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February 2011 Update

Sara KGBB - Monday, February 28, 2011

February 2011 Update


What – more snow!! We must have 3-4ft of hard packed snow on the ground and more in the forecast!  I have become ‘one’ with my snowblower though, after 2 years of minimal use and much cursing I have mastered the ‘pushbutton start’ at last!  Who knew the darn thing had to be plugged in! I still refer to it as ‘The Beast’ and just don’t think I will ever really warm up to using it.  My trainee chef, Jamie just loves it and can’t wait for it to snow so he can get out and use the blower. Gotta be a guy thing!

Had a busy month with Weekend Couples Packages and a romantic Valentines Dinner here at the B&B.  Had a chance to preview some new menu items – Roasted Winter Root Vegetables with balsamic vinegar, Herbed Basil Shrimp marinated, grilled and served over pasta, and Braised Beef Shanks in red wine and beef broth . . .yum! We’re still experiencing a big demand for our Dark Chocolate Lava Cakes and introduced a Lemon Custard Cup along with a guilt-free Angel Food cake with berries to our dessert menu. And our ‘Murder on the Menu’ mystery dinners have proven to be so popular, we’ve had to extend them through the month of April.  Usually we stop in March, but now have bookings to April 30th so we must be doing something right!

John and I had our own Valentines date on Feb 13th at the White Gold Dinner concert and enjoyed listening to the fabulous musical talents of some local musicians and singers. It never fails to surprise me just how much talent we have so close at hand.  I think that was the first time John has been out socially for weeks and sure enough, picked up a doozy of a chest cold that he’s still suffering with. My but he does hate winter! But living in northern New Brunswick, you’ve just got to embrace it and get out and enjoy it! But having said that, we’ve had a guy here 2 weekends in a row removing the accumulated ice/snow pack on our roof edges. In some places it was easily 3ft thick and with the heat of the sun melting and then re-freezing it into layers, it was a potential hazard. Even so, we have had water damage on the western gable window in the attic leaking down onto the 2nd floor. We had it sprayed with an anti-fungicide and have commercial fans blowing in the 3rd floor and hopefully have restricted the damage just to the hardwood floor in our guest lounge, and not in any of our guest rooms. Oh the joys of a century home!

And now my CFO (otherwise known as John) is valiantly trying to input all of our data into Excel in order to send it to the accountant to do our 2010 taxes. He would prefer to use a pen and manually enter debits and credits into a ledger, so you can imagine his frustration level! But he’s completed May 2010 so far, and I’m sure with enough encouragement, will finish it before mid-April

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