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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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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Campground Scare

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Well, after blogging about the joy the kids were experiencing here at the campground, it all ended with a bad accident. I was at my laptop working on my next novel when I saw a fire truck go by my site. I saw more fire trucks, followed by EMS units and then police cars. As it turned out, there was an accident with one of the hayrides and several children were injured and taken to the hospital.

I received a call from one of my friends, a local news anchor, and before I knew it, I was being interviewed for tonight’s broadcast. Thank goodness he’s a true friend and filmed me only from the left side so that none would be the wiser about the paralysis on my right side.

This evening, I pray that all those who were injured will heal quickly both physically and emotionally.

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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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Bell’s Palsy – Week 2

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Today marks the beginning of my third week with Bell’s Palsy. During the second week, I ended up back in the hospital after a bad reaction to one of the meds. I had terrible chills and night sweats, and I was in terrible pain all over.

When I arrived in the ER, my temp was 104, I was terribly dehydrated and had multiple infections. Besides this, I was horribly confused, probably due to the fever. I must have been rambling, because the doctor came in after I was a bit more stable and told me he looked me up on the Internet. He was pleased when he found my website, checked the parking lot for my RV, and was satisfied that I was who I said I was!

At this point, I’m feeling much better, but that second week also brought a great deal of facial pain, nausea, neck pain and overall exhaustion. I’m hoping that as I enter this third week, I’ll start seeing more improvement. Fingers crossed!

Small Town Charm

On the final stretch of my drive home, I stumbled upon a wonderful little town in Ohio. Chillicoth seems to be one of those hidden US jewels that time has forgotten, yet just five minutes up the road, all of our modern niceties are found. It just doesn’t get much better than this!

Chillicoth was both the first and third capital of Ohio, and the pride of holding that honor is apparent. From the painted barns to the little white churches, this is a place to unwind, relax and just let go. I will definitely revisit very soon. It’s in the midst of these tiny towns that so many treasures are found.

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The Journey Home II

I continued my northbound travels through The Virginias and Kentucky… There were simply too many beautiful scenes to capture them all. Here are some I thought you’d enjoy… (regarding the guy in the camo overalls, I just couldn’t resist — I’ve just never seen anyone in public that way!)

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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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