I am so thankful Campbell House B&B enjoyed a banner year even in these tough economic times. My time is precious as I have so little “Patti” time. There are always rooms to clean, food to prepare, administrative duties and constant renovation… I haven’t had an assistant who can take reservations, use the reservation service, check in guests, serve breakfast, help prep food since September when Elise went back to school. I can get housekeepers who can’t do anything else-so I have been looking for an all around person who is honest, diligent, good personality, has people and computer skills. I don’t think I am asking for much…this person just doesn’t seem to exist in Ligonier.
I am really thankful for my handyman Bill, who has completed all the renovations in the B&B and motel. Doors have been added and or replaced, a galley kitchen redone in the motel, gas logs replaced with electric (the flame is astonishing real looking and warms up the suite). I replaced the vintage sink in the Strawberry Pantry and added Kurig coffee/tea service. We have cleaned, organized, and cleaned while making many trips with donations to the Salvation Army-What a never ending job.
I have my list for 2010 ready…Replace the B&B electric stove with a double oven gas stove with 5 burners, replace the front door with a stained glass oval in the door, replace windows, two kitchens, and air-conditioner in the motel. Just maybe I can paint the outside of the motel. The snow and ice melter is taking it’s toll on the sidewalk and parking pads. I guess I am going to have to find someone to redo the sidewalks…maybe a trade…couple nights in the B&B. Who knows a masonary guy may just show up.
Campbell House hosted many elopements in 2009 and January 2010. The January 1st wedding in the Gazebo made me think twice about winter weddings. The snow was flying, the wind was blowing, old man winter or maybe the New Years Baby brought a blustery day…a day for staying inside in front of a warm fire with a mug of hot chocolate. Did I think of suggesting the wedding be held in the Campbell Suite? Nope never gave it a thought until my new camera and I were frozen in place. I really could have used a umbrella with shoulder props to cover both camera and photographer. The Mayor and I were frozen while the Bride and Groom had their love to keep them warm.
The Mayor and I couldn’t wait to get back to the Campbell House Parlour for the signing of the marriage license and a photo opt. It is a wonder the Bride and Groom didn’t get sick as they were not dressed for an outdoor wedding in 12 degrees. I warmed up at the cake cutting and toasting to the newly weds.
January was an extremely cold month with lots of snow…this January of 2010 was only the second time in 16 years that I had to have the driveways plowed. The first time was February 1994…there was much more snow in 1994.
The snowmen decorations are now making way for hearts and lovers as Valentines week-end is fast approaching. It will be nice to see repeat and new Valentine guests. The table settings are festive with hearts…red, wine,white and pink are the dominant colors awaiting guests.
Although the streets and sidewalks wear dirty coats of snow, Campbell House is adorned in the romance of the season…lifting spirits from the gray days of winter. Happy Valentines Day to All.