Thursday, September 6, 2012

Number 1 Like of Innkeeping!

When I started this, I knew where it was going but not the road it would take.  Yesterday I saw a posting on Facebook by Chef Dallas Holt.  It gave no author but the message really rang true for me and my Likes of Innkeeping.  "In the end, we only regret the chances we didn't take, relationship we were afraid to have, and the decisions we waited to make."  I thought to myself, wow this says it all about this adventure we have had the last 8 1/2 years. How perfect this posting was for me!  Kind of strange in its "perfect timing".  You see after 8 1/2 years we have made the decision that it is time for us to really retire and live the next adventure in our lives.  Yes as of this December 17th, we will close down Oakridge Manor B&B.  We will do it with no regrets as we did take the chance to live out a dream.  We have had so many wonderful relationships with you our guests and now friends.   We are thankful we made the decision when we did and didn't wait for "tomorrow" to try this crazy idea of running a bed and breakfast.  We have more than "liked" our chosen "road" these past 8 years and will have no regrets about taking it.  Now it is time for us to look towards new adventures, more time with our children and grandchildren and with each other.  We will miss seeing many of our regulars come thru our door but will cherish the many friendships we have made along the way.  We thank all our many guest for making this adventure truly memorable, our fellow innkeepers for all their help and friendship.  I will close in thanking our children who may have thought their parents had lost it when they saw the wreck of a place they bought in Southern Illinois.  They have supported us in this crazy idea and have helped us along the way, with their love, support and even hard work here.

Until next time,  Anna


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Number 2

Those of you who know me, know I really do enjoy cooking.  Being a innkeeper has allowed me to do one of my favorite likes - trying out new ideas in the kitchen. Sometimes the guests are the first to get to sample a new recipe, sometime my fellow innkeeper. From main dish to a new pastry it is always fun to experiment.  To those of you who miss my dinners, what can I say.  We just got too busy for me to continue those and still continue to have the totally quality B&B experience you had come to enjoy.  I thank you for all the compliments.

Until next time and my # 1 Like, Anna

Monday, September 3, 2012

Like number 3!

Number three would have to be the feeling of a"job well done".  Guest leaving today really summed it up.  They said we seemed so well suited as "innkeepers".  They wondered what it was like always being on top of your game and ready to take on the world.  Guests always wonder what "strange stories" we have to tell - very few actually!  We let than know that bed and breakfast visitors truly are the best of the best.  They are what make innkeeping such a great experience. Of course the naked guest in the lower level looking for ice was an experience, luckily happened upon by Robert and not me!!  We have met so many great people as innkeepers,that it has never been a job but rather a joy.

Until next time, Anna

Sunday, September 2, 2012


It is just totally amazing to me how we are all so connected.  Full house with the Labor Day weekend.  As always, in talking with our guests we learn so much about them.  Our first four couples are here from Morton, IL.  Recently we had returning guests from Morton celebrating their 5th anniversary, and of course they knew them.  Even are members of the same church community.  Our final couple from O'Fallon, IL (our old home town), knew our old neighbors from last house.  They  also know our dear friends  (she and MF both worked at the same college before MF retired).  Now what is the chance of  both sets of guests having connections with us or our guests - crazy.  What is the "likely" hood of that!!

Until next time,  Anna

Saturday, September 1, 2012


No matter how many we have, our guests are really the best.  It never ceases to amaze me how much fun we have with our guests.  Perfect strangers come into our home, and you just gel with them and  have the most wonderful time. I often wondered if it would feel weird to have strangers come into our home. Bed and breakfast guests are a whole different entity.  Every guest we have  had has been a true joy!  Totally interesting and just plain fun to interact with.  So to all of  our guests thank you, you have made thes past nine years truly fantastic.  Who would not have "liked them"?

Until later, Anna

Friday, August 31, 2012


Some how yesterday got away from me and my Ten Likes of Innkeeping posting of like #6 just didn't happen.  Ya know, that is just how the day of a innkeeper is sometime - not quite enough hours in it to do all that needs to be done.  Still working on yesterdays laundry not to mention innkeeper laundry. You think that is funny but we do need clean clothes every once in a while.  I think my number 6 comes from the reaction I get when my guests walk in the front (sometimes kitchen) door.  Many of you know the story of this place - bank repo.  It really was a wreck when we bought it.  So much so that our children even thought we were crazy.  But with alot of hard work,  more hard work and even more hard work it has been transfromed into a pretty nice place to live let alone welcome guests.  Being here on a day to day basis, it is easy to forget how lucky we are (that goes for alot of things our life).  Greeting guests and have them remark on the place brings it all back.  My Dad always used to say a little hard work never hurt anyone.  I think he would be proud!  I know he would get a kick out of seeing me on the tractor,  not that it happens all that often but it has happened.  Living here, meeting so many people and helping them experience the beauty of Southern Illinois (but that is another Like) really is a totally rewarding part of being a innkeeper.

Until later,  Anna

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


It is an amazing time we live in.  I have to wonder what innkeeping was like just a few years ago.  I think about all the changes that have come  about with "social media".  How did people keep in contact with so many people daily with such ease?  What was innkeeping like?  Your guests came, stayed and left. Did you ever hear from them again unless they rebooked? Now with social media we are always in touch with our guests, sharing in their daily lives, their highs and lows.  We have met so many wonerful people who we have shared so much with.  I remember a recent guest whose first question was, "has your Granddaughter arrived yet, I've been reading your blog!"  Now how sweet was that?  Then their is our guests and now dear friends with a very special son who for the first time in his nearly ten year was able to say "Daddy".  Sharing such joy is really a special part of innkeeping and one I will always cherish.  So today my #7, is truly you, all my guests who bring great joy to my daily life.  Thank you all, there are way too many of you to name.

Until next, Anna