This past weekend was especially good. Thanksgiving evening we had both suites filled, so served the full 4 course breakfast complete with caramel rolls, quiche, and chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, AND had the turkey and stuffing in the oven by 10:30. Carol is a good organizer. Two of our sons, my brother and his 2 boys joined us for the day. An extra treat was son #3 (Anthony) showing up with 2 racks of pork ribs which he grilled/smoked on the Weber. He likes to use SPICES. One had curry and one Montreal steak seasoning, and both were cooked the last hour with sweet baby rays barbecue with honey/chipotle sauce. They were absolutely fantastic. So we had the big turkey dinner at about 2 and instead of turkey left overs we had the ribs at about 7. We have invited him to do the same for Christmas. Overall, it was a great day.
Our Friday/Saturday guests were great, and a walk down memory lane for me (and Carol). We hosted a retired Navy Master Chief and his wife. He had been a Nuke on submarines. (Nuke stands for nuclear reactor plant operator.) I had spent 6 years in the Navy as a Nuke also (aircraft carrier), so it was just fun to talk about that life again. We had been to many of the same duty places, he later on than me, but it was fun to share experiences. I don’t run into many who understand what that life was like. Also, since I was a Viet Nam vet I rarely bring my service up- still deep scars.
They other couple for Saturday night also had a connection to our past, as they work with 2 of my former Veterinary School classmates. Of course that brought up many good stories to share. So it was an enjoyable weekend, steeped in memories.
That has been the best aspect of having a B&B- the people and their lives. Everyone is unique in some way and they all have a past. It is fun to learn what life is like for others; how they met, what they do, raising the kids, where they have traveled– all that without politics and religion!
Besides the good time with family and guests, this was the first weekend that the eagles were very active. It appears that they are back for the winter. If you would like a winter retreat with fantastic eagle watching, make the call. December is filling and we have a few bookings for January and February already. He who hesitates stays at the AmericInn. Nice place, but a view of the highway, no fireplace and no Mrs. Dunn’s breakfast.