Hello sunshine! Go away, flu!

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. 

1-P1010983I stay in bed most of the day.

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.

Thanks, readers, for the feedback.

I made an adjustment that I hope decreases load time for those of you experiencing sluggish loading.  Only two posts should appear upon opening my blog.  Let me know if that helps.

Stay warm and healthy!



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83 Responses to Hello sunshine! Go away, flu!

  1. Jean Burke says:

    So glad you didn’t catch the flu
    I had my flu shot last month and pray I stay healthy ( I work with public)
    I really look forward to reading your blogs because I’ve told all my friends for 20 years when I retire I’m moving in a small trailer full time
    I know I can do it because 30 years ago I drove from TX to AK with my dog and a sleeping bag and sleep in back of my camper shell. Then I lived in a tent for few months (at a camp ground… Washer/dryer/showers) so I really didn’t ruff it too much
    But most fun when I lived in truck camper
    , It was more comfortable than mattress on ground in a tent . But I’m older now. I want soft bed, Toilet , TV microwave etc… Small home on wheels
    So you can see I really enjoy reading your blog … I see myself in your stories
    Thx for sharing your adventure with us 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Jean.

      You’re right. You shouldn’t have any trouble at all transitioning to full-time vagabonding, what with your camping and full-timing history. You’re also right about wanting a mattress in a bed! To tell the truth, I would not camp in a tent at some of the places I visited last summer, because of bears.

      Happy you are with us. Thanks for writing!

  2. katydid says:

    Your home page used to take a 5-10 seconds to load, but today it was instantaneous.

    South of Chicago, we have had 3 days in the mid 50’s but tonight promises a cool-down. For the next few days highs should be in the upper 20’s. It was strange being warmer here than than you in the southwest!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      We’ve been in the 50s and 60s here, but I heard AZ is a lot colder. Yeah, what’s going on with Chicago… no snow yet!

      • Connie & Mugsy says:

        Darn cold up here in the Mesa area… temps in the low 20s last night (and for the next 3 nights…) and highs in the 40s… YUCK!!

        But the change worked. Your page loads instantly. 🙂

  3. Timber n' me says:

    Glad that you are safe and well Sue, i can’t get a flue shot, my body will shutdown, so during flue season i take Astragalus herb, 500 mg. if i feel like somethin’s comin’ on, i take 2 + 2 1000 mg vitamin C and a haf asprin, and what ever it was, it’s gone. I havn’t had the flue or a cold in age’s…….we,er setting 12 miles south of town with haf of a engen, the heads are in th’ shop waitin’ fer 2 valves, should be runnin’ by tues. Timber ses hi to th’ pups,,,,,,,stay warm it’s cold one

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Glad you’ve found something that keeps you healthy when colds and flu are going around. I know you’ll be happy when your truck is put back together again! You and Timber stay warm,too!

    • Billy Bob says:

      I am also a firm believer in Vit ‘C’. First sign I chug 5 1000mg for the first 3 days. After that drop to 3000mg a day…..ain’t been sick with no flu in 15 years.

  4. libertatemamo says:

    Do NOT get that flu girl!! By the way we are now (once again) in your neighborhood. Hanging around American Girl Mine enjoying the cooooold weather (!?). Not stalking you, I swear!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Welcome to the neighborhood! I was over at American Girl Mine until the OHVers drove me out . . . but that was around New Year’s when it was warmer. I don’t think you’ll be bothered now. You missed the dust storm!

  5. Barbara says:

    I got thre flu shot and I think I had the flu from it. My husband got the shot yesterday and the pharmacist told him that they were giving the senior citizens a higher dose. It is nice here in Jacksonville Fl. 82 yesterday. Read and enjoy your blog every day.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Barbara,

      That’s interesting. That’s the first I’ve heard of seniors getting zapped with a higher dose. Oh my, 82 degrees sure does sound nice . . .

      • AZ Jim says:

        29 last night in Surprise and forecasting 22 tonight. All my trees covered and my hummingbird feeder is on the winter mix. Hummers that stay here year round are the Anna Hummingbird and they go into a sort of hibernation at night to save energy. They need more nectar and the mix for cold winter is 1 part sugar to 3 parts water (instead of 4 to 1). BTW sugar water freezes at lower temps than plain water. My birdbath froze a 1/2 in of ice last night but I had a 60 watt light bulb about 6 inches from the feeder so it did not freeze. I also had to wrap my outside pipes to prevent freezing. Arizona homes are not built for real cold weather. Also the senior flu shot is 4 times stronger than the shots for young folks. Reason is our immune systems are not as strong and the flu can kill us. I get the shot and avoid people as much as possible now. Stay warm Sue.

        • EmilyO of Kansas says:

          My flu shot was the 4 times stronger this year too; in the past it has been regular dosage even though I told them I was OLD (over 70 now). Keep warm you guys.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hello AZ Jim,

          I have water out for the birds and chipmunks. I didn’t know that about a more concentrated winter solution for hummingbirds. I’ll add more sugar. You stay warm, too.

        • TXBX says:

          My doctor said I can come in for a ‘follow-up’ flu shot this year. I’m going to do that tomorrow! It’s bad here and people are told to avoid hospitals, and doctor’s waiting rooms are separated into ‘well patients’ and ‘patients with fevers/coughing’ for separate rooms/areas. My doctor has his exam rooms designated as ‘flu symptomatic’ and ‘well-patient visits’ to help prevent cross-contamination. Simple diagnosis and prescription refills are by phone only. This is looking like a bad year in the south, for sure.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            I don’t remember what part of Texas you are in. Wherever you are, I hope you stay healthy through all this. Your doctor is wise.

            • TXBX says:

              I actually had my ‘real’ shot in October, but because I volunteer at a senior citizen center, he warned me to be extra cautious, and said that some people need a second injection. I had the flu once, and I’d do (almost) anything to avoid ending up in the hospital. You be very careful, because the fur-babies don’t need to learn any nursing skills!! LOL I fear the people I don’t ‘know’ more than those I can FIND after I recover!!

  6. Pat says:

    Glad you are feeling better. It was in the 20s here last night and only suppose to be in the 40s for the next few days. What is going on with this crazy weather? I have lived in AZ for years and never had to worry about frozen pipes. Oh well could be worse….lol

    Pat in Ajo, for now.

  7. Rita says:

    Love youf blogs even if its about puttering around the house….puts me right there at your door step. Of course I love to hear what the canines are up to…they make me laugh. Have a great day!!

  8. Pauline says:

    Hey Sue, hope you are still feeling good. It has been in the high 60’s here in Northeast Mississippi for a few days and everyone has been outside. It is suppose to rain for the next few days and the temps are going to drop tremendously. That is when everyone gets sick!!!!
    I truly believe that if you wrote about watching paint dry, you could make it interesting!
    Love you
    Your OLD Sister
    Pauline in Rienzi Mississippi

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I hope no one gets sick. I’ve been wondering how all of you are doing. California, at present, has one of the lowest incidences of flu, but not so in Mississippi. Stay home whenever you can avoid going out.

      Thanks for the compliment, Pauline.

  9. Happy to hear the “bug” didn’t get you. I love the sunrises and sunsets I saw when we were at Pilot Knob. Looking forward to the day we can come back.
    ~Betty, at home in Milwaukie, Oregon

  10. Well, you got all the stuff you needed for the flu so you had to get it so things didn’t go to waste.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Actually, the way things work with me . . . If I don’t have the stuff I need to live through the flu, then I’ll get it. If I’m prepared, I don’t. That’s my theory and I’m sticking to it!

      • Connie & Mugsy says:

        Sort of like the relationship between washing one’s vehicle and whether it rains or not.

  11. FLKamper says:

    Love it– “I’m staying away from people for as long as I can manage it.”! I’m in 100% agreement (as far as the flu and all the other germs go)!!!

  12. Joe Shryock says:

    Read your articles every time they’re up. Always enjoy each and every one. Thanks..You could write a book you know. You’re good with words and description adjectives and painting a picture of what’s going on. Talented you are for sure.

  13. Cherie says:

    Your adjustments worked! Your blog loads quickly now. Thanks!

  14. twoscamps says:

    Hope you stay healthy Sue! We went to Walmart and dodged a lot of sick people. It’s the worst place to go in flu season! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That is so true. I didn’t notice if the Wal-Mart I went to in Yuma had an outside window for pharmacy, which is a great alternative. In any case, loads of people were inside lined up with their prescriptions. I heard someone cough and raced out of there!

  15. suburbanlife says:

    Beautiful sunrise – no wonder Spike was keen and excited to begin his routines. Love the photo of sleepy Bridget. Wise old girl, she knows there will be many more sunsets, but there is nothing like lolling in the heat of a morning bed. She seems to be a character who savours and luxuriates in pleasurable experience. Glad you are still feeling well. Cheers from sunny, today, BC. G

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Both Bridget and Spike love to luxuriate. With Spike, it’s soaking. He also loves it when I wrap him in covers after he’s done with his outside routine and his breakfast. But first thing in the morning, he’s a man with a mission! Bridget is a sleepyhead every morning.

  16. Sra. Julia says:

    Glad your feeling well now ! I also do the hand washing and hand sanitizer thing multiple times a day even though I don’t hang with crowds viruses can stay alive on surfaces for a long, long time, I use a sanitizer wipe on the shopping cart I use at Wally World or grocery store. An once of prevention is worth a pound of cure-as the old saying goes.
    Just love your dogs they are such characters. I love photos of sunrises and sunsets as well as pets so your blog is a real treat. Stay well and give the fur kids a hug for me 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Kay Julia. You stay well, too. It’s a pleasure for me to hear my blog is a “real treat.”

    • Dominick Bundy says:

      Using a hand sanitizer is very wise. I’m not a germ a phobe . But it is nice to remind people that money is the most filthiest disease carrying thing we handle on a daily bases. And most don’t think twice about it. Good example : think of all the times people go through a McDonald’s drive thru buy their food make change in handling money. Then reach right into the bag for their burger or french Fires , and not even thinking twice about..

  17. Jack says:

    Its 12 degrees here in the washington rust belt. Temp inside set for 70 degrees. Perfect. To be a professional full time Rv person, its necessary to be able camp anywhere and survive. My house is 26′ long but am thinking a 19″ would do. Happy trails! J

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Congratulations, Jack! I admit I’m an amateur full-time RV person and wouldn’t attempt to camp in 12-degree weather. If you can handle that, good for you!

      • Becky says:

        Sue, I have to disagree. You are not an ‘amateur’ full-timer. You have proven to be a ‘Pro’ for sure! In the time you have been living in your Casita, you have proven to be able to manage any situation you have encountered. You may not choose to camp in 12 degree weather but if you were suddenly faced with it you would survive. Your “can-do” attitude makes you a PRO!!

  18. cinandjules (NY) says:

    Beautiful picture of the sunrise. Glad you didn’t catch the bug at Walmart. Bridget looks so precious. Good that you gave your body a rest.

    With a break in the weather we too headed to town. We picked you up one of those handsanitzer that clip onto the strap of your purse, a refill and some EnergyC 1000mg of Vit C drink packets. It’s kind of like that stuff called Airborne but better.

    Couldn’t believe all the people hacking, hewing and snotting while we were there. Grabbed our groceries and headed back into the woods.

    Stay healthy!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m unfamiliar with the EnergyC drink packets. I’ll look into that, online, not in person! I hope you both stay healthy through this siege. Yeah, Wal-Mart is probably one of the worst places to be these days, especially the pharmacy area. Wash your produce (especially loose tomatoes) very well as it is often handled by several people before you put it in your shopping cart.

  19. Rattlesnake Joe says:

    Wikieup AZ is realing from this sickness. I have this flu and it is awful. This is the 5th day and I feel terrible. I hope this isn’t the beginning of a pandemic. Back around World War One the flu wiped out people left and right. People were running for the hills as no one knew anything about this awful sickness. I think it was called the Spanish Influenza. Is history repeating itself once again? My advice is to book passage on a swanky cruise ship and head for the South Pacific. Don’t come back until the coast is clear. Better yet fly down under and if you hear someone in line cough. Run to another line with your gas mask safely in place.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh Joe, no! Sorry to hear you are another victim of the virus. I’ve heard it lasts from five to seven days. I hope you are much better as you read this.

      I don’t know about being on a ship. I’d rather be alone in the desert in one of the warmest places in the Southwest. Speaking of gas masks…. I think if I had to go back to Wal-Mart, I’d want to wear a mask over my nose and mouth! That’s what the greeters should give people as they go in.

  20. Vicki says:

    Your posts are loading much quicker. Thanks for making the change.

  21. Patrick says:

    HI RV Sue, and Crew, been following your blog for over a year, went back to the very beginning when you were having trouble with the PTV, and trying to make your get-a-way..I found your blog by reading another travel blog..I remember an incident you had at an auto parts place and had an angry citizen tell you about a messy parking job you had done..haa Also remember you having some sort of “thing” removed from your nose…Hope you have had no further problems with that.. I’m retired after driving well over one million accident free miles across the U.S, and Canada..When I was driving full time, I had a nice tractor with a built in Fridge and power converter, so when I would stop after a long day, it was my idea of camping.. I was usually only gone for at the most 3 days at a time, so it wasn’t too bad at all..Remembering how you got advise about putting mens boots and stuff outside the door, to keep bad boot fearing men away from your moveable house..Safe travels and enjoy the Zane Grey book,s I have read most of them, and they are very descriptive…Thanks for letting me travel along while remaining in Houston Texas

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Patrick,

      You’re welcome! Okay, about that day . . .It wasn’t a messy parking job. It was really a very slick, precise backing move on my part. 🙂 The problem was the guy getting upset that I didn’t park HIS way, following HIS hand signals. He didn’t think I could maneuver out of there in one backing. Ha! I guess I showed him!

      The “thing” removed from my nose was skin cancer, only a small spot but, boy, am I glad it’s gone. We fair-skinned, blue-eyed redheads (even the ones who are now grayheads) need to be vigilant about skin cancer.

      That’s funny…”bad boot-fearing men.” Another one of my pet peeves…

      Yes, Zane Grey is very descriptive. I’m reading the classic Riders of the Purple Sage. It’s all the more real, now that I’ve been to southern Utah.

      Get well soon, Patrick!

  22. Joy A. & Lily, N. Cal. Sierras says:

    Yes, thank you. It loaded much faster. Glad you don’t have the flu. And be sure to stay away from places like Wally World if you didn’t get a flu shot. You’ve got to be careful until the end of February, at the least.

  23. Jeff says:

    I have been hitting the vitamin c really heavy for awhile hoping it works for me like it does for Billy Bob. And some orange juice to wash it down! Stay well Miss Sue!

  24. patricka51 says:

    I have not seen any problem with the time it take for your website to open. I just thought it was my internet. On my desk top it seems quicker this morning, so I will check on my lap top later today. Enjoy the cool weather according to the weather people one say’s it will rain tonight and into tomorrow and according to the other they say it’s going to warm up in the next couple of days. Go figure….all I know is my joints are stiff. All I know is at the present time 0805hrs the current temp at NAS Fallon NV it’s -2 F and I am very glad that I am in San Diego. Have a great day!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Patrick,

      I’ve noticed the forecasts for Yuma/southern Cal don’t seem to be very reliable. I’m glad, too, that we’re not experiencing what most of the country is going through right now. I still haven’t turned on my heater!

      You have a great day, too.

  25. Eileen P. says:

    The meteorologist here in Phoenix said this morning (Sunday) that Yuma was the only weather reporting station in Arizona that was not in the 20’s or below. At 30 degrees, you are the warmest in the state!

  26. Gary says:

    Thanks Sue. All’s well now except my bruised feelings that I received while trying to help you by stating an obviously unknown problem to you and many others it appears.

    I see that I wasn’t the only one with the problem and I suspect there were many others that haven’t commented about it.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Gary,

      Bruised feelings? Did I do that? If so, I’m sorry. I’ve pulled up all my responses to you, but I don’t see anything hurtful. But who knows . . . with the printed word, intent is sometimes lost!

      I’m actually grateful (that’s why I thanked you) that you took the time to bring up the slow-loading issue. Apparently others were experiencing the same problem, some for two weeks. If you hadn’t pointed it out to me, I wouldn’t have known there was a problem. So thanks again, Gary!

      • Gary says:

        No not you Sue, others that wanted you to show me the door and acted as if I was nit picking or outright lying because they didn’t have the problem.

      • Ed says:

        Gary appears to bruise easily.

        • Gary says:

          Not only that Ed, I find I’m leaving the toilet seat up more than not. My eyelashes have gotten shorter over time. My eyes fill right up if I see an advertisement for a chick flick. I’m afraid to watch a chick flick I actually bawled the other day when I heard Tammy sing ‘Stand by your man’! I’m fairly convinced I’m a victim of feminist anti male attitudes, or I’m suffering from low T.

  27. Bill and Ann says:

    Your site is loading faster for us also, here at Fortuna Ponds. We didn’t make it to Wickenburg. The flu? On no! Do we dare go shopping? No shots for me. Last time I got a flu shot I couldn’t move for a week.

  28. Allison says:

    Good morning from Tucson AZ where it was 21 degrees last night. Thanks for the tweak, Firefox memory usage has returned to normal when I load the blog. It’s now back to being fast.

  29. DeAnne from TN says:

    Hey Sue–glad all is well. Here in Tennessee we had 70 degree weather yesterday, today there are flood warnings and 40 degrees and a wee chance of snow tonight and tomorrow. I asked a question on yesterday’s blog; I hope you don’t mind if I as again. I know your read lots–are most of your books on Kindle or do you travel with hardbacks/paperbacks? Just curious as to storage.

    • Mick says:

      Still 66 in Spencer; guess the cold is rolling east.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Hi Mick! Nice to hear from you.

        A few minutes ago I was outside talking with an RVing neighbor and listening to compliments on my antenna and solar panel/tilt mechanism . . .

        Glad you’re having relatively mild weather.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi DeAnne…. That’s so funny. I was looking all over for the comment where someone asked about paperbacks and I couldn’t find it! I’m glad you asked again.

      Most of my books are on kindle. I do have a drawer in the BLT which is full of paperbacks right now, most of them given to me by another RVer when we camped at Borrego Springs. I have that one deep drawer designated for books. When it’s full I don’t pick up any more (from thrift stores… I never buy new books.) or I give away as many as I buy. If I didn’t restrict myself to that one drawer, I’d probably collect too many and be up to my armpits in books.

      People say they don’t want a kindle (or other ereader) because they like the feel of a book in their hands. Well, you can still have paper books! But with a kindle you get FREE books and you can store hundreds of books, so you never find yourself with nothing to read.

      • DeAnne from TN says:

        Thanks Sue. I had assumed that, but you know what they say about that word! I have been enjoying many books that are free on Kindle. And there are many Zane Gray if not all. Right now I am really enjoying a book about a businessman who goes to China. Not something I normally read, but pretty good. If interested, it’s called “The Dark Horse of Shanghai” if you are looking for a change of pace. I also love to shop at Dollar Tree (everything’s a dollar!) and buy books. But like you, I give them to Salvation Army when done.

  30. Michelle says:

    It’s going to be -5 tonight in SLC, UT. Going to be a cold one. Love your sunrise.i look out the windows and see the neighbors houses. Can’t wait for my time to full time it. Until then I very much enjoy your travels and pictures.

  31. Doris says:

    yep, that adjustment sure did help with the down load. Thanks,!

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