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Ready Set Go

Posted by Administrator on Fri, Jun 16 2017 12:21:00

This is turning out to be as much fun as any B&B season we’ve had.  The weather has cooperated – not too hot, the wildflowers are out in the mountains, enough rain to keep the countryside green, but not constantly drenching the guests as they travel about enjoying this lovely place we call home.

Several nights ago we had a couple celebrating their 51st wedding anniversary!  Another morning our breakfast table conversation was with three couples from the UK, and some remembered the post-WWII rations they grew up with.  Stephen travelled from Ireland to scope out the idea of becoming a ranch hand for a while.  I think he needs a break after attaining his Master’s degree in medieval history.  Our across-the-street neighbors spent the night here while their newly graduated daughter had her girlfriends over for a celebratory sleep over; in the morning, I noticed their B&B bedroom window, which faces their house, was open.  Once a parent… always a parent!

Sheridan and its restaurants, museums, mountains, street fair and historical areas has not disappointed a single guest… once again we’re hearing the refrain “if we’d known how delightful (wonderful, amazing, terrific, interesting) Sheridan is, we’d have planned to stay longer.”

And the “Ready… set…go!” of this blog’s title?  It’s for our two night stay guest Lynda who began a one hundred mile run five hours ago.

You go girl!

Now I Know Why

Posted by Administrator on Thu, May 11 2017 07:01:00

“Now I know why”, said a recent guest, “my granddaughter loves this town.”

The speaker, visiting from the Chicago area, had heard her granddaughter talk about Sheridan for two years, and came out for a visit.  She was enthralled by Sheridan, as many people are.

If you are looking for a place to remind you of the small towns you knew as a youngster – friendly, safe, clean and fun, Sheridan is it.

And yes, I’m biased.  But I’ve travelled to over 30 countries and been in 45 or 46 U.S. states, so my viewpoint is not narrow.

Sheridan has avoided the ‘ghost town’ look of many communities.  Our Main Street is alive and well.  There’s good shopping here, adequate parking, and well maintained infrastructure.   Most of the businesses are family owned, and you can tell, folks are friendly and knowledgeable.

We’re economically sound.  Sheridan has a diverse range of successful small and medium sized employers, and our larger employers are well established.

The region is beautiful and the Bighorn Mountains are picturesque and minutes away. 

The nearby hills and rangeland feature a diverse mix of small and large ranches and homes in an uncrowded environment.  The crisp white of winter and the lush green of spring make great photos.

Our parks, theaters, rodeos and fairs are fun-filled and relaxing.  We’ve got sculptures on Main Street, and it is blocked off for parades, a farmers market and festivals.  Sometimes you’ll see a horse and rider clip clopping down the street.

Come to Sheridan, stay a few days.  Travel back to a more  accommodating era.

Nearly 110, This Old Gal Still Has Secrets

Posted by Administrator on Tue, Feb 21 2017 19:38:00

If you want a lovely old Victorian home to look good, it is important to do a little primping.  So today (and tomorrow too) is ‘clean up the ancient trim in the office’ day.

This morning I pried off what was left of the old 9 ½ tall oak trim at the base of the wall.  I was cleaning out the gaps between the oak flooring and the wall and came across the two old cut nails.  I imagine by 1907 when the house was constructed, some machinery was involved in making them, but human labor was still part of the process, as Henry Ford didn’t invent the assembly line until 1913.

two cut nails

While holding them, a question came to mind.  Who were the workman who drove these nails into the lumber?  What was their story?  Although laborers now, did they have a learned vocation before they crossed the Atlantic to come here?  Did they descend from early settlers in America?

This kind of idle speculation leads to more questions.  Where did the oak come from?  This is white oak, so it possibly came from back east.  New York?  Massachusetts?  Michigan?

Now if you’ve ever worked with 100 year old oak, you know it is brittle and seems as hard as steel.  Use a sharp saw blade. Pre-drill your holes.  Watch for splinters.  It takes stain differently than newer wood, so testing a small sample is a good idea.  While the smell of freshly cut new wood is almost like perfume, old wood smells are more subtle, particularly because you have to distinguish them as different from the smell of the wood being cut (and singed) by a less than perfect saw blade.  “There’s a lot of smoke in the garage honey, what’s going on?”.

Bev and I have come to love this house.  We’ve put lots of work into it, shared it with thousands of people, and know many of it’s secrets.

But the old gal still has a few more….  

There's One Rule

Posted by Administrator on Mon, Oct 17 2016 18:53:00

There’s One Rule... at Bev’s breakfast table: if you go away hungry, it isn’t her fault.

I’ve stated this to hundreds of B&B guests, generally after they’ve pushed back from the table to assess whether they want a 2nd or 3rd helping of something.  And when they’re finished having a very good breakfast, Bev comes in with some plastic sandwich bags and explains that she bakes every morning, then she encourages them to take the extra’s with them. On countless occasions, we’ve had guests return from a day trip and tell us their breakfast leftovers were all they needed for lunch.

Some mornings, our neighbors get special treatment, for Bev and I bring leftovers to them.  When we knock on their door in the morning, neighbors ALWAYS answer!

There’s a history behind this.  It has something to do with our five kids, their friends who sometimes dropped in, and the foster kids we had over the years.  All were hungry, all were well-fed, most left satisfied (hey, some were teenagers...).  When we lived overseas, we hosted potluck suppers for our church friends, and sometimes as many as 60 of them would come to our large home, each family bringing a specialty from their homeland (they represented more than 2 dozen nationalities!).

So when you come to Residence Hill, plan on a great night’s sleep and yes, a terrific breakfast.  Also anticipate great conversation with other guests, breakfast leftovers for later in the day, and a caution from me “if you leave hungry, it isn’t Beverly’s fault."

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