Innkeeper in the Sky

When you own your own business, you have to wear a lot of hats. In our case, there are financial records to be maintained, budgets to be created, decorating to be done, cooking and baking, PR, housecleaning, garden maintenance and figuring out the latest and greatest social media outlet.  It helps to have partners who are more comfortable thinking with the opposite side of the brain than you do.  In our case, Steven tends to be the logical thinker, the spreadsheet guy, the home maintenance schedule maker, the bush pruner, plumber, electrician, bed-maker.  Paula is the cook, baker, veggie grower, shopper, flower arranger and credit card runner.  After doing this for 20 years together, we have learned some of each other’s natural skills.   However, Steven will still not bake cookies and Paula will still not balance the checkbook.  These are both for the best.

For the past 13 years we have had a very special third partner.   Our dog, Sparky, was “Director of Guest Relations”.  His duties consisted of silently greeting guests at the front door, when he could still hear the doorbell, letting people pet him if they had had a stressful trip and resting under the dining room table during breakfast to protect guest’s feet from harm, no dropped food required.  He excelled at all of these tasks, especially the whole getting pet part.  Oh, the sacrifices he made!  Sparky welcomed strange dogs into his home on a daily basis.  He shared his dining room bed, his garden and his people.  He was the consummate innkeeper.

We lost our beloved Sparky on Oct. 7 to old age.  He was 15 ½ and, while his heart was still good and strong, the rest of his body got tired.  We’d like to thank all our guests who have expressed their sympathies and memories of him.  Steven and I will try to emulate his generosity of spirit and peace-loving nature.

We look forward to meeting new guests and some new doggies.  Sparky’s spirit will be snoozing under the dining room table.

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