RV Kitchen Progress

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Those that have followed my journey to RV life know that before I purchased my first motorhome, I really wanted a convection oven. When I decided on the Rialta, I compromised by purchasing the Omnia stovetop oven. When I bought my latest Gypsy Rider, I was ecstatic because it has the convection oven that I wanted so badly. Well, when it came to using it, I was just as afraid to light the pilot as I was when I needed to light it on the Rialta stove! Today, I made progress. 🙂

I will admit, it wasn’t because I became so brave that I used the oven today. Admittedly, it was because my desire for chocolate cake outweighed my trepidation. Chocolate will always win in my world, regardless of the obstacle attempting to block our undying love for one another!

And so it goes, I lit the pilot, baked the cake, and I now sit in a state of complete contentment. I’m enjoying a hot cup of cinnamon tea and a huge hunk of warm cake, and I’m looking at the lovely trees outside my window. Ahhh, how I love the simple life!

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Angels All Around!

I just have to publicly thank God for the, “angels” He sent my way today. Just before I escaped to warmer climates, I broke the tip out emergency window on my RV. With no other remedy at the time, I stopped by Home Depot and purchased a piece of plexiglass. Unfortunately, they don’t offer cutting services (only for lumber,) and only had a few pieces that were close to the size of my window, so I resorted to some good ‘ole duct tape. Yep, it was just as tacky as you’re imagining!

Fast forward to today. I found an Ace Hardware here in KY that could cut plexiglass, but did not sell sheets. I called Lowe’s in Florence, and they sold and cut plexiglass — needless to say, I was on my way! I got there and met Jen. She’s the most warmhearted woman, knows her way around a toolbox and as I would soon find out, is handy under the hood of vehicles, as well. Can you say, “GIRL POWER?!?”

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She took a good chunk of time out of her day to measure my window, cut the glass, round and sand the edges (a service they don’t even offer,) and install it for me. She said she just wanted to help me because of the work I do with our Veterans. Amazing!

After she finished, we walked around my rig and noticed antifreeze leaking from beneath. She told me to pop the hood, and as she was inspecting, a gentleman, William, walked up and asked if he could help. They both determined there was a small leak in the radiator. Jen and I went inside to look for a product to stop the leak, but discovered that Lowe’s no longer carried it. We returned to my RV, and not only was William still under the hood, but another gentleman, Malachi, was working, as well!

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They found the leak and decided that because it was so small, the stop leak product would definitely work. By this time, however, Malachi had already called the local Auto Zone and had gotten the pricing and ordering information for a new radiator, and gave me the number to the mechanic he uses right near the campground where I’m staying.

In the meantime, William had jumped in his car and in a few moments, returned with a bottle of the product I needed to halt the leak. To top it off, he refused payment for the product or his help. I drove away with a working radiator, a new window, thanksgiving in my heart and a love for Kentucky!

Today was a good day 🙂

Let me finish by giving Malachi and William a plug: Anyone needing handyman services in the Northern Kentucky area, please contact Malachi…

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(859) 760-0957

If you need construction and remodeling, please call William Iles of Iles Brothers Construction and Remodeling Company at (859) 446-6593

…and of course, if you need anything offered by Lowe’s, stop in and see Jen! She is quite a lady 🙂

Drastic Change of Scenery

It’s very hard to believe that only a few days ago, I was battling the snow and ice. After traveling a mere four hours down I-75, this is the view outside of my window today:

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Yesterday, it was 65 degrees and rainy; today, it’s a sunny 56 and very comfortable. I left temperatures in the low teens which brought frozen tanks on my RV, and achy bones on me.

Today, I’m relaxed, sipping a cup of honey chamomile tea and watching the film, Prisoners on pay-per-view. When the movie ends, however, it’s back to the keyboard to continue work on my next novel. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that these temps will last.

Mother Nature Won…

ImageIn my last post, I spoke of the battles I was having fighting the winter weather in Michigan. The funny thing is that it’s not even officially winter yet! To make matters worse, I broke my emergency exit window the day before another snowfall…yep, Murphy’s Law was really rubbing in it’s presence. I knew that if conditions were already taxing, they would only get worse as, “real” winter weather progressed.  As such, I waived the white flag of surrender and retreated to Kentucky, where the temperature is a mild 55 degrees.  I will be here for at least the next month and we’ll see what happens then.  Gotta love the versatility of rolling home ownership! 

Winter RV Woes

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I’m now convinced that I have a bit of a sadomasochistic streak. This past week has presented my first set of real winter RVing challenges. Although I’m still scrambling for solutions, I’m actually excited by the challenges presented. Who thinks this way, but a glutton for punishment?

First, I discovered a roof leak. Nothing major — a trip to Home Depot for silicone and roof repair tape and a call to my ex-husband promptly took care of that!

Next, extremely low temperatures caused the water lines to freeze. I took a leisurely hour and a half drive, and voila — running water! I now just allow the faucet to slowly drip, and I’ve had no more issues.

The major issue for me now is a frozen valve and the need to empty my tanks. I’ve used RV antifreeze in the tanks, so the contents aren’t frozen, but when I pull the valves…nothing. This is a problem that needs to be promptly obliterated. Today, I’m snowed in, but as soon as things clear, I’ll make my way to Target for a hair dryer. I’m hoping that heating the valves will do the trick.

For now, I’ll stay inside, continue writing, sipping my fresh brewed caramel cinnamon coffee and watching the beauty of the first snowfall of the season.

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Sunset Inspiration

Last evening, after writing for quite some time, I decided to take a break. I was a bit frustrated because I had hit a stumbling block smack dab in the middle of the chapter. I looked out my RV window and the view took my breath away.

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The photo doesn’t capture how beautiful it was, but after seeing the gorgeous sunset, I got my mojo back! I wondered how many people in how many cities or even states were witnessing this. I could only imagine…

That was it! I needed to IMAGINE. I have been so structured in my writing, putting time limits on myself, making it a duty, that I forgot to imagine. At that point, I thought of how far away that sunset reached and let my mind take me just as far. I was immediately inspired and writing became relaxing and enjoyable once again. I also remembered that inspiration can come from the most unexpected sources. Thank you, Lord, for the sunset :).

Bell’s Update – Week 3

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Last week marked my third full week with Bell’s Palsy. With it came a great deal of pain, swelling, nausea and tearing from my right eye which still won’t close. The facial paralysis has not subsided, but I believe the pain is a sign of healing. The headaches that I experienced the in the week prior to my diagnosis returned, but only lasted a few days. This brought a level of comfort, but I have to mention that I have had headaches everyday since an auto accident four years ago, so there was no complete relief. My little Lola is able to detect the more serious headaches before their onset, but she couldn’t detect those that were due to Bell’s.

Last Sunday, the campground where I had been staying closed for the season. Knowing that I should keep still and continue healing (and working on my book,) as well as winter quickly creeping upon us, I moved to a year round campground. I must say, it is beautiful! You can get a glimpse in the pics below. I’ve settled in, continued my writing and I’m getting a good amount of rest. I’m sure that this will soon be behind me and I’ll be back to my old self before I know it!

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