what do you do to boost energy? i'm a sluggish grump

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i need an energy boost!

is there anything i can do?  caffeine (coffee) just gives me a headache.  probably exercise i think.  if i go stand in the dirty guest room and exercise a little while?

breakfast is done, first load of dishes are in.

i've stripped the room that had the four ladies in it and i'm already tired. this is not good. i've got three other guest rooms to flip in addition to the one i've started.  now i'm procrastinating because i just want to rest. 

i am thinking, i'd like to go sit out there in one of those adirondack chairs!

i'd like to hop on the ferry and just go out to that island.

i'd like to go shoppin' or apple picken'

what a grump!!!  a sluggish grump ....  zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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Seashanty, do you take vitamins? I take a B-Complex every single day. If I forget for a day, I KNOW it. I can tell by 3 pm or so that I haven't gotten it into my system.

You exhaustion might be mental (no offense Smiling ).  This time in your life is coming to an end and all the emotional and mental stress that you have been under for the past few years is coming up. I won't be suprised if when this is over, you sleep for days on end. Your strength and will suprise me each time I log on and see what you have accomplished.

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Yeah, that's all that all hard working innkeepers need...vitamins.    Couln't be that we work ourselves to death every day?

My inn-mate in Texas had a guest tell her the same thing...because of enormous restraint, she didn't throttle the guest. 

Yes, that was sarcasm....

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Yeah, that's all that all hard working innkeepers need...vitamins.    Couln't be that we work ourselves to death every day?

My inn-mate in Texas had a guest tell her the same thing...because of enormous restraint, she didn't throttle the guest. 

Yes, that was sarcasm....

That is what Dh says to me when I feel worn out.  Throttling HAPPENS, not just wished for.

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Yeah, that's all that all hard working innkeepers need...vitamins.    Couln't be that we work our asses off everyday? 

Samster, I was simply pointing out that with all the hard work innkeepers DO do they have to take care of themselves, too. I never implied that it was a cure-all.

Your comment bothers me that you would think, after reading all my posts, that I would even insinuate that an innkeeper's life is a piece of cake. I have expressed my admiration and awe of your group many times.

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It was a joke....

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Samster wrote:

It was a joke....

Okay, then. No offense taken

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Well... nothing like getting a bunch of reservations to perk me up!

(That, and a 3 mile hike, on a gorgeous day, in our gorge.)

I think one reason for feeling blah was the dearth of upcoming reservations... took one on the phone on the way home and had three more on the email.

Yay!

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Kk.

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Just counted - from now til the end of Oct - I have 32 room nights booked - and I am here in Podunk!!

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gillumhouse wrote:

Just counted - from now til the end of Oct - I have 32 room nights booked - and I am here in Podunk!!

32!!  That's fabulous!

This was homecoming weekend and I only had three room nights.  I was starting to blame the economy.  I was at ten room nights for the month (and three of those were for my best friend, but she says she must pay me) and debating whether to run some kind of special.  Now I'm at 18!  Almost doubled in one afternoon!  And there's hope for more!

Last year October was good, so I was bummed when it looked sparse.  We have homecoming and Family Weekend and Columbus Day... 

Much happier now!

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Excellent, We have had a slow September (very messy teachers strike, and the not normal horrible rainy weather).  October already has more booked nights and we are just beginning.  We are also taking next week off as we have friends from Canada Smiling coming to visit.  Time for a bit of travel. 

How many years after opening do you need to know when your peak and down times are?  Because of the unusual circumstances this year, we are thinking it will take at least 2.

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We had the PO's numbers to go on for the first couple of years and we didn't do anything like their numbers, and never have. So, using our OWN numbers we decide best times for vacations, etc. However, we have been tripped up by shifting holiday dates like our Labor Day and Presidents' Day. The first year we had no guests booked in for the week after Labor Day so I went on vacation with my mom. The next year I tried to do that again and we were full. Same thing again last year, altho we weren't full over the holiday weekend itself. This year, because the 'weekend' was half in August, we were packed.

We had been taking the second weekend in Sept off as a respite for ourselves. Last year we had a wedding booked in, this year we were full again. So, even with 4 years of our own data, I'm not sure what's what!

The Valentine's Day/Presidents' Day combined weekend kills us in Feb. BUT, when they are separated, we get 2 good weekends.

The front page of the newspaper today was all about hoping the fall foliage season makes up for the lousy summer. I had the best summer season ever this year and foliage season is tanking. I should be full everyday this week, not even close. And it's not just me.

So, yes, you do need at least 2 years to determine your average peaks and valleys, but don't depend on it.

Gillum House said she has 32 roomnights booked in for the remainder of the month. That's slightly less than I have and I have twice the rooms. The only thing that's saving us this month is a slew of college parents' weekends and Columbus Day/Thanksgiving (Canada) holidays. And with the crash of a couple of German banks today, my guess is the Europeans will be headed home soon.

I'm thinking whoever survives this year, will come out a healthier business.

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I'm thinking whoever survives this year, will come out a healthier business.

Today's paper's front page was the stunning close of a cookie factory that's been open since the 50's.  Every year kids from all the local schools toured it, including my class many years ago.  Now it's closed and 100 people are out of work.

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YellowSocks wrote:

Bree wrote:
I'm thinking whoever survives this year, will come out a healthier business.

Today's paper's front page was the stunning close of a cookie factory that's been open since the 50's.  Every year kids from all the local schools toured it, including my class many years ago.  Now it's closed and 100 people are out of work.

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Kk.

That is so very sad!

Here is something front page on our local paper today, to tie in with your school tours comment.  And nO I am not making this up, it really says this:

"School administrators encourage children to read"

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And then it can change on you quickly.  We had a very different pattern our first two years than in the last four.  Our occupancy really jumped after our second full year - even though we were an established business, the PO had let some things go and business was much slower than what we shown in the reports.  It seemed like the word-of-mouth and repeat business took hold in that third year and now our occupancy is more predictable.

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And then it can change on you quickly.  We had a very different pattern our first two years than in the last four.  Our occupancy really jumped after our second full year - even though we were an established business, the PO had let some things go and business was much slower than what we shown in the reports.  It seemed like the word-of-mouth and repeat business took hold in that third year and now our occupancy is more predictable.

We have had Thanksgiving weeks booked solid and then the next year maybe one guest one night traveling through enroute to home.  I can't bank on it every being the same.  I WISH I COULD!

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JunieBJones (JBJ) wrote:

muirford wrote:

And then it can change on you quickly.  We had a very different pattern our first two years than in the last four.  Our occupancy really jumped after our second full year - even though we were an established business, the PO had let some things go and business was much slower than what we shown in the reports.  It seemed like the word-of-mouth and repeat business took hold in that third year and now our occupancy is more predictable.

We have had Thanksgiving weeks booked solid and then the next year maybe one guest one night traveling through enroute to home.  I can't bank on it every being the same.  I WISH I COULD!

Youngest (pregnant) daughter is in her first home this year. She has invited the whole family for dinner. I have one lone booking in the house on T-Day. I was all set to email to remind them of the booking in the hopes they would cancel so I could go to daughter's house for dinner. He called me to 'book his room'. I said, 'You booked last year when you left.' (And then said, 'Rats!' to myself.) If no one else books, I'll be kicking myself...

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Cathy wrote:

Excellent, We have had a slow September (very messy teachers strike, and the not normal horrible rainy weather).  October already has more booked nights and we are just beginning.  We are also taking next week off as we have friends from Canada Smiling coming to visit.  Time for a bit of travel. 

How many years after opening do you need to know when your peak and down times are?  Because of the unusual circumstances this year, we are thinking it will take at least 2.

I agree, I'm thinking at least 2.

Last year we opened our second guest room in mid-October, in part because the demand was there.  And the first room was well booked.  It just seemed like a month when a lot of people traveled and was a lot better than September last year.

So far this year, September was pretty good.  October was looking sparse but has picked up nicely (since yesterday).

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I have a friend also who insists on paying - so I give her a "such a deal" of 50% - enough to cover costs and let her be comfortable with coming. I give her Women's Club a package every year so last year she bought it so 2 of her 6 nights were free, she brought 2 other rooms with her (her sister and another lady) and gave them the same rate as hers, Everyone was happy! All those week nights a full house? You bet, any day. 6 of those nights will be freebies but all the rest are either rack rate or packages that bring even more!!

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 Hey Seashanty,

I feel the same way as you do.  I run an inn all by myself too.  Do all the dishes, laundry, ironing, check-ins, you name it.  This last month has been hard.  I feel like just falling over in the middle of the day and collapsing.  But I just have been plugging along to get the rooms done for the next check-ins.  I have been making myself a protein drink now in the mornings to give myself some energy.  I drink a cup or two of coffee in the morning right when I get up and started in the kitchen but that is all.  I use MLO Egg and Milk protein powder and add a banana, milk, orange juice, yogurt and other fruit in it and blend it.  I drink that as a snack in between my other meals when I have the smallest chance to even sit down and eat.

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I often get the opposite effect from Seashanty.  Even when I don't have guests, I wake up at 6AM thinking about all the things I need to get done, then I can't sleep anymore - even when it's things I do NOT want to do.  So, I jump up out of bed and get started on whatever it is before my coffee is even done.  Last night, I was up until 1AM steam cleaning carpets...back at sewing drapes very early this morning. 

When I do have guests, I wake up real early, before the alarm, fearing I'll sleep through it, or won't have enough time to make breakfast, or whatever else might screw things up.  So, I'm usually up and at it by 5AM when guests are here.

I need a vacation!  In addition to all the off season projects I've been working on, I've spent weeks sewing new pinch pleated drapes for the living room.  Finished this morning!  Whewww!  So, I'm headed out for my annual vacation this coming Friday...Columbus Day Regatta.  I'm going here: 

Only accessible by water...no roads, no electricity (except the power we generate), no nothin', but 1,500 other boats.  Smiling  Always a great time!  We'll be running the webcam from Friday night to Sunday night.

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Awesome photo! 

I do that do when we have guests...I did it this morning where I was up super early.  My plan was to look at the Sunday paper while drinking a cuppa.  uh, no...I ended up working on something.  However, I did check the college football scores. 

Guests checked out & I spent the afternoon bleach washing the porch, washing those windows, and cleaning up the porch. 

The paper is taunting me on the coffee table while I type this.....

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Last year when the time change hit, I thought I had been drugged! seriously! Never had it affect me so much before, I'm feeling it now too, our first rainy weekend and all i want to do is go to bed. I was thinking of you, seashanty, when I was on my 5th load of laundry, having just finished the first round of dishes and still needed to go up and clean rooms. I agree to just plow through, because if you stop and think you'll just cry. Just finally  finished cleaning the kitchen and mopping, can hear the dryer timer going off, at least I can hear the owls hooting to each other outside...

I was hoping to get to do some canning today, but the store was out of jars and I got done too late with the chores...Waaah!

It's hard, I am in the midst of chronic pain issues, so compound the exhaustion with pain, talk about grouchy! One wrong word and your toast around here!  Who me????

Have a couple here who haven't seen each other in 2 months (he's working away from their homebase), so sweet, flowers, champagne, gifties from Victoria's Secret...1st timers at a B&B...

So my dh says to me "what do you get her when you haven't seen her in 2 months?", I say "what?", he says, "2 more months!"

Can you feel the love?

We haven't been on a getaway since before we moved here 3 years ago... I think it may be a solo trip when it happens next! That turkey!

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As Bree already pointed out... the darkness is upon us.

And we're definitely feeling it here.

Sun comes up a half hour later here than it did in Maryland, which is fine by me.  But in the summer it would still be light out and now (almost 9 p.m.) it's been dark since 7:30.

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okay, i went outside and walked around the yard a bit, fast, emptied the trash bins into the barrels.  felt cool tho sweaty from working (yuck, i know)  got back inside and felt better from the cold air so got back to it. 

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i feel the same way and don't have nearly your workload!  Can't tell if it's the dark or just lack of sleep or some other reason.  I can't do caffeine either... makes my heart pound for days.  If you come up with something that gives you an energy boost, I'd love to know about it, too.

Having a much better day than you are, and I'm tired, too.

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Another benefit to living in the South...more daylight hours it seems   Sunset is 7:20 this evening....

I was fading & was going to take a micro nap which usually helps me.  Never happened....

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YellowSocks wrote:

i feel the same way and don't have nearly your workload!  Can't tell if it's the dark or just lack of sleep or some other reason.  I can't do caffeine either... makes my heart pound for days.  If you come up with something that gives you an energy boost, I'd love to know about it, too.

Having a much better day than you are, and I'm tired, too.

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what dark?

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What DARK? Are you kidding? I'm dragging because the light has changed so much. By 5:30 all the lights are on, by 6 it's no longer daylight.

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What DARK? Are you kidding? I'm dragging because the light has changed so much. By 5:30 all the lights are on, by 6 it's no longer daylight.

It starts getting dark here around 7:30.  Right now it's 5:15pm and the sun is shinning as bright as ever! 

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Bree wrote:

What DARK? Are you kidding? I'm dragging because the light has changed so much. By 5:30 all the lights are on, by 6 it's no longer daylight.

It starts getting dark here around 7:30.  Right now it's 5:15pm and the sun is shinning as bright as ever! 

Daylight inversion...when I was in Columbus in March it was pitch dark at 7 AM. At home, the sun was up and it was daylight at 5:45.

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Because I'm not an early morning person, this place suits me.  Of course, I am up at o'dark thirty when there are guests wanting early breakfast.  Guests here this weekend are civil human beings...they eat at 9 or 9:30am.  haha!

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Samster wrote:

Because I'm not an early morning person, this place suits me.  Of course, I am up at o'dark thirty when there are guests wanting early breakfast.  Guests here this weekend are civil human beings...they eat at 9 or 9:30am.  haha!

I had to get blackout drapes for my bedroom. Doesn't block it all tho because I didn't get a drapery rod that goes around. This one sticks out 3.5" from the wall so the light gets around. And that's with a shade AND another curtain underneath. It's why I put additional curtains in the guest rooms that face east...got tired of, 'What the hell time does the sun come up here?' Which is worse where SS is, given it comes up even earlier there!

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ah bree ... you know that won't work today.

it's 2 now, one couple showed up at 12:30 not happy they couldn't check in. i understand, they were driving a long time ... but room wasn't ready. so i had to send them away.  other guests staying over let them in (thank you for helping!) 

now the rooms are done, the fluffs are done, too. i was up at 6 and have been on my feet since then (except coming in here - you guys are my coffee BREAK!)  but the second load of dishes are waiting, the breakfast room and kitchen are still a mess and guest checkin starts in an hour. my feet and knees hurt, i look like hell (is that an okay word to put here?) and in spite of all the work and interruptions, it's a lonely life.

confession:  i am NOT going to miss this part of innkeeping!!! 

take note aspirings ... it is too much work for one person (me being the one person) to be occupied enough to pay the bills for this place, there is too much work for me to handle.  if i could keep a chambermaid showing up (which i cannot because they don't want to do the w.o.r.k) the expenses are up but it is worth it and do-able ... but i need groceries and cannot leave to go get some because the check-ins are due soon and the work is not done yet

.. when i read those silly articles about this being an easy way to make money all i can do is shake my head ...

 

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Sorry. I totally get it. But I have help everyday. Or, rather, hubs has help everyday!

Bad way to look at it, but you know the tap is turning off for the guests in a couple of weeks. Is that part of it? The season is coming to a close and so is this particular part of your life? We drop off a cliff tomorrow for the coming week. Onesies-twosies.

I'm supposed to use that time to CLEAN my house as my son is coming (he says) to visit. And he's bringing someone with him. I'm not holding my breath on either count (he shows; he shows with GF in tow) but I'm using it as a 'mind game' excuse to clean. For those who think 'big deal,' I haven't seen him in over 3 years and he's never brought a GF home before, ever. And he's well into his 30's.

Even hubs said, 'If it was only him, I'd let it go, but a GF? No, we gotta clean.' 

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Plow thru the work and then go sit with a clear conscience and the day's work behind you. That's what hubs would do. I have to do that because there's no choice in this biz but to get the work done. Then nap.

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