Our first online newletter
We have been thinking of a way to stay in touch with the many friends we have made over these last eight years in the Bed and Breakfast business so we are going to try to do a little news update every so often.
2006 was an incredible year for us in many ways. Many of you who came to visit Vermont last year might remember a few of the things since we do enjoy talking with our guests. Philip especially enjoys those talks while preparing his delicious breakfasts. This has been the year of the family starting with Philip’s Mom moving into a residential care facility here in Morrisville. Since then we have been very involved with all aspects of her life and helped her celebrate her 92nd birthday just the other day. She is healthy and very alert.
Continuing with family involvement, we had a brother-in-law who became seriously ill and passed away this January. Philip’s sister lives here in town and we became again very involved with family helping her cope and straighten out some major problems. One of which was overseeing the maple sugar business he had. Philip is now trying to sell the maple business and in the process is learning a lot about the judicial system here in Vermont. Running a B&B is fun ☺. Figuring out the legal system – not fun ☹.
It was a good thing I “retired” from teaching last June because we had an incredibly busy summer, fall, and now winter. The Lord has poured out graciously and abundantly upon us, and we continue to meet extraordinary people from all over the world.
On my list of retirement things to do was to open the gift store all year round for the townsfolk and to put it up online. Check out what we’ve done so far at www.villagevictoriangiftshoppe.com. If you remember something that you wish you had bought, but decided to wait, check to see if it’s online and if not just give me a call.
I’ve also started to do tea parties in the garden in the summer and in the dining room in the cooler weather.
Speaking of weather, yes, we finally did get the cold and the snow. We had to do a lot of creative parking in the driveway. Check out the retired lady on the roof.
We have had such a busy year that we are actually going on vacation and closing shop from March 19- 29 and traveling to Seattle to see our daughter, son-in-law and of course our granddaughter who is turning four in a few days.
If you are just starting to think of where to spend your vacation, we would love to see you again. Some of you folks have already made reservations for the foliage and we are looking forward to renewing friendships. If you want to come back to Vermont and are looking for a different experience you might try our cottage. I’m hoping I’ll have more time myself enjoying the cottage this summer, but who knows! Retirement is keeping me very busy.
We would love to hear from you and how you are doing. Until the next newsy time…
Ellen and Philip