Winter birds…

Chickadees and Juncos are plentiful at the feeder this winter – they fight the squirrels for elbow room at the trough.  I’ve seen the odd Red-bellied Woodpecker show up amongst the more common Downys, scared away by the ugly, aggressive Starlings – yet the Starlings are skittish when I approach the kitchen window.  Many others have shown up in this particularly cold weather:  White-breasted Nuthatch, White-throated Sparrow, House Sparrow, House Finch, Northern Cardinal, and Northern Mockingbirds. As I stand at the kitchen window looking out at the snow-covered drive and rail bed, watching the birds and squirrels attack the feeder and suet, I can’t help but think of the Bible verses Matthew 6:25-34. “…do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself…”  Yet listening to the recent news, it is hard not to be anxious about the days ahead.  I pray for the people in the conflicting countries, for the journalists trying to cover the stories, and mostly for all those in leadership that they may find peaceful resolutions to the...

Beginnings

How does one start a blog, particularly  if your life as an innkeeper began six years ago and is ongoing?  Do you start at the beginning?  Reflect on the past in small increments?  Start in the middle, or right now, where you are and go forward?  This is my dilemna! The impetus of writing, of keeping a “journal”, was primarily to keep everyone abreast of the news and happenings at the Tea Kettle Inn, and to share our lives as innkeepers as we love to share our home with our guests.  So, this is, in part, a welcome letter to all to join in the conversations, share and exchange experiences about Lancaster County, Manheim, and the surrounding area about what our guests have discovered travelling in this region of the country and what I’ve discovered about owning a small business, a bed and breakfast, in Pennsylvania. I’ve decided, therefore, to begin today, reflecting on our purchase of the home in September 2003.  As you may have read on the “About Us” page on our website, Kevin transferred employment with Yellow Freight in NY State to the Lancaster terminal in East Petersburg.  We travelled to Lancaster in July 2003 to spend a ‘blitzkreig’ of a weekend looking at real estate in hopes of finding the “perfect” house.  457 South Main Street was the third house we viewed and fell in love with all the woodwork on the first floor: fretwork in the two entryways from the hall to the dining room and from the hall to the parlor, and the floor inlay – different patterns in each of the rooms on the...