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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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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