Blairsville, Ga (high 78, low 58)
For the past 9 or 10 months, I have been working on a plan that would allow us to get away from the heat and storms in Florida in the summer and still care for my Mom.
As most of you know, we have been trying to help take care of my elderly mother. She cannot be left alone anymore. We prefer to keep her in her own home as long as possible, where we know she gets much better care than in an Assisted Living Facility.
My plan was for someone to move into the house to assist in her care, in exchange for free rent. I had someone I knew and trusted that was willing to do it, but she had some serious health issues which prevented the move. I had to move on to “Plan B”. I went down the alphabet from Plan B all the way down to what I dub “Plan S.”
One plan after the other failed, but a few weeks ago, my plan worked out and Stacy moved in with Mom. She will assist my brother and the caregivers provided by her Long Term Care policy (thank God she bought that plan many years ago).
Stacy is a very nice lady who is good to Mom and we trust her. She is taking our place so that Al and I could get out of town for awhile.
So, on Tuesday, we headed north towing our little U-haul trailer. The last time we were here, we purchased a used Fifth Wheel and set it up on our RV lot in Blairsville, GA. The motorhome was left back in the Tampa area to fend for itself during the approaching hurricane Hermine.
We had serious reservations about leaving town right before a potential hurricane, but decided to go while we had the chance. It’s a good thing we left when we did, because they got hammered with heavy rains for several days.
We arrived in Blairsville, Georgia on Wednesday. It was sure good to see our mountains again.
It has been warmer than usual with some daytime temps getting up to 88 or so. Thankfully, it has been cooling down at night allowing for us to be able to turn off the AC for the first time in months!
We’ve been working hard to get this place set up with all the comforts of home. We took our Directv Genie receivers from the motorhome and had them set up here, so all we have to do is grab the boxes and go.
Being in a small town sure has its advantages. We went by the local Directv installer in the late morning and had service a few hours later. We found a bargain on a 40 inch Samsung Smart Tv for $249, so it will live up here in the 5th wheel.
We’ve been busy working in the Cameo, setting up another “home.” We have managed to squeeze in a few evening golf cart rides/bear hunting excursions. We haven’t seen any bears, but there have been some pretty cloud formations.
We filled the hot tub and had a nice long soak last night. Boy, did that feel good.
Our project for yesterday was to attend the annual HOA meeting to elect new board members and then a dinner and bingo tonight. We took a ride up to NC to the nearest Lowes to pick up a gas outdoor fireplace.
I have been searching online to find LED bulb replacements for the 8 million “puc lights” we have in the Cameo. If anyone has any online suggestions for reasonably priced LED lights, please let me know.
I am sitting here typing this, in my robe and furry slippers. We were able to turn the AC off for the first time since probably March. It was wonderful sleeping with the windows open, although we all woke up chilly…..even the cats.
We are very, very glad to be back up in the mountains. We hope we can stay.