Third Delay

For the third time in as many weeks, we are once again delayed in going camping in the RV.  Tonight’s delay was due to yet another wind and dust storm ahead of an advancing cold front.  We knew there was a chance of it tonight, but we were still prepared to leave, just in case the weather forecasters missed it.  Unfortunately, they were right once again.  Have I mentioned how totally sick I am of dust right now?  It. Is. Everywhere!  Ugh.  So far this year, we’ve had a whopping .17″ of rain.  Yes, the drought continues.  😦

We attempted to go camping the previous two weekends, but different issues kept us from going.  This consecutive three-month period is the longest period of time that we have not been camping in the RV, and I am having some serious camping withdrawals. Hopefully, the wind will subside by morning and we will be able to hit the road for a couple of nights once again, since the hubby already has tomorrow off from work.

One of the reasons for making a quick weekend trip right now is to take Little Red camping for the first time, along with Girly Girl, who is now a camping pro.  It should prove to be pretty interesting to actually have two younger dogs along on our trips now, instead of a younger dog and an older dog, but we are looking forward to it, for sure.  Something tells me that there will be few dull moments in the RV now, too.  Little Red is full of himself these days, but gosh, is he ever cute!  He now weighs almost 40 pounds, so he really doesn’t look much like a puppy, even thought he totally acts like one.

Since hubby and I had nothing to do this evening after dinner because we were planning to already be on the road, we ended up visiting a few stores instead.  I bought a small bird feeder for our new tree in the backyard because I really liked it, and since there is usually a breeze here, the little swing will often be a swingin’ in the wind, hopefully with some pretty birds along for the ride.

Swing Bird Feeder

Our backyard birds literally have it “made in the shade” now, since they now have two feeders and a nice bird bath out there.

I’ve taken so many fun pictures of the backyard birds over the years, and I’ve won two different awards at the fair for pictures I have taken of them at different times.  One picture was taken in the winter after a snow storm (Post: My First Blue Ribbons), and another picture was taken in the springtime (Photo: Tiny Bird Winner).  I posted about winning those awards a few years ago, as it was a lot of fun for me at the time.

"Snow Dove"
“Snow Dove” – 1st Place Winner – B&W Category 2010
2nd place ribbon in 2009, "Cute" category (color)
“Tiny Bird” – 2nd Place Winner – “Cute” Category (Color) 2009

Hopefully we will be away from phones and internet (and dust) in about twelve hours after a good night’s rest. I’m ready.

D
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Author: DK

Blogger at My Five Fs (Faith - Family - Food - Fotos - Fun) and Animal Wonder. Empty-nester that now shares life with my hubby and our two standard poodles. Enjoys camping in our RV, taking and editing photos, trying new low-carb recipes, baking pretty decorated cookies for special occasions, walking daily, spending time with family and friends when we can, playing with the dogs, and is grateful to God for every single day of this blessed life and for the opportunity to share and connect with some great people here.

4 thoughts on “Third Delay”

  1. I sure hope you get to go camping as it’s something that gives you such joy. That bird feeder is so very, very cute! I love it! And your bird photos are wonderful. You must be way more patient than I am to be still enough to get such good shots of those creatures. I always scare them away!

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  2. I have often wondered about RV’ing with pets. Some of our volunteers have multiple pets — but obviously they aren’t moving around much — a couple of these folks have been here several years. I have seen RV’ers travel with a pair of African Gray Parrots, and another short little chappy who travels with a pair of Giant Schnauzers. Right here on the Forest we have a Yorkie and a big Spaniel living in a toy hauler, and another couple with THREE nondescript dogs that aren’t very well disciplined at all. Or the solo traveler with a big white poodle who insists on jumping up on anyone he meets.

    We have not been pet people very often. Our last, an English Bulldog, was just so lovable, but he also nearly bowled Peggy over — 50 lbs of muscle so close to the ground are an incredibly powerful bulldozer!

    Go, have fun, and tell us all the misadventures. 🙂

    P

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    1. We have each had a pet of some kind for most of our lives and will likely have one as long as we can reasonably do so, too. Dogs seem to be a better fit for us, especially since our son was very allergic to cats. We used to have some family members that were able to pet sit for us when we went out of town, especially my mother-in-law who didn’t want a pet in her elder years to care for but always adored keeping ours. She passed away ten years ago. We tried pet sitters for awhile, which worked just fine until they got too busy with regular customers who work and need a pet sitter to come by during the day. I also really didn’t like leaving them overnight by themselves either. So, we are now down to boarding them or taking them with us, and we’ve found that we have enjoyed so much bringing them along for our camping trips.

      I’ve often wondered how we would all get along if we full-timed for a few years. With two big dogs, we would need a little more space and frequently visit parks with dog runs where they could have some time off leash. But, they love going camping and always seem to get lots of exercise on leash with us, too. We love to walk and always try to take them along if we can. We also put up dog runs for each one in our own campsite by simply tying a line between trees and attaching their leash to the rope, so that they can roam just a bit when we are sitting outside, cooking outside, loading and unloading, etc. We work very hard to train our dogs to behave as much as possible, including formal dog training classes, and I think that is one reason we have success in taking them camping. Little Red did great, and he has not even started puppy school yet. He just did what the big dog did, and he did fine. 🙂

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