Well we’re completely booked for New Years Eve through Sunday. What a wonderful way to bring in the New Year. I really hope it will snow. That would only make it better for my guests. That’s one of the things they look for this time of year, snow.
We will have a buffet set up with all sorts of finger foods, eggnog, wine, and champagne for midnight. There are plenty of noise makers and Little Joe is one of them!! He’s been running around since Christmas laughing and squealing like crazy. I love it too. Nothing like joy in a child to bring this old house to life.
It’s been a year full of blessings, surprises and additions to not only my bed and breakfast (the barn and animals) but to our lives in the form of Celeste and Little Joe. I can’t wait to see what the new year brings to us this time. If it’s half as good as last year, I’ll have another wonderful year. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
I realized that all I do is talk about my Bed and Breakfast and haven’t shown you what it looks like. Well I had to do a lot of work to get it turned into what I wanted but I loved every single minute. I have already told you about the different rooms that I rent so there’s no need to repeat myself.
This picture was taken when we got an early snow before I got the Christmas decorations put up but I still think it’s a pretty picture of my place. My new barn and animals are off to the right. My garden is off to the left. You can see the gazebo on the back of the wrap around porch. Now you can see why there are deer, and other animals that come around the house. Anyway, here it is.
The house smells absolutely wonderful. Celeste is in the kitchen making a Gingerbread house. She has been working on it every night for about a week now. She’s a very talented young lady. From what I have seen so far, it’s going to be absolutely beautiful. Little Joe ends up with more Gingerbread than the house does it seems sometimes because Celeste wants it to be perfect and if it’s not, there stands Little Joe ready to eat the imperfections.
Oh I don’t think I told you that we’re having a Gingerbread house contest this weekend. First prize is a $100 gift card and a weekend stay here whenever you choose. Second place is $75 and one nights stay. Third place is a $50 gift card. So far we have 10 contestants that I am sure of. There are 8 other applications that haven’t come back in yet so they could still be in the contest too. Most of the contestants are locals. We do this every year and then leave the houses up for viewing by my customers.
Last years winner also sold theirs to a lady that paid $150 for it. I almost fell over. It was a big Gingerbread house and it was beautiful but everything has to be edible and I guess they could be kept for a while. I don’t know. Anyway, Celeste is making the barn, animals and manger scene. So far, it’s absolutely gorgeous. I can’t wait to see it when she’s totally finished. No I’m not one of the judges. There are judges that come here from other contests to judge them. Here’s one from last year. Isn’t it amazing?
It’s already starting to get cold enough for the ski slopes to make snow and we have gotten natural snow for three days in a row now. The natural snow hasn’t added up to many inches but the temperature is low enough that what fell has stayed.
Thanks to the snow, we are booked solid this weekend. People love it when it snows and the mountains is where they want to be. Once the ski slopes are all up and running, I tend to be one more busy lady. Oh I’m not complaining at all because this summer has been a bit skimpy to say the least. Now that gas prices are coming down, people are venturing out a little more but still not like before.
If we have a winter that is just close to usual, then the year won’t end in the red. If not, somethings gotta give before long. Luckily I have several hunters that donate deer to us during hunting season so that really helps with the food costs. People look forward to my deer roast and deer stew every winter. I just hope it’s enough to pull them back in this winter.
One good thing, I do have a couple reservations for the week of Christmas already. I was afraid my usual Christmas patrons wouldn’t show this year but they’ll be here as they have for the past 4 years. They’re more like family now than just people that come here to stay. That’s what I have tried to build here, a family atmosphere and I must not have done too bad of a job.
We’re having a Halloween bash!! The place is all decorated in spooky stuff, have a hay ride through a spook trail, bobbing for apples, and a best costume contest to boot. It all starts at dark and the whole community is invited. Well most of it anyway.
I’m Scarlet O’Hara of course, Grace is a clown, Celeste is Snow White and Little Joe is one of the seven dwarfs, Happy!! He’s always smiling so Happy fits him perfect. All the adults have to bring a big bag of candy to help with the candy we give out to the kids that come by Trick-or-Treating and other than that, the party is free.
Hey, if you’re in the mountains of North Carolina, stop by and see us. I promise you’ll have a blast. Don’t forget to come in a costume!!!