Please Forgive me!

I know us writers are supposed to be able to do everything fast and accurate, but once in a while we need to re-group. I try to post every day, but life interferes. This week-end we spent cleaning Miranda, and getting a new book ready to publish. Miranda has been in storage and needs a facelift.

You have heard me talk about, Miranda, our Motorhome and our travels. We loved our time on the road and are yearning to do it again. We will be working a little, to keep Miranda in the style to which she has become accustomed. Before we hit the road we calculate the cost of gas, Resort rent, and food. The last time we were on the road it was $.50 a mile. Miranda gets about 7 to 9 miles per gallon. It also takes about a gallon of gas per hour to run the generator.

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We have a two sided sheet in plastic that we check off items before we “hit the road,” the last thing is checking the tail, and brake lights. When we use Dolly-Part-On for our car, every time we stop for a rest or to change drivers, we check the hook-up just to make sure. Sir Fit the White Knight can’t really come off Dolly-Part-0n, but we check anyway. You may not believe this, but we can from start to finish, be ready to hit the road in 1/2 to 1 hour! We accepted a workamping job one summer, and when our nerves became so inflamed they were about ready to burst, it took less than the 1/2 hour to pack and leave.

The most important thing we do is take Miranda to see her Doctor for a check up. We have a favorite place called Precision Tire and Auto but they work on RVs too. They do an 18 point check and give us a written report. They do not try to get us to do un-needed repairs.

We drive 55 to 60 mph, we do not drive until we are exhausted, and we switch drivers ever hour to one and a half hour. This is supposed to be fun, so why would we drive 10 or 12 hours at break-neck speed, and not see anything on the way and fall into bed the minute we arrive? If we sound dull, think about this; we have never had an accident and never had a ticket! We get to our resort in time for a swim, have a relaxing dinner, and meet new friends.

If you see us, on the road, wave and smile. Happy traveling!

Published by Time Traveler of Life

Biography Creating worlds, characters, and wielding power like a madwoman, making my characters happy, sad, angry, and some of them with no redeeming qualities. I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I sometimes laugh out loud when I am writing a scene, and I have been known to cry when one of my favorites has to die. I am a left-handed Gemini, what do you expect? Reading bedtime stories to my two children until they fell asleep or until they just told me to go away, was fun. Making up wild stories for my grandchild, and creating Halloween costumes from Cowboys to a Dragon, was another favorite thing to do. I missed that so much when they were grown, that I started writing. My yearly newsletters frequently were drafted third-person by my Love Birds, Miranda our motorhome, and by Sir Fit the White Knight, our faithful Honda. Throughout the years, some of my creative talents centered around writing letters of complaint expressing my displeasure with services or products. One crucial, at least to my Son, was a note to our local school bus driver petitioning her to allow him back on the bus. He was kicked off for making an obscene gesture at his buddy. I reminded her that it was not directed at her, and that “obscenity can be in the eye of the beholder,” kids use that gesture as a greeting. He rode the bus until he graduated. I loved driving my English teacher crazy. Leaving a “continued next week” at the end of my five handwritten pages required each week. He was one of many people that suggested I “do something about my writing.” I graduated from the School of Hard Knocks at the top of my class. After 30 years, in the trenches as a Real Estate Professional, I have found that truth is stranger than fiction. My books are filled with characters I met in that profession. Their names were changed to protect the guilty. Others were from people we met traveling around the country in Miranda, our Motorhome. I am married nearly 60 years to the love of my life, Shirl, and partner-produced two exceptionally talented children, and one grandchild who is our pride and joy.

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