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 🙂

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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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 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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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!

Weekend Pics

Here a pics of the places I called home last weekend in New Baltimore, Belleville and White Lake, MI.  Please take note of Jacob’s Boots and Saddles – – gotta LOVE small town life 🙂 This will be my last taste of the north for a while as I will be heading to the southern states in just a couple of days! Like the old saying goes, “I’m always at home wherever I roam!”

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Extra Storage and Kicking Back

One thing I believe all RVers will agree on is that we’re always looking for ways to make the most efficient use of our space.  We may want to add items to our rigs, but we don’t want them to utilize any additional room.  Well, I wanted a small ottoman to put in front of my swivel lounge, but I needed it to be functional, also.  As well, I didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg, and of course, I needed it to match my decor.  I searched on Ebay and Etsy, and found several that I liked, but again, I didn’t want to spend a great amount of money.  The cost of the ottomans along with the shipping costs didn’t work for me (It’s amazing, once you start saving money, you want to spend less and less.)

I stopped at Walmart and found a very inexpensive storage ottoman ($16.88.)  I then went across the parking lot to JoAnn Fabric and purchased a remnant piece for $3.30 to cover the top to match my decor.  Now, not only do I have the perfect footstool when lounging in my chair, I have additional storage and because it fits perfectly between my twin beds, there’s no need to find a special place for it when it isn’t in use.  Good stuff, indeed!

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New Faucet Redeux

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It’s been nearly two months since I spent my first night in the RV.  Although I have running water, I haven’t used it for cooking or drinking because I just didn’t trust the water supply from campgrounds and truck stops.  Probably worrying over nothing, but whatever.  Instead, I’ve used bottled and distilled water by the gallon.  Needless to say, although inexpensive when compared to overall grocery tabs, the expense can add up if I continue this practice over the course of time.  To alleviate this monthly budget line item, I purchased a Brita Filter.  Excited to install it and discontinue purchasing the bottled water (which also utilizes space that can be used for other items,) I ripped the box open, attempted to twist it on my fairly new faucet, and quickly found that I have the strangest sized aerator ever created.

I made multiple trips to Home Depot and Lowe’s to find the correct aerator adapter, and stumped all of the sales associates when nothing they carried would fit.  I even contacted Brita and they sent me a number of adapters with full confidence that one would work.  Nope – – not even one was the right size.  Refusing to be frustrated any further, I purchased a Delta Bar Faucet, even less expensive than the first one.  To my pleasurable surprise, this one is not only taller than the first, but it also swivels – – good stuff!  As well, the Brita connected flawlessly without the need for an adapter.  I tasted my first glass of clear, crisp faucet water in my old Gypsy Rider and said goodbye to hauling 24 packs of bottled water and gallons of distilled water.  I’m getting this mobile life down to a science!