The Ghost and the Christmas Spirit is off with the editor—and I expect it back in a couple days. It goes live November 21, 2019—one day before my birthday.
While I typically encourage readers to start the series with The Ghost of Marlow House (Book 1 in the series, available FREE in eBook format) and then move through the series in number order—with this last book I encourage all readers looking for a feel-good Christmas story to read The Ghost and the Christmas Spirit.
I suspect readers of the series will enjoy it more than those who haven’t yet read any Haunting Danielle books. But that is only because readers already have a relationship (so to speak) with the characters.
I did add a little more backstory than I normally do, just to help out those new readers—but I tried not to overdo it, so as not to annoy those already familiar with the series.
We left Havasu on the second of September, heading first to Morro Bay, where we left Mom with my sister and met up with friends, Dave and Carolyn Walsh. After three nights at Morro Dunes, we went on to Bodega Bay for four nights, and from there to Eureka for three nights.
At Eureka we visited with cousins and Don’s Uncle John. We parted ways with Dave and Carolyn, who headed to the Tahoe area, while we continued up to Oregon. There we spent four nights at Seal Rock Cove, and visited with our son and daughter-in-law.
On the return trip we stopped one night in Medford, and two nights about thirty minutes from Sonora, so we could visit with more cousins. Then it was back to Morro Bay for three nights, before heading home. There we visited with my sister and cousin Rod, and his grandson.
While I rarely pulled my laptop out on this 20 day road trip—or worked—I did make a number of lists. Lists on what I needed to buy and do for our next trip.
There is much I love about our motorhome when compared to our 5th wheel. While I miss the 5th wheel’s larger kitchen, I love our motorhome’s large refrigerator and freezer. I would definitely rethink what to bring—food wise—on our next trip. Linda’s beef jerky was a hit—as was the packet of instant mashed potatoes (just add 2 cups of boiling water). But future meals will be more along the way of foil packet meals, and less on food prep that requires large pots and pans.
Another thing I love about the motorhome is the pullout table outside, and the electrical outlets next to it. It was the perfect place to set up a coffee maker and our portable ice maker. Yet it did require covering with a plastic trash bag when we got rain. One of the items on my must buy list—an electric grill to use on the table outside. Don was annoyed with the propane grill he had purchased back when we had the 5th wheel. I think we are rehoming that, and getting something else.
With the pups we really need a small electric hand vacuum, to suck up all that dog hair and dirt I sweep up each day. And I would also like a Swifter for mopping the floors. I figure we can store it in the bathroom. I am a bit of a clean freak.
I also need better cabinet organization. We have amble storage space, but the cabinets need shelving so I am not just piling stuff.
Whenever I miss some of the perks about our 5th wheel that is lacking in our motorhome—like the much larger bathroom, shower, and linen closet—or the larger kitchen counter area—I remind myself how uncomfortable the 5th wheel bed was. I love the motorhome bed, very comfy, and unlike the 5th wheel, I have a night stand for my water bottle. I also love the fact it is so easy to hook up and leave—and traveling is so much nicer. No more searching for rest stops and using public toilets!
Don and I also lost weight on this trip—Don lost ten pounds, and I lost six. We didn’t restrict our food, but there was a lot of walking with the pups!
In college I used to daydream about traveling cross country in a converted bus. The closest I got was a spur of the moment road trip my sister and I took up to Oregon the summer between my Jr and Sr years of college. It wasn’t in an RV, but in my Mustang GT, and we motel’d it. Our destination was to see her hubby who was in a hot shot crew in Oregon. But when we got there, he was on a fire in Arizona.
It seems my road trips—and recent RV trips—are always pulling me toward Oregon, the home of Walt and Danielle—and of my son and daughter-in-law, Scott and SeAnne.
It’s difficult for us to get away for more than a week at a time—but I really wanted to see Scott and SeAnne. Flying was out of the question—we have the pups now, and I am not quite ready to leave them at a kennel. I also wanted to take our motorhome on a REAL road trip.
I asked my sister, who lives in Morro Bay, if Mom could stay with her for three weeks if we brought her and picked her up. Sis has lots going on in her life right now, so I was ecstatic when she said yes. Plus, it would give Mom the opportunity to spend time with her other daughter. (There is just me and my sis.)
As I mentioned in my other post, we traded our rarely used 5th wheel in for a motorhome. I remember in our early camping days sitting in the back of our pickup truck under the camper shell, looking out jealously at the nearby motorhome and its occupants having a jolly time inside as rain pelted our vehicles.
Happy to report we had excellent weather on our 20 day trip—lots of sunshine—but we did have several days of rain, and we were grateful to be in the motorhome, and not cramped in the back of a pickup truck with our two pups.
Danny and Lily were awesome on the trip, and by the end Danny had curbed much of his barking, making him a polite camper. He still has some leash issues, but he is getting better. And Lily has also made improvements—giving up whatever rock or stick she has gobbled up to consume, trading it instead of snapping. I intended to write more about our trip in this post, but that will have to wait until my next blog post. I really need to get working on The Ghost and the Christmas Secret.