The week started out ok – Sunday was a beautiful day with 70+ degree weather, took a great walk in the woods and at the end watched Downton Abbey which is great fun.
Monday took my cat to the vet since she had a tooth sticking out of her mouth where it shouldn’t be. And she needed her shots. Had to leave her as she also had an infection in her gums…guess she’s too much a “person” and hadn’t brushed her teeth.
Then ran errands in the pouring rain. In fact, it rained all day Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday until Thursday afternoon when it started to snow! I’m glad I live on top of the mountain as the flooding was bad. I had to go to the other entrance to my road.In the afternoon I went to pick up my cat and heard from one of the other people that Harry Rotenberger was missing. I checked the name…turns out it is the husband of a good friend. Harry has alzheimers and has a tendency to wander around in the mountains. He’s done it before and they found him far from home.
I called to find out what was happening and although volunteers, the police in 3 states (the forest behind Harry’s house adjoins VA and NC, helicopters and search and rescue dogs had been out since Sunday afternoon, it was impossible due to the heavy rain.
Friends have been with Harry’s wife, lots of food and coffee, but Harry has not been found. It is now a week later and we have had 4 days of rain, cold weather and up to 6″ of snow so the chances of him still being alive are remote, to say the least. But for the family, it’s the imagining what could have happened and not have finality. This happens to other families and people, not people I know personally!
That was the week in the outside world, but the week in my world….my printer broke, my hot spot doesn’t work, some guests arrived very late and then informed they had a dog. They had neglected to tell me they were bringing one because if they had, I would have informed them they are not allowed in the INN.
We do have the Chalet and the Lake House where dogs are welcome AND if one family reserves the entire Inn AND they promise the dog will sleep in only one room in the Inn AND they pay an extra cleaning fee. then a dog is allowed at the Inn.
Although I was expecting guests at the Chalet, they weren’t due until Sunday night so I offered the Chalet at an extra fee for the dog which they agreed to.
Then on Saturday, when I was running errands, another set of guests arrived to find no water! I got hold of my plumber who came to the Inn and found a burst pipe at the well – water spewing all over and it had frozen the insulation. He fixed the pipe, but we still had no water in the house.
One set of guests agreed to go down to the Chalet (it has 3 bedrooms) since they really wanted to take a shower in the morning and felt they really wanted to have a toilet in the night. When they got there, there was no one else there. Humm
The other couple stayed at the Inn and we melted ice cubes from the ice maker to get water which she then used to wash her face. And we melted some snow to pour into the toilets. It wasn’t until about 11 pm that I happened to think….I have 3 50 gallon hot water heaters..that’s Lots of water! So today I’ve been hauling water from the basement to the kitchen to wash the dishes (not all of them), flush toilets and I did buy some bottled water to drink and for coffee and tea.
Repeated calls to the man who put in the well have gone unanswered. The plumber said he will be here tomorrow (Monday) at 8: am to put out the pump and see how big it is and what we need. He has a small one at his store, or someone will have to run and get a larger one. I’m sure going to enjoy that shower when I get water back. Perfume and sponge bathing is not the same.
So this is my blog for day 20 of the 365 day blog and so far…so good.