Friday, January 11
Spike wakes us up with a bark. “What is it, Spike?” I stick my head out from under the quilt while Bridget pretends to sleep. The first thing I notice is the glow on the walls of the Best Little Trailer. Spike’s standing at his sleeping spot at the foot of the bed with his nose to the back window. I sit up, and Spike and I watch the sunrise together.
All is calm at our camp in the Ogilby Road dispersed camping area twelve miles west of Yuma, Arizona. The dust storm has passed.
“Well, we made it through the night without turning on the heater,” I announce, smiling to myself. Bridget doesn’t stir, remaining a warm ball under the quilt. It always takes her the longest to get moving in the morning. As for Spike . . . He jumps down and heads for the door. He’s anxious to begin his morning rituals.
My day starts quickly.
I notice that yesterday’s winds blew the hummingbird feeder upside down, emptying it. It’s wedged in the branches of our scraggly tree. I take it inside and make another batch of sugar water while the percolator heats up. I spread birdseed on the ground. Then I pick up the stepladder, open it up, and position it alongside the Perfect Tow Vehicle. I get out the solar panel supports, climb up, wipe off the dust, and quickly position the panel at a 40 degree angle. It takes less than a half-minute to put up the panel.
I go back inside and fix my coffee and the hummingbird feeder.
I pull back the quilt to reveal Bridget’s sleepy face. “Well, hello, little girl. Are you getting up today?” Spike announces that he wants breakfast, and he wants it NOW.
And so another day begins for RVSue and her canine crew.
Hmm . . . Is that a muscle ache I feel? A little later I notice a tenderness on both sides of my neck. Uh-oh . . . I must have picked up something while at Wally World yesterday. I’d better take it easy today to save my energy so my immune system can fight back.
I take a Tylenol and then a lozenge at the first cough. I go online, read, watch television, eat, drink lots, and nap. I download several free books to my kindle, including seven Zane Grey novels.
At the warmest part of the day I bundle up, go outside, and wash and dry dishes. There’s only a slight, occasional breeze, and the sun feels good, its warmth radiating off the side of the BLT.
Saturday, January 12
After a good night’s sleep, kept warm and comfy by my two canine “heaters,” I awake refreshed. Great! No symptoms of the flu! Well, I’m not going to push my luck. I’m staying away from people for as long as I can manage it.
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