Day 527: Spring preparations and possibility

Let the spring cleaning begin! We were blessed with a mild and relatively short winter, which has enabled us to get inside the guestrooms and to get our outdoor projects and grounds work started early. Over the next few weeks, we will be tackling the problem fountain garden, aka The Reflection Zone, in between Buildings One and Two. As soon as it’s consistently warm enough, we’ll be moving around the north corner and to the rest of Building One with exterior paint and trim. Then it’s over to Building Two for more of the same treatment. We’ll also be putting a fresh coat of paint on all the doors. I can’t wait to see how the whole place looks once the paint job is complete.

Our newest project for this spring is a light lobby makeover.  Shane and Lexi spent last Sunday stripping wallpaper. Dave has a bit of skim coating and sanding to do to the drywall before we proceed with paint. Shane and Lexi are steering the color choices for this area. We’ll keep most or all of the existing elements and use a fresh color palette to give the room a “vintage modern cottage” feel.

Sarah and Lexi are also helping me clean, de-clutter, and organize.  “One room at a time,” as Sarah says, and it will all get done. They keep me focused and semi-sane while working their butts off and singing and making me laugh until my stomach hurts. They are as invested and enthused as I am, and their positive energy is contagious. I’ve probably said it before, but it bears repeating: Getting to work on this project with my favorite people is my life-long dream coming true. It is the journey, as they say, that matters, and I am already having the best time ever.

Funny how life is; the best time ever is also the hardest time ever financially. Dave has taken full-time work with our builder friends to help keep us afloat. I’m doing what I can from home to keep the project and business moving forward.  I try hard not to let money worries distract me from the tasks of reopening rooms and “filling beds,” as they say in the biz. Thankfully, there are tons of free but powerful communication tools available online: WordPress, Instagram,  Facebook, Twitter, Google, TripAdvisor, and of course, GoFundMe.  Social media enables us to reach out and connect with people in a way never before possible, and at virtually no cost. It appears to be working, because we’re getting more reservations every week.

We still need all the help we can get. Please consider choosing the Atwood Inn for your next vacation, family reunion, golf outing, or out-of-town wedding guests. We are offering incentives through GoFundMe for pre-paid bookings and an extra special deal for the full house for two nights. Kindly share the Motel Possible and Atwood Inn pages to your network of friends and family. And keep on pulling for us and sending so much good will our way. Every bit helps, and we appreciate it more than we can say.

Cheers to spring!

Day 244: Stream of Consciousness Meets To-Do List

As you may have noticed, I have been struggling to make time for beautifully articulated, picture laden updates. Today’s Motel Possible project journal offers a verbal off-the-cuff glimpse at what is happening at the motel and in our heads at any and every given moment.

Here it goes: Researching and pricing mulch, fascia, trim boards, skirting, bladder tanks, and reservations systems. Caulking. Scraping. Painting. Mowing. Differentiating between commitments and goals, between what we want and what we need. Working our “real” jobs. Having fun. Walking the grounds together every morning and evening. Laughing at our little posse tagging along. Discovering and identifying a variety of winged and non-winged creatures. Telling ourselves we need to write it all down. Taking lots of pictures instead. Cleaning and organizing. Thrifting. Worrying/not worrying about money. Trying not to feel guilty about all the help and support we’ve been given. Looking forward to paying it both backward and forward. Staying in gratitude. Feeling overwhelmed and anxious and, oftentimes, just plain beat. Working through it. Knowing that we are exactly where we’re meant to be at this moment and doing exactly what we are meant to be doing. Working with the people we love. Living the dream.

Mr. Wonka: “Don’t forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he wanted.”
Charlie Bucket: “What happened?”
Mr. Wonka: “He lived happily ever after.”

Jiminy Crickets, I almost forgot the most important part! We are planning a Work Bee / Open House / BBQ / Hootenanny Dance Party with live music on Saturday, July 18th. We’ll fill you in on more info and details as we have them.