Casita accessories, canine campers, and crockpot barbeque chicken!

First thing this morning I dump chicken and barbeque sauce in the crockpot.

Bridget guards the crockpot.

I get online and go to my insurance’s website.  It’s open enrollment time.  Oh boy.  What fun.  I hate reading insurance decision guides.  After an hour of wading through it, I choose to keep my present benefit plan.  Boring.  Glad that’s done.

Hey, I should call the post office about my Amazon order.

I love it when an Amazon order arrives!  The crew and I motor on down to the Truth or Consequences post office.  I show the postal clerk lady my identification.  She disappears to the back and returns with four big boxes.  I load up the PTV and drive us right back to the campground. 

The big box is the 9′ x 12′ patio rug.  I unfold it.  It’s blue . . . very blue. 

At first the rug seems a bit LOUD. After putting the crew on it. I like the look!

 Everything else is here:  the 12v Endless Breeze fan, the Wave 3 heater, the heater installation kit, and the Wave 3 cover.  Oh, darnit!  The cover is black!  I ordered white.  I’ll have to send it back.  Sorry, but I’m not putting a black cover on the heater.  The heater’s going to be mounted on white fiberglass.  Black is not acceptable.

Oh, I’ve got to schedule the installation!

I ring up Chip and listen to a recorded message, “. . . Chip is out of town and will not return until Wednesday . . . .”   What?  Wednesday?  Later another camper tells me that Chip is hunting elk over near Pie Town (west-central New Mexico).  It seems that everyone at the campground knows Chip. 

I’m not going to stay at Elephant Butte any longer waiting for Chip. 

I told Chuck and Geri I’d meet them over in Chloride on Sunday.  They’re camping there with Emily.  My tentative plan is to go to Lake Caballo State Park on Monday.  When I can schedule Chip, I’ll come back to Elephant Butte.  Caballo is not far from here, about 16 miles south.

The crew meets new canine campers every day.

John and Molly visit the crew at our campsite. They’re here all the way from Connecticut.

Time for supper!

I stack up a big, dripping, barbeque chicken sandwich.   It’s delicious!  Spike and Bridget hover with pleading eyes.  I can’t turn them away.   They’ve been waiting for their share all day!



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21 Responses to Casita accessories, canine campers, and crockpot barbeque chicken!

  1. Congrats on your Wave 3~ and smart cookie to get the cover too! (see my blog post today about having to repair ours because we DIDN’T cover it…

    Your new mat looks GREAT!

  2. Donna K says:

    What adorable little visitors you had. Glad you shared your chicken with the crew!!

  3. I like your rug, too! I have a Fantastic Endless Breeze Fan, and have used it a lot in warm weather. You’re going to really like it.

  4. rvsueandcrew says:

    Two yes votes for the rug so far!

  5. Kim says:

    The rug looks great! And there’s Spike pointing North again.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kim!

      When I browse throught photos of the crew together, one thing stands out. Spike is standing, at the ready, (pointing North!) and Bridget is sitting, looking at me, passively waiting for what comes next.

  6. Kathryn says:

    Hi Susan,
    I am glad you had a nice dinner and some unexpected music on your birthday. I wish I could have been with you to light your candles. So you have finally reached the old age of 30. I have a a beige rug like the one you have. I got it off of QVC. They last for a long time and you can scrub them off with a hose and a bucket of water. They dry very quickly. The photo’s are beautiful. Please carry some protection with you on your walks and your cell phone too. I am glad you are taking the coyotes seriously. I have two out back and every outdoor kitty in this area is now missing. Can you believe it was 40 degrees last night? Life is too hard so I will live it through you. Protect those dogs now and carry protection with you at all times. Love

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kathryn!

      So happy to see your name here!

      The rug is growing on me. When the crew and I stepped out of the camper early this morning, it looked so cheerful and bright . . . like it was saying, “Good Morning!” I bet you got a better deal with QVC than I did with Amazon.

      Don’t worry about us and coyotes. Being stalked makes one forever aware and cautious! I know you are keeping a close eye on your cats. I never would have thought coyotes would be in your neighborhood . . . not exactly an isolated place or the desert!

      Well, you’ve made it well into the first semester. Thank God for Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks, eh? Yeah, it would’ve been great to have you at the table on my birthday.

      Love you, too. Snuggle a kitty for me.

  7. Pam says:

    It must have felt like Christmas when you picked all that fun stuff up at the post office! We have the same type rug, and you’re gonna love how easy it is to clean and dry. I just love your descriptions of the crew and their reactions 🙂 Our dog must have gotten the same type of doggie brain. The only time he doesn’t want to go with us for a walk is when something is in the crock pot. Then he insists on staying behind to guard the dinner. Since he’s 14 my husband appreciates that…most of the time he ends up carrying Pepper (our 23 pound Lhasa Apso) in the backpack!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hello, Pam!

      I almost didn’t buy the rug because of the cost. Then I realized I had enough points from my Amazon Visa card to cover it, so no remorse! I’m glad to hear from more than one that it’s a good purchase.

      I don’t think I’ll ever carry either of the crew in a backpack. They weigh about 26 lbs. each. I guess I’ll have to get a doggie stroller. An ATV doggie stroller.

  8. Darrell says:

    You seemed surprised that Chip was hunting. I thought “everyone” knew he hunted this time of year. Just like everyone knows Old Joe turns right on Elm everyday at 2:00 pm so he doesn’t need to use his turn signals.
    Sorry,,,,,it’s early.
    Have a great weekend

  9. Pauline says:

    I love the rug!!! Looks a bit of the ocean in all that sand. What cute visitors for S & B. Loving the pictures….really different part of the country
    Love you LOTS

    • rvsueandcrew says:


      Here I am waiting for things to get closer to normal at your house before sending you an email and you write me first! I bet you were flooded with get well wishes. I’m happy to see you’re back in cyberspace!

      I love you, too. You’re my favorite big sister.

      • Pauline says:

        I am going to take your compliment and now dwell on the fact that I am your ONLY big sister. LOL. I am just getting comfortable to type on the computer…love this laptop!! Jerold likes all the meals people have brought.

        Have you decided where you will stay this winter? It sounds like fun, meeting up with other RVers at different camp sites. Make sure you take in some of the local fun also. Unusual festivals, etc. I have always wanted to go to the Garlic Festival in Vermont. LOL

        I love you

  10. Bob says:

    Nice rug, nice crockpot. Presents to yourself and crew from Sue are the best (just what you wanted). ;>)

    It seems Chip has his own schedule. Don’t stray too far or you might miss him again.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hello, Bob!

      It’s fun, of course, to buy yourself presents. What makes it really, really fun is when the presents make your life better. The crew and I were tracking in a lot of sand, and it’s so much more pleasant sitting outside on the blue mat, I think it makes the crew look pretty!

      Oh, I’ll catch Chip. I’ve got his number in my cell phone. He can’t get away forever!

  11. Teri says:

    I really like that new rug!!

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