Full spring ahead

Happy Cinco de Mayo! If I were back in Callifornia right now, believe me, I’d be at El Ranchito having a frozen margarita, grande, please, double the lime, hold the salt. And a plate of nachos.

However, life in Southampton here at A Butler’s Manor is mighty good right now. Weather report: A sunny, clear, glorious 70 degrees F, with just enough breeze that the windchimes bong occasionally– a bass note to accompany the treble of birdsong. The cherry tree is covered in pink petals (as is the lawn below it). We opened the pool a couple of weeks ago, and it is warming up nicely in the sun, a sparkling blue pond. As far as the garden goes, we appear to be about three weeks ahead of schedule. Trees are already filling in, and the azaleas are in full color. I can remember cutting lilac blossoms for the rooms for Memorial Day weekend, yet the lilacs are already in full bloom now, and we’ve been able to serve breakfast out on the patio the last couple of days.

It’s amazing how many people’s moods reflect a good dose of sunshine and nice weather. The sound of our guests’ laughter as they enjoyed breakfast in the garden this morning was a better pick-me-up than the best cup of coffee. And then after breakfast, up in Riverhead at BJ’s, I’d unloaded all my groceries onto the conveyor belt at checkout only to find that I’d neglected to retrieve my club membership card from Chris. Now, BJ’s customer service folks are always helpful, and I knew that if I went to the customer service desk with my ID they’d give me a temporary pass so that I could check out. But when the woman in front of me saw me starting to load my stuff back into my cart, she said, “Don’t put it all back and waste that time. We’ll just use my card.” Just a small thing, really, but it really gave me a warm, sunshiny feeling of connectedness with the Universe. Doesn’t Spring just do that to you?

It’s been three weeks today since my foot surgery. I’m out of the boot and wearing a sneaker for the most part, but am, alas, not yet able to walk to the beach and back in the early morning.  However, I’m trying short walks and took a gentle yoga class yesterday, and everything is feeling pretty good, considering. But the BEST thing? Today at noon, when I was cutting flowers from the garden for guest rooms, I kicked the sneakers off and went barefoot in the cool, damp grass. OOOOOOH!!! I don’t think I’ve enjoyed being barefoot so much since I was a kid!

Quote of the day: Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons. It is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth. –Walt Whitman

Missing in action?

It is very strange to own a bed and breakfast and not meet your guests.

Last Wednesday, I had some minor foot surgery that I’d been putting off awhile. Doctor’s orders were that I remain in bed or in a chair where I could keep my foot elevated for at least 5 days. Me, off my feet!?! Difficult even to imagine. But it’s not like I don’t have capable help. I do the cooking here at A Butler’s Manor, but those who’ve read A Butler’s Life know that Chris used to prepare and serve multi-course gourmet dinners. So aided by our able housekeeper Kristen, Chris (easily) handled the breakfasts and enjoyed our weekend guests. Back in our quarters, I could hear bursts of laughter from the dining room. And felt a little left out…though I did get a lot of restorative downtime. And I certainly couldn’t complain about the the sound of birdsong, nor of the view of the budding trees and spring blooms outside my window that I had the time to sit and enjoy.

Bonus of living with a classically-trained butler (not to mention a wonderful husband!): I got the full silver service treatment…meals in bed, cups of tea, a laptop and a phone and a pile of books to keep me occupied (and immobile). Yeah!

I’m back to work now, though still in my “boot” — not quite to speed yet, but healing nicely, thank you, and looking forward to flip flop season!

(Special note to the lovely guests I missed meeting this time: I look forward to your next visit!)

Quote of the Day: Swallow your pride occasionally, it’s non-fattening! ~Author Unknown