A Fall Evening at The Windover Inn Bed & Breakfast

Friday, May 28, 2010

Technology Versus Nature At A Waynesville, North Carolina Bed & Breakfast

There are so many ways to get information these days, and so much information to be absorbed! It seems as if there is new technology being offered every day to help us be more efficient and more connected to the world and its news events. Although I can understand its value, I also understand at times, I, personally, need to disconnect.

Even when my children were young, when the only input of news I would get would be from the newspaper and television, there were times I had to shut my receiver off. I discovered fairly early in my young adult life that I do not take the worries of the world lightly. If there are problems, they need to be solved; if someone needs help, they need to be rescued; and diseases, well, you get the idea. I had to learn very quickly, that I couldn't save the world, or even one or two people.

But, I didn't want to lose that part of me that feels deeply about things. I like that about myself, and it's what motivates me to be a better person and to hopefully always try to leave whatever I touch in this world a little better than it was before.

Through the years I've discovered if I minimize my intake of daily news, I maximize my daily productive output. I found that I'm the type of person that needs to be connected, less to technology, and more to living things. Nothing soothes my soul more than hugs from family and friends, or something as simple as spending the early parts of the morning with the sounds of nature in our gardens.

Don't get me wrong, I can embrace all of the technology and its benefits, and I still stay in touch with the headline news. But as I recharged my battery in the quiet, peaceful atmosphere of our Waynesville garden sanctuary one early morning, I found myself using my Blackberry for recording the joy of the moment before checking email and the headline news. It's a lot more impressive when you're here, but just in case you can't get here - Enjoy!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Thank You Anthony For Sharing Your Gift With Waynesville

We had another wonderful group of guests this weekend. Very nice couples on Mommie and Daddie getaways and getaways just to relax. Girlfriends reconnecting and reminiscing about their college days, and a Pianist, Anthony Molinaro, who was just as nice as he is talented!

Good music always evokes emotions for me - it's something to feel, not just hear. Although we were unable to get to his concert sponsored by our Haywood County Arts Council, Anthony generously gave us his latest CD and it is amazing! After all of our guests checked out, we had it on as background music as we were getting things done around here, and we both had to pause and give it its due. It's not background music, it's the kind of music you absorb, the kind that transports you to another place. It's passionate, moody and uplifting!

We've gotten used to being in the background of a lot of our local events due to our role as Innkeepers, and love to share in our guests' joy when they experience what our area has to offer. But this time we had regrets. We obviously missed a master of his craft, and an experience that doesn't happen often. You better believe if there is ever a chance for us to see Anthony in concert, we are going to try our best to do it! Who knows, we may have a trip to Chicago in our future, or if we're fortunate enough, maybe Anthony will come back to Waynesville!

You can get info on Anthony and his new CD at http://www.anthonymolinaro.com/. ) It will definitely be featured on the Playlist at The Windover Inn!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

It's Time for Tomatoes at This Western North Carolina Bed & Breakfast

It was a dirty job (literally) but someone had to do it. That job was planting our organic vegetable garden at The Windover Inn. This actually began about 6 weeks ago when I seeded my indoor seed starter pods and placed them in my indoor Grow Garden which is a 3 tiered grow light arrangement that holds about 300 seed starter pods at a time. I seeded most of the pods with herbs, tomatoes and annual flowers. Fresh herbs are important ingredients in my savory breakfasts here at The Windover Inn Bed & Breakfast, such as stratas, frittatas, and quiches. We use tomatoes as a garnish, but I always try to serve tomatoes that I'd like to eat, too. Not the 'tennis ball' variety. I love it when plates come back with EVERYTHING eaten!

Today I took the chance that our last frost has passed here in the mountains of Western North Carolina. This is a big chance since it is only the beginning of May. But The Weather Channel's extended forcast assures me, fool that I am, that the next 10 days will be warmer than average. So... that brings us just about to the traditional 'last frost date' of May 15th. My other problem is that my tomato seedlings have grown into such big plants, they no longer fit under the grow light! So, while our cat Oatmeal watched, I planted 14 tomatoes in our raised garden, today. This is a 100% organic garden since I don't use any pesticides and I know exactly where these plants came from! The herb plantings have already gone into our whiskey keg herb gardens since they are a bit heartier than the tomatoes. We'll see how everything turns out! Hopefully, by mid July, Jen and I will be plating our guests' savory dishes with homegrown tomatoes!