The 1899 Wright Inn Bed and Breakfast~2013 in Retrospect

Posted by wrightinn_bob on January 4, 2014

“Never a Christmas morning, never the old year ends; but someone thinks of someone, old days, old times, old friends.”   Author unknown

As we reflect on 2013, we remember the good and bad.  The bad mostly being Bob’s shoulder surgery last May after a fall in Key West.  This year’s continuing saga on that issue is his scheduled surgery on Thursday January 9, 2014, on the other shoulder.  I think he wants matching scars!!

For those of you who have been here or own an old home, you know the house is a continuing work in progress.   Roof repairs had to be done.  Now we’re running out of the original slate to do any upcoming repairs.  Large sections of the outside of the house have been repainted, sections of the porch replaced, new bathroom tile in the Hampton Room, painting some of the bedroom ceilings and a new stove with double ovens for our kitchen.

Shawna, our housekeeper of over four years left to take a full time job.  We miss her, but she has returned to help us out during our very busy December.

Tom, our son, has come on board to help at the Inn so his poor ole parents are not working seven days a week.  This is the first full year with our inn manager, Shirley who retired in October 2012.  I’m happy to say that she still does our inn sitting so we can get away for some R&R.

This year’s trip included Key West, the Delmarva Peninsula, Fredericksburg and Richmond Virginia for some Civil War activities, Michigan to see family and friends and a week spent on Lake Norman, NC.  Thanks Shirley!!!

 

Last winter, we never saw a snowflake.  This winter, we’re on our second snow.

Bill and Ann returned this year after trying to spend their honeymoon here and found we had a water leak directly over their bed!!!!  They were very gracious about it; and returned this fall to give us a “second chance.”

This is our tenth winter of owning this grand piece of history and we’ve been lucky enough to have many return guests and they in turn sent their family and friends.  We continue to meet many of our neighbors whose families come to stay with us.  Folks have come to celebrate weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, engagements and baby moons.  We have become a special part of so many of your lives.

Larry and Nancy returned for another visit.  You can read about Larry and Nancy on previous blogs.  Larry lived in the house with his mother and brother many years ago and every year, he keeps us entertained with stories; proving that you can go home again no matter what Thomas Wolfe says.

We had another gentleman come into the inn one morning after breakfast who used to live in the carriage house when it was rented out as an apartment.  His parents then found a house to purchase and they moved nearby.  He was just passing through Asheville and wanted to see “the old place.”

Tony and Carol, we’ve missed you this year and hope you are feeling better Tony.

We’ve enjoyed all our family and friends who’ve come to visit, the vets who enjoyed Veterans’ Day with us, the great group we had for Valentine’s Day, the families that came here together to bond and the women who tested their new airbed in our front parlor.

We appreciate you all and look forward to seeing you sometime again.  You’ve delighted us with your charm, your laughter and great conversations.

I will end this sentimental journey with our favorite photo of the year.  We often see some interesting things in our parking lot including some very creative parking.   But this one is the best and we appreciate their thoughtfulness in not wanting to bring wet clothes into the Inn.

 

We wish all of you love, health and happiness in the coming year.

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