someone else less considerate would reveal it, when I should have just kept my “mouth” shut.

        I’ll delete the thread.

    • Teresa in NC & everywhere else says:

      I haven’t posted in a very long time (have continued to read the posts), but this has brought me out of the background. People started tracking Sue & Crew down, and it changed her life and the blog. We used to wait for her to return from buying groceries just to see what she was going to say about her trip and other comments. Then, people had to stop respecting her privacy and security. As I’m sure others have or will express, let her live her life because that’s why we all follow along. I’m very happy for Sue and this new chapter in her life. I only hope everyone can just enjoy the journey and be satisfied with what she shares with us, and not try to ruin this for her and everyone else, too.

  98. Tesaje says:

    Congratulations on your next phase and collaboration with your sister.

  99. Jean in southaven, ms says:

    I am so proud for you and your sister. This is a great exit plan. I am looking forward to your new life. I knew something was up. You kept staying in the same general area and going back to former camps. Also you have not headed north yet or even talked about it. I could tell you were tired. But looking forward to pictures of flower beds and a new pup named Marg. Way to go. Looking forward to hearing about Nancy’s doings too.

  100. weather says:

    Hi, blogorinos, gotta love the loyalty and concern you’re expressing, I think for now it might be best not to add more comments in this thread or on this topic. I feel perhaps we should let Sue decide how and when to handle this.

    Sue, as always, feel free to delete my comment.

  101. Anne Henderson says:

    Congratulations Sue!! I will be looking forward to hearing about this next stage in your adventure!
    After 2 years, I’m realizing that I’m more of a ‘snowbird’ than a full-timer. So, in the next year or two, I too, will be looking to put down roots somewhere. I’m looking at the places I visit now with an extra agenda! So, far – N Arizona, N New Mexico are looking good. I’d love to live in the red rocks of Utah, but haven’t found a place that checks all my boxes (yet).

  102. Pamela Avery says:

    What a fabulous new leg of your journey through life! I, too, have a sister I love dearly. She too owns a Casita. If the day ever comes that we can combine our lives as smoothly as you have with your sister, I would be thrilled! Good luck with starting this phase of your life! Keep us posted!

  103. Ann M in va says:

    I never would have guessed this one! Wow! Congratulations on your new change in life! I hope you and Nancy will be very happy in your new home. I’m sure the pups will be happy with a new friend and freedom to run in that yard. Can’t wait to hear/read about the changes you will make to the house and your lifestyle.

    Ann M

  104. Robin B - Oregon says:

    A huge congrats for your what I’m sure what is a decision made after a lot of soul searching. I can’t wait to read further reports on your new life and/or your continued travels. The “boys” will (or are) have a ball in their new yard and you aren’t going to know what to do with yourself with all of that space! Perhaps you’ll have to go out once in a while and use the BLT as a security blanket. 🙂 I don’t know if it’s in your make-up, but when we were furnishing our AZ condo, I discovered I loved going to garage/estate sales and finding various housewares and decorating items; there was no sense in paying full price for much of that stuff.

    We thought long and hard about moving permanently to Green Valley, AZ, as house prices here are going crazy and we could get the house of our dreams in GV, but after returning home, we’ve decided this is the best place for us and are in the process of making our house a little more comfortable for staying put during the winter (having a gas fire stove is the first project). We discovered we prefer traveling during the “shoulder” seasons so our plans our to take our own little “BLT” (Big Little Trailer) on the road during the spring and fall.

    Best of luck to you and the crew and I hope you don’t find it necessary to stop blogging.

    Signed,
    A Fan

  105. Colleen on the Central Coast of California says:

    Holy Smokes! Yes big changes! Of course I will continue following along. I rarely comment but always read your posts. Yep, I kept checking for a new post also. I hope you decide to share some pictures of the new house. Congratulations and have fun!

  106. Li says:

    Sensible and sensational – sounds like a perfect plan for the future, and something many single women are choosing to do in retirement. Congrats. And Margaret is adorable!

  107. Barb in Florida says:

    Yay! Congratulations, homeowner. What they all said – all 140+ wishes of love for you.

    Well, I was wrong about the one room cabin, but right about a place to park the BLT. We’re all so, so happy for you. I’ve also come to the conclusion I need my house for a base. I would like to flee the summer heat, though. I’m always grumpy when family and friends that are snowbirds leave. Wishing you all the best, Sue. We love ya!

  108. Jan Johnson says:

    I think that is great! I hope one day my two sisters will want to be closer – they pretty much don’t include me in their lives. You will have the best of both worlds – vagabonding AND home roots! And a sister to share it all. So happy for you two ladies and the boys and look forward to future adventures!

  109. rvsueandcrew says:

    Thank you, everyone!

    Have a good night — See ya’ in the morning!

    Sue

  110. Wendy - Thailand says:

    Wonderful news, I hope everything goes smoothly for you and your sister with getting the place set up. I look forward to reading all about the next adventure for you and your crew , plus two :-))) hugs for all

  111. Kathy (NC) says:

    So very happy for you all – wonderful news! Wishing you a great time in the new house and looking forward to reading all about it.

  112. JoanneG from San Rafael says:

    Very exciting news, Sue! Congratulations and enjoy making that house a home!

  113. Rachel says:

    Hi Sue and Crew!

    Amazing! I am so excited for you! To have your own place is a wonderful thing! To have family be a part of this new adventure is a blessing!

    We are making a change in our course too! I’m working on the post now!

  114. Elizabeth in WA says:

    I am very happy for you, Sue!! And all else involved!! How lovely indeed…to see siblings who actually WANT to be together…I always wondered how it might be to have a sister…I hope it will all be just wonderful for you both!! Sounds like the best of both worlds!!

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      PS, I am happy to have 2 daughters…but I try to be careful not to intrude into their lives too much…so not complaining…just being happy for you!!

  115. Mel from north Texas says:

    Congrats! So happy for you and your sister.. passing along another message from Mother: since you have settled in an area that she lived in for over 35 years.. beware of the oppressive June heat before the monsoons that arrive around the 1st week of July.. watch weather and travel during the monsoon season.. creeks, streets etc from Tucson to Mexican border can swell and become dangerous very quickly but there is nothing like the beautiful green landscape along hiway 83 in September AND she said “.. maybe now RV Sue will take a drive to Parker Canyon Lake and go fishing…” LOL! But I would recommend waiting until early September.. it is sooo pretty then..
    Again.. blessings and prayers from Gary, my mother and I for this new chapter of your life..

  116. MertandcharlieinKY says:

    Congratulations Sue and sister too!
    Wishing you all the best

  117. Donna n Girls Chandler, AZ. says:

    I’m in.

    Donna

  118. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue!

    Congratulations on your new home! You and Nancy will be “Golden Girling” it. Sharing a home and expenses so you both will have a sweet life, neither of you having to sacrifice the things you love to do! I am happy for you both! 🙂

    Sending you, Reggie, and Roger lots of love and hugs from me and Gracie pup! We will be here as long as you want to maintain your blog. 🙂 Your new home sounds perfect! Sending you and Nancy well wishes for your next chapter! The best is yet to come! 🙂

  119. Gloria in Prescott, Az. says:

    Yes, I figured this was coming. A gardener with no dirt. Someone who wants to do rock work to beautify the boondocks but it’s against the rules. All that Amazon money coming in and I just have to say that after about 10 days on the road we are ready to be home. Nothing like a place to call your own. You will so enjoy fixing up the place. We lived in our trailer when we first moved back to Prescott after our kids all came back after we took them to Washington State. It was great to not be living in the mess while we fixed up the repo we bought. Have built new since and this is it for us.
    Always appreciate seeing you at “The Last Refuge”. See you around here and there.

  120. How very exciting for all of you!!! Love that you’ll have little sister in your life and the crew will have a new bud to play with in a big yard. Look forward to following this new chapter in your adventures. Congrats!!

  121. And now we all wonder where you found a home!
    Congratulations. Glad you have a fenced yard for the pooches.

  122. BadgerRickInWis says:

    Oh Sue, I’m so happy to read about this next adventure for all involved. May your new arrangements give you as much peace and joy as your vagabonding did.

    No matter what the future may hold you will be surrounded by those who love you. Not much more we can ask of life than that.

    • Cinandjules 🌵 says:

      Well hello stranger!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Rick. I miss you. I hope you are well.

      • BadgerRickInWis says:

        Yes, I’m very well. Sorry I haven’t been commenting as much as I was life has taken some interesting turns in the past year. All good but it means my RV dreams may be put on hold for at least the next several years.

        Truly glad to hear that you have found what seems to be the perfect “next chapter.” I can’t wait to see what’s next.

  123. Cat Lady back home in Baton Rouge, La. says:

    That’s wonderful news, Sue! I couldn’t be happier for you, Nancy, and your combined Crew. There’s so many adventures awaiting. When the house is like y’all want it, you might take Nancy and the pups in the BLT around to spots you’ve enjoyed in the past and let her see it thru your eyes…and you can tell us about it so we can enjoy it right along with you.

    We’re all so happy for y’all and look forward to sharing this new phase in your lives. {Hugs to all}. Again, so happy for you, Sue. Much love.

  124. Piper says:

    Congrats on your new life with your sister! Looking forward to hearing more about your new adventures.

  125. Glenda From Glendale says:

    Great news RV Sue!! Can’t wait for new adventures, honestly just glad you will still be sharing with the rest of us!

  126. Pam says:

    Well that wasn’t my guess either! Being a reader since day 1 of your adventure you’re right about us folks maybe noticing a slight change in the blog. i wonder how many of us sit down with our coffee, open our iPads, and scroll through email looking for our RVSue notification. Sip, sip, read, enjoy the photos…that’s the ideal start of my morning. Thank you for 7 years of that, and I’m hoping for many more!
    Your story of your sister really hits home for me. I think we all go through that busy mid life phase, then circle back to focus on family. Good luck with the new phase! It sounds just perfect!

  127. Eileen Dykeman says:

    Sue, I’m soooo happy for you, Reggie, and Roger. Your new chapter in life sounds really exciting. I can understand your sister’s move because I, too, am a retiree living in the sunshine state, and the cost of living seems to have gone up considerably since I moved here 27 years ago. So nice that you and your sister will be able to spend more time together.

  128. Virginia620 AL says:

    Congratulations!!! Look forward, as usual, to future posts and pics.
    Luvy and I will head to Savannah tomorrow for 3-4 days. Ever how long it takes. 😀

  129. Rhodium says:

    Change is good. Best wishes for new adventures. We will have you back if needed.

  130. Kellee says:

    Howdy – I have been following you for years and am so happy for you and the boys! I was thinking you might have been writing a book – which you should, by the way! Best wishes on your new place and I would follow your blog if you were just sitting on a couch and blogging about what was on TV – your writing is that good!

  131. chas anderson says:

    Congrats.As a snowbird, I enjoy having a home base.Eddie gets so excited with his fenced yard when we return from a trip.I find that having a home base simplifies a familiar healthcare regime which is important for us seniors.Having a family support system around is priceless.A good 7 year run now a new one.

  132. Marie says:

    I’m so happy for you and the crew, Sue, sounds like you’ll have the best of both worlds.
    The freedom to boondock when desired and a house and sister as well, BONUS!
    I’m being selfish when I say that I sure hope you don’t leave us but I understand and wish the best for you.

  133. gary brown says:

    My Beloved(tm) retires in, if I remember her saying on the way out this morning, in 14.359 days from her job as a teacher. We downsized a couple of years ago and are getting ready to be able to head out in our little Scamp whenever the wind gives us a good shove (the joy of being a software developer… I can take my job with me!). You’ve gotten a perspective on “life” (whatever THAT is!) from your journeys that few have been lucky to get. I’ve felt so lucky that you’ve let me come along for the ride.

    If you ever see a silver-grey Scamp with red trim and Minnesota plates on one of your future outings, please drop in! We’re always good for a nice glass of wine, and we love to share tales of travel.

    Best of luck, RVSue, Mark II!

  134. Mark T says:

    Congratulations Sue, I am happy for you and your sister. My wife and I live in a retirement community in Florida and we too are looking to get out on the road soon, as we are just tired and being in the same rut all the time. Have fun getting the house ready for a happy reunion with your sister. Maybe we will see you and the boys in the desert sometime in the future.

  135. Susan says:

    Congratulations. Nice to have a home base. Maybe I missed this in a post but where is the house??? What state? What part of that state. It will be fun setting it all up !

    • Barb in Florida says:

      She answered further up in the comments. AZ was all she was going to say. I’m sure she’d like to maintain her privacy. Can you imagine blogorinos showing up at the door whenever?

      • Barb in Florida says:

        Nancy: Sue, another one of these Blogorino’s is at the door.
        Sue: Tell them I’m enjoying a bubble bath.

        Nancy: They insist you’d get out of the tub for them. I’m supposed to tell you it’s _________ from ___.
        Sue: Who?
        Nancy: ________ from _______.
        Sue: Oh for goodness sakes. This is the third time today.

      • JazzLover says:

        Yes Barb, we can well imagine blogorinos showing up at her door with a Cactus in hand, “Oh, I was just in the neighborhood, can I come in?”

  136. Nivrapa in AZ says:

    I must be dreamin’ again.

    It’s the tortillas, isn’t it? You got hooked on the good stuff and now you need to be close to a steady supply. Those tortillas are calling your name louder than the road. Oh, but the flesh is so weak.

    Never in a million years did I imagine that your good news would have this twist to it. What a huge change to life for you and The Crew. So many good times await you. My heart sings for you and my wish is for all your hopes and dreams to be better than you ever hoped and dreamed. Congratulations and welcome to ‘Da Zone!—Audrey

  137. rvsueandcrew says:

    Good morning, blogorinos!

    Wow! With this avalanche of congratulations and good wishes I don’t see how the future for me, Nancy, Marg, Reggie, and Roger can be anything but bright and beautiful. Thank you for sharing our excitement, for cheering us on, and for promising to stick with this blog, wherever it may go.

    I also thank those of you who are eager to send gifts. You’re very thoughtful, generous, and kind. It would be fun, but I think it best I decline. Imagine what an unusual situation it would make — accepting housewarming gifts while insisting no one come near the house!

    No, gifts aren’t necessary for us to feel the warmth of your good wishes.

    On behalf of all five of us . . . thanks, blogorinos!

    Love,
    Sue

  138. Dawn in NC says:

    Sue, I am even in more anticipation AFTER your announcement than BEFORE your annoucement! How do you do that?!! I know you like your privacy, but I’m hoping you’ll show pictures of the house, so that we can see it with you. Oh, I can’t wait to hear more. Enquiring minds want to know….everything! Did you get a rotisserie chicken to celebrate?

    • Cat Lady back home in Baton Rouge, La. says:

      You don’t really expect Sue to post pictures, now do you? Don’t think that’s gonna happen but nice try {chuckles}. Sue, and probably baby sister, likes her privacy.

    • Robin B - Oregon says:

      I’m thinking since Sue will have an oven, she can bake her own chickens! Or join Costco and get the huge and delicious rotisserie chickens for $4.99 from Costco. 😀

    • JazzLover says:

      And maybe she can put the address on the bottom too, You know she likes her privacy but are hoping she will show us pictures of the house???

      • Columbus Calvin says:

        She could show us pictures of some of the house without showing exterior details/cityscapes that would give away the location. However, that’s up to RVSue, not me.

    • ReneeG from Idaho says:

      I second that! I would love to see it.

    • Rochelle in IN says:

      If Sue chooses, I am sure there are ways to show pictures of parts of the house without making it possible for folks to figure out where it was. Personally, I’m hoping for some pics of the Zoom-Zoom brothers running around their new back yard (cropped in close enough to maintain privacy, of course).

  139. Kary E says:

    Congratulations, Sue!

  140. Cynthia from San Clemente says:

    I hated missing yesterday, but we had a minor family emergency that kept me out of the house and away from the computer all day and by the time I got home last night, I was exhausted and went straight to bed ….

    Wow!!! I thought the surprise might be something like this 🙂 I am so very happy for you and the crew, Sue – for so many reasons. I think it is good to be near some family and have a physical and emotional support system, especially as we grow older. Now, if you have any health problems, you’ll have a place to rest and recuperate without the burden of moving all the time. By sharing a home with your sister, you will still be free to come and go as you please. Plus, you’ll have more room so Pauline can come and visit you both. I think you’ve done an awesome job of balancing the realities of aging with your desire to continue enjoying the open road! It seems like a win – win for everyone, people and pups!!

  141. Carlene and Corky from western Nevada says:

    Sue and Crew,
    I’m so happy for you and your life style move, and the boys having a yard to chase around in and I bet they will learn to be sneaky with the coming up behind you trick. Having just finished 2 weeks driveway camping with my sister in SLC I sure can understand the draw, Corky had her 2 Boston Terriers to play with and he actually did learn to play and chase around with them. I know he misses their interaction.

    Best wishes in the new to you home and life with you Sister, I’m sure it will be so joyful for you both. And like other I’ll be watching for upcoming news and adventures.

  142. Carolyn H in AZ says:

    Congratulations! Welcome to AZ.

  143. Terry says:

    Sue, I am having Reggie and Roger withdrawal and already missing you and your photos Please take a photo of the boys running around the yard .

  144. Jan NH says:

    Well, I’ve had a busy week so just reading your post from yesterday. I know I’m way down here on the list (200 I think :)) so I hope you see this. I haven’t yet read the reader responses (as I typically do before responding) but I am so excited for you that I just had to write first.

    I am so very excited for this wonderful opportunity to be with your sister as well as have a house with a yard AND to be able to continue your vagabond life. This SOOO the best of both worlds and I can’t tell you how happy I am for you and your crew as well as your sister and Marg.

    I for one will be honored to follow this new course in your life and read whatever you choose to write about life on the road or life with a fancy-flusher toilet and yard to boot if you continue to keep your blog going. I hope you realize by now it is your style of writing that attracts many of us so we will love to hear about flowers, birds, wildlife, etc in your home/garden or on the road as well as all the antics of your crew (including Marg) and your sister.

    Congratulations and have fun…I’m sure this summer is going to fly by for you until your sister joins you!

  145. Cynthia from San Clemente says:

    The following conversation was heard, in hushed tones, while Sue was busy signing documents and flushing toilets by hand ….

    “Hey Rog, whaddaya think? Pretty cool, huh? Look at this big yard we’re gonna have to run around and pee in. There are so many cool places to pee and sniff and then pee again!”
    “I dunno Reg. It used to be just us and Sue and since there were two of us boys and just one of Sue, we were kind of in charge. Sue didn’t know it, but really, we ran the show. Now there’s gonna be three girls – Sue and Nancy and Marg and we’ll be outnumbered. We’ll get bossed around and told what to do and you know how girls are about leaving the toilet seat up – there will probably be all sorts of new restrictions on where we can pee.”
    “Well, that is a lot of estrogen in one house Rog, but it will be fun. Having Marg around will be like having a little sister – we can tease her and chase her.”
    “I’m not sure Reg. I kind of liked being the men of the house – well, the men of the BLT. But trying to herd three women is not something I signed up for.”
    “Roger, you haven’t been the man of anything since Sue had your manly parts removed a few months ago. You need to just change your attitude and get with the new program. Besides, there’s an oven here and you know what that means.”
    “I have no idea what that means Reggie, and neither do you!”
    “Oh yes I do! That means Sue can roast us chicken whenever she wants and it will be just as good or even better than store-bought rotisserie chicken.”
    “Are you sure? That would be awesome! I can put up with a lot of women if it means more rotisserie chicken. Maybe this place is gonna be ok after all!!”

    And they all lived happily ever after 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s sounds like my boys! Darling dialogue, Cynthia, and “spot on!” 🙂

    • JazzLover says:

      Good Job Cynthia, I’m still laughing. Do you really think the boys really know what estrogen is at their young age? They are going to find out soon enough!

    • Cinandjules 🌵 says:

      That was awesome…….. Canine corner!

    • Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

      Hahaha! 💗 I loved this! Good dialogue Cynthia! 😁 I actually “heard” Reggie and Roger as I read your words! Thanks for my morning belly laugh!

    • Virginia620 AL says:

      Oh, that was great!

  146. Beverly says:

    I don’t comment very often so I have to say this is such a happy post. Congratulations and all the best wishes.

  147. Mick'nTN says:

    Wonderful Sue; I wish you, Nancy and Crew continued happiness, now with “roots”

  148. Ruth from Tennessee says:

    Congratulations!

    I started reading your blog 4 or 5 years ago and longed to do what you did, got my first Casita in 2015, a 2015 SD. A bigger box trailer than a small class A and last July I picked up my 2017 ID. In the end I could not leave my bricks and stix house. I use the Casita for short trips and escaping the cold to Florida but always returning to my Tennessee home. Max my Doxie now has a Chihuahua sister we adopted yesterday. I hope she likes ‘Melia Egg-Hart and out travels. Her name is Honey and she is Max’s age.

    Getting together with your sister sounds wonderful, wish I had one. I hope you enjoy having a home base. I’m sure now a lot of furniture doesn’t matter to you.

    I look forward to future installments and news of the “boys”.

  149. Gloria in Prescott, Az. says:

    Yes, sisters are great! I have five. Don’t think any of them would ever want to live with me but we have great times when we get together. The two closest to me in age (14 mo. and 5 years younger plus my brother who is 3 years younger) are all coming over to our place for a get together on Saturday. Can’t wait. So glad you will have a place for you girls to meet soon. NOTHING like family.

  150. Terri from Tx. says:

    Wow RV Sue! Congratulations! We just got back from Disney world and I read your news! You definitely deserve this! I think having a home base and being near some great camping is going to be great for you and the pups! Thanks for all the great writing and stories over the years-your blog has been wonderful! It will be a treat to keep reading about your adventures whatever and whenever they are. Take care!

  151. rvsueandcrew says:

    Thanks again everyone! New post coming up!

  152. Joan Spivey says:

    Sue, this is wonderful news on your new journey. I have followed you since Day 1, even though I don’t post that often know I am reading. Your new place looks wonderful and I know how life changes. We have sold our bricks and mortar in Casa Grande, move to The Orginal Ranch here in New Mexico and now I love my life but live in this weird time warp. All is good here and so pleased All is good with you!!
    Wishes and Peace on your new Journey in life.
    Joan
    17ft Liberty Casita with those Big Eyes on the front

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      “now I love my life”… That’s wonderful, Joan. Thank you for the good wishes and for reading my blog all these years. I wish you continued contentment with your new home in NM!

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