In the one year and one month I’ve had the honor of welcoming people into this beautiful home, I’ve had the added pleasure of opening my doors to many of them for a second or third stay. It’s very rewarding to know that your guests have enjoyed their time away and are comfortable enough in your home to want to return. One couple said, “We feel like we’re with family, but without the drama. AND, we don’t have to do anything.” Amen to that!
To me, it’s like seeing family or friends again, and it’s fun to catch up on what’s been going on since the last visit. With that said, I wanted to introduce you to guests Brenda and Judy who have become “top family members” with five visits to the Inn.
From Mechanicsburg, the two have been friends for 23 years and enjoy day trips as a great way to relax and renew to better be able to meet the demands of their jobs. Judy is in ministry and works at a continuing care retirement community in Carlisle, while Brenda has been in nursing at Penn State Hershey Medical Center for 32 years. Thirty-two years! I haven’t done anything that long except breath maybe.
They both like the boutiques and varied experiences our area has to offer, including the out of the way places they can find on the Best Kept Secrets Tour. Says Judy, “Lancaster County affords so many opportunities for a perfect get-away. You can drive out a road and feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere, affording beautiful countryside scenery. But, aha, you come upon a small town with unique shops and locally made items….Olde Square Inn is the perfect getaway close to home!”
On one of their recent journeys, they stopped at Good Harvest Supply in Strasburg to purchase wreaths to take back to family and friends. Little did I know that I would be the recipient of one of these beautiful greens. They were very sneaky elves and hung it on the side porch; I didn’t find it for two days! Anyway, I thought it would look fantastic on the front door beside the sled and Christmas Tree, and it does, don’t you think?
I can’t leave this page without giving a shout out to Bob and Sandy, who were just here last month but decided they needed another little dose of Olde Square Inn comfort. Living only 45 minutes away, they searched for a good excuse to spend the night away from home, then decided – what the heck – they’d just come out and throw in some shopping while they were here. (I think they’re on the path to trying out every room.) And guess how lucky I am? Sandy creates Swarovski Crystal ornaments and I scored three! Love, love love!
Yesterday Cindy dropped by to pick up a gift certificate for a her son and daughter-in-law. Cindy and Mark have stayed in several of our rooms and she knew that “the kids” who work so hard would really benefit by a little time away at the Inn. Oh, and from Cindy I received two more ornaments – this on top of a previous gift of depression glass earlier in the year. I feel like an elementary school teacher at Christmas time! I so appreciate the thoughtfulness of all my guests who have blessed me with their presence and their presents, and love the beautiful cards I receive in the mail every day.
On the other hand, I stink at addressing Christmas cards (and most other types of cards, in fact) and sending them out in the mail. I buy them, get the stamps, and even purchase a new pen to make it fun to write, and put the whole stack in a place where I can see them every day. You might know how this goes. I see them every day before Christmas, after Christmas, after New Years, and in February. Then I put them away. I still have an anniversary card ready to mail to Jo and Ed for their 20th anniversary. They’ve been married like 35 years.
I will work on improving my USPS skills, and in the meantime will wish you a Merry Christmas and joy in whatever holiday you celebrate this season. Enjoy your family and the gifts you’ve been blessed with in this wonderful life.