September 8, 2014
As I have bragged so many times, I feel we have a remarkable housekeeping staff here at Applewood Manor Inn. Not only are they perfectionists (though we do screw up once in a while) but they really care about the condition of the rooms in the house as well as the outside. Each staff member has a specialty of interest. Sonia loves plants and flowers, besides a back up cook and a keen eye for dirt and dust. Dwight is fast and efficient especially at room cleaning and disinfecting, as well as table setting and cleaning up the breakfast dishes and the kitchen. Henry is our expert laundry magician, gets out stains and a perfectionist with ironing. Wet sheets and towels are never left in the washer! Many guests marvel when they listen to Sonia and Dwight work and have remarked , “How in the world did you get them to sing?”. I respond that they came to us with that charming talent, and they do not even realize they are singing while they work!
What our guests do not realize is that all three are known Thespians here in Asheville. Dwight has a dual degree from Brevard College (once known as the Brevard School of Music) in Acting and Opera. He has directed plays, painted stages, conducted acting classes, composed music and is well know as a veteran actor/singer. Sonia is such a happy soul and has acted/sung in many a play, she is not only pleasing to the eye but sweet. Henry is a new addition to our crew and is also a veteran actor/singer/dancer coming out of Greensboro, now a resident of Asheville.
Right now Sonia and Henry are in the same Shakespearean play, performing at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheater, in the Montford Historic District, in Coriolanus (a seldom staged military drama). Henry is a main character Tullus Aufidius (villain) and Sonia his chief Lioness (Volscian Soldier). So Sonia’s fake tattoos and corn row braided hair is a bit alarming. Henry takes the award for strange, with his hair shaven in grooves around his head and ending in a severe point in the back, along with braids on the long hair left on top. Thank goodness they do not work in their costumes!
September 1, 2014
The Guest Who Is Staying a Bit Longer Than Normal
My son and daughter-in-law are having a house built for them in Arlington, Virgina. They have (my first four legged grandson named) Toby, who is a Boston Terrier. Unfortunately the place they are staying temporarily, does not allow dogs (how unfortunate). So I was asked to take care of him for 2 weeks, which transformed, or course, into over 2 months! Presently Mr. Toby is still with us from his arrival on June 25!! Their house is progressing, but you can imagine easily, how timetables are rather nebulous and it takes longer than expected.
Mr. Toby is absolutely adored by our guests! He LOVES people. In fact he received a report card from doggie day care that stated he does not play well with other dogs. I suspect he thinks he is a four legged human. A few problems, he is not a dander free pet and he jumps up on you. So Mr.Toby is always behind our kitchen gates, much to his sorrow.
Maggie and Lila are not jealous, which surprises me. It is quite a feat to have both dogs in my lap at the same time (Toby and Lila). The girls even wait for me to get Toby’s harness on before they run out into the back yard. We cannot let Toby run loose. He is very muscular and very fast. Being a terrier, when he gets free he stays just out of your reach, running in circles, stopping to make sure you are trying to catch him with a huge grin on his face. It is rather annoying and time consuming to catch him. Thank god he really just wants to be where I am, so eventually he tires and let himself be escorted back in to the house.
So we are now a family of 5 (temporarily) here at Applewood Manor Inn. One wide open Boston Terrier and two lazy Silky Terriers.