Get your cup of coffee and relax, unwind – it’s Video Story Time!
Yesterday, March 6, was my Little Hungarian Mother’s birthday. She would have been 96! You already know the story that all my sisters and I were with her and that we watched her leave with a huge smile on her face.
That was very comforting to me, and I thought it was all over and done with and I had everything in its place. Hmmm. Not really. Once the rush of final arrangements and Christmas and New Years and everything else was over and life had jogged itself back into its daily routine, I had more time to think, like about how we used to talk over the phone every Sunday.
When I came back to Pennsylvania after her funeral, in my head I’d say, “Oh! I have to call mom. Wait. I can’t call mom. So weird,” and leave it at that. As the weeks moved on, though, my mother filled my thoughts even more and I’d find myself often speaking out loud, “But, mom, what are you doing right now?!! What’s going on there?” I was oddly perplexed.
My out loud conversations kept going. “Can you come back here just a minute? I want to tell you one more thing, then you can go back.” And I said that a lot of times! Some part of my brain felt it was very logical, because after all, it wouldn’t take very long and she could go back to her other place once we talked. Kind of like when someone pops into a room, you exchange a few words, and they’re off again. Kind of like that.
I’m still a little perplexed about the whole thing and feel the way my three-year-old grandson sometimes must. “No, Parker. You can’t flap your arms and fly down the steps.”
“It doesn’t work that way.”
“It just doesn’t.”
This isn’t a go-hug-and-love-everyone-while-they’re-still-with-you-and-you-have-a-chance-to-show-them-you-care blog, because I know you probably already do that. (And sometimes if you don’t like them, that’s okay, too. You’re a human.) It’s just a story about thinking of someone after they’ve gone.
My friend Doug, whom I’ve known since high school, was also friends with my mom and would call, write, text – or whatever – every year on her birthday. This year I received this email:
Well, it’s her first birthday in her new life.
I know she must feel our love!
Your Hungarian Night will be a lovely salute to her!
XOXOXO to you
How can you not love that? Looking forward to welcoming friends and family this weekend!
I taught Family and Consumer Science – Home Ec – the last eight years of my stint as a teacher. One of my favorite demonstrations and things to make with the kids was this stromboli.
I would demonstrate it on day one, and then they’d get together in their cooking groups of three or four and assign jobs. Each person took a turn as the dishwasher, the dish dryer, the cleaner and the getter. The getter was the person who had to correctly measure out all the ingredients “with the quickness” so the team would have enough time to create the dish. On day two, they would assemble, and his was an easy assembly. They had fun.
Day three was the best because we’d bake off the strombolis and everybody was happy to sit with their teams and enjoy their creations. They had to correctly set the table and we always had drinks (usually Kool Aid, of all things!)to go it. Good times!
Create some good times in your home. Pour yourself a glass of Kool Aid, set the table and enjoy your stromboli!
I’m pretty excited to invite you to our first-ever Hungarian Night at Olde Square Inn! This special event is premiering Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 6pm. The donation is $75 per couple or $50 per person in addition to the cost of your room.
Look what I have planned for our fun Hungarian evening together!
- Check in is the regular 3-6pm, but at 6:00 we’ll begin the night with a reception where we can relax with a drink over some traditional Hungarian music, catch up with one another, and meet some new friends.
- From there we’ll move to the dining room to continue our night with a demonstration of delicious Hungarian home cooking. Even if you’ve never experienced European cuisine, I know you’ll love trying these.
Lesco (leh’-cho) – Onion, pepper, and tomato with sausage, sautéed in bacon drippings and served with dark pumpernickel bread.
Barackpalinka (bah’-rahk-pah’-leen-kah) – Apricot brandy.
Paprikás csirke (pah’- pree- kahsh cheer’-kay) – Chicken braised with onion, garlic and paprika, served in a smooth sour cream sauce over homemade egg noodles along with crusty bread.
Uborka (ooh’-bor-kah) – Thinly sliced cucumbers and onion with vinegar and ground pepper.
- After enjoying some great foods we’ll take a little break. Then you can stretch out in the living room or stay cozied up to your table for coffee and treats.
Makos (mah’ kosh) – Sweet poppy seed and almond filling in a raised yeast dough.
Kifli (kee’ flee) – Apricot filling in a light pastry dough, sprinkled with powdered sugar.
As some of you may know from my blog posts, my Little Hungarian Mother passed in the middle of December. At 95, she lived a great life where she shared her wisdom and some of her best recipes with her daughters. I would love, love, LOVE to share those with you Saturday, March 11.
The date is blocked out on our site since we want to keep everything exclusive for our honorary Hungarians, but it’s easy to reserve your spot.
You can phone me at 717.653.4525 and I can make your reservation directly, or you can email me at email@example.com and I’ll give you a call back. I’d love to see you!
I’m so excited for our first Hungarian Cooking Demonstration Event and can’t wait to talk to you! We’re going to have a blast!
We all look like lunatics some of the time, or at least I’m hoping it’s not just me. When you ge too busy, things happen that aren’t always good. Today’s Story Time is taken from our April blog, “The Day I Looked Like A Lunatic.” Go get your drink and enjoy, because it’s time to relax, unwind – it’s Video Story Time!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Wasn’t really sure about this blog today since February is all chocolates and flowers and love, and this isn’t really any of that. But maybe it can fit under the Conversation Hearts categeory since I did, in fact, have a conversation with somebody. So here’s the thing.
Have you ever had a friend who seemed to be a nice person, but whom you could like only in small doses because there was always something about when you were together that got your nose all out of joint? Yeah, me too.
And then you wouldn’t see your friend for a while and sort of forget about the incident and gave it another shot because maybe you were being too critical? Me, too! (Why were you even friends anyway? Habit? Proximity? Who knows?)
Here’s how my 8th grade drama unfolded in my AARP world as the two of us met for a beverage.
Me: Hey, how are you doing? Good to see you!
Friend: You must have something going on at the Inn again because you’re late. You can never get out of there on time. That business really drags you down.
Me: No, that’s the business I love. And all my friends know that if I have to pick up a phone call before I leave, I ‘ll do that. That’s not a new thing. But what’s going on with you?
Friend: Not too much. Work is crazy as usual. But enough about that. Let’s hear some good news. Do you have any fun things planned at the Inn?
Me: Yeah, actually, we’re doing some cooking demonstrations and I want to open a popcorn shop downtown.
Friend: Popcorn shop?! You already work so hard right now and do such a wonderful job with all of your guests! You’re fantastic! You don’t need to take on something else because you really deserve a rest – you looked a lot better last time I saw you. Popcorn?! When do you think this is going to happen?
(Ha! Notice those mixed messages!!? Some people have a very nice way of serving chocolate with garbage.)
Me: I don’t know yet. Whenever it presents itself the right way.
Friend: That’s just a bad idea. Who’s going to buy popcorn?! You’re not young anymore and it’s too much work for someone your age. You should relax a little and enjoy your life. You’ll wish you’d never done it.
What I was really wishing was that I wouldn’t have to spend another minute with this person. Have you noticed how people’s genuine kindnesses and generosities can act as a cover for their meanness? You meet up with them never knowing for sure whether you’re going to get kissed or kicked, but are always taken aback when the kick comes.
Even so, sometimes it takes a while to recognize negative people, because you just tolerate things that are mildly annoying, kind of like flies at a picnic. Or you might be like me and tend to extend the benefit of the doubt; the nice parts of a person can let you make excuses for the nasty parts. Still, you do reach a point where you know you don’t want to listen to anybody’s subtly degrading comments no matter how well they were disguised. You get sick of brushing away flies.
Before we finished our Margaritas I was clear that I didn’t need a toxic friendship any longer. That decision and the Margarita made the rest of the shortened evening go better.
So here’s what I’m saying to you, and maybe this is a Valentine message after all. You need to love your life enough to get rid of people who are pulling you down, even if you’ve known them forever. That doesn’t mean you’re going to be rude to them or gossip about them. It means you’re going to walk away from their negativity.
We’ve talked about this before: you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. It makes sense that you want to surround yourself with people you love and people who support you. Do something nice for yourself and drop the nasty people, because after all, they’ll let you know you’re not getting any younger haha.
Let me know how it all turns out!
Okay, so I know some you love Valentine’s Day, and others of you are like, “Oh, it’s Single’s Awareness Day. I’m just S.A.D. Waa waa!” Why should you be sad just because you’re not doing somebody else’s laundry? Really? Forget about it. Let’s have some fun. All of us!
Here’s what’s happening at the Inn this month. Whether you’re coming out as a couple or as a couple of friends, I know you’ll enjoy taking advantage of these specials And if you have to skip Valentine’s Day, you won’t want to miss the Chocolate and Wine Walk on Fourth Friday. (Did someone say wine?!…Wait! Did someone say chocolate and wine?! Read on!)
- February 14. Enjoy a complimentary half dozen roses in your room, then take them home to help you relive the memories of a night away. It’s easy – just book your room for Valentine’s Day, February 14, and I’ll do the rest!
- February. Receive a complimentary split of champagne when you order our delicious chocolate covered strawberries all through February. Lucky you!
- February 10 & 17. Since Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday, you have two great weekends and several fabulous days to be able to fit in a romantic getaway with your honey or a relaxing girlfriend getaway with your friends. In addition to our yummy breakfast, we will be featuring some luscious new desserts to end your morning meal. Don’t wait too long to make your reservation – the weekends fill up!
February 24 and 25. Mount Joy’s Chocolate and Wine Walk and runs Friday from 4-8 and Saturday from 10-5. Olde Square Inn is participating this year with limited hours, and we will be featuring Home Run Candies which are made locally. Tickets go quickly and are available on the Mount Joy Main Street website until they sell out.
Treat someone you love – including you! – to a night away and enjoy some special time to yourselves. Give me a call at 717.653.4525 and I’ll be happy to help you plan a great getaway. February is going to be great!
Create it – you’ve got this (and in less time than it takes to let the dog out)!
Winter is a great time to plan a little road trip or pack a bag and grab the car keys for a spontaneous getaway. Yes, I know it’s cold and snowy and it gets dark early, which is exactly why you need something to boost your spirits. Additionally, it’s the slower season for museums, shops, inns and boutiques, making it the perfect time for your reprieve.
If you need convincing, here are five great reasons for a getaway this winter.
- Places are less crowded. Maybe like me, you prefer to avoid areas where people are shoulder to shoulder and you can’t turn sideways without looking up someone’s nose. That was fun a long time ago (a crowd of people, not looking up someone’s nose), but now I like a little more elbow room. A slower time of year pays off big for you with shorter lines, more personalized attention, and space to breathe.
- You’ll be happier. According to a Wisconsin medical journal, people who get away at least two times a year are less likely to be depressed, are more content with their jobs, and feel more connected to their families upon their return. That’s a big benefit for a couple nights away – leaving everything behind for even a day or two can revive, refresh and renew your spirit.
- You can get more for your money. During this laid-back time of year, retailers provide some nice sales and destination sites have some great discounts. Feel the need to get out of Dodge? Check out our Cabin Fever offer: Stay One Night, Get the Second at 50% when you book directly through our site. Go online at oldesquareinn.com/reservations, and when you make your reservation leave a note that says “Cabin Fever”, or call me at 71-653-4525. I’ll be happy to help you line up a good little retreat.
- Create new experiences. All that stuff you bought for Christmas was fun, but that joy doesn’t last as long as memories that are connected with experiences. You’re more likely to have pleasurable thoughts of sitting in front of the fireplace at a cute little B&B in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, or enjoying a delicious breakfast that you didn’t have to prepare, than you would of the last sweater you bought.
I make the best breakfast in town. I’m just sayin’. You know where to find us.
Who knew you could live longer, be more creative, save money, make memories, and be happier by just taking some time off? Make a step to reconnect with yourself this winter and take advantage of the great opportunities around you. To quote Tony Robbins, “Life happens for you, not to you.” Don’t be afraid to reach out and enjoy all of it. Have a great week everybody!
Well, here’s something different. Every second Tuesday instead of our regular blog, we’re going to have Story Time at Olde Square Inn.
As I was doing this, two very random thoughts kept running through my head: the song “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles, and the Sesame Street thing where Elmo or one of the guys says, “This story was brought to you by the letter R.”
Okay. Relax, unwind – it’s story time. Let me know what you think!