Another Chapter Ends

I’ve been away from the blog for a few days because I had to do some unexpected travel. As you know, I live, work and travel in my RV. Last Wednesday, I decided that although I love my, “Gypsy Rider,” I need a little more space in my rolling home. I placed it for sale on Craigslist just to see if anyone may be interested in buying it. The first day, I received two emails. The first potential buyer came out on Thursday to see it, and told me he’d call back the next day with his decision. The second asked where he and his wife could meet me the next day to buy it. Whoa!

Not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, I agreed to meet at a nearby bank to handle the transaction. That meant, I had to clear out my Rialta and find a new one to purchase in less than 24 hours. I started my search online and made a few phone calls. I ended up having to leave messages and spoke with no one personally. At this point, my nerves took over and I wondered if I had moved too hastily.

The next day, I handed over the keys to Gypsy Rider’s new owner, Joe, rented a car and checked into a hotel to continue the search for my new abode (since I hadn’t received a return call from any of the messages I’d previously left.)

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After midnight, I found one that was in my price range, but still had all of the features I needed. I called Friday morning, and before I knew it, I was on my way to Camping World in Akron, OH. There was some work that needed to be done on it, so they put me up in the Fairfield Inn right next door to their location. Saturday, I returned my rental car at the Akron Airport, picked up my 29′ Minnie Winnie (I must find a new name for this one,) and began my return trip.

It has taken me two days to organize everything in my new space, but now, it feels like home!

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Books and Bell’s

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My last book signing of this tour was bittersweet, to say the least. I arrived in Jacksonville on a beautiful, sunny day and checked in at the Pecan Park RV Resort (the most comfortable park where I’ve resided in any state, by the way.)

Before the event, I had the opportunity to visit a few downtown attractions and then made my way to the signing.
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After a satisfying number of sales, out of nowhere, my right eye began to feel swollen. I glanced in the mirror to my left, and everything appeared normal.

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A few more sales, a few more photos and signings, and then my face went numb. I could no longer smile, my speech became slurred, and I was dizzy and nauseous (that’s supposed to be a smile in the pic below…)
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When all was said and done, I left the event early and ended my night at Baptist Health Hospital. The staff, including Chaplain Genesis S. (pictured below with his wife and baby,) took care of me and my little Lola, and the view from my room couldn’t have been more beautiful.
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Thank God, there was no sign of stroke although my blood pressure was 203/105 when I arrived in the emergency room.

The diagnosis…Bell’s Palsy. The blessing…I was struck only upon completion of this book tour! Alas, I’m heading home for awhile, working on my next novel, setting a few acupuncture appointments and hitting the road to recovery!

Officially Out of the Fast Lane

Officially Out of the Fast Lane

As I was meandering down the highway to my next, “campsite,” I realized a couple of things. First, cars were flying past me in the middle and fast lanes – – I kept a steady pace in the right slow … Continue reading

My View From, “There”

My View From, “There”

This morning I awoke to the beauty displayed in the photograph. I made breakfast and had coffee all the while praising God for all that He has provided. It’s breathtaking when you can see and feel Him in the water, … Continue reading

Rialta Excitement and Woes…

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Okay…so it’s been eight days since I made the big purchase.  I have been busy transferring items into the RV, decorating to make it more like home, and trying my best to understand the inner workings of the rig.  Besides making myself look like the Three Stooges wrapped up in one little package while attempting to locate and fill the fresh water tank, I’m doing pretty well for a newbie.

I have run into a snag with the refrigerator, so I think I’m going to have to pull it out and do a thorough cleaning and maybe change the thermocouple.  Please don’t let my use of an actual technical term fool you; I haven’t a CLUE about this can of worms I’m about to open!  I’ve just been reading a great deal, and I’m under the assumption that this may be the reason I’m not able to keep the pilot lit to run it on propane.

At this point, I have running water, I’ve had an Alpine sound system and new speakers installed, I will have In Motion satellite with Direct TV installed tomorrow, as well as a new microwave.  I don’t have an operable refrigerator and I’m still scared to light the pilot on the stove (LOL! – – I think…)  I have put bedding on one mattress and situated the other side as a couch.  I put up draping to separate my living space from the cab area and placed a couple of throw rugs down to warm things up a bit.  Photos coming soon.

As the pic above clearly states – – I need help.  I have a former LeSharo owner and overall wonderful gentleman giving me great advice via email, but any tips, ideas, etc. by RVers who are a lot less, “green” than myself would be greatly appreciated.

An RV Dream Come True!

An RV Dream Come True!

After over a year of scaling down, moving out, deciding and second guessing, I finally have my RV. Initially, I wanted a small 19′ Class C rig. Over time, I thought bigger may be better since I would be fulltiming. … Continue reading

RV Purchase and Last Minute Jitters

RV Purchase and Last Minute Jitters

Okay, we’re down to the wire now! After seeing 100’s of RVs over the last year and a half, I have decided on the rig I’m purchasing. I’ve gotten the insurance set up and I’ll be traveling to Wisconsin to … Continue reading