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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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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Resting in My Gypsy Rider

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There are so many things I love about RV full-timing. At the top of my list, however, is having my home, my Gypsy Rider with me everywhere. I was released from the hospital and took my sweet time leaving the lot only after I had a good, long nap!

Using wisdom and deciding to stay put for awhile, I made reservations at a local campground. On the first day, there were only three or four rigs at the camp. Today, there are children everywhere and I love it! They are all excited about the activities planned for this evening — apple bobbing, hayrides, pumpkin carving and scavenger hunts. There is nothing in the world that can compare to seeing the joy children take in the simple things of life!

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The Journey Home Begins

Released from the hospital with meds in tow, I began the journey back to the Midwest. I must say, the US is a beautiful country; you just have to make sure you take your time to see all that it has to offer. Here are a few pics from my drive between South Carolina, where I was able to visit Ft. Jackson (I hadn’t been there since I was 11 when my brother began his service in the US Army) and Virginia.

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Indiana — The Journey Begins

Alas, I’ve started my journey! Before my first book signing in the south, I will spend the next few days in IN recording my latest novel on CD. I had several requests while at my MN signing, and of course, I always aim to please! It was a great honor to even be asked.

I spent my first night at a Flying J in New Haven — can you say, RVers dream?!?” Filled up the necessary tanks, emptied the others, watched a bit of telly, and had a very peaceful sleep. I was very tempted to get a bite at Huddle House, but I stayed on the healthy side and cooked instead.

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After riding a couple of hours, I saw a wonderful spot to have lunch…

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…and finally, this was the highlight of my day as I traveled through Anderson — a GIANT Nestlé bunny! It’s great that we can hold on to a little piece of the child that still lives inside of us!

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I felt so comfortable at Flying J last night that I found another that will be my domicile this evening. Goodnight, all!