Thursday, January 19, 2017

Leaky #RV Life and the Who

Over the last two weeks, life has been rainy, sunny, exciting, fun, and ill.

My latest book reviews are posting, and I’m very pleased and excited over that. The Power of Love and Murder is suspenseful and a fun read. If you haven't read it yet, you can go to and get a free copy for a review.

Sadi selfie
Sadi Belle, our precious granddaughter, spent a couple of nights with us at the RV Ranch and luckily it was sunny and of course fun. She is such a clever three-and-a-half-year-old. She knows how to operate my camera. The self-portrait was another way to do a selfie. She set the camera on a table, pushed the button, and then backed up and posed. With the digital delay it worked! 

One day, we headed over the Mogollon Rim to the touristy town of Show Low to deliver my books to a store that wants to sell them. Nice, huh? But we had to turn around part way there. Forest Lake was a blizzard and the truck does not handle well in snow. Bummer. 

Breakfast and good friends in Laughlin
Right now, I’m sitting in a hotel room in Laughlin, Nevada looking out on a gray, rainy sky. FDW, the madman, is fishing on Lake Mohave. This has been a great trip in spite of the rain and unusually cold weather for this Colorado River city. Besides having three free nights at the Colorado Belle, we were able to meet up with some friends we haven’t seen in years. They’re attending a trade show in Las Vegas and spent one night here. Such great people. It feels so good to connect with old friends. And the female half of this couple is a new friend. So, met a new friend too. I say met because although we’d not seen each other face to face, through email I felt like her friend already.

The Ranch has an owl who hangs out in the tree above our RV. He loves waking up FDW. Birds and trains do not bother my sleep. Ticking clocks and high pitched mechanical noises do. He started his call early one night. Luckily FDW took a camera and not a gun
in flight
to capture our resident owl.

I don’t usually make New Years’ Resolutions, but this year is the exception. After my back going out three times, two bouts with a virus, and a long bout with a chest-cough-thing over the last two months, it’s time to get back in shape. I blame this ill health on my inactivity. I know for sure my back problems are. I’ve had a painful back for over twenty years and learned long ago how to control it with daily exercise. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve done my squat routine. There’s always some reason to skip it. No more! I awoke with my second virus this morning. As soon as I’m well, I’m starting a vigorous routine to get back in shape.

It seems to me that restaurants are serving larger portions than ever before. It used to embarrass me to tell the waitress two of us would be sharing a meal. I would take my leftovers home and 90% of the time end up throwing them away. This is my money saving tip of the week. Forget the embarrassment and share a meal. 

P.S. Our heater in the RV is broken, the bedroom slide out is leaking, the island sink in the kitchen leaked and split the trim wood, and we had a hot water heater leak. We did get the TV replaced and the refrigerator fixed. Yes, it’s all warranty, but still a pain. If you’re thinking about buying an RV, I will be more than happy to give advice on what to look for. Drop me an email!


  1. Brenda - I wish I lived closer. I work out every day and would
    help you become excited about it. All my best to great health
    and every day just MOVE...MOVE...MOVE!!!

  2. Brenda, Call your Mama. Hug her for me. I lost my Daddy Jan. 5 as I was on my way back to his house. He went to sleep and didn't wake up. I wanted him back and I am so sad, but we had a beautiful Celebration of his Life here. We drank, sang, danced and spread his ashes in the yard. His poker buddies, his bridge buddies, friends in low places, friends in other places and family attended. My grandson said it was the most fun day of his life. Daddy was happy, I'm sure of that. Love your blog! Love you!! Tammy

  3. Yes, this rain is really something, Brenda. We have pools of standing water in two parts of our back yard. Ready for the Koi fish! I'm supposed to march in the Women's March tomorrow...hoping we'll get some dry weather for the day. I'm still coughing two weeks after I caught the chest cold it sounds like you've got. Hope you get healthy soon!

    1. You're a trooper, Rolynn. I hope we get a full account of the march. You go!

  4. I always enjoy your posts, Brenda. A slice of life, but someone else's. Life is intriguing and your granddaughter delightful. Cheers!

  5. Envying you, Brenda. I have long tried to convince my husband to rent an RV and take a trip through the Southwest. He is opposed to the idea.

    1. That would be so much fun, Caroline, without the total commitment of owning one. You need to find a way to convince him!