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Photography Opening A Whole New World

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These small ordinary white flowers had gone unnoticed by me for the past few weeks.

Today they caught my attention, so I stopped to take their photo. I never realized how delicate and colorful they are.

My renewed passion for photography is helping to “open my eyes” to the beauty that is surrounding me, if I’ll simply slow down to notice it. I feel like I’m seeing a whole new world!

#PhotoJournal

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Midnight Sand Crab Rescue! (You heard right.)

While taking my dog on her final potty break of the night, we found this little sand crab, so far from home (well, a few blocks, but to a sand crab, it’s a mighty long way).

He (or she) was probably a stowaway on a neighbor’s fishing boat.

Thinking quickly, I grabbed an empty Tidy Cat container and scooped him up (no pun intended).

I was going to return him to the shore in the morning, but couldn’t handle the *scratching noise* coming from the tub (real or perceived, we’ll never know).

So I loaded him up in the truck, and just dropped him off at the jetty. We said our farewells and I think he gave me a wink before his sideways journey onward. (I swear I’m totally sober.)

Lucky sand crab now has his pick of beach sand, jetty rocks or warm salt water.

My heart is happy!

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Trip #2: Livingston TX to Waco TX

TRIP #2

Date: Sun., Nov. 09, 2014

Depart: 11:22 a.m.

Arrive: 4:11 p.m.

Traveled: 188 miles

State(s) Travelled: Texas

Gas Stops: 1 (Took 3 tries!)

New Experiences:

  1. Unexpected Detour
  2. Construction cement barrier
  3. Busy Gas Stations

Incidents: 1

Exiting the gas station, spare tire scraped the sloped ramp. No damage to tire. Minor bend to metal secure bar. Oops!

 

Here we are in Livingston, about to hit the road.

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And upon arrival in Waco, TX! My awesome rescue dog, Sofie-Darla, was sooooo happy to be out of the truck.

11092014_LivingstonToWaco_PhotoOnlyYes, what normally should have taken about 4 hours took 5 hours. I had to go at the speed in which I was comfortable, so that meant going about 55 mph on I-45 while other cars were whipping past me at 70+mph. No one honked at me, at least that I was aware.

I have to admit that the stress-factor of the long drive was pretty intense! At one point, when I was instructed by police to detour around Huntsville, my jaw was chattering so badly that I’m sure I looked like a crackhead, or really, really cold. I couldn’t make it stop either! Fortunately, I didn’t give a darn at that point… I just wanted to hurry up and get to Waco – in one piece!

There was a lot of self-talk going on, “You can do this. You can do this.” At about two hours into the drive, I thought, “You know, Amy, you’re not ‘trail-blazing’ here. There are a lot of people, and a lot of single ladies at that, who do this. If it’s too much, you can always go get an apartment.”

WHAT?!?! Yes, the thought of an apartment was enough to snap me out of the “fear.” Later that night, after I was set up in Waco, I wrote a note to myself that included the phrase, “This kind of fear will NEVER stop me!”

The confidence I gained from RV Driving School played a big roll in my driving abilities, and Trip #2 was a huge milestone!

 

NEXT UP: TRIP #3… Waco to San Antonio

 

 

Trip #1: Move to The Hills + RV Driving School

TRIP #1

Date: Oct. 31, 2014

Destination: Glicks’ private property to Rainbow’s End “The Hills”, Site #68.

Mileage: Less than 1 mile.

Challenges: Nerves! And luckily, Mr. Glick backed the rig into its spot.

Incidents: NONE (whoo hoo!)

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NEXT UP: Private Lessons with “RV Driving School

DATES: Nov. 4-5, 2014 

11052014_RVDrivingSchool_PhotoOnlyPrivate Lessons, RV Driving School.

(Notice my instructor Glyn didn’t even wear a helmet!)

This was me on Day 2, after backing up *perfectly* 3 times in a row.

The Day Before, A Freak Accident: One of the thick metal pieces on my new Equalizer kit snapped!

Luckily, I was already slowing down to make a turn into an empty church parking lot when we heard the **BOOM**!

West RV said they’d never seen this happen before, but they got me fixed up fast and back on the road for my lessons.

I had a LOT of fun with the parking and backing up.

Freeway driving is a little nerve-wracking, but everyone tells me I’ll get used to that “air suction” of the 18-wheelers as they pass along side of me to the left.

I also did okay driving on the main street through town.

Residential driving, I hope I never have to do it! Streets are too small.

 

Thank you to my brave RV Driving School instructor, Glyn! I’ll shout from the mountaintops that RV Driving School was worth every penny!

 

TRIP #2 INFO (Livingston to Waco) COMING SOON!

 

 

 

 

 

Rescue On The Road: “Skippy Frito”

Some of the hardest things I had to “give up” when I made the decision to become a full-time RVer were:

  • The spare bedrooms
  • The guest bathroom
  • The utility room
  • The garage & backyard

However, it’s probably not for the reasons you might expect!

You see, when I was doing animal rescue work in Waco, my charming 3-bedroom, 2-bath home with 1,375 square feet was usually occupied by numerous foster pets who rotated in and out on their way to a Forever Home of their very own.

TipoftheIceberg(Pictured: Tip of the iceberg of the pets who came through my home.)

My guest bedrooms were turned into a “recovery wards” for rescued shelter cats & kittens; the guest bathroom and utility room were great for ringworm kitties; the garage and backyard were great holding areas for lost dogs waiting to be reunited with their families.

Literally HUNDREDS of foster/rescue/found pets came through my home on a temporary basis.

I knew that being in a 31-foot Puma, rescue would be a little more challenging, and on an as-needed/emergency basis only!

As it happened, on Thurs., Aug. 14, I met this little puppy at the RV park’s swimming pool. We was a tail-wagging, belly crawling love bug.

08152014_SkippyTravisTeddyBlockPhotoHe looked well cared-for and was already neutered, so I was *really* hopeful that an owner would be looking for him.

Found Dog notices were posted, I took him to the local SPCA for a microchip scan (no chip), and a neighbor posted to an online community site.

Sadly, as it often happens, no owner ever came looking…

SkippyFrito1Luckily, I heard about a lady who lives nearby who said she might be interested in adopting him, after she returned from an out-of-town trip. So, I decided to hold on to the puppy – who was given the name “Skippy Frito” – instead of surrendering him up to the already-overcrowded SPCA.

Necessary adjustments were made to keep him cool, comfortable and safe here in my RV for about 6 days. He was a fabulous dog, hardly ever barked, slept all night, and was curious and gentle around my cats.

Since he was already neutered (yay!), I ran Skippy Frito up to the local vet for a full set of vaccinations, including a current rabies shot.

(Pictured: “Skippy Frito” sporting a new collar and new rabies tag. Who wouldn’t come looking for this handsome spud?!)

Last Thursday, Aug. 21, the lady and Skippy Frito met. ((LOVE)) It was an instant match! Skippy Frito (aka “Skip”) got his very own loving Forever Home! And, as a bonus, he’s close enough to visit! At least until I head on down the road to the next place…

SkipAs a side note, people keep asking, “What kind of dog is he?” We think he’s got some Lab, some Terrier, and short little Corgi or Basset legs. What would be your guess as to his breed(s)?

Happy Forever, Skippy Frito. ♥

Make it happen, Amy O.

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Amy O’s “2014 Rescue Stats”

  • Rescued Dogs: 2 – Beaux (Floyd), Skippy Frito
  • Rescued Kitten: 1 – Sweet Pea
  • TNR Cats: 1 – Calico
  • Transport To Wildlife Rescue: 2 baby rabbits

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