Long Snowy Winter, Long Hot Summer, and Lightning Strikes Again

Posted by on Aug 22, 2010 in At The Inn | Comments Off

Rear Patio Gracehill Bed and Breakfast

Rear Patio Gracehill Bed and Breakfast

It’s been a heck of a year; the worst winter we have experienced since building Gracehill and the hottest, driest summer on record since… who knows, it keeps going further back with each week that passes.  Our elevation gives us a little relief with temps 5 to 10 degrees cooler than what is happening in Townsend, Gatlinburg, or Knoxville plus the usual breezes.  The dry weather has also made the zinnias look especially beautiful because we aren’t fighting powdery mildew this year, but the Peegee hydrangea bushes are not as lush as in years past, and we lost the marigolds.  It’s a trade off.  I’d rather fight the mildew than haul buckets of water.  We should have hauled more often for the marigolds…

I bought a Flip Video Camera, and it took three months to get it out of the box.  You know me with anything electronic. :-(  Click on the link for a video taken in the backyard of the dozens of butterflies that are hanging around.  Don’t be concerned that I have developed palsy; I just need to get the hang of this moving camera business!

Since the main topic here is the weather, I’ve come up with a lovely excuse for not blogging more frequently this year.  We were struck by lightning on Friday of Memorial Day weekend.  It was a direct hit, and as bad as it was with all our electronic low voltage systems, we are extremely grateful the house didn’t catch on fire.  Guests were coming up the hill 20 minutes after the fire trucks rolled down.  Our guests were amazing, and I couldn’t have asked for a nicer bunch of people.  That weekend TV’s were out and they had to use my laptop with the Verizon air card to check emails, but other than that, guest services were not really affected.  It has taken me three months to get everything else replaced like the intercom, doorbells, phones, TV’s, alarm system, satellites, my computer, electronics for our water system, motors on a couple of the whirlpool tubs, etc…

I have been a little more regular with my posts on Twitter (theinnkeeper) or Facebook (Gracehill Bed and Breakfast) and our bi-monthly newsletter.  You can sign up for any of these on the home page of our website.  Blessings, mizkathleen@ Gracehill Bed and Breakfast


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