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Thank you JB for sharing the blog of Jim Connolly awhile ago. This guy is terrific and is always right on point.

Here is one of his quotes "Important, If you are happy with ‘average’, you’re really wasting your time and my bandwidth, reading my work. Feel free to unsubscribe."

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its the same here - cold and raining and doesn't get light till about 8.30am and dark again about 4.30 just makes you want to hide under the duvet!

still waiting on my planning permission for the basement but will have to wait till December now as there just isn't enough time before I would need to get started which means struggling on for another10 months - however we can get some of the pre-stuff done

(1) door from Old kitchen replaced which squeeks like mad and has been driving me potty for 2 years!

(2) Old fire door blocked up and windows replaced

(3) fire escape down

(4) new glass and steel canopy built and put on.

So its not necessarily a bad thing just more of an annoying one!

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K-Do you have a pellet or wood burning stove?

 

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birdwatcher wrote:

K-Do you have a pellet or wood burning stove?

 

Neither - forced air gas on the first floor (our floor) and electric baseboard upstairs. Old house, little to no insulation and stubbornness about paying an electric bill when I can put on a fleece jacket.

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Here's my problem with that. Everyone isn't going to be a superstar but it doesn't mean you can't take away something useful. It's of absolutely NO concern of his how his 'bandwidth' is being sucked up by 'the average'. He loses nothing by having tons of followers, 90% of whom never use his advice.

I am not going to be a superstar. I'm average. Average is ok. It's a lot easier to be average. I don't have to worry about maintaining a '#1' status anywhere. I can be who I want instead of trying to be the 'it inn'.

Was giving this a lot of thought today when I got one of my last issues of Fast Company. The first one I read I was psyched! Great mag! Lots of biz info. Now? I am never going to make my first million by 25. Heck, I won't make that by 75! I am not going to run Google. I am not going to invent anything. I am not a mover and shaker.

Time to accept that I am who I am. The more I relax and become happy in my own skin the more my guests will feel welcome. But, I am not ever going to be the number 1 rated anything. I am always going to be average. And it's ok.

So, off to unsubscribe from Mr Connolly's blog. I'm not his target market. I my averageness is weighing him down.

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I think you're taking it way too literally! It's the motivation to be the best YOU can be. NOT the #1 b&b or other's views of what you should be.

I actually was thinking of you today and admiring how each year during this slow guest time you do AMAZING work redoing your rooms. That's YOU being the best YOU can be!! Because of all that you have shared with us, I'm now sanding and painting some furniture and mantles that I've needed to refresh for a long time.

Stop trying to compare yourself to the #1 b&b. Keep focus on being the best you can be for who and what you are. You may not know it, but you already do it. Please see that what Jim is saying as affirmation that you are doing the right thing.

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I always take these things too personally. Sad

Let me know how the furniture painting is going. That's next up. But not until Feb-Mar sometime.

This is a tough month. Not enough sunshine. I'm in the doldrums. Had to drag myself out of bed today because the doorbell rang. Would have gone back to bed but it was a friend of DH's. Hate answering the door in my jammies and looking like a slug-a-bed! And then entertaining said friend until DH came back from his morning schmooze with his coffee buddies.

Out tonight with a big group of innkeepers. That should help. Altho, we always have the 'best' stories. Sigh.

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You are not alone...the further north we live the duller we get...me too.  I did manage to try a home made granola recipe today and my first attempt at home made yogurt is "fermenting" away in the igloo cooler with a heating pad for warmth.  I'm not crazy about the granola I made....Tra Der joe makes a tasty maple pecan version that I might just stick with. Tomorrow I try out the combo for my own breakfast.  That's all I can claim to have accomplished today....kinda lame, huh?  Maddie, do you ever get down this way?  Maybe a few days of R&R  will give you the boost you would like.

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I was supposed to go to ogunquit this month but I bit off too many projects. I'm planning to go in Feb.

I know I need to get out of dodge for a few days.

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This time of year is such a double edged sword. I enjoy the slow time, but worry about spending the money on updating and repairs with no money coming in. Guests have no idea how much $$$ it takes to keep these old places going and to offer them the updated amenities they demand.

Going to bed later and getting up later this time of year is a plus for me since I'm not really a morning person. I know what you mean about looking like a slug in your jammies. This morning I refused to get up and answer the doorbell. Whoever it was can just come back because I wasn't getting out of bed! devil

I'm taking a break right now. 1 cabinet top has been sanded and painted and 5 ledges/mantles have been sanded and stained and am just waiting a few hours for another coat. All of this because the guests think that it's just fine and dandy to set their juice glasses and coffee mugs on any flat service they want. This time I'm going to put a coat of verathane on top to stop the rings from soaking in. I hate the smell of that stuff though!

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We have one room with very deep window sills. Had to paint them 2 years ago because guests put the sweaty ice buckets on the wood and totally messed them up. It is so much easier to touch up paint than to sand and restain the wood.

Dressers all need to be redone.

One year I did all the mirrors, too.

BTW, AAA had been thru town dinging everyone and dropping ratings because of missing full length mirrors, old fashioned bathroom mirrors, missing bathroom shelves, non matching bedding (which I think meant no shams to go with the coverlets).

We haven't seen her yet but 2 innkeepers I saw tonight said they were dropped for missing those things. Oh, and flat screen TVs in all the rooms.

Maybe I won't answer the door tomorrow!

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We have covered every horizontal surface with glass. That's the only way to make sure guests don't ruin every table top.  

 

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Breakfast Diva wrote:

guests think that it's just fine and dandy to set their juice glasses and coffee mugs on any flat service they want.

Every time I see that I want to scream "would you do that at HOME?"

Better now!  Back to the topic at hand!

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I am in the January doldrums. No energy or desire to do anything. Going to Municipal League probably would have helped but thanks to the water problems was cancelled. Guests for the next 3 nights so that will help. I proud to say I got Christmas put away today - yea!

You do so much each winter. This time of year I am just trying to stay warm - without turning on that electric heater DH keeps telling me to turn on (and then will complain about the electric bill) - an extra sweater is cheaper. It was warmer outside today! I do OK until DH decides to open my door and keep it hanging open to let the cold from the hall rush in. Only 2 months to go!!

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