Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Looking back on 2009!

2009 is coming to a close and part of me is glad is it almost over. The weather has been crazy this year - the third highest in rainfall in many, many years. No surprise here - just ask the many guests who spent their vacation dodging rain drops!The wind has been ferocious. If you are on the top floor you can feel the house sway sometimes. I happen to like the feeling. A few years ago I had a guest who told me he slept on the floor. When I asked him why he said he felt too nervous sleeping in the bed during the high winds because the house felt like it was moving. I guess that some people like it (me!) and some people do not. We had 2 beautiful snow falls here. The first one was during last winter. It was so beautiful seeing snow on the dunes. There was even a snowman on the boardwalk! The 2nd snow fall was just a short time ago. Except for the room cancellations, it was fantastic to see the snow falling. I did not even mind having to shovel the sidewalk! This snowfall was not as deep but just as pretty :) I am hoping that 2010 gets the weather straightened out so it does not snow on the weekend , if it has to rain during the summer only rains after midnight and stops by 6:00 am, and gives us moderate weather for the spring and fall!
Two wonderful events happened in 2009 - both late in the year. I was recently notified by BedandBreakfast.com that Serendipity has been selected as one of the winners for Best in the Mid-Atlantic! To receive this honor in only my 4th year is stupendous and I have my wonderful guests to thank for it. The award is based upon the excellent reviews posted online by my guests during the past year. Thank you, thank you, and thank you. I am truly blessed to have such caring guests that took the time to do a review. You can read them at www.bedandbreakfast.com/ocean-city-new-jersey-serendipitybedbreakfast-reviews.html
The other wonderful event is the opening of the Serendipity TeaHouse! The tea house opened the end of October and is open for 4 days a week. I have had a nice response from the locals and hope to be able to operate the tea house for a long time. It combines my love of tea, baking and people into one enterprise - like an extension of the bed and breakfast! It has been a lot of fun for me. Not very many people get to have fun in what they do - I am very fortunate to have found something that I love to do.
Here is the most outlandish request I have had this year. A potential guest called and wanted a room for 3 people. As you know if you have stayed here, my rooms are for 2 people only. When I told her that, she put me on hold for a couple of minutes and then came back and said her husband would sleep on the couch! I almost fell off my chair - in shock! Can you imagine coming down in the morning and some poor guy is snoring in the living room???? I told her that would not work - sorry. Once I got over the shock I realized how funny it was! So sorry - no sleeping overnight on the couch or on the porch or anywhere else except a bedroom!
Thank you for the many great stories you have shared, for your laughter, and for your friendship. I hope that 2010 is a good year for you. May all your hopes and dreams come true.

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