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The Wall says it All

The Wall says it All

When visitors look around at the inn, they will find that even the walls decide it's the Christmas season  There is cheer in the Gathering Room, asking you to "believe" in the magic  There are Christmas plates, fabric quiltings,  and a Santa tapestry The kitchen boasts a collection of kitchen gadgets and other replicas of Santa But some of our favorite seasonal wall decorating is accomplished with print material If you have been to a wonderful Christmas attraction making a collage of photos can not only add Christmas spirit to... read more
A Wreath Upon the Door

A Wreath Upon the Door

There is no beginning, there is no end The wreath has significant meaning for the season It’s circular shape represents eternity From a Christian religious perspective, it represents an unending circle of life, eternity or life never ending The evergreen, most frequently used in making wreathes, symbolizes growth and everlasting life A live wreathsimple wreath, greens and a bow Some believe that initially wreaths were hung on doors in Ancient Rome to represent victory In Christianity, the Christmas wreath was used to symbolize... read more
O Christmas Tree Part 1

O Christmas Tree Part 1

Songs are written about the Christmas tree  Decorating seems to be centered about the tree  Most times it's the first and maybe the only decoration in the living quarters  The Christmas tree is often the topic of conversation around the holiday season "Did you get your tree yet", "Did you put up your tree"  Many traditions are centered around the tree; Santa Claus comes and decorates the tree, every year there is a different theme, the ornaments are all handmade, the youngest child puts the star on top, and on and on they go I'm sure you... read more
Great Christmas Light Fight – Not

Great Christmas Light Fight – Not

We do like to see Christmas Villages, and lighted houses as we drive around the countryside, but with a 198 year old house, our outdoors will not be entered in the Great Christmas Light Fight  Our front door is welcoming with wreath and greens  The front is simply lit with flood lights, and the windows adorned with  ribbons and greens, much in the way of yesteryear Bells and greens decorate the sign and lamps of entry, while Santa Claus flies nearby in his sleigh Another whimsical sight guests see on arrival, is Santa giving Mrs... read more
Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

Spending time with grandchildren is always great This past week my three-year-old granddaughter has been playing and singing Christmas songs all rolled together She likes singing "Rudolph" the best, but asked me to help her to sing "Frosty the Snowman" which she did know with only a little help Then we were watching Frozen, a favorite movie, with a favorite character, Olaf (a snowman for those not familiar with Disney) Children love snowmen! At the first flakes they cry, "Can we build a snowman" Day three of decorating involves the lovable... read more
Deck the Halls and the Pots

Deck the Halls and the Pots

On the second day of decorating take a look at some of the boughs of green  I like to add the special touch of live greens both inside and outside Have you ever thought about what to do with "too heavy" to move planters when the summer flowers have long faded and froze  Brighten the outdoor holiday decor with cut greens and a fresh bow  You can use almost any type of evergreen to make these outdoor gardens, whatever is available  The branches can be cut to create different heights  Push them into the dirt in the pot and if the soil is dry... read more
Twelve Days of Decorating

Twelve Days of Decorating

Today Mother Nature gave me the best starting point for twelve days of Christmas decorating  You can’t beat the real thing, and now that the ground is covered, lights twinkle brighter, beauty glows stronger, and spirits are happier  It is December and winter is here; “Let It SNOW!” Our open house has come and gone, but not everyone had a chance to stop by  Some live to far, lives are busy this time of year, and we understand all the interruptions, so I thought I’d take some time to give you a peak around our Holiday House  Each... read more
Small Town America visits the Holidays

Small Town America visits the Holidays

Remember back to the days of your youth  Holidays were a time that we simply loved  What made it so endearing I think it was the memories we created, the warm and fuzzy feeling deep inside  Are we taking time to recreate those memories, and make new ones for our children and grandchildren  Living in a small town, I think my family is lucky to have the opportunity to slow down and have the experience of old fashioned holiday spirit Our town, Honesdale,  has a wonderful weekend they like to call "Honesdale for the Holidays"   Stores... read more
Five Reasons We are Thankful for Our Guests

Five Reasons We are Thankful for Our Guests

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,... read more
Anniversary Flashbacks

Anniversary Flashbacks

How many times have you used the old clichés to mark the passing of time; ‘Where did the time go’, ‘My how time flies!’, ‘I don’t remember when time seemed to past so quickly’, and so many more  This summer marked our ninth year as a Bed and Breakfast, and it sure did pass quickly  As I work my way through the daily chores in each room I try to think back to when we first opened the doors for our guests There have been improvements to our guest rooms  In an old house wiring needs to be upgraded and in the beginning we... read more

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