Monday, September 29, 2008

Sitting~ HA, Ha, HA, At a B&B

I am back from 9 days of Inn Sitting. That is a joke...there was very little sitting. Can you even imagine washing, drying and folding towels, bath rugs, sheets and bedding for 12 guest? The washer and dryer ran non stop all day long! Thank goodness a maid came in to go upstairs and change out the beds and bring down the laundry, trash and freshen up the rooms. My friend Glenda and I have always hated to leave a Bed and Breakfast after a visit. Well, Sunday night, we couldn't get away fast enough! LOL. We loved, loved, loved meeting the guest and talking to everyone, as well as the 2 tea parties we set up. Cooking breakfast wasn't all that bad either. But the best story of all involves the Innkeepers pets, Barney the cat and Amelia the beautiful blue parolett. Barney is a orange tabby cat that is a big hunter. He proudly presented us with a little chipmunk, that we rescued and released, as well as two moles...DOA! BUT, let me tell you about Sunday's breakfast and Barney. We had a house full of Auburn football guest as well as two couples down to play golf at Stillwater. They were all coming down about 8:30 for their breakfast of ham, biscuits, fluffy eggs, fried pears and banana bread. The weather was so wonderful outside that we opened the two sets of french doors off of the breakfast dining room. Some guest had wandered out to the deck with their breakfast and on one lady remained upstairs still in bed. Barney decided to slip into the house through the French doors. I hear guest saying, "No Barney, go back out." I went back into the owner's quarters for a minute when suddenly Glenda came in just screaming."Where is Amelia?" "She's in her cage, why?" I said. Barney has a squirrel caught under the buffet of the formal dining room, and I was so afraid that it was Amelia out. OMG! I went straight to the formal dining room only to hear cat and squirrel just a going at it! The guest were excited as well! The ladies were running, screaming, jumping in chairs as well as the men on the HUNT! Some guest were grabbing their cameras. The men were wanting a flashlight so I ran and got a couple. The squirrel was moving from room to room so I closed all doors leading to all parts of the house in an attempt to persuade the squirrel to go out the front door. The husband of the lady still in bed ran upstairs and told her he thought a squirrel had ran up the stairs and I mean she got up quicker than greased lightening! She came down those stairs all wild eyed and ready for a cup of strong coffee! Well, I continued to try to round up the squirrel by closing the massive pocket doors to the gentlemen and ladies parlors. Finally, Glenda got Barney and took him to the screened in porch. All guest were convinced that the squirrel had exited the front door. Of course, breakfast was stone cold at this point. After we checked the guest out, we went to the owner's quarters and sat down in the recliners to eat our breakfast. We were exhausted and beginning to dose off. All of a sudden we heard the squirrel in the gentleman's parlor that is back to back of the owner's quarters. I went in there and opened the parlor pocket doors, but no squirrel. So, our answer to is the house haunted is now...NO, only a squirrel in the gentleman's parlor. Now, if you have ever heard Ray Stevens' take off on the squirrel at church, this is even more funnier. All in all, we loved Inn Sitting and would do it again. However, Barney will need to stay at a kennel next time. Oh, P.S...you should read the comments in the journals! AND, A GOOD TIME WAS HAD BY ALL!

12 comments:

Sue said...

Tricia,
I am sitting here laughing out loud. I can see you and Glenda with the squirrel! I'm sure you have some stories to tell about this week. Glad you're back.

StitchinByTheLake said...

Absolutely hilarious! I would have been one of the women running and screaming. :) blessings, marlene

Nikki via The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

Oh, my, gosh!! I guess they didn't teach you about squirrels at Inn Keeper school, lol!!

What a hoot... I hope the squirrel is definitely out, they can sure cause some big time damage to curtains and furniture.

I bet those guests will be telling the tale to everyone they know.

The house was beautiful. Glad you had the experience, squirrel and all!

MelMel said...

Lovely to meet you!
Thank you for popping in!!xxx

Rose said...

Hi, Tricia! Thanks for the visit and your lovely comment. Inn sitting sounds like a lot of work. Glad Amelia wasn't Barney's breakfast! lol!

The Vintage Kitten said...

Gosh, I thought my cats were bad, every night one of them brings something through the cat flap (and not always doa) but Ive never had a squirrel! I bet the other cats in the area dont mess with Barney!! It sounds like you had great fun but hard work too. Mandy

Connie W said...

I found your blog from your comment left on mine. What a funny story...sounds like it should have been a Gilmore Girls episode! I am holding out for that root canal although I'm SO NOT looking forward to it.

My home - My life said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

I love your background!!! The pink and brown look amazing!!!

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Sounds like ya'll had a blast ! Did you take any pics ?

Becky said...

That is so funny. Sounds like you made some good memories.
Sounds like you fix a great breakfast too.
Becky

Jan and Tom's Place said...

Sounds hysterical. I'm imagining that happening at some of the B&B's we've stayed. Too funny!!! It reminds me of a Chevy Chase movie!!!

Thanks for the visit and comment about our friend from Galveston!

~Blessings,
Jan

DaNella Auten said...

lol that is tooo funny.