It was five years ago today that we bought White Cedar Inn.
Five years ago I didn't even know if I would ever write those words! So many guests have asked us over the years if this was a life long dream of ours, to own a B&B. The short answer to that is no. This was not something that even crossed our minds until around seven years ago when we were in transition at work. Lots of layoffs, rumors everyday about layoffs, a very uncertain climate in which to try to plan for anything in the future.
Then, six years ago, when the layoffs really did happen to us, we got serious. What were we going to do with the rest of our lives? Most of you have heard the story about how Rock wanted to own a diner (and how I am NOT Flo!) and how we proceeded from there to find a way for him to do the 'greasy spoon breakfast' thing but not in a way that involved me in a pink nylon uniform, big hair and gum snapping! Voila! B&B.
It took us close to a year to find just the right place...in town so we (and you) could walk to everything, a place that would allow both of us have employment and someplace we felt comfortable living. I've wanted to live in Maine since I was a teenager. And, as it turns out, Rock 'came home' when we moved here. He has a number of cousins who live in Maine, some in Madawaska, some in Portland and some in Brunswick. Small world!
So, on the anniversary of our fifth year here, what do we know now that we didn't then?
- Holy cow, there's a lot of laundry involved in running a B&B!
- No matter how quiet it looks outside, as soon as you run to the bathroom the doorbell rings.
- As soon as you put the cookies in the oven, the doorbell rings.
- If you've just dumped a load of dirty laundry in the entryway, the doorbell rings.
- Cookies are an occupational hazard.
Thanks so much for being a part of our adventure. Hope you stick around for the next five years, we'll keep the light on for you!