Saturday, January 7, 2017

Snow Play

This is our "ranch" in the snow. Kirk and I no longer take innsitting assignments over the Christmas holidays so that we can spend some fun days at home playing in the snow with our family. It's especially great when we have these two little snow bunnies to play with. We made a snowman [Charleigh helped with that] and we had a snowball fight. Here we are having fun on a sled but we also have fun on skis.

 Guess who had their first ski lesson at Mt Hood Meadows ski area this year? Yup, the littlest bunny, ! Here she is checking out her equipment with Grandad. Her skis, boots and helmet all had stickers that said Eleanor on them - how special! Mt Hood Meadows has a great beginner program that includes a half day of day care [ so Mom can go skiing with us] , equipment rental, a lift ticket and a one hour lesson.

They make it so fun for the little ones with a special area roped off for snow play. Her instructor even pointed out the UNICORN prints in the snow!

 Here she is after her lesson using her lift ticket and already going up on the "magic carpet" and skiing a few runs with Grandad and TayCee. We all had such fun playing in the snow!


What she really likes to do is "ski fast", "ski fast Grandad". It's so great to see her little face light up and see how much fun she has playing in the snow.
Pretty soon she will be out skiing her grandma.

Here we are "apres ski" all tired out but happy! Next, upstairs for hot cocoa and cookies then home to the snowy ranch!

What a great ending to our family holiday celebration.

Now back to work for the two lazy innkeepers!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Carols at Christmas

        I love Christmas Carols, don't you?

 Every December, if I am not working as an Innsitter, we go to Seattle to visit friends and family. One of the wonderful holiday traditions we enjoy there is the Christmas Caroling Party at the Stillman home.

Charlie and Susie Stillman are the hosts of this annual party as well as the parents of our son-in-law and also good friends of ours. We always look forward to their
Christmas Caroling Party.

There are lots of good voices [I am NOT one of those but I do love to sing carols!]. There is also usually  an accompanist and this year we had a very exuberant rhythm section. Aren't they sweet little angels?

                                                                                  Of course all that singing can make you work up and appetite. Susie and Charlie put out a great spread of party treats to be enjoyed by all.

Including a very elaborate cheese board with labels to help identify cheeses from all over the world. Yum!

Below is my wonderful son-in-law, Fred, carving turkey for all of us.

Such a great Christmas Caroling Party! Such a great way to enjoy family and friends at the holidays.

I hope you all are enjoying wonderful holiday traditions of your own.

                                                                         Happy Holidays!


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

It's a Wonderful Life!

   It really is a Wonderful Life! One of the wonderful things in my life is that the last few holidays I have gotten to be an Interim Innkeeper in Cannon Beach Oregon. Kirk and I have a tradition of attending the holiday show at the Coaster Theater. This year we really enjoyed their performance of "It's a Wonderful Life".

One of our other holiday traditions is to have our daughter and our little granddaughter come to visit us to celebrate the Haystack Holidays. in Cannon Beach.

We usually start our weekend with a visit to Santa in Seaside at the Providence Festival of the Trees. This year they had story telling, cookie decorating, ornament making and all kinds of things for little ones [and not so little ones] to do.

            Then we try to fit in time to feed the seals at the Seaside Aquarium  and ride the beautiful carousel at  Carousel Mall - this year we rode it FOUR times.... they actually have two reindeer as carousel animals!    After all of this we end up with the Lamp Lighting at Sandpiper Square in Cannon Beach.  Then we go back to our room happy but TayCee is exhausted!!

 What a wonderful weekend!
                                   It's a Wonderful Life!                                                                    

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Grateful for Great Grandparents

  This is the time of year when we all take a moment to feel grateful for the wonderful things in our lives. I am grateful for my work as an innsitter which I love. I am also grateful that my parents, who still live in Grinnell Iowa where I grew up, are healthy enough in their early 90's to enjoy some time being really GREAT great grandparents.

   These two were wonderful grandparents to my daughter Martine and now she makes sure they get to spend some quality time with my granddaughter Eleanor. Check out the dance party above!

I know we all have much to be grateful for.

This photo is one of the things I am most grateful for!

Happy Thanksgiving

Sunday, November 13, 2016



WOW !!  It's Women Only Weekend in Cannon Beach. The Cannon Beach Hotel was one of the sponsors of this fabulous weekend and as Interim Innkeeper for the hotel, I got to attend some of the events at the Women Only Weekend. What FUN!

The first event was the "Launch Party" where I won a free facial from Sandviks Oils. Don't I look wonderful? This party also had live music, great food, wine, vendors and prizes. What it did not have was MEN. I mean it's
Women Only Weekend


  The second night  of Women Only Weekend the "Wine Down" party was held at the Cannon Beach Hotel. Guess who got to hostess that? Yup, yours truly [have I mentioned how much I LOVE my job?]. I mean I have lots of experience so might as well put it to good use!

The featured vendor at our event was Marcia Miller author of "You Go Girls!" travel book. She is also a travel consultant and guide. You know no one travels more than I do so it was very interesting for me to hear some of her tips for the perfect trip.

We had quite a fun crowd of women at the hotel to drink wine, eat delicious treats from the Cannon Beach Cafe and talk to Marcia about women on the go.

WOW!! I hope they have Women Only Weekend in Cannon Beach again and I hope I am here to work or just with some of my women friends.                               You should come too!

Friday, October 28, 2016


 It's a spooky time of year at the Cannon Beach Hotel . I am currently the Relief Manager here but look at my assistant Boris...... isn't he boootiful!!  He even has his own name tag. Boris helps greet our guests during the Halloween Season and on Halloween Eve we encourage all the little trick or treaters to have their picture taken with Boris. He's very popular!


    Boris and I both love all the spooky little touches around the Cannon Beach Hotel. Notice the crow on the front desk and the cat on the mantel. On Halloween all of the staff gets to dress in costume if they like. I guess I'll go as a manager. What do you think?                                                                  


  This is my favorite spooky little touch - a friend of mine sent it to me. Is't it perfect??

 Of course it's not all about the decor at my Dead and Breakfasts - I get to arrange flowers and pumpkins, I get to oversee Halloween parties and trick or treaters. I also get to bake......


   These are my delicious pumpkin muffins. Make some for yourself this Halloween and see how good they are.

 K.C.'s Pumpkin Muffin Recipe - 

 Blend 1/2 C oil, 2 eggs, 1/3 C water, and 1 C pumpkin
 Add 1 + 3/4 C  flour, 1 + 1/2 C sugar, 1 t soda
Stir in a pinch of salt and lots of spices [I use cinnamon, ginger, and apple pie spice]
Bake at 350 for 25 minutes

If you like you may top with apricot glaze:
Mix 1/4 C melted butter, 1/4 C powdered sugar, and 2T of apricot jam

                                          Happy Halloween to all of you- it's  Boootiful!


Sunday, October 9, 2016

Wild West

 Between innsitting assignments this year we got to spend some time in the Wild West . It is such a beautiful area and has so much to offer. First we stopped in Cody Wyoming where Kirk and his friend Glenn spent ALL DAY at the Buffalo Bill Museum. Of course while they were doing this, I was shopping with my friend Ruthie. That night we all went to a wonderful wild west show at the center. Here we are all dressed up in our western best.

  Kirk and I also stopped in for a drink at Buffalo Bill's hotel in Cody Wyoming - the Irma. Such a great bar and so much Wild West history there!

After Cody, we drove to Yellowstone Park. It's always stunning in the fall and this year was no exception. There was lots of wildlife including this big elk and many buffalo. We also saw a Canadian wolf which I had never seen before - he was awe inspiring! But I was not quick enough to get a photo.

 We ended our Wild West tour with drinks at the Old Faithful Lodge in Yellowstone Park and sat on the deck to watch old faithful erupt right on time! We just love this part of the world and it was a great little vacation but, now it's on to our next job and back to work!

What is your favorite vacation spot in the west?