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Gram and me, working on a quilt

Wow – I knew this was going to be a time of transition, but it’s been a bit more overwhelming than I suspected. First, let me apologize for being missing in action last week. I was crossing a bridge I thought would be several years down the road and I wasn’t prepared for quite yet – my Grandma passed away. She was my hero, my first experience of unconditional love, and her departure – just before our departure – left me in a bit of shock. I traveled back to Wisconsin for her services and to spend some healing time with my family. My full attention was the last gift I could give her, so thanks for hanging in there while I was away.

I got home on Tuesday, and from there life has been a whirlwind! We did a bit of last minute packing and got ready for the settlement on the house on Wednesday morning. In a poetic twist of fate, all the delays resulted in the closing taking place on the 11th anniversary of the day Rod and I met. January 19th will now mark the beginning of two chapters in our life together.

Let the pet friendly travels begin!! We left Pennsylvania on Thursday afternoon – escaping temperatures that dropped into the single digits – and made our first stop in Richmond, VA. Freezing temps and water in the RV’s holding tanks do not mix, so we were excited mild temps in the forecast indicating we could fill up with water. Little did we know …

Shortly after filling the water tank we discovered a puddle on the kitchen floor and an investigation showed that one of our water lines was leaking. Last spring we learned that putting off any repairs – no matter how insignificant they seem at the time – is a bad idea. (A safety switch on our furnace was bad and wouldn’t allow the heat to run. It didn’t seem like that big of a deal when the temps at night were holding in the 60s, so we put off having it repaired. Later that week we hit a cold snap and woke up to a chilly 42 degrees inside the Winnebago!) So, on Friday, after a nice breakfast with Mary of Richmond Pet Lovers and Laura of SaveThisPup, we spent the better part of the day at an RV dealer while they worked on the water line.

We got into Myrtle Beach, SC pretty late on Friday night and decided to stay at a dog friendly hotel. The La Quinta on King’s Highway was a great choice! Affordable, clean, and for an additional $5 we upgraded to a suite with lots of room to spread out. On Saturday morning I was getting the boys their breakfast and discovered that the water leak was fine, as long as the slide-out was in. Once the slide-out was extended, the water was running on the floor like I’d turned on a faucet!

Getting service over the weekend is a nearly impossible, so Monday morning found us in sunny Jacksonville, Florida at another RV dealer. One of the challenges of traveling in a motor home is that when there’s a problem with your vehicle, it affects your car and your house. Fortunately, we had a nice sunny spot to hang out with the dogs and wait for the work to be completed. By 1pm the brilliant technician had the leak fixed! We haven’t had a single drop of water where it shouldn’t be.

Waiting for Service

It appears that traveling is like riding a bike for the dogs. They’ve fallen right back into the routine and couldn’t be happier that we’re in climates where it’s more comfortable to be outside. We’re spending a couple of nights just outside St. Augustine, catching our breath from the dash south. From here we’ll be heading down the east coast of Florida – all the way to the Keys. I’ll keep you posted as we go along. :-)

  • Pamela says:

    I’m sorry I’m so late in my condolences. I’ve been off my reader for a few days. But I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your grandmother. It sounds like she was a very special person in your life. I know you’ll carry many memories of her with you.

    Blessing to you.

  • Kdowgin says:

    We talked today at Camelot. I just wanted to mention to you that a restaurant in Melbourne called Mustards Last Stand allow pets on the outside porch. Good luck with gopetfriendly. Check out “A Walk Thru Salem” on google and my web page “PropertyTaxDoctor.com”. Have fun.
    Jerry Dowgin

  • BrownDog says:

    Hi Y’all,
    My Humans like to go into Myrtle Beach to go to shows. I was so excited ’cause I thought maybe you’d found a place so I could go next time…oops! They have a 60lb weight limit. Don’t these places know that they’re losing customers? Don’t they know that we big guys are far less yappy and better behaved and less snippy than little guys? Don’t they know?

    Y’all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

    • I completely agree with you, Hawk! I wish these hotels would reconsider their weight restrictions – they are losing business and it seems to me what they really want is well-behaved dogs, no matter how big they are. Have you signed our petition to get hotels to drop their weight limits? We’d really appreciate your support. You can find the petition here: http://bit.ly/dBwDTE Thanks!!

  • Mary Haight says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your grandma! I’ve been off from commenting and writing light for the most part for the last ten days or so, and missed this sad news. My maternal grandma was one of my earliest memories of a loving connection too – she was there when I was awake and mom was working (at a bank as a bookkeeper, fyi:) Wonderful memories. Time moves so quickly when you look back. Happy worry-free travels – I look forward to your posts.

    • Thank you, Mary. I’ve heard from so many people about the wonderful relationship they had with their Grandmas. I think that relationship must be unlike any other. We were both lucky to have experienced it.

  • Anonymous says:

    Lots of passages, Amy. Sorry for your loss, glad you had the joy of such a rich relationship — and another one to support you now.

    I love both pictures on this post — so sweet that you take out the beds and mats to make the pups comfy on the sidewalk.

    And so the journey begins again… welcome back.

  • Maggie says:

    Amy, I’m so sorry to hear about your grandmother. I love that picture of the two of you. I’m glad you guys are loving your next adventure – with a leak-free RV, of course!

  • Roxanne Hawn says:

    I’m so sorry for your grief about your gram and your logistical grief with the water. I’m glad your new adventure is underway. Enjoy.

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