With mail and green water can in hand; I continued up the walk. It’s been a long journey coming here but I finally feel like we’re home for good. I praise the Lord for the blessings, family, and business opportunity. We decided to turn the 5 bedroom, 2 ½ bathroom cabin into a bed and breakfast and museum. It’s much too big for two people; I keep insisting on hiring a crew to clean, repair, and mow.
Samuel was surprised to find information at the Chamber of Commerce office. Someone wrote a book about this rich family. But sadly just a handful of people were interested in buying the book. A large roomy cabin was built for a tycoon businessman, his high society generation currency wife, their son, and their daughter. They entertained high class people, actors, actresses, presidents, senators, and businessmen. Their son inherited the business from his father and maternal grandfather after the men passed away. Now the grandson inherited the businesses; married a high maintenance model who joined a professional group to own and operate a successful cosmetics company.
The son came across an opportunity to own and live on a small island in the Caribbean. The couple, now expecting a baby, packed up and put up a for sale sign. At first, the wife’s brother rented the property and wasn’t interested in buying. He hired crews to clean, mow, and repair. Now he wants to move to the island; his business ideas turned into successful internet business. Business was done by video chat and electronic banking.
A small two centuries cozy cottage located down the road but near the cabin. It was built at the same time as the cabin was built. We were wondering if the cottage intentions were for the servants to live. The cozy 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom cottage surrounded by beautiful scenery will be our home. Wow! A running deep creek in the backyard!
My husband is already making plans to build a fishing shack out of scraps of silver metal tin, fishing poles, and free standing hammocks by the water. Mr. Snuggles suggested we hire a contractor to build a couple of tiny homes for our family and friends to stay during their visit. There is another option; families can stay at the BBM during their stay, making sure there are no guests due to arrive during that time. I haven’t seen Mr. Snuggles smile and excited about work in a long time.
Praise the Lord! I won the sweepstakes! The costs of remodel of multi-homes continued to add. Then an architect was hired to design and create space for two tiny homes. No contractors and team weren’t available at this time. We contact the agency and our bank to purchase the 10 acres quickly. Hopefully soon, the costs will stop and our savings will start growing.
Two above ground swimming pools-one for guests and one for us were installed and filled with water. 8 feet x 8 feet square cement pads for chairs and grill located next to each pool area. I prayed guests would arrive on continually basics throughout the year. Please follow rules and pick up after yourselves, attractive looking trash cans with white trash bags sprinkled around the scenery. Everyone laughs at grandma’s idea, the children love to practice barrel racing around the trash cans! Of course you swim in the creek or ice skating during the winter.
Our daughter asked us, “Do you really want strangers entering your yard in order to go swimming or ice skating?”
The first and second floor of the cabin became a perfect place for antiques encased in glass boxes with lock/key and tech savvy equipment. Samuel and I sorted our storage unit dividing into groups: keep, give, or sell. We walked every inch of the homes and grounds carrying a school-sized notebook making lists of what else we needed or to be removed. That was the first time we experienced strange things–curtains waved in the breeze-no windows open; furniture moved; doors suddenly shut with a bang. Maybe door banging is the sound I heard when I was outside just now.
Astonishment and blessing–our business has grown and is now quite successful. Mr. Snuggles and I finished online classes and workshops to improve our business savvy to handle the growth. I continue to acquire items for the museum, research, and write. We also publish a small newspaper for our guests. Our guests include travelers from around the world, groups, events, reunions, and business events.
My husband and I attend the local Methodist church. We particularly enjoy Sunday dinners after church. We also participate in community events. A carnival without the metal rides instead simply games are played to raise funds for the Fourth of July fireworks is my favorite! We’re slowly fitting in, but from time to time, I still feel like an outsider, so I invite the preacher’s wife over for tea and a good chat.