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  1. Skamokawa

    Our Springtime Flowers

  2. Skamokawa

    A little humor

    Happy today. We started a short term rental in a nearby city some time ago. When the city started the licensing process I was the first to apply. I've had the basic business license and have been paying taxes. Now, finally, the city has finalized their short term rental policy, rooms only...
  3. Skamokawa

    Both eyes done

    Fingers crossed for full recovery!
  4. Skamokawa

    Question regarding using AIR as a "bridge."

    I agree with Beach House. Don't know Seattle's rules for Air, but for B&B it can be tricky, especially for parking. Be nice with neighbors will go a long way. Hope you're not near the ferry dock :) If Air works for you - go for it. Best of luck! Born there, now in SW WA.
  5. Skamokawa

    Air Reviews

    This statement is incorrect. After 14 days reviews are posted, regardless of whether both parties have been reviewed or not. Neither party can see the other's review until: 1. Both have reviewed, or 2. The 14 days have passed. I have waited until the very end of the review period to post a poor...
  6. Skamokawa

    Your take on laundry services for guests

    $10/load, wash and fold.
  7. Skamokawa

    Scariest Project Ever!

    Your friend did the right thing for everyone.
  8. Skamokawa

    Where do your old linen/towels go to die?

    Old and not stained or threadbare go to the vacation rental. Next stop after lightly stained they get put in the 'dog towel' basket for the canine loving guests. After that they get used for shop and painting rags.
  9. Skamokawa

    Where do your old linen/towels go to die?

    That provided a much needed laugh! Basil-worthy!
  10. Skamokawa

    New Amenities

    I still use Greenwich Bay. Custom "Your Inn" labeling. Free shipping in large quantities.
  11. Skamokawa

    New Amenities

    I stayed at some of these years ago in England. Great for a young backpacker. Way better than the hostels then.
  12. Skamokawa

    Scariest Project Ever!

    Sorry you were left with the mess. Our departed tenant was a hoarder. The next of kin have been notified via registered letters about the deadline they have to remove his belongings. There has been no response. I've been boxing up the private papers and family photos the law requires us to...
  13. Skamokawa

    Scariest Project Ever!

    LOL. When we were using a planer to remove paint from used floorboards we purchased to match the existing ground floor, the shop vac was aces at containing the vast majority of the mess generated. It was also great at removing dust particles from between floorboards prior to refinished. Shop...
  14. Skamokawa

    Innkeepers staying at other B&Bs

    I rarely have said, and other than folks here, I will not going forward unless it seems like a happy conversational thing. I just want to be happy at another's inn.
  15. Skamokawa

    Tenth Anniversary

    Congratulations! Happy to have learned from you and everyone else here during the last decade. Thank you
  16. Skamokawa

    Prepping for the eclipse

    Thanks for sharing! I was cleaning rooms (with all lights on) during the event. We had two guest that morning who had the 5:30a breakfast in advance of hitting the road, then we had two last night back from the event, full of happy stories. Sounds like all had a good time in spite of the traffic.
  17. Skamokawa

    Things People Do....

    I don't ask about jobs, children, really anything personal unless, as you have suggested - the guest creates that opening. Our guests are on holiday, so I will ask it they have seen, or are aware of, this local attraction or that, or let them know about a local event. If the conversation veers...
  18. Skamokawa

    Slipped down the TA order today

    We have a sign too - that specifically references paper towels amongst other items. I'm better now. Was livid yesterday. I forgot the prime directive of venting here FIRST before contacting guests or writing review responses. We'll see how it plays out.
  19. Skamokawa

    Slipped down the TA order today

    An ordinary clog I would not worry about. The entire roll down the hatch is beyond normal wear and tear. I have to get that clog cleared before the next guests arrive. At 3. Its August. I'm tired. Thanks to reading innkeepers forums long ago we had waterproof mattress covers from the get go...
  20. Skamokawa

    Slipped down the TA order today

    I think I'm about to slip too. Guest just left, leaving a clogged toilet (on a septic system), an empty roll of paper towels that had previously been full, no evidence of them in any of the trash bins. I couldn't clear the clog and am now waiting on plumber. I texted her to inform her of the...