The proof is in the picture: now I can say the pool is officially open with our first swimmer making the best of the hot, hot May weather we’ve been experiencing! When the Gajs came to stay Mother’s Day weekend for their nephew’s college graduation, they took advantage of some of the backyard offerings – soaking up the sun, reading in the shade, floating in the pool, walking through the gardens. But I’ll tell you what, the advantage clearly was mine, and as a result I came up with a great idea for a new getaway package.
As it turned out, Ray knew a few things about filters, skimmers, and jets and got the pool situated so that the skimmer works the way it should, the pump’s doing its thing, and the intake is intaking just right. That made me quite happy because I don’t know pools (yet) and was pretty thrilled for that little tune-up. On top of that, he showed me how to turn off all the gas fireplaces in the joint which was great because those pilot lights throw off a lot of extra heat in 85 degree weather, not to mention all the fuel they burn just hanging around.
Then, as Mrs. Gaj and I were talking, she mentioned that she’d like to try planting some lily of the valley and lilacs at her North Carolina home. Apparently they don’t do so well because the winters aren’t cold enough, but you know how odd the seasons have been everywhere, so those plants could actually stand a chance now. I handed her a shovel and she dug up those annoying little volunteer lilacs that shoot up around the real shrub and thinned out my herd of lilies! Yard work!
In the past few weeks friends have been here to help me open the pool, identify plants, and string lights on the trees out front, while guests have shown me how to unlock windows and put in screens and have moved furniture. As one guest said, “What other help do you need? This is more fun than hanging out with relatives!” So here’s the great idea for a new getaway package:
You know you can go on a volunteer vacation to maintain a trail or repair somebody’s gutters or dig out invasive plants on a popular hiking trail? I can do Inn Volunteer Vacation Getaways throughout the year!
Just think of it: the spring trip to the Inn could be weeding, mulching, opening the pool and putting in air conditioners, then the winter one could be putting in insulation, starting the gas fireplaces, decorating for the holidays, shoveling snow. Maybe in the fall the service trip participants could turn the gardens, remove air conditioners, do some touch up painting.
What could be more exciting?! Parents could get their kids to sell candy bars or wrapping paper to raise money for their Mom and Dad Volunteer Vacation Getaway or do a Go Fund Me thing so they don’t miss out on seasonal maintenance fun. According to Sierra Club people love cleaning up stuff. “Besides the satisfaction of a job well done, service trip participants…often return year after year to the work site…to see how the work they did is holding up….There is also a social aspect to service trips….Friendships form, and it’s not unusual for groups to meet again on future service trips.”
Friendships form! At the end of the day we could sing kumbaya around the fire pit they would have dug or just walk to one of the area restaurants and have dinner and a beverage. I think I’m on to something here. I’ll let you know as soon as I get the details worked out, but one more thing.
Can’t close without saying congratulations to all of our college grads who are now off to make the world and even more awesome place. Go get ’em. And definitely can’t forget our moms.
Happy Mother’s Day to all of you hardworking mamas who hold down the fort everyday and love your families the best way you know how. My own mother is 93 and although she lives in Indiana, we talk often. Growing up she told me, “Never leave the house without your lipstick!” and you can be sure that even at 93 you’ll never to catch her without it. Love you, mom!
Hoping all of you Mamas out there had a wonderful Mother’s Day, and trust that your families know how much love you pour into everything you do for them. With lots of great guests at the Inn this weekend keeping us busy, my family will be celebrating Mother’s Day, in addition to my grandson’s second birthday, later this week. I’m pretty excited about all of that!
Love the people who come and stay with me, and I’m always happy to see them when they return for another visit. Shelly and Nathan were back here this week with an event at Spooky Nook, and it was fun to be able to talk with them again to find out what’s going on in their part of the world.