Sunday, September 04, 2016

Plan S Finally Came to Fruition


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.

approaching Blairsville

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.

golf cart ride near Rivers Edge


golf cart ride near Rivers Edge

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.   Smile


  1. So good to hear that you found Stacy. What a relief it must be to know that Mom is being well taken care of while you're gone. Enjoy those beautiful mountains while you can.

  2. Nic to here that things are coming together and that you can move around a bit again.

  3. I've been wondering about you guys, and worrying about the hurricane coming. Glad to hear you are both okay, and that Stacy has been found for your mom. A good situation for all concerned.

    I'll be curious how you feel about a 5th Wheel as a "permanent" home compared to a Class A. (I'm still debating my future abode.) RV parks, Park Model, buy a used 5th Wheel for an RV park long term and keep The Palms to vacation, etc. Those fivers look really comfortable.

  4. Glad plan S finaly worked out:) Enjoy the thime in GA.

  5. You've had a long haul, thank goodness you worked out a good, safe plan for your mom. I hope that you get many restful trips in now, you certainly deserve it!

  6. Nice to hear Plan C is working out for you and that you're back in the mountains. Now if someone can stay away from the poison ivy things will be great.
    Is there a chance you might get a trailer for Florida as well and sell the Motor Home?
    Looking forward to reading more of your adventures.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

    1. We think we finally have a poison ivy cure for Al. At some point we will get some sort of trailer for the lot in the Keys, sell the motorhome and get something small to travel in.

  7. I'm so glad you got care for your Mom that is working out. We're headed back to CA after our gig here. My Mom is feeling fine, but she really wants us there nearby. Not sure how long we'll have to hang in CA.

  8. We bought replacement LED bulbs for all of our puck lights on ebay. They came from China (took 3-4 weeks for shipping), but at less than $1 each, it was worth it. They had both warm white (which is what our M/H had originally, non-LED) and cool white. We kept the warm white in the bedroom, but bought cool white for the kitchen and living room to brighten it up.


Please feel free to leave comments. We love to read them! To contact me directly you can send e-mail to