1. Our guests come in all personalities and experiences, a different way of looking at the proverbial “shapes and sizes”. We enjoy the unique stories and life experiences they are willing to share with us. Appreciation of different cultures, family traditions and occupations is developed. There is always good conversation around the breakfast table keeping life interesting.
2. We are thankful to be able to share our historical house and its character with our guests, and so we are thankful for our guests who come and stay. Let’s face it, it helps to pay the mortgage! More than that we honestly love to talk about the history and continue, as do our guests, to marvel at the handcrafted woodwork and look out through the wavy glass in the original windows. Even more we are thankful that many guests choose to stay with us again and again, they have become friends and “family”.
3. There has been a tremendous increase in our Travel Bucket List thanks to our guests. Each guest has been somewhere they love and would love to return. They are so happy to talk about these places and our interest peaks, too. The guest will share insights as to what to see and do, and maybe where to stay away. Then there’s hometowns, and you can tell who loves where they live, and hear the pride in their voices when they talk about those places, and the bucket list grows.
4. Thankfully our guests love to eat! We like to cook, Warren experiments with casseroles and Janet prides herself with some tasty baking. If our guests didn’t like eating we would never get to expand our recipes and skills. And if they didn’t have good appetites, well, we’d be stuck with way too many leftovers!
5. This may be a stretch, but we are thankful our guests are indirect personal trainers. They keep us hopping with all the chores that give us exercise throughout the day. Keeping our grounds and gardens pleasing for guests gets us outside and moving for fresh air and muscle toning. Many of you wear Fitbits, or Apple Watch (I know; we’ve discussed this, you remember). I can tell you that making a bed can add ten active minutes and over 1200 steps to your day.
We hope this may have brought some humor your way today and do realize that we appreciate your support of our endeavors. Many you have a blessed holiday season starting with Thanksgiving, and take time to appreciate all you have.