Someone recently asked me what a typical day was like when running and Bed & Breakfast. In a nutshell, there is no typical day! On a daily basis my husband, Paul and I are the staff. For that reason we better be getting along good!
Oh, we do thankfully get a hand from our daughters and son-in-law when needed. Heavy-duty weed trimming jobs magically get done when we are away. I admit I have tried to groom the grandkids to be part of the team. Here's Chase learning how to "freshen the mulch" while he earns a couple bucks. It sounds better than "pulling weeds and raking mulch."
There is gardening to do daily. It is so great to be able to make the time to do it. Being home more this summer is just awesome. My eyes can't drink in enough of seeing everything so green. Every couple days there is a new kind of flower in bloom.
We find so many projects to get into around here. Paul is working on the new sidewalk he is completing. We saved hundreds of $ by cleaning up used bricks and doing the whole job ourselves. What character it added to our historic home. I can't say Paul enjoyed the entire project, he wouldn't look up for the picture at this point.
Last week I went to Kelly's Gardens in Ashtabula and did a cooking demonstration for their Herb Day event. That was a lot of fun, nice-nice staff. Sometimes I also go offsite to give a talk about herbs. I even met a gal on a bike trip and ended up giving a talk at her ladies group last fall in Mentor. I've traveled 80 miles away to do a private class. Variety makes this job a joy. Next week I'm going to Mercer, PA to judge 4-H culinary projects.
There is always frequent cleaning. Paul and I like clean and we each have out specialties. Paul does bathrooms and vacuming. He loves his new Shark sweeper. I let him call it his own (it's the little things.)
Throughout these activities there are texts, emails, and phone calls with questions about reservations. Paul would rather I take these. He is convinced that no one books when he answers the phone and they always book when I talk to them. So if he answers, call back and ask for Chris (LOL).
There are always those interesting days - like when the water pump went out and my 93 year old dad shows up for supper early while our guests just arrive. I got a little nervous when my dad started in on politics with our guests while waiting for supper, but it all worked out. Paul and our son-in-law had it repaired in two hours!
I wonder what tomorrow will bring!